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Jetts Gym Milton

I’ve wanted to visit the Jetts Gym at Milton for years.

It’s on the ground floor of the building where the PCQ church offices are located.

A stormy forecast was a good reason to give it a try between meetings this afternoon.

Satisfied customer, but I do like walking on the riverside pathway.


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In The Temptations Of Jesus, It Was The Devil Who Proffered Common Sense (via Will Willimon)

The temptation to adjust preaching from offering Christ to offering helpful advice about how to live you best life now has an old pedigree.
The temptation should be resisted at all costs. We live by the word of God alone.

From Accidental Preacher by Will Willimon.

I’m old enough to remember when preachers were expected to be good with Scripture. These days we’re cast into the role of experts doling out advice on marriage, business, the purpose—driven life, legislated justice, and sexual satisfaction. A lot of the preaching I hear today (and not only in a former stadium in Houston) is good advice; sentimental, worldly wisdom substituted for gospel foolishness; helpful hints for homemakers; tips for the anxious upwardly mobile; common sense widely available without having to get dressed and come to church to hear it. At least Rotary serves lunch.
In the temptations of Jesus, it was the devil who proffered common sense. Sanctimonious advice, even well meaning, is a bore. Most commonsense sermons — platitudes and principles foisted upon the congregation as if the preacher were an expert on life — are offered in the attempt to help us retain control over our lives by using common sense to keep a living God at bay. Preachers ought to remember the audience’s elation when Hamlet’s uncle — tedious, bloated-with—advice Polonius — finally gets a knife to the gut.
Will Willimon, Accidental Preacher, Eerdmans, 2019, pg 101.


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When A Clergyman Inadvertently Finds Himself At A Card Party (via Centuries Of Advice)

When I was studying to be a pastor we didn’t get advice as forthright and practical as this.
One should endeavour to ascertain the true character of a party when accepting an invitation.
source


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Lord Have Mercy (For What We Have Done) – Sunday Songs

Lord Have Mercy (For What We Have Done) is track nine on Matt Papa and Matt Boswell’s album His Mercy Is More.

The lyrics:
Verse 1
For what we have done and left undone
We fall on Your countless mercies
For sins that are known and those unknown
We call on Your name so holy
For envy and pride, for closing our eyes
For scorning our very neighbor
In thought word and deed we’ve failed You our King
How deeply we need a Saviour
Chorus
Lord have mercy Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on us
Lord have mercy Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on us
Verse 2
For what You have done Your life of love
You perfectly lived we praise You
Though tempted and tried You fixed Your eyes
You finished the work God gave You
And there on the tree a King among thieves
You bled for a world’s betrayal
You loved to the end our merciful friend
How pure and forever faithful
Chorus
Bridge
For hearts that are cold for seizing control
For scorning our very Maker
In thought word and deed we’ve failed You our King
How deeply we need a Saviour
Chorus
Repeat Chorus

Words and Music: Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Aaron Keys, and James Tealy
©2019 Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP) / Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Messenger Hymns (BMI) / My Eleiht Songs (BMI) / Adm by MusicServices.org / Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP) / 10000 Fathers (ASCAP) / Adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 37

Question 37
How does the Holy Spirit help us?

Answer
The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.


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Sunday Lunch In A Happy Place

Enzo’s at Hervey Bay.

The food is fine, too. Sorry I can’t show you a pic of that. I feel too guilty. (cough* grazing platter*cough)

Highly recommended.

Feel the serenity.


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Preaching That Offers Aspirin When You Need Chemotherapy (via Will Willimon)

I hope if you hear a sermon tomorrow it does not offer counsel about therapeutic change, but an invitation to spiritual reanimation.
From Accidental Preacher by Will Willimon.

We mainline, non evangelical, noninvasive preachers pat a congregation on the head as we murmur, “There, there, God loves you as you are. Promise me you won’t change a thing.” Billy [Graham, who Willimon invited to preach at the Duke Chapel] consistently preached the gospel of the second chance. Those in desperate need of a second or third chance require more than “progressive” sermons – Jesus just hanging out with people as they re, bourgeois conformity with a spiritual tint, offering a bit of a spiritual nudge. Buttoned-down mainline Christianity offers aspirin for those in need of massive chemotherapy.
Will Willimon, Accidental Preacher, Eerdmans, 2019, pg 101.