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Date for ezine: 15-02-2010
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight

Father Dave's Partner's Ezine

Partners in the Good Fight

When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.

Dom Helder Camara

Welcome Fighter

It's Father Dave with you again - back from holidays and back in the thick of things.  

Indeed, while our family enjoyed some lovely holiday time in January I hit the ground running when I returned.  Our plane landed back in Sydney at 3pm and I was in the ring for our Australia Day Box-a-Thon by 6pm, having cleaned up the mess created by the lads who had vandalised our Youth Centre while I had been away.

Even so, the box-a-thon was a great success and I want to thank each of you who sent me emails and text messages of support, and most especially those who sent donations to help support the work of Action Aid Australia.

I completed the 50 rounds of boxing and we raised around $1500.  My hands and feet were throbbing for the next couple of days but, frankly, it was the easiest money I've ever raised, and I do plan to do another box-a-thon same time next year if not before. Next time I may attempt twice as many rounds!
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Of course the beauty of the event was not just the funds raised but the way it brought together people in the community to support the event, and most obviously the way some of our most prominent boxers showed up to give their support. You'll find some pics of those great fighters directly below, along with the rather impromptu video interview that I recorded on the night (a little further down the page).

In truth I have great faith in the ability of fighters to combat poverty and injustice.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I believe you can't really make a difference in this world unless you are a fighter. Fighters know the meaning of hard work and persistence, and, most importantly, they know how to get up again and keep battling after they've been knocked down.

So let me thank again all the fighters who have stood with me in our recent battles and encourage you to brace yourself for the rounds that lie ahead. For there is no shortage of misery and corruption going on around us at the moment, and God knows we are all needed in the Good Fight.  And we'll need all the energy we can muster, along with wisdom, patience and plenty of Grace from above.
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Virtual Pulpit: Jesus turned the water into Beer!
The title for this sermon actually came to me after I had completed it, so you won't actually find many references to beer in the sermon.  Even so, it did occur to me that if Jesus had performed this miracle today he probably would have been delivering kegs of beer rather than vats of wine.

Either way, the real question though is surely what on earth Jesus was doing, using His mysterious powers to produce massive amounts of alcohol in any form!  Don't we normally think of Jesus as someone who disapproves of excessive alcohol consumption?
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You'll have to make up your own mind on this, but you'll get my thoughts by hitting the play button below. Alternatively you can find the written version of this sermon here.

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An Interview with 3 of Australia's Greatest Boxers

Doing the interview was a rather spontaneous idea that came to me on the night of the box-a-thon.  

I figured that since I had three of our country's greatest fighters with me for the evening, I should make the most of the opportunity and pump them for some words of wisdom.

On reflection it would have been more gracious to give them a bit of warning so that they could have thought about the sorts of things they might have shared.

Even so, I think the human and quality and spiritual integrity of these great pugilists shines through, and I'm sure this won't be my last opportunity to interview them.

And for anybody who doesn't know these three, they are:
  • Nader 'Lioinheart' Hamdan.- one of Australia's greatest super-middleweights
  • Solomon Egberime - Dulwich Hill's own Australian Light Welterweight champion
  • Solomon Haumono - the current OPBF South-Pacific Heavyweight champion
The fourth guy is my buddy and fellow-trainer at our Fight Club, George Tannous - a man whose invaluable support I thank God for every day.

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OK fighter, it's time for me to let you go so that you can get back to fighting the Good Fight in your corner of the great ring, for indeed there is no shortage of chaos and pain in our world at the moment.

I find myself getting increasingly concerned about what is going on in Iran right now, and even more concerned about the reaction of the Western media.  There is a great deal of macho posturing going on in the Middle East at the moment - Israel with Lebanon and Syria, the US with Yemen as well as Iran - and all of us need to be praying and doing what we can to see that it doesn't boil over into more violence.

I won't say more about these matters here, but if you'd like to share your wisdom on these and other issues of human and spiritual significance, please join us on the forum. Contribute to the thread on Iran, for example, here, though note that if you haven't registered you need the VIP code 'NO HOMERS' to get access.

Alternatively, join us in the Video Chat Room on Monday morning for our weekly online discussion  That's Monday morning at 9am Sydney time, which works out at:
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OK. I'll hope to engage with you online again real soon.

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Yours in the Good Fight,


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