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If You Arrive At Church Early (via Cornerstone Community Church)

Here are some benefits of turning up to church early.
(Roughly defined as more than 60-120 seconds before the appointed starting time, though in reality that’s actually arriving dead on time. Early would be sooner than that.)
If you consider your attendance as ministry to others, rather than as something that you do, or something that is for yourself, these are just a starting point.

If you’re early:
Your heart will be more settled and ready to worship our majestic Creator God.
You can take a few minutes to sit quietly and think about the Lord you came to worship.
You can get your children to the appropriate classrooms without rushing.
You can take a few minutes to encourage one another in fellowship before the service.
You can take a few minutes to read through the church bulletin before the service starts.
You can encourage your church leaders by showing greater respect for their careful and prayerful planning of the worship service.
You set a good example for your children in holding high the principle of love for others.

Read the whole post at Cornerstone Community Church.

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In Christ At Home (preparing for MGPC 1/12/19)

Song: Never Alone
Call to Worship
Song: All I Have Is Christ
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Come, O Long Expected Jesus
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 48
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 19: 28-48 – The long journey to Jerusalem begun in 9:51 concludes with the Triumphal Entry and the cleansing of the Temple.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12:17a
Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Bible Reading: Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sermon: In Christ At Home
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Man Of Sorrows

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No Need To Shop Anymore (The Only True Black Friday via Paul Tripp)

The world seems to be obsessed with Black Friday, looking for their desires to be met at a discount price.
It an ironic contrast that the Christian Black Friday is about someone sacrificing their life receiving the full penalty for sin for the salvation of others, while the world’s current Black Friday is about the world scrambling for discount prices in order to fulfil their needs.
(and yes, my purchases have been made)

Paul Tripp has poem that remembers the real Black Friday.
The most important thing can’t be bought at any price.
It can only be received freely because Jesus paid the price for us.

No Need To Shop Anymore

There was only one Black Friday.
It was not the day after Thanksgiving.
It was not a day when self-oriented consumers
bumped into,
climbed over,
pushed into,
screamed at,
and hated the other consumers who were
in their way.
No, all the action of the one Black Friday
was on a hill of death
outside the city
where three souls hung on crosses
—two criminals and the Messiah.
Christ doing what he came to do
and what the world was desperate for.
That Friday the world went dark,
the Father turned his back,
graves opened, and
the veil ripped in two.
The Son carried the Father’s anger.
Death was offered so life could be given.
Darkness fell so light would shine.
Payment made;
freedom given;
redemption accomplished.
There was only one Black Friday.
No need to shop anymore for
a Savior.


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An Old Movie, Not Suitable For Children

I’m looking forward to watching this on a large screen in ultra high definition.

My youngest daughter has reservations about children watching it.
She seems to subscribe to this review.

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Morning By Morning by Scott Mulvahill

Playing a different sort of bass, Scott Mulvahill presenting a new song, Morning By Morning.

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I Belong To Jesus by Selah

I Belong To Jesus is a track from Selah’s latest album Firm Foundation.
Plain lyrics stating great truths.

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On My Father’s Side by The Homestead Pickers

I was introduced to the song On My Father’s Side last night.
There’s a few covers of this on YouTube.
Here’s one by a group called The Homestead Pickers.

It’s about one who was in very nature God, who took on flesh and dwelt amongst us.

As a special bonus, here’s Ghost Chickens In The Sky.