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Guy Dresses Up As A Life-Size Version His Dog’s Favourite Toy

Apparently some people will be dressing up in costumes around the place today.
I don’t know about that, but I doubt they’ll bring as much joy as this.
Jolene the dog meets a life-size version of her favourite toy.

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Thy Mercy, My God – Sunday Songs

This old word-set, written John Stocker, retuned and sung by Sandra McCracken is a fitting way to finish Reformation Sunday.
McCracken writes a little note about the hymn here (where there’s also heaps of sheet music resources).

The lyrics:
Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.
Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.
Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

TEXT: John Stocker
MUSIC: Sandra McCracken ©2001 Same Old Dress Music (ASCAP).

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 44

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 44

Q & A 178
Q What is prayer?
A Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of his Spirit; with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.

Q & A 179
Q Are we to pray unto God only?
A God only being able to search the hearts, hear the requests, pardon the sins, and fulfil the desires of all; and only to be believed in, and worshiped with religious worship; prayer, which is a special part thereof, is to be made by all to him alone, and to none other.

Q & A 180
Q What is it to pray in the name of Christ?
A To pray in the name of Christ is, in obedience to his command, and in confidence on his promises, to ask mercy for his sake; not by bare mentioning of his name, but by drawing our encouragement to pray, and our boldness, strength, and hope of acceptance in prayer, from Christ and his mediation.

Q & A 181
Q Why are we to pray in the name of Christ?
A The sinfulness of man, and his distance from God by reason thereof, being so great, as that we can have no access into his presence without a mediator; and there being none in heaven or earth appointed to, or fit for, that glorious work but Christ alone, we are to pray in no other name but his only.

Q & A 182
Q How does the Spirit help us to pray?
A We not knowing: What to pray for as we ought, the Spirit helps our infirmities, by enabling us to understand both for whom, and: What, and: How prayer is to be made; and by working and quickening in our hearts (although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure) those apprehensions, affections, and graces which are requisite for the right performance of that duty.

Q & A 183
Q For whom are we to pray?
A We are to pray for the whole church of Christ upon earth; for magistrates, and ministers; for ourselves, our brethren, yea, our enemies; and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter; but not for the dead, nor for those that are known to have sinned the sin unto death.

Q & A 184
Q For what things are we to pray?
A We are to pray for all things tending to the glory of God, the welfare of the church, our own or others good; but not for anything that is unlawful.

Q & A 185
Q How are we to pray.?
A We are to pray with an awful apprehension of the majesty of God, and deep sense of our own unworthiness, necessities, and sins; with penitent, thankful, and enlarged hearts; with understanding, faith, sincerity, fervency, love, and perseverance, waiting upon him, with humble submission to his will.

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This Little Light Of Mine

A snippet from Rend Collective of This Little Light Of Mine.
Tomorrow at mgpc we’ll consider how Christians shine from Ephesians 5.

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The Fruit Of The Light (preparing for mgpc 30/10/16)

Song of preparation: O How I Love Your Law! (Psalm 119) and Meekness & Majesty.
Call to worship:
Praise: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: In Christ Alone; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 14: 26 – 40 – Order and decorum in public worship.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 4:32
Praise: Sola (By Your Word Alone).
Reading: Ephesians 5: 3 – 14.
Sermon: The Fruit Of The Light – The Christian life takes no tolerance of darkness, but rather celebrates truth and purity to dispel darkness.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: And Can It Be That I Should Gain.

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Done Before Do (via Bryan Chapell)

More on God’s grace and our response from Bryan Chapell.
The phrase ‘done before do’ or something like it seemed very familiar, but I can’t see a past post using exactly that form.

Here’s the text of the video clip.

Getting the Order Right
When you see the message of grace unfolding in the Bible a pattern emerges. God is gracious to us, and then expects us to respond. It is never the other way around—we respond in obedience and then somehow God decides to be gracious to us. There is always this order of the “who” and the “do”. We are loved; we are the children of God. Therefore we respond in what we do. God never says, “You obey me and then I’ll love you.” He is always saying, “Because I have loved you, because I have claimed you, you are mine. Now walk in my ways.”
This is the pattern of the ten commandments themselves. There are certainly many things we’re told to do in the ten commandments. But before God tells us to do anything he says, “I am the God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. I am the God who brought you out of the house of bondage. Now walk with me in these ways.”
Recognize that he did not say, “You obey me and I’ll let you out of slavery.” Instead God said, “I have freed you. You are my people. Now this is how you walk with me.”
What we recognize is that the imperative—what we are to do—always follows the indicative—who we are by the grace of God. The order is not reversible. Almost all of human life is the other way around—we do something and then we get love in response. The way most of human life is lived is contractual. But the gospel is not contractual, it’s covenantal.
God makes a prior decision to love and be gracious towards us and then we respond to his love in the way that we love him back. It’s one thing to state that truth abstractly, but it makes a difference in almost every aspect of our lives when we understand that the imperative rests on the indicative and the order is not reversible.