Spanish Language Messages Delivered at Love the Church

One of the unusual aspects of our Love the Church conference, is that those who speak Spanish will have the opportunity to hear four messages in the Spanish language and the Keynotes will be simultaneously translated into Spanish.

Paul Washer:

A Man and His Wife

A Man and His Children

Josue Raimundo:

Problems in Church and Family

Biblical Solutions for Problems in Church and Family

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Edwards Preaches to All Ages in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

In one of the most famous sermons of all time, it is apparent that there was an age integrated congregation and the preacher did not forget to address the aged and the children and those in between.

Are there not many here who have lived long in the world, and are not to this day born again? And so are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and have done nothing ever since they have lived, but treasure up wrath against the day of wrath?

Oh, sirs, your case, in an especial manner, is extremely dangerous. Your guilt and hardness of heart is extremely great. Do you not see how generally persons of your years are passed over and left, in the present remarkable and wonderful dispensation of God’s mercy? You had need to consider yourselves, and awake thoroughly out of sleep. You cannot bear the fierceness and wrath of the infinite God.

And you, young men, and young women, will you neglect this precious season which you now enjoy, when so many others of your age are renouncing all youthful vanities, and flocking to Christ? You especially have now an extraordinary opportunity; but if you neglect it, it will soon be with you as with those persons who spent all the precious days of youth in sin, and are now come to such a dreadful pass in blindness and hardness.

And you, children, who are unconverted, do not you know that you are going down to hell, to bear the dreadful wrath of that God, who is now angry with you every day and every night? Will you be content to be the children of the devil, when so many other children in the land are converted, and are become the holy and happy children of the King of kings?

And let every one that is yet out of Christ, and hanging over the pit of hell, whether they be old men and women, or middle aged, or young people, or little children, now hearken to the loud calls of God’s word and providence. This acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favor to some, will doubtless be a day of as remarkable vengeance to others.

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My Daughter’s Wedding

 

Here are pictures of my daughter Blair’s wedding. I highly recommend Poiema Photograpy for your weddings. The photographers, Casey, Kristin and Angey, are the best friends that make up the Poiema Team, they strive to honor God through photography and showcase His goodness by capturing the beauty in marriage and family; preserving special moments in photos that help to illustrate our faith and heritage for generations to come. They currently serve both the Raleigh/Durham and the DFW area.

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The Voice of the Bridegroom – Taylor Tsantles Wedding Sermon

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I had great joy in the message my son in law, Taylor Tsantles preached at his wedding to my daughter Blair. In it he declared the true meaning of marriage as a picture of the gospel. My soul was refreshed at his preaching and I am sure yours will be as well.

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A Mother at Home: As faithful as the most self sacrificing missionary

To have more time available for prayer and reading is most delightful to a spiritual soul, yet the faithful discharge of business or domestic responsibilities is more profitable to others and more pleasing to God, if He has so appointed them. The mother who is faithful in the home honors God just as truly and fully as the most self-sacrificing missionary.

—Arthur W. Pink, Studies in the Scriptures, “The Doctrine of Sanctification,” 1

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Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

In the new book, Calvin for Today, by Joel Beeke, there is an excellent chapter by David Murray, entitled, "Calvin on Preaching Christ from the Old Testament." Murray writes,

"There is a widespread crisis in preaching from the Old Testament today, and consequently in preaching Christ from the Old Testament. Fewer and fewer sermons are being preached from this part of the Bible, and those that are preached do not appear to command the same interest or respect as New Testament sermons."

Noting that there is a paucity of preaching from the Old Testament in our churches today, he says,

"Some surveys have found that only twenty percent of Christian sermons are from the Old Testament."

In this same vein, I was surprised that when we started our exegetical study of the book of Deuteronomy, there was not a single person in our congregation who had ever heard expository messages on Deuteronomy. Murray expands on this,

"This imbalance in the spiritual diet of most Christians explains many of the spiritual problems in the modern church and the modern Christian. How can we expect our congregations to be healthy when they are being largely deprived of thirty-nine of the sixty-six books (60 percent) of the Bible—the very books that provided the spiritual nourishment of Christ and His apostles?"

