God is Light

It is striking how man cannot stop trying to create more light, always improving light in houses, buildings, stadiums and other outdoor places covered in the darkness of night. Man cannot seem to lose his fascination with light.  We are always creating light that casts farther and is more penetrating and pleasing by degrees. In 1 John 1:5-7, John brings us into the world of light and darkness. He makes it very plain that to walk in darkness is to be deprived of everything beautiful and good. When you walk in darkness, it is a darkness that can be felt. You are separated from the light, and life and love of God. And, you cannot have the fullness of loving fellowship with God and with His people in your journey through this world. But, what does it mean to walk in the light and in darkness? John answers this question.

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Meaning of God’s Temporal Judgments in the World?

Have you considered just how merciful God is to us?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Lot’s wife is an example of God’s impending judgment. This account is given to us so that we can glimpse a little foretaste of what is to come.

Jason directs our attention to Romans 9. In that chapter, Paul says, “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have been made like Gomorrah..” What were Sodom and Gomorrah like? Total annihilation with no survivors. Utter desolation.

What Paul is saying is that unless God was merciful and saved some, all would have been destroyed. All deserved to be destroyed. But, God is merciful. He has left a remnant. Sodom and Gomorrah stand as a picture for what is coming for those who do not repent.

Isaiah 1:9 (NKJV) – “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Blessing of the Fear of God

How is the fear of God a blessing?

In this video, Carlton McLeod explains how the fear of the God is a blessing to believers. Once the believer begins to see who God is, how great He is, how awesome He is, how loving and how holy He is, there is a reverent trembling that results. God has saved us from the pit of hell. How can we purposefully continuously displease Him? I dare not do such a thing!

It is a part of discipleship, where the believer sees God as being supremely holy. The blessing comes when the believer says to himself, “I dare not sin against this God, I dare not hurt this God who has healed all of my hurt.” Ask yourself if there are sins or desires in your life that you’re stubbornly refusing to surrender to God and repent of them.

James 1:17 (NKJV) – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Wrath of God is Holiness in Action

What happens when people do not have a fear of God?

Clarence Simmons explains in this video that the wrath of God is essentially holiness in action. When there is no fear of God, we offend a holy God because we are acting in a way contrary to His holiness, His will, and His ways, which brings forth the wrath of God.

There is certainly a connection between a lack of the fear of God and the wrath of God. When we live in ungodliness and do not fear God, we can be assured that God will subsequently respond with wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness. We ought to prayerfully consider if there are areas in our life where we do not fear God as we ought.

Ezekiel 25:17 (NKJV) – “I will execute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I lay My vengeance upon them.”

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Today at 5:00pm EST – Hebrews – A Superior Savior for a Superior Life

Today at 5:00pm EST we will be studying the book of Hebrews, as we are “Rediscovering the New Testament Church.” 

Hebrews was written to a people who had lost their zeal, were shrinking back, and wanting to turn back from Christ because of pressures from the people they left in Judaism. This is why the author declares the fact that a superior Savior, brought a superior covenant, resulting in a superior life. God gives us tremendous help in understanding the intended purpose of the book of Hebrews. It is found in the last few sentences of the letter. Hebrews ends with the words, “bear with the word of exhortation. (Hebrews 13:22)

Hebrews is an exhortation in the fullest sense of the word, not only as teaching and correction, but also encouragement and comfort – the comfort of Christ Himself. You can LISTEN LIVE by clicking here.

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Father Son Retreat Sept 30-Oct 1 – Wake Forest NC

It is almost time for the Father Son Retreat, which is September 30 – October 1 (Friday afternoon-Saturday) at the Brown Farm.

Date: Sept 30-Oct 1 at the Brown Farm.
Speakers: Scott Brown, Jason Dohm, Mike Davenport and Paul Carrington.
Subject:  The Men Who Feared Their God
Cost: $40 per person or $100 per family, whichever is cheaper.


The retreat begins on Friday at 6:00 Sept 30 for dinner, and ends at 4:00 on Saturday. Meals include Dinner Sept 30, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

To register, please email the name of each person attending, along with the age of each son, to Alan Hillman at [email protected].

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God is Everything in Life

How does the fear of God benefit all areas of life?

In this video, Mala Chindongo explains that the fear of God is everything in life – it brings order to society, order in our homes, and order in the heart of a man. There is a saying in Africa that a man who does not fear God is a beast.

This is true in life. If you don’t fear God, you have a seared conscience and if you do not fear God, you will not respect other individuals. This lack of the fear of God has resulted in people worshipping their ancestors, murdering children, or even dictators killing people because of a dislike of them. This is evidence of a lack of a fear of God.

This idea has played out again and again throughout history. In places that do not have any knowledge or fear of God, we find cannibalism and all kinds of abuses going on. In contrast, when the Gospel is preached, things dramatically change when people’s hearts are regenerated.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV) – “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Handling Things Our Own Way is a Sign We Don’t Fear God

How does doing things our way demonstrate we don’t fear God?

Craig Houston explains in this video that we as sinful human beings like to handle things our own way or to accomplish tasks in the manner we desire instead of fearing God enough to say, “What would God want me to do” or “How would He want me to respond?”

