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When Lunch Fights Back

This cat probably had dire intentions for a little chipmunk.
But the chipmunk had other ideas.

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Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus – Sunday Songs

Last friday I attended the funeral of our town’s previous Anglican pastor.
A faithful man who retired in his early eighties after serving the parish for over 35 years.
MGPC also hosted a citywide service tonight and one of the hymns we chose was also sung at the funeral on Friday.
Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.
A song about one man’s faithful service, Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus was written especially for the funeral of another faithful pastor, summing up that man’s dying challenge for the saints.
So it’s also a song of commitment by those of us who have not yet joined the church eternal.

The lyrics:
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry,
His army shall He lead.
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished.
And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day.
Ye who are men, now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls, or danger,
Be never wanting there.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song.
To him who overcometh
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory,
Shall reign eternally.

Here’s a nice version.

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Q. How does holy Baptism remind and assure you that the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross avails for you?
A. In this way: Christ instituted this external washing with water and by it has promised that I am as certainly washed with his blood and Spirit from the uncleanness of my soul and from all my sins, as I am washed externally with water which is used to remove the dirt from my body.

Q. What does it mean to be washed with the blood and Spirit of Christ?
A. It means to have the forgiveness of sins from God, through grace, for the sake of Christ’s blood which he shed for us in his sacrifice of the cross, and also to be renewed by the Holy Spirit and sanctified as members of Christ, so that we may more and more die unto sin and live in a consecrated and blameless way.

Q. Where has Christ promised that we are as certainly washed with his blood and Spirit as with the water of baptism?
A. In the institution of Baptism which runs thus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved: but he who does not believe will be condemned.” This promise is also repeated where the Scriptures call baptism “the water of rebirth” and the washing away of sins.

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Announcing God’s Sovereignty Over The Nations (preparing for MGPC 29/6/2014)

Sola (By Your Word Alone) and How Long Will You Forget Me Lord (Psalm 13) are the songs of preparation.
Worship commences with Humble Thyself / Our God Is An Awesome God.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will recall the free gift of God, eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord, and the freedom from slavery to sin that is now ours.
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less, The Apostles’ Creed and Glory Be To God The Father is our shared testimony of faith and assurance.
From God’s Word, John 15:1-27 continues the upper room narrative where Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.
This our final week memorising Hebrews 13:14 (reward chocolates afterward)
We’ll sing Great Is Your Faithfulness in praise of God’s revealed glory.
After reading Jeremiah 18:1-11, our guest preacher David D’Lima will preach a sermon entitled Announcing God’s Sovereignty Over The Nations.
We’ll be led in our pastoral prayer, give our tithes and offerings, then worship will conclude singing We Are His Children (Go Forth).

Tomorrow we’ll also have a shared lunch, and host a citywide service at 6.30pm.

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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 16 / AFL Round 15

Nothing too much to say about last week.
Nothing too much to say about this week.

NRL (last round 4/6; season tally 63/110)

AFL (last round 6/9; season tally 78/117)
North Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Port Adelaide

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J Gresham Machen Biography by Ned Stonehouse eBook Editions Available Free

machen-stonehouse-2TNed Stonehouse’s biographical memoir of J Gresham Machen is an encouraging read.
It provides insight into the challenges faithful people face as a denomination slides into liberalism, and there are some nice character touches.
I first read it in the 80’s and it provided some helpful insight into understanding figures who had gone through the polarising experiences that confronted the Australian Presbyterian church before and after 1977.
You only hear these sorts of stories in Australia if you sit down and listen to folk who were around (a diminishing number). I’m not really aware of anything in print like this.
Thanks to Carl Trueman for pointing out the ebook edition (a fiftieth anniversary republication, no less) is available free in both ePub and mobi formats at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (USA) website.