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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 48

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 48

Q & A 192
Q What do we pray for in the third petition?
A In the third petition (which is, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven), acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God, but prone to rebel against his Word, to repine and murmur against his providence, and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness, weakness, indisposedness, and perverseness of heart; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things, with the like humility, cheerfulness, faithfulness, diligence, zeal, sincerity, and constancy, as the angels do in heaven.

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Keep On The Sunny Side by Nathan Clark George

“Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us, every one, in His care”

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Preparing The Way (preparing for mgpc 27/11/16)

Song of preparation: I Was Filled With Joy And Gladness (Psalm 122) and Humble Thyself / Awesome God.
Call to worship:
Praise: O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Daniel 1 – The first chapter describes the occasion of the training of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, outstanding Hebrew youth sent to Babylon to be educated in “the literature and language of the Chaldeans” (v. 4). Despite refusing the king’s food, these Hebrew youths prove superior in appearance and wisdom than all the wise men of Babylon.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 5:4
Praise: Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult.
Reading: Romans 15: 4 – 13 & Matthew 3: 1 – 12.
Sermon: Preparing The Way – sermon by Scott Litchfield of Interserve.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Come Set Your Rule And Reign / Build Your Kingdom.

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Encourage One Another (via Dane Ortlund)

Those who have received the Word of Life speak words of life to others.
From Dane Ortlund:

After all, when Paul says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,” what is the “therefore” referring to? What is fueling such encouragement? One of the greatest exultations in all the New Testament about the hope of the gospel:
God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him (1 Thess. 5:9–10).
Having been shown life through the word of the gospel, we give life through the words we use.

Read the rest of the encouraging post here.

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The Light Came Down – Josh Garrel’s New Christmas Album

a3224764173_16Josh Garrels? Christmas Album?
Yes, please.

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On Having An Ego That Is Subject To The Kingdom

Ed Stetzer wrote about the funeral of Cliff Barrows, an integral member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic movement.
A striking point illustrated how Barrows’ ego was submissive to the cause of the kingdom:

Most clearly, Cliff was not about Cliff.
One of the speakers said that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association originally had the name “Barrows” in it. (According to Graham’s memoirs, it was called the Graham / Barrows Campaigns.)
As the speaker at the funeral explained, one of the business leaders/supporters suggested that the ministry would be more effective if named the “Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.” Cliff quickly agreed and never spoke of it again.
Cliff was about the mission of Jesus Christ. He was a preacher who gave that up to serve on a team that already had a preacher.
Like Cliff Barrows, may we live our lives in ways that are not focused on ourselves.

Read more here.