It is so great to be back in the studio with you. If you didn’t know, most of the episodes we published this summer were some of our favorite episodes from previous years. And though I recorded a new introduction to each of them, I really missed creating new content and sharing it with you.
But there was one original episode this summer. You should definitely check out episode 450. It’s called “Yes, Your Children’s Lives Are Meaningless | and why they need to know that,” and it’s linked in today’s description. I really enjoyed that episode, and I pray it benefits you.
Can you guys believe we have been podcasting for 5 years?!
I’m not going to take the time today to step back through the past 5 years and recount all of the blessings and hardships, but I am going to thank the Lord for His sustaining grace, and I want to thank you as well.
Thank you to all who subscribe and regularly listen to this podcast. Thank you for telling your pastors and friends and coworkers about TLP. Thank you for following and liking and sharing our content on social media. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for shopping on Amazon using our affiliate links. Thank you for praying, thank you for trusting, and thank you for blessing us in the many, many ways you have.
I’m honored to be invited into your family life, and I’m hoping we’re going to be seeing a lot more of each other.
So — with that — let’s talk about Season 20 and the biblical family resources and opportunities that are available to you.
Today’s episode is for everyone. Whether you’ve been following us for the past 5 years or this is your first episode, I want to tell you about how we can help your family take their next spiritual steps this year.
When it came time for Truth.Love.Parent. to become a non-profit, the government wanted us to identify our purpose. What does our nonprofit really hope to accomplish?
The board and I were able to identify three key areas where we hoped to help families.
And — if you check out the description of today’s episode — you will find handy links that will take you directly to all of the resources I discuss today.
1. We train families.
Most of my adult life has been spent ministering to families. Much of that time has been spent with families-in-crisis, broken homes, and at-risk family situations.
I used to work at Victory Academy for Boys, a boarding school for at-risk teens. Every year I invited up to eight teen boys to live in my home with my family. That time was so rewarding, so painful, so instructional, and so heavy.
I started Truth.Love.Parent. as a way to help broken families, but I soon found that Christians all over the place — with drastically different family experiences — were hungry for the biblical parenting content we produced.
That’s why I decided to invest myself full-time in Truth.Love.Parent. I want to train Christian families from every walk of life how to find, understand, and implement God’s will for their lives.
That’s why the Bible is at the center of all we do. The Bible has absolutely everything our families need for life and godliness. There are no questions or struggles that will fall outside of God’s relevant Word.
So, here are some of the ways we train families.
Obviously, this podcast is one way. This podcast is now 5 years old and has over 450 episodes — 99.9% of which are as relevant and practical as the day they were published. And because they are rooted in God’s Word, will be evergreen until the Lord returns.
Since there is so much content, I’ve found that new listeners get the most benefit from approaching the podcast this way:
A. Some of our new listeners stay up to date with the newest episodes, but they also search the past episodes for topics that apply to their families right now.
B. Other of our listeners stay up to date with the newest episodes, but they also go all the way back and work their way through from the beginning. The material is presented carefully enough that you don’t have to listen to other episodes to understand what’s going on, but the episodes also build on each other and exist within seasons with common themes. Listening to them in order helps people appreciate how the information grows and layers.
But — keep in mind — whichever way you choose to dive in, don’t miss the newest episodes. I say this — not because the newer episodes are better than the rest — but because we often have special guests on the show and love to do giveaways. If you don’t stay on top of the new episodes, you may miss our awesome giveaways.
By the way, you can check out TruthLoveParent.com/giveaways to see our past competitions as well as our all-new 5th Anniversary Giveaway!
We’ll be giving away a 5-piece bundle to one happy family. So, check out our Giveaways page ASAP to learn how you can win that bundle of biblical parenting goodness.
But did you know that Truth.Love.Parent. with AMBrewster is not our only podcast?
We also created The Celebration of God podcast. Every year that podcast steps you though The Year Long Celebration of God — a discipleship experience designed to help you worship God every moment of every day and help your fellow disciples do the same.
I created The Celebration of God as a discipleship resource for parents because everything we do as dads and moms should fall under Evangelism Parenting or Discipleship Parenting.
So definitely check out The Celebration of God and add it to your podcast listening. With that podcast I suggest you listen to the introductory episodes first, and then just keep up with our newest episodes and check out our past series from time to time. Once you learn more about The Celebration of God, you’ll understand why I suggest you approach it in this way,
But that’s not where the training stops.
All TLP Followers have access to most of our website which is filled with tons of free articles, resource suggestions, games, holiday celebration ideas, and so much more.
But if you sign up to be part of the TLP Family, you also gain access to even more resources created just for you. The best part of joining the TLP Family is the content, but the second best par is that it’s free!
And then our TLP Friends — those who support the ministry financially — get a bunch of free stuff from the TLP Store.
And — speaking of the TLP Store — we have a ton of family-related products, and we’re slowly expanding it to include more training opportunities. You can sign up for our free email parenting course. And we’re working on video courses and workshops as well!
And — speaking of workshops — we offer live (in-person and virtual) conferences, workshops, and training events.
Whether it’s a TLP Meetup (free to all of our TLP Family members and TLP Friends), or it’s a full Truth.Love.Conference., we would love to serve you and your community.
You can check out the conference tab at TruthLoveParent.com or AMBrewster.com to learn more about how to add us to the event you’re already hosting or how to host a full Truth.Love.Parent. event.
Like I said, there are so many training opportunities for you and your family whether in the podcasts, online, live and in person, or prerecorded. And we’re constantly working on more . . . the vast majority of which are free!
