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Date for ezine: 10-04-2007
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight, no. 47

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
Would you trust your kids with Jesus?
This Month's Special Offer
Develop a Super Memory
Sites of the month
some must-visit sites and articles
For Your Prayers
Save me from the wrath of Joe!
Fight Tip of the Month
Interview with Alex Tui: part 3

 The View from my Corner 

A Happy Easter to you, my friend.

I hope you've had a truly terrific time since we last spoke. I've certainly had fighting, loving and laughter a plenty here.

I think at the time I published our last month's Good Fight,
I was just coming to terms with the fact that we'd lost most of our paid staff in our Youth Centre.

Well, with our budget at an all-time low, I decided to take on the bulk of the work myself, at least until we found another solution, and ... I haven't enjoyed myself so much in ages!

The Good Lord does have a habit of turning our lemons into lemonade, and that's certainly been my recent experience. I've enjoyed rebuilding relationships with the local young people and, more importantly, I'm already seeing a direct impact of our work in the area of youth violence.

I can say in all honesty that we currently have no issues of violence amongst young men in our community. When I met with our local police recently, they agreed, and the fact that all the toughest bastards in the area are currently training in our Fight Club as boxers has to be more than coincidence.

The fight training really is working like magic in dealing with male violence. The only problem is that it hasn't had the same impact with our girls up to this point, and while I said that there are currently no violence issues amongst our young men, that is sadly not the case at all with regards to female violence.

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We've had quite a time with some of our girls of late - screaming matches on the street, punches thrown, girls turning up to the Youth Centre with bruises, cuts and grazed knuckles. And in case your only experience of females trading blows is a lingerie pillow-fighting contest, be assured that our girls are tough, street-wise, and can truly pack a punch.

Anyway, the great news is that I've had a number of our girls training with me at Fight Club over the last two weeks, and this is great news for both the club and the community. It will be great for the community if we can move that aggression from the streets to the ring, and it is bound to be great for the club, as there is truly some knockout talent in this bunch!

I'm already having visions of Dulwich Hill's all-girl boxing team, touring the country and kicking butt wherever we go! We'll call them, 'Father Favourites', and we'll use that pic of my daughter and her friend (above), on the publicity poster, with the words, "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid", written underneath ...

OK. back to reality. In truth, we did have a bit of a setback last Wednesday night, when we held a farewell BBQ for our much-loved assistant boxing trainer, Steve Connolly (who is heading off to the US on a work contract).

We had almost all of the boys from the club and a number of the girls joining us for the BBQ in our backyard, when an Aboriginal woman of imposing proportions walked up our driveway, screaming obscenities.

I think she may have been trying to break the record for using the word, 'F**K', the most times in a single tirade. Evidently someone had broken into her house, and some of our young people were obviously involved. She had every right to be upset, but her timing was less than imaculate.

Between curses, I pointed out to her that she was in my backyard and hadn't been invited. She responded rather cleverly by taking three steps backwards, so that she was technically in the grounds of the church building, from where she continued on with her oration!

On the positive side, our kids dealt with it very well. No one responded with violence. The woman did eventually retire, and the young persons who had been targetted were apologetic. Even so, it was a reminder that there's plenty of work still to be done.

Keep us in your prayers, as I hope to have more positive breakthroughs to report to you next month.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


P.S. Click the pics above to see them full-size, but if you're left wondering who the guy getting married is, believe it or not, it's 'Mr Merciless' (last seen here)!


 This Month's Special Offer 
The Memory of an Elephant!
(and it will only cost you peanuts)

C'mon ... you didn't subscribe for my sense of humour

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  • Husbands who can't remember their wedding anniversary

  • Boxers who can't remember their own name
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Yes, this course is applicable to me on so many levels it's just not funny, but I have a feeling that it's going to benefit a lot of you guys as well.

Take a look a the deal Jim has set up on this special 'Friends of Father Dave' page. He's offered us more than a third off his regular price. Thanks Jim!

The offer only lasts until April 15, so click here before you forget.

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 For Your Prayers 

Why does this sweet old guy
want to beat me up?

It's time I introduced you to my mate, Joe Bridges. That's Joe on the right, pictured with his late wife, Julie.

Joe is one of the nicest guys I know. He's also an avid boxing fan, and publisher of 'Amateur Boxing Magzine' - the only publication of its kind in the country, so far as I know, and always a great read.

Joe and Julie Bridges

Of course, none of this explains why Joe is looking to fight me. To understand that, you need to know that Joe lost the love of his life to cancer a few years ago, and has consequently now directred his pugilistic passion towards fighting the disease with both his fists and his feet.

