S06E005, Miracle Trainers, Endurance

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In Endurance this week, Steven and Nathan are looking at miracles. They look at some miracles in the Bible, and Steven talks about his ‘miracle trainers.’

Endurance is your weekly spiritual workout, whether you think of yourself as a beginner, an intermediate, or advanced!

Go Deeper
Steven kicks off this week’s Endurance by explaining what is so miraculous about his trainers – besides being a bargain. He looks at a couple of prevalent miracles from the Bible, as well as a miracle involving running in the Old Testament.

We are reminded that God still performs miracles today, as Steven brings some more interesting points to the subject of miracles. [READ MORE]

Steven and Nathan

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S03E005, Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication, Family Prayer Time

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Peter and JoJo continue to encourage us to pray as a family by using prayers found in the Bible. In this episode, Peter and Jo have found a Dedication prayer by King Solomon which can be found in 2 Chronicles 6:14-42 – Dedication’s what you need!

This is quite a long prayer, but powerful and part of an exciting and historic moment when the Temple is completed, and King Solomon prays before the nation of Israel.

Peter explains that dedication is about setting something or someone aside for God and JoJo encourages us to dedicate our homes, specific rooms or areas of our homes and our families to God.

We can pray a prayer of Dedication as a family and Peter and JoJo pray their own prayer of Dedication for their recording studio. [READ MORE]

Peter and Jo Jo

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Today a black page has been written in Italy. The Italian Constitutional Court has confirmed the constitutionality of the vaccination obligations imposed in recent months through which it was prevented from working, from eating, from entering public offices and through which, as you know, I lost my job. For them everything is fine. 😥 😥 😥

S05E049, Evolving Traditions, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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We’re always trying to make life just a little easier for ourselves, aren’t we? Well, mostly anyway! And, as we age and mature (again, mostly) we discover things that don’t work, and things that work better.

But how are you with change?

Personally I enjoy needing to change things – it stops things getting boring. It means I have to rethink things I thought I knew, or was certain of. It also helps me remain flexible.

As a family we’ve learned how make videos of the material that we have been inspired to create! We didn’t learn it from a book, or at a college. We simply did it, assessed it, adapted it and rinsed and repeated that. At this stage we’re mostly happy with the quality of what we’re now producing. But we never stop planning, or looking over the work we make, and looking where we can improve what we’re producing. [READ MORE]

Andy B

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S02E007, Wedding and Wine, Story Time with Dave the Dog

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The first story on this new series of the show we meet Jesus at a Wedding, and he does something amazing – Jesus turns water into wine.

What do you think Dave thinks of that?

Well, put it this way, Dave the Dog just can’t quite get his head around it and wants to know how to turn water into wine to make it himself! Admittedly, Dave does not like wine himself, but like Jesus he wants to make it for others!

The BerryBunch

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How's my DingDash family doing today?

God is good (absolutely!), but sometimes it doesn't feel like it...so how's your view of the world, and your life, today?

Where y'all at?

Andy B

S05E048, Are Titles Needed, or Not? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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Titles can help us in many ways because they can instantly help us understand the function of the person we are talking to, or interacting with. And titles in churches are just as important.

If I’m honest I think the title ‘pastor’ has been thrown around far too liberally because if I’m talking to a pastor I want to know they’ve been chosen to lead the church, and have preferably been to theological college. Sometimes it almost feels as though we’ve taken that position of leadership, and made it into some form of participation award.

God judges those of us who teach, preach and lead churches far more harshly – the standard to which we must hold ourselves is much higher - so we need to ensure that we don’t water down the standards God has already set. [READ MORE[

Andy B

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: You’re greater than you think you are

Today’s testimony is really a testimony of just how good God is, and how faithful He truly is.

It speaks of God’s handiwork over the course of nearly 3 decades!

