Rejoice is another new song from Getty Music, this time featuring Rend Collection.
Getty are close to working with everyone now.

The lyrics:
Rejoice in the Lord now and always
Sing it again we rejoice
Delight in the love He has shown us
Gratefully lift up your voice
His gentleness among us
Will join our hearts with praise
We gather in His goodness
A family of grace
With each breath He’s given, praise the Lord
In these times we live in, we will praise the Lord
Throughout every season I am sure
We have every reason to praise the Lord
Rejoice and be anxious for nothing
Praying for all that you need
Come with a song of thanksgiving
Lay your requests at His feet
His peace will fall upon us
To guard our hearts and minds
In Christ who reigns eternal
The Shepherd of our lives
Rejoice in the Lord now and always
Tell of the good He has done
Worship the Lord to remember
All of the joy yet to come
The hope that burns within us
The dark cannot destroy
With praise that’s never ending
We say again rejoice
We have every reason to praise the Lord

Words and Music: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Ben Shive, Skye Peterson. and Bryan Fowler.
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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 39

Chapter 23 – Of the Civil Magistrate
I. God, the Supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil magistrates to be under him over the people, for his own glory and the public good; and to this end, has armed them with the power of the sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil-doers.
II. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called thereunto; in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth, so, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the New Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions.
III. Civil magistrates may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and Sacraments; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; yet he has authority, and it is his duty, to take order that unity and peace be preserved in the Church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administered, and observed. For the better effecting whereof, he has power to call synods, to be present at them, and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of God.
IV. It is the duty of the people to pray for magistrates, to honour their persons, to pay them tribute and other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake. Infidelity, or difference in religion, does not make void the magistrate’s just and legal authority, nor free the people from their obedience to him: from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted; much less has the Pope any power or jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people; and least of all to deprive them of their dominions or lives, if he shall judge them to be heretics, or upon any other pretense whatsoever.

Team sport Grand Final winning sides have so many stories. Players near the end of careers, others with many more seasons ahead. Those who are not able to play on the day through injury or selection. Others included though not first team regulars.

There stories are replicated on the losing side, especially when tinged with the added disappointment of not having performed at an expected standard.

Grand Finals are hard to get into, harder to win, and one year’s achievement is no guarantee of a return.

That’s why I like watching the after game celebrations, particularly as they spill over to sweep up their club mates and families and friends just as much as the game.

Congratulations Geelong. Commiserations Sydney.

I didn’t see Geelong and Sydney as Grandfinalists early on. It doesn’t seem surprising. They are the two best run clubs in the competition. So it’s not expected that Geelong would win the grand final, but there it is. They will.
In the NRL it will be interesting to see if the two teams who have had the week off will win. I’m tipping they will. Penrith are too good, and Parramatta can’t sustain the intensity they’ve shown over the last two games.

(Draws count as correct)
NRL (last round 2/2; season tally 132/190)

AFL (last round 2/2; season tally 146/206)

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