Fear of God Devotional: Times of Refreshing Hinge on Repentance

What leads to reformation within the church and family?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that there can be no reformation of life or family without the reformation of heart or mind. This reformation of the mind comes about by the Word of God. We need a radical shift in the way that we see things.

If we come to church expecting the pastor to affirm everything we’ve done or thought, whether sinful or not, it is the wrong church. And yet, churches have largely ignored the idea of repentance. We need to desire that people come to a shift in their mindset towards the law of God, sin, and the atonement.

Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV) – “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Involves a “Change of Mind”

What is repentance and what are the implications of that definition?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that we must go back to the biblical words used to describe repentance to understand what it is. Repentance is described in Scripture as: “turn,” “regret,” and most importantly, “a change of mind.” A proper understanding of repentance is crucial. 

“Change of mind” is not the mere changing of one’s mind like one would do when deciding what to eat or what to do. This “changing of mind” is not superficial or trivial. Rather, it is a renewing of mind at a fundamental level. This is a radical change of mind about important topics like God, man, sin, and Christ. It is more than a change of mind, but it involves a change of behavior. 

Revelations 3:19 (NKJV) – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

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Ministry Update Q3 2017

Pray for Our National Conference on Repentance on October 26-29

Our prayer for this conference is that it would bring us all into a deeper sense of humility and joy among both churches and families. 

Daily Devotionals

We've been publishing a new daily devotional video on the topic of repentance every day for the past few months in preparation for the conference. You can see the videos and subscribe to the daily devotional here: ncfic.org/devotional.

Speaking Engagements and Pre-Conference Meetings Across the United States

I just finished speaking in Fraser, Colorado for a Father-Son Retreat, and Kerrville, Texas for a conference hosted by FORGE Ministries with the theme of “Overflowing with Thankfulness.“On September 16th I spoke at a fatherhood conference hosted by Dr. Carlton McLeod at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. This is a church that has taken our messages and resources to heart and the Lord has seen fit to create a church full of families living very differently compared to their surrounding culture. It really is amazing to see the reformation that has occurred within this church. Finally, in October I will travel to Seattle to speak at the Noah Conference hosted by Generations. 

At each of these conferences, my goal is to meet with local pastors of family-integrated churches. I am grateful for these meetings and see them as critically important since they allow me to make connections with both pastors and churches in these regions. 

Regional Connections Accross the Nation

Our team of regional facilitators continues to make connections with local churches to provide prayer, encouragement, and resources, establishing strong connections amongst sound churches on our network.

Modesty Sermons

I recently completed a four-part sermon series on the subject of modesty at church. I wanted to lay a foundation regarding the doctrine of clothing and modesty to help our church understand the matter in the context of Scripture. Here is a link to the four messages on the doctrine of clothing and its implications on modesty. I refrained from doing much application until I thought we understood the doctrine of clothing… The second half of Part 2 and almost all of Part 4 contains the applications, but the rest was laying the foundation. I covered the following areas over the course of these messages: 1. God’s zeal to cover shame, Gen. 3:7,13, 21; Isa. 61:1-11; Rev. 3:5. 2. God’s devotion to beauty, Ex. 28:2-8; Ps. 45:13-14al Isa. 52:1-12; Isa. 59:17. Isa. 62:5; Eph 5:27; Ezekiel 1. 3. God’s blessing of humility, 1 Tim. 2:9-10; Isa. 3:16-26. 4. God’s care for unfading adornment, 1 Pet. 3:3-6. 5. God’s passion for purity, Prov. 7:4-27; Matt. 5:29-30. 6. God’s design for gender distinction, Deut. 22:5. 7. God’s favor for non-conformity, Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:1-7; 1 Cor. 6:13-20; Jer. 10:2-4.

Father-Son Retreat in Wake Forest 

Hope Baptist Church and the NCFIC and Sovereign Redeemer Community Church have teamed up to host a Father-Son Retreat here in Wake Forest on September 29-30 to address the topic, “21st Century Battlefields.” Eleven local pastors will be speaking on many current issues that face us today.

