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Scripture The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. 1 Cor 1:18 MSG Comment I’ve just seen Elvis. Now I’m off to have a chat with the fairies who live down the bottom of my garden. At least,...

Scripture And this conversion of the Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. Acts 15:15 NLT Comment Brother Lawrence (a 17th Century monk) said he was completely converted to Christ while looking at the bare branches of a tree in winter. The tree appeared dead, yet he knew that leaves, flowers and fruit would reappear. This deeply impressed him with...

Scripture The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 23:55-56 NIV Comment Although Jesus’ body had already been anointed by Joseph and Nicodemus, still...

Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and becomes united to his wife.  They become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24 Comment We are in a season where our children are contemplating leaving home for university and our parents have just decided to move to live near us for their retirement years. Seasons ebb and flow and family ties are important but...

Scripture Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4 Comment Continuing our Psalm 23 theme and ignoring our cheeky picture above, many of us feel like we are facing the ‘valley of the shadow of death’...

Scripture “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will...

Scripture While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called ‘the Baptizer,’ was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ Matt 3:1 MSG But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking...

Scripture  “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went. The father gave the same command to the second son. He...

Scripture Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each...

Scripture People should think of us as servants of Christ, the ones God has trusted with his secrets. 1Cor 4:1 NCV Comment ‘10 secret places you can only find on foot’ – this article appeared in the National Trust magazine. I have not yet explored any of these, but they sound exciting. Even more exciting – the secret places you...