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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,...

Scripture Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Comment Don’t worry – I am not suggesting that you make phony thankful prayers for difficult circumstances! God wants us to be real with him. However, it is healthy to develop a habit of thanking each other and God...

Scripture We must work while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  John 9 v 4 Comment The violent events in France have shocked the world. The funerals will feature many tributes to loved ones who died – but sadly those husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and friends, will never hear those words of appreciation because they have...

Scripture Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.  1 Peter 3 8-9 (MSG) Comment Agreement was crucial in selecting our life partner – not romantic – not...