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Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person...

Scripture For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thes 5:9-11 (NLT) Comment Continuing...

Scripture “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with...

Scripture “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God,...

Scripture Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 20:22 (NIVUK) Comment I have a friend who does research and some time ago he did some work to define bad habits that need to STOP to allow a relationship to flourish. Each habit is represented by a letter...

Scripture And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…’ Luke 1: 30-33, 38 Comment It’s Christmas. How do you feel? I must admit I’m writing this before Christmas Day and so I can only imagine how I feel. …like I’ve eaten too much. Probably. …Exhausted and enjoying some ‘down time’. Definitely! …Enjoying...

Scripture But 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,...

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...