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Arise My Soul, Arise – Sunday Songs

Arise My Soul, Arise, words by Charles Wesley, new tune by Kevin Twit and Indelible Grace Music.
Great lyrics from the heritage of the church with singable tunes.
Indelible Grace have lots of resources for their music available online at the RUF Online Hymnal. (For free)

Here’s the lyrics.
Arise, my soul, arise,
shake off your guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice,
in my behalf appears;
Before the throne my Surety stands,
Before the throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.
Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise
Arise, my soul, arise.
Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise
Arise, my soul, arise.
Shake off your guilty fears and rise
He ever lives above,
for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love,
His precious blood, to plead;
His blood atoned for every race,
His blood atoned for every race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.
Five bleeding wounds He bears;
received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers;
they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”
The Father hears Him pray,
His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away
the presence of His Son;
The Spirit answers to the blood,
The Spirit answers to the blood
And tells me I am born of God.
My God is reconciled;
His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child;
I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

©1996 Kevin Twit Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This YouTube gives a good idea of how a group of young people can take an Indelible Grace tune and sing it.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Q & A 57
Q Which is the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment is, Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservent, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.*1

Q & A 58
Q What is required in the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as he has appointed in his Word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy sabbath to himself.*2

Q & A 59
Q Which day of the seven has God appointed to be the weekly sabbath?
A From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly sabbath;*3 and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian sabbath.*4

Q & A 60
Q How is the sabbath to be sanctified?
A The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days;*5 and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship,*6 except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.*7

Q & 61
Q What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment forbids the omission, or careless performance, of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.*8

Q & A 62
Q What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?
A The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments,*9 his challenging a special propriety in the seventh, his own example, and his blessing the sabbath day.*10

*1 Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15.
*2 Exodus 31:13, 16-17.
*3 Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11.
*4 Mark 2:27-28; Acts 20:7; Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10.
*5 Exodus 20:10; Nehemiah 13:15-22.
*6 Exodus 20:8; Leviticus 23:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7.
*7 Matthew 12:1-13
*8 Nehemiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 58:13-14; Amos 8:4-6.
*9 Exodus 20:9; Leviticus 23:3.
*10 Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17.

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Five Reasons Anders Breivik Was Dreadfully Wrong (Via Phil Campbell)

Phil Campbell, pastor of Mitchelton Presbyterian in Brisbane offers an evaluation of the claim of Anders Breivik (the man responsible for the tragedy in Norway) that he is a Christian.
Campbell focuses squarely on Jesus.
Here’s a webpage version of his post.
You can download a well-formatted pdf copy of the post here.

Also Ed Stetzer offers analysis about the media’s initial ubiquitous use of the term ‘fundamentalist Christian’ to describe Breivik.

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Is Sydney A Threat To World Anglicanism?

Mark Driscoll once famously offered a critique of Sydney Anglicanism.
Maybe someone should give him a copy of Muriel Porter’s irenicly titled book Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment.
If he visits Melbourne maybe they could compare notes.
Anyway, Mark Thompson (who teaches theology at the Anglican Moore College in Sydney) examines Porter’s book at length and is not impressed.

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Richard Castle’s Daughter Dresses As Malcolm Reynolds At Comic-Con

So what if the actress who plays the daughter of the titular character from Castle attends Comic-Con decked out is a costume inspired by the Captain from Firefly?
Well if you know, this article from Geek Dad is pretty cool, and if you don’t it won’t mean a lot.

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The US Debt Ceiling Situation Explained

My feed reader had a post by Justin Taylor which included this video, which explains in very basic terms why the debt ceiling will be raised by the US government, current maneuverings notwithstanding.
My brain is still trying to comprehend the notion of 2.3 trillion dollars of income and 3.7 trillion dollars of expenditure.
The 1.4 trillion they will loan is over one-third of their expenditure.
The page has disappeared from Taylor’s blog.
This seems to be a very hot issue in the US at the moment.
(Posting this video does not mean I endorse the group who made it. I know nothing about them.)