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Making Resolutions – What About the Other Time Markers

Genesis 1 tells us that God has created a celestial world with natural time markers in the movements of the stars for times and seasons. It is a good thing to mark time. Most people are big on marking the new year by making resolutions. But there are other time markers to consider. J.C. Ryle speaks of it this way,

“Do we make progress in our religion? Do we grow?  The question is one that is always useful, but especially so at certain seasons.  A Saturday night, a communion Sunday, the return of a birthday, the end of a year – all these are seasons that ought to set us thinking, and make us look within. Time is fast flying. Life is fast ebbing away… Surely it becomes us from time to time to examine ourselves, and take account of our souls? Do we get on in spiritual things? Do we grow?”  Holiness, p 99

We are very good at placing an emphasis on the new year, but God has given us many opportunities to take an inventory of our lives. If we only focus on the new year, we may miss the many other interim times and seasons to seek the Lord in a special way to return again to the things we know are right.

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New Resources: The Family Theology Bundle and Preparing for Marriage Bundle

This week’s new resources in the NCFIC store are: The Family Theology Bundle and The Preparing for Marriage Bundle. The Family Theology Bundle is the same bundle that we sold over Christmas. It includes: A Theology of the Family, Family Reformation, all three volumes of the Building a Godly Home series, and Feminine by Design.

The Preparing for Marriage Bundle is a new bundle that we are introducing. It includes: Helping Them To Choose, Preparing for Marriage by John Calvin, and the MP3 CD containing all the messages on preparing for marriage from the Gospel Centered Marriages conference.

To purchase these bundles, and to check out our other resources, go to the NCFIC store.

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How Do You Prove We Should Have Family Worship?

Over at the NCFIC blog, we posted A.W. Pink’s article “Family Worship,” the second article in the first chapter of A Theology of the Family.

In case you didn’t get a chance to read it, here is the link to the the first article, “One Cause of the Decay of Religion in Our Day.” I pray that these articles would be a blessing to you and your family.

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Can Man Control Nature?

In a remarkable statement affirming the power of man, “Pope Francis said Thursday that he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation.” He said, “We have in a sense taken over nature.”

God is sovereign and in control of nature. Thus, man does not have the power to control or take over nature. Psalm 24:1-2 declares,

The Earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Psalm 135:6:

Whatever the LORD pleases He does,

In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

Psalm 115:3:

But our God is in heaven;

He does whatever He pleases.

 

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Scripture is Sufficient for Our Understanding of Heaven

The Baptist Press identifies one of the greatest problems of the modern church – Scripture is no longer regarded as sufficient. Result: the general Chrisitian populace is misled. Response: ALWAYS ONLY allow Scripture to guide your understanding and doctrine of the intermediate state…not supposed accounts from people who claim to have gone to heaven and then came back.

“Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4)

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The Sum of Our Happiness

On Sunday, I preached on Isaiah 40:9-11  – The good news is this, “Behold your God,” which teaches us that Christianity is not first a moral system or a way of life. Rather, Christianity is first and foremost a real relationship. The essence of Christianity is Christ – “Christ in you the hope of glory.” John Calvin commenting on the phrase, Behold your God! says, “this expression includes the sum of our happiness, which consists solely in the presence of God.”1 

1. Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, p. 214). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

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New Resources in the NCFIC Store

We are expanding the bookstore over at the NCFIC! Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing new bundles and resources that you can purchase. The two new bundles for this week are: The Doctrine of God bundle and The Recovering the Gospel bundle.

Also, all of these bundles come with FREE 2-3 day shipping. You can order these bundles now from the NCFIC store: ncfic.org/store

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Internet Immorality – A Mortar Shell into the Playgrounds of Our Lives

Consider how important it is that you are guarding your heart and the hearts of your children from internet immorality. Where are your children going? Here is the most likely possibility: You don’t know where your children are going, but you better find out quick. Here is R. C. Sproul Jr. on Proverbs 7, where Solomon tells his son that immorality is the path to death. He writes:

“Look at the dirty pictures on the internet and you are on the pathway of death. Flirt with that woman at work and you are on the pathway of death. Cheat on your husband and you are on the pathway of death. Pursue your perversion and you are on the pathway of death.

Steve McNair who was killed by his lover, another man I knew back in Virginia who was killed by his lover, Freddie Mercury, the singer from the band Queen – all of these men are dead precisely because they walked on this path. Indeed, thousands of men are spending their years in prison having destroyed the innocence of children, and it began with looking at dirty pictures. And thousands of children are without fathers, because their father started flirting with that woman at work.

Sexual immorality, friends, isn’t some sin that merely offends God as if He’s just “uptight,” and He’s a “prude,” and if He were “more hip,” if He were more “with it” it wouldn’t be such a big deal. That’s not merely the point. Sexual immorality is a mortar shell into the playgrounds of our lives and into the lives of our children.”

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Celebrating 33 Years of Marriage Today

We’ve had 11,880 days together – all of them happy. The picture shows us unloading supplies from our car for our national conference at Ridgecrest.

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Muslim Call to Prayer – To Play Every Friday at Duke University

Starting tomorrow, Friday, Duke University will play the Muslim call to prayer every Friday:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3990624889001/muslim-call-to-prayer-to-sound-every-friday-at-duke/?#sp=show-clips

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Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?

I don’t think the era of age segmentation is over yet, but there is lots of evaluation and change going on: http://goo.gl/C4kiXu

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75% Abortion Clinics Closed since 1991

Life News reports on “A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue of all abortion facilities in the United States has confirmed that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. 73 abortion clinics shut down in 2014, 75% of abortion clinics closed since 1991.”

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Youth Misery Index Grows

Youth Misery Index Grows More Than 50%” during the Obama years. The calculations are made on, “youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt (per capita) numbers.” Youth unemployment is over 18%, and get this: average college debt is $30k.

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Audio from Scott Brown Interview on the Janet Mefferd Show

Here is the audio from my interview with Janet Mefferd, on our new book, “A Theology of the Family.” I was glad to hear Janet say, “I love this book.” 

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Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report is Out – 327,653 Babies Killed

Planned Parenthood is pressing on with their agenda to continue the work of Margaret Sanger  whom the Washington Times named, “racist, eugenicist extroardinaire.” who said, “we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Following is the opening paragraph of their Annual Report, “We’ve come a long way since Margaret Sanger was jailed in 1916 for opening America’s first birth control clinic. Today, 99% of Sexually active American women at some point in their lives use birth control – and thanks to Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act more than 48 million women are now eligible to receive it with no copay.”

Observations:

1. These activities are funded by US Government taxpayer money. The Obama Administration is their greatest financial partner.

2. These people work very hard to get the message out. Look through the annual report and you will find enormous activity across many fronts… there are legal strategies, social media strategies… For example, they reached 125,000 young women in crisis worried about their unprotected sex and vulnerability to STD’s, with their Chat/Text program.

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