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Why I Love The Lord (Ps. 116-122; 1 Cor. 7-10)

Join me live with Jason Dohm at 3:00 pm EST as we discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do You Know That You Are Saved?



How do you know that you are saved?

David Eddy explains in this video that when people want to be a member of the church or want to be baptized, he asks, “Why?” He and his fellow elders particularly look at their testimony. Anytime a person wants to be baptized or be a member, he asks, “Why do you think that you are saved? Why do you think you’re going to Heaven?”

He shares that in his experience, you always get one of two answers. It’s either something you did or it is something that Christ did. It is very clear to see who has truly repented. 

John 14:6 (NKJV) – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Can Reformation in the Church Be Handled Poorly?



How can reformation in the church be handled poorly?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that it can be easy for an elder who has been convicted of something from Scripture to impatiently expect their congregation to come to the same conviction overnight.  

They must remember that if God has taken months or even years to bring them to a place to awaken change in their heart, they should not turn around and expect their congregation to reform overnight. It is not what God has done with us. Pastors and elders should not put their congregation in that position. While they should not water down Scripture, they should also be patient with their fellow believers. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NKJV) – “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Gospel and Repentance



What ought pastors to include in their sermons?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Reformers and the Puritans desired to go after people and their souls. They wanted their congregation to see their guilt before God. They wanted their congregation to repent. A pastor must aim to cultivate repentance. 

A pastor must also preach a full and free offer of the Gospel to poor, needy, penitent sinners. No one has sinned too much for Jesus to save. Christ makes trophies of grace out of impossible cases. When you preach repentance, you also preach the fullness of Christ. He has come to seek and to save the lost. 

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) – “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Repentance



What is an example of repentance in Scripture?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that the Bible gives us many pictures of what repentance looks like in a person’s life. We see one such example in the life of Josiah. Following Hezekiah’s death, there was 77 years of wickedness that plagued the entire nations before Josiah took the throne.

At the age of 8, he began to follow the Lord with all of his heart. One of the signs of the following of the Lord was that he began removing all of the idols, altars, and high places. This is one of the signs of repentance. That is what true repentance looks like – turning to the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and might.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV) – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentant and Unrepentant Sinners



What is a difference between an unrepentant and a repentant person?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that there is a difference between a repentant sinner and an unrepentant sinner. An unrepentant sinner will be condemned if they do not repent. In contrast, a repentant person hopes in the blood of Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. The punishment for their sin was poured out on Christ. 

Though we are all sinners, there are unrepentant sinners who will suffer the wrath of God on themselves for their sins and there are repentant sinners who had Christ absorb the wrath that was due to them. There is no condemnation. 

Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV) – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Humility in the Home



What should be a key priority in our life?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that fathers ought to practice repentance and to model it for our families. A father is not to be a tyrant, he is to be a servant. He might be the leader, but he should not be a tyrant.  

Husbands and fathers must humbly lead their families. They must be willing to apologize and admit that they were wrong.  

Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV) – “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” 

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Scott Brown & Paul Thompson (Ps. 99-115; 1 Cor. 1-6)



Join me live with Paul Thompson at 3:00 pm EST as we discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance and Faith



What is the distinction between faith and repentance?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that in Acts 20:21, Paul preached a message of repentance towards God and faith towards Christ. Faith and repentance are used in the same sentence.

The object of repentance is God. The object of faith is Christ. Repentance and faith are both distinct and are not synonyms. Faith is oriented to the covenant of grace. It is sealed by the work of Christ. It sets its eyes on Christ. Repentance is oriented toward the authority of God as the lawgiver.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Reforming One’s Thoughts



What is needed to bring about a reformation of a person’s thoughts?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that to bring about a reformation of thinking, people’s minds need to be rooted in Scripture. They will say, as Isaiah did: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20, NKJV).  

People whose thoughts are reforming are convinced of the sufficiency of Scripture, that it answers everything for life and godliness. They will have their finger in Scripture and continually be asking what God has said. They will not rely on culture or what they feel for answers. 

Acts 17:10-11 (NKJV) – “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Cultivating Wisdom and Repentance in the Home



How does a Christian family cultivate wisdom and repentance within the home?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that pastors need to encourage fathers and mothers to go back to the foundations and to teach their children that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. One of the biggest problems today is that few people fear God. 

This is where the Christian family needs to look to. We need the fear of God. It is the beginning of salvation, of knowledge, and to understand what it is to be a man or woman of God. It can get easy to get caught up in trivial matters. Fathers must lead the way and set an example of looking to Scripture and fearing God.

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV) – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Understanding the Enormity of God’s Grace



How do you understand the enormity of God’s grace?

Joel Beeke shares in this video that there was a medieval theologian who wrote a book about the Atonement that explains how great sin is and how great grace is. T see the enormity of grace, you must see the enormity of your sin.

As pastors, we need to preach the enormity of sin so that our congregation and run to Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Both issues deserve equal attention. For instance, pastors should not overly emphasize the goodness and grace of God while neglecting to preach about the sinfulness of sin. 

Romans 6:1-4 (NKJV) – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of False Repentance



What does false repentance look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that false repentance exists when people are merely looking to find an “easy fix” to change some aspect of their life but whose affections and whose heart has not been changed. They do not truly love Christ.

Before long, you will see that they have not truly repented for their sin. They may attend church or recite verses, but their heart has not been changed and they do not want to part with their sins. 

James 1:23-25 (NKJV) – “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Reformation Happens in a Church



What does reformation look like in a church today?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that churches need to be serious about identifying areas in church life where they’ve been negligent or unfaithful to the Word of God. It takes honesty and close examination of church practices, policy, leadership, direction, and history. 

Elders must ask themselves what realm of church life have they failed in and where they need to make immediate changes. Leaders must understand that it is going to take time to make changes but they still need to resolve that it will take place.

Galatians 6:3-5 (NKJV) – “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”

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