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October 2nd 2013
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I think we do things for two reasons. We either do things through necessity or we do things through choice.  There are very few things we do through necessity. We eat, drink, breathe and sleep through necessity, but most other things we do are a result of some sort of choice. Some of the choices we make are prescribed by society. For example, most of us quite naturally get dressed in the morning. What I’m trying to say is that most of our actions are through our own choice.  

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September 10th 2013
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Majors Mike and Lisa Lloyd-Jones are the newly appointed Territorial Youth Secretaries and Directors of ALOVE. They have spent the summer travelling around the UK territory meeting as many of you as possible at Summer Schools and TMS, but for those of you who haven't met them yet, we thought you might like to hear from them as they begin their new and very exciting roles!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

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July 22nd 2013
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Splashed across today’s papers and online news channels is the news that David Cameron is going to announce that every household in the UK is to have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it.

I couldn’t let this landmark announcement pass without adding a few thoughts to what I believe is very positive news.

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July 17th 2013
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Last week the Essentials completed their time on placement. 

After this coming week they will be released back out into the world; a transformed group of people from those who joined the Essential Programme back in September 2012.  As they move through this last week of residential training we ask that you would pray for them that they would find God moments to reflect on the year and begin to raise their sights towards whatever comes next.

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July 17th 2013
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Anita & myself visited Abergavenny yesterday to meet with the Essential team there. We had a great few hours with those guys - and saw a glimpse of the place in which they operate and heard something of their story and the corps' heart for their town.

As conversation rolled on we began to discuss the Essential Programme itself. Given that I have only recently started as the new Training Programme Manager there is currently an opportunity for us to look again at what we're trying to achieve; and it's important to do this before it all becomes too familiar!

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June 17th 2013
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A quick glance at an online Theological Encyclopedia will suggest several meanings for the term,blessing. Here are 2 ideas:

First, a blessing was a public declaration of a favoured status with God.

Second, the blessing endowed power for prosperity and success. In all cases, the blessing served as a guide and motivation to pursue a course of life within the blessing.

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June 3rd 2013
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Here is part one of a series of blogs that correspond with this month’s cell material. Have a read, share your thoughts and keep coming back as we add more blogs.

Over the last few months, I have been reading over the story of Jacob again and again (see June Cell Material) and I have spent a lot of time thinking about the notion of God’s blessing.

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May 29th 2013
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I love resting. Our lives can be so busy and so choc-a bloc full with work, school, exams, social lives, Army lives, family commitments etc. that we often don’t have time to rest or reflect. My week is a frantic journey from one place to another. I very rarely have time to sit and rest and reflect, but when I do, I love it.

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May 9th 2013
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As much as it pains me to admit, I'm getting older and so in picking a cultural reference for an ALOVE blog for young people I've landed on a film that was released in a year when a lot of you weren't even born but stick with me it should all make sense...hopefully.

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April 22nd 2013
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For me, when I think about being stretched, it often sounds quite uncomfortable. I have images of people grabbing hold of each of my limbs and walking in different directions in a bid to make me longer. In my head I think of the character Mike TV from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who was stretched out following his mishap in the factory. However, stretching doesn't have to give us these sorts of images. 

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