God’s Grace (RB)

Gods grace is indeed truly amazing!

Caring for a close relative suffering with dementia, this post from Bruce Cooper was very touching when I read it a few days ago.

When facing this terrible disease, or indeed, any other tremendous trial, I thank God for his grace which is more than sufficient.

I pray you are blessed by Bruce‘s words, and can rest in gods grace in whatever you are facing today.

As one endeavours to walk with God, in this life that we have been given, the grace that God so often extends to us becomes more and more apparent. …

God’s Grace

Verses for meditation – 14 September 2022

In lieu of my usual blog posts during this time in the UK, I’m sharing the occasional Bible verse for meditation.

If all goes according to plan, normal service will resume on Friday.

Here are today’s verses for you to consider.

““I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
‭‭John‬ ‭10:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Thank the lord that he is our good Shepherd!

Holy Ground (RB)

St.Monan’s Sunrise, East Neuk of Fife. Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner, https://www.facebook.com/ben.bremner3 When the Lord saw that he turned …

Holy Ground

Reflection-13 September 2022

If you live outside of the UK, it may be difficult to grasp the magnitude of feeling surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Talking to many people about this, lots feel a genuine sense of loss at her death. Few have actually met her, and yet have been impacted by her passing.

Her many decades of service, her kindness, and her Christian faith all play a part in this.

Another reason people have felt her death so profoundly is because it reminds us of our own losses. for me, this event has reminded me of my own late grandmother – who we affectionately referred to as the Queen of our family.

If you are experiencing loss at the moment, the pain of grief, or have been reminded of such things, then I pray for you today.

Heavenly father, we thank you for the life and service of our late Queen. we pray for her family at the moment, asking you to comfort them, and indeed, to comfort all those who feel her loss.

Lord, I pray for all of those who are reminded of their own grief at the moment. May you also comfort them, strengthening them and giving them peace.

Let us remember, with Thanksgiving, those we have lost. we thank you, dear God, for the impact these people have had on our lives. We pray to, that we may be a positive influence in the lives of those around us.

We thank you heavenly father, for your grace and mercy toward us. May you bless King Charles and the UK government with wisdom at this time, as they lead the nation.

As we consider the Christian example of our late Queen, may the nation of the UK return to faith in Christ.

In Jesus name I pray

Amen

Showing the Whole Picture (RB)

I read this excellent post earlier and wanted to pass it along to you. Do check out the other writing on David‘s blog.

Have you ever experienced something that hit so close to home you found yourself saying, “That’s me.” This happened last week when I read a post by …

Showing the Whole Picture

Verses for meditation 12 September 2022

As some of you will be aware, a number of us UK bloggers have paused our outputs for a few days as a mark of respect to the passing of Queen Elizabeth the second.

For today, I share a few brief verses for you to ponder throughout the day.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We thank God who binds up broken hearts!

This Sunday at Church: Share appreciation for those who serve with church financial book keeping

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Share appreciation for those who serve with church financial book keeping The last…

This Sunday at Church: Share appreciation for those who serve with church financial book keeping

Verses for meditation-10 September 22

Some Bible verses for you to meditate on today

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭7:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Queen Elizabeth II

There have been many eloquent words said about Queen Elizabeth the second, and I cannot hope to match them here. Like everyone else, I was both shocked and saddened to hear the news announced yesterday of her passing.

Given my own family circumstances and as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth the second, I will join a number of others in pausing the blog for several days.

As the UK and indeed, the rest of the world mourns her passing, let us reflect with Thanksgiving her Christian faith

We thank God for her faithful service over many decades, and pray for her family at this time.

Thanks for reading

Feed My Sheep (Audio) – Andy Brown

Sharing some audio of a talk I gave a couple of years ago. Hope you enjoy.

Here is a short talk Andy gave at the Morning Praise service in the Parish Church in St Osyth. It was on John 21:1-19 – text below.   After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2019/05/05/feed-my-sheep-audio/

Leading Home Bible Study for Children (RB)

Today I am sharing this very helpful resource for anyone leading home Bible studies for children. Hope you find it useful

Establish the need: How do I teach my children? Purpose: This session we will look at three points concerning Parents have an obligation to teach …

Leading Home Bible Study for Children

Don’t Give Up Giving – Andy Brown

This post, originally published over two years ago, was released during the height of the Covid pandemic in the UK.

While I hope we have now moved on from lockdowns and restrictions, the UK now faces another crisis in energy costs. I am sure it is the same where you are as well.

As our bills in every area increase, what does that mean for our giving to God? Should we cut it back? Should we stop altogether?

I hope you find the post interesting, and welcome your thoughts in the comments.

Giving can be a tough subject to discuss, and particularly at the moment with all the other issues going on in the world. However, a Christian who does not give is like a Christian who does not pray. Christians should be generous givers. There are many individuals and groups struggling because of the impact of…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2020/04/16/dont-give-up-giving/