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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalms 125:1 NIV Comment A friend of mine has a high sense of responsibility and he likes to do things well. Some would say he is a perfectionist or a ‘control freak’ even. The down side of his gifting is that he is...

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.  Mat 23.12 NIV Comment The other day I was doing my quiet time and was particularly challenged by this passage and the associated notes (Encounter with God from Scripture Union). In the previous verses Jesus is haranguing the religious leaders. He questions their value...

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Proverbs 5: 18-19 Comment In his wisdom God made us physical and sensual. His desire for us is that we retain our desire for our partner and enjoy...

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person...

Scripture Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Comment My wife came up to me earlier this week and said the following: “I’ve just been praying for you and I want you to know that you are a lovely man. You are kind and sensitive and wise and...

Scripture But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and...

Scripture For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts…. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Cor 4:6-7 NIV Comment Teeth cleaned, tick. Hair combed, tick. Buttons done up properly, tick. I look totally together as...

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 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...