With all that goes on in life, whether it is a start to a new school year or a new season in life, things can get pretty crazy. However, one thing that always remains the same is God. With that said His love stays the same. I find that sometimes throughout life that is one thing we take for granted. Romans 3:23 states that all have fallen short of the glory over God and later on in chapter 6 verse 23 it states that the wages of sin is death. Therefore, we all deserve death because we all sin. His love is so patient and available it is something that I overlook at times. We fall short every day of Him and we need Him so much every day that it is over looked the fact that He is there for us every time. This love, so mysterious that would surround us, out of all people. A love so undeserving and faithful. It always gets me when I think about the immediate love Jesus had for the people crucifying Him on the cross. Asking His own father to forgive the people who were hurting Him physically and emotionally. Saying forgive them Lord for they do not know what they are doing. What a powerful and pure love. I encourage everyone, and myself, to go throughout the day remembering that love is radiant and flowing through everyone one of you. I have seen so much of that love here at Royston Baptist and would love to see that to continue to grow and overflow in to our community!
As I reflect on my time here at Royston Baptist, I can’t help but be overcome with joy. Seeing the youth grow in their walk with God, seeing them make strides in their lives is so encouraging. Four years ago, I would never have imagined being in a church and adding value to it. From working in the nursery, to guiding the youth and to even be up there on Sunday morning welcoming you to church.
All of these things are blessings and it saddens me to know my time here is up. My hope and prayer is that the church continue to grow and help one other. To continue to do nothing but love everyone they encounter, to take special care of the youth and to welcome newcomers with open arms. Although my time here is done, ministry never ends.
Erin and I are blessed with the opportunity to begin a special needs ministry in Locust Grove, Ga. we ask for prayers as we enter into our lives together and as we continue in our careers and endeavors. Royston Baptist will always be my first church family and words can’t describe how special this place is to me.
I heard a quote one time that went basically like this “you can’t have sorrow and grief unless you’ve had the good memories”. In this time of grief for me and my family I can’t thank the church enough for all the support, prayer, and words of encouragement for me and my family. This is a very difficult time but the one constant thing is that there are so many great memories. One verse that kept me going through this difficult time and every other hardship I’ve faced is James 1:2; “consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds.” The passing of my grandfather is hands down one of the hardest things I’ve gone through, but through it, family was brought together, memories were shared, and relationships were rebuilt.
The point of me saying all this is to express thanks to this church family for all they’ve done in my life and to encourage you when something isn’t going your way, or you’re facing a difficult time.
He is in control and will be glorified always!
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
I’m writing this as a challenge. With holidays coming up, with making plans, maybe even coming up with and sticking to a New Years resolution. When it comes to our everyday lives, we get stressed and let those stressors get the best of us at times. We get irritated too easily, we aren’t ourselves. My challenge is to take note of those things and not let any unwholesome thing come out of your mouth. Speak only positive things, because other people are stressed and a word of encouragement may just be what they need to get through a day. As the old saying goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I want to twist it and say “if you don’t have anything nice to say, find something nice and say it”, there are so many things to be thankful for and at the end of the day we’re only encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ! Let the challenge begin!
This past weekend I went to a conference about discipleship, leadership, and more. The preacher spoke out of Acts 28 when Paul ends up on the island of Malta. Verses 3-5 say this “Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live. But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.”
Paul shakes off the very thing is supposed to harm him. What I got out of this weekend was things are going to come against, things will be put in front of you to harm you and the best thing we can do is shake it off and focus on God and the promises He gives us.
The youth would like to give a huge thank you to everyone for prayers and helping hands. Thank you to all of those who helped drive us to camps and events. We want to give a special thank you for supporting us in our fundraisers like the Valentines Banquet and our Car Wash/Bake Sale. Thank you for loving us and being there. Royston Baptist Youth wouldn’t be the same without your help.
