Matthew 4:23-24, Matthew 5:13-16, John 8:31-32

Paul Calvert looks at good news stories from Bethlehem, and the importance of giving to your local community.

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Have you looked around you to see some of the amazing things that are going on every day? You may not be aware of them, but they are there. People are daily being a blessing and contributing to a better world and society.

What about you? What are you doing? Are you making a difference in the place that God has put you?

We can watch our local news and shout at the TV, moan and complain, or we can actually get out there and make a difference and contribute to the society around us. We don't have to, no-one will force us. We can leave it to someone else if we want to. Or we can be the ones who take the lead and make a difference in the community.

For me I think it would be sad for the next generation to come to me and ask why did you leave our world like this? Why am I inheriting your failures? Why didn't you act?

I want our future generations to be inspired by what we have done in society, and want to continue doing good into the future for their next generation.

Look around you today and see the good that is happening in your community; there are stories out there of hope and transformation.

You can be part of the Good News today. Go for it and make a difference in someone else's life. CR

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