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  • DAVID-JOHN

    A wonderful insightful and stimulating article. I thank you so many lessons came out of that short story, one of hope, understanding, compassion, deliverance.

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    Nicely put Debbie, As you say all lives are an adventure story, some more adventurous than others, the point is to live a life dedicated to God for the alternative does not bear thinking about, but unfortunately many do just that, they think about doing what is wrongful because it looks good to taste. (Eve in the garden of Eden) others seem unable to make a choice and drift along in life just like lost sheep without a shepherd. We can only shout out the word of God, as you are doing and pray someone will listen and react in a positive manner.

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    In 1996 I underwent a series of devastating events in my life. My wife terminally ill with a brain tumour that took her life in 1996, the loss of my job, held for over 23 years due to taking longer than the 12 months sabbatical I had requested to look after, loss of my home of that length of time as it was connected with my employment and facing up to raising two young children on my own. I had left the WWCG in 1991 and had no one to turn to. Yet I knew God was out there and He would not let me down, there had to be a reasoning for my life and what was happening to me and my young family. I didn't get depressed, I didn't despair I bought a derelict house and spent my time repairing, renovating and taking care of my responsibilities. I now have a lovely grandson and a wonderful home, and the United Church of God. I know I will one day meet my lovely wife again and help her in God. God is always there to assist us, to lift us and protect us, as the scripture says: What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
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    I attended and helped at my first ever summer camp in the UK at the age of 66 and had the time of my life. As you have intimated the organisation and planning that goes into this annual event is tremendous and the efforts of all the organisers and helpers and camp staff is much to be admired. I was particularly enthused by the gratitude and camaraderie shown by all the young campers towards the helpers and the way they displayed God's way of life to everyone. We had a set of proverbs each day and I continually saw those "mottos" put into action throughout the period of the camp. I immediately volunteered for next years summer camp. It was indeed gratifying to see campers helping and befriending fellows from such places as Canada, USA, South Africa, Germany, Austria and Italy as well as fellow Britons. I too made a lot of new friends and cemented friendships with those I already knew. Summer camp means friendship within a Godly space, of growing in spiritual guidance, of learning to exhibit true qualities and new skills and acting as a watchman sounding the trumpet to all who have ears to hear.
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    Hello Lorelei and all others, a greeting from England. I too suffered a number of health set backs including a minor problem with skin cancer, I didn't wear a hat and I am folicaly challenged (LOL) I had a steap fall that resulted in many operations and a replacement hip which led onto a major heat attack that has left me with only 37% function of the left ventrical of my heart; yet through it all I was led to coming back into the Church of God after leaving WWCG back in 1991. Now I play an active role having just completed a stint at the British Youth camp as an instructor and taking part in two junior hikes. God has plans for all of us and sometimes we need His guidance more than at other times. I am alive because God wants it that way, for the moment, and I know this opportunity is mine to take and grow in the "WAY" of the Lord.

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    Thank you for your article, it makes a lot of sense. As a previous Senior committee member and lead first responder for St John Ambulance I was obliged to assist many people who were experiencing such difficulties as you describe and teach others. Your remarks are correct and very helpful, may I suggest whilst offering assistance we also add conversation to the mix, having a friendly chat helps to put people, in need of assistance, at ease. Many people with mobility difficulties lead a lonely life and would love to share their experiences with others and just need a friendly prompt to get going. Who knows what may come from your offer of assistance.

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    Let me first say I always admire yours and your co presenters presentations of God's truth in a way that illustrates God's plan for all of us, Christian or not. It is always based on true Biblical premise. However in this instance I feel you missed the point of Donald Trump's statement in that he did not call for the permanent exclusion of, Muslim believing, people immigrating into the USA but a temporary ban until a better mechanism can be found in weeding out those whose sole purpose is to destroy America. Throughout Europe and Great Britain we are seeing an influx of jihadists amongst peoples coming in from the middle east who have differing view points to their western hosts that are against western democracy, gender equality, freedom of dress, and for gender segregation, FGM, forced marriage etcetera. It seems right that, to protect our way of life from a form of belief that seeks to squash freedom and destroy religious freedom a temporary ban on the influx on even more of the same destructive (to Western thinking) thinking should be enforced.

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    What a wonderful analogy, opening up a vista of understanding surrounding the parable of the ten lepers I had not seen before. Thank you Mr Webber.

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    This quote from Mr. Ibaraki "he is very troubled by the fact that there are still some people in the world who argue about the ethics and morality of using nuclear weapons. They should never be used"! But of course no weapon should be used against another creature. The arrow should not be released in anger as it too takes a life that was created by the will of God. But for man to realise that war is futile and an abomination we require God in our hearts and minds but we will have to wait for mankind to understand this; when God returns and sets up His Kingdom on earth.

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    We can easily fool ourselves into thinking we are found and be lost because we do not put the effort in. The parable of the wedding feast shows us that we think we are dressed for the occasion when in reality we are not. It is not just hearing the word and reading the word but it is in the doing, in accordance with the obedience to God's will.