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Scripture For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts…. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Cor 4:6-7 NIV Comment Teeth cleaned, tick. Hair combed, tick. Buttons done up properly, tick. I look totally together as...

Scripture The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. 1 Cor 1:18 MSG Comment I’ve just seen Elvis. Now I’m off to have a chat with the fairies who live down the bottom of my garden. At least,...

Scripture And this conversion of the Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. Acts 15:15 NLT Comment Brother Lawrence (a 17th Century monk) said he was completely converted to Christ while looking at the bare branches of a tree in winter. The tree appeared dead, yet he knew that leaves, flowers and fruit would reappear. This deeply impressed him with...

Scripture Greet each other with a sacred kiss. Romans 16:16 (NLT) Comment In the early days of our relationship we very naturally showed each other affection; touching, kissing, holding hands… We would also often say things like: “I really care for you.” “I love you.” “You’re so special.” If you’re still naturally affectionate, celebrate that! If, like me, you’re not regularly...

Scripture For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT) Comment I love the autumn especially the changing colours of leaves on the trees. As I was walking in the woods the other day...

Scripture After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 Comment Traditionally 1st November – All Saints Day – is a time to remember...

Scripture For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Mat 23.12 NIV) Comment The other day I was doing my quiet time and was particularly challenged by this passage and the associated notes (Encounter with God from Scripture Union). In the previous verses Jesus is haranguing the religious leaders. He questions their...

Scripture “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” (Psalms 125:1 NIV) Comment A friend of mine has a high sense of responsibility and he likes to do things well. Some would say he is a perfectionist or a ‘control freak’ even. The down side of his gifting is that he...

Scripture While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called ‘the Baptizer,’ was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ Matt 3:1 MSG But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking...

Scripture  “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went. The father gave the same command to the second son. He...