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Dressed for the occasion

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our NHS and care workers is in hot demand; however there is deep concern over the lack of suitable PPE being distributed to these workers.  Doctors, nurses and care workers are voicing their deep concern about fighting the Covid-19 pandemic whilst keeping themselves safe in the process and rightly so.  These people are deeply aware that their lives are in great danger being exposed to the evil of this virus without appropriate clothing and equipment and they may as well be wearing PJ's and fluffy slippers for all their current uniform is worth! Wish that all Christians were just as aware of the dangers that they face through not being suitably dressed albeit it for a very different kind of battle, i.e. with the evil one— the devil!  Christians have absolutely no excuse however; our full and necessary PPE has already been provided, we just need to put it on! The Armour of God Ephesians 6:10-18 . 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and
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