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“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 NIV Comment When some people compliment me I often ignore it. I think – ‘well they would say that’. However when a closer friend says the same I might pay more attention. When my partner eyeballs me and affirms and encourages me it goes deep....

Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Songs of Songs 7:11 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4 Comment I was talking recently...

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6 Comment There was huge excitement this week at the birth of a new royal baby.  Looking every bit the proud Dad, Prince William grinned ruefully and said ‘Thrice the trouble!’ about his expanding family.  He’s under no...

The King … had John beheaded … John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had...

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  1 Peter 3:13-15a Comment I don’t like horror films but I know they are popular. One...

Bear – endure – carry each other’s burdens and troublesome moral faults and in this way fulfil and observe perfectly the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (Amplified Bible) Jesus said “And now I give you a new commandment: LOVE one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 Comment We forget what love looks...

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? Psalms 22:1 NIV The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he...

Jesus Arrested While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, Lord, should we strike...

The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:4-6 Comment Most...

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in good time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.  1 Peter 5:6-9 Comment I was in...