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Footy Tipping 2015 – NRL Round 21 / AFL Round 18

So everything was going alright with the AFL until Sunday afternoon. Melbourne going down to St Kilda was fair enough, but Lance Franklin’s late withdrawal doesn’t fully explain Sydney’s capitulation.
In the NRL, New Zealand and Canterbury rained on my parade with losses (partially justified with New Zealand losing their playmaking half-back), but both teams are underperforming chronically.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 84/144)
Easts
Melbourne
Cronulla
North Queensland
Brisbane (beware the strife riven Manly with a new coach)
St George (because Newcastle are going even worse than St George)
New Zealand
Souths
Gold Coast

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 102/144)
Hawthorn
Geelong
Collingwood
Sydney (two teams who have been through non-football related emotional turmoil.)
North Melbourne
West Coast
Port Adelaide
Western Bulldogs
Fremantle


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One Evidence That God Is With You (via Dale Ralph Davis)

“Sometimes the clearest evidence that God has not deserted you is not that you are successfully past your trial but that you are still on your feet in the middle of it.”
Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, 2010, p. 200


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Only If It Has WiFi

This looks like a tempting part of my ‘run away’ plan.
It’s called ‘Just Room Enough Island’, for reasons that are pretty obvious.
Find out more at Atlas Obsura.
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Driving Through Dalby

Confession: Dalby was once my definition of a town so far away from city life as to be considered beyond civilization.
I laugh and laugh about that nowadays, of course.
Sorry, Dalby.

  


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The Two Loves That Give Rise To Sound Preaching (via Tim Keller)

“In the end, preaching has two basic objects in view: the Word and the human listener. It is not enough to just harvest the wheat; it must be prepared in some edible form or it can’t nourish and delight. Sound preaching arises out or two loves – love of the Word of God and love of people – and from them both a desire to show people God’s glorious grace. And so, while only God can open hearts, the communicator must give great time and thought both to presenting the truth accurately and to bringing it to the hearts and lives of the hearers.”
Tim Keller, Preaching, Viking, 2015, pg 14.