One of God’s Greatest Gifts is Unanswered Prayers

One of God’s Greatest Gifts is Unanswered Prayers

Jeremiah 29:11 – New Living Translation: For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

I was flicking through some music the other day, and came across one of older albums. It’s a live version of Garth Brooks on tour, and the one song that always jumps out at me is the I’ve linked below, and it’s the title for this blog.

Throughout our life, we’ve often faced trials of many kinds, and this frequently leads to prayer. But, sometimes, our prayers are more like we’ve rewritten that well known scripture above.

Endurance, Series 3, Episode 1, The Pursuit of Pleasure

Endurance, Series 3, Episode 1, The Pursuit of Pleasure

Go Deeper with Andy B, as he looks at Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 and what it all means.

He challenges those of us who are young not to waste our youth; it is short and time flies by.

He also reminds us of the dangers of making decisions based on how many likes we get on social media.

In addition, Andy B draws our attention to the man who had the most pleasure in life, King Solomon himself, and what conclusions he reached on the subject of pleasure.

Your Favourite Podcasts, and Study Plan Ideas?

Your Favourite Podcasts, and Study Plan Ideas?

This post is mostly about me asking for your recommendations and suggestions for your favourite podcasts and Bible reading plans or study books.

We’re taking a couple of weeks from creating our usual output, and it’s giving us an opportunity as a family to catch up on all sorts of things, rethink things and rest as a family in a different way.

We’ve washed the car, dumped a broken sofa at the tip, rearranged some furniture and taken a look at our lives to see where we have been wasting time, or where God might be calling us to do other things.

Busy can be great, but being too busy – for too long – is never something to cultivate, because it means we probably think we know more than God (never a good place to let ourselves arrive at)!

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 3 of 3, Faith and Prayer!

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 3 of 3, Faith and Prayer!

With discussion around Fish and Chips, Sweet and Sour Sauce and Gloves hands, Andy B does his usual and takes ordinary, every day objects and situations, and helps us dig deeper into the basics of how Faith and Prayer work together.

With a very strong reminder, and warning – from the book of James – about why we need both Faith and Prayer, Andy B encourages us to all to get on our knees more, to learn to know Jesus better.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Wisdom Trumps Experience, S3, E27

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Wisdom Trumps Experience, S3, E27

We all have experiences in life which can be super helpful for ourselves, and the people we come into contact with.

One assembly I remember vividly contained this question – would you rather see an older doctor who was covered in blood and muck, but who was very experienced. Or a young doctor, fresh out of college, who was wall presented.

I can’t speak for my peers, but give me the doctor who has been doing it for a while!
Experience counts in so many places. But, as Christians, wisdom that comes from God trumps experience EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 2 of 3, What is Prayer?

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 2 of 3, What is Prayer?

Starting out the real basics of Prayer, Andy B takes a good look at what Prayer is. He also looks at when we should pray, how we should pray.

He also answers the question of what we can pray!

Returning to the most simplest forms of prayer – conversation – Andy B seeks to show us how prayer is a gift from God, that God desires us to use, because God uses our words to change situations around the world.

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 1 of 3,What is Faith?

Faith and Prayer, Volume 1, Part 1 of 3,What is Faith?

With discussion around Fish and Chips, Sweet and Sour Sauce and Gloves hands, Andy B does his usual and takes ordinary, every day objects and situations, and helps us dig deeper into the basics of how Faith and Prayer work together.

With a very strong reminder, and warning – from the book of James – about why we need both Faith and Prayer, Andy B encourages us to all to get on our knees more, to learn to know Jesus better.

And, just like Fish and Chips or Sweet and Sour Sauce, Faith and Prayer complement each other perfectly.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Colanders, Saucepans and Strainers, S3, E11

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Colanders, Saucepans and Strainers, S3, E11

Andy loves the kitchen! And he was inspired, a while ago, about how saucepans can teach us much about pressure in our lives, and letting that pressure go with God.
Today, he has a saucepan and a colander…both are great at straining, but with each the BerryBunch either lose rice – if they’re a bit too energetic pouring the wet rice in, or slipping the saucepan lid – and losing all the veg.
Even with a strainer, they are only as good as the size of the hole and the size of what you’re trying to strain through!
In life, there will always be things we’re trying to add in or take out, and we use filters and strainers every day to do that.

Endurance – Series 1, Promotional Video

Endurance – Series 1, Promotional Video

1 Timothy 4:8 (New Living Translation)
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Endurance is your weekly Spiritual Workout: “It’s taking the Bible; unpacking it; understanding what God wants to do in our lives”, Steven.

Family Focus – 16.02.2021 – Colour

Family Focus – 16.02.2021 – Colour

For our family devotional today, I thought about colour, and how it can sometimes feel like the colour has gone out of our life. There is a great episode of Garfield, which we watch during the devotional today.

We spend 20 minutes thinking and focusing on the bible and God. Then we spend time praying together.

Andy B, Preachy Teach LITE, Renewing Your Mind (S4S LITE, S3, E4)

Andy B, Preachy Teach LITE, Renewing Your Mind (S4S LITE, S3, E4)

Abigail is an amazing example of a godly women, she exudes truth, integrity, honesty, humility, and respect.

In Andy B’s Preachy Teach LITE, Andy looks at how we need to be more like Abigail when seeking to influence others. Andy leads us on from last week when we thought about changing our own minds. This week we look at changing other people’s minds and praying for others.

Pray on!

Andy B Preachy Teach LITE, Prayers For Others (S4S LITE, S3, E3)

Andy B Preachy Teach LITE, Prayers For Others (S4S LITE, S3, E3)

Abigail is an amazing example of a godly women, she exudes truth, integrity, honesty, humility, and respect.

In Andy B’s Preachy Teach LITE, Andy looks at how we need to be more like Abigail when seeking to influence others. Andy leads us on from last week when we thought about changing our own minds. This week we look at changing other people’s minds and praying for others.

Pray on!