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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Reformational Living



When I meet broader evangelical Christians and they say oh yeah we all come out of the Protestant Reformation. Maybe true enough historically speaking, but then you see what’s going on in the church as far as altar calls and sinners prayers and fathers not leading and why wives not submitting as unto the Lord and children that obeying. Just families a mess, you say this is not biblical Protestantism. This is not reformation a living which simply stated his biblical living. So to say you know how does the Protestant Reformation affect us today. We go back to the book we hold up the soul as we hold up the centrality of God, the centrality of the Gospel and centrality of the beauty and the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Fear of God Devotional: If Our Nation Repented, What Would Happen



If our nation repented, we would start to see the schools dismantled. We would see entire institutions stripped down, We would see abortion end, we would see marriage reinstated as a marriage of one man one woman. We would see the Supreme Court of the United States and the president of United States call for weeks perhaps months of prayer and fasting. We would we would hear the word Repentance. Repentance would be in the common language. We’d hear media representatives speak on repentance and there would be coverage of churches that are engaging in calls for repentance and end weeks and months of prayer and fasting. This is the kind of thing we’d see across the country. We’d see the acknowledgment of God. We would see a crying out for mercy for the true and living God and we would also see a real strong sense of a harbinger of God’s judgments upon this nation. We wouldn’t just be one or two or three occasional preachers or prophets across the land speaking of the judgment of Almighty God knocking at the door we would actually hear politicians speak of this. We would hear thousands upon tens of thousands of preachers and pastors speaking of the judgment of God being something that is always imminent right there at the door.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Difference between Faith and Repentance



There is a slight difference and a great overlap of faith and repentance. Now, what is the difference? I think you want to know you could sum up like this. Faith is primarily positive. Repentance is positive is mainly negative when repenting of sin. We say no to sin. Faith is saying yes to God yes to his promises. You believe in the Gospel. So that is one way of saying the difference between the two but you can’t have one without the other. So you say no to the one you say yes to the other. That’s one way of putting it.

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Fear of God Devotional: Being Exposed to the Word of God



I think some of the reforms that have been most helpful to us today. The first thing that comes to mind to me would be the sufficiency of scripture. Here were men who had basically uncovered the scriptures after hundreds of years of the Catholic Church trying to to keep them under to keep them isolated from the people and now men were being exposed to what God had actually said in his word and by getting exposed to that they were now confronted with what shall we now do. Who is the authority that we now must obey? And so you meet men like Martin Luther you meet men like John Calvin other men who stood up for the truth of the word of God and saw the word of God as an authority. And not only that but then the words were then translated into the speech of the common people so that people in Germany could actually read the scriptures in German and in other countries like England and France and so on.

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Accused, Pursued and Delivered (Psalms 11-28 – Acts 22-26)

Join me and Kris Baines life 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 in Kings-Chronicles and John.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: Fathers Transformed By The Grace Of God



God has appointed husbands and fathers to be the head of their home. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. When you can’t know what that means until you know Christ in His word and you know his word well enough to set before your wife. In other words, daily family worship is absolutely crucial. It is essential to reform in any family. If the father is transformed by the saving grace of Christ even as a young believer he can set the scriptures before his wife before his children as he is commanded to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and He can model, faulty. I understand that weekly yes no arguments limited of course but we have a great and glorious savior and that savior gives men the heart and the strength to rid the world of God. To say my dear wife my dear children this is the authority in our home. The word of God especially as it is presented to us in the gospel to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to live as men we and you are to live as a woman. You children are to respect and to honor your parents. We will do all that we can to be those who walk in a way that you would desire to honor and we must bring you up and say yes and no to all kinds of things because it brings glory and honor to God. There is the responsibility of the head to administer God’s word to his family.

And then it is the responsibility of the wife it is the responsibility of the children to walk according to the leadership of that husband of that father. 

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do You Make America Great Again



You know if you go back to Alex de Tocqueville I think he made the comment in the 1800’s that America is great because America is good. But he didn’t end there he started to make reference to the religion of the country. And it wasn’t a country that was perfect by any means. I mean you still have things like slavery you still had people you know engaged and all manner of vices. But the predominant theme if you were to look at the nation what made it different why he was sent there was to examine what is it about this nation. Well, I think it becomes a nation who wants to be great to first of all look to God. And that’s the first place we ought to look and say Who is this God and if he is who he says he is then we ought to worship him as our creator. We are accountable to him as our creator. We must make sure that our laws align with the laws of God in the sense that we don’t want to make excuses for our sins any longer and it will be an immense cost I’m sure. But when a nation has that desire to be great not because of for its own aspirations not because of some sort of patriotic desire that it can wave the flag and say we’re better than you which seems to be the main thrust. It’s a nation on its face it’s a nation in sackcloth and ashes.

And I think that’s what the Lord himself has shown is that when a man humbles himself when a church humbles themselves when a nation humbles themselves they have put themselves in a position to be exalted to be lifted up. But not because they want to be exalted it’s because they want to God the living God the true God. And as a result, God blesses them. 

