Marriage Matters, Don’t Awaken Love Before It’s Time, S1, E4

Marriage Matters, Don’t Awaken Love Before It’s Time, S1, E4

Andy B and Jo jump right in with Song of Songs, the book in the bible all about marriage. And in this book, we are warned more than once – ‘Do not awaken love before it’s time’.

This is a gentle way of telling us about intimacy in relationships and the best time to awake this kind of love is when we are married.

Find out why this is important as Andy B and Jo discuss intimacy in and out of marriage.

Covid and The Golden Ticket

Covid and The Golden Ticket

Take your mind back, and you might remember seeing the first signs that Covid-19 could well be a real issue, heading our way, like a freight train running along the tracks towards the edge of a cliff!

Scroll on a couple of years, and it is still making the lives of tens of millions of people difficult, at best. It has taken many loved ones from their family, way ahead of time, and it has created an abundance of fear.

Marriage Matters, Season 1, Episode 3, ‘What did you say?’

Marriage Matters, Season 1, Episode 3, ‘What did you say?’

In this week’s episode of Marriage Matters, Andy and Jo are focusing on communication in marriage – healthy communication, misunderstandings, and arguments – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Let’s be honest, we all make mistakes, say the wrong thing, raise our voices and so on…join Andy and Jo as they share their experiences; being honest about an incident involving a cushion!

This week is wrapped around scripture to keep us on the right track when it comes to communicating with our spouses, starting with wholesome, healthy, good communication – a very good place to start – and end!

Andy and Jo are not afraid to admit that things go wrong in marriages, that they have misunderstood one another from time to time – it happens!

Marriage Matters, From this Day Forward, S1, E2

Marriage Matters, From this Day Forward, S1, E2

Andy and Jo are thinking about how 2 become one, 2 halves make a whole, 2 become one flesh, 1 + 1 = 1, or is it 2 + 1 = 5? You will just have to join Andy and Jo to find out what this maths is all about!

To put it more simply, when making a marriage commitment, you go from being just you and from this Day Forward, as they say, you are a couple, a pair, married persons.

What does this mean for us as individuals?

Marriage Matters – Longevity & the D Word, S1, E1

Marriage Matters – Longevity & the D Word, S1, E1

Andy and Jo kick off this brand-new series of Marriage Matters, looking at how we keep going and they go there – they talk openly about the D word – Divorce!

No way, I hear you cry – and the unmentionable on the first episode as well!

How can Andy and Jo talk about a lasting marriage, and Divorce, in the same episode, in the same sentence – this all sounds like Marriage Madness, not Marriage Matters. Or is it?

Marriage Matters – Coming Soon, Longevity and the ‘D’ Word

Marriage Matters – Coming Soon, Longevity and the ‘D’ Word

Our very first Episode of Marriage Matters goes Live this Saturday, from 4pm (UK time).

We thought we’d start with something low key, so we ‘re starting start our brand New Podcast by discussing Staying Married, and Getting Divorced. Nice and easy topics to warm us up!

You’ll find each Episode right here – on the BerryBunch.family website. And you can chose to Listen to the Podcast, Watch the video, or Read the Transcript.

Andy B, Teaching: What is Reverence? (October 2021)

Andy B, Teaching: What is Reverence? (October 2021)

Is reverence something we need, as Christians, in the current world?

Is reverence a bygone requirement for believers, surpassed by the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Is reverence something we should be bothered about in our churches and families?

Andy B takes a look at something that he has been thinking through, and about, for more than 2 and a half years; pondering and chewing what he saw as a lack of reverence in so many churches, it seems normal.

#GoDeeper with Andy B: Spiritual Food

#GoDeeper with Andy B: Spiritual Food

Go Deeper with Andy B, as he talks about spiritual food.
He reads a few different Scriptures, including Hebrews 5:11-14, all of which speak of food and sustenance in one way or another.

