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Is Genesis History?



Is Genesis History?  Is evolution more reasonable than creationism? This film will answer the question beyond the shadow of a doubt. It’s a fantastic film. Everyone needs to see it. The first ten minutes are worth the price of the film.

See more at their website: isgenesishistory.com

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Fear of God Devotional: The Family Worshiping Together



How does a father teach his family about the worship of God?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that it is vitally important to teach your children about the worship of God. If you honor and glorify God, you worship Him. Fathers ought to teach their children the importance of worshipping God as a family, at gatherings of the church, and privately.

Fathers ought to set an example for their children by prioritizing the study of God’s Word and prayer. The trajectory of a family often follows the father. As a father, do you faithfully read Scripture and pray with your family? Do you teach your children about how to prepare for, listen to, and respond to the sermon? Work or household tasks ought never to supersede the weighty responsibility fathers have to bring up their children in the “training and admonition of the Lord.”

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) – “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Why Are Churches Weak?



What leads to weak churches in America?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that the American church is weak. This stems from the fact that many churches fail to preach the law of God and that there is a lack of true faith. True faith would manifest itself by the mortification of sin in the lives of believers, repentance, and a reformation of life. Sadly, there is little evidence of reformation and repentance in many American churches.

When the law of God is ignored, repentance is hardly noticeable amongst American churches. If there is no acknowledgment of the law of God, there is no need for repentance and a confession of sin. Instead, all too often, we see such a focus on the grace of God that the law of God and God’s wrath towards sin is rarely discussed. Accordingly, the church is weakened because the grace of God is not manifest in the lives of churchgoers and there is a lack of individuals repenting and mortifying sin.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Preparation for Preaching



What questions should a pastor ask as he prepares to give a sermon?

Marcus Serven explains in this video that as he prepares a sermon, he starts asking himself questions the day before. He asks: “Do I have something in the sermon for 6-year-olds?” “How about for mothers?” “How about the young people?” “How about for the discouraged person?”

The primary question he asks himself is: “Where in the sermon am I proclaiming Christ and the Gospel?” He explains that integrating the Gospel in each sermon is one challenge of expositional preaching. When expositing a text, pastors often forget to address the Gospel and discuss application points. A pastor’s primary goal is to help people to trust in the work of Christ. Accordingly, a sermon should always point people to the Gospel and to Christ.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What False Conversion Can Look Like in a Rock and Roller



What can a false conversion look like?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that when he was in 5th grade, he “walked the aisle,” was baptized, and sang in the youth choir. He was convinced he was a Christian because he was doing the things that everyone told him Christians do. Yet, he didn’t truly know God. There was no hunger for the Word of God and for the things of God.

Mercifully, God opened his heart when he was 30. His eyes were indeed opened. There was a clear sense of sin. He understood he was a sinner. For the first time, Scripture spoke to him. He realized that God was sovereign and that He ruled.

He explains how people can be involved in religious activity, but they don’t know God and they have not been converted. They have never been brought to a genuine sense of repentance. When you truly believe on Christ, you can worship. You go from understanding that you are lost, to worshipping and serving Him.

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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Fear of God Devotional: How is Baptism a Part of Worship



Is baptism a part of worship?

Craig Houston explains in this video that baptism does involve the worship of God. In fact, baptism is worship on many different levels.

First, worship involves obedience. Baptism is also about obedience to the command of making disciples and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Obedience in baptism stems from a heart of worship, a heart that desires to obey and honor the commands of God.

Second, it is also worshipful in that it is Trinitarian. In the Great Commission, we are called to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We see this played out in the baptism of Jesus Christ. The Father was glorified, the Son was obedient to fulfill all righteousness, and the Holy Spirit descending upon Christ like a dove and blessing the baptism of Christ. It is a powerful picture of worship.

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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Let Us Love One Another



In this passage John explains what love is, the source of it and how to express it. In the previous verse, (John 4:6), He urges the church to “test the spirits.” Now He gives an infallible test of true Christianity: genuine love. He has just made it clear that it is loving to test the spirits, being intolerant toward those who depart from scripture, not genuinely confessing Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh. Now John turns to love in the church itself. This is the third time John has returned to this subject.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Should Holiness Look Like in Your Life?



