This Sunday at Church: Praying for your Church’s Outreach Effort

I often share from this wonderful series on a Sunday. Today’s post is particularly powerful so I really do encourage you to give it a read.

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Praying for your church outreach effort.  It might mean someone’s eternity with …

This Sunday at Church: Praying for your Church’s Outreach Effort

I’m Sorry – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

Not exactly one of my most popular posts from this year, but I really like it! So I’m sharing it with you today. Hopefully you won’t have much cause to use this advice in the coming year, but just in case! 

I was thinking about apologising this week, not that there was a particular incident which I needed to say sorry for, but instead I was reflecting on how bad we are at it – generally speaking! Is that through lack of practise I wonder? We all make mistakes, and yet we often fail to apologise…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/02/03/im-sorry/

Preaching to the Choir – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

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/

One Way – Andy Brown (RB)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (ESV) We take another little break from the ATBOB series to think about something I feel is important for us to discuss. The other evening, I caught an episode of…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2018/05/24/one-way/

Verses for meditation – 10 October 2022

I have been thinking about the following verse from James recently. Is there a more difficult command in the Bible? Perhaps…

James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

Taking the opportunity to find joy in our difficulties is hard indeed! how do you do that? I welcome your comments.

One way that I do this is to try to take an eternal perspective. I tried to ask myself, will this matter in 1000 years, when I am in heaven? Usually, the answer is no…

Thank God in the midst of your trials, and take joy and comfort from knowing Jesus Christ is Lord.

Have a blessed day!

Not me, but…Andy B Book launch update

I very much wanted to share this good news, but realise that straight away the title may cause confusion! This is not, in fact, a new book announcement from me! as much as I would like it to be…

Instead, this exciting news of a new book comes from another Andy… Andy of the Berry bunch.

If you are familiar with the site, then you will be aware of the two minute videos Andy frequently shares. These are great little nuggets of encouragement for every day. And what a great idea to turn it into a book!

I very much look forward to getting my hands on a copy, and hope you will grab one when it is available.

2 Minutes a day can change your world and Just a Thought… does exactly that! I’ve been working really hard trying to get everything finished for the …

Andy B Book launch update

Saturday Scriptures – 1 October 2022

Do you think about what you are thinking about? what I mean is, do you spend any time analysing your thought life?

Generally speaking, we humans spent a great deal of time thinking! Not all of that is productive however.

We can think about negative things, or we can think about positive things. We can imagine what can go wrong, or we can spend time developing our hopes and dreams.

Today’s scripture encourages us to think about pure, good and lovely things.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Don’t waste your mental energy thinking about things that will not benefit you. Think about good things, and if nothing else, you will feel much happier!

How will you spend your thinking time today? Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday Scriptures – 24 September 2022

These words of our Lord should give us pause for thought.

Each of us must ask ourselves if we are on the narrow path.

““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How do we enter through the narrow gate? Consider this as you ponder these words today.

There is but one way to heaven, and his name is Jesus! it may sound nonsensical, as how can a man be a path to heaven? But Jesus is no me a man, but God in human form.

Our feeble attempt at goodness are not sufficient to overcome the greatness of our sinfulness. Someone must pay the penalty for sin… Either we do, or we look for a substitute.

Thank God for Jesus! Who pays the price of our sin so that we may go free!

Jesus is the only way to heaven. No one comes to the father except through him. as you meditate on these verses today, praise God for Jesus!

Good Seed (RB)

What kind of seeds are you sewing?

This thought-provoking post from brother Alan, reminds us that we may not see the fruit of the seed we sow. We should sow it anyway…

Be it a word of prayer, and uplifting encouragement, or sharing the name of Jesus, let us sow seeds into the lives of those around us.

I hope you enjoy the post, and do check out Allens other writing.

And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man“ Matthew 13:37 (NASB) Some weeks ago in midsummer when I was weeding our garden I saw …

Good Seed

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

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

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!