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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 2

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 2

Q & A 2
Q What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,1 is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.2
*1 Matthew 19:4-5; With Genesis 2:24; Luke 24:27, 44; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 3:2, 15-16
*2 Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 19:7-11; Isaiah 8:20; John 15:11; John 20:30-31; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17;1 John 1:4.

Q & A 3
Q What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God,3 and what duty God requires of man.4
*3 Genesis 1:1; John 20:31; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15.
*4 Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:105; Micah 6:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

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Creator Of The Stars At Night by Marian Grace – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 34

I know that Christmas songs 2019 has stretched into 2020, but there’s only a few more days to go.
There doesn’t seem to be specific observance on January 4, but here’s Creator Of The Stars At Night, as sung by Marian Grace.
As a song it shows how well the themes of Advent and Christmas weave together.

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The Double-Edged Sword Of Spiritual Tradition (via Winn Collier)

The temptation to set use Bible as a buttress against the imperative of the Gospel is strong.
Of course there is no contradiction between the following Jesus and the Bible correctly read.

From Winn Collier.

Spiritual tradition is a double-edged sword. Used properly, it allows those who have gone before us to instruct us with their wisdom. Tradition allows us to hear the ways God’s story has echoed in every generation. We have a rich heritage, and we are most foolish if we do not pay close attention. Used improperly, however, tradition is no longer a friend to instruct and guide us, but it becomes a means we use to dig in our heels, to hold on to an identity that provides us with a sense of security from a world or a God whose mystery frightens us.

Winn Collier, Holy Curiosity, Baker Books, 2008, pg 80.

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O Lord, How Shall I Meet You? – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 15

O Lord, How Shall I Meet You is written by Paul Gerhardt and translated by Catherine Winkworth.
The theme of expectant welcome of the Lord Jesus means it can feature in the weeks leading up till Christmas, and also the Sunday before Easter.

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Jesus Doesn’t Dismiss Our Fears, He Experienced Them And Overcame Them (via Winn Collier)

Jesus doesn’t dismiss our fears.
He spends much time telling his disciples that we’ll experience much that drives to the hearts of our anxieties.
And he goes to the very heart of fear itself, experiences it all, and emerges victorious, for us.

From Winn Collier.

“Incarnation is the place,” says Kathleen Norris, “where hope contends with fear.” Perhaps this hints at the reason, if Jesus was familiar with fear, he was not distraught in the boat that was battered by the ferocious storm. He was not afraid because he was aware of God the Father with him. Perhaps this also tells us why the cross evoked such a different, disquieted response from Jesus. There, as the sky turned black and as Jesus cried out as only a forsaken man could, God was nowhere to be found. That is a place of terror.
Christ has known ultimate fear. He has known fear in ways we never will. It is not that Jesus is unable to understand the range of our fears; it is that we are unable to understand the depth of his. We must resist any easy notion that Jesus never knew fear. This does injustice to his humanity, and it offers little hope when fear engulfs us. How can we say God is truly “with us” if he has not been at times immersed, like us, in the torrent of fear?
This God-incarnated, this blood—and—bone God—in-Jesus, came to “contend with fear.” He did not come only to face nobly fear’s blunt force … and die. Jesus’ face—off with fear did not conclude on a darkened Friday when hope was lost and hell quivered with pleasure. After cross came resur— rection, and in the mysterious hours between the two, Jesus took death and sin—all that makes up the foul side of fear—and placed them squarely under his crushing heel. Fear unleashed all it possessed on Jesus, a torrent of death and shame and abandonment and sin, enough to finish even the strongest of men. But fear did not destroy Jesus; Jesus destroyed fear.
Our comfort and courage do not come from a Jesus who was unmolested by fear; our Comfort comes from a Jesus who went into fear’s very bowels … for us. He drank in every acidic ounce of fright and distress and vexation. For us, he drank it in. And now, as he stands leaning toward us, Immanuel asks, “Why are you afraid?”.

Winn Collier, Holy Curiosity, Baker Books, 2008, pg 53-54.

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Hail To The Lord’s Anointed by The Welcome Wagon – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 13

Here’s Hail To The Lord’s Anointed by wife and husband duo The Welcome Wagon.

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A Wassailer’s Guide To Christmas Carols by Sara Groves

Sara Groves has a /christmas album out as well.
These videos A Wassailer’s Guide To Christmas Carols examine some of th more esoteric aspects of seasonal song.
1. Moving punctuation.

2. On traditional texts and regional tunes. (with some weird lyrics being sung to a traditional tune)

3. Antiphons. O Antiphons. (The secret origin of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

4. The secret origin of Come, O Long Expected Jesus. (which will feature on Christmas songs tomorrow.)