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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 33

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 33

Q. How many parts are there to the true repentance or conversion of man?
A. Two: the dying of the old self and the birth of the new.

Q. What is the dying of the old self?
A. Sincere sorrow over our sins and more and more to hate them and to flee from them.

Q. What is the birth of the new self?
A. Complete joy in God through Christ and a strong desire to live according to the will of God in all good works.

Q. But what are good works?
A. Only those which are done out of true faith, in accordance with the Law of God, and for his glory, and not those based on our own opinion or on the traditions of men.

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Big Moments Matter, But Small Moments Are Formative (via Dan Darling)

Dan Darling points out that if every week at church aims to be a mountain top experience, those who are in the valleys are going to be left behind.

…our spiritual lives are formed by a lifetime of small moments. We grow, not from one big epic church service, but by a series of weekly, mostly forgettable church services.
We learn the Word, not from one class or one sermon, but from years of classes and sermons. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that the Word grows in us, “line after line, a little here, a little there.” (Isaiah 28:10)

read the rest here.

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Alison And Jim

My wife’s parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by hosting a party for family and friends today.

It has been my privilege to be part of their family for 35 of those years. They have been an example, a blessing and a source of continual encouragement through that time. Very graciously too, since Ministry has taken their daughter far away for twenty-one years of that.

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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 23 / AFL Round 22

I was too late to tip Souths on my online tipping comp. Sigh. Holidays will do that to you.
And now I see Brisbane are leading. That’s funny

NRL (last round 3/8; season tally 86/156)
New Zealand

AFL (last round 8/9; season tally 126/180)
Greater Western Sydney
Western Bulldogs
West Coast

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Mr Eternity

Holiday reading starts with biography, and a couple of folk from Bible Study at MGPC recently said they’d enjoyed reading Mr Eternity – The Story of Arthur Stace.
It’s very engagingly written, a combination of personal affection and biographical account.