Setting Your Rudder Through the Media Storm

ship-rudderOne of the more helpful sessions for us sponsors this past week was a session that Evangelist Keven Brownfield gave on Setting Your Rudder Through the Media Storm. There are lots of statistics that you’ve probably heard, but the most helpful aspect of the session was  how Bro. Brownfield explains filtering our entertainment/media choices through the grid of Scripture. I hope it will be a help to you as it was to me. Listen here.

The Wilds – Friday

Fireside ServiceThe Fireside Service concluded with the following chorus:

“All I ever want to be is what You want of me. I give my life to you, and all my hopes and dreams and plans I place within your hands and give my life to you.”

What a tremendous week for our teenagers! Evangelist Keven Brownfield preached a powerful message on The High Cost of Genuine Christianity from Luke 14.25-35. The underlying burden of the message was that 2nd & 3rd generation Christians must live as 1st generation Christians! Continue reading

The Wilds – Thursday

Family Reunion
Family Reunion 2009

Family Reunion - Jesse Woelkers

Family Reunion - Jon Hein

If teen camp is the Super Bowl of our youth group, then the Family Reunion, that takes place on Thursdays, is kicking the winning field goal. One of the major highlights of our year is the Family Reunion. Throughout the week our teens are split up into various cabins and the Family Reunion allows our entire youth group meets together and shares what God has been doing in their heart over the week. Some of the sweetest testimonies come during this time and it  is always so rewarding to hear what God is doing. This Sunday night we will have a service where some of our teens give testimony to this past week.

Evangelist Brownfield preached a very simple, but powerful message Thursday night on Biblical Forgiveness from Matthew 18. His points were straightforward: Continue reading

Training “Jim Elliots” in a Seinfeld Generation

Jim_ElliotI am totally aware of the fact that Seinfeld is no longer prime time television and that we are a few years now into the show’s reruns.  What I am addressing is the fact that the show’s portrayal of “today’s man” still lingers on. The passive, non-aggressive nice guy mentality seems to have influenced even those in Christian circles. The slightest dogmatism or statement of an exclusive nature can readily be labeled as authoritarian, intolerant, and harsh.  Ecclesiastes 10:12 says the “words of a wise man are gracious” and Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword.” We must be gracious, recognizing that our demeanor can be very offensive if we are not wise in our speech and conduct.  With that said, I want to quickly insert that we are in a crisis hour standing in need of crisis men.  Continue reading

The Wilds – Wednesday

Jordan Baun - part of Water WarsThe perfect day for Water Wars! Sunny and warm weather. Amazing to see almost 800 teenagers completely occupied in one game and all of them completely soaked.Chris Brittingham flying off the Blob! Wednesday afternoon was the designated time for the guys to go on a hike, either to 2nd or 4th Falls. 4th Falls is by far the more challenging of the two hikes. A little more than half of our guys went on the hike to 2nd Falls with Rich Brittingham going with our more “tough guys” to 4th Falls.

During the morning, both Junior High and Senior had a Christian Life Seminar on entertainment by Willie titled “Is Pleasure What You Treasure?” (By the way, ask your teen why Willie is so famous around here.) Continue reading

The Wilds – Tuesday

Nicole & HeatherAs promised a great picture of Nicole W.and Heather B. calmly swinging from the Giant Swing!God & I Time

After Matt Herbster sang Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Evangelist Brownfield preached a message titled Don’t Waste Your Life from the life of Esau. He began by giving illustrations of two men who both died by the age of 29: David Brainerd and Robert Murray McCheyne. Brainerd’s biography, published by Jonathan Edwards, has been and continues to have a huge impact on the future missionaries of our generation. Brownfield illustrated that if a person lives 70 years he will spend:Evangelist Keven Brownfield Continue reading

Book Review: Everyday Talk

EverydayTalkJohn A. Younts. Everyday Talk. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd’s Press, 2005. 141 pages.

Deuteronomy 6 (mentioned numerous times on this blog) lays out some humbling directions for parents:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (vv. 6-7)

Our last review dealt with the phrase “Thou shalt teach them diligently.” This week’s recommendation develops the next section of the passage: Continue reading