There are opportunities everywhere we look, it’s up to us whether we take advantage of them or not. An opportunity was brought before me a few years ago to work in the nursery and I was so grateful. Last year, another opportunity arose in leading the youth. Again I’m so grateful and humbled by these things. I just want to extend a huge thank you to everyone for all of their prayers and help. Being a college student isn’t easy but with a family behind me at Royston, it makes it so much more enjoyable. Without taking advantage of these opportunities, who knows where I would be. I want to encourage you to walk through those open doors, don’t be scared to do something different. Be bold and take a chance. Thank you again for these opportunities and thank you for everyone’s support.
Finally summer is here and that means camps and fun activities for the youth. We wouldn’t be able to have these opportunities if it weren’t for you guys praying and being involved in the Valentines Banquet and the Car Wash. On behalf of the youth I would like to extend a huge thank you!!! With this being said, Youth Sunday is coming up on May 21st, we would love for you to be there and be apart of this youth led service. We are looking forward to serving and worshipping together. Again we just want to say thank you for all of your support and prayers, Royston Baptist Youth wouldn’t be the same without the support of our amazing congregation!
3 months into being the youth minister, you would think i have all of the information covered and life was pretty good. Well, I dont. I admit I’m still new and getting used to this, so i completely missed out on the department wish list. So, on behalf of the Youth, we would like to put together our Wish list now.
We are in need of a new projector for the youth area so we can have a worship time upstairs on wednesday nights. Also, bean bag chairs, old couches, or any other seating other than a metal chair for a more relaxed environment. Lastly, for our game area, we have a broken table. So we would love to have a newer one that is not so broken.
Thank you for bearing with me and my newness!
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in love”
My first month as a youth minister here at Royston Baptist Church has been nothing short of amazing. Amazing people, amazing experiences, and an amazing group of youth who is eager for Jesus. Looking forward to upcoming events such as the Valentines Banquet, I’ll admit I have been stressed out but with a supportive group behind me, we are excited for this year’s Banquet on February 19th. A night full of fun, including a newlywed game, Homestyle food, a chance to bid on some really cool items, and an opportunity for our youth to raise money for March mission madness, mission trips, and summer camps. The verse “Do everything in love” is what I want to show the youth and have them apply it to their daily lives. Love is so important, I can’t wait to see them and myself grow closer to God together.
For the past couple of months, the Youth and I have been going through a book called, “Questions of a Curious Nature: The Incredible Interviews of Annabelle Farrow,” by Matt Orth. One of the “interviews” that takes place in the book is with King David about his battle against Goliath and something stuck out to me that I hadn’t noticed before.
The story of David vs. Goliath is one we have all heard a million plus times. It’s one of the first, if not the first, Bible story we are told as a child. It is a brilliant showcase of just how powerful God is and why we should put our trust in him. There is so much focus on the central figures that it’s easy to forget that anyone else even exists in the story. It’s easy to forget that the Israelites and the Philistines both had large armies ready to fight. In 1 Samuel 17:20-21, we see David going to the battlefield to deliver bread and cheese for his father. “He (David) reached the camp as the army (Israelites) was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines to face one another.” We know what happens next: Goliath comes and challenges Israel’s champion. The Israelites cower and do nothing. This happened for 40 days, every morning and every evening. Everyday, twice a day, the army of God would get up, put on their armor, make their lines, and shout a war cry. And yet every time Goliath comes, they cower. 80 times the army of God cowers before this man, a man openly differing the God of the Israelites, our God.
So what does this all mean for us today? I believe Matt, speaking as King David, sums it up in this quote:
You can look the part of a Christian, but there comes a time when obedience has to happen in the real world, not when you’re all together making noise together in God’s name. There has to be a moment when you personally step out into the real. Obedience doesn’t count in your head, and you can’t be obedient in the future someday or imagine yourself being this super saint full of radical faith. There is only the present context by which you find yourself with the present decision before you: Trust God or melt in with the crowd who talks about trusting God.
Caleb T. Brewer
Have you ever been around someone who just loves to debate everything? They debate politics, religion, even what soap is the best. They simp-ly debate for the sake of debating. Sometimes this can be fun and insightful, while other times it can just be obnoxious.
