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He Walks With Me by Sandra McCracken

A live recording of He Walks With Me by Sandra McCracken, from her album God’s Highway.


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Where To Go On Mondays (via Jared Wilson)

There’s only one destination for a pastor on Mondays.
From Jared Wilson:

So there is water for you today, whether you push through on these difficult Mondays in the quiet of your study or the busyness of the visitation route or whether you take these Mondays off to recuperate at home. There is water for you at every moment, living water flowing freely from the pierced bosom of Christ. It is water to satisfy your thirsty soul, water to heal your ministry wounds, water to cool your heels, water to cheer your “Monday face.” Don’t look for it anywhere but in Jesus.

More here.


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All My Ways Are Known To You – Sunday Songs

All My Ways Are Known To You is from CityAlight’s album Only A Holy God.
I like the lyrics, the tune, the tempo.

The lyrics:
In days of peace and days of rest
In times of loss and loneliness
Though rich or poor, Your word is true
That all my ways are known to You

No trial has come beyond Your hand
No step I walk beyond Your plan
The path is dark outside my view
Still all my ways are known to You

And oh what peace that I have found
Wherever I may be
For all my ways are known to You
Hallelujah, they are known to You!

I do not fear the final night
For death will be the door to life
You take my hand and lead me through
For all my ways are known to You

Open up my eyes so I may see
That You have made these ways for me
Open up my eyes so I may see
That You my God, will walk with me

Words And Music: Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Michael Farren, Dustin Smith
© 2016 CityAlight Music


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 3

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 3

Chapter 1 – Of The Holy Scriptures Cont. (Paragraphs 8 – 10)
VIII. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentic; so as in all controversies of religion the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God who have right unto, and interest in, the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated into the language of every people unto which they come, that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.
IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.
X. The Supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.


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No Channel Flipping Sermons

Keeping the main passage central to the sermon, not stringing Bible verses together.

From Nicholas McDonald at Scribble Preach:

Sermons should not feel like channel flipping.
One text here, one text there, one text over there. Citing 20 verses in a sermon does not an expositional sermon make. Just the opposite.
If it’s narrative, it should feel like a story.
If it’s dialectical, it should feel like an argument.
If it’s poetic, it should feel like singing.
But it should never feel like channel flipping from one verse to another.
Why?
Channel flipping sermons don’t teach people to read the Bible. They’ll hear a prosperity preacher do the same thing, and you’ve not taught them to read texts in context.

Read more reasons here.


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Light For The Nations (preparing for mgpc 15/1/17)

Songs of preparation: I Waited For The LORD (Psalm 40)
and Consider Christ.
Call to worship:
Praise: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: In Christ Alone; Romans 8: 31-39; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Continuous reading:Daniel 5: 1 – 31 – Mysterious “handwriting on the wall” condemns King Belshazzar for his sacrilege leading to the fall of Babylon to the Persians in 539 B.C.
Bible Memorisation:
Praise: Our God Is A Great Big God.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 49: 1 – 7.
Sermon: Light For The Nations – In the second of the ‘servant songs’ we hear from one who will be all that Israel is not, and in that faithfulness bring Israel and nations to relationship with God.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Lord, Be My Vision.


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Is Not A Rat, Is An Escapee Quokka

There’s so much to love about this story at The Guardian about a Quokka, a relatively endangered animal from an island of the coast of West Australia.
The little guy stowed away on a garbage scow and was spotted at a refuse station on the mainland.
Poignantly, even if found, it won’t be going home.
The article walks a fine line, allowing the more whimsical aspects of the narrative to speak for themselves.

Here’s an excerpt.

Penni Fletcher-Hughes, from Rottnest Island Authority, said it appeared the quokka had climbed into a garbage bin in search of food and was accidentally transferred on to the garbage barge, which took it to Cannington.
“Being as it has got itself in a very good place for food, the chances are it will be fine,” Fletcher-Hughes said. “It just depends where it goes from there.”
Quokka escape was “very unusual,” Fletcher-Hughes said, but finding quokkas in bins is not.
“I have seen them climb the walls; they are quite resourceful when it comes to searching for food,” she said. “We are not concerned in terms of him finding food … it’s other threats and just general stress. It’s a bit stressful to suddenly wake up in a recycling centre.”
The Department of Parks and Wildlife, which is leading efforts to find the rogue marsupial, set up a public hotline to report sightings. “Basically, this quokka is now at large,” wildlife officer Matt Swan said.

Read the rest here.