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Date for ezine: 08-03-2007
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight (March 2007)


The Good Fight
 


The Good Fight
 



 
 


Father Dave's
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In this month's issue:
 
 
The View from my Corner
the world according to Dave
Sermon of the month
This Year's Most Boring Sermon!
This Month's Special Offer
16-min Speed-Reading Course for $7
Sites of the month
some must-visit sites and articles
For Your Prayers
Stop the War
Fight Tip of the Month
Interview with Alex Tui: part 2
 

 
 The View from my Corner 
 

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Hello my friend,

This month I find myself once again in the middle of a battlefield. Shells are flying, people are falling, and the noise is deafening.

We've lost some more staff members. We've lost two youth workers in the last month, and our onsite manager at Binacrombi Bush Camp is leaving too.

Some friends have died, others dear to us are struggling, and here at home, Ange and I are battling with illness.

Even so, it is clear to me that we are winning this war! While we have lost some noble souls, the Lord has supplied us with new recruits, well-trained and fresh for battle.



Most notable in this regard are the new onsite managers for our Bush Camp. Peter and Pauline Trama are persons with a deep Christian piety and a strong background in working with at-risk youth in Sydney's Western suburbs. These two will, I believe, take our ministry in the bush to the next level.

Similarly, some remarkable persons have come forward and volunteered to help staff the Youth Centre here while we look for the right person to take on a paid position. It has indeed been great, over the last week, to see young and old in our church community band together to keep this work going.

I am likewise seeing some wonderful results with our web work. My recently developed MySpace page seems to be drawing a whole new community of people into our orbit, most notably a number of American Muslim brothers who are keen to dialogue with sympathetic Christian people.

On top of all that, our Fight Club is full to overflowing. We had two lads win medals at the state Pankration championships last weekend, and, more importantly, we're seeing some wonderful changes in the lifestyles of our young fighters, and an ever greater integration between the church and the club!

At the same time of course, we remain as politically incorrect as ever - supporting boxing and Palestinian rights and opposing war with Iraq and Iran - and so all sorts of people continue to speak ill of me. They flame me with nasty emails, hack in to my server, send negative reports on me to my Bishop, etc. Well ... Jesus did warn us, "If they hate you, remember that they hated me first" (John 15:18). Amen!

In truth, I don't know where the Lord is taking us in all this, but I expect that it will continue to be a tumultuous ride!

Thank you for your ongoing support - for your love and for your prayers. And my special thanks goes out to each of you who have joined the 'Partners' program, as you are the ones who are keeping our work afloat financially.

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


Your brother in the Good Fight,




Dave
 
 
 
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 This Month's Special Offer 
 
 
16-Minute Speed-Reading Course for $10

With the school and University year well underway, I figured it was time to put this amazing speed-reading course within everybody's reach.

If you haven't picked it up yet, this is likely to be the only time you will ever see it selling at this price - just $10 for the whole kit and kaboodle!

How long am I going to leave it at this price? I haven't decided, but I don't want to devalue the product by keeping it below the normal price of $27.for long


16-Minute Speed Reader


If you don't know what it's all about, you can read more about it on the salespage, and sign up for the free mini-course there while you're at it.

 
 
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 For Your Prayers 
 
 

Stop the War

March 19th marks four years since the 'Coalition of the Willing' made their disastrous invasion of Iraq, and the week leading up to this anniversary has become a focal point for peace campaigners everywhere.

For those in the US, a comprehensive calendar of anti-war protest events can be found at the United for Peace and Justice website, including details of an interdenominational prayer service, being held at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on March 16.

If you can't attend a rally, you can sign the online anti-war petition here.

The war has left many grieving parents


Of course, along with praying for an end to violence in Iraq, we must also pray earnestly that war with Iran can be averted all together. Such a war, in my opinion, would be the beginning of the end of the American empire, and probably also of the state of Israel. Let us pray that sanity will prevail.

 
 


 
 Sermon of the Month 
 

The Year's Most Boring Sermon!

"I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received", says St Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, and so begins the formulation of Christian dogma!

'Dogma', 'doctrine', 'theology', and 'creed' - words that normally evoke the response, boring, boring, boring, and certainly, much of the time they are boring, but that does not mean they are unimportant, and a closer look may reveal too that they are not as boring as we first imagined!

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 Sites of the Month 
 


Six of the best sites and articles that I've come across this month.
Keep sending me the links to your sites so that I can mention them.

In order to make war against a foreign country, it helps if we can first dehumanise its inhabitants, as the thought of destroying the lives of ordinary human beings like us is just too painful.

This slide show makes the process of dehumanising the people of Iran more difficult, and so should be passed on to everybody. It is presented by Yusuf Islam (aka 'Cat Stevens').



Video - The Iron Wall

This is a brilliant one-hour video documentary, outlining the history and development of the so-called 'apartheid' system practised in Israel/Palestine.

If you're not sure what all the fuss about the 'settlements' is, or you're unclear about the purpose of the iron 'security fence' that runs through the occupied territories, you truly need to see this video.

After watching it, you'll understand too why Jimmy Carter has come under such attack for using the word, 'apartheid' to describe how the Israeli Government deals with the Palestinians. Click here to watch 'The Iron Wall'.


Independant Jewish Voices

There seems to be a growing worldwide movement of free-thinking Jews who are taking a stand against the State of Israel in its treatment of the Palestinians.

Independant Jewish Voices is such a group that has grown out of Britain, and includes such well know British Jews as Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter (pictured)

Harold Pinter


The organization is "born out of a frustration with the widespread misconception that the Jews of this country speak with one voice - and that this voice supports the Israeli government's policies." Find out more here.


Video - Jesus Camp

Meanwhile, from within the Christian community, there seems to be a bizzare new movement of Christian militarism emerging amongst our young people.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's a preview of 'Jesus Camp' - a recently released documentary movie on Becky Fischer's 'Bible Camps', where kids are trained to be 'soldiers in God's army'.

Click here to watch the video

It sounds great in theory, but you'll need to judge for yourself whether you think this sort of spirituality is age-appropriate for our young people. Frankly, I find it quite scary. Click here.

Half-Again Software

I must include one site for the Internet Empire-builders amongst us. Half-Again Software is, in my opinion, simply the best quality web-automation software available.

They only produce four products. I use three of them. RSS Equalizer builds me quality 100-page sites in around 15 minutes. Blog solution creates quality blogs on the fly, and their content creation programs give you quality articles, automatically streamed to your blogs.

click here to check out the site

If you're interested in automating your online work, take a good look at what these guys have to offer, and if you decide to purchase something, use this coupon when you reach the checkout - LUCKYYOU1636150 - and you'll receive a 20% discount.

Stop Addictions Secrets

And finally, my latest site: www.stop-addictions-secrets.com

My aim is to develop this site as a first class resource for information on dealing with addiction, be it to drugs, sex, shopping or work. The articles I've included are so far all extracts from the Understanding Addiction ebook.

Your suggestions as to how I can improve this site would be much appreciated.


OK. That's it for this month. Keep forwarding me details on your own sites and recommending other URL's of interest. And if you have comments on the sites mentioned today, please have your say on the forum.

 
 
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 Fight Tip of the Month 
 

Interview with Alex Tui: part 2

Pulled once again from the archives of the Fighting Fathers library, this month we present part 2 of our interview with Australian Kickboxing legend, Alex Tui,

This month we focus on the techniques Alex used to strengthen his body and turn himself into a human battering ram.

Alex claims that the secret of his power was the number of coconut trees he climbed as a kid! Is he being serious? Click here to find out.

The Tongan Tornado: Alex Tui
   

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