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Public Worship To Be Preferred (via Reformation 21)

From a post by Mark Jones at Reformation 21 commending public worship of God morning and evening each Lord’s Day.

Moreover, worship is a means of grace. When we come to hear God speak to us, we respond in faith, hope and love to our triune God. God builds up Christ’s people, for we are Christ’s fullness (Eph. 1:22-23). Worship makes us more like Christ, and for that reason I believe that consistent attendance at the AM and PM services, if possible, will ordinarily lead to a more spiritually vibrant Christian life. Public worship is to be preferred before private communion with God. What happens on the Lord’s day is a foretaste of heaven (Heb. 12:22-23).

Read the whole article here.


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The Plan That Matters (preparing for mgpc 1/11/2015)

Songs of preparation: Build Your Kingdom Here and The Earth And The Riches (Psalm 24).
Call to worship:
Praise: For All The Saints.
Corporate prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 29:1-21 – Prophecy against Egypt, delivered first in 587 B.C. (a year after Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem) and again in 571 B.C. (verse 17), promising that Egypt will be delivered to Nebuchadnezzar, exiled, and after 40 years restored, though in a permanently degraded condition.
Baptism of Felicity Rae Loef
Bible memorisation: 2 Samuel 22:2-3.
Praise: Put A New Song In My Heart.
Reading: 2 Samuel 16:15-17:29
Sermon: The Plan That Really Matters – God demonstrates his purpose to preserve David by thwarting the plans of Ahithophel (and others).
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: See Him Coming.


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My Daughters Wished I Took This Class: Hairbrushing 101

Classes for fathers on “how to do “pain-free” brushing, use detangling products, execute a basic ponytail, create a fishtail braid and — the piece de resistance — a flower braid.”
One testimonial: “It’s definitely helped,” he said. “And it’s better than her sitting there going ‘ouch, ouch, ouch’ when I brush it.”
Here’s the article on Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
If you search you’ll find it at other places.


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From Smallest Seed

A video produced by A Rocha, featuring photos expressing aspects of creation care and enjoyment, set to the song From Smallest Seed.


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Ministry In Mount Magnet And Surrounds, Western Australia

Surendra and May Wesley are carrying out ministry in Mount Magnet, Western Australia, under the shared support of the Presbyterian Inland Mission and Australian Presbyterian World Mission.
In this video, posted by APWM’s Kevin Murray during a recent visit, Surendra speaks about the response to the establishment phase of their work.


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Invisible Empires + Bonus Tracks by Sara Groves – Free At Noisetrade For Limited Time

original-bonus_track_editionFans of Sara Groves probably already have her last album Invisible Empires and are busy listening to her latest Floodplain.
But if you haven’t got a copy, or you’d like to hear a great lyricist and get a couple of bonus tracks head over to Noisetrade and download Invisible Empires free for a limited time.


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Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads When They’re Listening?

The fact that Mental Floss published this article means that I’m not the only one who wonders about questions such as this.
The answers provided sound okay.
And having heard a bit about emotional ‘intelligence’ at my training days in Sydney, it’s interesting to think that this is a sign of dog’s capacity to read out emotions.
It would seem that cats don’t tilt their heads because they simply don’t care.
And, there’s always the ongoing debate about whether dogs can look up or not.