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Date for ezine: January 1st, 2005
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight, No.23


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  In this month's issue:  
  The View from my Corner  
 
 
  A new year, and hopefully a new beginning  
 
 
  This month's Special  
 
 
  Two gifts with which to start the New Year  
 
 
  Sermon of the Month  
 
 
  A post-Christmas sermon - back to the bloodshed!  
 
 
  Sites of the Month  
 
 
  Six of the best!  
 
 
  Fight Tip of the Month  
 
 
  Interview with Mick Spinks, part 2  
 
 
 

  The View from my Corner  
 
  Hi guys,

Well, it's that time of year again friends - the time when we reminisce about the year that's been and to look forward to the new one in hope.

Frankly, I can't remember a worse year on record - not for me personally, but for our world.  So many people this year past have succumbed to the scourges of war, disease and famine, and now, as a crowning tragedy to the year, we experience this terrible tidal wave.

I don't know what it all means.  I don't understand why God allows such things to happen.  But I do recognise the opportunity that He lays before us now - a clear opportunity to extend our love to those who are suffering.

Let me cut to the chase.  If you haven't yet got around to making a personal contribution to support the victims of this terrible disaster, you can do so now by clicking on one of the links below and making a donation online.  I've even g ot a little thank you gift for you, that you'll read about further down, if you take the initiative and make a contribution now.

Here are some links through which you can make a donation online:

C'mon sisters and brothers!  If you haven't done so yet, start this new year out the right way, with an act of sacrificial love.  What a great opportunity to set the tone for the year ahead!

Your brother in the Good Fight,.Dave

 
 
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  This month's Special Offer  
 
 

I'm not offering any sale items this month.  If you insist on contributing, and you already own all my products, I have now put up a donation link for our work at www.fightshop.biz. But this month I seriously do want to encourage you to donate all your spare income to the disaster appeal. 

So there are no sale items, but I do have two gifts (though one has a catch):

The first item, with no catch, is a talking eBook from Internet Marketing Guru Michael Green entitled, "10 Success Habits for 2005". 

If you know me at all, yo u know that I am not a hug fan of the success culture that is so much a of a part of the online world.  Even so, I found this book very helpful, and while it is targeted at people doing business online, it covers principals that have a broad application.

Michael covers the usual range of goal-setting and time management issues, but also places strong emphasis on ethical concerns.  In short, this brief work stands out for me in the midst of the marketing morass.  It is quite exceptional, and I am sure that you will benefit from it too.  Click here (and if you like Michael's work, thank him by dropping by at his site).

The second gift is a copy of my US Civil War eBook, "I followed Armistead until I saw him fall", which is part of my US Civil War eBook Library.

As I'm sure you know, I don't sell this book separately from the collection, and I only rarely give it away.  This week I'd like to give away a copy to everybody, but there is a catch.  You have to donate something to one of the appeals for the tsunami victims.

Now I don't care which appeal you choose or how much you donate  You just give what you can afford, and then forward your electronic receipt to .  And if you gave at the office yesterday, and only have a paper receipt, just scan the paper receipt and send that in. You'll still get the book.

Here's  again.  Send the receipt as an attachment, and make sure you don't change the subject line of the email or it won't work.  Please Allow 48 hours for me to check your receipt before getting back to you :-)

I'll keep this offer open for one week - until January 8th, 2005.

 
 
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  Sermon of the Month  
 

The Murder of the Innocents

Christmas is always a unique problem for the Parish Priest.  On the one hand there is the pleasure of seeing all sorts of extra persons in church.  On the other hand we have to deal with the fact that the Christmas we celebrate in church may have very little to do with the tinsel-wrapped version that these persons have come along to celebrate.

In Western culture, Christmas is all about babies, catching up with your family, and finding the perfect present for kids who already have more toys than they known what to do with. The Biblical story focuses on God' s entry into our world in an environment  of poverty and pain.

Nowhere was the clash more evident this Christmas than on Boxing Day, which, you may remember, fell on a Sunday.  On Boxing Day the church remembered two historic events - the stoning of Stephen and the 'murder of the innocents' in Bethlehem - hardly fitting material for those who came a day late to get some Christmas cheer in church, but far more relevant to those who had to deal with a post-Christmas tidal wave.  Click here .

 
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  Sites of the Month  
 
   
 
 

Once again there are no shortage of great sites and articles to recommend to you this month.  Here's six of the best that I've found:

Fight Links:

  • The Celtic Art of War is an offering from Ronan McCloskey - a great Celtic warrior himself and a loyal subscriber to this mailing list.  Truly, there is no better introduction to either Ronan or the book than this quote from the first century writer, Strabo:

    'The whole race….is madly fond of war, high-spirited and quick to battle…and on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their side but their own strength and courage'

    If that doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what will!

  • Fight Stuff is my revised collection of articles on the subject of fighting, fight training, and other secret men's business.  Some of these articles are chapters from my book.  Some are written by other experts in the field.  If you haven't taken a recent look at my revised collection, click here now, and if you enjoy the articles, please do use the Tell a friend link to pass them on.
Spiritual Fight Links:
  • Listening & Talking to God about Invading Other Countries is one of the most insightful and disturbing articles I've read for a long time.  Saul Landau, also author of a new book, The Business of America, takes a historical look at the history of political-religious dialogue in the USA.  His conclusions are alarming, even if not surprising.

  • Mainline Protestants  Challenge Israel Lobby shows a far more encouraging dimension of the spiritual dialogue that is going on in the US.  If you fear that American Christians have stopped thinking, think again!
Internet Marketing Links :
  • Zabang is a new search engine that has set its sites on outgoogling Google!  Good luck, you might think, but this is a project with a lot of pluses for Internet Marketers.  Zabang is a PPC and web host with a strong affiliate program and also offers spam-free email accounts

    Send an email if you want me to bounce back some promotional material to you, or click here to take a look for yourself.

  • Nobszone is certainly a great name and great concept when it comes to doing business online.  Their idea is to operate as a service that recommends other legitimate online business opportunities, while maintaining their own downline, etc.

    The question is, 'Does the service live up to its name?'  I'm not sure, but I'd be very glad to get your feedback on this one.  Click here .

That's it for this month. If you have great sites to suggest, including your own, please let me know.

 
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  Fight Tip of the Month  
 

Interview with Mick Spinks, Part 2

This month we continue our interview with Aussie Fighting Legend, Mick Spinks, picking up at the point where he begins his training with the great Chan Chuck Fei, and has his first full-contact kickboxing fight.

This initiates a string of fights around Australia and around the world. Mick is never defeated, but brings home many titles and many great memories.

"I’m a firm believer in life that you spend you're life making memories, because that’ll make you a happy older person - you know, memories with family and with whateve r.  And I’m a firm believer in that because if you procrastina te with your life, you sorta get to a point where you go, ‘well, I’m not very happy with that’.  But yeah, I wouldn’t have done it any other way!"

Click here to read the complete interview now.

 
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