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How Deep The Father’s Love For Us by Christa Wells

A vocal version of How Deep The Father’s Love For Us.
We’ll be singing this as mgpc on Friday.

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The Function Of Creeds (via Ligonier)

This Sunday mgpc will affirm our common Christian faith in the words of the Apostles Creed.
On Easter Sunday I especially love the words “On the third day He rose again.”

Something from an article by R.C. Sproul Jr on the function of creeds.

[Creeds] remind us that we didn’t start the fire.
They remind us that we have stepped into a stream that precedes us — that our fathers are at this table.
It puts us in our context.

Read the whole article here.

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Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters – A Review

EPSC_Acts_1024x1024Guy Prentiss Waters’ Acts volume in Evangelical Press’ Study Commentary series is a helpful and thorough production.
It is a mid-range commentary aimed at assisting the preparation of sermons and Bible studies.
The style is not that of transcribed sermons or exegetical outlines, but rather the work that is carried out before preparing a sermon or writing a study.
Passages are sequentially analysed with attention given to language, structure and matters of theological and historical context. Each section concludes with a summary that provides application points.
Waters affirms a commitment to the theological positions of the Westminster Standards. Though these undergird the work it is the book of Acts that is given opportunity to speak.
There is a wide engagement with other scholarship; footnotes provide immediate access to points of reference, a welcome difference from many other volumes in this series. Sadly, beyond the footnotes, there is no stand alone bibliography.
It would also seem that the EP Study Commentary series is now moving to a paperback format. The previous hardback releases in the series were always a mixed bag in terms of binding standards. It is to be hoped that given the 604 page count of Waters’ Acts that a quality binding has been chosen.
Guy Prentiss Waters Acts neither overwhelms with detail or simply provides finished expositions. It is an accessible assistant to study of Luke’s historical and theological account of the early church.

The review copy of Acts – EP Study Commentary was a pdf edition provided by Cross Focussed Reviews as part of a Acts – EP Study Commentary blog tour. A positive review was not required.

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Comic Papyrus

What if the two most maligned fonts in desktop publishing got together and produced an offspring?
Wonder no longer.
Meet Comic Papyrus.
This is a real thing, but I’m not commending it.
No, I’m just admiring the audacity.

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All Things New – Sunday Songs

Heard a rousing sermon by a Mount Gambier colleague tonight based on Ephesians 5:14 – “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
It made me think of this song by Andrew Peterson, Resurrection Letters, Vol 2.
I’m eagerly awaiting Vol. 1 which should be released some day or another.
It’s not a congregational song. But I like it.
Here are the lyrics:

Come broken and weary
Come battered and bruised
My Jesus makes all things new
All things new

Come lost and abandoned
Come blown by the wind
He’ll bring you back home again
Home again

Rise up, O you sleeper, awake
The dawn is upon you
Rise up, O you sleeper, awake
He makes all things new
All things new

Come burning with shame
Come frozen with guilt
My Jesus, he loves you still
Loves you still

Rise up, O you sleeper, awake
The dawn is upon you
Rise up, O you sleeper, awake
He makes all things new
He makes all things new

The world was good
The world is fallen
The world will be redeemed

So hold on to the promise
The stories are true
That Jesus makes all things new
(The dawn is upon you)

Words (c) by Andrew Peterson
Music (c) by Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive, and Andy Gullahorn

This is the best youtube version I could find.
It’s not the album track, but is taken from a Live release from Peterson.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 13

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 13

Q & A 23
Q What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
A Christ, as our Redeemer, executes the offices of a prophet,1 of a priest,2 and of a king,*3 both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.

Q & A 24
Q How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word4 and Spirit,5 the will of God for our salvation.*6

Q & A 25
Q How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
A Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice,7 and reconcile us to God,8 and in making continual intercession for us.*9

Q & A 26
Q How does Christ execute the office of a king?
A Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us,10 and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.11

*1 Deuteronomy 18:18; Acts 2:33; Acts 3:22-23; Hebrews 1:1-2.
*2 Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 5:5-6.
*3 Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Corinthians 15:25.
*4 Luke 4:18-19, 21; Acts 1:1-2; Hebrews 2:3.
*5 John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 1:11.
*6 John 4:41-42; John 20:30-31.
*7 Isaiah 53; Acts 8:32-35; Hebrews 9:26-28; Hebrews 10:12.
*8 Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:21-22.
*9 Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24.
*10 Psalm 110:3; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:2; Colossians 1:13.
*11 Psalm 2:6-9; Psalm 110:1-2;. Matthew 12:28; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Colossians 2:15.

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The Place Where Everybody Limps. Without Shame.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Sunday by Sunday, as Christians gather together, everybody has a limp.
For some it’s visible, for others it won’t be apparent just to look at them, but we are not the people who have it all together and who have had perfect lives.
But in our fragmentations and past experiences do not define us.
Instead we’re defined by the one who has come to each and every one of us and comforted us, because his grace is sufficient for us and his power is made perfect in weakness.
So we gather together, each of us with our limp; each of us radiant vessels of grace.