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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Autumn, Death and Life, S4, E20

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Autumn, Death and Life, S4, E20

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Boots, Names, Memories and Identity, S4, E18

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Boots, Names, Memories and Identity, S4, E18

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Dehumidifiers, Control and Trust, S4, E17

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Dehumidifiers, Control and Trust, S4, E17

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Mud, Bicycles and the Cycle of Life, S4, E16

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Mud, Bicycles and the Cycle of Life, S4, E16

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Wells, Digging and Jesus, S4, E15

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Wells, Digging and Jesus, S4, E15

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Velcro Tabs, and Spot The Difference!

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Velcro Tabs, and Spot The Difference!

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Rocking Chair Worries, S4, E13

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Rocking Chair Worries, S4, E13

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Baking Trays, Yorkies and Spiritual Growth, S4, E12

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Baking Trays, Yorkies and Spiritual Growth, S4, E12

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!

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!

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Journeying Alone, is Lonely!, S4, E6

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Journeying Alone, is Lonely!, S4, E6

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Weeds, Flowers and Cultivation, S4, E5

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Weeds, Flowers and Cultivation, S4, E5

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 B 2 Minute Video, Don’t Wait To Live, S4, E4

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Don’t Wait To Live, S4, E4

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!

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Focus, Time, Distractions And Calling, S4, E1

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Focus, Time, Distractions And Calling, S4, E1

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?

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Fit for Purpose, S3, E29

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Fit for Purpose, S3, E29

I’ve spent most of my adult, working life, wearing a hard hat, glove and steel toe capped boots. Because I love my head and my toes and wish to keep them the way they should be. I banged my head, pretty badly, early on – because I thought hard hats were stupid and annoying and uncomfortable.

I had a very bad head for a while after that encounter! And I also discovered that standing up, underneath the main boom of a lorry mounted crane, is never sensible! I took quite a lot of insults after that, because I was never seen working on my truck without a hard hat. Lifting large, heavy, objects was – for me at least – an obvious clue that boots with steel toe caps was a must…that one I got immediately!

With a hard hat I was fit for purpose.
Without it, I was an accident waiting to happen!

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Coiled Potential Can Hurt!, S3, E28

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Coiled Potential Can Hurt!, S3, E28

If you think of a spring, they’re fitted everywhere! From DVD players to cars, from bicycle derailleurs to pens and staplers, from watches to door handles!
We can find springs, in one form or another, almost everywhere. And they have a really simple job – to make something move in a predictable way.
On my bike, the part I fitted has a huge spring which forces the derailleur to be pushed away from the centre of the wheel. When you press the gear lever, it allows that spring to relax, jus a littler bit – a very set amount – and your chain is put on a lower gear.
The one I bought does exactly this. But in order to fit (the lazy way) I had to remove a couple of small bolts so I could save myself removing the chain just so I could fit the new part to my bike.

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.

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Identical but Different, S3, E25

Andy B 2 Minute Video Vlog, Identical but Different, S3, E25

We all know the game spot the difference. Sometimes those differences can be so subtle, they can appear almost identical.

But look long enough, and you’ll start to see the difference. The longer you look at the two images, the more they can look the same. But if we compare to just one of them, those differences start to stand out!

It’s like with spotting counterfeit money – we check what the genuine stuff looks like, and the fake stuff starts to stand out.

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.

Andy B 2 minute Video, Roundabouts, Judging and Waiting, S3, E23

Andy B 2 minute Video, Roundabouts, Judging and Waiting, S3, E23

Returning home after a mountain bike ride, Andy B approached a roundabout. We love these in the UK (it seems). Simply put, you come to a junction, with a circle in the middle. You give way to the right, and proceed carefully.
But they’re super simple to use! Indicate on your approach, and as long as nothing comes from your right, you have right of way (and of course, the British drive on the correct side of the road – the left – hence giving way to the right!).

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, 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.