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POD – Psalm 33

Psalm 33

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1
You are the LORD’s people.

Obey him and celebrate! He deserves your praise.

2 Praise the LORD with harps!

Use harps with ten strings to make music for him.

3 Sing a new song. Shout!

Play beautiful music.

4 The LORD is truthful;

he can be trusted.

5 He loves justice and fairness,

and he is kind to everyone everywhere on earth.

6 The LORD made the heavens

and everything in them by his word.

7 He scooped up the ocean

and stored the water.

8 Everyone in this world

should worship and honor the LORD!

9 As soon as he spoke the world was created;

at his command, the earth was formed.

10 The LORD destroys the plans

and spoils the schemes of the nations.

11 But what the LORD has planned

will stand forever. His thoughts never change.

12 The LORD blesses each nation

that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones.

13 The LORD looks at the world

14 from his throne in heaven,

and he watches us all.

15 The LORD gave us each a mind,

and nothing we do can be hidden from him.

16 Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king;

great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe.

17 In war the strength of a horse

cannot be trusted to take you to safety.

18 But the LORD watches over all

who honor him and trust his kindness.

19 He protects them from death

and starvation.

20 We depend on you, LORD,

to help and protect us.

21 You make our hearts glad

because we trust you, the only God.

22 Be kind and bless us!

We depend on you.

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POD – Psalm 33

Psalm 33

Download this Psalm

1 You are the LORD’s people.

Obey him and celebrate! He deserves your praise.

2 Praise the LORD with harps!

Use harps with ten strings to make music for him.

3 Sing a new song. Shout!

Play beautiful music.

4 The LORD is truthful;

he can be trusted.

5 He loves justice and fairness,

and he is kind to everyone everywhere on earth.

6 The LORD made the heavens

and everything in them by his word.

7 He scooped up the ocean

and stored the water.

8 Everyone in this world

should worship and honor the LORD!

9 As soon as he spoke the world was created;

at his command, the earth was formed.

10 The LORD destroys the plans

and spoils the schemes of the nations.

11 But what the LORD has planned

will stand forever. His thoughts never change.

12 The LORD blesses each nation

that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones.

13 The LORD looks at the world

14 from his throne in heaven,

and he watches us all.

15 The LORD gave us each a mind,

and nothing we do can be hidden from him.

16 Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king;

great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe.

17 In war the strength of a horse

cannot be trusted to take you to safety.

18 But the LORD watches over all

who honor him and trust his kindness.

19 He protects them from death

and starvation.

20 We depend on you, LORD,

to help and protect us.

21 You make our hearts glad

because we trust you, the only God.

22 Be kind and bless us!

We depend on you.

WISE – Lord’s Supper

36 Partake – WISE – Lord’s Supper

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Luke writes “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the Disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” (Luke 22v19-20)

Holy Communion

Depending on your church, it can be called amongst other things, the Eucharist or The Lord’s Supper. Christians are commanded to participate, as Jesus said: “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22v19). Some churches do it every service and others do it monthly. Whenever we participate in it, we do it regularly as a remembrance of Jesus until He comes again (1 Corinthians 11v26)! The bread symbolizes His body broken on the cross and the wine symbolizes His blood shed on the cross. Therefore before we partake of the bread and wine, we are to examine ourselves and confess any unforgiven sin (1 Corinthians 11v28-29). This is done so because it would be hypocritical to eat it while harbouring known sin in our hearts and having fellowship with Jesus and others in the church!

What does it all mean?

It symbolizes the following things:

  • It also symbolizes the death of Christ for our sin (Luke 22v19)

  • It symbolizes our acceptance of Christ’s death for us.

  • Symbolizes our dependence on Christ for spiritual life.

Through your participation in it, you have:

  • fellowship with other believers in the universal church (1 Corinthians 10v17)

  • We receive the benefits of His sacrifice (1 Corinthians 10v16)

  • We spiritually feed upon Christ (1 Corinthians 11v24)

It also reflects the New Covenant between God and Jesus’ Disciples – a Covenant which guarantees salvation!

Two other main views insist that it is more than just symbolic! Firstly, there is transubstantiation, which believes that the bread and wine actually become the blood and body of Jesus Christ. Secondly there is, consubstantiation, which believes that the body and blood of Christ are present in the Communion meal. However both of these views would indicate that Jesus Christ is being re-sacrificed and Hebrews 7v27 refutes these views. The bread we eat and wine we drink at Holy Communion is only symbolic of his sacrifice and not a re-enactment.

Through the act of Baptism and the partaking of Communion, we remember the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection on our lives.

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WISE – Baptism

35 Partake – WISE – Baptism

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Jesus came and told His Disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make Disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new Disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28v18-20)

Baptism is commanded for all who believe in Jesus (Matthew 28v19; Acts 2v38) and it naturally followed after conversion (Acts 2v37; Acts 10v47; Acts 16v33). But what does it mean?

What is baptism?

Christian Disciples are baptized into Christ (Romans 6v3), and into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is to show a total identification with Jesus Christ, whereby Christian Disciples are baptized into His body (1 Corinthians 12v13) and His death (Romans 6v1-6). Our old inherent sinful natures are seen as buried with Christ and we are raised to live a new life with a new nature! Baptism is also a public testimony that Christian Disciples have entered into God’s blessings. But who should be baptized?

There are two main schools of thought over who should be baptized.

