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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...

Scripture Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 Comment We often think about the need for forgiveness when there’s been a significant conflict and of course it’s vital to forgive in those circumstances so we can reconnect and restore closeness. However, I’ve found that it’s also important to forgive for all those...

Scripture As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 Comment Today is the fourth of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week. I love the fact that my husband is such friendly, spontaneous person. It drives me mad though that he is so ‘last-minute’ whereas I like to plan. He is also a very...

Scripture 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 captivated by her love. Proverbs 5: 18-19 Comment Today is the third of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week. I don’t know about...

Scripture  “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26,27 (NLT) Comment Today is the second of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week which accompany short Bible reflections for couples on the same themes. CLICK for free...

Scripture  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance....

Scripture So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the...