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Words Kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit, you decide.  Proverbs 18:21 MSG Comment I was standing in a queue recently and sadly watched a man talking pretty nastily to his wife.  As he talked, she physically shrivelled and grew smaller.  It was like poison was creeping into her and life was ebbing from her. I was quite...

What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. Eph 4:25  (MSG) Comment Continuing our walk through The Message’s paraphrasing of Ephesians we come to this encouragement to...

Comment This Monday the lockdown rules changed significantly to allow slightly larger groups of people to meet up.  It’s certainly been a joy for us to connect with some of our family who we haven’t seen for a while. Last week we talked about things we are learning in this season, this week we’re thinking about how we are going...

Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.  Colossians 4:6 (MSG) Comment As lockdown continues, we are starting a series to help you with some areas in your marriage to ponder, discuss and pray about during this challenging time. This week we...

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,...

We work together as partners who belong to God. 1 Corinthians 3.9a (NLT) Comment These days we tend to associate the word Partner with co-habitating couples.  However, partner is a lovely word describing working together/sharing responsibilities each with a ‘part’ to play.  (Personally I like it much better than spouse!). In business, often partners are formed when two people come...

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 (win a prize). 1 Peter 3:8 (winds in bracket mine) Comment I have seen marriage likened to a three...

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 Submit to one another out of reference for Christ. Ephesians 5.21 Comment “Men can’t see dust” according to one author. If I’m in any way typical that might be related to lack of motivation to do...