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Pray by More Than Rubies

“Teach us to pray”

The lyrics:
Father which art in heaven
Holy is your name
Let your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Father, give us our daily bread
And father, forgive our debts
As we forgive our debtors

Teach us to pray
Teach us to pray
Teach us to pray

Father which art in heaven
Holy is your name
Let your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Father, deliver us from evil
For yours is the kingdom
And the power and the glory forever

Teach us to pray
Teach us to pray
Teach us to pray
Teach us to pray, teach us to pray, teach us to pray

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Union With Christ by New Scottish Hymns

Here’s another track from New Scottish Hymn’s recently released second album, We Shall All Be Changed.
For some reasons Union With Christ makes me think of EMU Music, maybe back in their Plainsong days.
Here’s a lyric video.

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Zeus The Husky Doesn’t Want To Get Off The Couch

Zeus the husky returns; this time objecting to the idea of getting off the couch and go for a walk.
Couch potatoes everywhere can identify.

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The Same Power – Sunday Songs

I heard The Same Power at a Mount Gambier churches city-wide service tonight.
I don’t remember having heard it before, but recognised song coauthor Ben Cantelon from Saviour Of The World.

The lyrics:
Verse 1
There is power in His name
For the stone has rolled away
Mountains bow down before
Jesus Christ, our risen Lord
Jesus Christ, our risen Lord
Mighty Saviour, lifted high
King forever, Jesus Christ
Crowned in glory, raised to life
The same power lives in us
Verse 2
We will rise, stand and sing
Of our great and matchless King
Seated high on the throne
You shall reign forevermore
You shall reign forevermore
Bridge (4x)
The grave could not contain
The power of His name
Death you overcame
Once and for all

Writer(s): Ben Cantelon, Nick Herbert
© 2013 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Q & A 79
Q May not true believers, by reason of their imperfections, and the many temptations and sins they are overtaken with, fall away from the state of grace?
A True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God,1 and his decree and covenant to give them perseverance,2 their inseparable union with Christ,3 his continual intercession for them,4 and the Spirit and seed of God abiding in them,5 can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace,6 but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.*7

Q & A 80
Q Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere therein unto salvation?
A Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavour to walk in all good conscience before him,8 may, without extraordinary revelation, by faith grounded upon the truth of God’s promises, and by the Spirit enabling them to discern in themselves those graces to which the promises of life are made,9 and bearing witness with their spirits that they are the children of God,10 be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and shall persevere therein unto salvation.11

Q & A 81
Q Are all true believers at all times assured of their present being in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved?
A Assurance of grace and salvation not being of the essence of faith,12 true believers may wait long before they obtain it;13 and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temptations, and desertions;14 yet they are never left without such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as keeps them from sinking into utter despair.15

*1 Jeremiah 31:3.
*2 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 13:20-21; 2 Samuel 23:5.
*3 1 Corinthians 1:8-9.
*4 Hebrews 7:25; Luke 22:32.
*5 1 John 3:9; 1 John 2:27.
*6 Jeremiah 32:40; John 10:28.
*7 1 Peter 1:5.
*8 1 John 2:3.
*9 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 John 3:14, 18-19, 21, 24; 1 John 4:13, 16; Hebrews 6:11-12.
*10 Romans 8:16.
*11 1 John 5:13.
*12 Ephesians 1:13.
*13 Isaiah 50:10; Psalm 88:1-3, 6-7, 9-10, 13-15.
*14 Psalm 77:1-12; Song of Solomon 5:2-3, 6; Psalm 51:8, 12; Psalm 31:22; Psalm 22:1.
*15 1 John 3:9; Psalm 73:15, 23; Isaiah 54:7-10.

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Belonging To An Ordinary Church (via Eric Raymond)

Eric Raymond reminds us that while we may think we gather with an insignificant church, wherever the Gospel is central to belief and life you are part of the most important organisation on earth:

From the article:

When you read that word ordinary, what do you think of? Common synonyms include unimpressive, typical, normal, and common. As soon as you attach these synonyms to a noun, you will draw conclusions: My day was typical. The movie was unimpressive. The book was average. When we think about the church in general and our church in particular, we might be a bit embarrassed to call it “ordinary.” But what if you don’t have thousands of members, a massive building, or the reputation for being the “cool church?” What if you are just a church? What if you are an ordinary ministry? Is this OK?
Here is the bottom-line reality: the church is the most important organization on the planet. Its importance and inherent value is not dependent upon size but substance. Let’s remember that the church has the highest calling on the planet. Her job is to glorify God. There is nothing more noble nor important than this. This does not impugn the importance of other organizations that do very good things, but it does relativize them. Nothing takes the place of prominence like the church. The church is the bride of Christ.
The church also has a tremendous impact on our present lives. As Christians gather and work together to hear and apply God’s word, they are serving to encourage each other to find our joy, identity, hope, meaning and purpose in God. We work together to glorify God by finding our true contentment in God. What a difference this is from where we were prior to conversion!
Furthermore, the church has the greatest impact. While many organizations may boast of real help for people in this world (and I praise God for them) only the church can truly say that it brings help in this world and the next. The church is involved in rescuing sinners from an eternity in hell. Think about this: we rejoice in a group that is able to help people get over addictions and enjoy a meaningful life. But, as good as this is, it only has an impact for a handful of decades. How much more does the church shine in her mission to seek and save the lost from eternal suffering?

Read the whole post here.