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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all...

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned …. 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. Isaiah...

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:19-20 Comment The third week of Advent began last Sunday – traditionally it is called ‘Gaudete’ or ‘Joy Sunday’. Joy is fundamental to...

The angel said to them “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This shall be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in...

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...

“And Adam knew his wife and she conceived……..” Genesis 4 (older versions)  There’s a lot involved in knowing each other. Here the phrase seems to be a colloquial form for sexual intercourse and the phrase is beautifully expressive of the intimacy explicit in loving sex. Comment Perhaps we have been married a few years and feel we know each other...

I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind, and straining to what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13 Comment How often do we go back over things that have...

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Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 … hope in God , who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 Comment We’ve had our granddaughter (not yet 3) staying with us this week. I’ve been struck by two things; how...

‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die and there I will be buried.’  Ruth 1:16,17 Comment Although Ruth’s promise is not made to her husband but her mother-in-law, I imagine she repeated similar words to Boaz –...

Finally, all ‘two’ of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8 Comment Pentatonix are 5 voice vocal group who sing a cappella. They make...