For The Glory of God Alone – Sermon Highlighs

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At The End of The Road

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Announcing Blog Comments

We’ve just opened the comment function here on the NCFIC Blog. We would love to hear your comments and feedback.

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Praises Greatly Enlivened

During times of awakening, singing takes on an passion that is unknown in times of spiritual deadness. Jonathan Edwards reports,

“Our public praises were then greatly enlivened; God was then served in our psalmody, in some measure, in the beauty of holiness [Ps. 96: 9]. It has been observable that there has been scarce any part of divine worship, wherein good men amongst us have had grace so drawn forth and their hearts so lifted up in the ways of God, as in singing his praises. Our congregation excelled all that ever I knew in the external part of the duty before, generally carrying regularly and well three parts of music, and the women a part by themselves. But now they were evidently wont to sing with unusual elevation of heart and voice, which made the duty pleasant indeed… a loose careless person could scarcely find a companion in the whole neighborhood; and if there was anyone that seemed to remain senseless or unconcerned, it would be spoken of as a strange thing.” (Pg. 64, 65, The Jonathan Edwards Reader, Yale Nota Bene)

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The NCFIC Visits the Grand Canyon

A Tiny Little Compromise

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Difference in Worship

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The Difference is in the Fruit

We’ve Given Up Children for New Boats

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It’s a Bad Thing to Exempt Your Family from the Local Church

Don’t Retire, Retread

Samuel Vision Is Here

 

Our friends from New York, Peter and Salina Salyer have named their new baby boy, “Samuel Vision Salyer.” He arrived on June 22.

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Visiting the Fitzgeralds in Cambria California

Following our stop in Oakhurst, CA, we had a wonderful time of rest and respite after a few long stretches. We dropped in to see the Elizabeth Fitzgerald and her four girls in Cambria. Here we are on their front porch.

The Fitzgerald Girls, from left to right, Claire, Emily, Hillary and Dorothy

Claudia Bids Goodbye to Her Dear Fitzgerald Friends… on to Phoenix

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A Battle I Decided I Needed to Fight

The Indispensable Center of Church and Family Life

Here is a summary of my opening message this morning at the Phoenix Reforming Church and Family Road Trip Stop.

The Indispensable Center of Church and Family Life

We are here to say that there are exciting aspects of reformation that are taking place around us. There are things happening in people and in churches that have not happened in the last 50 years.

True reformation is a fruit of something else – something more important and fundamental. True reformation comes out of one source: A heartfelt desire for the glory of God.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul teaches us this principle, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

The Lord Jesus demonstrates this in his conversation with His Father when he cried out, “Not my will, but Thine be done.

Habakkuk 2:14 communicates God’s supreme desire for His glory in all things when he declared, “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.

All true reformation starts with the right answer to the first question of the Westminster catechism: “What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him for ever.

When the focus of our churches or our families is anything other than the glory of God we should expect them to be cursed rather than blessed.

If we change the focus of our families for our own sakes and because we want a better family, we have missed the mark.

If we change our churches to the pattern of age integration for our own sakes and to satisfy our own pleasures, we have missed the mark.

You can establish the “nine marks of a healthy church,” be “together for the gospel,” be “family integrated,” do family worship, but if it is not for the glory of God, it is rubbish.

This is the indispensable center for church and family life. Has God changed your heart so that it desires to glorify God? Do you believe He is your only hope? Is it He the one you truly admire? This is the heart of all true reformation.

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