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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and...

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3 Comment This week we begin a series of reflections and prayers for Advent. I grew up with the Lutheran family tradition of...

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.  Matthew 8:1-3 Comment If we’re...

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. … You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have...

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT) Comment I love the autumn especially the changing colours of leaves on the trees. As I was walking in the woods the other day I...

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.  Revelation 7:9 Comment Traditionally 1st November – All Saints Day – is a time to remember those...

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV Comment Sometimes I find my thoughts are not particularly helpful. Worse still they can get me and our relationship into trouble. In my case it’s often because I ‘think...

Greet each other with a sacred kiss. Romans 16:16 (NLT) Comment In the early days of our relationship we very naturally showed each other affection; touching, kissing, holding hands… We would also often say things like: “I really care for you.” “I love you.” “You’re so special.” If you’re still naturally affectionate, celebrate that! If, like me, you’re not regularly expressing...

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.  1 Peter 3 8-9 (MSG) Comment Agreement was crucial in selecting our life partner – not romantic – not much...

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Comment Don’t worry – I am not suggesting that you make fake thankful prayers through gritted teeth for difficult circumstances! God wants us to be real with him. However, it is healthy to develop a habit of thanking each other...