DJ Gregory

Check out the following video. What an amazing story of following your dream and perserving.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3696478

Misguided soul


“Quite early on I began fancying women but I was considered too feminine to be gay…
“It was the first time I’d been out of an all-girl environment. That’s when I realised I was a man trapped in a woman’s body.”

How does anyone reconcile those two statements as having come from the one person.

Read the articles about this poor person and see just how messed up they became from bullying during school.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/2440594/The-gay-man-who-used-to-be-a-blonde-model.html
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,25520554-2,00.html?from=public_rss

UPDATE 01-06-2009
Saint over at dogfight at bankstown has a link to more about these gender reassignment surgery’s showing just how wrong these are and the damage being caused by them.

Daily Devotion

Any time you step out in faith and try something, a voice within you will whisper, “You must be out of your mind. You’re not capable of this. Those little accomplishments you had before were pure luck; you just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now you’re in over your head.” That voice will waken you in the middle of the night, sick to your stomach. You can hear it in every boardroom, living room and pavement. It’s the voice of fear, and it doesn’t play fair. It pulls the file on your past failures and preys on your deepest insecurities.

Source: The Word For Today

“...Your ears will hear a voice…saying, ‘This is the way…”’ Isaiah 30:21 NIV Genesis 1:24 NKJV

But there’s another voice; God’s! It says: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa 41:10 NKJV). Attuning your ears to God’s voice doesn’t mean your problems are automatically solved or that the other voice just fades away. No, it’s more like having an intimate conversation with a close friend in a noisy, crowded place. There may be other voices around you but you don’t hear them because you’re so focused on what your friend is saying. That’s how it is with God’s voice. Whether He speaks to you through the Scriptures, through a friend, or through your life’s circumstances, He’s always communicating with the heart that seeks Him. His promise to you is, “Your ears will hear a voice…saying, “This is the way; walk in it.'”

One word from God, just one, can change your entire outlook. So today, take time to listen to God’s voice.

SoulFood reading: Jonah 1-4, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 88:1-9a, Pr 11:24-26

This Daily Encouragement comes from The Word for Today devotional available free from UCB Australia. For more information, please visit The Word For Today website at http://www.thewordfortoday.com.au

John Piper Youtube messages

Take the time to listen to these messages. John Piper has such a passion for the gospel that I really recommend listening to what he has to say.

If you want to see or read more of his messages then go to http://desiringgod.org./

10 dumb things smart Christians believe

Lillian Kwon a Christian Post Reporter has a review of a book by Larry Osborne called “dumb things smart Christians believe”.

I found the following excerpts the most revealing. I see so many people from the larger churches who believe as he states, that being a christian means having good fortune fall upon them.

He calls those “dumb things” spiritual urban legends – a belief, story, assumption, or truism that gets passed around as fact even in Sunday-school class or a Bible study.
..One of the partial truths many Christians fall victim to is the belief that living God’s way will bring good fortune.
“The Bible makes no such promise,” Osborne writes in 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe….
“When we assume, imply, or promise that God is supposed to bring us good luck and lots of success, we’re set up for deep disappointment and spiritual cynicism,” he writes. “Even worse, we risk turning the King of kings into little more than a good-luck charm.”
Osborne also warns that those who introduce Christ to others and testify of only the “abundant Christian life” while downplaying the “harder teachings of Jesus” set the stage for disillusionment when things go awry.
Following Christ can be tough and having faith isn’t always going to fix everything.

It’s called irony

Moveon.org, a left wing political group in the US put this ad out last year trying to attack George W Bush for the size of deficit.

Check out the graph here to show just how large Obama’s deficits will be in comparision.

As for here, check out this video that shows that maybe we should start playing the ad from moveon here now that Rudd/Swan are giving us the largest ever deficits.

Because lying in the Family Court is CHILD ABUSE”, says Fathers4Equality

Media release: May 10, 2009 – Fathers4Equality respond to recent comments by the Chief Justice of the Australian Family Court

A case of poor judgment

The Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, has recently launched an extraordinary attack on Australia’s internationally regarded 2006 Family Law amendments,1 by writing to the Attorney-General and asking him to urgently repeal important provisions within the amendments.

According to Ash Patil, President of shared parenting group Fathers4Equality, “These provisions in the family law act were specifically implemented to reduce the epidemic of false allegations and parental alienation that permeate every corridor of the Family Law Courts, to the clear detriment of the innocent children caught in the cross-fire. But Bryant wants them removed, and fails to explain how the innocent victims of maliciously false allegations would be protected without them.”

