“We want nothing but to behold the glory of God and to see him exalted by all, and everywhere, to be happy. When I read the descriptions of the heavenly world, I see nothing so prominent as these two great truths: Man abased and God exalted….Behold! ‘what hath God wrought?’” – Gardiner Spring, quoted in Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858, p. 345
One of the messages I like to pound home is that young men should not spend their years of youth playing games. In the Proverbs, Solomon touches on one of the reasons why – it reflects a gigantic absence of “understanding,” and the stupidity of following what is empty,
“He who tills the land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding” (Prov. 12:11).
I talk about this in the book Preparing Boys for Battle, which contains seventeen critical exhortations that I believe fathers must deliver to their sons. Why? To discipline them to be the mighty warriors God intends them to be. These were the things I told my own son David as he was growing up.
What happens when something falls apart around you? One of the most encouraging things I see as a pastor (or a father) is when I see people in the church or my children in times of distress and they grow stronger and softer, sweeter and deeper than they were before. The trials bring forth fruit instead of failure. Our family saw an example of the opposite when we wee reading 2 Chronicles 28:22 this week,
“Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the LORD.”
Doctrine is fundamental to the Christian faith and essential for the family.
The NCFIC is now releasing two new product sets on one of the most sound confessions of the Christian faith — the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 (SLBC). This confession forms a rockbed of Christian doctrine that helps to establish an unshakeable faith upon the Word of God.
The first of these products is Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine. This set contains 16 DVDs of pastoral application on the SLBC, a re-published SLBC + the Baptist Catechism, a study guide to solidify the doctrines, and an MP3 recording of the reading of the SLBC by Bill Brown.
You can buy portions of the set, but if you buy the whole set, you save over 20% on the total value!
The second product is FOUNDATIONS in Sound Doctrine. Containing about 40 hours of teaching by seven church elders and teachers, this audio teaches you how to defend biblical doctrine.
We are excited about these products at the NCFIC, because they are timely and needed to establish Christians (by the grace of God) in the firm foundation of the Word of God.
Titus 1:9 says, “Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
Get these products and seriously seek to establish your family and churches in sound doctrine.
Has anyone ever borrowed something from you and broke it and ignored the problem? Has anyone ever stolen anything from you and you had no biblical thinking with which to figure out what should happen next? The Bible actually has much to say about how to proceed.
In church life, this is very important. If you have a church where there are relationships that follow biblical patterns, people will sometimes sin against one another. They borrow from one another. They might ask to borrow your truck or your lawn mower. But did they dent the truck or scratch it? Did they break the lawn mower? What to do? The Bible has very helpful guidelines. Most of this teaching comes from Old Testament case law.
Same Journey – Different Results. They left at the same time, but one would return and the other would perish. This is the story of personal life, family life, church life, and business life. It matters how you proceed. Here is a dramatic example: the 1911 Antarctic expedition led by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott. The destination of both men was the South Pole, but the results of their two journeys were radically different. (more…)
Here is another article on the impact of sitting all the time. One of the shockers from the article is that adults spend 90% of their leisure time sitting…
For better health, try standing up more, a new study suggests. Those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.
Analyzing self-reported data from more than 222,000 people aged 45 and older, Australian researchers found that mortality risks spike after 11 hours of total daily sitting but are still 15 percent higher for those sitting between 8 and 11 hours compared to those sitting fewer than 4 hours per day.
“The evidence on the detrimental health effects of prolonged sitting has been building over the last few years,” said study author Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney. “The study stands out because of its large number of participants and the fact that it was one of the first that was able to look at total sitting time. Most of the evidence to date had been on the health risks of prolonged television viewing.”
The study is published in the March 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Over the years, I have tried to find ways to make sure I am not hanging my head down for reading. So around ten years ago, my wife bought this for my birthday – a Jefferson Bookstand. Click here to see how it allows me to read with my head straight ahead, instead of increasingly ruining my spine and making me a hunchback over time. But there is more: Here is another great way to work – standing up. Here is the case for it and the history.
I shot a video on my iphone for the first click…
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