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Sunday, 6 February 2011


Panorama is broadcasting a programme describing the difficulties facing former soldiers as they try to settle back into civilian life.

"Thirty years ago, when I was a young officer, I remember a chap in Ballymena who stayed on in the town at the end of a lifetime's service. He was always dapper, but it took him only three months to drink himself to death. He had joined as a boy, at 15; when he had no Army he had no life."

This is a famous passage of scripture describing the Christian warfare and the essential soldier`s armour.

Ephesians 6:10-17
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

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