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NCFIC Book Blog — Family Reformation

"While the doctrine of salvation was reformed during the sixteenth century, so were marriage, manhood, womanhood, courtship, child raising, fertility, and many other areas of family life. John Calvin never wrote a book on the family, but he touched off a family reformation resulting in a massive restructuring of the most fundamental institution of society. Like no other reformer, Calvin provided the exegetical precision that defined the terms for a biblical vision of family life. Calvin teaches us that “sola Scriptura” is the gold standard for family life.  This principle, which ignited a family reformation in Geneva, can ignite a reformation in your family today. This book communicates the main themes of Calvin’s teaching on family life in his own words, using quotes from his books, sermons, letters, and other writings."

Text quoted from Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in Calvin’s Geneva by Scott T. Brown. For more details about this book or to purchase click HERE.

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Doug Phillips on “Pure and Undefiled Religion” – From My Notes at the Father Daughter Retreat

“Pure and undefiled religion” is ministering to those who are deprived of fathers from broken families.

James says, “Pure and undefiled religion” is to help those without fathers. This highly esteemed work is connected with helping broken families. The loss of a father is thought by Christ to be a devastating loss.

To show special care for those without fathers give a child a father is the work of undefiled religion.
Show special care for those without fathers and validate the truth of 2 Cor 6:18 – “I will be a father to you”

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The Botkin Sisters on, “Whose Daughter Are You?” – My Notes

Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin spoke beautifully to the daughters on the subject of examining our affections to identity and learn from them whether you are a daughter of Zion of a daughter of the devil. Here are some brief notes from their message:

“The devil wants you. However, the most devastating part is, “you want you.”

Who are you really?

Are you your own, or are you God’s daughter? Have you embraced Christ as your King? A Christian family can end up only as a course that allows you to pass yourself off as a Christian when really you have never become a daughter of Christ. I have seen many fall away. Many have been impostors. It happens because they were never converted to begin with. They were just pretending. They wanted a nice home and a nice husband, but they did not want the sacrifices necessary.
Matt 16:24-24. The difference between becoming a daughter of your own or Christ’s.”

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Messages on Proverbs 31 at the Vision Forum Father Daughter Retreat

Today, I am off to Calloway Gardens in Georgia with my daughters, Blair and Claudia. I will be doing expositions of Proverbs 31. I want to dedicate these messages to my wife Deborah. We have been married for 28 years, and as I have saturated myself in these 22 verses in Proverbs 31, in preparation for this retreat, my heart is full of rejoicing as I see with new eyes what makes my wife tick. These verses describe her perfectly. If anyone thinks these things are out of reach or for another world, I am here to testify that I have seen every one of these things with my own eyes for many years in my own wife Deborah.

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McLaren’s “New Christianity” attacked at Southern Seminary on NPR’s Morning Edition

National Public Radio reports, “Recently, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., convened a school-wide event to talk about a new book by a popular evangelical Christian. It wasn’t pretty. ‘It is a new kind of Christianity that is no Christianity at all,’ says Southern Baptist theologian Jim Hamilton.”

Listen here.

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NCFIC Road Trip – visiting 16 cities in five weeks for church and family reformation

This year, the NCFIC is coming to a city near you through a 9,000 mile road trip. The NCFIC Road Trip Team brings a message of biblical reformation for Church and family life, declaring that hunger for the glory of God is the beginning of all reformation. We will explain how the Gospel fills the true Church and demonstrate practical ways to go about bringing biblical reformation to the leadership, discipleship, family life and preaching of the church.

We will address how obedience to God’s commands regarding family life blesses the church, how obedience in our marriages models the love of God for the church, how obedience in discipling our children preserves the rising generation of the church, and how obedience in brotherly love, hospitality, and evangelism creates a church body life that builds up, strengthens, and grows a true church. We will exposit the Biblical directives for leadership, discipleship and preaching in the church. We will show the difference between law and grace and how they work in harmony for the building up of the church. In summary, we will cast a vision for a unified life of reformation in the church and the family.

Our goal is to leave behind a rising sense of the glory and beauty of the church and her importance in God’s plan of redemption.

The Brown family, the Peter Bradrick family, the David Brown family, and a number of interns will be taking this five week tour.
 

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NCFIC Road Trip – visiting 16 cities in five weeks for church and family reformation

This year, the NCFIC is coming to a city near you through a 9,000 mile road trip. The NCFIC Road Trip Team brings a message of biblical reformation for Church and family life, declaring that hunger for the glory of God is the beginning of all reformation. We will explain how the Gospel fills the true Church and demonstrate practical ways to go about bringing biblical reformation to the leadership, discipleship, family life and preaching of the church.

We will address how obedience to God’s commands regarding family life blesses the church, how obedience in our marriages models the love of God for the church, how obedience in discipling our children preserves the rising generation of the church, and how obedience in brotherly love, hospitality, and evangelism creates a church body life that builds up, strengthens, and grows a true church. We will exposit the Biblical directives for leadership, discipleship and preaching in the church. We will show the difference between law and grace and how they work in harmony for the building up of the church. In summary, we will cast a vision for a unified life of reformation in the church and the family.

Our goal is to leave behind a rising sense of the glory and beauty of the church and her importance in God’s plan of redemption.

