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Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.” Matthew 11:25-26 MSG Comment The phrase that struck me here is ‘Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer….’ He didn’t say, ‘Let me get...

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body...

When they (the Magi) saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11 NIV Comment Do you ever feel Christmas is upside-down? A season which should be...

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 NIV Comment We want to experience freedom in our relationship, with healthy give-and-take; but if things have got off-kilter, how do we re-balance? Sometimes we need to put up good fences...

Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. Ephesians 5:21 MSG Comment Sometimes in a marriage, the balance of power gets skewed. One person grabs the controls while the other locks down into victim mode. Or one person becomes passive and their spouse thinks, ‘I’d better take charge or nothing will ever happen.’ It often occurs slowly...

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...

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...

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them...

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 Comment Continuing our theme of the Five Love Languages, this week we’re looking at Gifts. Sometimes this can seem a bit of negative gift as perhaps it makes the person look materialistic but actually it’s SO much more than...

Moses’ father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.’ Exodus 18:17-18 NIV Comment Individually and as a couple, we love people; we love talking, listening, advising, hanging out, helping, laughing with, rescuing, entertaining, problem solving, and...