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Six Things the Lord Loves to Do

You have heard of the six things the Lord hates in Proverbs 6. In these verses we see the six things the Lord loves to do in His people. It is a good thing for the church to stop and look at what God has done. This is the heart of all awakening and we are so aware of our great need for awakening. John speaks of what happens When people are awakened and what it means to have fellowship with God and the sweet aroma of the gathered church. These verses make it clear that when you have fellowship with God six things are experienced: your sins are forgiven, you know Christ, you know the Father, you are strong, the Word of God abides in you and you overcome the wicked one.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Gospel On Display Through Repentance

How is the Gospel on display through repentance?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that people assume that if they allow the evidence of sin to be evident in their life, it paints a picture that Christianity is weak or not real. But, for the Christian, it does no good to try to cover our sin – we must come to the cross and repent of our sins.

Once we are saved, the reality of the Gospel is put on display in our lives. Because there is forgiveness at the cross, we can live the Gospel to those around us. We can be honest with others with how it is impossible to earn salvation by works, and repent and ask forgiveness when we sin. 

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Were Some of the Key Doctrines That Resulted From the Reformation?

What were some of the key doctrines that resulted from the Reformation?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that the sufficiency of Scripture and the idea of God’s grace were two, key doctrines that came out of the Reformation. Man cannot do anything to assist to be brought into the right relationship with God. This was something that was unheard of. At that time, Christ was merely one means out of many to somehow “merit” salvation, which could be lost. 

But Scripture makes it clear that salvation does not hinge on our efforts to make ourselves right with God. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be made right through faith and repentance. The Reformation helped to correct false ideas and teachings and point individuals back to Scripture.  

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 

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Father’s Day Sale

Now through Father's Day we're offering 50% off our products on fatherhood, We will also include a free copy of Husbands Love Your Wives with each order.
Here are the products that are on sale:
Building a God-Centered Family is one of our premier books to help fathers to lead their families to the true worship of God. In this book, Mathew Henry explains the importance of making your families as “little churches”. I encourage every father to read this book as it will be a tremendous help in leading your family.
It Can Be Done was a book that my wife found and brought to me one day to encourage me. She read me the first poem and I was hooked. It is full of inspiring poems and will lift your spirits. It is a perfect book to give to a father. My favorite poem in the book is, “It Couldn’t be Done.” After that, you won’t be want to stop!
The sets, A New Kind of Father and Fatherhood, are each a compilation of messages that I've around the country at our fatherhood conferences. They are expositional messages on different fathers in the bible focusing how we can follow in their footsteps and avoid their mistakes.
Moment of Courage is a book that every father should have available to read to his children. It is full of stories of heroism during the battle for Iwo Jima. There were more Medals of Honor given on Iwo than any other battle.
We can guarantee delivery by Father's Day if you order by the 14th of June and select Priority Mail. 
I pray that each of these resources will be a blessing to you and your family.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Watershed Reforms

How did the Reformation bring about a greater understanding of the glory and greatness of God?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that man wants to see himself as the source of truth, ethics, salvation. He wants to see himself as the hinge point in saving himself from his sins. He wants to be the means by which he is saved. But, we are saved by grace alone. 

The Reformation brought God back into the center. People began to see God as all-sovereign over all of life. There are points where man does not want God to be sovereign. Yet, man will never save himself – only God can save us. Thus, we look to God as the sovereign source of our salvation. We are saved by grace alone.  

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, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

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Pray for these young marriages and Tune Up Your Own Marriage

Today, we start “Getting the Picture Right,” where we gather couples married seven years and less to speak of the heart and soul of marriage… which is the gospel. If they can understand that, they will find God’s blessing and joy in their marriages for the rest of their lives…

Also, Its “National Marriage Day”

If you’d like a marriage tune up, see, “Gospel Centered Marriages for a Glorious Churchmessages. Click on the link to listen to them for free

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Fear of God Devotional: We’ve Moved On From The Reformation

What should Christians today be learning from the Reformation?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that many Christians today would agree that many of the doctrines came out of the Reformation, they are so far removed from the Reformation.  In short, we have grown far away from the Protestant Reformation. 

But, there is much to be gleaned from the Reformation. Christians today still need to hear the true Gospel, be exhorted to repent, and hear about the Church. While the Reformation did occur hundreds of years ago, the doctrines based on Scripture that resulted from it are still just as relevant today. 

Numbers 23:19 (NKJV) – “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is at the Heart of the Reformation?

What is at the heart of the Reformation?

Paul Thompson explains that the heart of the Reformation involved rediscovering the necessity of the sufficiency of Scripture. We have been given the very words of God. They are wholly true and completely trustworthy.

A need for reformation indicates a need for a return to the only source of authority, God’s Word. There are various seasons where reformation is needed. If there is a need to reform the Church, we must look to Scripture to determine what God desires and commands instead of merely looking to see how the previous generation did certain things. We cannot base our actions and beliefs upon the ever-changing standards that man decides to be right. 

Acts 4:12 (NKJV) – “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Heart Of The Reformation Was The Recovery Of The Heart Of Christianity

What was the heart of the Reformation?

