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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A Prayer for the Close of the Sabbath Day

“Most Merciful Father, we seek Thy presence at the close of the day. We might have that presence in fullness all day long; but we are so forgetful of Thee, and so carried away on the stream of passing things, or so drawn and hither and thither by the distractions of life, that we are glad when Thou dost spread the calm shadow of Thy presence, and invite us to come within its stillness and solemnity. Be a little sanctuary to us here to-night. May we hear the voice of the Lord God at the cool of the day. May our souls be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and our mouths shall praise Thee when we remember Thee upon our beds.

We thank Thee for the many and rich mercies of this day, for the goodness of Thy house, even of Thy holy place. How precious have been Thy thoughts to us-ward, and how great has been the sum of them! May the good seed of divine truth find in our hearts “good ground” in which to grow, and in our lives a field in which to ripen. Preserve in us every holy impression and helpful memory. Nourish us still by the bread of life; and take us from one Sabbath to another, “as from strength to strength,” until we appear in the heavenly Zion before Thee. Save us from hardness, and coldness, and spiritual indifference; and as Thou art ever about us in Thy tenderness, and Thy love in its many and merciful ministrations is preventing us on every side, O make us tender, and receptive, and contrite, and humble, that we may thus grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We praise Thee for Him: for all He has told us of Thy fatherhood, for all He has done for us in His atonement, and for all He continues to be and do for us still, in Heaven as our High Priest, and here on earth as an ever-present friend, we praise Thee. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. May we rejoice in the Lord alway. May His blood cleanse us everyday from all sin. May His love be a conscious and homefelt reality in our hearts. May His suffering explain and sanctify ours, so that all things shall work together for our good.

We especially beseech Thee to grant unto us a deeper and more abiding loyalty to Him as our only rightful Lord, and a more fervent and steady zeal for the service of His kingdom. Ah, how slack have we been, how careless, how unprofitable! How timid our confession! How scanty our toils! Oftentimes we have almost betrayed our Master, and we have never given Him a full and undivided consecration. Help us now to yield ourselves unto God through Christ our Saviour, without reserve. May we now present the living sacrifice, and, overcoming by our faith and resolution the fear of the world and the reluctance of the flesh, may we follow and serve the Lord wholly, and unto the end. O grant us thy Holy Spirit as a Spirit of power, to vitalize our convictions and strengthen our principles, and to set our will more fixedly to the duty of each day, until the day of life shall come to its close, and the duty of life shall be all done, By His indwelling may we know the things of Christ in all their clearness and beauty, and be led so to come to Him not only in faith, but in daily consecration and active service, that we may find His yoke to be easy and His burden to be light.

Help us to bear our troubles and perplexities as those who know that they are appointed, and that they are swiftly passing away. Stay us so with grace that we may not weary of the chastening that is for our profit, that we may not fail of the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory which all our suffering should work out. As our mortal days and nights come and go, may we look with a brightening hope to the everlasting and unclouded day of heaven; and when at length, in Thine own good time, we leave the earthly toil and sorrow behind, may we through grace enter into the city where already are gathered together the pilgrim people who have lived and died before us.

May all who are dear to us be of that pilgrim company. May none be left to set their affection on things on the earth. May none despise, or even neglect, the good part. May they hasten to be wise. May they seek the Lord while He is to be found, and call upon Him while He is near. May religion open to them its joys and adorn them with its beauty, and may they and we go, henceforth, in the ways which are pleasantness, and in the paths which are peace.

Bless our native land, and our most gracious sovereign, and all the royal family. Give peace in our times, and turn away Thy judgments. Make known thy truth, and let Thy glory shine over all the earth, and may Thy will, speedily, be done on earth, even as it is done in heaven.

We now humbly and trustfully commit ourselves to Thee for the night, and even for evermore, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Home Preacher or Church in the House edited by Rev Norman Macleod D.,D,.
William MacKenzie,Howard St.
22 Paternoster Row, London pages 240-241

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Upcoming Child Training Conference – May 7-8.

Friday evening will be at the Brown’s Barn for parents only (7-9:30pm); Saturday will be at the Tuxedo Junction (9am-4pm) for the whole family. This is sponsored by Hope Baptist church, but everyone is invited. Details coming soon.

Tuxedo Junction Inc.
405 South Brooks Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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NCFIC Internship Opportunity

One of the most exciting parts of our work at the NCFIC over the past year has been what God has done through our intern program. We have seen God work in a mighty way through daily discipleship, hard work, the camaraderie, opportunity, and sacrifice involved in being an NCFIC intern. We have seen men grow, stretched, convicted, and even transformed.

The NCFIC Internship is a men’s discipleship program consisting of personal study, local church involvement, and ministry to churches around the nation through conferences and internet communications. Interns will be involved in the daily work of the NCFIC offices, daily discipleship with Scott Brown and Peter Bradrick, weekly involvement in the activities and mentorship of Hope Baptist church as well as receive significant investment from the leaders of Hope Baptist Church.

We are excited to announce that there are still openings for the summer/fall 2010 internship which begins August 2nd and ends December 20th. The application deadline is March 31, 2010.

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Peter Bradrick | [email protected]

To apply, click here.

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