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Saved My Soul – Sunday Songs

Saved My Soul by CityAlight.
Strong lyrics and melody, tempo increases nicely in the chorus.

The lyrics:
You my God have saved my soul
I am Yours forevermore
I won’t be moved of this I’m sure
You are my God and You saved my soul
I was lost when you came for me
Held in chains by the enemy
But You broke them in victory
Now I’m free, I am free
You’re my joy and You are my hope
I am saved by Your grace alone
I will sing of Your love for me
I am free, I am free
Now I stand with the Kings of kings
He has paid for my every sin
And from now through eternity
I am free, I am free
What once was dead is now alive
You gave to me the breath of life
You brought me up out from the grave
I’m bursting out with songs of praise

© 2016 CityAlight Music
Words & Music: James Ferguson, Dustin Smith, Rich Thompson

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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 8

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 8

Chapter 5 – Of Providence (Paragraphs 1-4)
I. God, the great Creator of all things, does uphold, direct dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.
II. Although in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly, yet, by the same providence, he orders them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.
III. God, in his ordinary providence, makes use of means, yet is free to work without, above, and against them, at his pleasure.
IV. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in his providence, that it extends itself even to the first Fall, and all other sins of angels and men, and that not by a bare permission, but such as has joined with it a most wise and powerful bounding, and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to his own holy ends; yet so, as the sinfulness thereof proceeds only from the creature, and not from God; who being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.

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The Bible Is Not A Book Of Lessons About How To Be A Hero

The heart of the Bible is not about emulating heroes.
It’s about convicting you about, Jesus, the hero you need.
From Aaron Earles:

If we are honest we are ourselves, we can easily find ourselves in the pages of the Bible—just not among the heroes.
We are the failures, the rejects, the idolaters, the sinful, the prideful, the villains. But that’s the most wonderful part. God hasn’t called us to be the hero, only to follow the One who actually is.
Christ is the true hero and even the real protagonist. He’s the One on which all of history turns. He’s the One to which all of Scripture points.
And in His being the hero, He has laid down his life for us. Even though we didn’t deserve. Even while we were sinners. Even with us being the villain to His Hero.
The gospel frees us to read God’s word—not anxiously searching for how our life matches the hero of the passage, but thankful that even though you don’t measure up to a heroic standard God loves you regardless and has sent His Son to redeem you anyway.
The good news of the gospel is that you aren’t the hero of the story and you don’t have to be.

Read the whole post here.

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Armed For Battle (preparing for mgpc 19/2/17)

Songs of preparation: That I Might Keep Your Statutes, LORD (BOPFW 119E) and Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding.
Call to worship:
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy.
Prayer of adoration and confession:
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: When Peace, Like A River; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 9: 20 – 27 – Daniel, in 539–538 B.C., now about 80 years old, recalls Jeremiah’s prophesy that the years of captivity would be 70 (Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10). Consequently he prays for the restoration of Jerusalem, but not before he prays an extended prayer of confession of sin.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 6: 11
Praise: My Hope Rests Firm On Jesus Christ.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 6: 13 – 14.
Sermon: Armed For Battle – In order to prevail until the end of our struggle against spiritual darkness, Paul reminds Christians to find their security in who God is, what God has done for us, and to make every effort to actively depend on God’s salvation rather than our own devices.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Our Father Everlasting (The Creed).

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Wisdom by Jill Phillips

Wisdom, a song reflection on the book of Proverbs, by Jill Phillips (and a pretty stellar group of backup singers).
Phillips provides an introduction and then the song in this video.

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No Self-Made Christians (via Michael Jensen)

People from modern western culture can find themselves defined as the sum of what they can do.
This can have devastating effects on perceptions of those who are not able to be actively productive.
Aged people, for instance, feel profoundly diminished if their capacities fail.
Michael Jensen reminds us that in God’s Kingdom there are no self-made people, no people whose identity in grounded in what they can or cannot do.

The modern world has made human actions the basic compositional unit of the human self. We moderns understand ourselves primarily as acting subjects—as people who do things.
The damaging consequences of this idolization of the acting self are numerous: from an instrumentality in human relationships (they are only good insofar as they provide me with what I need in order to bolster my C.V.), to a removal of the dignity of those who cannot act, or who are limited in their ability to act (the disabled and the elderly in particular). If it is by action that we establish ourselves as true men and women, then what are we to think of those whose ability to act is limited? Can a person who cannot act be truly good, if they cannot express their virtues in action?
The gospel of the crucified Christ actually overthrows that path to self-realization! Just as thinking that we are justified by our works is a terrible proud mistake, so is thinking we are most truly expressing and finding ourselves in our human achievements.
The great Reformation doctrine sola fide or ‘justification by faith alone’ explains that it is God who judges, declares, and determines; it is he who calls human beings to themselves. It is he who even gives them to themselves. There cannot be self-made people, not really. The extremity of the cross—that the Son of God would need to suffer so—shows us just what proud failures we are in the business of making ourselves.

Read the whole post at Crossway.

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River In The Rain by Alison Krauss

This audio only clip features River In The Rain, another track from Alison Krauss’ very soon to be released album Windy City.