For my final best of the year series of posts, I want to share one from the UK Christian bloggers.
Over the last year, a group of UK-based bloggers have been getting together regularly to pray and swap stories. It’s been a tremendous encouragement. I want to publicly thank each and everyone of them today.
If you are looking for something to read or watch, do check out their blogs. There is some wonderful material there and you will not be disappointed.
Hi! My name is Andy Brown, you may remember me from such blogs as andy-brown.org…! It has indeed been some time since my last proper post, although I have tried to share some older material and some great posts from friends and fellow bloggers. Life has gotten rather busy and my writing has suffered. I…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/06/18/uk-christian-bloggers/
Are you preaching to the choir? Is that wasteful, or does the choir need your encouragement as well? It was a great pleasure yesterday evening to meet (on video) a couple of fellow Christian bloggers, and lovely to share some of our stories, questions and experiences of ministering through this medium. It was humbling to…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/04/09/preaching-to-the-choir/
Welcome to the weekend! Whether you have exciting plans or not, I pray you get the chance to rest and relax, see friends or family, and most importantly spend some time with the Lord.
I have seen a number of new followers in the last few months so want ted to take this opportunity to say a very warm welcome. It is a real honour that you have chosen to follow my writing, and I do hope it blesses you and enhances your relationship with God. Please do share the blog with anyone else you feel may enjoy it, as it really is the best way to get the word out.
You may have already figured out that I am not the most consistent poster! I am trying to be better, but have a rather hectic lifestyle and so sometimes my writing can suffer. If I could post daily with any regularity, then I certainly would, and although it comes in fits and starts, I hope you understand and enjoy it when it arrives!
There are now over 500 posts on the blog, which is amazing to me. Who knew I had so much to say?! Feel free to look around and use the search to see if I have written anything on a particular subject you are interested in.
If you like the blog, then you may also like the 40-day devotional book I wrote a few years ago called – A Journey with Jesus. It is available on Kindle and paperback,and you can also find a large print copy if that suits you better. Click on the Books section to find out more.
If you ever get fed up of reading my words (heaven forbid!) you can always click on the Audio link and listen to my dulcit tones instead. I have posted a number of audio messages and sermons on the site, and like the written blogs, hope you find them interesting, challenging and encouraging too.
Finally, if you have any questions for me personally, or on particular Bible topics, then do reach out. There is a contact form where you can get in touch, and I’d love to hear from you. Find me on Facebook at andy-brown.org and also on Twitter as @andrewbrown100
Welcome aboard, and so pleased you have joined me here. Hope you have a great weekend, and looking forward to getting to know more of you through the comments. I have met some amazing Christians on this blog, and some true friendships. Do connect with people through WordPress as it is a great way to do so.
Sharing a video post from last year with you today. Hope you enjoy!
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It was my pleasure to stand in for our local vicar at short notice this week. In this video, I share a few thoughts about why I think Jesus turned water into wine from John 2. For some technical reason I do not understand, I was not able to upload the video directly to this…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2021/01/24/why-water-into-wine/
I don’t want you to just take my word for it… We take a little break from our current series on Psalm 103 to discuss something important. It is an immense privilege to share God’s Word with you through this blog, and I take that responsibility very seriously. But you, the reader, have a responsibility…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2018/04/12/the-berean-approach/
Hi! My name is Andy Brown, you may remember me from such blogs as andy-brown.org…!
It has indeed been some time since my last proper post, although I have tried to share some older material and some great posts from friends and fellow bloggers. Life has gotten rather busy and my writing has suffered. I would like to tell you that I’ve been working on book projects or other writing, but alas no! Some days I feel guilty for neglecting the blog, and other days I reflect on my full-time job, wife and four children, church leadership and Christian study course – and realise that I do have a lot on my plate! I’m sure you understand!
Thursday evening I enjoyed a time of fellowship with a group of UK-based Christian bloggers. We have been (trying) to get together every couple of weeks to swap stories, encourage one another and pray for each other. It is a wonderful time and I regret not being able to make all of the sessions so far!
The photo lists some of the members and their sites, so do check out their blogs if you are not already familiar. There are doubtless many more Christian bloggers out there hailing from the UK, so this is by no means an exhaustive list!
I came away from our recent call feeling very much encouraged, and I value the prayers of the group. Having a fellowship of believers is so important, and in our largely disconnected modern world, it is even more so. We often feel alone or isolated, despite the noise of life, and so it is critical we connect with fellow believers in Christ and strengthen one another.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
It is an instruction from the Bible that we do indeed encourage one another. There are times when life is a struggle, and in those days or seasons, we need the comfort of others to help us through. We absolutely rely on the Lord, but a little encouragement from fellow believers is most welcome too!
Encouraging someone costs little more than a small amount of time or effort. A kind word or timely phone call can really make a difference in someone’s life. You have that power today, and don’t let being busy be an excuse not to (talking to myself here…) My guess is that you won’t have to look very hard or travel very far to find someone in need of a boost.
While the gift of encouragement may be a specific spiritual gift (see Romans 12:8), it does not excuse the rest of us from doing it. Some have a special gift for evangelism, yet the call to share our faith is one we all enjoy. Naturally or spiritually gifted or not, we can all improve by practising. See if you can find a way to encourage someone in each of the next seven days, or even see how long you can keep the streak going.
I “encourage” you to check out some of the other writers I mention above, and have no doubt you will come away refreshed and uplifted. I will be sharing some of their posts in the near future, so do look out for them.
If you wish to encourage me, do leave me a comment, share a post or pray for me. I receive your prayers with delight and gratitude. Have a great weekend!
The season of Lent is approaching once again, with ash Wednesday next week.
Christians celebrate Lent in many different ways. Some give something up, while others try to pick up a good habit. in a previous church I belonged to, we tried to read a Christian book during Lent and discuss it as a church family.
If you wish to follow this practice, then may I humbly suggest my own book.
As you can see, it is a devotional book which you can read over the 40 days of Lent. it was written with lent in mind, and tries to think about some of the things Jesus would have considered during his time in the wilderness.
It is available to buy on Amazon, in both paperback and kindle formats.
If you have not checked out the Berry Bunch Family already, then I strongly encourage you to do so. i’m truly excited to hear more of their testimony and about gods faithfulness in their lives and ministry.
It was something of an honour to be mentioned in this post as well!
Do give it a read, and start following their site. you won’t regret it!
I’ve written, edited, and scheduled our first #TestimonyTuesday post. This is an exciting new, and regular, output for us, and we have Nicola to …
While the phrase is weeping and gnashing of teeth are not entirely encouraging, they are important biblical concepts. this blog post offers some interesting insights into their meaning, and some more general thoughts on this particular parable which I will encourage you to read.
I do not like to share posts too often, as I do not want to weary my readership! But there are some truly amazing writers on WordPress, so do explore for yourselves and find them!
Weddings are awesome, but sometimes full of tension and surprises. To plan a wedding is one of the more complex projects I have been involved with. …
It has been a productive day! I decided to take the day off of work and spend some dedicated time writing.
If you read my previous post – Word Count – you will recall that I am working on two separate book projects right now, and keen to get them done! I said I would keep you posted on my progress, not because you find it all that interesting, but rather to ensure I am accountable. It may only be a personal goal to progress these projects, but it is one I want to stay on course for.
Well, I started the day with a word count of around 17,000 and pleased to report I have been able to add another 4,000 to the total! As I said before, word count is no indicator of quality, but at this phase in the project, I just want to get the words down.
I am hugely encouraged by this, especially as writing does not always come easy on some days. The blog is up to a healthy 18,000 words for the year to date, so I feel that completing these projects is achievable.