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Scripture But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in...

Scripture Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15 Comment The second Sunday in Advent is often associated with the theme of peace. Peace can mean a state of tranquillity, calm and the absence of anxiety. HMMM, that challenges me as I think of ‘all that...

Scripture Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and...

Scripture “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.” Hebrews 12:1-2. Comment Our marriage is 29 years old and is...

Scripture: From him the whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4: 16 Comment: I’ve just discovered that a long-standing friend of mine is experiencing great mental anguish and depression. Right now she even doubts her salvation. “Looking at the Bible we see...

Scripture: Walk straight, act right, tell the truth. Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbour; despise the despicable. Psalm 15:2-4 MSG Comment: It’s so easy. And almost fun. ‘Why didn’t you…?’ ‘If only you had….’ ‘Who left the milk sitting out?…’ Once we start firing blame-bullets at each other, someone’s going to get hurt. Sometimes it feels like we’re...

Scripture Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Corinthians 13:13. Comment A journalist who described herself as a ‘fully paid-up feminist’ recently wrote … ”A few days ago, I ironed all my husband’s shirts in a marathon session, just for the palpable frisson of knowing how happy it would make him not...

You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’. John 14.4-6. Comment Thomas wanted to know the way...

Scripture Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Comment My wife came up to me earlier this week and said the following: “I’ve just been praying for you and I want you to know that you are a lovely man. You are kind and sensitive and wise and...

Scripture Hope deferred makes the heart sick.  Proverbs 13:12 “This hope will not disappoint us for we know how deeply God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His Love”  Romans 5:3-5 Comment I seem to meet so many people who have given up on God or each other because of disappointment....