The BerryBunch

“You’re greater than you think you are”
It was the summer of 1996 and I was getting ready to graduate from the PAIS Project (now the PAIS movement). I’d spent 12 months working out of a Pentecostal church in Droylsden, Manchester (UK) who provided me with a home to live in for the year with a church family. I, in turn, provided help with the youth work for that church. Monday to Friday was the PAIS Project and we mostly provided assemblies in Primary and Secondary Schools around East Manchester. Sometimes we’d also give lessons to schools too, and we also supported many lunch time clubs (Christian Unions). [READ MORE]

Andy B

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S05E047, Old v New, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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“Everything new must be better”. This must be the mantra on anybody involved in selling anything – that the new thing is better than the old because it is newer. But as we’ve seen with new and old version of the same cars this isn’t true.

Also, just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Marmite Easter eggs? No thanks!

When we think about styles of worship in churches, it’s easy to relegate robes and spoken prayers as so old fashioned and, therefore, no longer relevant. And yet robes worn by a minister can be tremendously helpful during a funeral – it helps the minister deal with the grief of a family; dog collars are a great way of assisting your local vicar visit you in hospital. It’s just a helpful bit of uniform! And it keeps you warm in a colder or draughty church: just sayin…[READ MORE]

Andy B

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S02E001, Wedding & Wine – Dave Unleashed

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Dave the Dog is back with a new series of his very own show. In this first episode, Dave gets up to his usual funny antics, but don’t worry JoJo is there to keep him on track – well, mostly!

In Dave Unleashed you are treated to a Dave the Dog Story Time and Art Time with JoJo. And Dave encourages us to watch the story time again and get our “Art on!”.

Story Time
The first story on this new series of the show we meet Jesus at a Wedding, and he does something amazing – Jesus turns water into wine.

What do you think Dave thinks of that?

Art Time

For art time, JoJo shows us how to make jug spinner. Join Jo in turning a simple picture of a jug into a jug that looks like the jug is holding water one minute and wine the next – how cool is that!

Dave the Dog and the BerryBunch

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S06004, What Doesn’t Kill You… Endurance

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is the theme for this week’s episode of Endurance.

Endurance is your weekly spiritual workout, whether you think of yourself as a beginner, an intermediate, or advanced!

Go Deeper
In GoDeeper this week, Steven starts off by attempting to educate us on the history of the expression: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” After which he explains that although running strengthens bones, it can be associated with some serious injuries. Steven gives an example of one such injury, relating it to how we can learn from suffering.

Steven also explains 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 as best as he can. He points out the writer of this passage, Paul, likens Christians to fragile clay jars with treasure inside. That treasure is the gospel. Despite all of the suffering that Paul endureD [READ MORE]

@StevenBerry & @TakeN

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S03E004, Firestarter! Family Prayer Time

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Peter and JoJo continue to encourage us to pray as a family by using prayers found in the Bible. In this episode, Peter and Jo have found another powerful prayer, this time from the famous prophet Elijah which can be found in 1 Kings 18:36-37 – it’s a real Firestarter!

Peter reads out this prayer: ““Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

Peter and Jo encourage us to use Elijah’s direct and succinct prayer by praying it out loud in full or using it as a sort of template or both! This prayer encourages us to speak confidently about who God is and to speak to God clearly and specifically about what we need.

Peter and Jo Jo

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 24.11.22

When the people of Israel heard these requirements, they responded generously… by bringing the first share of their grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields.
2 Chronicles 31:4-5 (NLT)

Andy B

It’s good to check in with God during the day, so take a brief pause every hour or so and reflect on this quote/image.

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S05E046, Wood Piles and God’s Provision, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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I wonder if you’re anything like me and feel like you spend so long praying for God to bless you with something, that you miss the moment when God actually blesses you with the very thing you were praying for.

I think part of this is that we are not expectant enough of what God wants to do in our lives. Perhaps we have experienced false teaching about how blessings are always financial (they’re not) and shy away from expecting good things. Expecting God to be some sort of unlimited American Express Card is very wrong. But thinking God of miserly is equally so.

