Andy B 2 Minute Video Series 4

Rambling would be my Olympic Sport. So I set myself the challenge of creating videos, 2 minutes or less (ok, anything less than 3 minutes!) when inspired by ordinary, and what it can teach us all about the importance and relevance of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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We all have ways of coping with difficulties and stress of life. That goes for the good stuff too. We, each of us, have ways of processing what comes our way each and every day. But, sometimes, the daily grind have a negative effect on our ability to cope with the very things we ‘know’ we should be able to easily deal with.

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After a small mishap, when a pair of woollen gloves tried to take on the heat of a tumble dryer, and lost, Andy B started thinking about a much older memory of a very expensive cardigan that suffered the same, inevitable, outcome. And, much like what happened to those woollen gloves, mistakes happen. But, with God, the Good News is that we can’t mistake ourselves away from God. Because the very nature of Gods to redeem our mistakes.

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As a Stay-At-Home-Dad for more than 15 years I’ve thoroughly loved everything with caring for my family and our home. But since catching Covid a little over a month ago, discovering an issue with my heart, getting through a lung infection and adjusting to a whole host of medication to keep me healthy until the heart issue can be resolved, it has taken a lot out of me. The most challenging part is being on blood thinners. Because there is so much I can’t do, or need to seriously question whether I should do that, or not.

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You can Listen, Read, or Watch, the video. So this is one of Andy B’s extended 2 minute videos. But, […]

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After seeing some beautiful images of Autumn, or Fall – depending on what part of the world you live in – Andy B got thinking about cycles of life. Because in life, just like those leaves, what can seem the end, can also just be the beginning of something else, and new.

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While out and about on a mountain bike ride, Andy B stopped to rest under a tree. Ok, so there wasn’t much resting due to the rather unexpected low flying helicopters and Andy’s rather excited enjoyment of them. But, Andy was struck that he hadn’t showered for a few days, nor shaved. Simply because while he’d kept meaning to, things kept stopping him.

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There are always things which will blur how people will see us. Much like my trusty boots, our identity can become confused by the scuffs and dents we all experience in life. On my boots, they will always be the same brand. But, the name on the side, even though it is bright orange, is showing signs of age – after being used almost every day, all day, for a year.

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We have a dehumidifier in our home. Because, in our last home, we had horrendous damp, which led to serious problems with mould. And we were thankful that we were able to get some great advice about which sort of dehumidifier to buy. And so we bought the type we were advised to buy. And ours really is superb. You set the humidity level you want in your home, which you can find in the manual, and you switch it on. That’s it – other than emptying the tank when it is full of water.

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When we go cycling, things can stick to our tyres. If you go mountain biking, you might end up with plenty of mud liberally applied to your bike. And if you’re really unfortunate, you’ll end up with a clay/grass mix that will stick to the outside of your tyre, and weight your bike down enough that you struggle up hills you can normally cycle up, without much effort or thought. Well this is exactly what happened to Jo, and her bike, when we were out Mountain Biking one day. It seemed as though the weight of her bike had been doubled! And holding a pile of it in my hands, after I’d scraped it off her bike, I could easily believe it.

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When a well runs out of water, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no water left – just that the water table may have dropped, so our well runs out of water. When we dig down a bit further, we find that water again, and our fill will be filled with water once more. And in our relationship, and walk, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we can often feel as though God has moved away from us.

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We have several items in our recording studio that are nearly identical. They may be the same length, or the same brand, they may just look really similar. And this can make setting up the studio entertaining, when you’re trying to connect one specific microphone, or whatever. Andy B loves simple solutions to life’s troubles, so when he had given up trying to be patient plugging into cables, that he can never tell apart, he came up with a solution – velcro.

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Andy B took Jo for her return trip to the dentist, but while Andy and Jo share many traits and interests, one thing Jo does REALLY well, is not worrying about things she either has no control over, or things that haven’t yet come to pass. With a hyper-sensitivity to needles, Andy would have been worrying for two weeks straight, letting the anxiety grow, thinking through the various things that could go wrong. Positive side of that trait, is the ability to read ahead, see the problems before they happen and prevent them – which makes event planning really easy.

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Andy B loves his kitchen, and he loves kitchen shops, or departments with cooking equipment in them. For ages now, he has been trying to make Yorkshire Puddings, using his super cheap cupcake baking tray. In one way it is perfectly functional – it has a number of bowl like shapes, that help Yorkshire Puddings grow into the right shape as they cook. But, on the other hand, it is super cheap, ultra thin metal, and has the non-stick ability of super glue!

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How is the framework of your life and world holding together? Are you leaning to one side, under pressure, distorted by the tensions of life, that you feel pulling you in every, which, way? We’ve had something of a refresh to our recording studio, here at BerryBunch HQ, and it meant adding some super cheap breakfast stools someone was throwing away – which makes everything more roomy, and easier to set up and adapt around the different recording projects we’re regularly involved with. But it also gave me a good opportunity to sort something that has been bugging me since we set up.

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Matthew 7 verse 16 says that by our fruits we will be known. This means that our actions are more important than our words because words, while very important, don’t necessarily lead to change, or action. But by their very definition, actions, are the outworking of what we truly believe and think. Andy took his wife to the dentist and it made him think about what we can, each of us, do every single day to show the love of Jesus Christ to the people we meet, to the people we love, to people who know Jesus again, to people who need to know Jesus for the first time.