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Fear of God Devotional: Reforming A Whole Town



One of the greatest pictures we have of reformation that was brought because the faith we’re working on a pastor was in Richard Baxter Richard Baxter’s testimony when he came to Kidderminster was that he would walk down the street and there were no homes worshipping God. But after his faithful ministry there of setting the word before the people in what God wants from us. It is said that there in his latter years that walking down the street of Kidderminster you could rarely pass a house in Kidderminster where you did not hear the reading of a whirr and the singing of the Psalms. Because there was reformation that wasn’t brought by the work and the spirit through faithful ministry. And if men are bringing a faithful ministry and bringing the word of God to the people to spare will bless that word. The spirit will bring reformation. It’s the work of the spirit. We see this even of Christ on the cross as Christ is there dying between two criminals. We seen that both criminals we are told by the gospel writers that both of these criminals joined in to the reviling and the blasphemy of Jesus Christ. But we read that one repented and that repentance led to a rebuke of his fellow thief. He said We are dying justly we deserve what we are getting. But why are you reviling this man and blaspheming this man. He is just he has done nothing deserving of what he is going through. This is coming from a man who just hours earlier was joining in. But something had happened.

A work of the Holy Spirit it happened and we see the result of that work in hand rebuking his fellow senator who he had just been joining in with and we see the heart of this man as he turns to the savior. They are dying and he says Lord remember me just just remember me when you come into your kingdom. And then the precious words of Christ to day to day you will be with me in paradise. And so we see the working of the spirit in all of these things and we must rest on that we cannot force repentance and force reformation. We as stewards must be found faithful and leave the results to God. Duty is ours. But results are of God and God will be faithful to the preaching of his word. 

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Fear of God Devotional: Noahs Ark Is A Picture Of Jesus



Noah’s Ark is a picture of Jesus as Noah and his family went through a door to be saved. God told noah to put one door in the side of that as Noah and his family went through a door to me so we need to go through a door godsons steps into history to be Jesus Christ the God man he said I am the door. By me if any man enter in he’ll be saved. That’s why I love to see and encounter a life size are families when they get to the second deck. You see this massive door there they stand in front of that door and they get their photographs taken and it’s to be a reminder for them that they need to do the best they can to get their children to the door of the ark. They point them to the Word of God that saves and pray that they will go through that door to be safe. That’s really what they are now is all about. 

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Fear of God Devotional: How to Bring About National Repentance



What is needed to reform an entire nation?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) God will forgive a nation if they “will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways.” If a nation does that, God “will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

If we want our land healed and our sins forgiven, we must pray, seek His face, and turn from our wickedness. We can’t receive the benefits of salvation without repentance and a turning from sin. Instead, we must have humble hearts that desire Him.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does False Repentance Look Like?



What is an example of false repentance?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that he has come across several individuals who he thought they were truly born again but realized that they had fallen away or may have never been saved. He shares an example of one man who was addicted to drugs. After hearing the Gospel, he had rid his life of drugs, got a job, started coming to church, and was baptized. In short, he had turned his entire life around.  

But, over the course of time, he would not part with certain sins. He didn’t have a great appetite for the things of God. He later argued that there were other ways to be saved. Before long, he fell away entirely. Now, he has no desire for God and is living as though he was never been saved. His outward reform lasted a few years, but it was all a mirage – it was not true repentance.

John 15:4 (NKJV) – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” 

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New Web Site Coming

Over the past decade and a half, we have developed a content-rich theological and practical resource library for churches and families. We have created hundreds of resources which speak to nearly every matter of church and family life. 

We have presented this material on our current website for the past ten years. All that is about to change… It won’t be long… we will be launching a new website. 

This new website provides better ways to present our content. Here is what you will find:

  • A new look 
  • More content is presented on the front page
  • Content is presented in a more attractive way
  • Resources are better organized
  • Easier to search for resources

In short, our website has been re-designed to be more resource-driven than ever before. And, we pray that the Lord will use this new tool to advance the proposition that scripture is sufficient for church and family life. We believe that this is the stuff that reformations are made of.

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No Longer Neglecting, God



As we look into Nehemiah 10, we see that this 117 year long rolling revival continues as God’s people enter into a covenant to restore certain things which have been lost in their experience. It happened after reading the Word of God. They show how true faith, is a faith that works for change. True faith inspires the heart to change and engages a people who rise up – no longer neglecting the things of God.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Power of Repentance



What is the effect of a repentant heart?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is a moving of the heart towards God. If a person’s heart is truly repentant and truly is moving towards God, there will always be a reformation of life.

John the Baptist preached a message of repentance. He exhorted his audience to bring forth fruits of repentance. True biblical repentance will always result in reformation and restoration in the life of an individual. To a repentant person, all things become new.

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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Fear of God Devotional: The Relationship Between Faith and Repentance



How are faith and repentance related to each other? 

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that in regards to the relationship between faith and repentance, you cannot have one without the other. It may look like there is repentance without faith or vice versa but ultimately, God gives both faith and repentance and both are exercised. 

We repent by turning from sin and we turn to God which is faith. It is two sides of the same coin. The relationship between faith and repentance is inseparable. It is not possible to have one without the other.  

Romans 10:8-9 (NKJV) – “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

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