Following Jesus?

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Our bible readings this week will again challenge us to follow Jesus.  What are we prepared to give up to follow him?  It is a challenging question!  It is not about giving up chocolate for Lent, or alcohol for January, it is about changing our lives, giving up our self-centredness!  This is the challenge of the Christian life.

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I have been doing more investigations into smoke alarms.  They are definitely considerably cheaper in the UK where almost all houses now have them and it is almost putting the fire service out of business!  The ones I have found here in Thailand are imported from the States and are not cheap.  We need the type with a ten year battery life.

I will therefore bring 20 smoke detectors back from the UK when I come back at the end of July.  These cost around THB400 each but it is important that we don’t buy and install ones where the batteries fail after a few months.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai and Mplus Foundation are pleased to present “Love for All,” an event to celebrate the LGBTI Community. This event is co-hosted by Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Law, CMU Art Center, American Corner Chiang Mai and Documentary Club. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at the CMU Art Center. The event will feature the film titled, Gayby Baby, as well as a panel discussion with members from the LGBTI community and organizations.

13.30-14.00: Registration
14.00-14.15: Opening Ceremony with Remarks by Dean Chatree Rueangdetnarong, Chiang Mai University Faculty of Law and U.S. Consul General Henry Jardine
14.15-14.30: Short film titled “Love for All”
14.30-17:00: Panel Discussion: Same Sex Marriage Bill: Lessons Learned by Thailand from the U.S.
17.00-18.00: Reception
18.00-20.00: Film Screening of Gayby Baby

All are welcome to attend – it will be in a mixture of Thai and English.

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This Sunday’s readings are 2 Kings 2, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, and Luke 9:51-62, and we will be singing the hymns All for Jesus, Will you come and Follow Me?, Stand up stand up for Jesus, and Tell Out My Soul!  The readings can be found via this link!

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If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When page.  Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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