God really does want to bless us with good things! We just need to understand that what God sees as a blessing often takes us a while to accept as such. We allow our feelings to get in the way of good biblical understanding. [READ MORE]

Andy B

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 23.11.22

“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.
Leviticus 27:30 (NLT)

Andy B

It’s good to check in with God during the day, so take a brief pause every hour or so and reflect on this quote/image.

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Hey everyone! GREAT NEWS…

Our son Alistair was discharged and came home last night… after EXACTLY 40 days. What a significant number throughout the Bible- symbolizing a time of testing and tribulation and finally triumph with new growth... what we believe God has been doing!

Please continue praying with us — he will have ongoing weekly surgical dilations to stretch out his esophagus until the surgery team sees that his esophagus stays at the right size.

We are thankful for you and your ongoing love and support. We have continued to trust in what Jesus desires and is doing - far more than we could ask or imagine!

S05E045, Giving to God, Cheerfully, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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Have you ever received a gift that was begrudgingly given? Perhaps it was merely someone who you beat in a game but their ‘well done’ felt more like a knife in the back, rather than a sincere congratulatory statement. It can, so easily, spoil our elation at winning!

Tithing is something we often think as just an Old Testament thing - tithing is simply an old word for ‘tenth’, and tithing is the principle of giving God the first tenth of your harvest, if you’re a farmer, for example. Many people today seem to think that tithing died with Jesus. But that isn’t just not true!

Tithing is giving to God, albeit a specific amount. However, as we can read in the New Testament, tithing was not deleted as a religious act, but merely fulfilled. [READ MORE]

Andy B

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S06003, Giving It Your All, Endurance

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This week Steven and Nathan focus on “giving it your all” in exercise as well as everyday life.

Endurance is your weekly spiritual workout, whether you think of yourself as a beginner, an intermediate, or advanced!

For GoDeeper this week, Steven explains the need to give all your all, in exercise, as well as in work, education and the like. He then quotes Matthew 22:37 and encourages us to surrender ourselves wholeheartedly to God.

Steven points out that we can’t run flat out all of the time, and in much the same way, we shouldn’t give all of our money and time away. But we should use it all to God’s glory as it says in 1 Corinthians 10:31.

He also encourages us to say no to things we are unable to do, otherwise we run the risk of becoming busybodies. In addition to this, he touches briefly on avoiding distractions.

Steven and Nathan
@StevenBerry and @TakeN

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S03E003, Prayer of Jabez, Family Prayer Time

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1 Kings 18:36-37

Peter and JoJo continue to encourage us to pray as a family by using prayers found in the Bible. In this episode, Peter and Jo have found a short, but powerful prayer from a guy called Jabez which can be found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.

Peter reads out this prayer: “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!”. And as usual Peter and JoJo pray together.

Peter and Jo encourage us to use Jabez’s prayer by praying it out loud in full or using it as a sort of template or both! This prayer gives us the confidence to go boldly to our Father in Heaven to present our requests and seek his guidance and blessings in our lives.

Peter and Jo Jo

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What a day we had yesterday (Sunday)

On the go from 7am, and not home until nearly 11pm, but worth every moment

Started at the PAIS Project (schools mission work) 30th anniversary at it's first [home] church - Wellspring Community Church in Moston, Manchester.

Jo and I met up - after 26 years! - with the Global Director (Paul Gibbs), a fellow PAIS volunteer from my year - 1995-1996, the then pastor and others too (and the new UK directors who just arrived from South Africa).

Over the past 3 decades PAIS workers have reached more than 1 million children with the gospel, on 6 continents, and in 22 countries. It's a great [free] year out to do some missions work!!

Then we went not very far to have tea with Gareth Cottrell - the head of the global Christian radio station we do a show for - Konnect Radio (and cuddle his 6 week old baby)

What a day

We are blessed 😊

Andy B

the two photos in a church are 26 years apart and that's me on the stage in the older photo

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