Another Blast from the Culture of Death

Albert Mohler speaks up for the unborn, as he has so many times, in this article, Thrown Over the Fence — Infanticide, Canadian Style. He ends the piece with these chilling words,

“Mark this well — the horrific logic of this judge’s decision will not remain in Canada. Indeed, it did not even start in Canada. Those arguments are already in place in the United States. If we will not defend life in the womb, eventually the dignity of every single human life is thrown over the fence.”

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I Bought Tickets for My Family to See Courageous on Friday

I encourage everyone to see this film. The Kendrick brothers have made a very wonderful and strategic film that I believe will be used of the Lord to rescue many.

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NCFIC in the Media

Over the past month, God has put the NCFIC in the news like never before. Major religious and secular news outlets are reporting on it. The Washington Post and USA Today ran stories about the NCFIC and age integration and of the many churches, who are reconsidering the practices of modern youth ministry—and jettisoning them. The Huffington Post and the Christian Post, as well as our friend Kevin Swanson over at Generations with Vision also spoke. We were profiled on OneNewsNowThe Baptist Press posted a long article quoting youth ministry experts who are responding to Divided. We have also been represented on blogs like Tim Challies and radio shows like Moody Radio (interviewed by Julie Roys), Knowing the Truth, Todd Friel, and Janet Mefferd. We were interviewed by Jerry Rose on Television at TLN. Amazingly, even AtheismTV posted the trailer to Divided on their website.

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Barna Study Gives Reasons Young People Leave The Church

We at the NCFIC have stated why we believe there is an exodus of youth from modern churches. The Barna Group has just released the results of a new study that states, "No single reason dominated the break-up between church and young adults. Instead, a variety of reasons emerged. Overall, the research uncovered six significant themes why nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15." 

To me, it seems that most of the reasons Barna gives is because these youth have rejected critical elements of Christianity and its message. In short, they left because they hated God and His people.

Reason #1 – Churches seem overprotective.

Reason #2 – Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow.

Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science.

Reason #4 – Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental.

Reason #5 – They wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity.Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.

Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.

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Baptist Press: ‘Divided’ film spurs youth ministry discussion

Hope for a Demonized Man

Yesterday, our church considered Matthew 8:28-34. Download an outline of the message.

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Throughout Matthew 8, our Lord Jesus has been demonstrating His power and authority over everything. He heals the sick and rules the winds and the waves. Now we see Him reigning over the very powers of demons and hell itself. He holds the keys to everything – including something as small as a fever to monstrous unseen powers and principalities. The focus of Matthew’s testimony in the healing of the Gadarene demoniac is the exclusive power of God over darkness.

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Father/Son Retreat: Instilling a Work Ethic in Your Children

We need to discern the times we live in and see societal weaknesses. We need to recognize our lazy society – “We’re busy all of the time.” However, our business is not that of productivity but of seeking our own pleasure. Man was created to take dominion, and that requires work.

Following are some elements of taking dominion:

  • Fruitfulness (Gen. 1:11-12)
  • Purposefulness (Rom. 8:28)
  • Imposing Order (1 Kgs. 10:4-9)

Yet, we must heed to cautions in taking dominion: (more…)

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Fathers/Son Retreat: Fathers Disciple Their Sons

Father/Son Retreat: Starting the Morning

We started the morning with breakfast, fellowship, singing, and prayer. Mike Davenport began the gathering.

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Father/Son Retreat: The Distinguished Panel of Cooks

Father/Son Retreat: Ending the Night

The night raps up with fellowship, smores, and fireworks:

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Father/Son Retreat: Ponder Your Path

Scott Brown addressed two critical texts and applied these to men who are physically present with their children and those who are not.
 
He opened with a story that was told by Michael Catt of a battle, where the flag bearer got so far ahead of the regiment that the officer called back to headquarters and asked, “Shall we bring the flag back to the regiment?” The commanding officer said, “No, make the regiment catch up with the flag!”
 
Today, we need men with the hearts of a warriors; men who will run to catch up with the flag Christ carries ahead of us. (Catt, Michael (2011). Courageous Living: Dare to Take a Stand (Kindle Locations 43-46). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)
 
The goal laid before us is this: There is a path to your feet. Bring that path into submission to the Word of God. (more…)

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The Father/Son Retreat Begins

Fathers and sons from North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and other states gather to learn about and rebuild a culture of godly fatherhood and sonhood. They begin with their own relationships (Mal. 4:6).

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Father/Son Retreat: Memory Verse

The Weight of Your Afflictions

This past Sunday, I preached on Matthew 8:14-27. You listen to the message here.

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These are some of the statements that I made during application portion of the sermon:

The presence of your afflictions are not according to chance.

The timing of your afflictions are all part of God’s pre-ordained plan to sum up all things in Christ.

The weight of your afflictions are carefully measured, to bring you forth as gold.

The number of your afflictions are strategically appointed, to buffet you enough to change you.

The length of your afflictions will be no shorter or longer than what pleases God, in order to enlarge your patience.

The outcome of your afflictions are designed to address a God-glorifying end.

The arms which brought the afflictions will hold you through them.

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