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Fear of God Devotional: Measuring the Quality of One’s Repentance

How can we measure the quality of someone’s repentance?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that measuring true repentance over a short period of time is difficult. Over a long period of time, we can begin to see the fruits of the repentance and see that there has been a change of direction. We can see that they are not giving into sin as before. 

Rather, they have turned to Christ, turned away from sin, and continue to be conformed to His image.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) – “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

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Do You Honor the Son

In the depths of your heart, do you honor the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ? From the very beginning of the Gospel of John, it is clear that the heart of the good news is the divinity perfections of Jesus Christ. This is the central message of the gospel message and the theme of the Gospel of John. Who is Jesus Christ? This is the question John answers on every page of his Gospel. But the question we must ask is this, “do we honor the Son of God?” J.C. Ryle speaks of the importance of this passage in these words, “These verses begin one of the most deep and solemn passages in the four Gospels. They show us the Lord Jesus asserting His own Divine nature, His unity with God the Father, and the high dignity of His office. Nowhere does our Lord dwell so fully on these subjects as in the chapter before us. And nowhere, we must confess, do we find out so thoroughly the weakness of man’s understanding! In our text Jesus claims to be God in five ways:

I. He is equal with God in nature, v17-18
II. He is equal with God in works, v19-20
III. He is equal with God in authority, v21
IV. He is equal with God in judgment, v22
V. He is equal with God in honor, v23-24

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

What does national repentance look like?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that to explain what national repentance would look like, he would take people to the book of Jonah and see what Nineveh did. They genuinely repented of their sin. They recognized the evilness of their sin. They humbled themselves because of their sin. They sought after the things of God. 

Revelations 2:5 (NKJV) – “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: How Repentance Changes Every Relationship

How does repentance towards God affect our relationships with others?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that because repentance is towards God from the individual, it will affect every part of our lives. As husbands, it will affect how we treat our wives. Living a life of constant repentance will affect the individuals we interact with at our jobs and to all situations that we find ourselves in. 

If we are living a life of repentance that involves turning away from a life of sin and turning towards Christ, the relationships that we have will be sanctified.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

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I Have No One to Put Me In

The healing of the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda marks the third miracle recorded in the Gospel of John. These miracles always have a double meaning… They speak of power of Jesus to heal physically as well as spiritually. In the healing of the lame man, we learn that Jesus cures our lame lives and we walk where we never walked before, we see things we’ve never seen before and do things we’ve never done before. Jesus question is, “do you want to be made wellThis miracle was so offensive to the Jews, they wanted to kill Him. Why? Two reasons: Because the miracle confronted their dead legalistic church, and Jesus healed the lame man to declare that He was equal with God.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Would National Repentance Look Like?

What would repentance on a national scale look like?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that the fruits of repentance on a national scale would look like a return back to Scripture and the commandments of God. It would involve people repenting and confessing their sin. People of all ages would repent. That would be a beautiful thing.

We need to pray for our leaders and for repentance to happen here. We ought to pray believing that God can do anything. He can make any person a child of God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) – “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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Fear of God Devotional: We Distance Ourselves from People Who Call for Repentance

Why do people oppose calls to repentance?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that America is an example of a nation that has rejected God and doesn’t want to repent. It is a nation that hears a message of repentance and refuses to listen.

Very rarely will one will stand with a person who calls a nation to repentance. Many people will not speak out on these issues because of fear of retaliation or shaming. This is a nation that has rejected God and His ways. There are no tears of repentance. Men do not gather and cry out for God’s mercy.

John 3:19 (NKJV) – “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repenting of Educational Practices

What is repentance and what is one practice that many of us need to repent of?

Gary Powers explains in this video that repentance is a change in mind first and the change in mind leads to a change of direction. The source of repentance is the grace of God. When a man sees himself for who he truly is and sees who God is, it is coming into an agreement of how God sees us and how we see God.

One of the most dangerous culturally-acceptable norms that we need to repent of is allowing unbelievers to educate our children and sending them off to public schools to be indoctrinated. Until the church at large finally realizes and wakes up and realizes that they’re losing their children, it is a serious problem.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of the Regulative Principle

How should the church apply the Regulative Principle?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that churches need to come back to Scripture alone as the regulative principle for the church. 

The worship, government, doctrine, and our understanding of the church all must be governed by the Word of God and the regulative principle. Simply put, if God has not commanded it, it should not occur within the church.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

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The Thieves of Sabbath Delight

In Nehemiah 13, we observe seven ways Nehemiah confronts the thieves of delight. In this scene, we observe that Nehemiah has been away from Judah for a number of years. He has now returned only to find that the people have drifted back into some of their old ways of disobedience. He sets himself to cleanse them “from everything pagan” (v30). This message is the second part of a three-part series on turning away from everything pagan. In the first part, 13:1-14, we see Nehemiah confronting worldly, “Ammonite” compromises in worship. In this second part, 13:15-22, we see Nehemiah confronting the nobles and the people for “profaning” Sabbath. In the third, part, Nehemiah confronts marriages not formed for the glory of God. From this chapter, we learn of specific ways that we too may have drifted, and might again, turn away from everything pagan – particularly in our observance of Sabbath joy. Following are seven ways Nehemiah confronts the thieves of Sabbath delight.

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Fear of God Devotional: Be Prepared to Answer the Tough Questions

Are you prepared to answer the tough questions that your children ask you?

Ken Ham explains in this video that you need to be able to answer the questions that your children might ask you about all topics, including those about creation. 

If they ask you why dinosaurs aren’t expressly named in the Bible, you need to simply explain that God made all animals on the sixth day of creation. The word “dinosaur” is just a term to describe certain animals with specific characteristics. If you can’t answer questions like these and point them to Scripture for answers, you’re not going to be able to effectively reach the young people today.

1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”

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Confronting Paganism in Home

In Nehemiah 13, we encounter the final scenes of reformation among those who returned from exile in Babylon over a hundred years before. After many dramatic reformations among the people through the years, we learn that Nehemiah traveled to back to Susa for some period of time. Finally, he returns to Jerusalem only to find that the people had allowed paganism to creep in. They turned back from their original devotion and covenants in some very specific areas. This time frame corresponds with the preaching of the last prophet of the Old Testament, Malachi. In this chapter, we learn about specific ways that we too might turn away from everything pagan. This is the first part of a three-part series on turning away from everything pagan.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fruit of Repentance in Marriage

What are the fruits of repentance in marriage?

Don Hart explains in this video that just as it is not natural for a wife to submit to her husband it is not natural for a husband to love his wife. Both come as a result of a changed heart and real faith.

So often, husbands are happy to abdicate their responsibility to not be spiritual leaders, protectors, and providers. That is our nature. Our nature is to be selfish and lazy. Part of what repentance looks like in the home is seeing a husband and a wife doing the things that would come as a result of a saved man and woman turning in a new direction.

Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV) – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How American Culture Can Hinder Reformation

How can American culture hinder reformation?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that there are certain American ideals that are a hindrance to personal reformation and reformation in the church and family.

One such ideal is the American Dream. It involves aiming for a good house, good cars, college degrees, and getting ready for retirement. It strives for living a life of ease. While the American Dream is not evil in and of itself, it could blind us to what is most important in our lives. 

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) – “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” 

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Memorial Day – Remembering Important Lessons from Iwo Jima

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 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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