David Eddy explains in this video that the heart of the Reformation was the desire to be closer to God. Up until that time, the Pope had largely gotten between the typical believer and the Lord. Most people thought that they had no real relationship with God.

But, the Reformation brought about the translation of Scripture, giving believers the ability to read and understand the commandments of God. This, in turn, led to forming solid, biblical doctrine. The hierarchy that the Pope established ultimately crumbled. Accordingly, Christians experienced the joy of knowing God on a much deeper level than before. 

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV) – “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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How the Love of God Is Perfected in You

Its often easy to tell where people are from based on how they talk. John is making a very similar point in 1 John 2:3-8. Jesus makes a different kind of person. God teaches His children to think differently, talk differently, walk differently, react differently. It is tangible. It shows where they are from. John is making it clear that the greatest earthly blessing that human beings can experience is to be delivered from ourselves, and become a person who is quite unlike us. This is what God does. He calls us out of ourselves and into Him. And when this happens, He begins to perfect us in love. He brings us a superior life. He blesses us with better promises. He brings a better covenant. He calls us to live by better commands. To exist in this state is what it means to know Him and be in Him and to abide in Him – truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him – the love of God is being perfected.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Blessing Of The Word Of God

How did the translation of Scripture into the common language impact the Reformation?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that one of the greatest benefits that came from the Reformation is that Scripture was translated into the common language. This is a blessing that people before the Reformation did not have. They had to rely on what others like the Pope claimed it said. Services were often conducted in a language that they could not understand.

But through the Reformation, people could now read and understand the Word of God. The doctrines that came out of the Reformation were based on what God has told us in Scripture. 

Proverbs 4:5-7 (NKJV) – “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.  Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance That Grows Humility

What does an unrepentant life look like?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that when someone lives an unrepentant life,  their life will be marked by immense selfishness. An unrepentant person is a person who takes advantage of and uses others in their life to promote themselves and please themselves. 

Conversely, a repentant person strives to live a life of humility and service towards others. Repentant people look to the example that Christ set for us. The second chapter of Phillippians states: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” There is no greater example of humility and love than the example that Jesus Christ gave us. 

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Common Theme of Repentance Throughout Scripture

What is a common theme of early New Testament sermons?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that throughout Scripture, sinners are called to repent, believe the Gospel, and be baptized. Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and Peter each repeated this common theme in their sermons.

The message of repentance begins in the Old Testament and continues throughout all of Scripture. Repentance is the beginning of Gospel preaching. It is a call to turn away from wickedness and to trust only on Christ.

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

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What Can Infants Really Get Out of Church?

Let me illustrate how valuable it is for a child to be included in corporate worship in the church. Many years ago, there was a family in our church who needed some help with their children during the church services as a result of a new baby and lots of little ones. My wife Deborah offered to hold their one-year-old in church. She held that child and had her sit with her for about two years. She is now twelve-years-old, and the other day I asked her what she remembered most about that time in her life. Without pausing an instant she said, “The thing I remember the most was when the pastor would say something aunt Deborah loved, or if there was a song she cherished or if a prayer was prayed, she would say, “Mmmmm, amen.” This was what she was able to get out of being in church when she was an infant. She added, “When my aunt Deborah would sigh like that, I did the same thing.”

It must be acknowledged that children get something out of everything they experience. This is the nature of discipleship. It is progressive. So we should abandon the idea that “my child gets nothing out of big church.” This is subterfuge and misinformation. Plus, nobody gets everything out of anything, particularly a sermon. We may say, “Our children don’t get anything out of the services,” but we can’t really believe it. We get goose bumps when we sing to our children while they are in the womb. We believe that the sounds and even the attitudes surrounding them are affecting their development process. Some people play classical music to their children in the womb, and some even contend that just hearing it makes their kids smarter outside the womb. They listen to our conversation, but don’t think for a minute that everything goes over their heads. Children get something out of everything they experience. This is why there is great value, even for a very young child, to experience authentic worship in the church.

Something is being communicated as they watch their fathers give of the family resources during the offering. As they grow up, their understanding will increase.

Something is being transferred, as they watch the adults “worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). They don’t get everything, but they can get something as they are observing the fervency and genuineness of the church’s expression of love for God.

Children progressively understand what a parent and the wider church members love and appreciate. Year after year, their understanding builds. Year after year, the well is filling up.

What effect does the teaching of the Word have on a child? Only God knows what a child gets from the teaching or the praying or the singing. Only God knows what a child gets out of seeing men standing up and speaking of the things of God. Only God knows what a child gets out of experiencing Christian community.

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Fear of God Devotional: Authority: A Driving Force Behind the Reformation

What was the driving force behind the Reformation?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Reformation began through Martin Luther’s opposition to the selling of indulgences to release people’s souls from purgatory. Thus, it was the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy that initially drew the Reformers to confront these long-held practices.  

Ultimately, one of the main driving forces behind the Reformation was the issue of authority. Is Scripture sufficient for everything or does the Pope wield equal authority to Scripture? Both of them could not be the ultimate authority, for Scripture clearly contradicted the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV) – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

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