As Christians, we can often find ourselves in the middle of such debates. Whether God is real, whether Jesus is the only way to God, whether being a good person is enough? Whatever the debate, there will be someone out there that will find some way to debate what we have to say or even what the Word of God has to say. At Move Conference earlier this month one of the speakers, Clayton King, spoke about this very issue. He talked about how people can argue anything and everything you believe in and stand for. But there is one thing that no one can argue with you about: Your Story.
Your Story. Your experiences with God, how he has loved you, protected you, gave you strength when you had none left, and most importantly, how He changed you. Try as the world might, they can’t argue with your story and your life. So when you feel the world around you questioning and debating whether God is even real, look at your life and your story and find solace in the truth. No one can take away from you what God has done in your life.
Let us hold on to this truth of God’s power as we make our way through this world to further His Story with the testament of our story.
Caleb T. Brewer
Have you ever been around someone who just loves to debate about everything? They debate about politics, religion, even what soap is the best to use. They simply debate for the sake of debating. Sometimes this can be fun and insightful, while other times it can just be obnoxious.
As Christians, we can often find ourselves in the middle of such debates. Whether God is real, whether Jesus is the only way to God, whether being a good, moral person is enough. Whatever the debate, someone will be out there that will find someway to debate what we have to say or even what the Word of God as to say. At Move Conference earlier this month, one of the speakers, Clayton King, spoke about this very issue. He talked about how people can argue anything and everything that you believe in and stand for. But there is one thing that no one can argue with you: Your Story.
Your Story. You experiences with God, how he has loved you, protected you, gave you strength when you had none left, and most importantly, how he changed you. Try as the world might, they can’t argue with your story and your life. So when you feel the world around you questioning and debating whether God is even real, look at your life and your story and find solace in the truth. No one can take away from you what God has done in your life. Let us hold on to this truth as we make our way through this world to further His Story with the testament Our Story.
Caleb T. Brewer
Thanksgiving. If you only looked at holidays from the first 11 months, Thanksgiving would be my all time favorite holiday. There is so much to love about it. Great food, great company, great football (usually.) The only bad thing you can say about Thanksgiving is the cranberry sauce. (Sorry to all you who love it)
Another great thing about Thanksgiving is that is reminds us all to be thankful for the people and things that we have in our lives. So with that in mind, I want to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to each one of you here at Royston Baptist Church. Now, if I were to try and thank each of you of individually, I would certainly need more than just one article, if not more than an entire newsletter. But I will do my best to try and give each of you here the Thank You that you each deserve.
I want to first thank you for making me a part of your Church and your community. Though I always felt loved in my past churches, this is the first Church I came to where I wasn’t the Pastor’s son, which always gave me a bit of a leg up on those around me. No, here I am simply Caleb and that is enough. You reached out to me and took me in, not because of whom I was related to, but because you care for me, and for that I am very grateful.
I also want to thank you for allowing me to be so involved in so many different ministries throughout the Church, through my summer internship, being Mission Man and Mega Muscle Man during VBS, assisting in the Children’s Ministry, to serving along side rest of the wonderful staff here as the Minister of Youth. It has been a wonderful journey so far, and one that I am thrilled to continue.
But most of all, I want to simply thank you for all of the love and support that each of you have shown me throughout my time here, both before and after my hiring here at Royston Baptist. Words cannot express how much I appreciate it all and there are not enough times I can say Thank You, so I will simply end with this: Thank you, thank you, and a thousand times more, thank you.
Shalom, (peace be with you)
Caleb T. Brewer
Many of us, if not all of us, live a busy lifestyle. We have work, school, families, friends, church, and many other activities to try and balance. More often then not, it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day, or even the week, to get everything done. To-Do lists get put off, projects forgotten, outings postponed. These are all normal things for us. Often times we’ll put off a lifestyle choice, such as dieting or exercising, because we don’t feel we have the time to do it properly.
Unfortunately, this can easily translate into our spiritual lifestyle. We get so bogged down with everything that is happening in THIS world, wrapped up in the Lower Story, that we forget or even put off time with God. We may skip morning devotion or forget to pray before bed. It’s normal, almost expected and accepted, that this will happen from time to time. I mean, with all we’ve got going on, who’s got time to do it all the time?
A wise man once told me, “You make time for the things that are important.”
