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The Probable Origin Of Neck Ties (via Doghouse Diaries)

This makes as much sense as anything.
I wear one most weeks.
My kids look at me strangely when I don’t.

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Give Me Jesus – Sunday Songs

I’ve had Give Me Jesus on the blog before, but not on Sunday Songs. (edit: maybe I was wrong)
Sometime we’ll sing it on Sunday nights.
The words, I think are sourced from an old african-american spiritual. Lots and lots of arrangements of this have been made and I’ve got half a dozen or more recordings of it by various singers in my iTunes.
The simplicity of the lyric and melody belies how profound the sentiment of the song truly is.

In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You may have all this world,
Give me Jesus.
Oh, when I am alone,
Oh, when I am alone,
Oh, when I am alone,
Give me Jesus.
Oh, when I come to die,
Oh, when I come to die,
Oh, when I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

One of my favourite versions is from Fernando Ortega.
This special rendition is interspersed with tribute material to Ruth Graham.

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Q. What difference is there between the Lord’s Supper and the papal Mass?
A. The Lord’s Supper testifies to us that we have compete forgiveness of all our sins through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ which he himself has accomplished on the cross once for all; (and that through the Holy Spirit we are incorporated into Christ, who is now in heaven with his true body at the right hand of the Father and is there to be worshipped). But the Mass teaches that the living and the dead do not have forgiveness of sins through the sufferings of Christ unless is again offered for them daily by the priest (and that Christ is bodily under the form of bread and wine and is therefore to be worshipped in them). Therefore the Mass is fundamentally a complete denial of the once for all sacrifice and passion of Jesus Christ (and as such an idolatry to be condemned).

Q. Who ought to come to the table of the Lord?
A. Those who are displeased with themselves for their sins, and who nevertheless trust that these sins have been forgiven them and that their remaining weakness is covered by the passion and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and improve their life. The impenitent and hypocrites, however, eat and drink judgment to themselves.

Q. Should those who show themselves to be unbelievers and enemies of God by their confession and life be admitted to this Supper?
A. No, for then the covenant of God would be profaned and his wrath provoked against the whole congregation. According to the ordinance of Christ and his apostles, therefore, the Christian church is under obligation, by the office of the keys, to exclude such persons until they amend their lives.

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The Wise Heart (preparing for MGPC 27/7/2014)

There Is A Redeemer and Blest The Man Who Fears Jehovah (Psalm 128) are the songs of preparation, with Far And Near commencing worship.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will recognise God’s eternal being and faithfulness, confessing the times when we act in ways that disregard that truth, trusting instead that which is limited and unable to preserve us.
Search Me, O God, the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are our confession of faith and assurance.
From God’s Word we continue to read John’s Gospel considering Jesus’ trial by Pilate.
We’ll be learning another Bible verse for memorisation.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus gives expression to the Christian’s experience of fellowship with God through prayer.
Following the reading Psalm 90, the sermon will focus on The Wise Heart, as we consider Moses’ mature testimony of the frailties of life and the enduring faithfulness of God, and how a wise life learns which is the better legacy to leave for new generations.
After our pastoral prayer and giving our tithes and offerings we’ll conclude worship singing All My Days (Beautiful Saviour).

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Worship Leader’s ‘Top Worship Songs Of 2013’ List

I haven’t heard most of these, but this list gives you some idea of what people are singing, courtesy of Worship Leader Online.
Absent are Getty, Townend, EMU Australia, Sovereign Grace, or other stuff I like.
These are from 2013 releases.
At the page there are embeds for listening.

  1. “Crown Him (Majesty)”
    Burning Lights | Chris Tomlin
    Writers: Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, ED Cash, George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, Matthew Bridges

  2. “Withholding Nothing”
    Withholding Nothing | William McDowell
    Writer: William McDowell

  3. “The Anthem”
    Limitless | Planetshakers
    Writers: Henry Seeley, Joth Hunt, Liz Webber

  4. “Captured”
    Evening : Morning | The Digital Age
    Writers: Jack Parker, Jeremy Bush, Mark Waldrop, Mike Dodson

  5. “Alive”
    We Are Young & Free | Young & Free
    Writers: Aodhan King, Alexander Pappas

  6. “The Rock Won’t Move”
    The Rock Won’t Move | Vertical Church
    Writers: Tyler Miller, Jacob Sooter, Kyle Fredricks, Landon MacDonald

  7. “When You Walk Into the Room”
    Kingdom Come | Bryan & Katie Torwalt
    Writers: Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt

  8. “Revival”
    Revival | Soulfire Revolution
    Writers: Soulfire Revolution

  9. “Victor’s Crown”
    Revealing Jesus | Darlene Zschech
    Writers: Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Darlene Zschech

  10. “Open Up Our Eyes”
    Nothing Is Wasted | Elevation Worship
    Writers: ChrisBrown, London Gatch, Mack Brock, Stuart Garrard, Wade Joye

  11. “Forever”
    Tides | Bethel Music
    Writers: Brian Johnson, Kari Jobe, Jenn Johnson, Gabriel Wilson, Joel Taylor, Christa Black Gifford

  12. “Man of Sorrows”
    Glorious Ruins | Hillsong Live
    Writers: BrookeLigertwood, Matt Crocker

  13. “The Cross Stands”
    Let It Be Known | Worship Central
    Writers: Ben Cantelon, Matt Redman, Nick Herbert, Tim Hughes

  14. “Praise the Invisible”
    The Invisible | Daniel Bashta
    Writer: Daniel Bashta

  15. “This Is Amazing Grace”
    The Ascension | Phil Wickham
    Writers: Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham

  16. “Great Are You Lord”
    Live | All Sons & Daughters
    Writers: David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan

  17. “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”
    Burning Lights | Chris Tomlin
    Writers: Chris Tomlin, Scott Cash, Ed Cash

  18. “Your Grace Finds Me”
    Your Grace Finds Me | Matt Redman
    Writers: Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman

  19. “Lord I Need You”
    All the People Said Amen | Matt Maher
    Writers: Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher

  20. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
    Zion | Hillsong United
    Writers: Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, Salomon Lighthelm

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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 20 / AFL Round 18 (cont.)

So, a full round the NRL and the second half of AFL round 18.
Last weekend went pretty well for NRL for a change with Wests upsetting Canterbury and Newcastle (probably understandably) against against Gold Coast.
In the AFL all the underdogs showed something with Carlton and Saint Kilda revealing North Melbourne and Fremantle’s pretensions.
So here’s a fresh round of NRL choices and last week’s AFL selections.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 77/136)
Gold Coast

AFL (last round 6/9; season tally 98/144)
North Melbourne
Port Adelaide
West Coast
Gold Coast