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Church Motor Bike Fail

No one will be surprised to know that I don’t think there is such a thing as ‘Church Motor Bike Succeed,’ but in all the degrees of fail this is pretty special.
Check out the rider’s final reaction after the slo-mo replays.


A fitting companion to last year’s ‘live-camel-in-church-fail.’
Where ever this appears there seem to be a string of ‘Well, he was sincerely trying to get the kids to follow Jesus, so who are we to judge,’ type comments as well.
I’d never seen this till Rob Duncanson posted a link to it on Facebook. Couldn’t get the place where he linked to post here, but this has been around the internet for a while.


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Topher’s Unpopular View On ‘The Murray-Darling Basin Authority Debacle’

In which:

Topher takes on the Australian government in this scathing critique of the Murray Darling Basin Authorities ‘Proposed Basin Plan’. In his usual ‘take no prisoners’ style Topher uncovers deep flaws in the MDBA’s proposal and sends the water minister Tony Bourke back to the drawing board.”


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My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less – Sunday Songs

I know there’s a lot of songs out there, but sometimes I still find myself in checking my master list in some disbelief that I haven’t listed particular songs yet.
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less, by Edward Mote, is one of those songs. We used it this morning for our song of confession and assurance at mgpc.
Now I love this song accompanied by the tune that Nicky Chiswell wrote for it. But, frankly, it’s not great for congregational singing. Vocalists love it, instrumentalists find it more an art than a science and congregations can’t really hold some of the notes without effort. A good solo piece or usable by a confident group of singers and musicians. Give it a try some time.
The Rejoice Hymnbook of the Presbyterian Church in Australia decided to use the tune Solid Rock which seems to me to be more prevalent in the USA. It is easy to sing and certainly conveys a declarative expression to the lyrics with its staccato progression.
I grew up singing the hymn to the more flowing tune of Tynemouth (St Catherine). I decided to use this tune this morning, not out of nostalgia, but because I think it suits presents the words as a humble and reverent testimony of faith before God.
This morning I was struck by the phrase ‘In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.’ The veil is the presence of God. Our security in that presence comes from Jesus, who as our great high priest has earned the right to be there on our behalf. He keeps us securely in God’s presence.
Here are the lyrics we used to today, a bit of a mix of old and new, mostly old.
1.
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Refrain:
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
2.
When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
Refrain
3.
His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
Refrain
4.
When the last trumpet voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!
Refrain

The closest I could come to finding the tune Tynemouth (St Catherine) was it being used as part of a Roman Catholic Mass. I really can’t bring my self to post a video of a whole cathedral of people singing praise to the saving presence of Jesus in a piece of bread, if you’re that curious, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2aopF3rS44
Instead, in defeat, here is My Hope Is Built sung to Solid Rock by a whole bunch of men, led by Bob Kauflin (Mr Yelly Song Leader) from the Together For The Gospel CD.


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The Manslater (via GodTube)

This video covers some familiar ground, ‘What if there was a machine to help us understand what our spouse really means by what they say?’
It was the voices they used for the machine and some of the messages that sold it for me.
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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 9

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 9

Q & A 13
Q Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
A Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.*1

Q & A 14
Q What is sin?
A Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.*2

Q & A 15
Q What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
A The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit.*3

Q & A 16
Q Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?
A The covenant being made with Adam,*4 not only for himself, but for his posterity; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, in his first transgression.*5

*1 Genesis 3:6-8, 13; 2 Corinthians 11:3.

*2 Leviticus 5:17; James 4:17; 1 John 3:4.

*3 Genesis 3:6.

*4 Genesis 2:16-17;James 2:10.
*5 Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:22.


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This Is What I Need To Hear In Church Tomorrow

In fact, this is what I need to hear in church every Sunday.
Excerpted from a post on Little Pieces Of Ordinary

Our work does matter, it matters eternally.
It just doesn’t buy us salvation.
To all who have ever clung to what they can do to define who they are, God whispers:
Do nothing.
Believe in Me.
Trust Me.
Love Me.
Soak it up.
Now, out of that faith and love and this wild grace, go and do the work I have created you to do.  Not desperately, fearing failure, but joyfully, in confident faith that you cannot fail.
The difference is not in the amount of work we do or obedience we give. When we soak up this wild grace, we will actually do more work, be more obedient, be radically changed.  Just not out of our own shallow well of self-effort, but out of the unfathomably deep well of God’s power at work in us.
And we do need those five-step exhortations to change in different areas of our lives.  There are incredibly helpful principles available to help us improve.  But we need them to be soaked in the gospel of grace to show us that this is the way to true change.
What we really need to hear at church is less about what we need to do for God and more of what God has already done for us.

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