What does holiness look like in the everyday life of a father or husband?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that a father demonstrates holiness when he prays with his wife, prays with his children, prays in family worship, and prays spontaneously, such that his children and his wife feel that he is constantly in prayer. He suggests that our first response to the joys and sorrows of life should be to go to God in prayer. In essence, holiness is steeped in prayer and humility.

Secondly, a husband and father also portrays holiness when he has the utmost respect for the Word of God and fears God in that he fears God more than he does man. He asks, “What would God want us to do?” instead of seeking the advice of his friends. As a father and husband, do you find that your life is bathed in prayer and that you fear and revere the Word of God more than you do the opinions of others?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Why People Do Not Worship



What is a primary reason that people do not worship God?

Kevin Swanson answers that question by explaining that many people do not know God or of God. This is because He has not been preached and His Word has not been laid out. He has not been preached about and described by preachers. Instead, the focus has been elsewhere – on the music, the small groups, or the fellowship.

Yet, it doesn’t matter how much we sing or pray if we do not know God. Pastors need to preach about God. It is only when He is preached that we can truly understand and worship God.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV) – “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”

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Expository Preachers and Expository Fathers

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The Duties Of Parents: Part 1 – J.C. Ryle

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Fear of God Devotional: Wrong Views of Holiness – The “Carnal Christian”



Historically, what have been wrong views of sanctification and holiness?

Marcus Serven briefly describes in this video two wrong views of sanctification.

First, in the 1980’s, there was a wrong idea that a person could somehow live as a “carnal Christian.” Specifically, by making a profession of faith, an individual’s current life did not need to have even a remote connection to that profession of faith. Essentially, they could be “free” to live their life however they wished. This idea leads to antinomianism where there is no law, no sense of Christian discipleship, and no sense of government.

This is a wrong and flawed understanding of holiness. Christ said that there would be the manifestation of fruit when we abide in Christ. Holiness grows in the Christian life. It is not something that remains stagnant throughout their entire life.

Another wrong view that came about in the mid-1800’s is the idea of an instantaneous sanctification. Essentially, if you had a “second experience” or “crisis point,” you would be instantaneously “sanctified.” All of the manifestations of sin in your life would be gone. However, Scripture is clear that no individual becomes sinless instantly and completely and that sanctification is a progressive process.

John 17:17 (NKJV) – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

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Fear of God Devotional: A True Experience of Grace



What does a proper understanding of grace lead to?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that if we understand grace properly, it leads us to worship, magnify, and glorify God. God saves us, not only to make us holy, but to make us worshippers. Accordingly, we worship Him both at church and throughout our daily home life.

God’s eternal purpose in salvation is to make us holy and without blame before Him. The Spirit of God through the grace of God works in our souls and makes us a holy people which leads to a desire to honor and obey and serve Christ. When we do that in daily life, we bring Him glory. When we gather together as a group of Christians, it also brings Him glory.

Similarly, we know that we know God when we keep His commandments. This is not legalism but rather, the heart of an individual who is saved and who desires to follow after God. The new life of God and the soul of man presses them onward to follow after God in obedience and submission. In fact, following God’s law is something we desire as Christians.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” – Ephesians 1:3-6 (NKJV)

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Fear of God Devotional: Denying Ungodliness Here and Now



How should the grace of God affect our lives? Does it give us the liberty to act as our flesh dictates?

Craig Houston explains in this video that all too often, there is an abuse of the grace of God in our current culture. Yet, according to Scripture, we are not to sin so that grace may abound.

Rather, we are to be set apart in a holy way so that their life may be filled with godliness, righteousness, and sobriety in the present world. The same grace that saved a believer now sets them apart for a life of holy living. In the present, the imputed righteousness of Christ should be evident. We should strive that our life demonstrates godliness and righteousness now and not wait until a later time.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV) – “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear



John has been teaching his church how to know love and how to know if you yourself love. Now he turns to clarifying a question in their minds, “so if the mark of a Christian is love, then what about people who preach another Jesus. How are we supposed to love them?”  John makes it clear that we must test the spirits by comparing their message about Christ. Do they exalt Christ? Do they think correctly about Christ? Do they diminish Him in any way?

Here John shows the church how they can identify antichrists. This is a very stabilizing instruction. He is showing them how they can evaluate what they are hearing. Here is an outline of John’s appeal:

I. He tells them to do something – Test the spirits and don’t believe everything you hear, v1

II. He tells them to know something – Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, v2-3

III. He reminds them that they have something to help them discern the spirits – His Word, v4-6

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