In truth, I'm not into self-development programs and can't stand that 'power of positive thinking' stuff, but I do find that when I set goals for myself and then make them public, I'm more likely to carry through with them. I guess it's the embarrassment factor.
Anyway, those are my goals for 2008 and with the help of my family and church, my esteemed colleague, Father Elias, and the Spirit of God, I'm confident in acheiving them.
What are your goals for 2008? Let me know by email or, even better, post them on the forum for everybody to see!
Now, I'm not suggesting that you need to build an orphanage or set yourself some near impossible task, but why not aim a little higher this year than just 'making ends meet in 2008'.
Let's share our goals and visions with one another so that we can better support each other and spur each other on to greater things this year!
Your brother in the Good Fight,
P.S. For anyone who is appalled by that pic of me in the above-right-hand column, I was indeed at a dress-up party, but those were the exact same clothes I wore regularly as a teenager. Indeed, I wore them to church once. I suppose it's no wonder they had doubts about recommending me for ordination.
I've launched two new products for this month, and am really hoping that they will be a big hit with the Fighting Fathers community. Read on:
Firstly, I've purchased a franchise arrangement with Kiosk Webhosting - the company that I use to host many of my sites. The goal is two-fold:
Help Fighting Fathers cover our costs
Offer you top-quality web hosting.
Since I use Kiosk myself, I can tell you that the big advantage of their system is that they give you not only webspace but also the training and tools you need in order to promote your site/s. They also have an excellent record in reliability and offer 24/7 service.
Click here and go to the 'packages' link to see what's on offer. Packages range from less than $20 to $45 per month, with a 30-day no-obligation trial available on their top package for $1.
Secondly, I've purchased resale rights to a new system that allows you to watch free-to-air TV stations on your PC.
No, you can't get the Playboy channel, but you can get 100's of free-to-air stations and you can also catalogue all your favourite YouTube videos through the program.
So what's the cost?
Web TV for personal use only
Web TV resale versionthat you can sell or give away to others.
Web TV resale version if you try one of the webhosting deals (even the $1 trial)
Clickhere to check out the Web Hosting Clickherenow to check out Web TV
nb. there's a free, fully functional demo version of Web TV available for downloaded from the site
Share a Scone with the Bishop of Jerusalem (and other upcoming events)
Our old friend Bishop Riah (L) and Bishop Suhail (R) with George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Tuesday, February 12th:A screening of 'The Iron Wall' (Dulwich Hill) For those who can't see why Palestinians and Israeli's can't just all be friends, this is the film to see (Seaview Strett Community Hall, starts 7pm).
Wednesday, February 13th: Share a cuppa with Bishop Suhail (Trinitys) Bishop Suhail Dawani - Episcopal bishop of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon - will join us at Trinitys Youth Centre between 2 and 3pm. There's no charge and no need to book or bring anything. Just turn up here.
Saturday, February 16th: Sparring Comp at the Bulldog Gym (Leichhardt) The day of friendly pugilistic competition with the Bulldogs starts at midday. We should be fielding a strong team of both male and female boxers. Feel free to turn up and show your support (276a Noron St, Leichhardt).
Sunday February 17th: My Birthday. Email me if you can join us for lunch
Sunday, February 24th: Affiliate Marketers Luncheon (Las Vegas) This one is being organised by Fighting Father Wade Tonkin - long-time subscriber and fellow affiliate marketer. Details are here.
If you've got an event that you think the rest of the Fighting Fathers Community ought to know about, let me know so that I can include it in next month's calendar.
"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And then the tempter came..." (Matthew 4:1-2)
Yes, we're in Lent again, and it's time agin to follow Jesus through the 40 days and 40 nights of struggle and self-discipline!
But is that really all that this story (and the period of Lent) have to teach us? Perhaps the real message we need to hear is not simply that Jesus overcame temptation in a way that made Him super-human, but first and foremost that he experienced temptation in a way that made Him very human.
Click here to open the written version of this sermon (that includes the text) or clikc the play button to let me rip from the virtual pulpit.
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Forgive me if this seems arrogant, but I'm hogging all the 'Sites of the Month' for myself this month (well, almost).
Since the last Good Fight ezine I've published five new sites and I can't resist the temptation to show them off. The sixth site this month is one through which you can help me show off my sites to others. Read on if I'm confusing you.
Stumbledupon.com is not my site (more's the pity). It's an online community of some 4.5 million people where members recommend sites to eachother.
If you're not a part of the stumbledupon community yet, I'd encourage you to join. It's free, and once you join you can recommend the above sites (and any others you love) to the other 4.5 million members!
Go back and visit each of the above sites again and while youre' there, click the 'thumbs up' link in the stumbledupon toolbar.
A solid number of votes in stumbledupon can mean 1000's of extra visitors, so you'd be doing me a big favour if you joined and gave me the 'thumbs up'. And if you want to go the extra mile, give stumbledupon a 'thumbs up' for this ezine!
Got something to say about these sites? Say it on the forum.
While I was tempted this month to feature this video of my old mate, Muay Thai trainer, Nick Stone, I felt I just couldn't let the recent happenings in Gaza pass by without in some way recognising the significance of what has happened.
The world has stood back and watched the imprisonment and strangulation of the entire population of Gaza without raising a finger to help. Then suddenly the people took the initiative to free themselves, in a way that required no violence against Israel at all! They blew down the wall seperating them from Egypt!
Unfortunately, unlike the Berlin Wall, this barrier looks like it is being rebuilt, and again the world leaders remain silently complicit while the spin-doctors construct justifications. Indeed, I read one report trying to link a recent suicide-bomb attack to the breach in the wall, not acknowledging the fact that the group claiming responsibility for the attack didn't come from Gaza!
The audio I bring you today is from Professor Ilan Pappé - senior lecturer in the department of Political Science at Haifa University and the Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa.
I strongly recommend this audio to you. While not recent, it remains a powerful and succinct analysis of the situation in Gaza.