Murray give several very helpful handles on interpretive principles:

Theological Pillars

• Pillar 1: By preaching the Old Testament, we are preaching Christ’s words
• Pillar 2: Christ is the only teacher of His church
• Pillar 3: By preaching God, we preach Christ
• Pillar 4: The Old and New Testaments are united by the covenant of grace
• Pillar 5: What was said to Israel was said also to us
• Pillar 6: Every Old Testament believer was saved through faith in Christ
• Pillar 7: The old Testament believers had the Holy Spirit
• Pillar 8: The hope of Old Testament believers was spiritual and heavenly
• Pillar 9: The law was a schoolmaster that led Old Testament believers to Christ
• Pillar 10: There were differences between the Old and New Testaments

Practical Pillars

• Pillar 1: The aim of all Old Testament study is to find and preach Christ
• Pillar 2:The New Testament is our exegetical guide to the Old Testament
• Pillar 3: If you cannot be Christ-centered in exegesis, be so in application
• Pillar 4: Preach the original message to the original audience
• Pillar 5: Highlight partial fulfillments before highlighting the final fulfillment
• Pillar 6: Preach Christ from all genres of Old Testament literature
• Pillar 7: The Old Testament should be preached frequently
• Pillar 8: Build Christ-centered Old Testament preaching slowly and safely

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Show DIVIDED to your community this December 4th

The NCFIC has partnered with Freedom Film Distributors and National Movie Night to show Divided in dozens of communities across the country on the weekend of December 4th.

The National Movie Night team is helping to organize the national screening of Divided the Movie. If you want to host a screening in your church or community, simply sign up with National Movie Night and they will help you walk through the steps.

We believe this is a unique opportunity, to bring families and church leaders from your community together around a potluck dinner or at your local church building and watch a 55 minute film that will inspire everyone who sees it, to go back to the word of God and reexamine whether the practices of child discipleship that they are employing are actually biblical and effective.

Sign up to show Divided in your community!

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If You Want Your Child To Love the Church… by John Piper

“If you want your child to grow up in the church and love the church – love the church. Don’t send them off to Sunday School or children’s church. Show them how you love to worship God.”

– John Piper, Raising Children Who Hope in the Triumph of God (audio message) 

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The Voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride

On Saturday, it was thrilling to witness the marriage of my daughter Blair to a young man who has walked with me for many years – Taylor Tsantles. He preached a powerful sermon on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Taylor gave a 25 minute message that was so clear and beautiful and profitable for my soul.

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Taylor and Blair and Tertullian on Marriage

Marrying off your daughter causes many thoughts to flood your mind. One of those is the sweetness of marriage. The early church father, Tertullian expresses it beautifully,

"How shall we ever be able adequately to describe the happiness of that marriage which the church arranges,…upon which the blessing sets a seal, at which angels are present as witnesses, and to which the Father gives his consent?… How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety;…they perform their daily exercises of piety without hindrance…Psalms and hymns they sing to one another, striving to see which one of them will chant more beautifully the praises of their Lord. Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these he gives his peace."

See T.D. Barnes, Tertullian: A Historical and Literary Study (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), 242. Quoted in an article by Michael Haykin in Joel Beeke’s book, Calvin for Today, in a chapter entitled, "Christian Marriage in the 21at Century: Listening to Calvin on the Purpose of Marriage."

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Bulk Discounts Available

Bulk orders of A Weed in the Church and Divided are now available from the NCFIC store.

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How Members Can Serve the Church on Sunday Morning

Over at 9 Marks they posted some advice for “How Members Can Serve the Church on Sunday Morning”

Before the Service
• Read the passage in advance
• Pray for the gathering
• Greet newcomers (act like you are the host)
• Think strategically about who you should sit with
• Arrive Early

During the Service
• Sing with gusto (even if you can’t sing)
• Help with logistics (if there’s a problem, help fix it)
• Don’t be distracted
• Listen carefully
• Be aware of your facial expressions (you may affect others and discourage preachers)

After the Service
• Connect newcomers with others
• Get newcomers information
• Start a conversation about the sermon
• Ask someone how they became a Christian
• Stay late

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Quote of the Day

A lot of men have a wishbone where they ought to have a backbone.

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The Demographics of Low Birth Rates

The unintended consequences of the culture of abortion, birth control and having fewer children is illustrated here.

 

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Isaac Harris live blogs the SAICFF

Isaac Harris is live blogging the Film Festival here. You can also get updates through his twitter account.

Event Bloggers is also live blogging the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Check out their great posts for timely updates.

 

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