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?
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)!
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.
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.
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 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.
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…
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
Are we connected just enough to fool a diagnostic test? Or are we so connected we're streaming in better than HD quality? Remembering of a time sheep got in the way of a Radio Broadband connection, Andy B thinks about how connected we are to God.
Andy and family bought a Christmas Tree. And to get it Andy B had to wrestle to get the one he wanted - the one at the back.