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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 26

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 26

Chapter 16 – Of Good Works (Cont.) (Paragraphs 1-4)
V. We can not, by our best works, merit pardon of sin, or eternal life, at the hand of God, because of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom, by them, we can neither profit, nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins, but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants: and because, as they are good, they proceed from his Spirit; and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection that they can not endure the severity of God’s judgment.
VI. Notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in Him, not as though they were in this life wholly unblamable and unreprovable in God’s sight; but that he, looking upon them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.
VII. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others; yet, because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith; nor are done in a right manner, according to the Word; nor to a right end, the glory of God; they are therefore sinful and can not please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God. And yet their neglect of them is more sinful, and displeasing unto God.

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A Psalm 1 Prayer (via Green Baggins)

Rev. Lane Keister (aka Green Baggins) has posted this prayer, based on Psalm 1.
Let those rooted in the life-giving Saviour Jesus prepare to worship God with his people tomorrow.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you have revealed to us that we are blessed if we do not walk in the council of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scoffer. Make us instead to delight in your law, that we might meditate on it day and night. Make us to be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding their fruit in their season, never withering, gaining an internal, invisible nourishment so that, in anything that we do for you and for your kingdom, we will prosper. Make us not like the wicked, who have so little weight that the wind can drive them away. Though we feel alone in this, though we see and feel the pressures against righteousness by the world outside, we know, Father, that the whole congregation of the righteous will stand with us. Above all, you stand with us, for you know our path, the end from the beginning. You know that path of wisdom, and you delight to show it to us. You also illuminate for us the path of the wicked, and you show us its end. We praise you that Jesus walked not in the counsel of the wicked, nor did he stand in the way of sinners, nor ever sit in the seat of scoffers. We praise you that He delighted to do your will, that He delighted in your law, that He always meditated on it, that He therefore has become for us the life-giving vine who nourishes our faith always.


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When I Survey (preparing for worship at MGPC 25/6/17)

Song: Indescribable
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Crown Him with Man Crowns
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 – The Apostle Paul concludes his “Fool’s Speech,” boasting of that which the world considers weakness (verses 1-10). He continues to defend his true apostleship against the claims of “super apostles” (verses 11-21)
Bible Memorisation: 1 Kings 8: 23
Song: What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 9:1-18
Song: God is Our Strength And Refuge
Pastoral Prayer:
Tithes & free will offerings
Closing Blessing
Song: Behold Our God

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Plane Wings Look Better When They’re Pointed Toward Home

This wing and its counterpart will soon be pointing in the right direction.

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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL Round 16 / AFL Round 14

A most unexpected victory in State Of Origin 2 makes everything else redundant. Queensland should still be very wary.
AFL continues to be a misery.
This round should be straightforward, but wait and see.
NRL not too bad.
Impacts on teams from injured players makes tips a bit tricky, especially not knowing who may yet drop out.

NRL (last round 3/4; season tally 75/111)
New Zealand
Gold Coast
Saint George

AFL (last round 2/6; season tally 62/108)
Port Adelaide
Greater Western Sydney
Western Bulldogs
West Coast
Saint Kilda

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Onward For Another Year, And Beyond – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

Moderator Greg Watt (l) moves into a different phase of service after chairing our meeting.
Mike O’Connor spends this year preparing to serve as moderator-elect of the 2018 Assembly.
Pray for them both.

(I used the photo setting above because my original was a bit glary, and I’m not very good at fixing them.)