The Brown family, the Peter Bradrick family, the David Brown family, and a number of interns will be taking this five week tour.

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Wedding in Review

The Wedding of David and Monica

RC.Sproul Jr on “Doctrine and Life”

RC Sproul, Jr. gives us a gem of an article on loving God and His Word,

Even when we read the Bible, however, we often insulate ourselves from its message. Like dispensationalists on crack, any text that touches on our own sin gets relegated to some other dispensation. That was for then, we tell ourselves. We live in a different culture, we tell ourselves. When the Bible calls into question our own choices and lifestyles we simply wave this magic wand, ‘The Bible couldn’t possibly mean that…’ We come to His Word with an a priori commitment that it tells us nothing more challenging than ‘Be nicer.’

Read the full article here.

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Eight Wedding Gifts from a Father to his Beloved Son

When the men of our church gathered together to give David their counsel on his upcoming marriage, I said this:

“David we have been constant companions as we have walked together here at home, all over this country and the world. I want to bless you tonight before these men with two things, eight gifts from the Lord.

First, are these eight gifts from the Lord that God gives to all men who love Him and are called according to His purpose. The Lord has given these to me and now I give them to you.  These things have been mine and now they are yours. I pass them to you.

1. A Scepter – It is an emblem of authority for dominion. It is held in the hand with the mantle of leadership upon your head. “The husband is the head of the wife” – This makes you a governor, a prophet, a priest and a king, (Ephesians 5:22-33).

2. A Shepherds Staff –It is the staff of a guide. “Husbands love your wives as Christ also loved the church.” The good shepherd hands to you His staff knowing that, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” (Psalm 23).

3. A Basket with Bread and Wine – It is the vehicle for nourishment as it contains the elements of nourishment. Like Christ, you are called to “feed the 5000,” while at the same time you will learn that “God [will] provide a table in the wilderness?” (Ps 78).

4. A Root –It is the emblem of fruitfulness and it brings with it a world of fruitfulness, which is partly captured in the statement,”Be fruitful and multiply.” The parable of the talents with it’s emphasis on work and multiplication, informs us of how we bear fruit.

5. A Sword – This “sword” is the emblem of truth but it is no ordinary sword for it is the “Sword of the Spirit.” It is perfect, “The law of the Lord is perfect,” (Psalm 19) and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and sweet, “how sweet are your words to my taste,” (Ps 119:123).

6. A Heart – It is the emblem of love that fulfills the whole law. With this heart you will “Chrerish” your new wife with it’s real heat that is communicated in the Greek word for Cherish – “thalpe.”

7. A Cross – It is the emblem of sacrifice, atonement and the center of history. The cross shows us the greatness of our sins, how valuable it is to crucify the flesh and how blessed it is to find what is worthy of boasting about – “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of Christ,” (Galatians 6:14).

8. A Baton – It is the emblem of the generations as you teach the commandments of the Lord to your children and your children’s children (Psalm 78:5-6).

David, you have been a good son and I am grateful for all of what the Lord gave us during your time under my roof. We now possess many precious and pleasant riches from these times. The lines have fallen in pleasant places. I love you my son.”

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The Training and Admonition of the LORD Child Training Seminar: May 7-8, 2010

Schedule:

Friday, May 7, 7-9:30pm for parents only, so that issues of discipline can be addressed candidly. This will be held at the Brown Family Farm, 3721 Quarry Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Saturday, May 8, 9am-4pm for whole families. This will be held at Tuxedo Junction, 405 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Sponsored by Hope Baptist Church, Wake Forest

Cost: $15 for single registrations, or $25 for families
Saturday lunch is included

REGISTER NOW

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Smoke and Fire in the War Against the Sufficiency of Scripture

We had Ken Ham speak at our Sufficiency of Scripture conference because he believes that the rejection of the literal, historical interpretation of Genesis 1 is the source of a thousand other points of apostasy in the church and collapse of the culture. The question is, "Is scripture sufficient?" A writer for Calvin College Newspaper took Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis to task making a number of accusations. However, the center of the conflict can be traced to the war over the sufficiency of Scripture. We believe that the rejection of the sufficiency of Scripture in all matters in the church life today is the center of the battle and the fulcrum (leverage point) of necessary reformation for the church and the family.

In his blog today, Ken Ham responds to Calvin College underlining some of the real issues at stake and the irresponsible manner in which some engage in the debate. The interchange puts on display just how deeply mainstream evangelicalism has abandoned the faith. Ken Ham is right. When you do not take Genesis 1 seriously, you cannot take anything else seriously. Our work at the NCFIC finds itself on the battle lines of church and family. Ken Ham’s battle is fought on the battle lines of the origins of the world. We are very thankful for his boldness and leadership and pray for victory there.
 

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Brothers We Are Not Figure Skaters

Here is a short but “sweet” video clip of Phil Johnson on the feminization of church leaders.

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Sabbath morning prayer

“Welcome delightful morn, Thou day of sacred rest! I hail thy kind return, Lord, make these moments blest; From the low train of mortal toys, I soar to reach immortal joys, I soar to reach immortal joys”

 

You can sing this as a hymn on Cyber hymnal in “Hayward” in John Dobell’s, A New Selection, 1806

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