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Unity in Your Family, and Harmony with the Local Church



Scripture makes it clear that parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children. At the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, one of our missions is to communicate God’s beautiful design for discipleship in the home and in the church. On the NCFIC website, you will find resources which point out biblical solutions to the problems that exist in modern church and family discipleship.

 
Yet, I would like to offer a word of caution, In responding to concerns about the local churches’ age segregated youth and adult programs, some parents may over react and become disconnected or even divisive in their local churches. They may even abandon the local church all together. These ungodly responses only add more sin and confusion. The Church is the bride and the body of Christ. This means that faithfulness and involvement in a local church is an integral part of walking with Christ. This is why one aspect of our mission at the NCFIC is to use Scripture to show God’s wonderful design for building harmony between churches and families, not dislocation.
 
Our prayer is that the resources you find here will point you to Scripture to discover a rich and fruitful pattern of church and family life that is defined by love, faithfulness, obedience, and unity. After many decades of innovation and creativity in our church programs, it is time to return to Scripture and fulfill God’s design for discipleship.

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My Scripture Memory Plan for My Kids

My children are all grown up now… but one thing we did was to memorize Scripture together as a family. Here were the guiding lights of my Scripture memory plan:

I had six elements to my plan when I was raising my children: 


1. Identification: 

I identified passages that I wanted us to have in our hearts. I kept them in a file. 

2.  Daily Group Recitation: 

We had it as a goal to recite the passages out loud whenever we eat together, and the last thing in the day before bed. We didn’t always succeed, but this was the goal. 

3.  Daily Personal Meditation: 

Each day Deb tried to have the kids do 10 minutes of silent review during the school day. 

4.  Daily Time Redemption:  

We tried to redeem the time when driving or doing some “mindless” thing, by reciting together. 

5.  Bedtime Recitation:

When I tucked each child into bed, I would recite one of the verses we worked on as part of my prayer for them. If you pick a passage and recite it for two or three months, they will have it memorized without working on it. So a great opportunity to put them ahead of the game and to provide a very tender and personal ministry to your children is to recite a passage to them each night.

6. Formal Guidelines: 

We used some of the techniques and guidelines in Andrew Davis’ article on scripture memory.

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I Saw My First Gender Neutral Restroom Yesterday



On Monday, I saw my first gender neutral restroom in the Austin airport. This happened just days after the State of Washington  mandated that womens restrooms could be occupied by men at will. However, the problem is deeper and it began in the church.

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One of My Favorite Gatherings in 2015

As I reflect back on 2015, one gathering particularly stands out – a Call to Battle. Carlton McLeod, pastor of a local church, Calvary Revival Chesapeake, sponsored a conference that I really appreciated. He brought his local community together to see how they might be transformed by the Word of God. It was such a blessing to be with him, his fellow pastors and friends and neighbors. God is doing a marvelous work. Don’t forget to pray for Carlton and his family and church in 2016.

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Fear of God Conference Early Bird Pricing – Ends Tomorrow!



This is your last opportunity to register for the Fear of God conference at a significantly discounted rate ($199 off the standard family rate). Please consider joining me, along with Ken Ham, Joel Beeke, John Snyder and many others as we consider the doctrine of the fear of God, as well as discuss the applications of this doctrine for our own hearts, homes, churches, and government.

 

There are astonishing promises spoken in Scripture to those who fear the Lord. One of those promises is found in the book of Proverbs: “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4).

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.

As you depart from this conference, you will have experienced a thorough study of the fear of God from Genesis to Revelation. I hope that you will be able to join us!


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Wedding Bells, and…

Please pray for Deborah and I as we travel to Texas this weekend… I have the joy of officiating at the wedding of one of my former interns, and the daughter of one of my dear friends – in Texas. After that, we will be conducting “Getting the Picture Right,” which is a conference for couples married seven years and less. Then, on Sunday I will be preaching at Burnet Bible Church. Finally on Monday, will be having a leadership luncheon discussion on “Defending Marriage In Your Church.”

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Leadership Luncheon: Defending Marriage in Your Church

Defending marriage in our churches is a critical matter at this historical moment in America. Marriage has become a battleground. How do we as church leaders fight for a biblical view of marriage in our churches? How do we equip the saints? This will be the focus of Scott Brown’s presentation and the topic of discussion at the Texas Leadership Luncheon.

