In Giving, We Receive

Our church regularly visits our local church school to give assemblies and teach classes. it is a wonderful ministry, and great to be able to share the good news with young people.

This week, the team were not able to visit in person so instead recorded a video. I wanted to share this with you.

And as well as giving the children something to think about, it also talks of the shoebox appeal. we support Operation: Christmas Child which provides gifts two children living in poverty across the world at Christmas time. If you have not heard of it before, then do check it out.

I have been thinking a lot about giving lately. i’ve said it before, and will no doubt say it again… A Christian who does not give, is like a Christian who does not pray. God has blessed me a great deal, and expects me to use that for the purpose of His kingdom.

How about you?

You may not feel like you have very much, but what has God put in your hand to use?You may not feel like you have very much, but what has God put in your hand to use?

I hope you enjoy the video!

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s Deacons

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your church’s Deacons. Today our church will have a deacon’s meeting.  It made me think about how …

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s Deacons

Red Kool-Aid ?

Are you a member of a religious denomination ? For several decades I’ve visited and worshipped in many churches. The varieties of worship styles and …

Red Kool-Aid ?

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…

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


It was my pleasure to share a few thoughts at our churches online service today-celebrating harvest Sunday.

I hope you enjoy watching the service.

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…

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

Might Not Sin (Re-post)

Do you want to sin against God? The obvious answer is no! No one who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ does. Yet, what steps do we take to …

Might Not Sin

Blooming For A Season

Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Psalm 39…

Blooming For A Season

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your Pastor’s Strength

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your Pastor’s Strength. I got to be admit this idea came from this weekend; I ended up teaching …

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your Pastor’s Strength

Bring Us Home To You

This is such a good read! Do spare a few minutes to really digest this one.

I don’t know about you folks but I’m finding these times that we are going through quite difficult. Not difficult from a faith perspective, but …

Bring Us Home To You

Try To Do Things Yahweh

I have to be honest with you – I was so proud of myself when I came up with that title! Now I just need a blog post to go along with it…

In all seriousness, I do have an important point to make today, and I’m not just bending a message to fit the title.

A few days ago, I sat praying in my usual spot. It has been a fairly tough time for the family over the last few months, and I was reflecting on this and bringing it before the Lord. I started to pray for each individual involved, “God, please help me to support this person…” “Lord, please help me show your love to that person…” Lord, please help me do this, that or the other…” I began to feel overwhelmed and could not imagine how I could minister to all the people in my life who needed it at that moment.

Then, with a simple word, I felt God speak to me.

Don’t try to do my job for Me, Andy…

Now to be clear, this was not an audible voice I heard with my physical ears. I’m always conscious of pointing that out whenever I say that God “spoke” to me. This was an inner witness, and what I mean by that is simply that this was the sense I got from the Father inside.

With that one phrase, it lifted the pressure right off of me. I am responsible to love and care for the people in my life, and where led to, I should minister and support all that I can with the love of the Father. However, I am not God (clearly!). I cannot do what He can do, and I cannot take His place in the lives of those around me.

I have a part to play, but God is the one in charge. He knows far better than I what people need and how best to help them.

The truth is I have a problem with pride. In my time with God in the mornings at the moment, I’m doing a brief study on this subject, and it dawns on me how strong my prideful spirit is at times.

Pride and selfishness are close cousins. Humility and submission are likewise related.

When I become impatient in a situation, it is because my pride is kicking in and telling me I shouldn’t have to wait. When I get angry, it is frequently because I am not getting what I want. When I feel anxious, I am not trusting God but rather trusting in myself to fix the problems – which are often out of my control.

Can you relate?

Too frequently, I do things my way. Instead, let’s try to do things Yahweh…

Let God be God, and humbly submit to Him. Instead of impatience and anger, put the other person first and give them the space and time they need (even if it takes you a little longer to do what you need to).

Christ is our ultimate example of humility.

Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11 (WEB)

Wow! These verses are just wow! What an example of humility! Jesus, equal to God, stepped down from heaven and became a human being… and just that, but became obedient to death – even death of a hideous cross.

He did things Yahweh

How about you today? Will you try to do it all your way and in your own strength? O will you try, like me, to submit to God and do things His way? It is not a onetime choice, but something we will have to do time and time again. That is what it means to crucify the flesh and to carry the cross daily.

O Lord help me surrender to You this day! Let me do it all Your way and not mine! Help me let go of my pride and se3lfishness, and clothe myself in humility – putting others ahead of myself! In the great Name of Jesus! Amen

The Verses that Didn’t Work

This is an excellent post… Well worth a read! Especially, if like me, you have struggled with anxiety in the past.

I had my first panic attack in 2008.  At the time, I thought I was having a heart attack, because some signs suggested it, like a crushing sensation …

The Verses that Didn’t Work