James Adams adds, “What is more astonishing it seems is that unlike the parliamentary committee that recommended these laws in the first place, the Chief Justice has not consulted widely before making such an extraordinary intervention (in fact she has not consulted with any fathers’ groups at all). Rightly or wrongly, Bryant will now be perceived to have compromised views on this issue, denying her the opportunity to have played a unifying force in the process of family law reform in this country, much like the wasted opportunities of her predecessor.”

The two provisions Bryant wants specifically removed include:

* the order of costs, at the Judge’s discretion, against a parent who has been proven to have “knowingly” made false allegation in Court, and
* unspecified actions, at the Judges’s discretion, against a parent who has purposely alienated or deliberately maligned the children against the other parent

The importance of these provisions

Patil explains that “These provisions have been specifically implemented to reduce the disturbingly common practices by some separated parents in making contrived and sinister allegations in Court against the other parent, and to otherwise engage in concerted efforts to destroy the relationship between the child and the other parent. This is done knowing full well the children will be irrevocably harmed in the process, both psychologically and emotionally. Yet it goes on and will continue to go on given human nature, unless we have laws to help it stop.”

“So these are ‘good’, modest provisions designed to stop misguided parents from misusing the system and abusing innocent children.”

Introduced only after extensive community consultation

According to Adams, “These provisions were agreed to by a bi-partisan parliamentary committee (both Labor and Libs/Nats) that went around Australia canvassing the views of all Australians for over two years. Finally this committee was so appalled at the extent of institutional abuse in the Family Court that it recommended measures to protect innocent children and parents who were victims of contrived allegations and parental alienation by spiteful ex-partners.”

“But Bryant wants to override the will of the Australian people 2 and the will of Parliament, 3 and to completely remove all disincentives against lying in the Family Court”

Really soft penalty for a very serious crime

Patil, who claims that many F4E members are subjected to false allegations, states that “Proving that someone has ‘knowingly’ made false allegations rather than ‘mistakenly’ or ‘recklessly’ is quite a tall order. The standard of proof in these matters is a very tough hurdle to pass, and as a result ‘knowingly false’ allegations have only been proven in a relatively few cases 4in recent years. If they are proved, they may result in a costs order, although this has been rarely applied in children’s matters by the judiciary.”

“Now given that perjury in any other Australian court may result in 10 years or more jail time, one must be mindful of the fact that this is a really soft penalty for a very serious crime. It is a provision however that can work as a disincentive, albeit a modest one, in dissuading many parents from lying in the Family Court in the first place.”

“So these are ‘good’, modest provisions designed as a disincentive to those misguided parents who may in a moment of weakness be tempted to make contrived allegations in Court.”

Measured responses to issues of concern

Patil and Adams are frustrated by the logic used by the Chief Justice, and Patil adds that “Bryant justifies the need for these changes by suggesting that some people have misunderstood these provisions. Even if this is true, her suggested fix is a remarkable over-reaction to an issue that could be addressed through a number of simple measures.”

* Patil says that “Given that most parents in family law proceedings are either represented by lawyers, have visited a family relationship centre or have sought government funded legal services, a simple review could identify the cause of this misinformation from within these service providers, and provide an opportunity for corrective measures to be implemented.”

* Adams wonders why the Chief Justice needs to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and opines that “a request to the Attorney General to implement an educational campaign to educate parents about these provisions would go a long way in addressing any existing misconceptions, and would be a more measured and effective approach to the issue at hand.”

Adams continues, “Given the unprecedented nature of these family law amendments, what is required are sensible, well-measured & ultimately timely approaches to these issues, in order to allow for proper outcomes based research to develop. Anything less than this would put at risk the very well-being of those we are trying to protect.”

Broader consultations as a first step

1. Fathers4Equality would like to encourage the Chief Justice to put some thought into what checks and measures she would alternatively suggest be implemented if the current provisions are removed, to protect children from the devastating damage resulting from alienation and perjury in Court. Given that lying in the Family Court and parental alienation are forms of child abuse, we stress the importance of carefully considering the implications of such changes on the welfare of children.

2. Secondly and in reference to a recent campaign that has promoted a less than accurate reflection of these new laws, we would ask the Chief Justice to consider making a public statement to the effect, as is the case, that no evidence exists of any escalation of child abuse as a result of the new amendments. This would be an important statement from the Chief Justice in the interests of an informed community discussion on this matter, and would help ensure that the debate is discussed in terms of facts, not innuendo.

3. Finally, we would like to draw attention to the increasingly under-resourced and overworked child protection authorities in this country, and the fact that too many cases of genuine abuse are not thoroughly investigated, in part because of the level of false allegations emanating from the Family Court. It must be recognised that for every hour that a child protection officer is investigating a false allegation, it is one hour less protection that can be given to a child in genuine need, and this is a cost that the children of Australia simply cannot afford.

Fathers4Equality would be open to discussing these important issues further with the Chief Justice, if she is willing to accept our invitation.