The ungodly, as they view and live life, as they carry our their desires and ambitions, do so devoid of the fear of God. When someone has just had his picture taken with a flash camera, he will have a bright spot before his eyes for the next minute or two. Everything he looks at will appear to have that bright spot superimposed on it. He can’t look at his hand, a tree, a house, or another person without seeing the spot. It is continually “before his eyes.” But the Scripture says of the wicked, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” That is, when they get up in the morning and contemplate the coming day, they look out at life without having superimposed on their moral vision the being of God, the claims of God, the character of God, the salvation of God, the law of God, and the judgment of God. They go out into that day with no fear of God superimposed on their life.
– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 127
It is good for us to examine history and learn from the events that God, by His sovereignty, has chosen to bring to pass. As we approach Memorial Day, there is one event that I want to focus on: Iwo Jima. During this season of history, there are many lessons on trials, manhood and courage that we ought to be teaching our families.
The reality is: we are in a battle. The battle may not always be a physical battle, such as WWII, but we are always in a spiritual battle, and our young men need to be aware of that. We need to be encouraging our young men to be thinking multi-generationally, and not just for the moment.
We have three books in our store that highlight important lessons to be learned from Iwo Jima. They need real stories of real men displaying real courage and manhood, not the pseudo-heroes that our culture glorifies.
In Preparing Boys for Battle, Scott Brown looks at the battle on Iwo Jima and draws 16 essential lessons that fathers ought to be teaching their sons to prepare them for the battle that lies ahead. Order Here
In Moment of Courage, Scott Brown highlights the stories of courage of Iwo Jima’s medal of honor recipients. It is important that we put real stories of courageous men in front of our boys, to teach them what true courage and manhood is all about. Order Here
In Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer, Kelly Bradrick tells the story of her grandfather, William Brown. She tells his story in the form of a letter to the next generation, reminding of the importance to refuse to live for the moment, but to think multi-generationally. Order Here
The WWII bundle is the best value offer. It includes all three books, and the price per book is cheaper than if you were to buy them individually. Order Here
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Isaiah 59 describes the details of mans greatest problem, and his greatest hope. His greatest problem is his sin, and his greatest remedy is a man – the man sent from God – the God man, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the intercessor whose arm is not too short to save.
This chapter contains the means of all revival.
Defending marriage in our churches is a critical matter at this historical moment in America. Marriage has become a battleground. How do we as church leaders fight for a biblical view of marriage in our churches? How do we equip the saints? This will be the focus of Scott Brown’s presentation and the topic of discussion at the Pennsylvania Leadership Luncheon.
You and your fellow elders, pastors and deacons, along with your sons and aspiring future church leaders are invited to an NCFIC Church Leadership Luncheon with Scott Brown, from 10:00am – 2:00pm on May 24th at Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille in Elizabethtown, PA.
Consider joining me at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference next week, Tuesday May 24-May 26.
Several from our local church are going as well as some friends around the country.
And, if you are able, please join me and several church leaders at the NCFIC Church Leaders Luncheon just before the Banner of Truth Conference begins.
Derek Thomas, Mark Jones, David Murray, Ian Hamilton, Hensworth W. C. Jonas, Bob Davis
Here is Paul Washer at “Burnings in the Soul,” helping us better understand who God is, by taking us through the Lord’s Prayer. “Burnings in the Soul” is held each year directly preceeding our national conference in October where we ask men to share with us what is burning in their souls. You can sign up for Burnings in the Soul this year by clicking here.
In this passage, God comes to His people to diagnose lack of joy and lack of blessing in their lives in spite of the fact that they are fasting and celebrating the Sabbath. Isaiah 58 uses fasting and the Sabbath as examples, but the message is not primarily focused on these two duties of Christians. Its focus is whats going on in your heart during fasting and the Sabbath.
Where is your Christianity driving you? What is it taking you to? In this passage, twelve blessings are promised. These are the blessings of seeking the pleasures of God, and not your own pleasures through your fasting and Sabbath keeping.
What makes fasting drudgery and the Sabbath a bore is when there is no love in it or delight for it. These two things become drudgery when these things lose their delight. Fasting was made to delight others while the Sabbath was made for your own delight. This is the will of God for these two activities He has given us.
Evaluate along this same line the infulence of the school your children attend. If God says that the fear of God is the chief part of knowledge, then I think it is right to say that the absence of the fear of God is the chief part of folly. And if that is true, many children are under calculated folly day in and day out in their public or state school system. They are taught that life can be lived without reference to the fear of God. You may say there is no teacher that ever says that. But by the very absence of any attempt to teach any standard of ethics and morality rooted in the fear of God, they are saying the fear of God is not needed.
– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 124
How does one know they are saved? How do you know if you truly know God? 1 John 2:3 says, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” When someone is truly saved, they desire to keep the commandments of God and to run from sin.
To hear more from Jeff Pollard on the subject of holiness, please come to the Highway of Holiness conference, Oct. 29-31, at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. To register, go to the events page for the conference.