The 'feet' part is already underway. Joe took off on Easter Sunday from his home town in Adelaide, and is walking all the way to Melbourne - a distance of 725km (450 miles) - and collecting donations for the Cancer Council in every town he passes through.

The 'fists' component will kick in (so to speak) when I fly down to Melbourne to do a few rounds with him, to help raise some additional cash. That's the plan at this stage anyway. We've gotta make sure Joe survives the walk first though before we set a date for the bout.

Joe hopes to be the oldest man in the country to enter the ring as a pug, and I think he'll be happy enough if I kill him in the ring, so long as he raises enough money! He's my sorta guy!

I'll let you know when we have a firm date for the stoush. In the meantime, please keep Joe in your prayers, and if you'd like to support him financially, the Cancer Council would love to hear from you.

Also, I've scanned a recent press clipping about Joe from Adelaide's Advertiser, if you'd like to see it. I think he's looking a lot fitter now though than when this pic was taken. You can see a scanned copy here or for the text version, click here.


 Sermon of the Month 

Would you trust your kids with Jesus?

Seriously now, would you?

Would you seriously let your kids go to a youth group that was run by Jesus, once you knew the types of lowlife that Jesus had in His entourage? Would you be leaving your child in the care of a guy who had well-known sex-workers and even taxation agents amongst his team of volunteer helpers?

Why on earth did Jesus ever let those people in through the front door? That's what the local Parents and Citizens Association wanted to know, and for good reason! Click the play button below if you want to hear Jesus' response, or click here for the printed version).

If you were hoping for my Easter sermon. you can get the
podcast next week if you're a member of my Partners program

 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.

This video is one of the saddest I've seen, though it contains no explicit violence.

It's an interview with a Palestinian boy who took a bullet in the arm, while on the stairs of his house. His father, who was checking the water tank on the roof, was shot in the head and died. It seems to have been a case of mistaken identity. Click here

Video - George's Shadow Army

Our buddy Dan (the forum master) put us on to this one - a brief documentary on George W. Bush's army of hired gunslingers - known as the Shadow Army - currently operating in Iraq!

This footage has to be seen to be believed! Apparently George W. has as many as 100,000 privately employed mercenaries in Iraq, operating entirely independantly of the army, and therefore not answerable to anyone in the military command structure.

Apparently the Shadow Army also had operatives in New Orleans after the floods last year, and is increasingly being deployed within the USA! To find out more about the Presidential Praetorium Guard, click here.

Petition - Clash of Civilisations

Here's an excellent site and an excellent petition for all of us who believe that the gulf between the Moslem East and the Christian West may not be as unbridgeable as our politicians like to make out.

You'll find an excellent audio-visual introducing the peitition too. Click here.

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Appeal - Dads in Distress are in Distress

If you're not familiar with the wonderful work of Tony Miller and the team at Dads in Distress (DIDS), Tony runs a hotline for suicidal men in custody battles - organsing counselling and support. DIDS has been running on limited funding from the Federal government now for seven years.

Click here to watch the video

Tragically, Dads in Distress may be forced to close their doors in July, due to funding drying up completely, and this despite the fact that Tony and the team are dealing with 400 to 500 men on a weekly basis!

Read the full story here, and see what you can do to help.

Member Site - Home Business for Seniors

I've mentioned my buddy and long-time subscriber, Tom Koziol, to you before. Amongst his many other talents, Tom is webmaster of the Senior 2 Senior website - a virtual stockpile of senior citizen resources.

Well, he's just added home business resources to the list and has started a new newsletter to boot! You'll find the link on Tom's homepage. We wish you every success, mate!

click here to check out the site

Software - Half-Again ... again!

And finally, I mentioned 'Half-Again' software last month, as they had a special on their software. Well, this month they've upped the ante by offering one of their latest and greatest products completely free (for a month anyway).

Now, I don't stand to get any benefits from referring you to this. I just love their software, and if you're into producing blogs as an online marketing strategy, I think you'll be amazed at what this software can do. Click here.

OK, that's six of the best that I've seen 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.


 Fight Tip of the Month 

Interview with Alex Tui: part 3

This month we continue working through our archived interview with Australia's first world kickboxing champion, and focus this time on Alex's mental preparation, leading up to a fight.

Alex is the only fighter I've ever heard of who, as part of his preparation, envisages himself getting knocked down on to the canvas! He says that it help him be prepared if things go wrong!

Well ... it worked for the Tongan Tornado. If you think it can work for you, click here.

The Tongan Tornado: Alex Tui

Alex Tui (in younger years)


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