Elders, pastors and deacons, along with your sons and aspiring future church leaders are invited to an NCFIC Church Leadership Luncheon, January 4th, 2016 in Liberty Hill, Texas.

The location of the 2016 NCFIC Church Leadership Luncheon will be Jardin Corona Mexican Restaurant, 15395 W. State Hwy. 29, Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. The time will be 11:00-3:00.

Please RSVP by registering here

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Watch “Indoctrination” Free Through the End of the Year





My friends Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez are offering their film “Indoctrination” free through the end of the year. Details below:

I’m excited to announce that we have decided to give our ‘IndoctriNation’ movie away for FREE, available right now and through to the end of the year!

Our film IndoctriNation has, by God’s blessing, been greatly effective in convincing many families to take their kids out of the government school system. This season, as people spend time at home together, we hope that families will take the time to watch and share our movie with loved ones, especially those that need to hear the truth about the American public school system and decide whether they should continue using them.

Even in the last few years we have seen a dramatic decline in the school system making our message all the more urgent. We’ve recently seen astonishing moves by the educational establishment, with the Department of Education’s full-on support of the Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage, and in recent months, a significant campaign to normalize transgender lifestyles to our youth. The public schools have gone from bad to worse, and there are no excuses left.

Now is the time to act. Please take the time to share our message through your emails and social networks. Go Here:

http://ift.tt/1RFYaAR

It won’t cost you anything, and maybe this will be the most important gift you give this season!
Many blessings and thanks! Colin Gunn & Joaquin Fernandez

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A Reformation of Church and Family



As we close out 2015 we are very thankful for the things the Lord allowed us to accomplish through those who support us prayerfully and financially. 

We conducted fourteen regional leadership meetings around the nation, furnished a Church Discipline Conference, and produced a very practical video set designed to equip young men for life and business called, “Lifeskills.”  Our national conference on “The Highway of Holiness,” had a very centering influence on us, and many of the people to whom we minister. 

I was particularly thankful to conduct a conference for couples married less than seven years… Wow. What a hopeful experience it was to be with them as we spoke of “Getting the Picture Right.”

We also published a book specifically for young people who have grown up in Christian homes, called “Early Piety.” This book helps children and parents to understand where they are spiritually and to understand the true gospel. It is a passionate appeal for them to seek the Lord early in their lives. We expect to be shipping this book out in early January.

It seems to me that one of the most significant things that happened this year was through our Regional Facilitators. These men launched a major effort to clean up our church network list, make contact with those who have been affiliated with us through the network, to conduct regional meetings – and to listen and pray. These efforts have resulted in the strengthening of relationships, discovering of new relationships, building bridges as well as clarifying what we are really advocating. I am very grateful for Mike Cheney, Steve Hopkins, Tom Ford, Ross McDonald, Kirk Smith, Jason Dohm, Greg Thornberg, Mike Cox and Tony Lepore who worked on this effort. One of the facilitators explained the bond we have with these churches this way, “The true commitment that binds us together is a commitment to the Scriptures and this makes our churches and our families similar to one another.” As I was contemplating on some of these similarities as a result of the regional leadership meetings I attended, I wrote an article on the commonality that these churches share. 

Ultimately, our prayer is that the result of our work – when all is said and done – is that we were a blessing to a Church Network of biblically ordered churches and families and that we thereby contributed to the work of reformation that God is working around the world. 

We believe that the reformation of churches and families is pivotal to this work of reformation that Jesus described in Matt 28, “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, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Our prayer is that our work in 2015 and the years to come will be a fulfillment of these words.

I’ve been preaching through Isaiah in our local church and I recently did an exposition of Isaiah 61:1-12. In that chapter Isaiah is speaking of the power of the preaching of Jesus Christ (61:1-3) and then describes many of the results in people’s lives. One of the marks of the true church is that she is rebuilding what has been broken down, And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 61:4). 

One of those results is that people will look at the church from the outside and marvel at the strength and the beauty of the peoples lives within and they will be calling the people, “trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  Isaiah further explains how people – non-Christian people will notice that something very good has happened to them and how different their children are, “Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed” (Isaiah 61:9).

We are working and praying for a reformation like that. Would you help us in this reformation? 

Please consider supporting our work financially

Supporting the NCFIC means you are advancing a message that exponentially spreads the gospel by strengthening churches and families.

