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The Quarterback And The Leukemia Patient

Watch this video of a young man listening to a younger girl singing, and figuring out how to accompany her on the piano by ear.
Charming as it is, read this background story and your heart will be warmed even more.

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How Man Of Steel Should Have Ended

Elegantly resolves most of Man Of Steel’s impossible dilemmas.
If you haven’t seen MoS this probably won’t make much sense.

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All I Have Is Christ – Sunday Songs

All I Have Is Christ is an example of how a song written for contemporary renditions can be adapted for usage by other groupings.
Originally presented on Sovereign Grace Music’s album The Gathering, a recording of their youth oriented WorshipGod11, a four-part harmony version was prepared and used by the Together For The Gospel Conference, and was featured on a live album of recordings from T4G.
So, instead of four pages of music, we have one.
This makes life much happier for churches who have limited instrumentalists, and who also want congregational voice to be the featured element of sung praise.
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

Music and words by Jordan Kauflin
© 2009 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Here’s the T4G version, from SGM’s bandcamp page.

And here’s the WorshipGod11 version from SGM’s youtube page.

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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 30

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 30

Chapter 19 – Of the Law of God (Paragraphs 1-2)
I. God gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it.
II. This law, after his Fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables; the first four commandments containing our duty toward God, and the other six our duty to man.

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Training Grace, How Sweet The Sound (MGPC 28/7/2013)

The grace of God, which brings salvation, also brings transformation.
We are not only given a new status before God, we also continue to be changed into a people striving to do the works of God.

Blessed Be Your Name and Join All The Glorious Names prepare us for worship by focussing on who we are in the Lord Jesus. A further expression of our praise to Him for His great work of salvation will follow as we commence the service singing The Splendour Of The King (How Great Is Our God).
Our prayer will recognise how deeply we need not only the redemption of salvation but the transformation of our natures to truly be the people of God. In and of ourselves we would return to seeking our own ways, but the Gospel changes us, more and more to be like Jesus. Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender, The Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow will express our testimony of faith.
Jeremiah 32:1-25 recounts the prophet’s confusion as he obeys a perplexing command of God. Come And Fill Our Homes With Your Presence (The Family Prayer Song) is a response of devotion and obedience to God in every season.
Titus 2:11-15 reveals the empowering reason for the series of commands given to the church about discipling relationships among one another. This is a practical part of God’s saving work in our lives as we learn to love righteousness serving and being served.
After our prayers of thanksgiving and for the needs of others, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude our worship singing Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

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Helpful Principles For Short Term Mission Trips

Michael Simmelink outlines some helpful principles to apply for short term mission trips and the thinking process behind partnering with local churches in cross cultural situations.
Affirming the value of cross-cultural experiences, Simmelink maintains that adjustments in thought processes will make them smarter and more fruitful for everyone involved.
These sort of principles inform mgpc’s involvement with other churches.
In some cases the process of discerment can seem very slow, but since we’re seeking to serve others, and not our own needs, we’re growing in patience.
The provision of support aid should be understood as falling under one of three stages:

relief, rehabilitation and development. Relief is only given for a few short months, and usually only after a crisis when basic needs have to be met. Rehabilitation is the process of turning aid-provision over into the hands of the community. Development is what most long-term missions are interested in, and that means creating self-sustaining outposts where missionaries hopefully work themselves out of the job.

Providing aid at an incorrect stage leads to dependence, not empowerment.
Three considerations:

First, short-termers should only be doing projects that are in partnership with long-termers.
Second, mission teams need to recognize the type of aid they are giving and if it is appropriate for the setting.
Third, the community that is being served must be included in the plans.

Read all of How to Make Missions Trips More Effective.

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Football Tips – NRL Round 20 / AFL Round 18 2013

Two genuine upsets along with two close tips going wrong led to five out nine in the AFL; while the NRL only managed one upset and one close tip gone wrong for four out of six (which in itself is remarkable for the NRL).

NRL (last round 4/6; season tally 90/136)
North Queensland

AFL (last round 5/9; season tally 111/147)
Gold Coast (who may not win, but Carlton are rubbish)
North Melbourne
Port Adelaide
West Coast