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Care And Prayer For Jeanette And Rob Duncanson

Friends of the Duncansons, Darwin Presbyterian, the PIM and support for the East Timorese church should check out this blog where Jeanette is providing details of her upcoming surgery/medical treatment.
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Read, pray and help.


Resurrection – Sunday Songs

If I could only keep one album released by EMU music it would be Nicky Chiswell’s ‘Resurrection.’
To mark Easter Sunday 2011, here’s the title track. (You can also hear the album track on this page.)

Sun-bleached and lifeless,
Bones of a nation
Down in the valley they lay.
God gave them flesh,
God gave them Spirit;
The prophet saw them that day!
They arose a mighty army;
Those who died lived again!

Resurrection! Life is given!
Grace to the death bound from our risen King.
Resurrection! Sins forgiven!
Where is death’s victory?
Where is death’s sting?
Like a seed buried Jesus was lifeless
Deep in the earth he lay
That Sunday morning
Things changed forever
As he burst forth from the grave.
He lay down his life our ransom;
He who died lives again.

His resurrection
Was the beginning
First-fruits of harvest to come.
Our risen Saviour
Sits with our Father,
Pours out his Spirit on us.
We who were but lifeless bones,
We who died live again!

Resurrection! Graves will open,
Those sown in weakness
Shall be raised in power.
Resurrection! Day is coming!
All eyes shall see him and each knee shall bow!

Resurrection! Life is given!
Grace to the death bound from our risen King.
Resurrection! Sins forgiven!
Where is death’s victory?
Where is death’s sting?

©1998 Nicky Chiswell

This YouTube features someone playing the melody on piano by memory.

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All Things New – Andrew Peterson

All Things New by Andrew Peterson, from ‘Resurrection Letters, Volume II.’
You can still download a free copy of the song here, I think.

Peterson explains the background to the song here.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 17

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 17

Q & A 30
Q How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us,*1 and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.*2

Q & A 31
Q What is effectual calling?
A Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ,*3 and renewing our wills,*4 he does persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ,*5 freely offered to us in the gospel.*6

*1 Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:29.
*2 John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 3:17.
*3 Acts 26:18; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 1:17-18.
*4 Deuteronomy 30:6; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:5; Titus 3:5.
*5 John 6:44-45;Acts 16:14.
*6 Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 11:28-30; Revelation 22:17.

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Easter Eggs In The Year Of Our Lord (via Phillip Jensen)

This year is the first for some time during which Easter will be marked at our home without the purchase of chocolate eggs. We give our older at home children block chocolate, but don’t buy the ‘egg and bunny’ type products once they reach a certain age.

This post by Sydney’s Phillip Jensen affirms chocolate while questioning the tendency by Christians to fully adopt the egg and bunny motif as a sign of new life.
After all, while new life and the renewal of life are facets of that which we’re celebrating, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is actually both something else and far more than these.

From the post.

But basically, the Easter egg celebration is symbolic of the pathetic intellectual and spiritual poverty of modern Australian community life. It reduces Easter to the lowest common denominator of public agreement – we all like chocolate and don’t mind eggs. The White House can celebrate Easter with an egg rolling competition, the local kindergarten can have an Easter egg hunt, but woe betide those who would celebrate Easter with a reminder that Jesus, having died for our sins, is now sitting at the right hand of God in all power and authority, soon to return to judge the living and the dead. To celebrate that would be to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and we would not want that to interrupt Easter.
The resurrection of Jesus is more than new birth. It is about sins forgiven, death defeated, the lordship of Jesus over heaven and earth, the establishment of the Kingdom of God and the arrival of the judgement of the world. None of these themes is in any way a reminder of the seasonal new birth – especially in Australia where we are entering autumn not spring.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is spectacular, amazing and central to the whole of human history and eternity. We do not live AC (After Christ) but AD (Anno Domini: in the year of the Lord) because he has risen from the dead to live and rule for evermore. This is an event far too important to trivialise with bunnies laying chocolate.
Read the whole article here.

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Trailer For The ‘Thor’ Movie

Remember the online car ad that features a little kid dressed up as Darth Vader attempting to use the force?
(Go here and watch it first if you can’t)
Well, here’s a trailer for the (Marvel comic character) ‘Thor’ movie that seems a bit familiar.