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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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Chesapeake Leadership Luncheon

If you are a pastor of a church from either Virginia or eastern North Carolina, the NCFIC would like to invite you to a day of prayer, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and exhortation with Scott Brown, Dr. Carlton McLeod, and Jason Dohm at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake in Chesapeake, VA on Monday, February 2.

– Date/time: Monday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

– Location: Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Virginia

– Speakers: Though this event is not primarily about teaching, exhortations will be given by Scott Brown, Dr. Carlton McLeod, and Jason Dohm.

– Cost: Only the investment of your time. Lunch will be provided. If you can contribute towards the cost of your lunch, that will be appreciated. However, we do not want that to be a barrier for anyone.

– What to expect: A day of encouragement for pastors.

We greatly desire to see like-minded pastors and congregations within a small geographical area begin to (1) know each other, (2) actively encourage each other, and (3) join together in Great Commission labors. As the Lord would give us grace, the NCFIC wants to facilitate this by bringing pastors together and giving them an opportunity to interact and pray for each other.

Please consider joining us.

If you are interested, but the distance is simply too far for you, we expect to organize a similar event somewhere in the middle of Virginia later in the year. There will also be a similar event in central North Carolina later in the year.

If you are planning to come, please register here. Though there is no monetary cost to you for this event, we need good information about who will be participating so that we have enough food for everyone.

Or, invite a friend to come. Any of the other officers of your church are welcome to attend, so please feel free to invite them. If they would like to attend, please make sure they register as well.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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Ten Surprising Trends

Check out ten surprising trends from Barna. The most fascinating to me were opinions on the “ideal church,” Pope Francis and global poverty.

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Ten P’s in a Pod Available

10_ps_in_a_podMy friend Arnold Pent wrote a truly delightful book, “Ten P’s in a Pod: A Million-Mile Journey of the Arnold Pent Family.” It has charmed and helped and encouraged many people.  You can get the book either in audio format or hardcover book on Amazon.

Or you can get these two resources by contacting Arnold directly at [email protected]. He will not charge for shipping and payment can be made upon receipt via a check in the mail. They are not set up to take credit cards at this time.

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Is your New Years Resolution an Idol to Self?

Take another look at your resolutions. Are they all about you? Are they designed to make you look good? Or have they been born out of the worship of God, the love of God and are truly for the glory of God. Are they the result of faith? Do not be deceived: resolutions for the glory of man are idolatry. It could be that our new years resolutions are nothing more than idolatry of self – socially acceptable culturally laudable expressions of pride. This is why human virtue is not always of God. Have your resolutions arisen from faith, for “Whatever is not from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23), and “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb 11:6). Therefore, as you make resolutions remember the heart of the matter, “Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).

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Problem: It’s a New Year, But it’s Not a New You

At the risk of not being all that uplifting – Its a new year, but its not a new you. That’s the problem. Here is how life really works: you are becoming whom you have been… and it takes a while to turn the ship… unless there is  the miracle power of true repentance that brings forth fruit in the form of tangible action. But even then, we are a fitful and unfaithful people who stumble through our best intentions. This is why New Years resolutions are pretty much useless unless they are the fruit of true repentance and are grounded in love for God – not just love for a better self. Most Americans make resolutions in the categories of health, weight, wealth and relationships… and abandon them within a couple of months. These are good categories but, not the best categories.

In my mind, there are three foundational categories that make the rest of life work. They are primary means of sanctification:

1. Personal holiness: Hatred for sin and love for the “secret place,” and the Word of Christ dwelling richly. Are you still at peace with known sin and are you seeking the renewal of your mind through the washing of the water by the Word?

2. Local church life: Devotion to the people and the discipleship program of your local church. Are you fully trusting in God’s sovereignty and accepting and participating in the life of the church, loving the saints and the ordinary means of grace?

3. Family discipleship: The holiness and worship in your house. Have you allowed unholy things to creep in because of pressure from your own heart, your friends or children?  