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What is Your Position on Christmas?

Super Sale! In Your Hands Before Christmas – Guaranteed





Hello, we are writing to notify you of our “Christmas Super Sale.” We are offering three great deals on select books in the NCFIC store you do not want to miss!

First, we have the “Family Theology Super Bundle,” which includes our groundbreaking book A Theology of the Family, as well as other great books on the family, such as:Family Reformation, Feminine by Design, and all three volumes of Building a Godly Home. Normally, this would cost $109.95. For a limited time though, we are offering all six of these books for 40% off plus FREE shipping, which results in one low price of $54.13!

Next, we are offering $5.00 off dozens of products in the store. All items marked with a blue tag receive the discount!

Third, we are offering the complete three-volume set of Building a Godly Home, the modern reprint of William Gouge’s excellent book on the family Of Domestical Duties, for 30% off plus FREE shipping, which results in one low price of $25.90!

This deal ends on Friday December 17th. Finally, while supplies last, we will send out your books in time for you to receive them by Christmas!

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Preaching in Medillin Columbia this Weekend



Please pray: This weekend Deborah and I will be in Medillin, Columbia to minister at a wedding, preach at a reformed baptist church (Iglesia Bautista Reformada la Gracia de Dios de la ciudad de Medellín, Colombia) and speak to seminary students from the seminary that is connected with the church, Seminario Reformado Latinoamerican (Reformed Seminary of Latin America).  

Our relationship with these folks began a couple of years ago when I spoke at a pastors conference in Bogota. When we were there Deborah developed a relationship with some single women and continued in contact with them in a discipleship relationship. Deborah has been a bit of a mother to them helping them to understand womens roles and other matters. Two of the ladies were granted spouses by the Lord and one of them was married earlier in the year and the other one will be married this coming weekend. Deborah coached them through the process. And now, she is helping with the wedding.

Here is the schedule for prayer purposes: Friday night we will meet with the church. Saturday is the wedding, and Sunday Ill be preaching and then meeting with seminary students in the evening, while Deborah will be meeting with the women to speak about womanhood. 

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Spurgeon on Open Air Preaching



An often overlooked ministry in the church today is that of the open-air preacher. What has open-air preaching looked like over the centuries of church history? And what are some basic principles that we should use in practicing this work today? Spurgeon answers both questions in this fascinating study of open-air preaching.

Open-Air Preaching is adapted from two chapters of Lectures to My Students entitled “Open-Air Preaching and Its History” and “Open-Air Preaching—Remarks Thereon.” Charles H. Spurgeon delivered his Lectures to My Students to men preparing for the ministry at his Pastor’s College. He founded the college to provide a place where men called to preach could study at low cost and with a clear focus on preparation for ministry rather than scholastic achievement.

See this resource at Chapel Library – Open-Air Preaching, a book by Charles Spurgeon

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The Highest View of Women



Last weekend for the first time, we held a marriage retreat designed specifically for newlyweds. We tried to lay a solid foundation of biblical truths upon which we hope these young marriages will be built. The central theme of our time together was “Getting the Picture Right.” We wanted these young couples to see that their marriage is about more than their own happiness. Through their marriages, they are picturing Christ and His bride, the Church. Though these individuals may be the subject matter of the picture, Christ should be the central focal point.

As I was explaining Eph 5:22-33 I emphasized that Christianity has the highest view women among the religions and philosophies of the world and therefore, Christian men ought to have that same view. Matthew Henry’s commentary in Proverbs 31 speaks of,

“The unspeakable worth of such a one,  and the value which he that has such a wife ought to put upon her, showing it by his thankfulness to God and his kindness and respect to her,  whom he must never think he can do too much for.”

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Early Bird Rate Expires Soon for The Fear of God Conference





Please consider joining me, along with Ken Ham, Joel Beeke, John Snyder and many others for our national conference next year titled, “The Fear of God.” We will be developing the doctrine of the fear of God, as well as discuss the applications of this doctrine for our own hearts, homes, churches, and government.

There are astonishing promises spoken in Scripture to those who fear the Lord. One of those promises is found in the book of Proverbs: “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4).

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.

As you depart from this conference, you will have experienced a thorough study of the fear of God from Genesis to Revelation. I hope that you will be able to join us!

 


Sincerely,
Scott Brown

 

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