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.
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?
While making a cup of tea, Andy B added far too much milk to his first cup of tea! And it totally ruined it!
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!
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 is your weekly spiritual workout, whether you think of yourself as a beginner, an intermediate, or advanced! Explore with us as we look at ‘Resisting Temptation’, and how and why we do so.
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.
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.
Parenting can be tough. But, thankfully, there is a instruction manual we can download that will teach us all we ever needed to know. Our lives on this planet, are not designed to be lived out in isolation. God made us to live in Community. And in the bible, we find the perfect instructions to live the best lives we can, and see perfect examples of how to parent.
Each day we get to choose what we cultivate in our hearts and minds. Some people can be great at gardening. Then, there are people like us: I’ve spent time lovingly nurturing and caring for a weed, which I’d thought was actually a flower. And we can do that in our spiritual lives too – we can spend so much time developing something that doesn’t have good roots or foundation! As disciples of Jesus Christ we need to be constantly checking in God, and Scripture, to ensure that those things in our lives that we are working on, are flowers not weeds; that they’re good for us, not bad; that we’re building God’s Kingdom, not our own.
Andy and Jo are fasting for a week, because of some big life decisions coming up in the future, and found themselves waiting for these big changes to occur, before they start really enjoying living life to the full. Can you relate to this? Waiting for something external to improve before you start enjoying life, and experiencing the joy that a relationship with Jesus Christ gives us? It’s easy waiting for a better moment to start dieting, or going to the gym. We can wait for the perfect moment until we make the move for a better career, or tackling that unloved garden. But, tomorrow never comes!
Robots can be great ways of saving manpower and time. They can be more efficient, saving both time and money. When it comes to important welds, they do it better than a human can. But, only if they’ve been told what to do properly.
Andy B finally got his bike working, when he then had to fit a replacement rear wheel. All good? Well no! Because he forgot to add a small strip of plastic that protects the inner tube from the holes in the wheel, that allow the spokes to connect to the central point of the wheel.
In his first video of Series 4, this is more of a special Edition Andy B video! With all that has been happening recently, Andy B has been finding sleep rather elusive! Afghanistan; vaccination passports; President Biden; forced covid vaccinations for under 12s in Finland; global temperature fluctuations being used for political control and financial gain; China and Taiwan; a forced Home Education register in the UK – there is much to see around us that can easily cause us anxiety and worry. But, as Christians what is God calling us to do?
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.