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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning...

Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.” Matthew 11:25-26 MSG Comment The phrase that struck me here is ‘Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer….’ He didn’t say, ‘Let me get...

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body...

We are delighted to link in this week’s ePrayer to Care for the Family’s Marriage Challenge Podcast.  You can download the podcast here. Scripture So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you...

Scripture: …I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love...

Scripture I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. Hosea 11:4 NIV Comment Ever feel tied down, tied up? Limited by your limits? I do. I chafe against all the restrictions that come day by day as I try to get work done, spend time with family, deal with my latest tech crisis and have a...

Scripture I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. John 15:5 MSG Comment Pastor Giovanni holds two grape branches in his hands. One budding, able to bear fruit. The other from a wild...

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...