Love – the prime directive

“Love your neighbour as yourself” must be one of the most profound and world-changing statements ever made. The Old Testament of the  Bible and the New Testament agree. It is the essence of the law given by Moses. It was re-stated by Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. No religious leader or politician has ever put it better. 

To me it is the ‘prime directive’ to distinguish between right and wrong, between good and evil, between what leads us to God and what separates us from him.

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The Inclusive Church

Christine and I recently visited a church in Manchester which describes itself as an inclusive church. It has set me thinking, and I really believe that Christian Churches should welcome anybody who comes to them and includes them at all levels regardless of race, gender, sexuality etc.

The church is not a club to be run for the benefit of its members, or those that ‘belong’. The church is there to serve the whole community in the name of Jesus Christ. Anybody and everybody should be welcome. It is not our job to say who is a true Christian and therefore can belong and become a part of ‘us’.

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Zenith of creation

When we look at the universe and try to understand it’s vastness, we can seem to be very small and insignificant. But when we look in the other direction, to the microscopic world and the tiny world of the sub-atomic we are in turn quite vast. On a logarithmic scale we are somewhere near the middle between the diameter of an electron and the diameter of the known universe.

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What a wonderful world

We live a truly wonderful world. I, as much as anybody, feel passionately and am very aware that in the world there is poverty, injustice, disease and corruption. But I still say that the world we live in is beautiful and full of hope for a brighter tomorrow. Why am I so optimistic about the future?

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Looking after HIS world

I have just published a blog article entitled “Looking after our world” about the threat to mankind caused by global warming. I have been thinking about this and want to explore the concept that the world belongs to it’s creator and we are here to look after this planet as stewards of a fantastic world full of diversity and beauty.

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

I think I was about 10 years old when this became my favourite carol. It is full of reality and yet hope. Phrases like “Two thousand years of wrong” and “Men at war with man” deeply affected me – and still do. The writer tells it like it is and writes of “life’s crushing load” and “the weary road” and yet speaks about “peace on the whole earth ” and “the love song which they (the angels) bring”.

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An ancient, yet modern story

The day started much like any other day. I had no wealth of my own, in fact the rather scraggy looking sheep I was looking after belonged to my wife’s father. There was very little grass to be found in the semi-dessert that I had made my home, so each day I had to take the sheep further and further across the arid landscape. I came to a mountain which was reputed to be a special place of the God my real mother had told me about so many years ago. Thinking about my real mother put me in a reflective mood.
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Young Star Mentoring

I (George Dowdell) have recently become a trustee of a new charity that was the vision of Tony Lemboye.

Young star mentoring coaches and mentors young people who have had difficulties in life both personally and socially, by guiding them through a training program of personal development. We teach them to be part of a team, encourage discipline, respect, self worth and a deeper sense of community. Continue reading “Young Star Mentoring”

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