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Rejoice – Sunday Songs

One of the songs used in a church service we attended while on holidays was Rejoice.
This version is by one of the song’s composers, Dustin Kensrue.

The lyrics:
Come and stand before your maker
Full of wonder, full of fear;
Come behold his power and glory
Yet with confidence draw near,
For the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting love.
Come and lift your hands and raise your voice;
He is worthy of all praise,
Sing the mercies of your King
And with trembling, rejoice.
We are children of the promise,
The beloved of the Lord.
Won with everlasting kindness,
Bought with sacrificial blood.
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a father
Who will never let them go.
All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill.
He has walked this path before us,
He is walking with us still;
Turning tragedy to triumph,
Turning agony to praise,
There is blessing in the battle
So take heart and stand amazed.

Stuart Townend and Dustin Kensrue
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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 34

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 34

Chapter 21 – Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day (Paragraphs 1-3)
I. The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and does good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture.
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone: not to angels, saints, or any other creature: and since the Fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.
III. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship, is by God required of all men; and that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of his Holy Spirit, according to his will, with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and, if vocal, in a known tongue.

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The Value Of Meditating Upon God’s Word (via Joel Beeke)

From Ligonier blog:

After reading Scripture, we must ask God for light to scrutinize our hearts and lives, then meditate upon the Word. Disciplined meditation on Scripture helps us focus on God. Meditation helps us view worship as a discipline. It involves our mind and understanding as well as our heart and affections. It works Scripture through the texture of the soul. Meditation helps prevent vain and sinful thoughts (Matt. 12:35), and provides inner resources on which to draw (Ps. 77:10-12), including direction for daily life (Prov. 6:21-22). Meditation fights temptation (Ps. 119:11, 15), provides relief in afflictions (Isa. 49:15-17), benefits others (Ps. 145:7), and glorifies God (Ps. 49:3).


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Keep Cup

Early morning run to Warrnambool for furniture pickup.

I bought a keep cup for my coffee.

Saving the world one cup at a time.

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Differences Between The US And UK Editions Of Protestants By Alec Ryrie

I found that Alec Ryrie, author of Protestants a book I’m reading has a blog.
One of the posts deals with preparations for the publication of Protestants for UK, US and Dutch editions.

From Ryrie:
“In secular old Britain, this is being marketed as a history book; in America, more more as a religious one.
[a] sign of this difference is the slightly different subtitles: America gets Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World whereas Britain has Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World.”

More here.

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Steadfast by Sandra McCracken Live

I’ve had a few kickstarter and pledge music albums arriving lately.
Sandra McCracken’s Steadfast Live is one of those.
Here’s the title track.

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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL Round 24 / AFL Round 22

As the last few weeks of both home and away fixtures wind down there doesn’t seem to be very much drama in either code. Outside of the top five teams in the AFL and the top four in the NRL both everyone else seems to be making up the numbers, whether they make it or not.
Paramatta and Manly let themselves down badly in the NRL. (With six of the top eight teams losing, albeit two of those to other top eight teams.)
In the AFL Richmond punished me for tipping them. Serves me right.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 112/168)
Canberra (at home)

AFL (last round 8/9; season tally 111/180)
Adelaide (I’d love to see Sydney smash them)
Port Adelaide (time to stand up, Port)
Geelong (say goodnight, Nathan)
Greater Western Sydney
Hawthorn (saw this weird theory where Hawthorn sneak into eighth place)
Saint Kilda
Richmond (surely not twice in a row)