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.

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.

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?

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)!

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.

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.

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, 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, 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.

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…

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Samuel, David and Uncertainty, S3, E2

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Samuel, David and Uncertainty, S3, E2

Samuel is an prophet, with an amazing prophet to speak for God to people.

With that comes the other side of a great relationship with God – actually having to speak what God is telling Samuel to say.

Enter Jesse and his sons!

Samuel is to choose the next king. But, having checked in with God, none of those sons are acceptable to God to become King.

Was Samuel wrong? Or is there a bigger picture to this?

Andy B imagined Samuel with a drop of sweat as the last son passed, and the answer came from God that, no, this wasn’t the right person to become King…

Andy B 2 Minute Video, James, Conviction and Liberation, S3, E1

Andy B 2 Minute Video, James, Conviction and Liberation, S3, E1

The book of James helps Andy B get real about some struggles he’s been having with being double minded.

It’s never easy admitting you’ve been getting something wrong. But there is a beauty of the conviction that comes from getting honest with God, and allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to us as God’s hand crafted people.

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Car Wheels and Realignment, S1, E11

Andy B 2 Minute Video, Car Wheels and Realignment, S1, E11

During our morning Church Service today there was lots of talk of God lighting up the path ahead of us; of how He illuminates the next part of the road that we need to drive along and how, as we move into that next stretch, God then lights up the next part and so on.

This reminded me about a time, recently, when we had to get the wheels on our car realigned. They simply were not all pointing in the same direction