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Different Now by Andy Gullahorn

Different Now.
From Andy Gullahorn’s album Everything As It Should Be.


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Saturday Flight

Thanks to Jeroen for taking me up for a couple of hours in a Cessna on Saturday afternoon.

It was wonderful.


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Sale Of Gifts 2019

The annual MGPC Sale Of Gifts (auction of Harvest Thanksgiving items) is taking place.

I’m looking at YoYo biscuits, Dark Choc Rocky Road and Florentines.


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The Difference Between Feedback And Instruction (via Dan Rockwell)

Reading this post by Dan Rockwell provided a moment of clarity on the difference between feedback and instruction.
Good feedback energises performance, it doesn’t discourage effort.

In a recent workshop, I invited a participant to knock a small box off a stool using a cookie. She stood with her back to the stool and tossed the cookie over her shoulder – without looking. (The cookie was wrapped.)
The audience was instructed to remain silent. The first toss hit the ceiling and dropped about two feet behind her.
Her second attempt flew about half way to the stool. But she couldn’t see where it fell.
I asked the audience to give her feedback. Someone in the second row said, “Throw it harder.” Another said, “Hold your hand a little higher.”

Stop:

I stopped the process and said, “That’s not feedback. That’s instruction. Let’s try again.”
Another participant said, “You were about half way to the target.” I asked her to try again.
The cookie fell short by about a foot. “Give her feedback.”
“Your line is perfect,” someone said. Another responded, “You were about a foot short and too low.”
On her fifth try, she knocked the box off the stool. Everyone exploded with applause.

Read the whole post at Leadership Freak.


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My Saviour, My God – Sunday Songs

My Saviour, My God by Aaron Shust harvests the lyrics of the hymn ‘I am not skilled to understand’ adds a chorus in case you couldn’t figure out the original was about Jesus, and is set to straightforward pop/rock tune.
It’s one way to get substantial lyrical sentiment into contemporary churches.

The lyrics:
1.
I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at his right hand
Stands one who is my Savior
2.
I take him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me: this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior
Pre-Chorus.
That He would leave His place on high
And for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior
Chorus.
My Savior Loves, my Savior Lives
My Savior’s always there for me
My God; He was, my God; He is
My God; is always gonna be
4.
Yes, living, dying: let me bring
My Strength, my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior
Chorus.
(Repeat Chorus)
Repeat verse 1 to finish.

Words and Music: Aaron Shust | Dorothy Greenwell
© 2005 Bridge Building Music, Inc. (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 11

Question 11
What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Answer
Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

This track covers Questions 9 to 12.


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The Need For Both The Cross And The Resurrection At The Same Time

These words were written with the season of Lent in mind, but they could easily be true of Good Friday as parts of Protestantism observe it.

Each year we spend forty days pretending Jesus is going to die; we go hungry and grow—despite ourselves—angry; we prepare for what is going to take place. But it has, dammit, it has taken place. Christ has died and redeemed us and has risen from the dead. We are new and alive. Love should be our concern now (read St. Paul) and instead we mope around and bewail our sins, which have killed our Savior. Well I have more to bewail than anybody, of that I am certain, but I’m tired of bewailing and I’m tired of going hungry and growing angry, and I’m tired of pretending Christ is going to die. I am forgiven my sins and the bridegroom is among us.

The focus on resurrection is similar, though,

On the other hand, there is the current tendency to concentrate only on Easter, only on the risen Christ. We are saved. We are good. This is the Worship tendency;…

Christians need both. At once. All the time.

The relation must be made between the absurdities of existence and the coherence of Christianity, between Lent and Christ suffering in our contemporaries, between Easter and Christ showing us our ultimate triumph. Lent and Easter are not merely personal experiences. They reassert the divine economy of salvation. It is criminal, therefore, to reduce Lent to self-reproach and Easter to self-complacency.

Mockingbird.