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Scripture All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us...

Scripture Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4 Comment Continuing our Psalm 23 theme and ignoring our cheeky picture above, many of us feel like we are facing the ‘valley of the shadow of death’...

Scripture God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Psalm 23:1-3 (MSG) Comment Many of us know these verses so well we almost forget what the impact...

Scripture One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew—I’m starved!” Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And...

Scripture Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 Comment We have...

Scripture Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4 v 6 NLV Comment Paul’s advice on prayer is to mix our requests with thanksgiving. This has 2 effects on us: It builds our faith that God will answer us, because he has been kind in the past It builds the relationship: God knows...

Scripture It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.  Isaiah 59:2 (NLT) Comment Valentine’s day came and went. What is different? Sometimes our communication gets blocked. We try to connect but we feel stuck and can’t get through to each other. When this happens in...

Scripture Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 (NLT) Comment Valentines stuff is all about getting attention. The card says – secret admirer! Please be interested enough to guess who I am.  Come and find me! It’s more about...

Scripture The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you…… The LORD continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock.  As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by....

Scripture Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15 Comment These words of Jesus are addressed to his followers – the church, but they are also relevant in our marriages. A couple, united in their love,...