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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Join Us for a Leaders Meeting During the FORGE Conference

One of my great desires is that pastors in a region who embrace the sufficiency of Scripture will begin to know each other better and in turn work together to advance the kingdom of heaven in their communities. To that end, the NCFIC would like to invite you to a luncheon for prayer, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and exhortation during this year’s FORGE confeerence, “Stand Fast in the Faith“.

You and your fellow elders, pastors and deacons, along with your sons and aspiring future church leaders are invited to an NCFIC Church Leadership Luncheon, Friday at noon during the FORGE conference. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God and Division in Churches



How does a lack of the fear of God cause division in churches?

Mala Chindogo explains in this video that within the church, there can be division among members because of gossip. People do not gossip because they care about a person, but because they want to stir up strife. When there is no fear of God in that person, they don’t strive to encourage and build up that brother or sister in the church as God commands us (1 Thessalonians 5:11), but they seek division and they seek the harm of that individual. As you examine your life, are there ways you are gossiping about another, either directly or subtly? How are you going about encouraging and building up the body of Christ?

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) – “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

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Know How Killing Sin Is



Here is a video put together yesterday at the Colorado Father Son Retreat.

You’re mortifying the flesh, killing it so that it doesn’t kill you. Every father and son need have to that agreement, the son needs to know how killing sin is, and how blessed the kingdom of Heaven is.

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The Devil’s Three Pronged Pitchfork – The Lust of the Flesh, the Eyes, and the Pride of Life

Fathers and sons need to get on the same page about what is happening to them – especially when they are having a conflict. One of those areas is the matter of worldliness and the forces that are activating the “lust flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.”  Nothing that fathers and sons do together is more important than this. It determines everything about your relationship and who you are in the world.

It is not the fact that you have experienced the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes or the pride of life that will damn your soul.Your soul hangs in the balance on this: do you love the world and it’s lusts that present themselves to your senses.

We are getting close to Halloween now and If you see a picture of the devil, he will have a pitchfork. But notice that almost all devils pitchforks have three tines. In my mind, these tines represent the three types of idolatry listed in 1 John 2:15-17. The conflicts and challenges you have as father and son will always arise out of these three things.

Fathers should always ask: How do I sabotage my son by my capitulating to the lusts of the flesh. Am I helping my son to build good affections? Am I building affections for holiness. Sons should always ask, what’s driving me? Is it the world? Is it the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life?

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Fear of God Devotional: How Your Children Strike You With the Fear of God



How does your family help you fear God?

Craig Houston explains in this video that he doesn’t want to fail his wife, children, and his church congregation and cause them to stumble – each of them serve as positive restraining works of the fear of the Lord. Throughout Scripture, we can read of the blessing that results when a man fears God, lives a godly life, and raises his children to also fear God. In contrast, we also see what occurs when a man has no fear of sinning against God and gives himself over to his flesh and the disastrous effects it has on himself and his family.

Psalm 91:9-16 (NKJV) – “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. ‘Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Evidences of Lack of Fear of God



Are you too busy for God?

Clarence Simmons explains in this video that tragically, Christians commonly neglect to read the Word of God and spend time in prayer. Failing to consistently read Scripture and spend time in prayer causes us to grow farther away from God and take steps backward in our walk of sanctification. Such individuals often have a very small view of God, lack a strong fear of God, and tend not to take the Word of God seriously.

There is no growth of a saved individual apart from the Word of God and spending time with Him – in fact, it is impossible. Spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word is absolutely critical to knowing God. Do you prioritize Scripture reading and prayer each day?

Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tonight!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tonight!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God in Our Educational Priorities



What is the cost of removing the fear of God from our children’s education?

Kevin Swanson explains that because we have abandoned the fear of God in our educational institutions, every sphere of life is negatively impacted. Parents neglect their responsibility to teach and train their children and hand it over to the schools.

Schools in America claim to teach children knowledge, but what is that knowledge based upon? What is that foundation upon which children are taught? Instead of teaching our children the fear of God, schools remove God and prayer from their curriculum and advance an educational agenda completely devoid of God. It is no surprise that countless graduates of these schools have turned their backs on God.

Colossians 2:8 (NKJV) – “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

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Baptist Confession of 1689 Has Been Translated into Chechewa

Our church coordinated with pastors from Malawi to create the first Chechewa translation of the Baptist Confession of 1689. Chechewa is the language of Malawi and Zambia. Our church has been involved with two churches in Malawi for church planting and equipping. Our friends at Chapel Library have published it and it is available now from them. Nate Maxon, a son from the missionary family of Frank Maxon, who grew up in Malawi, is an accomplished Chichewa linguist also worked on the translation.  In September there will be a weeklong conference, coordinated by Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre. 

Please pray for the men will be preaching through this confession in Blantyre Malawi, Malamulo Chindongo, Julius Chapola, Masa Elias, Victor Nyirenda, (Members of Antioch Baptist Church – host church). Newton Chilingulo, Kennedy Kachingwe, Emmanuel Mpeni (Members of Reformation Bible Church – Lilongwe), Jason Dohm and Michael Templeton.

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Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow Night!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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