T.L.P. Episode 23: What God Thinks about Your Kids’ Music

What God Thinks about Your Kids' MusicOur kids love their music, but is God pleased by what they’re listening to? Today we discuss five things we should never allow our families to consume through their headphones and speakers.

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Before You Now

“Jesus Saves” – Steve Pettit

Music Wednesdays

Can more beautiful words be found?

Jesus Saves!

“I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary” – Sam Robson

Music Wednesdays

We are incredibly thankful for Christ’s birth and life, but there is something so pivotal about His death and resurrection that we join Sam Robson in affirming the beauty of the Old Rugged Cross on the hill called Calvary!

Best of 2014

Taking Back the Bible's Best of 2014

Last year Evermind Ministries and Taking Back the Bible experienced fantastic periods of growth coupled with significant times of painfully slow internet. Praise God our sanctification isn’t dependent on how fast our computers can ping!

Readers from 95 countries helped us break many records in 2014, and we wanted to highlight the Top 10 articles that resonated the most with them. Just click on any of the images below to read the article or see the image!

Top Three Most Read Posts Written in 2014

3rd

Sleepovers: Helpful or Hurtful

2nd

The most destructive thing about Hollywood is not what you think

1st

5 Things God Hates about Your Music

Top Two Most Read Posts Written before 2014

2nd

A Note on Modesty

1st

Demons Among Us

Top Three Most Liked Images

3rd

Christian Quote

2nd

Christian Quote

1st

Christian Quote

Top Two Editor’s Picks

Best Series

Is God a Jerk

Favorite Post

Your Emotions are Inside Out

We hope you were encouraged, edified, rebuked, and admonished enough in 2014 to continue reading us in 2015. We want nothing more than to keep God’s Truth at the center of your daily experience! Please subscribe to us by clicking “Follow Taking Back the Bible” on the top right.

Sincerely,

The Evermind Staff

5 Things God Hates about Your Music

 

5 Things God Hates about Your Music

You love your music.

It excites you, mends you, and inspires you.

Each song in iTunes is there on purpose, and each playlist is like a chapter from your life.

You turn to music when you’re in a melancholic mood, an adrenaline-soaked frenzy, and a passionate smolder. There are songs for every occasion, and playlists for every party. We couldn’t escape it if we wanted to. It’s behind every movie fight scene, in every store, and rumbling through every sports arena.

For some, music isn’t just life, it’s everything they wish life could be.

But regardless of how well the song tells our story or how it makes us feel, the Christian desires to give Christ the preeminence. This means we must test our music (as well as our movies, movements, methods, and menus) against the Lord’s beautifully sufficient and perfect standard.

God loves that which gives glory to His character and hates that which steals the glory due Him.

So, does God love or hate your music?

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Weekend Update: 7/12/14

Weekend Update

We are very happy to announce that the next 5 weeks will bring a few small changes and one very exciting change to Evermind Ministries and Taking Back the Bible. That’s all we can say for now, but we hope you’ll continue with us through this providential time of growth.

Until then we will continue to fulfill our three goals.

  1. Teaching God’s Truth
  2. Reminding of God’s Truth
  3. Applying God’s Truth to the human experience

On Sunday you can read “Peace In: Part IV.” We hope it will be extremely applicable to all of you, especially those who have struggled with doubt, worry, and anxiety. God has amazing promises for those feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life.

Our weekly feature will publish on Monday. It’s entitled “Does God Hate Your Music?” Our president, AMBrewster, will present a timely and necessary formula to test whether or not our music glorifies God.

Thank you for reading/sharing, praying, and giving.

Sincerely,

The Taking Back the Bible staff

“Nearer My God to Thee” – ThePianoGuys

Music Wednesdays

God commands us to love Him so much that we forsake all others – family, friends, passions, and pleasures.

So, it may seem contradictory to say the closer we are to God the closer we will be to the ones we love.

It is only when we are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ that we can truly be the people we need to be. It is only then we can love as He would.

Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me, 
still all my song shall be, 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, 
darkness be over me, my rest a stone; 
yet in my dreams I'd be 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven; 
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given; 
angels to beckon me 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise, 
out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise; 
so by my woes to be 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky, 
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly, 
still all my song shall be, 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

The Most Destructive Thing about Hollywood is Not What You Think

 

The most destructive thing about Hollywood is not what you think

Sex.
Drugs.
Vulgarity.

There are more objectionable elements in modern entertainment than there are movie titles, but none of them are as disturbing and destructive as this one practically invisible plot line.

Hollywood

For the purposes of this post, “Hollywood” will represent the companies, individuals, and organizations that create the stuff Americans are daily stuffing into their ears and eyes. Nearly all of the movies, shows (both TV & internet), books, and music that fill iTunes are the topic of this conversation. Of course, Hollywood (and the American entertainment culture as a whole) are by no means the only culprits. The most destructive force in entertainment today is the same in every living room, culture, and hemisphere.
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“I Need Thee Every Hour” – Sam Robson, Acapella

Music Wednesdays

“Music is a strange and wonderful thing. It was created by God and functions best when used to glorify Him directly.” -AMBrewster-

It seems there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hear this song playing in Mr. Brewster’s office. So, we asked him to introduce it.

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The lyrics and performance of this song have been a soothing balm to my soul since I found it last year. Numerous times over the past months I’ve returned to it for encouragement, and often it has led me to a time of robust prayer in thanksgiving to my God.

I hope it’s just what you needed.

If you’d like to hear more, please click on any of the links below.

Alone, Yet Not Alone

Be Thou My Vision

Great is Thy Faithfulness

How Great Thou Art

I Need Thee Every Hour

It is Well with My Soul

O Love that Will Not Let Me Go