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A Guilty Conscience (preparing for MGPC 29/10/17)

Song: Come People Of The Risen King
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Jonah 3:1-10 – Jonah obeys the LORD’s call to preach judgment to Nineveh, which responds to his warning with humility and repentance.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 5:19b
Song: How Great Thou Art
Bible Reading: Mark 6:14-29
Sermon: A Guilty Conscience
Song: Lord, You Have Been (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This Is Amazing Grace

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He Will by Ellie Holcomb

He Will is a track from Ellie Holcomb’s album Red Sea Road.

Here’s the official music video.

And here’s a lyric video. Take your pick.

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Simon’s Cat – Off To The Vet

A twelve-minute, full colour episode of Simon’s Cat, the fruition of a fan based funding campaign.
There’ll be a few familiar moments here for any cat owner.

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When You Sing, You Obey (via Tom Olsen)

Tom Olsen provides seven reasons why singing matters for Christians.
The first one is fairly definitive in itself.

1. When you sing, you obey.
Singing isn’t an option in Scripture. It’s a command:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart… (Ephesians 5:18-19)
God’s people are more than just invited to sing; we are commanded to sing. When we sing, we’re doing what God asks of us!

Read the rest of the article and the other six reasons to sing at Unlocking The Bible.

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What You Win People With Is What You Win Them To (via Jared Wilson)

Invoking the spirit of Monty Python’s Trojan Rabbit, Jared Wilson points out the problem with ‘bait and switch’ forms of evangelistic activity, whether the less mature forms associated with youth ministries or the more sophisticated forms utilised by attractional or seeker focussed churches.
The problem is:

“the gospel of Christ’s finished work became relegated to the end of a service, almost an addendum to the real focal points of the goings-on, and then it frequently became pushed to the end of an entire message series, eventually became saved just for special occasions, and ultimately has been replaced altogether by the shiny legalism of moralistic therapeutic deism.
Eventually the attractional church became all bait, no switch. The approach of today’s attractional church is like the Trojan Rabbit of Monty Python’s Arthurian nincompoops–smuggled inside the castle walls with nobody inside.
As a result so many inside the system, shepherded under this system and joined to it, can’t distinguish between attractive and attractional, practical and pragmatic. When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.


Another sign of this is the preaching in these contexts can be biblical, but largely therapeutic or educational (focused on the needs and actions of the hearer), rather than focussed on what Jesus has done for his people.

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In The Beginning – Sing The Bible Christmas Album

In The Beginning is a Sing The Bible Christmas Album from Randall Goodgame (performing as Slugs and Bugs)
Not so much silly songs this time as Scripture carefully selected to highlight Christmas themes and set to wonderfully jazz tinged tunes for young and old alike to memorise.
Here’s a minute and a half of the first track on the album, In The Beginning, a take on the Gospel of John, chapter 1.

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KFC Only Follows Eleven Specifically Chosen People

It’s been showing up around the place on the internet that the main twitter account for KFC (we used to call it Kentucky Fried Chicken in our less health conscious youth) only follows eleven people. The five members of the pop group Spice Girls and six people whose first name is Herb.
Eleven Herbs and Spices.
Get it?
Classic. That’s how you market on the internet.
Go see for yourself.
(KFC Australia follows 300+ complete randoms)