A New Tool for Reading Through the Bible: “Journey Through the Bible.” And… You can Pre-Order it Now

We are finishing up a new book to assist fathers that are reading through the Bible with their families called, “Journey Through the Bible.” I’ve encouraged families to read through the Bible several times before their children leave home. So, I have written a guide for fathers that includes basic information on each book of the Bible, an applicable hymn to sing, the main point of the book, a memory verse, and the top five facts about each book. Also, there are corresponding audio messages for each book of the Bible that they can listen to online. 

You can pre-order the book here at half price by clicking here. We will ship it to you in November.

We are trying to make it available for families at the Repentance Conference in October. Please pray that families would read the Bible from cover to cover as they are raising their children. Much of this book has come out of my own notes on each book of the Bible that I used when our family was reading the Bible together. Here is a screenshot of one of the pages:

Everything we do and every dollar we spend is directed for the prosperity of the church of Jesus Christ and the health of the families in those churches.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Are We Brought to Repentance?

What is the source of repentance?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that the source of repentance is the grace and mercy of God. Without Him, we are unable to see our sinfulness. If He didn’t show us, we wouldn’t see our sin and understand how exceedingly sinful we are.

God uses many means to show how sinful we are. He uses preachers and other people to convey His Word to people. But ultimately, He alone saves men.  

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Who Is Leading Church and Family Reformation Today?

Who are the individuals that drive reformation in the church and family today?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that the people in our day who are leading key reforms in the church, family, and culture are those who are constantly studying the Scriptures, seeking to know God, and proclaiming Him as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

We need preachers who will stand in the pulpit faithfully proclaiming the glad tidings of Christ. We need them to hold up the splendor and majesty of our Lord so that people would be drawn to Him and that their lives would be radically altered through the preaching of the Gospel.

Hebrews 13:7 (NKJV) – “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Holiness of God Brings Us to Repentance

How does the holiness of God bring us to repentance?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that the source of repentance is the holiness of God. A sinner will not recognize they oppose God, that there is no good to be found in their actions, or that they are an enemy of God if they do not glimpse the holiness of God. You will not be able to see that you need to repent.

The Christian must understand that all of life will be spent in a continual, necessary position of repenting. Even after salvation, there are still other areas they need to repent of. In short, we are on a continual journey of always repenting.

James 5:16 (NKJV) – “Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: Fleeing From My Own Ways

What does repentance involve?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that repentance is fleeing from and leaving behind your old ways and taking on God’s ways and thoughts. It involves meditating on the things of God instead of dwelling on sinful or idle things. 

Repentance involves the turning to God from idols to serve Him, the true and living God. It involves the putting to death of sinful areas in your life. 

Colossians 3:5 (NKJV) – “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Word of God Guides Us to Repentance

Is Scripture just as relevant today as it was during the Reformation?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that we need to learn is how critical loving Scripture is. Reading Scripture was not just for the 15th or 16th century but God’s Word has always and will always be applicable and true.

Reformation is always ongoing – it never is complete, no matter what century we live in, because we are never fully conformed to Scripture. It is our responsibility to find out how our practices and thinking are not fully conformed to Scripture. We then need to go to the Word of God and conform our lives to it.

Psalm 19:7 (NKJV) – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance for a Person Deeply Embedded In Sin

How does a person who is trapped in sin repent and fight against that particular sin?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that if a person is trapped in a life of sin and does not know how to repent and to conquer a particular sin, they need to first recognize that repentance is going to be a gradual change.

They must resolve to live a life for the glory of God and understand that they will be constantly having to repent. It may be a long process. A high level of accountability may be helpful. Additionally, it is important that they are transparent with other godly individuals regarding their struggle with sin. 

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) – ‘Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Godly Sorrow?

What does godly sorrow involve?

Don Hart explains in this video that godly sorrow is a grieving heart and mind because we know that we have sinned against God who gave His only begotten Son for us. We realize that we have failed to follow the Savior that came and lived a perfect life, died unjustly, was abused and mocked, and took the wrath of God upon Himself.

