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Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 … hope in God , who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 Comment We’ve had our granddaughter (not yet 3) staying with us this week. I’ve been struck by two things; how...

‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die and there I will be buried.’  Ruth 1:16,17 Comment Although Ruth’s promise is not made to her husband but her mother-in-law, I imagine she repeated similar words to Boaz –...

Finally, all ‘two’ of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8 Comment Pentatonix are 5 voice vocal group who sing a cappella. They make...

Keep on asking and you will be given what you ask for.  Keep on looking and you will find.  Keep on knocking and the door will be opened.  For everyone who asks receives.  Everyone who seeks finds.  And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.  Matthew 7:7-8 Comment We once heard the Korean pastor Yongghi Cho speak about prayer...

‘Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.  Heart my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  In the morning you hear my voice; I lay out my requests before you and wait expectantly.’  Psalms 5:1-3 NLT Comment There are many reasons for it, but for most Christians, there come times when praying seems...

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He has taken me to the banqueting hall and his banner over me is love.  Song of Songs 2:4 Comment This is my youngest daughter and her husband!Look at the expression on their faces! Joy and anticipation! We celebrate love in the wedding service and at the reception. If there was a banner over the top table it would be...

Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.  Proverbs 18:15 MES Comment Whether you have been married one or fifty-one years are you still teachable? My wife and I have been married for the 51 years and have done many marriage weekends, courses and other marriage events but still each time we find new things that...

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NIV Comment E-numbers are substances added to food to enhance flavour, for example. These additives are supposedly not harmful to health – but in relationships, E-numbers can be destructive. I’m talking about Expectations. For example, I may EXPECT my spouse...

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:9 & 10 Comment It’s so good to worship praising our heavenly Father, extolling his many virtues and thanking...

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30 Comment ‘Yoke’ is a strange word today which...