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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 33

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 33

Chapter 20 – Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
I. The liberty which Christ has purchased for believers under the gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law; and in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin, from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation; as also in their free access to God, and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of slavish fear, but a childlike love, and a willing mind. All which were common also to believers under the law; but under the New Testament the liberty of Christians is further enlarged in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish Church was subjected; and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.
II. God alone is Lord of the conscience, and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his Word, or beside it in matters of faith on worship. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience; and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.
III. They who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
IV. And because the powers which God has ordained, and the liberty which Christ has purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God. And for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation; or to the power of godliness; or such erroneous opinions or practices as, either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ has established in the Church: they may be lawfully called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the Church, and by the power of the Civil Magistrate.


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What A Friend We Have In Jesus by Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell died this week. Here he gives a little testimony then sings What A Friend We Have In Jesus.
You also get to see glimpses of why he was also described as a musician whose guitar playing alone would have marked him for a great, apart from his vocal talents.


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Watching – Lion

I listened to Saroo Brierley's book Lion as an audio book reading on early morning ABC while out walking.
It was a captivating narrative, plainly told, but made extraordinary by the events related.
Tonight we're watching the movie.


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God Himself by Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith of Indelible Grace is currently running a Pledge Music campaign for a new album which will feature five original songs along with five hymns with new melodies.

God Himself is one of the original songs.


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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL Round 23 / AFL Round 21

NRL was 50/50. Melbourne looking good.
AFL apparently produced a perfect round of tips for the first time this year. I imagine lots of others got that result as well.

NRL (last round 4/8; season tally 106/160)
Souths
Parramatta
Brisbane
Saint George
Melbourne
Penrith
Canberra
Manly

AFL (last round 9/9; season tally 103/171)
Greater Western Sydney
Sydney
Richmond
Brisbane (never thought I’d be typing that)
Adelaide (possible upset of the round)
West Coast
Melbourne
Hawthorn
Port Adelaide


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Dog Doesn’t Want To Leave Park

This video of a dog refusing to leave a Gold Coast park may bear a passing resemblance to Margaret trying to get me to leave our holiday accommodation there a couple of weeks ago.