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On his first mission, Space Shuttle astronaut Charles Frank Bolden Jr. commented that it "fundamentally changed his view of the world". From 400 miles above the earth, all looked peaceful and beautiful. Yet Bolden later recalled that, as he passed over the Middle East, he was "shaken into reality" when he considered the conflict that made that area such a dangerous place. During an interview with film producer Jared Leto, Bolden spoke of that moment when he saw the earth with a sense of how it ought to be – and then sensed a challenge to do all he could to make it better. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the world was not the way God intended. Into this moral and spiritual darkness, Jesus came bringing "life and light to all" (John 1:4). Even though the world didn't recognise Him, "to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to be children of God" (v 12). When life is not the way it oug

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Two men sat down to review their business trip and its success. One said he thought the trip had been worthwhile because some meaningful new relationships had begun through their business business contacts. The other said, "relationships are fine, but selling is what matters most". Obviously, each had a very different agenda. It is all too easy -  whether in business, family or church - to view others from the perspective of how they can benefit us. We value them for what we can get from them, rather than focusing on how we can serve them in Jesus' name. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but to the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4). People are not to be used for our own benefit. Because they are loved by God and we are loved by Him, we love one another. Jesus, who could demand our praise or force us to be obe

A prayer for Remembrance Sunday from Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

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Those who have been to war rarely talk about it; Those who haven't, struggle to understand it. In this season of Remembrance we try to bridge the gap. Help us never to forget the horror of war of lives lost, of people changed of physical injury, and mental health problems of homes lost, and cities destroyed. Help us to give thanks for courage in adversity for those who went above and beyond the call of duty, for acts of self-sacrifice, that others might live. May we resolve to work for peace, to build bridges, for their sake, for our sake, for everyone's sake. AMEN Virus-free. www.avg.com

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-BELONG-BELIEVE-GROW-SERVE- Our mission is to guide people of all backgrounds into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This blog will provide regular prayers, hymns, and thoughts for reflection and meditation as you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.