“I Could Not Do Without Thee” – Matt Burtner

Music Wednesdays

Too often we think we get along just fine without Him.

It’s a lie, but it’s one that tastes too sweet.

Please reflect on these lyrics as you listen to Matt Burtner’s beautiful guitar arrangement of “I Could Not Do Without Thee.”


I could not do without Thee
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.
Thy righteousness, thy pardon
Thy precious blood, must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

I could not do without Thee,
I cannot stand alone,
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But Thou, beloved Savior,
Art all in all to me,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on Thee.

I could not do without Thee,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song:
How could I do without Thee?
I do not know the way;
Thou knowest, and Thou leadest,
And wilt not let me stray.

I could not do without Thee,
O Jesus, Savior dear;
E’en when my eyes are holden,
I know that Thou art near.
How dreary and how lonely
This changeful life would be,
Without the sweet communion,
The secret rest with Thee!

I could not do without Thee;
No other friend can read
The spirit’s strange deep longings,
Interpreting its need;
No human heart could enter
Each dim recess of mine,
And soothe, and hush, and calm it,
O blessèd Lord, but Thine.

I could not do without Thee,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But Thou wilt never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know Thou wilt be near me,
And whisper, “It is I.”

“Complete in Thee” The Wilds

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When we stand before God at the end of the age, we can know with everlasting certainty that we stand complete in Christ. Nothing we have ever done will add or take away from the perfect work of our substitutionary sacrifice, Jesus Christ.

“His Way is Perfect” – The Wilds

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As a counselor at The Wilds, AMBrewster had the opportunity to sing this song all summer long as part of a counselor choir.

The truth contained in this song is amazingly biblical and will redirect your thinking if you’re struggling today with trusting God’s direction for your life.

In just three days, Aaron will be leaving his home of seven years to take a new position at Victory Academy for Boys. He has recounted that many times in the past year he was tempted to doubt what God was doing, but – as always – came to realize that there was no better place for him to be than in the center of God’s perfect way.

“His Robes for Mine” – The Wilds

Music WednesdaysWhen you think about it, it doesn’t even make any sense that God the Son would take everything that belonged to Him and give it to us. And beyond that, that the God of the universe would take all of our nothingness onto Him.

Thankfully, we don’t have to understand it.

Thank you, God!

“You Are The Christ” – The Wilds

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When Jesus asked Peter who He was, Peter answered with the certainty of the ages:

You are the Christ! The Son of the most high God.”

May our confidence in that resolution be just as firm.

“I Am With You” – The Wilds

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An event that looks like a tragedy comes crashing into your existence – how do you respond?

Are you able to thankfully and peacefully rest in God’s goodness?

If not, we have two resources for you today:

  1. Please enjoy this introduction to the song “I Am With You” from The Wilds upcoming album entitled “Sing the Greatness.” This song was dedicated to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis. This is the same church that recently had the fatal bus crash that send four people into eternity. Their story is a tribute to the peace and grace we mentioned above.
  2. If you haven’t followed AMBrewster’s study on biblical peace from the book of Philippians, we urge you to start here – “Peace In: Part I.” Only by understanding who God is and by living out these “Peace Prerequisites” in your life will you be able to thankfully and peacefully rest in God’s goodness.

Weekend Update: 7/4/2014

Weekend Update

Please enjoy this personal note from our founder:

Our time here at The Wilds is quickly drawing to a close, but we know we will leave with physical and spiritual refreshment.

I enjoyed interacting with the many wonderful, spirit-filled men and women here at The Wilds. Time would fail me to list them all, but I would like to share some public appreciation for Jonathan and Jessica Mair, John Bott, Ken Collier, Willie Partin, and Matt Taylor. It was also a special opportunity to spend some time being encouraged by Jeremy Frazor. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak or enjoy the presence of his company, I suggest you do it.

Please join us for our Sunday Sermon Series as we study the third prerequisite for God-gifted peace.

And I encourage you to come back on Monday when I post a very controversial article entitled “An Observation on the World Cup.”

Until then, live as an ambassador of the King.



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!


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.



The New Me: Part 3, “Summer Officially Starts at Day Camp”

When June 1st rolled around I had successfully finished my first year as a 6th grade teacher, but as a twelve-month staff member my duties for the year had not ended. I was assigned to work with the maintenance crew for the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed myself that first month, and the school gained a whole bunch of new lights! I also learned some great skills, and I made one really good friend. Thanks Stephen Doney for your lasting friendship!

But maintenance was not what God had planned for me the rest of the summer. About 25 years earlier the church has started a Day Camp program. Since then it had passed through the capable hands of numerous men. God had chosen that in 2008 I would be the next.

Schaumburg Christian Day Camp has become one of my most enjoyable duties. I graduated from Bob Jones with a Camp Ministries major, so being able to us what I learned has been fantastic, but I really enjoy having a lasting impact on the lives of my staff and campers. Originally I thought God wanted me working some place like the Wilds. I counseled there for two summers and loved every game, camper, flu, rain drop, trial, stair, and meal. The staff was integral in helping me align my life with God’s will. But I went into Christian schooling because I realized the one relationship that I enjoyed most in the camp environment was the relationship between the camp director and the counselors. The campers came and went faster than a game of Big Ball Volleyball, but those men and women had such a profound affect on me. I wanted to be able to do that for others, but I thought I had a better chance being a school teacher (once again, a job with long-term relationships) than I becoming a camp director. After my first year of teaching . . . I became a camp director too.

My goal through this camp has been to create something far more than mere child care. I want the campers to have an enriching experience. I want them to have a place to go where they can learn, have fun, and grow. But most importantly, I want a place where the children are being watched by men and women who genuinely love them and want the best for them. I want the counselors to help the campers see God in every moment, activity, conflict, and blessing. I want the campers to see how Christians live and breathe. God has given me hundreds of little lives to point toward Him. Thank you, Lord!

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