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Exalted – Sunday Songs

Exalted, from Trevor Hodge’s EP Once For All.

The lyrics:
Christ, by nature God
Did not pursue this gain
But in the form of man
A servant He became
Obedient till the end
To death upon a cross
Exalted to the highest place
Bestowed the name above all names
That every knee in heaven and earth
Would humbly fall, would humbly fall
Come every tongue – confess, adore
That Jesus Christ alone is Lord
To God the Father be all praise
Forever more, forever more
If any hope is our
Or comfort from His love
Then make this joy complete
Of heart and spirit be one
Uphold each others needs
Have the mind of Christ the Son
O Come rejoice
Forever more
Lift up your voice
Forever more
Declare His praise
Forever more
To God be praise
Forever more
With Christ at work in you
With fear and trembling strive
To will and walk His ways
To live for His delight
In the darkness shine like stars
Holding out the word of Christ

Words and Music: Nick Freestone and Trevor Hodge
(C) 2017 Nick Freestone Music; Hodge, Trevor

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 7

Question 7
What does the law of God require?
Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

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The Privilege Of Watching God’s Word At Work (via John Chester)

In this post about preachers and preaching, John Chester remarks about one incredible privilege that preachers have, particularly those who are blessed to preach to congregations where they can pretty much see everyone, and who are able to be free from a manuscript long enough to observe how people are reacting to God’s Word:

There is one other profound blessing that the pastor receives because he is looking into the faces of the congregation. The living and active nature of the Word of God is impressed on him as never before. [Of course this only applies to pastors who actually preach the bible!] From behind the pulpit I have seen people burst in to tears, tears of joy at the thought of heaven and the hope we have in Christ, and tears of conviction in response to a powerful truth of Scripture. I have seen the look cross a visitors face the split second they become offended by the gospel, and I have seen someone sitting with their arms defiantly crossed melt and soften as the Word of God washes over them. It is a unique blessing to be able to see how people respond to the preaching of the Word of God.

Read the whole post here.

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Hallowed Be Your Name (preparing for MGPC 17/2/19)

Song: From The Day
Call to Worship
Song: No Other Name
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Take My Life And Let It Be
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 7
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Zechariah 7 – Two years after the visions of Chapters 1–6, Zechariah is asked about continuing a fast established on the anniversary of the destruction of the temple. Zechariah points to obedience, not fasting, as the means of gaining, and disobedience as the means of forfeiting, the favour of God that they seek (verse 2).
Bible Memorisation: The Lord’s Prayer
Song: Holy, Holy, Holy
Bible Reading: Revelation 4: 1-11
Sermon: Hallowed Be Your Name
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Blessed Be Your Name

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Glorious Day by Southern Raised

This version of Glorious Day by Southern Raised has some nice vocal harmony.

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Ain’t No Grave by Jamie Wilson and A Southern Gospel Revival

This recording of Ain’t No Grave featuring Jamie Wilson and number of other artists under the banner of ‘A Southern Gospel Revival’ has been around for a while.
The musicians work well, displaying their talents, but don’t get in the way of the song.

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Satisfied Customer

My 18 month old iPad Pro had a problem where the touch screen was intermittently unresponsive for a few seconds at a time. It was usable, but frustrating for what is supposed to be a premium quality device.

With help from the Apple store on George St, Sydney, then a phone consultation here at home, I left it at a authorized service dealer in Adelaide on Saturday, not expecting much given the intermittency of the fault.

I planned to pick it up on Thursday when I returned to Adelaide, and be told there wasn’t much that could be done, a feeling confirmed when I got a message Tuesday that my repair could be picked up.

Went in to get the unit today, and looking at the invoice realized that I was being given a replacement device.

That’s pretty good.

I’m a satisfied customer.