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Scripture Then David picked up his shepherd’s staff. He went out to a stream and picked up five smooth stones and put them in his leather bag. 1 Samuel 17:40 CEV When Goliath started forward, David ran towards him. He put a stone in his sling and swung the sling around by its straps. When he let go of one strap,...

Scripture For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:7-8 (NLT) Comment Both of us have a lot on at the moment. I could do with some help… as could...

Scripture Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanour, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and...

Scripture “For the eyes of The Lord range through the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” 2 Chronicles 16:9 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn?t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you...

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV Comment Our youngest child recently left home. We?ve become empty nesters! On the plus side the house is so much tidier and the fridge stays fuller for longer. It?s also much quieter. We do miss them, especially at meal times which were great...

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”.  Matthew 18:21-22 Comment It’s Marriage Week and our partner Time for Marriage has been given the theme of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness is something that...

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!  Psalm 66:1-3 (NIV) Comment It seems that spring has finally sprung after what seemed like a very long winter. At last! There are trees in blossom and bud everywhere. The birds are singing and bumble...

‘He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and...

… but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.  Mark 4.19 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9 Comment Any athlete will tell you that you...

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51 Comment Mary treasured the events of Jesus childhood in her heart, particularly this episode at the temple courts where the young boy was engaging with the learned teachers in a way that ‘amazed’ the people...