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Fear of God Devotional: Evidences of Lack of Fear of God



Are you too busy for God?

Clarence Simmons explains in this video that tragically, Christians commonly neglect to read the Word of God and spend time in prayer. Failing to consistently read Scripture and spend time in prayer causes us to grow farther away from God and take steps backward in our walk of sanctification. Such individuals often have a very small view of God, lack a strong fear of God, and tend not to take the Word of God seriously.

There is no growth of a saved individual apart from the Word of God and spending time with Him – in fact, it is impossible. Spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word is absolutely critical to knowing God. Do you prioritize Scripture reading and prayer each day?

Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tonight!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tonight!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God in Our Educational Priorities



What is the cost of removing the fear of God from our children’s education?

Kevin Swanson explains that because we have abandoned the fear of God in our educational institutions, every sphere of life is negatively impacted. Parents neglect their responsibility to teach and train their children and hand it over to the schools.

Schools in America claim to teach children knowledge, but what is that knowledge based upon? What is that foundation upon which children are taught? Instead of teaching our children the fear of God, schools remove God and prayer from their curriculum and advance an educational agenda completely devoid of God. It is no surprise that countless graduates of these schools have turned their backs on God.

Colossians 2:8 (NKJV) – “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

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Baptist Confession of 1689 Has Been Translated into Chechewa

Our church coordinated with pastors from Malawi to create the first Chechewa translation of the Baptist Confession of 1689. Chechewa is the language of Malawi and Zambia. Our church has been involved with two churches in Malawi for church planting and equipping. Our friends at Chapel Library have published it and it is available now from them. Nate Maxon, a son from the missionary family of Frank Maxon, who grew up in Malawi, is an accomplished Chichewa linguist also worked on the translation.  In September there will be a weeklong conference, coordinated by Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre. 

Please pray for the men will be preaching through this confession in Blantyre Malawi, Malamulo Chindongo, Julius Chapola, Masa Elias, Victor Nyirenda, (Members of Antioch Baptist Church – host church). Newton Chilingulo, Kennedy Kachingwe, Emmanuel Mpeni (Members of Reformation Bible Church – Lilongwe), Jason Dohm and Michael Templeton.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow Night!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow Night!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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What Looks Like Love, Isn’t Always Love

Jonathan Edwards speaks of a delusional love… it looks like love on the outside but it is not love at all:

“Indeed there is a counterfeit love, that often appears among those who are led by a spirit of delusion. There is commonly in the wildest enthusiasts, a kind of union and affection, arising from self-love, occasioned by their agreeing in those things wherein they greatly differ from all others, and from which they are objects of the ridicule of all the rest of mankind. This naturally will cause them so much the more to prize those peculiarities that make them the objects of others’ contempt. Thus the ancient Gnostics, and the wild fanatics that appeared at the beginning of the reformation, boasted of their great love one to another; one sect of them, in particular, calling themselves the family of love. But this is quite another thing, than that christian love I have just described: it is only the working of a natural self-love, and no true benevolence, any more that the union and friendship which may be among a company of pirates, that are at war with all the rest of the world. There is enough said in this passage of the nature of a truly christian love, thoroughly to distinguish it from all such counterfeits. It is love that arises from apprehension of the wonderful riches of the free grace and sovereignty of God’s love to us, in Christ Jesus; being attended with a sense of our own utter unworthiness, as in ourselves the enemies and haters of God and Christ, and with a renunciation of all our own excellency and righteousness. See ver. 9, 10, 11, and 19. The surest character of true divine supernatural love—distinguishing it from counterfeits that arise from a natural self-love—is, that the christian virtue of humility shines in it; that which above all others renounces, abases, and annihilates what we term self. Christian love, or true charity, is an humble love. 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5. “Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked.” When therefore we see love in persons attended with a sense of their own littleness, vileness, weakness, and utter insufficiency; and so with self-diffidence, self-emptiness, self-renunciation, and poverty of spirit; these are the manifest tokens of the Spirit of God.”

From Jonathan Edwards, Works, Vol 2,  http://ift.tt/2coaw3T

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Fear of God Devotional: The Things We Fear



How does the fear of God lessen your other fears in life?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Matthew 6 discusses God’s provision for us, which is why we are not to worry about what we’ll eat or wear. The fear of God is a “master fear” – when you fear God, those others fears become very small. If we have the pleasure of God and when we seek God’s kingdom first, the other things will fall into place.

When we fear God, we know that the other things are not worthy of our fear. This fear subjugates other fears. Our other fears cannot compare to the fear of God.

Matthew 6:34 (NKJV) – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Wednesday Night!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Wednesday Night!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Fear of God Devotional: How The Fear of God is a Gift



How is the fear of God a gift to us?

Craig Houston explains in this video that while the fear of man ensnares us, the fear of God is a gift because it restrains us from sin. As a Christian, we don’t want to shipwreck our faith.

Thankfully, God has given us His Spirit to help us resist sin. He also uses other means to restrain us from sinning. For instance, He gives us the covenant relationship with our spouse. Because we fear and love God and love our spouse and fear the heartache we could cause the one we love, we flee from sin – that is a restraining grace. In addition, our children act as a mirror in our lives when they display the same characteristics as their parents. Our failures will be destructive and hurtful to our children. The fear of God is brought to bear through our children. Fathers are accountable for them and to them.

Numbers 14:18 (NKJV) – “The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.”

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends in 6 Days!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Fear of God Devotional: Gossip and the Fear of God in the Church



How should the fear of God affect the way we interact with those who gossip and slander within the church?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that when individuals spread gossip or slander about others in the church, those people should be afraid of and fear God. God loves those individuals and consequently will discipline individuals who sin. God has also given us commandments in the Bible regarding how to go about responding to an individual who is involved in sin. Those who are involved in gossip or slander within the church should fear God’s punishment.

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) – “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

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Join me Live at 5:00pm EST as we discuss the book of Philemon.

Philemon shows how love works in the church when someone is wronged. Can there be love when someone steals from another church member or wrongs them in some way? Onesimus, the slave of Philemon in Colossae was an unfaithful servant, a deserter and a thief. Ungrateful, he fled his master, Philemon. Can there be love between Philemon (a prominent and wealthy man, with a church in his house) and a runaway slave (Onesimus)?

Listen live at 5:00pm EST: http://ift.tt/1f0IAig

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