Happy renewing year… a year to renew you through the slow sanctification of God. And, remember this, For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again”  (Proverbs 24:16).

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A 67 Year Wedding Anniversary Today

Join me on the Janet Mefferd Show Monday, Dec 22

Janet Mefferd will be interviewing me about our new book, “A Theology of the Family.” Join us at 3:00 Eastern time and click here to listen.

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Super Sale! In Your Hands Before Christmas – Guaranteed

We are offering three incredible deals in the NCFIC store you do not want to miss!

First, we have “The Theology of the Family Super Bundle,” which includes our newest groundbreaking book A Theology of the Family¸ as well as Family Reformation, Feminine by Design, and all three volumes of the Building a Godly Home series by William Gouge (edited and modernized by Scott Brown and Joel Beeke) for 40% off plus FREE shipping. If you were to purchase all six of these helpful books on the family, it would normally cost you $109.05; but for a limited time, you can get all six of these books for one low price of $54.13! That is over $50.00 in savings!

Next, we have a sale on our newest book A Theology of the Family. You can get this fabulous compilation of articles on the family written by godly men over the last 500 years for one low price of $24.57! That is 30% off plus FREE shipping!

Thirdly, we have the Building a Godly Home bundle. The third and final volume of this fantastic series on the family has been released. For a limited time, we want to offer you the complete Building a Godly Home series for one low price of $25.90! Normally, you would have to pay $53.15 for all three of these volumes; which means you save over $25.00! These books will also be shipped to you FREE!

Don’t wait, because these deals will not last long. You must order by Friday December 19th to receive these great deals! Finally, while supplies last, we will ship these books out in time for you to receive them by Christmas!

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Gen2 Leadership Conference – Jan. 30-31

Please consider joining me at Gen2.  It will be an excellent time to look at the past and consider the future. Before the conference, there will be two meetings with pastors and church leaders I will be part of.

First on Thursday January 29, from noon to 4:00pm, the NCFIC will be meeting with local leaders for an NCFIC specific lunch gathering. Kirk Smith, the NCFIC Regional Facilitator for the Midwest and myself, will be hosting a lunch meeting with pastors. At that meeting we will eat lunch together, consider some important matters of church life, share with one another, and have some time to pray together. This meeting will take place at the Comfort Suites, 775 Petersburg Rd, Hebron, KY. The cost will be 20.00. Click here to sign up for the Church Leaders Luncheon

Then, that evening, in the same location, there will be another pastors meeting that Kevin Swanson is leading that is part of the Gen2 conference. Click here to register.  For a complete schedule of the conference, click here.

 

The Gen2 Conference – Revealing the Results from the Largest Spiritual Study Done on Christian Millennials!

Every once in a while, it’s good to step back and look at the big picture. The last 40 years have seen unparalleled growth in the amount of money spent on reaching young people — Christian education, homeschooling, summer camps, youth groups, Sunday School — the list goes on. Yet many Christian studies have shown that between 60-90% of American Christian youth leave the faith. Is this the future of our children?

As parents, leaders, elders, and pastors who love our children and want to pass our faith to them, we want to see something better for the next generation. So we had to roll up our sleeves and ask the hard questions. Why do Millennials seem to have so little interest in Christianity? Do homeschooled young people do any better? Is there any encouraging news?

The Gen2 Survey conducted in 2013 and 2014 is the largest Christian study conducted on the Millennial generation. We asked questions about what they believe, why, and what influenced them as they were growing up. We looked at worldview issues, types of churches they were part of, method of education, commitment to church, parent-child relationships, cultural input, and commitment to the Christian faith.

Now, for the first time, the results from this landmark survey will be released at the Gen2 Conference on Jan 30-31, 2015, where we will carefully review the input of over 10,000 Millennials from a variety of church and educational backgrounds.  Who did well?  Where did we go wrong? 