When a Christian sins against their Savior, they grieve. They are not grieved because of the consequences or the trouble that they have gotten themselves in. Their heart breaks and their mind aches because they know that they have sinned against God. 

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) Christ “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Genuine Repentance

What is an example of a person demonstrating genuine, godly repentance?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there was a man in his congregation that was deeply involved in pornography. This man sought the Lord, spent time alone in prayer and in the Word, he confessed to his wife and made himself accountable to her and to his elders.

In time, this man utterly broke the chains of that sin. He has gone on as a changed man. This was evidence and fruit of true repentance.

Luke 3:8 (NKJV) – “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

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Journey Through the Bible – Pre-Order Now: $14.95

“Journey through he Bible” is a concise book to help families grasp the message of the whole Bible as they read it together.,

Half Price Offer for Pre-Orders – $14.95

Pre-order this new book to help you read through the whole bible and explain it to your children. We will be shipping it in November,

Everyone needs to take multiple journeys through the Bible in their lifetime. This book is designed to help you walk through the Bible and understand the context, the purpose, the messagestudy questionsapplications, and even hymns to sing for each book as you are on your journey.  Most importantly, you will see how the entire Bible points to the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one we need to see on each page. Here is what you get:

  • An explanation of the meaning of each book.
  • The historical context of each book of the Bible.
  • Questions to ask your children.
  • A hymn to sing for each book of the Bible
  • A list of the important matters of each book.
  • A list of key memory verses.
  • A basic outline of each book

Use this book as a guide while reading the Bible to your family. It contains a summary of each book, a hymn to sing that focuses on the main idea of the book, questions to ask and many other resources to help you understand and explain “the whole counsel of God.”

This resource did not come out of a theoretical or academic environment.  Rather, it is a product of our family worship times as we read through the Bible together as a family. As each year passed, I kept adding to a document which contained introductory information about the book, questions to ask, an outline and more… This book is a compilation of many of those notes.

This book is a concise guide to help you explain the books of the Bible to those who are reading through it.

How it came about:

As our children were growing up, our family made it our practice to read the Bible from cover to cover. We did this for many years. Some of our children learned to read by reading progressively more words as we read the Bible together. This book is a product of our family worship times as we read the Bible together as a family.

As each year passed, I kept adding to a document that contained introductory information about each book. I used this document to give my family background information for each book and to record the things I felt were important about it. By the time our children were adults, I had over 400 pages of notes. These notes documented the following kinds of information: This book contains many of these notes as well as notes I collected as I studied these books on my own and as I preached through them over the years.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Kind Of Sorrow Are You Experiencing?

Is your sorrow “vertical” or “horizontal”?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that there are two types of sorrow – worldly and godly. Worldly sorrow misses the point that a person has sinned against God. It is “horizontal” in that the individual only sees the effect that sin has on themselves or on others. 

In contrast, godly sorrow is “vertical” in that it recognizes that you have directly sinned against God. A Christian is concerned that they have sinned against God. Such a person understands that he has sinned directly against God. Even if there are other people that have been affected by his sin, he is primarily grieved and sorrowful that he has sinned against God. 

Psalm 69:5 (NKJV) – “O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How a Repentant Person Fights Against Sin

How should a repentant person fight against sin?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that repentance involves the crying out to God for deliverance from sin. It does not involve minimizing or compromising with sin. They cleave to God. They are desperate and know if they try to fight sin without God, they are doomed. 

The Israelites lived amongst many enemies, but instead of relying on God to defeat them as He instructed them to do, they made agreements and alliances with them. They did not trust in God and did what they thought was most helpful. But, in time, their enemies came back and overtook them. 

1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance That Leads to Life

What is repentance that leads to life?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that worldly sorrow leads to grief. Godly repentance leads to life and joy. Judas displayed worldly sorrow when he went and hung himself. But, no matter how many tears are shed and how sorrowful one may appear, this type of sorrow does not lead to salvation but to death.

We can distinguish the worldly sorrow shown by Judas with the godly sorrow and repentance of Peter. While both men demonstrated extreme regret and sorrow over their actions, only Peter demonstrated godly sorrow and later suffered and died for Christ.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 

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