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Monday
Apr212014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 32. Why are you called a Christian? (a)

Answer: Because I am a member of Christ by faith, (b) and thus am partaker of his anointing, (c) so that I may confess his name, (d) present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him, (e) and with a free and good conscience fight against sin and Satan in this life, (f) and afterwards reign with him eternally over all creatures. (g)

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Saturday
Apr192014

Sunday's Hymn: Come People of the Risen King

Come, people of the Risen King,
Who delight to bring Him praise;
Come all and tune your hearts to sing
To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in. 

Refrain 
Rejoice, Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice! 
One heart, one voice; O Church of Christ, rejoice!


Come, those whose joy is morning sun,
And those weeping through the night;
Come, those who tell of battles won,
And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days
With the certain hope of peace.

Come, young and old from every land -
Men and women of the faith;
Come, those with full or empty hands -
Find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing -
Shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age:
“Our God is all in all”! 

Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend

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Sunday
Apr132014

Sunday's Hymn: O Worship the King

O worship the king all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our shield and defender, the ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy pow’r hath founded of old;
Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills; it descends to the plain;
And sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless might! ineffable love!
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall lisp to thy praise.

 —Robert Grant

Lyons

Hanover

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Friday
Apr112014

This Week in Housekeeping

I cleaned up these theological term posts this week.

decretive will

preceptive will

love

manuscripts

Marcionism

Thursday
Apr102014

Thankful Thursday

Today, as I shared an avocado with my youngest granddaughter, I remembered how much my mother loved them. They were a rare treat for her, because back then they weren’t stocked year-round in the produce department in Minnesota like they are now, and when they were in stock, they were very expensive, and the budget was tight. But once a year or so, she’d splurge on an avocado, and eat the whole thing with a spoon, just like I eat cantaloupe. She was thankful for each avocado!

I’m thankful for avocados, too—thankful that we can get them year round at a reasonable price so that I can spread them on my sandwiches like mayo. I’m thankful that I could share one today with my granddaughter. I’m thankful for all the fresh fruits and veggies available to me. 

I’m thankful for the late evening light reminding me that summer is on its way, even though the weather today was more winter than spring.

I’m thankful for book—the books I’m reading now, the books I’m using to research some posts I’m writing, and the supreme book breathed out by God so we can know him and his work.