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His Heart Beats by Andrew Peterson

His Heart Beats by Andrew Peterson.
The opening track of Resurrection Letters Volume 1.
It’s the Saturday after Good Friday, but Sunday’s coming…


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So That You May Believe (preparing for MGPC 1/4/18)

Easter Greeting
Welcome:
Bible Reading: John 20:1-10
Prayer
Song: Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed
Bible Reading: John 20:11-18
Song: Never Alone
Bible Reading: John 20:19-23
Bible Memorisation: James 5:13
Song: Yours Is The Glory
Video: Easter
Bible Reading: John 20:24-31
Sermon: So That You May Believe
Song: Jesus Christ is Risen today (Tithes and free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Jesus, Thank You


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Barabbas by Jason Eady

A reflection on the biblical character Barabbas by Jason Eady, someone I hadn’t heard of before.
It has some interesting phrasings and perspectives.

“Well the guilt hangs twice as heavy when it’s followed by a surprise
I’d surrendered, I was ready to give up and do my time
I did not know his name, did not know why he was there
But on this side of forgiveness we both have our cross to bear”


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Give What You Didn’t Get (via Justin Buzzard)

Justin Buzzard writes about that which truly brings healing for those whose lives are marked by loss:

Give what you didn’t get.

What didn’t you get?

A safe childhood?
A best friend?
A loving father or mother?
Opportunity?
Justice?
Words of encouragement?
Healthy touch?
A place to belong?
A good education?
A healthy church?
Physical health?
Stability?
Someone to listen to you?
Someone to mentor you?
Someone to grieve with you?
Someone to challenge you?
Exposure to diverse people, places, and cultures?
A good coach?
An example of a healthy marriage or healthy friendships?
A healthy work/life balance?
Wise and generous stewardship of money and resources?
A sense of purpose?
Adventure?
A place to call home?
Truth?
Grace?
Give what you didn’t get. Often it’s this place of not-getting—this tender territory of wounding, lack, loss, longing, weakness, and unfamiliarity—that can become your place of strongest character, greatest giftedness, highest contribution to others, and largest joy. This follows God’s counterintuitive J Curve, that our place of pain can become our place of giving and gain.

Quit waiting to get what you didn’t get. Quit stewing in bitterness over what you didn’t get. Quit holding yourself victim to what you didn’t get. Instead, realize that what you don’t have can become your greatest investment. Know that God is with you in your didn’t-get-ness, and his presence and power can transform this lack into a unique overflow of care that you lavish on others.

You can start right now, right where you are. See that person in front of you? Give them what you didn’t get. And watch how God’s supernatural mathematics show up, creating gains you couldn’t have imagined.

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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 4 / AFL Round 2

Thank you for being you, AFL.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 11/24)
North Queensland
Souths
Melbourne
Easts
Manly
Saint George
Brisbane
Wests

AFL (last round 8/9; season tally 8/9)
Adelaide
Saint Kilda
Carlton
Greater Western Sydney
Melbourne
Essendon
Western Bulldogs
Sydney
Geelong


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Be At Rest – Psalm 116

Many parts of the church will read and hear Psalm 116 this Thursday.

Here’s Matt Searle’s version as sung by Miriam Jones.


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The Ocean Between Remorse And Redemption (via Sarah Condon)

There’s a world of difference between feeling bad and being sorry.
A marker of that difference is whether the response to your wrongdoing is about managing the situation or seeking mercy.
Sarah Condon mentions the example of Judas:

This is where we learn the full meaning of what Judas has to teach us, one that’s less about betrayal and more about where we go with that betrayal, or you might say, how we handle sin. After all, a betrayal from one of the disciples should signal to us that our own betrayal of Jesus Christ is inevitable.
It is in how Judas handles his sin where the lesson is found.
Judas is seized with remorse. So he returns the bribe. But here’s the thing. He doesn’t find forgiveness. The chief priests send him away.
Remorse and redemption are an ocean apart. Judas has done what we all so often do. We try to fix the smallest part of our fallen selves. Because naming our sin and asking for mercy can require a humility we are unwilling to offer.
And so our sins follow us and haunt us, just as sin followed and haunted our brother Judas all the way to the grave.

Read the whole post at Mockingbird.