Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful?

Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful

A number of Christian authors recently spent the night at a friend’s house, made some bad choices, and decided to write about sleepovers.

Either that, or yet another group of authors have children getting old enough to be invited to one. Either way, the articles are posting, the questions are swirling, and the opinions are fluctuating. Should we let our kids sleepover at other people’s houses? If so, which houses are okay and which aren’t?

Lisa Cherry’s article, “What To Do About Sleepovers” is tremendously helpful because it provides a great list of considerations that not everyone thinks about. I would also like to share three additional observations I believe will be beneficial to the conversation because they come from a sphere of experience that not a lot of parents have access to. Continue reading “Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful?”

Peace In: Part II – What’s Makes You Happy?

Sunday Sermon Series


We introduced our first Sunday Sermon Series here: Peace In: Introduction

We started our study of biblical peace here: Peace In: Part I

And we’re continuing that study right here!

Peace In: Part II

Last week we looked at many misconceptions concerning peace – peace is not a feeling or a divine stamp of approval – and we ended our time together learning that biblical peace is a state of mind. It’s a “soul rest” that pervades our every situation. It protects us from fear, doubt, anger, and depression.

So the next logical question is . . . how does one achieve peace?

We’ll spend the bulk of our time in this series in the book of Philippians, so let’s start with an overview of Philippians 4:4-9.

Verses 4-6 are a list followed by a promise of peace in verse 7.

Then verse 8 gives us another long list followed by a verse 9 repeat of the promise from verse 7.

The promise? Peace.

The list?
Continue reading “Peace In: Part II – What’s Makes You Happy?”

Weekend Update: 6/28/14

Weekend Update

A personal note from AMBrewster:

Week one at The Wilds is almost over. And, as usual,

“It’s been amazing!”

So far my family and I have visited 3 of the 4 waterfalls, swum in the Shoals, four-wheeled, hiked, ridden the Land Trolley, slid the Super Slide, and got crafty at the Craft Shop. And there’s still so much to do.

Please join us in our study of peace by reading our new Sunday Sermon Series: Peace In.

And don’t forget to read our feature on Monday- “Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful?”

Until then, sleep well!


#TBTB #TBT – Not Faith Related

ThrowBack Thursday

In 2012 a noted snake-handler died.

It was unfortunate, but important to our understanding of faith.

Please read “Snake-Bitten Snake Handler – Not Faith Related.

Not Faith Related

“Search Me, Know Me” – Steve Pettit Team

Music Wednesdays

Last week I introduced “I’ll Never Forsake You” from Steve Pettit’s former evangelistic team (on the album “Before You Now”).

This is another from that album.

May the line,

“All of my life before you now I humbly bring.”

be the resounding cry of each of our hearts. But more than that, may it be the practical outliving of our daily existence.

What God has to Say about Your Crush

Relationships & God's Word

I recently made the observation on Facebook that the Bible does not directly address modern concepts of dating or courting. But it does define three relationships between unrelated men and women:

  1. The Husband & Wife
  2. The Saved & Unsaved
  3. The Saved & Saved

With all the talk about biblical masculinity and femininity (specifically within the realm of relationships), let’s take a minute to discover God’s point of view.

What does the Bible say?

Continue reading “What God has to Say about Your Crush”

Peace In: Part I – What is Peace?

Sunday Sermon Series

If you missed the introduction to this series, please click on the following link to join us in our study on peace. We wouldn’t want anyone to feel left behind: Peace In: Introduction

Peace In: Part I

As we delve back into our study in Philippians 4:4-9, we need to determine what “peace” actually is. Since we’re commanded to have peace . . .

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25

. . . it would behoove us to know what we have to do or be. How many Christians commit the sin of lasciviousness because they never bothered to figure out what it was? Let’s not make that same mistake here.

One way to discern what peace is is to figure out what it’s not.
Continue reading “Peace In: Part I – What is Peace?”

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Weekend Update – 6/20/14

Weekend Update

A Special Note from our President:

Starting this weekend, I’ll have the supreme joy of spending two weeks at one of my favorite ministries of all time!

If you’ve never visited The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in NC, you’ve missed a significant blessing. The Wilds

My family has been associated with The Wilds since 1993. Over the years I’ve worked with Gospel Fellowship Association Missions (GFA) as they’ve run their yearly Family Camp at The Wilds. I counseled there two summers and numerous weekends while in college, and at one point I believed the Lord would have me serve there full time (and who knows? He still may!). Currently, my sister and her husband live there. Jon is on the kitchen staff, and Jessica does all the things that makes her cool (in addition to being a mother to her four children).

I love The Wilds most of all because they desire nothing more than to proclaim God’s truth as honestly and beautifully as possible. In addition to running a year round conference and retreat center, The Wilds also produces gorgeous, Christ-honoring music.

4th FallsSo, when I visit I not only get to see my family and friends, but I also get to dwell on my great God’s unchanging Word in one of the most beautiful locations on the east coast.

While I’m there I plan to continue writing for Taking Back the Bible in between hikes to each of the four water falls on the camp site, camping, tubing, paint-balling, ministering and being ministered to, riding the giant swing and the water slide and the land trolley, playing games with my family, visiting the lake and the craft shop, and . . . I think you get the idea.

If you’re at camp through July 5th, I’d love to see you. Ask around, I’m sure someone will know which waterfall I’m at.

Until then, thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting.



#TBTB #TBT – Do It Like Disney . . . .

ThrowBack Thursday

Walt Disney has some of the best customer service in the service industry.

But should it?

Please enjoy Mr. Brewster’s “Do it like Disney. No, wait . . . Like God.” because if Disney treats people better than Christians do, we have a problem.

Do it Like God