God’s Word teaches us that to obey is better than sacrifice. God desires obedience more than sacrifices. When we understand that, then what He wants for us matters more than what we want for ourselves. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In other words, if you love Christ, fear Him and obey Him. Following Him should take priority above all else. His way alone is true and good. We are not to let pride get in the way of following the commands of Christ.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV) – “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does the Fear of God Look Like in Children?

How does the fear of God affect the lives of our children?

Jason Dohm shares how he and his wife could tell right away when each of their children became regenerate. They noticed a definite change, a change that was connected to the fear of God.

When their children became regenerate, many of their children had a pattern of deception – but when they became born again, they became much more trustworthy. He explains how he would attribute that change to them knowing that God was in the room, realizing that everything they did was known, and how he and his wife didn’t have to be present with them because they knew God was present. They were beginning to fear the Lord even more. Their hearts were changing. What a merciful and good God we serve!

Ezekiel 11:19 (NKJV) – “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of Man in the Ministry

How are we to avoid the fear of man?

Clarence Simmons explains in this video that we ought to cry out to God because our natural inclination is the fear of man – that is natural. We are to plead with God to give us boldness to proclaim His truth, no matter the cost.

That is what we need to pursue. We do speak the truth because God has called us to His service and our primary obligation is first to Him and then to the flock. We are to preach His truth because it is His truth. We need to do that boldly and whole-heartedly and with backbone. Preaching God’s Word to those around us is such a glorious responsibility.

This is the will of God for us – to press on, not to quit but to keep going and go until the end as we look to Jesus, our great Saviour, who redeemed us by His great blood for the purpose of forming His Church into His likeness by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Galatians 1:10 (NKJV) – “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God In Missions

What are the characteristics of a minister who fears God?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that a man who fears God is one who does not focus on himself but instead on the will of God. When it comes to missions, a missionary or pastor on the mission field knows that he is there for the honor of God. In contrast, a missionary who has no fear of God doesn’t think about the people he is preaching to or the fear, love, and honor of God, but only about the glory of self.

A key to better understanding the fear of God is that we understand that God is big and we are small. What the fear of God does to a pastor or missionary is that they see what they’re doing is not about themselves but about God. They fear God and strive to avoid displeasing Him.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV) – “’Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Modesty – Adorned with Beautiful Holiness

How are we to grow in holiness?

In this video, Craig Houston describes one way we can strive to grow in holiness. Specifically, he discusses 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Peter 3 and explains they describe women who adorn themselves with godliness. Holiness is on display from the inside out – a woman should be adorned with a kind of holiness that comes from being wholly devoted to the Lord. With that devotion and that desire for holiness in the inner man, it naturally is evident outwardly. A revealing of the beauty of holiness.

Although this idea does involve clothing, it also has to do with how our life, in general, is adorned. The words we speak in life – they can bring life or death. All of that comes from inside. Instead of being focused on how we look or how we act, we should ask how our life is adorned with holiness coming from the inward man. How does it manifest itself on the outside? We should seek to walk in holiness and encourage our children to do the same.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV) – “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

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Help! My Church is in Crisis

How do you persevere through trials in church life, or any other part of life? How do you go to church in a time of crisis, where there is disagreement, confusion and hurt feelings? How do you face people who have offended you? How do you spend Sunday with people who disagree? How are you supposed to sing with true love in your heart and not be fake? How are you supposed to take the Lord’s Supper and not be fake or worse, bring condemnation down upon your head by taking it in an unworthy manner? How are you supposed to talk to your brother or sister in the Lord without being fake? How do you teach your children to go through times like this?

Don’t let your children leave home without knowing that times of trial are gifts from the Lord. They are designed for good – to help us experience His love more deeply and to stimulate us to instruct our families in how we go through crises.  How do you go through a crisis in your church? I can sum it up in one phrase: Out of the overflow of love for your Lord Jesus Christ,  and your obedience to His commandments.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does the Fear of God Look Like

How can we grow in the fear of God?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that the fear of God is something that grows through your life – it is something that results from knowing and learning more about Him. There is always more to learn about God.

Obviously, there is plenty of room for growth once you are saved. We learn more about God through Scripture reading and prayer. The more you learn about God through Scripture reading and the more time you spend in prayer, the more you fear God and want to learn more about who He is, which ultimately drives you closer to God and understand who He is. Understandably, it is very important that a believer not neglect time in prayer and reading Scripture.

Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV) – “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.”

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Sufficient, Certain and Infallible – The Power of the Word of God

The historical confessions of faith are a steadying influence in a church and family. I recently delivered a message on The Baptist Confession of 1689 which speaks of the power of the Word of God in the first chapter. 

In the first three sections of Chapter 1 of the Baptist Confession of 1689, the sufficiiency, certainty and infallibility of the Bible is declared.

This means that the Bible ought to be the most important resource in the home. It should capture the first portion of time. My experience is that if it does not take the first place in priority, it will take the last place. This usually happens in homes which are filled with movies and books and music that edges out the Bible in importance. 

Here is an audio message on these three sections of chapter 1. 

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