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The Light Side – Darth Vader’s Imperial March In A Major Key

This is supposed to be John Williams’ The Imperial March in a Major Key.
If only Darth Vader had listened to this when he walked around there would have been a lot less force choking.

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Hymn – Sunday Songs

The only title this song has is Hymn.
It’s originally by Brooke Fraser.
I first heard it on Chelsea Moon’s Hymn Project Vol. 1.

The lyrics:
If to distant lands I scatter
If I sail to farthest seas
Would you find and firm and gather
‘Til I only dwell in Thee?
If I flee from greenest pastures
Would you leave to look for me?
Forfeit glory to come after
‘Til I only dwell in Thee
If my heart has one ambition
If my soul one goal to seek
This my solitary vision
‘Til I only dwell in Thee
That I only dwell in Thee
‘Til I only dwell in Thee

Words & Music: Brooke Fraser
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 9

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 9

Q & A 25
Q Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate into which man fell?
A The sinfulness of that estate into which man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam’s first sin,1 the want of that righteousness wherein he was created, and the corruption of his nature, whereby he is utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite unto all that is spiritually good, and wholly inclined to all evil, and that continually;2 which is commonly called original sin, and from which do proceed all actual transgressions.*3

Q & A 26
Q How is original sin conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity?
A Original sin is conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity by natural generation, so as all that proceed from them in that way are conceived and born in sin.*4

Q & A 27
Q What misery did the fall bring upon mankind?
A The fall brought upon mankind the loss of communion with God,5 his displeasure and curse; so as we are by nature children of wrath,6 bond slaves to Satan,7 and justly liable to all punishments in this world, and that which is to come.8

Q & 28
Q What are the punishments of sin in this world?
A The punishments of sin in this world are either inward, as blindness of mind,9 a reprobate sense,10 strong delusions,11 hardness of heart,12 horror of conscience,13 and vile affections;14 or outward, as the curse of God upon the creatures of our sakes,15 and all other evils that befall us in our bodies, names, estates, relations, and employments;16 together with death itself.*17

Q & A 29
Q What are the punishments of sin in the world to come?
A The punishments of sin in the world to come, are everlasting separation from the comfortable presence of God, and most grievous torments in soul and body, without intermission, in hell-fire forever.*18

*1 Romans 5:12, 19.
*2 Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:6; Romans 8:7-8; Genesis 6:5.
*3 James 1:14-15; Matthew 15:19.
*4 Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4; John 3:6.
*5 Genesis 3:8, 10, 24.
*6 Ephesians 2:2-3.
*7 2 Timothy 2:26.
*8 Genesis 2:17; Lamentations 3:39; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41; Matthew 25:46; Jude 7.
*9 Ephesians 4:18.
*10 Romans 1:28.
*11 2 Thessalonians 2:11.
*12 Romans 2:5.
*13 Isaiah 33:14; Genesis 4:13; Matthew 27:4.
*14 Romans 1:26.
*15 Genesis 3:17.
*16 Deuteronomy 28:15-18.
*17 Romans 6:21, 23.
*18 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Mark 9:43-44, 46, 48; Luke 16:24.

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Devotion To Silly People

From a paper by Terry Johnson on The Church as it was Meant to be:
“Devotion to the fellowship of the church means devotion to silly people and a lot of foolishness. Why is this so? Because the church is made up of sinners, that’s why. Inevitably, we will hurt and disappoint one another. If, each time that happens you run for it, the church will collapse. We are called to be committed to the fellowship.”

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Defence Against Mission Drift (preparing for mgpc 28/2/2016)

Songs of preparation: I’ll Seek You Early, God (Psalm 63) and Come People Of The Risen King.
Call to worship:
Praise: Sweet Hour Of Prayer.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Create In Me A Clean Heart; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 2:1-18 – Exhortation not to neglect “such a great salvation” won by God’s Son (verses 1-4), followed by further demonstrations of Christ’s supremacy based on Psalm 8 (verse 5 following) and Psalm 22 and other Old Testament passages (verses 11 following).
Memory verse: Acts 14:22
Praise: Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me.
Reading: Acts 14:1-28.
Sermon: Defence Against Mission Drift – The leaders of the Christian church assemble to clarify what is the essence of salvation; and how adding to that essence would threaten the integrity of their mission and message.
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Behold Our God.