He talks about the way water travels in a flood, how it will always follow the path of least resistance. Similarly, we often ‘take the path of least resistance’, in many areas of our lives, such when exercising; we might cycle ten miles, but might not be especially fast or focused, thus taking the path of least resistance.

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.

#GoDeeper with Andy B: The Pursuit of Pleasure, Endurance, S3, E1

#GoDeeper with Andy B: The Pursuit of Pleasure, Endurance, S3, E1

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.

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.

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Habits, Trusting and Change, S3, E24

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Habits, Trusting and Change, S3, E24

Andy B starts a 6 part series of Andy B 2 Minute Videos, all because he replaced a bike part, and God revealed many ways in which this part can teach all of us about life!

Andy B’s mountain bike came second hand, and happens to have had the wrong part fitted.

For 6 years Andy B struggled with issues, before finally replacing this one little part.

Tired, Sleepy and Refreshed

Tired, Sleepy and Refreshed

I usually do an Andy B 2 minute video, most days. They are my way of making sense of some of the things I’ve seen or faced.

And they can range from something as simple as my Andy B 2 Minute Video, Rice Maker Handle – and what that can teach us about our relationship with God, to something a little more biblically inspired, like my Andy B 2 minute Video, Roundabouts, Judging and Waiting, S3, E23, which was an incident that happened out on the road, and what we can all learn from that!

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, God, You and Me!, S3, E19

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, God, You and Me!, S3, E19

Modern Christianity has skewed how we see God and the devil. It has skewed God into some sort of best mate or pal. And we absolutely should see God as always approachable. But we should do so, seeing Him with the respect we’d have for an earthly father, than just a mate.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Habits, Peace and Feelings, S3, E18

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Habits, Peace and Feelings, S3, E18

God made us in His image. And God is emotional – just look at the life of Jesus, who is God, and you see the perfect Man, with emotions!
So emotions and feelings, clearly, are how Go made us to be! But how much credence should we give to our feelings and emotions?

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Planning, Preparation and Puzzles, S3, E17

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Planning, Preparation and Puzzles, S3, E17

We get reminders to renew our house insurance, our car insurance, our breakdown cover and host of other things.

But do we put as much effort into ensuring our car doesn’t suddenly become illegal to drive on the road, or let our house insurance run out ; if we’re renting in the UK this is something we can’t, not, have.
Time with God can be so easily squeezed out of our days due to the unexpected things that crop up.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Car Covers, Trees and Protection, S3, E9

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Car Covers, Trees and Protection, S3, E9

Psalm 17 verse 8, says this “Protect me as the pupil of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (CSB)
We love the idea of being under the protection of our Heavenly Father – as we should!
But after some issues with their car, due to an oak tree in their garden (and the ‘stuff’ it deposited on their car), Andy realised the small, summer, car cover – which only covered the windscreen – simply wasn’t big enough, so a full car cover was bought and put into use.

Bespoke Furniture, Rolling Clouds and Growth

Bespoke Furniture, Rolling Clouds and Growth

I was remembering a home we lived in a few years ago. Because it was on a mountain, and because it was our favourite place to live – ever.

From the front window of that house you could easily see a good chunk of the mountain, and we were always blown away by what we saw, the magnificence of nature, changing vistas, circling birds of prey…

Busy days and God’s rhythm

Busy days and God’s rhythm

God’s intentions for our busiest and quietest day, rarely look what we might think. In a bid to give God a helping hand with our lives should be, and how we think He should help us make them look, there is God smiling lovingly, and patiently waiting for us to ask Him what His best plan is for us.

Prayer 2:62, What’s your mountain?

Prayer 2:62, What’s your mountain?

We have a regular, weekday, Live Broadcast Prayer time – at 7pm UK (3pm EDT) on our Facebook page.

We take 10 minutes to pray for things in the world, and work through prayer requests we’ve been sent: we’ve been honoured to pray for people all over the world:

6 minutes praying to God and 2 minutes saying thankyou to God. 10 minutes, tops!