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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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Check Out Our Marriage Blog

Deborah and I are starting a blog about marriage. For the first post, click here

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The Worldwide War Against Baby Girls – The Economist Reports

The Economist Magazine has released a stunning article on the war against girls entitled, The worldwide war on baby girls. This reality stands in sharp contrast with God’s disposition toward girls. God has built so many protections around them through representative heads (fathers and husbands and church elders and civil magistrates) and commanded men to nourish and cherish their wives and give their lives for them. Here God shows Himself to be the Supreme Benefactor of girls.

Albert Mohler gives a powerful analysis of the article. One of the startling elements of this article in the Economist is the story of a Chinese writer who witnessed the killing of a baby girl, “‘But that’s…murder…and you’re the police!’ The little foot was still now. The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes. ‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,’ [an] older woman said comfortingly. ‘That’s a living child,’ I said in a shaking voice, pointing at the slops pail. ‘It’s not a child,’ she corrected me. ‘It’s a girl baby, and we can’t keep it. Around these parts, you can’t get by without a son. Girl babies don’t count.’”

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What Is the Liberty We Have in Christ?

Last Lord’s Day, I preached on Galatians 5:1-13 where Paul begins to apply the doctrine of justification by faith. He has been saying that not one ounce of works can save you. As a result of this, many believe that the law has lost all its application in our era. In contrast, the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 has clear answers for what Christian liberty means. We live in an era where people think Christian liberty means they can disregard what God has said in Scripture. Our Christian forefathers knew better.
CHAPTER 21: OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY AND LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE

Paragraph 1. The liberty which Christ has purchased for believers under the gospel, consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the severity and curse of the law,

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)

and in their being delivered from this present evil world,

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, (Galatians 1:3)

bondage to Satan,

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18)

and dominion of sin,

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (Romans 8:3)

from the evil of afflictions,

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

the fear and sting of death, the victory of the grave,

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

and everlasting damnation:

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)

as also in their free access to God, and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear,

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15)

but a child-like love and willing mind.

The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. (Luke 1:73-75)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

All which were common also to believers under the law for the substance of them;

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:9,14)

but under the New Testament the liberty of Christians is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of a ceremonial law, to which the Jewish church was subjected, and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:38-39)

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; (Hebrews 10:19-21)

Paragraph 2. God alone is Lord of the conscience,

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? (James 4:12)

Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)

and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or not contained in it.

But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye… And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, (Acts 4:19, 29)

Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. (1 Corinthians 7:23)

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9)

So that to believe such doctrines, or obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience;

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, …Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Colossians 2:20, 22-23)

and the requiring of an implicit faith, an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience and reason also.

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? (1 Corinthians 3:5)

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. (2 Corinthians 1:24)

Paragraph 3. They who upon pretence of Christian liberty do practice any sin, or cherish any sinful lust, as they do thereby pervert the main design of the grace of the gospel to their own destruction,

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:1-2)

so they wholly destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of all our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righeousness before Him, all the days of our lives.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error…For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. (2 Peter 2:18, 21)

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The Global Majority Vote is in – A Woman’s Place is NOT in the Home

74% of the people in the world believe a woman’s place is definitely NOT in the home.

“The survey of over 24,000 adults in 23 countries, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos and released on the eve of International Women’s Day, showed that people from India (54 percent), Turkey (52 percent), Japan (48 percent), China, Russia, Hungary (34 percent each) and South Korea (33 percent) were most likely to agree that women should not work.”

Over the last century and a half, we have undergone vast changes in the way we understand the purpose and activities of the family. This is seen most markedly in the nature of family education, economics and co-existence. Homes are startlingly mother and child free. The children have been sent to a government institution. Mothers have escaped to the cubicle. Fathers are catapulted to the corporation.

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California Megachurch Makes a Startling Statement about Age Segregation

 

Cornerstone Church, a multi-site church in Simi Valley Califorina headed by Francis Chan has a statement on the church web site that questions age and life stage segregation in the church. They say they no longer believe that the church should be segregated in this manner. They say,

“In looking for Adult Ministry, most people are looking to get connected to a men’s ministry, women’s ministry, young marrieds’ ministry, divorced ministry or other type of life-stage/age-stage ministry.”

This makes sense, and for years Cornerstone has been structured around reaching out to people based on their age, life-stage, and interestes. While we are excited about all that God has accomplished at Cornerstone through various life-stage ministries over the years, after much assessment, prayer, and studying of the Scriptures, we have come to strongly believe that the body of Christ is NOT supposed to be divided unnecessarily along age, gender, or life-stage lines.

We desire to meet you where you are, whether you are in need of counseling or if you are simply looking for fellowship with other believers. While we are absolutely committed to ministering to you for the glory of God, we believe that ministry should not be designed according to what fits us best. God has designed the body of Christ to be organized in such a way that relationships are built so that God’s mission is accomplished through His people. We have learned the hard way that the fact that a ministry fits you as an individual doesn’t mean that Cornerstone is necessarily accomplishing what God has called us to be about.

In fact, the key to understanding our mission is realizing that it doesn’t start with you. It starts with understanding God and His heart, plan, and purpose for this world. Only from there can we understand how you as an individual are called to be a part of God’s larger purposes.

We want to get you connected to what God is doing through believers here at Cornerstone by getting you in touch with people who live near you. Please visit your community page to find out how to connect with a community of believers in your neighborhood.”

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