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The news that Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title got me thinking about these Bible verses:
Every competitor in athletic events goes into serious training. Athletes will take tremendous pains-for a fading crown of leaves. But our contest is for a crown that will never fade.
I run the race then with determination. I am no shadow-boxer, I really fight! I am my body's sternest master, for fear that when I have preached to others I should myself be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
On Friday I assisted a resident whose house in Gnarabup was damaged in the November Margaret River bushfire. I found it amazing that so few houses were destroyed. The firefighters clearly did a brilliant job to save so many homes!
Even more amazing is the fact that God's Son Jesus Christ can save people from death! 2 Timothy 1:9-10 says:
God saved us and chose us to be his holy people. We did nothing to deserve this, but God planned it because he is so kind.
Even before time began God planned for Christ Jesus to show kindness to us. Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God.
Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.
Kevin Rudd is compassionate, intelligent and hard-working. He proved his exceptional political skills when he defeated John Howard on the 24th of November 2007. I also admire his vision and courage which produced reform.
The Labor party has had some very successful state leaders in the past 20 years. Yet Keating and Rudd are the only two successful reformist Labor leaders. Rudd's reforms were significant in just over 2 and a half years as Prime Minister. On Friday Rudd listed these achievements:
"Protecting the jobs of Australians through the global financial crisis; the only major developed economy not to go into recession because of the global financial crisis.
Increasing pensions for the aged, for people with disabilities and for carers.
Increasing the child care rebate. Introducing paid maternity leave.
Abolishing WorkChoices; protecting the rights of working people.
Acting on climate change through Australia's first mandatory renewable energy target at 20 per cent.
Also, massively investing in education, radically increasing that investment including in new libraries and other facilities in schools right across Australia...
Building the National Broadband Network; a massive new investment in the public hospitals of Australia.
Apologising to the first Australians. Closing the gap.
Membership of the G20..."
Like Keating and Whitlam, Rudd has done so much to make the Commonwealth of Australia a better country for all its people. I hope that Kevin Rudd will be re-elected Prime Minister so he is able to continue his reforms.