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My Son David’s First Father’s Day – Today

 

David’s new wife Monica is with child and we have been giggling and rejoicing and marveling at the kindness of the Lord all day long, this Father’s Day, 2010. This is especially exciting as David has always had an unusual love for and giftedness with children.

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Road Trip Video Clips from Spokane

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Road Trip Video Clips from Spokane from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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Road Trip Video Clips from Toronto

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Road Trip Video Clips from Toronto from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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Looking Back – An Interview with Ash and Sona Noah

Three Dramatic Changes in Mid-Life

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Three Dramatic Changes in Mid-Life from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Rick Muse, a deacon from Hope Baptist Church who joined the NCFIC Road Trip Team for our Toronto Conference, speaks about the reformation that God brought in his family.

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How Modern Youth Ministry Can Promote Frivolity

Road Trip Clips from Fergus Falls

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Road Trip Clips from Fergus Falls from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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Reformation in an Unconverted Youth Pastor

Ladies Tea in Chicago

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Ladies Tea in Chicago from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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Not Under the Law? John MacArthur Weighs In

Our church recently studied Galatians via our expositional preaching ministry on Sunday mornings. We engaged this study while in the middle of doing exposition on Deuteronomy which helped to clarify the nature and purposes of the law.

John MacArthur explains the often misunderstood idea that we are, “not under the law”

There is a popular notion afoot that assumes that the moral law is not binding on us. MacArthur writes,

“The phrase “under the law” occurs at least ten times in Paul’s epistles, so we know it is a crucial concept in his theology. In Galatians 3:23, for example, He writes, “Before faith came, we were kept under the law” (Gal. 3:23). Now, however, he says as Christians we are “not under the law” (Gal. 5:18).

I often hear Christians recite the phrase “not under the law, but under grace” as if it meant no standard of law whatsoever is ever binding on believers. Grace is seen as a grand permissiveness, contrasting with the uncompromising moral standard of the law.”

John MacArthur further explains this in, “How Does Grace Free Us From the Law”

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Stories of Awakening – Solomon Stoddard’s “Five Harvests” in 60 years of Ministry

While on the Road Trip, I am reading stories of awakenings in history. Here is a report by Solomon Stoddard who preceded Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Mass. It demonstrates the Sovereign Hand of God in providing times of awakening and the seasons of dryness that often preced them.

We often see seasons of blessing in the church.  Jonathan Edwards grandfather, Solomon Stoddard saw them come and go over the sixty years of ministry in New England,

“He had five harvests, as he called them: the first was about 57 years ago, the second about 53 years; the third about 40; the fourth about 24; the fifth and last about 18 years ago. Some of these times were much more remarkable than others, and the ingathering of souls more plentiful. Those that were about 53, and 40, and 24 years ago were much greater than either the first or last: but in each of them, I have heard my grandfather say, the bigger part of the young people in the town seemed to be mainly concerned for their eternal salvation.”

 

(Pg. 58, The Jonathan Edwards Reader, Yale Nota Bene)

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Fergus Falls Road Trip Stop

 

Andy Bradrick, Peter Bradrick’s brother and pastor of Living Waters Fellowship hosted well over 100 people in Fergus Falls Minnesota. This is a beautiful part of the US as it lies in the midst of a vast green landscape of hundreds of miles of rolling fields. Before the meeting, Andy’s wife, Emily, (mother of seven children) fed us a sumptuous meal the moment we arrived.

There were a few extra refreshing twists to the Fergus Falls stop. First, it was a happy reunion with Peter’s brother who is also participating in our elder discipleship program. Second, we had an unusual number of young families – second generation homeschool families with little children. Third, there were many people who were uninitiated in the message of the NCFIC. Fourth, during the Q&A time it was a blessing to hear from some who disagreed with our message as it gave us a chance to explain some things not dealt with during the main sessions. Fifth, one of our beloved 2009 interns Joseph Froemming and his entire family came. The reunion was very sweet to our souls.

I gave a message that was different from the other Road trip stops, focusing rather on the basic elements of what we believe to be healthy churches. Peter Bradrick explained the foundations of modern youth ministry, and appealed to the young people to rest in the righteousness of Christ alone.

We are exited to see what God does with Andy’s ministry in Fergus Falls as we see obvious fruit in his family and in his relationships in the community. It is his desire to be a faithful shepherd there.

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Des Moines Road Trip Stop

We stopped in Des Moines, Iowa to get a taste of the works of the Lord sprouting in the corn belt. Our friends, Ron and Mary Dorin and their family, along with the Bill and Kim Hobart family, coordinated everything for our visit there.  Ron has been an encouragement to me over the last year in particular.  We actually went to the same theological seminary and loved the same professors at Talbot School of Theology many, many, many years ago.  While we have both shed the dispensational persuasion of Talbot, we still look fondly on our experience and appreciate how men of God there were a blessing to us. Now Ron Dorin’s son, Tyler, has joined us on our Road Trip and will also be serving with us as an intern when we get back to North Carolina.  Tyler is a  very special and mighty young man. When you are on a trip like this, with such close quarters and always facing various challenges, you really get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the travelers – especially their capacity for happiness and fortitude. Let me tell you, this young man is tried and true.

Ron Dorin

 

The wonderful gathering

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Breakdown

Praise the Lord for backup gas cans.

 

 

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Sandi Grutzius feeds a multitude

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