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Early Morning Melbourne

Sunrise in Melbourne isn’t till 7.30 or so this time of year.

Here’s a couple of shots from the beginning and ends of this morning’s early stroll.

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Shared Lunch

You know I’ve been a bit restrained for the last twelve months.

If I break out, it’s for something worthwhile.

And with someone special. (Rachel, not Margaret, if you’re wondering, though)

Big Boy BBQ, Melbourne. Recommended.

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Hotel Amenities

I just had to start a bit later after the opening crowd went off to get ready for work.

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Save Me by Liz Vice

Save Me is the title track of Liz Vice‘s just-released second album.

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This Week’s Base Of Operations

A few days of rest and recreation.

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We Will Trust (Psalm 20) – Sunday Songs

A setting of Psalm 20 (We Will Trust), featuring Aubrey Dale, from The Psalms Project.

The lyrics:

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble
May the name of the God of Jacob shelter you
May He send you help from His sanctuary
May He strengthen you from His dwelling place

May He remember all of your offerings
May He look with favor on your sacrifice
May He grant You all of your heart’s desire
May He fulfill all your purpose

We will rejoice in Your victory
And in the name of our God will our banners rise

May the LORD fulfill all of your petitions
For now I know He saves His anointed ones
He will answer them from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His mighty hand

Some trust in horses, some in chariots
But we will trust in the name of the LORD, our God

They collapse and they fall
But we rise and stand tall again

Save us, O LORD
Save us, O LORD
May our king answer us when we call
May our king answer us when we call
When we call

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 24

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 24

Q. But why cannot our good works be our righteousness before God, or at least a part of it?
A. Because the righteousness which can stand before the judgment of God must be absolutely perfect and wholly in conformity with the divine Law. But even our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin.

Q. Will our good works merit nothing, even when it is God’s purpose to reward them in this life, and in the future life as well?
A. This reward is not given because of merit, but out of grace.

Q. But does not this teaching make people careless and sinful?
A. No, for it is impossible for those who are ingrafted into Christ by true faith not to bring forth the fruit of gratitude.