The NCFIC Visits the Grand Canyon

A Tiny Little Compromise

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Difference in Worship

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Difference in Worship from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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The Difference is in the Fruit

We’ve Given Up Children for New Boats

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Road Trip Video Clips from Phoenix from NCFIC on Vimeo.

 

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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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Reforming Worship – We Must Go All the Way

 

Friday night, Jason Young started his message with the 1828 Websters Dictionary definition of reform, “to abandon that which is evil or corrupt and return to a good state.” He then went on to explain that all reformations in scripture have this same quality. First is negative – errant form needs to be removed. Second is a positive – the authentic (right) needs to be put in place.

Drawing from his background as a brick layer, Jason pointed out that when you have a wall built wrong you have to go back to the place the first mistake was made. He said, “To reform the wall, you must tear it down all the way to the point it departed from the standard.”

After telling stories of reformation in the Old Testament and the New, he exhorted the audience “to remove unbiblical worship practices and replace them with ones God commands.” He said, “We must go all the way.

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The Brown Girls at the Ladies’ Tea in Oakhurst, CA

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Ladies’ Tea in Oakhurst, CA from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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Would I Want My Own Children in My Youth Group?

A Congregation Transformed

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A Congregation Transformed from NCFIC on Vimeo.

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