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Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith – Free Kindle Download For One Day Only

The Kindle of Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith has just been listed for free at Amazon, but for one day only.
If you’re still up, or if you’re looking at this in the morning click over and get a copy.
365 prayers, succinct and expressive, each taking a verse from the Bible as their starting point and then opening up a grace saturated perspective on life.
Can’t recommend this highly enough.
Thanks to Gospel Ebooks.

Everyday-Prayers-193x300How would life be different if we could think, see, and do all things in light of the person and work of Jesus? With this inspiring collection of 365 Scripture-centered prayers, Scotty Smith helps readers pray the Scriptures through the lens of the gospel, mining the resources of God’s grace and applying them in every season of life. He frees readers to abandon any posing or pretending in favor of an honest, no-spin relationship with a God who claims them as his own.
Each day includes a Scripture reference and an inspirational original prayer, born from both moments of great faith and moments of crisis.


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Lord, Make Me A (Useful) Fork

I love the juxtapositions my rss reader tosses up.

First, from Trevin Wax:

Father, make of me a crisis man.
Bring those I contact to decision.
Let me not be a mile post on a single road;
make me a fork,
that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.

– Jim Elliot
Through Gates of Splendor, 59.

And then, from 9laughs.

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The One Minute Review of Les Misérables

Here’s what Thomas McKenzie thinks of Les Misérables.
These were my thoughts.
I can see where he’s coming from. Painfully so, in some cases.
It raises interesting questions about transferring a work created for a particular medium to another medium, which, though similar, is really quite different in its capacity to communicate.
I wouldn’t watch this if you haven’t seen the movie, but if you have you should get a laugh or two.
And, by all means, go and see the movie.

One Minute Review: Les Miserables from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.


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My New Favourite Dog Name (Today, Anyway)

I always tell the kids that in the unlikely (very, very, unlikely) event that we got a dog it would be a Jack Russell and its name would be ‘Jack’.
They take this as meaning that one day we will in fact get such a dog, but I think the older ones are wising up.
Anyway, the cartoon below displays my current (at least for the rest of the year) favourite dog name.
source
achilles


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All Glory Be To Christ by King’s Kaleidoscope – Sunday Songs

King’s Kaleidoscope is one of the ‘house bands’ which lead the singing at (US) Mars Hill churches.
All Glory Be To Christ is a song from their end-of-year 5 track EP Joy Has Dawned.
The song’s lyrics are set to the familiar tune of Auld Lang Syne. Now, one of my sisters-in-law hates Auld Land Syne with the blazing power of a thousand suns (or at least she used to), but this set of words is very good and makes it pretty tolerable, at least.
We sang it tonight at mgpc, and we’ll probably sing it again next week as well.
This is the album version of the song, courtesy of bandcamp, where the whole album only costs US$4.

The lyrics:
1.
Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!
Refrain.
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!
2.
His will be done, His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him the Lord of love
Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!
Refrain.
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!
3.
When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new.
Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be
All glory be to Christ!
Refrain.
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!

Here’s a film clip of the band singing the song.


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Christian Clothing (mgpc 30/12/2012)

The last week of an old year can serve as a time to reflect on the pattern of our growth as disciples of Jesus, and provide us with fresh insight and resolve as we seek to follow Him in the year ahead. In Colossians 3, Paul gives us some sartorial spiritual fashion tips.
Our preparatory songs, What A Friend We Have In Jesus and One For Many, give praise for the blessing of prayer and the hope we have of our Redeemer’s return. On this last Sunday of the year worship commences with the singing of O God Our Help In Ages Past.
The prayer of praise and confession will express thanks for God’s unchanging, faithful nature; and give voice to our sorrow for not living as we were redeemed to be, but living in the past habits of our rebellion instead of the freedom into which we are saved. We’ll thank God for his forgiveness and provision of the means whereby we grow more like Jesus.
We’ll express our shared assurance and faith as we sing Search Me, O God (a winsome paraphrase of Psalm 139); recite The Apostles’ Creed; and then Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Jeremiah’s explanation of the destruction of Judah will be heard from Jeremiah 9:12-26; and we respond by singing Speak O Lord, asking that God would continue to open His word to us and give us listening ears.
Colossians 3:12-17 contains Paul’s exhortation to Christians to consciously live as what we’ve been redeemed to be. We’re reminded of how we came to be part of God’s family; what it took to bring us in; who it is that we’ve been saved alongside; and in whose name all our living, activity and service takes place.
We’ll be led in our prayers of thanksgiving and for various needs, then give our offering before closing our last morning worship of 2012 singing As You Go, a song which emphasises the ministry and mission which falls to all of God’s people.