Now, I’m going to spend some time picking on myself here. I absolutely LOVE football. It’s my favorite sport to watch. I have loved it since I was a little boy. Recently, this love as led me to my love of Fantasy Football. It is a game that is fun, but can certainly be time consuming. Even though my schedule can be very demanding at times, I am still able to find time to play it. This may mean going to bed 10 minutes later, reading for only 30 minutes instead of an hour, or simply not watching a movie, but I “make time” to play it.
So what abut our spiritual life? What are we doing to make sure we have time for God? It’s so simple to say we love God and that our faith is the most important to us. But what are we doing to show it?
Once again, “We make time for the things that are important.” So with that in mind, I want us to ponder this question: How does the way you spend your time show what is important to you?
Caleb T. Brewer
Everyone take your positions. The journey is about to begin. Are you ready? Have you made the proper preparations? It is time. On your mark, get set, GO!!!!
The school year is already under way, as well as a new Church Year. We have begun a new series here at Royston Baptist. We have gone out of our comfort zone in order to let others know what is happening here at Royston Baptist Church. And this is just the beginning.
Under this umbrella of “new,” the Youth have worked together in order to bring about some changes to our group. Together, they wanted to give a more unified front and let others know what they stand for. So with this came two things: a new name for the Youth Group, as well as a new name for the Youth Room.
The Youth have decided to name themselves Against the Grain, or simply, A.T.G. for short. Together, we want to work together and go “against the grain” of what society tells us we should do. The world tells us it’s all about “me” and “my” problems. We should only care or love “me.” But we want to be different. We want to follow Jesus’ command in John 13:34b when he says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” It is our desires to look at the example set forth by Christ and love each and every person we can. This is what will set us apart and put us “Against the Grain.”
The Youth have also decided to rename the Youth Room “The Tree house.” This keeps the them of the tree already there, as well as name of the youth group, since the term, “against the grain,” is a woodworking term.
We are so excited about what God has in store for not only A.T.G., but also the entire Church family. We know that God can do great things. For God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good.
Caleb T. Brewer
Minister to Youth
Royston Baptist Church
"Jesus asked his disciples, 'Who do people say I am?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.' 'But what about you?' Jesus asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Peter answered, 'You are the Christ.'" Mark 8:27-29
"Who do you say I am?" This is the question that was given to the youth this past week at Student Life Camp in Cleveland, TN. Throughout the week, the youth learned a little more and more about who Jesus is. They learned where He came from, how He loves us, and what He did for us. But the question still remained, "Who do you say I am?" We all have been taught so much about Jesus, just like the youth were this past week. But we have to make a decision as to who Jesus is to us. Is He simply a great teacher or a strong moral man? Is He someone who we should simply imitate? Or is He more? Is He, as Peter said, "the Christ." So as you go through your day and your week, ask yourself this question: Who do you say Jesus is?
So just in case you missed it, you are now all stuck with me a little bit longer. I have been given the opportunity to stay on and move from Interim Youth Minister to the permanent position of Minister of Youth. I first just want to say thank you for all of the love and support you have all shown me during these past few months. I am so excited for what God has in store for Royston Baptist Church.
For me, this has been an opportunity that I have been striving towards for nearly 6 years. It all started at the age of 19 when I first felt a calling to ministry. It was a time where I had felt very lost and confused as to where my life was going. I had just finished my first year of college and was, in my mind, even farther away from where I was suppose to end up. Then one night while on a mission trip in Arizona, I felt something I had never felt before: a feeling of complete peace and knowing. I knew in my heart what God was calling me to do. However, it took a little bit longer for my brain to catch up to my heart, but it did eventually catch up. So in the Fall of 2008, I began on my journey of working in the field of ministry as lifestyle as well as a vocation.
Since then God has taken me on a journey full of excitement, and at times, disappointment. But if given the chance, there isn’t a thing I would change, because I know that God has put me through all it so to prepare me for this moment, this opportunity, this Church. I thank you again for giving me this opportunity and my prayer for this Church and myself is that we can allow God to have His will, and even when we don’t understand it, we will trust in Him and follow.
Caleb T. Brewer