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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 25

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 25

Q. Since, then, faith alone makes us share in Christ and all his benefits, where does such faith originate?
A. The Holy Spirit creates it in our hearts by the preaching of the holy gospel, and confirms it by the use of the holy Sacraments.

Q. What are the Sacraments?
A. They are visible, holy signs and seals instituted by God in order that by their use he may the more fully disclose and seal to us the promise of the gospel, namely, that because of the one sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the cross he graciously grants us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Q. Are both the Word and the Sacraments designed to direct our faith to the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?
A. Yes, indeed, for the Holy Spirit teaches in the gospel and confirms by the holy Sacraments that our whole salvation is rooted in the one sacrifice of Christ offered for us on the cross.

Q. How many Sacrament has Christ instituted in the New Testament?
A. Two, holy baptism and the holy Supper.

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Why Did Jesus Make So Much Wine? (via Erik Raymond)

If you’re preparing to gather for corporate worship tomorrow there’s encouragement in Erik Raymond’s answer to his rhetorical question about why Jesus turned so much water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Jesus made so much wine to show the long-promised age has arrived and the blessings that accompany his kingdom are overflowing.
Gathering week by week may be like a taste, but there’s so much to partake of.
Read the whole post here.

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Blue Skies

My coat is off.

It really is a Sunshine State.

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Kitchenaid KSM170

This has been a decade or so in the planning, and with the demise of its predecessor a Storm Black KSM170 Kitchenaid mixer has joined the household.

I won’t get to use it for a while though, because I’m back on the road tomorrow morning for a week.

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Footy Tipping 2018 – RL State Of Origin 2 / AFL Round 14

No NRL games this week, due to the second State Of Origin game being a stand-alone fixture. I’m picking Queensland, because I’ll always pick Queensland.
AFL actually started its shortened round last night. I had my picks selected, and, of course had chosen West Coast. Essendon decided that with the NRL teams having a week of that they had to provide the absolute random result.
We’ll see how the others stack up.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 63/116)

AFL (last round 5/6; season tally 81/111)
West Coast
Port Adelaide
Greater Western Sydney
North Melbourne

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Bring It On The Musical

We’re out supporting the arts, at Bring It On – The Musical. (More ‘inspired by the movie’ that ‘based on the motion picture’)

It’s bright, breezy, energetic and entertaining. (With lots of female characters talking to each other about themselves and not male protagonists)

And you can take refreshments into the theater. Very civilized.

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So Many Lights, So Little Movement

It’s 6.30pm and it looks like a lot of folk aren’t going to be home any time soon.

At home, when we have ten cars in front of us at the Wehl Street roundabout it’s a tragedy.