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Scripture So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the...

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Scripture The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will...

Scripture 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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing...

Scripture 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 tradition...

Scripture Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I...

Translating When2Pray for Pakistan and Uganda Our sister organisation Time for Marriage works closely with couples in Pakistan and Uganda amongst other countries, bringing the much needed message of God’s plan for marriage to communities where cultures bring huge barriers to married life. Blessing couples internationally In these cultures intimacy is often a taboo subject and we know that praying...

Scripture 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 Prince George was christened this week. Regardless of our denomination and views on infant baptism it provides an opportunity to think about children. I’m sensitive to the fact that whether we can have them or...

Scripture All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Tim 3.16 Comment The cartoons come from a recent Care for the Family article on the subject of boundaries. It was in the context of parenting and very helpful, and it got me thinking about boundaries in our relationship. Every now and then,...

As you know When2Pray is run by two organisations – FamilyLife and Time for Marriage. Both are passionate about couples taking time out to invest in their marriages. They encourage couples by running day courses and weekends. How’s your marriage doing? You’re already investing well by praying together but how about taking a day or a weekend together to dig...

Scripture Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners in iron chains…….He (God) breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. Psalm 107:10-16 Comment Here the reason for the deep depression seems to be rebellion and disobedience. That is not always the case; but certainly it is true that sometimes poor decisions and wrong actions result in great...