Firstly there is “Believers baptism”, which is for all who confess faith in Christ and is mentioned frequently in the New Testament (Matthew 28v19; Acts 2v41). This was by full immersion, usually in a river or other public place.

Secondly, there is what is called “Infant baptism”. This practice and teaching was passed down by the Apostles and was current by the time of the early church Fathers, Origen and Tertullian. The basis for Infant Baptism lies in the Old Testament, where the sign of the covenant between God and His people was circumcision of the male babies. Baptism can be thought of as the equivalent in the New Testament and therefore applicable to infants (Colossians 2v6-12).

I am not going to tell you my opinion on which I think is the correct form. Suffice to say, that God has used proponents of both opinions! If you have not been baptized and would call yourself a Christian, then go and ask your church leader about how you can undergo this vital part of Christian life.

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POD – Psalm 29

Psalm 29

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1 Ascribe to Yahweh, you sons of the mighty, ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to his name. Worship Yahweh in holy array.

3 Yahweh’s voice is on the waters. The God of glory thunders, even Yahweh on many waters.

4 Yahweh’s voice is powerful. Yahweh’s voice is full of majesty.

5 The voice of Yahweh breaks the cedars. Yes, Yahweh breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young, wild ox.

7 Yahweh’s voice strikes with flashes of lightning.

8 Yahweh’s voice shakes the wilderness. Yahweh shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 Yahweh’s voice makes the deer calve, and strips the forests bare. In his temple everything says, “Glory!”

10 Yahweh sat enthroned at the Flood. Yes, Yahweh sits as King forever.

11 Yahweh will give strength to his people. Yahweh will bless his people with peace.

Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

Partake Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

G’day and welcome to Partake Ministries. We continue our investigation into Virtual Church, and this week, briefly introduce Virtual Reality.

Since the advent of the Internet in 1957 and the subsequent arrival of the home Personal Computer and the World Wide Web (WWW), people have been using these tools for a myriad of reasons including research, education and communication.

With this increase of communication, it was not long until Internet communities were formed. These communities could be broken down into three kinds: subjective (people gathering with similar interests); objective (a gathering of people affected by similar interests); and defining authority (people gathering whose identity was formed by allegiance to a common authority). However, some critics dismiss the concept due to it being by definition, word-based and full of self-interest. Others argue that they can become closed and subjective. However, that is true of any kind of community – virtual or not. Juxtaposed to these concepts is the knowledge that technology is advancing with greater methods of interaction becoming available and global barriers collapsing which make communication and understanding between global citizens possible.

With these virtual communities came the world of ‘Virtual Reality’, to coexist with physical reality (all the properties of fundamental physics).

Virtual Reality, according to The New Penguin English Dictionary is “a computer-simulated environment with which a person can interact almost as if it were part of the real world. This Internet, or Virtual Reality, is a model of social interaction, whereby time, space and body are transcended in which to form relationships. However, these relationships are not limited to the virtual world, but have some links to the world offline, in so far as they cannot be precisely divorced from each other due to the import of offline interest to a Virtual Reality. In doing this, people of similar interests, or enquiring after spiritual matters, are able to bring offline interests to the world of Virtual Reality. It is here that a virtual church can thrive, educate, inform and satisfy.

As the Church continues through the twenty-first century, and as technology marches inexorably onwards, a new kind of church has been birthed. This is a church that does not meet in a specific locale, but gathers in Virtual Reality. So – in our next study, we shall explore if God can interact with humans in a Virtual Reality Environment.

Thank you.

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Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

Partake Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

G’day and welcome to Partake Ministries. We continue our investigation into Virtual Church, and this week, briefly introduce Virtual Reality.

1. Virtual Reality

Since the advent of the Internet in 1957 and the subsequent arrival of the home Personal Computer and the World Wide Web (WWW), people have been using these tools for a myriad of reasons including research, education and communication.

With this increase of communication, it was not long until Internet communities were formed. These communities could be broken down into three kinds: subjective (people gathering with similar interests); objective (a gathering of people affected by similar interests); and defining authority (people gathering whose identity was formed by allegiance to a common authority). However, some critics dismiss the concept due to it being by definition, word-based and full of self-interest. Others argue that they can become closed and subjective. However, that is true of any kind of community – virtual or not. Juxtaposed to these concepts is the knowledge that technology is advancing with greater methods of interaction becoming available and global barriers collapsing which make communication and understanding between global citizens possible.

With these virtual communities came the world of ‘Virtual Reality’, to coexist with physical reality (all the properties of fundamental physics).

Virtual Reality, according to The New Penguin English Dictionary is “a computer-simulated environment with which a person can interact almost as if it were part of the real world. This Internet, or Virtual Reality, is a model of social interaction, whereby time, space and body are transcended in which to form relationships. However, these relationships are not limited to the virtual world, but have some links to the world offline, in so far as they cannot be precisely divorced from each other due to the import of offline interest to a Virtual Reality. In doing this, people of similar interests, or enquiring after spiritual matters, are able to bring offline interests to the world of Virtual Reality. It is here that a virtual church can thrive, educate, inform and satisfy.

As the Church continues through the twenty-first century, and as technology marches inexorably onwards, a new kind of church has been birthed. This is a church that does not meet in a specific locale, but gathers in Virtual Reality. So – in our next study, we shall explore if God can interact with humans in a Virtual Reality Environment.

Thank you.

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