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According To Thy Gracious Word – Sunday Songs

I have lot of fond memories of singing According To Thy Gracious Word as a communion hymn at my home church.
It’s been nearly twenty years since then, and mind and memory have not yet fled.
I can’t find a version sung to my preferred tune of MARTYRDOM (it’s getting so I may have to record some of these myself), so here’s a contemporary tune by New Scottish.

The lyrics:
According to thy gracious word
in meek humility,
this will I do, my dying Lord,
I will remember thee.
Thy body, broken for my sake,
my bread from heaven shall be;
thy cup of blessing I will take,
and thus remember thee.
Can I Gethsemane forget
or there thy conflict see,
thine agony and bloody sweat,
and not remember thee?
When to the cross I tum mine eyes,
and rest on Calvary,
O Lamb of God, my sacrifice,
I must remember thee:
Remember thee, and all thy pains,
and all thy love to me;
yea, while a breath, a pulse remains,
will I remember thee.
And when these failing lips grow dumb,
and mind and memory flee,
when thou shalt in thy kingdom come,
then, Lord, remember me.

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 31

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 31

Q & A 122
Q What is the sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man?
A The sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man is, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do to others: What we would have them to do to us.

Q & A 123
Q Which is the fifth commandment?
A The fifth commandment is, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Q & A 124
Q Who are meant by father and mother in the fifth commandment?
A By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, but all superiors in age and gifts; and especially such as, by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, church, or commonwealth.

Q & A 125
Q Why are superiors styled father and mother?
A Superiors are styled father and mother, both to teach them in all duties toward their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations; and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties to their superiors, as to their parents.

Q & A 126
Q What is the general scope of the fifth commandment?
A The general scope of the fifth commandment is, the performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors, or equals.

Q & A 127
Q What is the honor that inferiors owe to their superiors?
A The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.

Q & A 128
Q What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
A The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against, their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.

Q & A 129
Q What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?
A It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their inferiors; to instruct, counsel, and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well; and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting, and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body: and by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves, and so to preserve that authority which God has put upon them.

Q & A 130
Q What are the sins of superiors?
A The sins of superiors are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, an inordinate seeking of themselves, their own glory, ease, profit, or pleasure; commanding things unlawful, or not in the power of inferiors to perform; counseling, encouraging, or favoring them in that which is evil; dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; correcting them unduly; careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; provoking them to wrath; or any way dishonoring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behavior.

Q & A 131
Q What are the duties of equals?
A The duties of equals are, to regard the dignity and worth of each other, in giving honor to go one before another; and to rejoice in each other’s gifts and advancement, as their own.

Q & A 132
Q What are the sins of equals?
A The sins of equals are, besides the neglect of the duties required, the undervaluing of the worth, envying the gifts, grieving at the advancement of prosperity one of another; and usurping preeminence one over another.

Q & A 133
Q What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment, the more to enforce it?
A The reason annexed to the fifth commandment, in these words, “that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you”, is an express promise of long life and prosperity, as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good, to all such as keep this commandment.

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Speaking To Minds At War With The Things Of God (via Gentle Reformation)

From Gentle Reformation:
“Spirit-enabled preaching is the chief, God-ordained means of taking alienated minds and transforming them into willing receptacles that learn of God and obey him.”

Ten ways preachers can address the mind and bring it into the captivity of obedience to Christ

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What Kind Of People Ought We Be? (preparing for mgpc 31/7/2016)

Service led by Alan Fox.
Song of preparation: O Thank The LORD For He Is Good (Psalm 107) and Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Call to worship:
Praise: O God Beyond All Praising.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Price Is Paid; The Apostles’ Creed ; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 3 – The Apostle Paul commends new covenant ministry not through external criteria (“the letter”), but through the witness of the internal transformation of believers in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 14:22.
Praise: Who’s The King Of The Jungle.
Reading: 2 Peter 3: 1 – 18.
Sermon: What Kind Of People Ought We Be?.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: God Whose Almighty Word.

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Psalm 77 – Sons Of Korah

Sons of Korah are playing in Mount Gambier next week.
I’ll be listening to their albums on a very long car trip tomorrow as preparation.
A great live music experience.

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What Great Listeners Actually Do (via Harvard Business Review)

A friend of mine highlighted this article from Harvard Business Review.
It’s packed with helpful content.
The conclusion:

We suspect that in being a good listener, most of us are more likely to stop short rather than go too far. Our hope is that this research will help by providing a new perspective on listening. We hope those who labor under an illusion of superiority about their listening skills will see where they really stand. We also hope the common perception that good listening is mainly about acting like an absorbent sponge will wane. Finally, we hope all will see that the highest and best form of listening comes in playing the same role for the other person that a trampoline plays for a child. It gives energy, acceleration, height and amplification. These are the hallmarks of great listening.

Read the whole post here.

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Footy Tipping 2016 – NRL Round 21 / AFL Round 19

The extraordinary aspect of this weekend’s round of games is Brent Harvey claiming the record for most number of AFL games with his 427th.
He’s not limping to the mark as a bench player either, but is among the best of his team, week by week.
It seems likely that he’ll play on next year.
If he goes beyond 450 games it will be a record that will probably never be bettered.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 96/146)
New Zealand
North Queensland

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 106/153)
Greater Western Sydney
West Coast
Port Adelaide
North Melbourne