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Margaret And The Port Germein Jetty

We actually went off the highway, stopped, got out of the car (gasp) and looked at the Port Germein Jetty on the way to Whyalla today.

It was a bit too windy to consider walking all the way out.

Seeing the tide out provided instant understanding of why it’s so long.

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A Life Of Repentance (preparing for MGPC 22/10/17)

Song: In Tenderness
Call to Worship
Song: Let Your Kingdom Come
Prayer Of Confession
Song: What A Wonderful Saviour Is Jesus
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Jonah 2:1-10 – Jonah cries out to God from the belly of the fish and the LORD delivers him.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 5:19b
Song: How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
Bible Reading: Mark 6:1-13
Sermon: A Life Of Repentance
Song: Rejoice The Lord Is King (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Blessed Be Your Name

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Behold, Behold by Caroline Cobb

Behold, Behold is the final track on her album A Home & A Hunger.
It speaks of experiencing the culmination and fulfillment of God’s redemption.

The lyrics:
Verse 1:
I see a city coming down
Like a bride in whitest gown,
Purely dressed
I see the pilgrims coming home
All creation finds shalom;
The promised rest
The Lamb of God will be her light
The sun will have no need to shine
Chorus 1:
Behold, behold
God makes His home with us!
He’ll take his throne, forever glorious!
The curse will be undone!
O come lord, Jesus come
Verse 2:
The Lord will banish every sin
All that’s broken He will mend;
And make new
And we will see Him face to face
As He wipes our tears away;
Death is through
Pre-Chorus 2:
And all the ransomed and redeemed
From every tongue and tribe will sing
Chorus 1
At last the darkness
Will surrender to the light
But we unveiled in glory will forever shine
At last the powers of hell
Will drown in lakes of fire
But we will freely drink
The crystal streams of life
Come thirsty taste and see
Come hungry to the feast
Come weary find your peace
The Bride and Spirit sing
Come! Come!
Chorus 2:
Behold, behold God makes His home with us
He’ll take his throne, forever glorious!
Behold, behold God makes His home with us
He’ll take his throne, forever glorious!
The curse will be undone
Oh come, Lord Jesus, come

Copyright (c) 2017 Sing the Story Music/Caroline Cobb Smith & Sean Carter

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Four Categories Of Speech That Church Leaders Should Keep In Mind At All Times (via Ray Ortlund)

To nurture a gospel culture in a local church Ray Ortlund writes about four categories of speech church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1. Wisdom
Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my mouth. Good intentions are not enough; leaders must show good judgment. I will hold myself to a strict standard, because Christ’s honor and people’s safety are at stake.”
All the words of my mouth are righteous. Proverbs 8:8

2. Indiscretion
Well-intentioned, good-hearted, “loving” but unguarded words. A sincere desire to be helpful and consoling, but violating a personal boundary of information ownership. Indiscretion erodes people’s willingness to “walk in the light” with honesty about their problems (1 John 1:7). As a result, indiscretion is a spiritually dampening power.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking; but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19

3. Gossip
This might include factually true information. But still, it should not be shared, for legitimate reasons–for example, it might embarrass someone. Since gossip might not involve actual falsehood, gossips often don’t realize how harmful they really are.
… gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 1 Timothy 5:13

4. Slander
Deliberate falsehood, intended to harm and undermine and diminish someone’s reputation, bearing false witness, cutting someone down to size, abusive transference.
Whoever utters slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18

If a church’s leaders will hold themselves to the high standard of #1, their influence will be conducive to a gospel culture. Not that we leaders will always live up to this standard. But defining it clearly and winsomely will help make a church into a safety zone where sinners can get real with Jesus and one another and start growing.


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Well, Hello

A late night visitor left me a special gift.

Tomorrow’s menu has taken a late change.

A drastic change.

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The Burden On The Privileged Reader Trying To Understand The Crucifixion Of Jesus (via Fleming Rutledge)

The fact that Jesus died by crucifixion is an integral aspect of God’s redemptive work. Appreciating the fullness of what Jesus endured for our sake is difficult for those whose social position shields them from personal experience or exposure to the fullness of the injustice of it all.
Difficult, but not impossible. But we do have to accept that we have a blind spot and effort to empathise is required.
From Fleming Rutledge.

The all-important connection between the method used to execute Jesus and the meaning of his death cannot be grasped unless we plumb the depths of what is meant by injustice. There is much irony here, for injustice is a threatening subject for the ruling classes who have the time and inclination for reading books like this one. Those who suffer most from injustice are the poorly educated, the impoverished, the invisible. Justice is involved with law and judges; the people most likely to suffer injustice cannot afford good lawyers, do not even know any lawyers, whereas lawyers and judges are the ones who have the money to buy books. In other words, those most likely to be affected by the issues raised in this chapter are least likely to be reading about them. This puts an extra burden on the privileged reader, but such challenges are not unrelated to Jesus’ teaching that the one who does not take up his cross and follow him is not worthy of him (Matt. 10:38). Trying to understand to understand someone else’s predicament lies at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian.

Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion – Understanding The Death Of Jesus Christ Eerdmans, Grand Rapids MI, 2015, pp 106-107.