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Scripture “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will...

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...

Scripture Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each...

Scripture People should think of us as servants of Christ, the ones God has trusted with his secrets. 1Cor 4:1 NCV Comment ‘10 secret places you can only find on foot’ – this article appeared in the National Trust magazine. I have not yet explored any of these, but they sound exciting. Even more exciting – the secret places you...

Scripture: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Comment: One of the main news stories in the UK today is of issues with the baggage handlers at one of our major airports. Travellers are being advised to pack essential items in their hand luggage in case their main luggage is delayed. This got us thinking...

Scripture: ‘I hate divorce,’ says the God of Israel…. Malachi 2:16a Comment: The floodwaters rise and things sink – cars, houses. Relationships. We’ve just seen another friend’s marriage disappear down a sinkhole. Anguish on all sides. Blame flying around, not always accepted when it should be. Divorce can be rationalised all you want, but it blows a huge hole in...

Scripture: You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvellous. Of this I have no doubt. Psalm 139.13-14 (CEV) Comment: Reports state that crime levels are falling at the moment and one of the reasons could be due to the...

Scripture: Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength….Repeat [these commands] again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed...

Scripture: Rejoice always.  Pray continually.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 NIVUK Comment: Being prayerful doesn’t mean always being serious or intense. My Mum and Dad often larked about and we children enjoyed it hugely. I suspect it did them good to forget for a moment all the serious concerns of family, work and church. Our lives need balance – if we enjoy...