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Love Come Down – Sunday Songs

Love Come Down is another song from North Point Worship.
I’m currently introducing Death Was Arrested from the same folk to MGPC.
There are some vocal gymnastics that I think can be left out of this at the end of the refrain, but the lyrical content is strong and I like the uptempo music.

The lyrics:
I will sing forever of your love come down.
With my hands to heaven shout your praises loud.
I was lost in darkness, when you pulled me out.
I will sing forever of your love come down.
Well, I once was blind, I could not I see.
Chains of sin had shackled me.
But God in Heaven heard my plea.
Then Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
Oh Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
Now grace so sweet, it floods my soul.
And hope eternal won’t let go.
My debt erased at Calvary.
‘Cause Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
Oh Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
Well there’s a home beyond the sky.
A song we’ll sing for all of time.
The grave is empty, I am free.
‘Cause Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
Oh Jesus, Jesus rescued me.
(Here we go, sing it out)

Words and Music: Ross King | Casey Darnell | Heath Balltzglier | Todd Fields
(C) 2014 Music At North Point; Seems Like Music; Simple Tense Songs; Ava Truth Music; Robinson Lane Music; Songs At North Point.

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 13

Question 13
Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

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The Gospel In Jeremiah (via Graham Goldsworthy)

At MGPC we’re setting out on making our way through Jeremiah on Sunday nights. This follows on from Psalms and John’s Gospel.
Graeme Goldsworthy identifies the Gospel in Jeremiah.

We should not be put off by Jeremiah’s reputation as the gloomy or “weeping” prophet. He has much encouragement to offer the faithful. To be sure, he is remarkable for the way he reveals his feelings and the torment of his soul. This is not surprising given the nature of his message and the constant opposition by most of his fellow Israelites. Yet, even his experience of this sadness and his suffering are a foreshadowing of the anguish of Jesus as he faces even more harrowing torments, again from fellow Israelites, that lead to his death on the cross. Redemption comes through pain, not through avoiding it. The gospel is foreshadowed by Jeremiah’s message and his personal involvement in it. By his words and suffering he points to the sovereign grace of God in his control over world history and his faithfulness to his covenant that will be fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.


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Never Ending Prayer (preparing for MGPC 31/3/19)

Song: One True God
Call to Worship
Song: Jerusalem
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Alas, And Did My Saviour Bleed
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 13
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Zechariah 13: 1-9 – Zechariah announces the opening of a cleansing fountain to ride the land of false prophets and idolatry. God Himself will “strike” His own shepherd and save a remnant of His people, a prophesy fulfilled in the Good Shepherd, Jesus the Messiah (verse 7ff; Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27; Luke 2:31-34; cf. John 10:11).
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
Song: What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 29: 10-20
Sermon: Never Ending Prayer
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested

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Bear Grylls Reviews Survival Movies

In this video from Vanity Fair, survival expert Bear Grylls gives his opinion on the plausibility of survival scenes from a variety of movies.
Grylls may seem overly generous a couple of times (I still believe there was room for Leo on the raft in Titanic) but you do learn a bit about him as he expresses the background situations that formed the basis for his opinions.

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The Never-Ending Faithful Love Of The God Who Hates Divorce (via Sammy Rhodes)

Sammy Rhodes is writing about the way in which effects of his parent’s divorce ripple through his life and perceptions. He recounts the combination of cynicism and romanticism about marriage that the children of divorced parents have. One couple for whom he performed a marriage vowed ‘never to divorce’ one another, a promise that Rhodes felt was both arrogant, yet admirable. It causes him to think of the only one who can truly make that promise:

I think the best metaphor we have for the kind of love God has for us is that he is a God who marries us with eyes wide open and promises to never divorce us regardless of how unfaithful we turn out to be.

When God says he hates divorce, he doesn’t mean he hates the divorced. He means that the kind of love he has for his people is best captured by a one-sided marriage that he promises will never end in divorce. That’s the kind of love he’s come to create in his people. For him. For the church. And for husbands and wives.

God’s love is the only love that can sustain a marriage because it is the only love that can promise it’s never going anywhere. Our love is too frail, too fragile, to possibly sustain our marriages. German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that it is not our love that sustains our marriages; our marriage becomes the place to sustain our love.

The only way to “divorce-proof” your marriage is for God’s love to sustain your marriage so that, in turn, your marriage can sustain your love.

Sammy Rhodes, This Is Awkward, Thomas Nelson, 2016, pg 43.

In this observation I think Rhodes makes a very important point, when God talks about hating divorce, he’s not telling us something directly about our marriages (though there is something there); he is telling us something about himself and his faithfulness.

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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 3 / AFL Round 2

I really did literally have no idea what was going on in the AFL. It seems like I was not alone.
I also can’t believe I tipped North Melbourne in round 1.
Is North Queensland a one-player team? We’ll see with Jason Taumalolo’s absence. I’ll give them another week.
Which Brisbane will play NRL tonight? Which Brisbane will play AFL on Sunday?

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 11/16)
New Zealand
North Queensland

AFL (last round 3/9 – ouch; season tally 3/9)
Port Adelaide
West Coast
North Melbourne
Hawthorn (sorry I doubted you)