Invitation: Special Dinner for Pastors

Scott Brown and Kevin Swanson

If you are a church pastor, elder, deacon, or leader – we want to invite you to a special dinner on Thursday, January 28th with discussion from Kevin Swanson (Producer of the survey), Scott Brown, and other pastors to focus on the specific results from the Gen2 Survey which provide significant insight into the way we approach church ministry. The dinner discussion will answer the questions leaders are asking:

– Has the “Family-Integrated” church helped or hurt the faith of the next generation?

– Do some kinds or denominations of churches do better than others?

– Are families able to raise faithful children while not being part of a church?

– How influential is church preaching on the faith of the next generation?

There are still some that are interested in salvaging the faith during the secularization of the last bastion of Christianity. Join many of the nation’s most noted Christian leaders to examine the failures and successes of 40 years of church youth ministry, family ministry, and home education. We are delighted to have Al Mohler, Jeff Myers, Ken Ham, and many other leaders join us. The administer of the study, Dr. Brian Ray of NHERI, will be sharing the first public presentation of the full study results.

 

The conference will be held at the beautiful Creation Museum. Conference attendees and their families will be able to attend the Creation Museum for only $10 per person for a 2-day pass! Enjoy all the features of the museum including the planetarium, the zip line, the numerous exhibits and dioramas, the Dragon Legends exhibit, the Facing the Allosaurus skeleton display, the botanical gardens, the theater shows, the rare Bible manuscripts exhibit, Dr. Crawley’s insect collection, the petting zoo, and the camel rides. There’s more to do here than you and your family can fit into one literal day!
Gen 2 Leadership Conference
January 30-31, 2015

Full Price $99 –  Only $50 with Coupon until Dec 31!

Coupon: NCFIC

(Email [email protected] for special discounted rates for large families!)

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Nine Marks of the Sovereignty of God

As I am preaching through Isaiah now in our church, we are continually being faced with the language of the Sovereignty of God. In chapter 37:21-32, there is astonishing language used that depicts the magnificence of God’s sovereignty. In this text we are exposed to what is perhaps the most comforting message of the Bible – It is a branch of the message of the love of God. That message can be summed up in the phrase in v32,  “The zeal of the Lord will accomplish this.” This is THE great cause of everything. God is superintending all of history in order to prove Himself zealous to rescue His people. What we learn from Isaiah, is that it’s not our zeal for God that Isaiah is concerned about, but rather His zeal for us. During this sermon, I mentioned nine marks of the sovereignty of God. Here they are:

Nine marks of the sovereignty of God

1. Everything  you have received is determined by a sovereign God, 1 Cor 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive.”

2. He is the ONLY potentate and the king of kings, 1 Timothy 6:15-16, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen

3. He will capture His enemies and no one can stop it, Isaiah 43:13, Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?

4. Nothing is outside His will for He works all things by the counsel of His will,  Eph 1:11, In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

5. His dominion is unstoppable and unending and nothing can resist it, Daniel 4:34-35, And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?” (more…)

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Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker?

John Piper responds to a question with alarming clarity for why our affections for holy and beautiful things must be nurtured – for the sake of genuine love and truly satisfying pleasure:

Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? 

Porn is destructive to a man’s capacities to love a woman purely for herself. He is training his body to need increasingly different, strange, erotic situations and bodies, and he is making it harder to be content with the real body of the woman that is going to be offered to him as his wife. And her body, as it is, at its best, is not going to be the airbrushed body of pornographic sites. And when she is 50 it isn’t going to be that either. And if he hasn’t cultivated a kind of pure love for his wife, for herself, as she is, then his eyes are going to be cruising continually beyond what she has to offer him at age 40 and 50 and 60. A woman needs to be able to trust a man. A woman feels profoundly compromised when a man says to her, “No, I really need more than you can offer me.” That is tragic for a man to say that to a woman. So porn is destructive to his capacity to love her for who she is.

And here is the fourth and the last thing I will say about why it is so wrong for a man to do this. Porn is destructive to a man’s soul. His capacity to see God in the purity and the greatness of his glory is shriveled. It is compromised. The soul shrinks to the size and the quality of its pleasures.

John Piper. Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? DesiringGod.com

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