And we encourage you to take advantage of as many as possible this year.
But we don’t just train families.
2. Truth.Love.Parent. trains anyone who works with families.
We work with pastors, biblical counselors, teachers, mentors, disciplers, family ministers, youth workers, and more. We call it Family Discipleship Training, and it’s available for absolutely anyone who wants to better understand how to help hurting families.
As a biblical counselor I frequently receive phone calls and emails from people who know a family that needs help. Often times the conversation sounds like this, “Hey, Aaron, I have this family I’m wondering if you could work with.”
But here’s the thing, I’m just one guy, and I believe the best help comes from the local body of believers. Not just the pastor, but the entire body.
Now, that’s not to say that I can’t be helpful or even play a big part in helping a family, but one of my deepest desires is that the members of the church be equipped to help each other.
Ephesians 4 tells us that God gave us pastor/teachers to equip us to do the work of the ministry. And then God describes that work of the ministry this way, “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ . . . [causing] the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
We, the Body of Christ, should be building each other up in love. We should be encouraging and edifying and reproving and rebuking and correcting and training and admonishing each other. We should be equipped to do that work of the ministry in our own local body of believers.
And that’s where TLP can help. We love to work with the people who want to help families. We want to equip them to better know and understand how to help the hurting families in their lives and churches.
I and other of the TLP Counselors specialize in working with trauma cases, people in sexual sin, addictions, trouble teens, at-risk children, broken marriages, and so many more hard situations with which most people haven’t engaged.
So, we go into a school or church or camp to equip these individuals to biblically serve and disciple these hard cases.
If you work with families — or would like to learn how to help them — please reach out to us counselor@TruthLoveParent.com.
We offer this training in-person and virtually. You don’t have to be a pastor or biblical counselor. If you would like to learn to identify and help families-in-need, we’d love to help you.
And that leads me to the third way we serve families.
TLP trains families, we train those who work with families, and . . .
3. We provide biblical counseling for individuals and families.
Yes, it’s true that there aren’t enough of us to help everyone, and it’s also true that the best help will come from mature Christians within the local body of believers, but there are still plenty of people that I and the TLP Counselors can serve.
And this final category is unique in that it’s far more personalized. Our podcasts and conferences will apply to most people in most situations, but our biblical counseling ministry personalizes God’s Word for you and teaches you how to apply it to your unique family situation.
This biblical counseling can be done in-person or virtually, and we’re working on a brick-and-mortar biblical counseling center in Brevard, North Carolina as well.
Now, imagine — if you will — that your family is weekly receiving honest, loving training from God’s Word, and — in addition — the men and women in your church who are discipling your family are also being trained how to best help you grow in your relationship with God, and . . . if you ever need specialized help, a TLP Counselor is only a phone call away!
That is a scenario that few families have available to them. Most families flounder through their daily lives with no idea what God has for them and no one willing to help them grow.
But you have access to everything you need for life and godliness, and we’re honored to be part of your family journey.
Now, let’s get a little more specific about what you can expect from Season 20 of our podcast, and then we’ll be done.
Season 20 is called “Change Your Family’s Thinking” and will run from September through the end of November.
If you look around at the world today, you will see billions of people in slavery to lies. They do what they do and say what they say and feel what they feel because they’re believing a lie.
And everything we do though our training and teaching and counseling is directed at helping you know, understand, and apply God’s Word to your life. It starts in our minds, and it pours out to actions.
So, this season we want to deal with some of the most basic biblical concepts concerning how to help someone think correctly about God, His Word, and their lives.
Our plan for the Season is as follows:
I want to start off by addressing us, the parents. I’m putting together a three-part episode that will help us identify any lies we may be believing and teaching to our kids.
Then — and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time — then I want to do a four-part episode where we get a better understanding of the main jobs God wants all parents doing. I introduced the main concepts in our Parent’s 5 Jobs Series, so — if you haven’t heard that series, I recommend you start there. But — during this new 4-part series — I want to unpack those concepts even more and look at a ton of Scriptures that will teach us exactly how to do those four jobs in our kid’s lives.
And then I’m really excited about revisiting another idea we introduced a while back. I’m planning another 4-part series to unpack and really dissect a concept I introduced in our Teach Your Children to Learn Series.
During that 3-part episode, I introduced The Circle of Learning. Well, this season I plan to spend 4 episodes talking about each part of The Circle of Learning and applying it directly to your family.
Again, I suggest you listen to the previous episodes in order to have a good foundation laid because we won’t have a lot of time to re-teach the basics as we dive deeper into these biblical concepts in order to challenge and — hopefully — change our family’s errant thinking.
Once again, I’m so excited to be back behind the mic. I’m so happy to be spending time with you every week to help you be a better dad or mom. I love the families I’ve met doing TLP Meetups, I love the families I’m serving in biblical counseling, and I look forward to getting to know your family better this year.
Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us at TeamTLP@TruthLoveParent.com or counselor@TruthLoveParent.com, or you could call us at (828) 423-0894.
Now, do you remember how I described what a very special opportunity your family has? Do you remember how I mentioned that billions and billions of people in the world today don’t have access to opportunities like this?
Well, please do you part to help other families find this kind of biblical training. You can share this episode on your favorite social media outlets. You can tell your pastor about Truth.Love.Parent. You can show a friend. There are so many ways you can spread the word about Truth.Love.Parent. and the biblical help we offer.
So, with that, I hope you’ll join us next time as we once again open God’s Word to discover how to parent our children for life and godliness.
To that end, we’ll be discussing the definition, nature, and cure for False Parents.
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