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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...

The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! … Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day … The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.  Lamentations 3:22-25 Comment It’s halfway between Christmas and the New Year.  The fridge is crammed with turkey remains, half consumed cheese and the tasty remnants of...

For a child has been born – for us,  the gift of a son – for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.  Isaiah 9: 6-7 Comment To be honest, Joseph & Mary don’t look very...

But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  John 17:13 Comment So what does Joy mean anyway?  In her book Choose Joy because Happiness isn’t Enough, Kay Warren states that ‘Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details...

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  John 15:11 Comment It’s the season when the word Joy is bandied about everywhere and for some of us it IS a really joyful season … for others of us not so much.  For some of us it’s a...

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? Psalms 22:1 NIV The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he...

Jesus Arrested While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, Lord, should we strike...

A band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.” … …The star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies....

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 Comment Have you seen a new born baby recently? Take a moment to capture the amazing miracle of those perfectly formed hands and feet that...