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Scripture Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth...

Scripture So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the...

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Scripture The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will...

Scripture For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing...

Scripture See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3 Comment This week we begin a series of reflections and prayers for Advent. I grew up with the Lutheran family tradition...

Scripture May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Proverbs 5: 18-19 Comment In his wisdom God made us physical and sensual. His desire for us is that we retain our desire for our partner and...

Scripture Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I...

Scripture Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Comment My wife came up to me earlier this week and said the following: “I’ve just been praying for you and I want you to know that you are a lovely man. You are kind and sensitive and wise and...

Scripture “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a...

Translating When2Pray for Pakistan and Uganda Our sister organisation Time for Marriage works closely with couples in Pakistan and Uganda amongst other countries, bringing the much needed message of God’s plan for marriage to communities where cultures bring huge barriers to married life. Blessing couples internationally In these cultures intimacy is often a taboo subject and we know that praying...