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Scripture: Rejoice always.  Pray continually.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 NIVUK Comment: Being prayerful doesn’t mean always being serious or intense. My Mum and Dad often larked about and we children enjoyed it hugely. I suspect it did them good to forget for a moment all the serious concerns of family, work and church. Our lives need balance – if we enjoy...

Scripture: The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  Psalm 23. Comment: My son’s family is moving house. It’s been quite stressful – the mortgage provider nearly pulled out, there were safety issues to deal with as they have young children- arrangements for schools and all sorts of logistical nightmares with packing up and storage – most...

Scripture Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I...

Scripture Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 Comment Prince George was christened this week. Regardless of our denomination and views on infant baptism it provides an opportunity to think about children. I’m sensitive to the fact that whether we can have them or...

Scripture All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Tim 3.16 Comment The cartoons come from a recent Care for the Family article on the subject of boundaries. It was in the context of parenting and very helpful, and it got me thinking about boundaries in our relationship. Every now and then,...

Scripture Psalm 107 v 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story….. V4-9 Some wandered in desert wastelands finding no way to a place where they could settle They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away… He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things…. Comment Every Christian has been redeemed from the power...

Scripture Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward...

Scripture The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 Comment There’s ablaze of sunshine this morning and it seems that suddenly everyone is happy!  A feeling of holidays descends, people talk of bbqs & socialising and there’s an energy that was missing in the so far cold damp summer. God wants to shine...

Scripture He who listens to a life giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.  Proverbs 15:31 Comment Recently as we have all had to move from analog to digital reception for our televisions we have needed to re-tune our TV receiver, some of us more than once!! If we hadn’t bothered soon our screen would have gone blank....

Scripture “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 NIV Comment My mother-in-law is in her last days in this life. In the past, like in many families there have been some unresolved ?issues?, in this case between her and her son. With much encouragement from my wife they have at last talked, forgiven,...