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Scripture The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will...

Scripture For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing...

Scripture See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3 Comment This week we begin a series of reflections and prayers for Advent. I grew up with the Lutheran family tradition...

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 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...

Scripture “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...

Translating When2Pray for Pakistan and Uganda Our sister organisation Time for Marriage works closely with couples in Pakistan and Uganda amongst other countries, bringing the much needed message of God’s plan for marriage to communities where cultures bring huge barriers to married life. Blessing couples internationally In these cultures intimacy is often a taboo subject and we know that praying...

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...

God wants a personal relationship with us. Just as a loving parent wants to talk to his or her kids so God wants to communicate with us. He wants to hear from us and he loves it when we listen to him.  We talk to God and listen to him through prayer. God particularly likes it when two or more people...

Because God loves us Just as a loving parent wants to talk to his or her kids so God wants to communicate with us. He wants to hear from us and he wants us to listen to him. In today’s busy world it’s difficult to hear God’s quiet voice unless we make time for him. If we listen we will...