Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
Partners in the Fight When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
Father Dave here, and I'm beginning this ezine to you from sunny Griffith!
I'd love to tell you exactly where Griffith is on the map but I'm afraid I'm not really sure! I know I'm still in Oz and I know I'm still in the State of New South Wales, and I'm told I'm somewhere west of Wagga Wagga, but that really isn't helping me much.
As you can probably guess, I flew here, and in case you're wondering why, it was to support someone in a reasonably serious court case. Unfortunately though it has turned out that the pre-sentencing report wasn't completed on time and so the whole thing has been adjourned until next week, when I'll be expected to appear again. And that's not as easy as it sounds!
Apart from the cost of flights, hotel, taxis, meals, etc. (totalling over $600), I don't find it easy to walk away from my work and family, though I'm thankful that I do have Elias back at base to manage the Fight Club.
At any rate, it appears that this is going to be part of a series of ezines originating from Griffith, and if I find out something more interesting about the town before next week's ezine, I'll let you know.
In the great scheme of things, of course, these stuff-ups are only minor annoyances, and if the worst thing that happens to me this month is that I have to spend an extra couple of days in Griffith then I'm doing very well indeed. Unfortunately of course, we are all involved in far more serious battles, and none seems more serious to me at the moment than the war against drugs that touches so many of our communities.
I've published another drug-education article on www.fatherdave.org, this time focusing on heroin (click here to read it). More exciting still though for me is to see one of our other members - Fighting Father Doug - publish a blog on the Fighting Fathers site concerning his involvement as a police officer in the war against methamphetamine (ICE) abuse in Montana, USA.
Click here to read Doug's blog, entitled, "There is Always Hope", as I think you'll find it both informative and inspiring! And make sure you click through on the link he provides to the 'Montana Meth Project', which has been the key to the fantastic success they've achieved there in bring the scourge of meth abuse under control!
And just in case you thought that was the best of today's good news ...
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Zacchaeus - debunking the myths
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"[Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."
And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:1-10)
I gave this sermon a while back - last year in fact - but I've been waiting for the right time to unleash it on you. Now seems to be the time!
I remember this story from my youth, and remember Zacchaeus as a small man with a big heart and a penchant for climbing trees. My goal here will be to call ALL these assumptions of my childhood into question.
- Was Zacchaeus really big-hearted?
- Did he really like climbing trees?
- Was he even really short?
To have these and other cherished assumptions called into question, and perhaps learn something new, hit the buttons below.
Let me throw a few more things your way before I let you go today.
- As well as this week's article on heroin, I've published a sermon on 'Serving Two Masters' and an article from Uri Avnery where he imagines the Israeli Prime Minister following the lead taken by both his Australian and Canadian counterparts, and apologising to the indigenous Palestinians for his governments history of oppression. Click here.
- Just as Doug put together a brilliant blog on Meth abuse, so Brother Andy has contributed two insightful and poetic blogs on lessons he's learnt from life's journey (click here) along with a couple of new photo albums.
- Fighting Father Keith Mascord, as well as being a great preacher, is also National Chaplain to Mission Australia. He's currently looking for people to sponsor him in their Hush for the Homeless fundraiser. To pay Keith money in order to shut him up, click here!
- And finally, here's a petition that I think you might like to sign, appealing to the government of Israel to stop arbitrarily denying entry to foreign nationals who wish to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories. You'll find the details and the petition here.
OK. That's plenty from me today.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.
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