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Date for ezine: 10-01-2007
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight (January 2007)

The Good Fight

The Good Fight


Father Dave's
In this month's issue:
The View from my Corner
the world according to Dave
Sermon of the month
The Horoscope of Jesus
This Month's Special Offer
Niche Fishing for $17
Sites of the month
some must-visit sites
For Your Prayers
Pray for Jimmy Carter
Fight Tip of the Month
An interview with Kon Pappy: part 2

 The View from my Corner 

lHi mate,

Welcome to the Epiphany edition of The Good Fight.

Epiphany, for the ecclesiastically uninitiated, is that time of year where we remember that unexpected group of Iranian astrologers who turned up at Bethlehem to worship Jesus, normally referred to as the three wise men.

For me, Epiphany is my annual period of rest. Things in the parish tend to slow down, Ange and I try to sneak in some time away, and I catch up on a lot of sleep.

Epiphany is my break between rounds.

If life is a fight and the years are the rounds then Epiphany, for me, is when I get towelled down, have a drink, rehydrate, and recover my fitness before going on with the stoush.

We all need time to rest and to re-create. Indeed, the Good Lord was quite insistent that in 'six days shall you do all your work'. Regular periods of relaxation and celebration have always been mandatory in Biblical religion, and who am I to question such wisdom?

So you'll have to forgive me if this month's ezine is a bit light weight compared to the normal fare. As you can see from the pics, I'm trying to get some balance into my routine before jumping back into the fray.

As far as the next round goes, I'm approaching it full of hope. Internationally things are at a very tenuous stage. I, with the rest of the world, am on tenderhooks to see what move the US is going to make next with regards to Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

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The Baker report has given us all grounds for hope, I think, yet there are indications of a new coalition forming between the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, uniting against Iran - a union that could potentially lead to the deaths of millions of people. We must pray hard and do what we can for the cause of peace.

As to our activities locally, it looks like I'll be getting involved in some new initiatives in the war on drugs, which I'm very excited about. I'm certainly also anticipating having the new gym built at Binacrombi this year, and expanding our work running camps down there for young people.

And where are we going online this year? Well, I think there's still a lot of work to be done on the Christians and Moslems can be friends campaign, as, depending on what happens overseas, the difficulties of racism and religious bigotry in the West may well become far more intense.

In short, I think we're going to have our work cut out for us in 2007, and I hope you've been thinking proactively about exactly where you are going to try and focus your efforts for the Kingdom of God this year.

As ever, the harvest is plentiful but the workers still seem to be far too few, so we'll need to pull together - support and encourage one another in the year ahead. With that in mind, I pray that this ezine might make some small contribution to your plans for 2007.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


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 For Your Prayers 

Jimmy Carter

Two things of late have challenged my long-held cynicism towards politicians and the political system in general. One was the election of Kevin Rudd to the helm of the Australian Labor Party - an openly Christian man of genuine integrity. The other is the prophetic work of former US President, Jimmy Carter, as seen most plainly in his recently-published book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

With all the courage and integrity of his great Southern forebear, Robert E. Lee, Carter has spoken plainly and decisively about the realities in the Middle East to an audience that he knew would not thank him for his honesty.

Over coming weeks I will publish some of the reactions to Carter's work. In the meantime, I'd encourage you to check out these two interviews, where Carter talks about the book and the heat he's been receiving.

  1. The first is a short video interview on ABC News. Click here to watch it.

  2. The second is a more lengthy and informative radio interview on a program called, 'Fresh Air'. Click here and press the 'listen' button.

The third resource, of course, that you should try to get hold of, is Carter's book. That's the link to the sales page on the right.

I believe Jimmy Carter is in a unique position to capture the minds of American people, which may be the only way forward to genuine world peace. I would encourage you to pray for him and for the work of the Carter Centre daily.


 Sermon of the Month 

What must Mary have thought when she opened the door and was greeted by a group of Iranian astrologers, there to celebrate the birth of her son? These guys seem so out of place in the Christmas narrative, but maybe that's the point!

If you're ready to be challenged on all your clear-cut ideas about who you can expect to find amongst the friends of Jesus, just click the play button below, or for the written version click here.

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 Sites of the Month 

Another 'six of the best' from around the world, and once again some outstanding contributions from our own subscriber community:

7th Haven

Friend and subscriber Hugh Simpson has co-founded an incredible project to build 7,000,000 sturdy, energy efficient and cost effective homes in the next 7 years, for the poor and homeless around the world.

I think it takes someone of Hugh's faith and audacity to even conceive of such a project, but I know we'll all be right behind him, in prayer if not on the brick-laying team. Click here to find out what Hugh is up to.

Nigerian Times International

Friend and subscriber Michael Chima has encouraged us to take another look at the Nigerian Times International.

Michael is is committed to the international development and advancement of Nigeria in the global media, and his online newspaper attempts to report Nigeria to the world and the world to Nigeria. Click the pic.

Stop your Adultery!

One of my new sites, dedicated to helping keep marriages together.

Don't worry, nobody will be tracking your IP address if you visit this site, and you might just be able to subtly forward the URL on to a mate who might need it. Quick! Click here now, while nobody is watching.

Australians All

Started in March 2006 by former Prime Minister, Malcom Frazer, and committed to an inclusive Australia:

"[an] open, diverse and multicultural society, where all people - no matter their religion, race, colour or background - have an equal opportunity."

High in their ideals and timely in their formation. Thank you Keith for drawing my attention to this one. Click here.

Stop Anxiety Attacks

Another one of my newer sites, focused on bringing together resources for persons who suffer from extreme stress or anxiety disorder.

Check it out here and/or forward the URL to a friend who might find it useful.

The Carter Centre

I've mentioned this site before, but it seems fitting to draw your attention to it again today.

Check out some of the magnificent things that the Carter Centre is doing to combat poverty, advance human rights, and bring peace - within the US and around the world.

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter

And while you're there, check out the excellent video, "Waging Peace".

Keep forwarding me your own sites and recommending other sites of interest.
If you have comments on these sites, please have your say on the forum.

 Fight Tip of the Month 

Interview with Kon Pappy: Part 2

In this, the second half of my interview with the legendary Master of Disaster, Kon gets down to business.

We talk about what it takes to make a great fighter - mentally and physically - and what sort of techniques a fighter needs to focus on in training if he or she is going to reach their full pugilistic potential.

Click here to access the interview.

British Bulldog: Nick Stone

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