#TestimonyTuesday: A Prayerful Miracle

Throughout 2022 the BerryBunch had a few times of leave/holiday. But these were, each, ruined by illness and sickness. As we approached our 3 week …

#TestimonyTuesday: A Prayerful Miracle

Where do you stand? – Andy Brown

Sincere apologies that I have not had much time to write lately. In lieu of that, I share an older post with you today. This post was released in the height of the coronavirus pandemic but I hope it’s words are still very much relevant today. 

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2020/03/23/where-do-you-stand/

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/

When one door closes another one opens (RB)

Do spare a thought and a prayer for brother Dean at this time. Thanks for reading.

Hi everyone! Hope that you are well and have had a great Christmas! How was Christmas for you? I have been quiet lately in the blogging sphere. To be…

When one door closes another one opens

My Normal Hero

Towards the end of each year, I like to try and share something of a summary post. This year is no different, and yet, in other ways, it will never be the same again. This Christmas, for the first time in my life, I’ll be facing the end of the year without my father.

On Friday 2nd December, just a couple of weeks ago, my dad passed away. He had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for several years, and had deteriorated rapidly in the handful of months since the summertime.

As we prepare for his funeral this week, I was asked to sum up his life in a few short words. “What’s the one thing you would want people to take away from it?”

I answered like this.

He was a “normal” hero – as opposed to a “super” hero. There are no stories of he and I climbing Mount Everest together, nor times we went trekking in the Andes. We just “did life” together, and he was an ever constant presence in my world. He worked hard his whole life, putting food on our table and taking care of us. He enjoyed the simple things in life, and I cannot be more grateful to him.

There are countless lessons he taught me over the years – both directly and indirectly. There are too many for me to share in this one short post, but a few things I must mention.

It is ok to live a normal life

When I was a boy I dreamed of being a police officer, astronaut, fighter pilot and a hundred other things. As I grew, I looked ahead to college and university, and then on to marriage and children. My vision has always been set forward, and I was always “waiting” for my life to begin. When I became a Christian, and really before I knew anything of God, I felt the tug toward ministry. Again, I waited for it to begin, thinking “One day…” I’ll do this or that. In some respects, now I have completed university, have a career, am married with a family, and in small ways I minister in God’s kingdom, I am still looking ahead.

As I reflect on my dad’s life, I now realise it is ok to just be normal. I need not seek fame, fortune, an international ministry or seek ever exciting things to add to my bucket list. Make the most of life – absolutely – but my dad has taught me not to miss today, looking to tomorrow.

Do not miss out on the blessings of today, because your eyes are fixed on tomorrow #wisdom

Appreciate what you’ve got

Many people lose loved ones having never told them what they really mean to them. While I do not feel as though that was the case for me and my father, the illness he had meant that we lost much valuable time over recent years.

If you have people in your life who you love and care about – tell them so. Don’t waste a day, as life is always shorter than we would like, and opportunities to talk and live with those you love are limited. It is not morbid or dark to say that a time will come when you can no longer tell them (on this Earth) what they mean to you – seize those chances whenever you can. That is one thing my dad has taught me.

There is more I could say – much more, yet a thousand-page post would somehow seem inadequate. I’ll leave you with something that would make my dad smile.

He used to enjoy a TV show called Red Dwarf. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it? It is a sci-fi comedy starring a man who is the last remaining human being alive. This character, Lister, lives abord a spaceship called “Red Dwarf” which is rather loosely controlled by a computer AI called Holly.

In one particular episode Holly, through his ineptitude, endangers the crew and is replaced by a rather stricter computer AI. This new personality forces the crew to work and earn rations, and before long they miss the rather slapdash former AI. In a duel to the death over a chess board, the two AIs battle it out and Holly is no match for his replacement. He is deleted, much to the crew’s sadness. In the final scene of the show, and spoiler alert, Holly appears and admits it has all been a practical joke. He was having them on the whole time. His closing words are very apt for me, and I hope you also:

“The moral of the story is “appreciate what you’ve got…” because, basically, I’m fantastic!” – Holly

I do not know what 2022 has thrown at you, nor what 2023 will bring. Take this advice however, and appreciate what you have.

I will miss you Dad

Go for a Goal! – Sunday Suggestion – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

As we approach the end of another year, how have you progressed with your goals? 

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:14 (NIV) I want to begin this new year with a series I’ve entitled “Sunday Suggestion.” It’s not too cryptic, and I intend it to be a fairly brief post each week about how you…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/01/02/go-for-a-goal-sunday-suggestion/

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

This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who lost someone in their family this year

Another great post from the Domain for Truth today.

Many people suffer loss, and it can be one of the most difficult things to go through in life. It is right that we stand alongside other believers who are grieving.

Do look out for those in your church or life who may need some support at this time.

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for those who lost someone in their family this year. This week I learned …

This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who lost someone in their family this year

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

Hidden in my Heart

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My family and I are experiencing a challenging time at the moment. this means I am blogging on the go, and so please excuse any formatting or lack thereof!

Over the past few days, I do not think I have stood still for one moment! My time with God has been seriously restricted, as has my time in his word.

Can you relate? Have you had similar seasons in life?

I rejoice that I have had opportunities to store God’s word in my heart in the past, and can draw on those resources now.

I strongly encourage you to hide God’s word in your heart during the sunny seasons in life. Life will always throw times of trouble at us, but we can prepare ahead of time.

This verse tells us that by hiding God’s word in our hearts, we will reduce the risk of sin. The more Bible we have within us, the stronger we will be to face temptation when it comes. And temptation is harder to resist during times of trouble, when we are tired or stressed.

Thank God for his precious word!