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: Self Control, Endurance S3, E3

#GoDeeper with Andy B: Self Control, Endurance S3, E3

Go Deeper with Andy B, as he talks about self-control.
He touches on 2 Peter 1, Proverbs 25, and Matthew 7.
He explains the idea of supplementation, keeping in mind the words of 2 Peter 1:3-8, which talk about supplementing lots of godly traits with other godly traits, including self-control.
He also talks about road rage as a perfect example of a lack of self-control. When we get angry with others and start raging at other drivers, our witness is awful, and we fail to show others the righteousness of Christ through our actions.
And more…

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Fruit, Dentists, Words and Actions, S4, E10

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Fruit, Dentists, Words and Actions, S4, E10

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, We’re Going On A  Bear Hunt, S4, E9

Andy B 2 Minute Video, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, S4, E9

The bible clearly teaches us that we should expect to find people in positions of authority in our churches, and church communities, who exist simply to destroy.

Jesus dealt with it and so did Paul, so we shouldn’t be surprised.

We shouldn’t accept it either! But how can we work out who is for Jesus, and who is not?

Andy B 2 Minute Video, A Busy Business, S4, E7

Andy B 2 Minute Video, A Busy Business, S4, E7

Church can mean lots of different things to different people.

For some it is a place you’d only visit on high days and holidays – Christmas and Easter, and maybe birth and death!

For others it is somewhere we see as the place we go to each Sunday morning to worship God with other believers.

But, far too often it is also better known for everything that is nothing to do with Jesus or the gospel!

#GoDeeper with Andy B: Resisting Temptation, Endurance, S3, E2

#GoDeeper with Andy B: Resisting Temptation, Endurance, S3, E2

Go Deeper with Andy B, as he talks about resisting temptation.
He reads both of our Scriptures for this week: James 4:7 and Matthew 4:1-11.

Jesus faced the same temptations we do when He came to earth as a man, so He understands our struggles against temptation. Andy B relates the story of a wealthy lady who was hiring a new chauffer, and how she asked each of the applicants a very specific question to test them.

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.