Fear of God Devotional: Is the Fear of God in Your Music?



How should the fear of God impact our music choices?

In this video clip, Kevin Swanson explains that the music a family listens to is very important and influential. Music can either keep or break the first commandment by how it reveres and honors God. Sadly, much of the music released today does not honor God.

It is a responsibility of fathers to discern whether music is or is not reverential and use God-honoring music in their homes. While there are many varied music forms and there may be slight variations from family to family, families ought to attempt to honor God through even the music they listen to.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV) – “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God and the Presence of the Lord



What would it be like if you stood before God?

Jason Dohm explains that in Scripture, we see that whenever people are before angels, the presence of God, or see a vision of God, they are undone and they are humiliated. In every instance, pride is crushed and replaced with a feeling of humiliation of how defiled they are in comparison to a holy God. No matter how “good” you feel you might be, that feeling of superiority instantly vanishes the moment we stand before a righteous God.

Psalm 5:5 (NKJV) – “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God and A Sense of Sin



How does the fear of God impact our view of the cross, of God, and of sin?

Joel Beeke explains that once we have a fear of God, it allows us to better understand the seriousness of sin. This, in turn, drives us to the cross, where we see the all-sufficiency of Christ. The cross allows us to comprehend what Christ has done, the enormity of sin, and the greatness of God. This majestic view of God, His attributes, and His glory allows us to see God’s fingerprints throughout all of life – He is present everywhere and at all times. Even if no one else sees us committing a sinful act, He is present.

Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV) – “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

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Please Join me in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

I’d love to meet you at the Colorado Father Son Retreat and the NCFIC Leaders meeting that precedes it.


Colorado Father Son Retreat:

Crooked Creek Ranch in Fraser, Colorado | September 1-4, 2016

Come to the Father Son Retreat for four days of fellowship, encouragement, and adventure with hundreds of other dads and sons in the heart of the Rocky Mountains:
– Family-style meals
– First-class log cabin lodging
– Challenging biblical messages
– Mountain activities
Curious what it’s like? Check out our wrap-up report, videos, and pictures from the 2015 Father Son Retreat.

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NCFIC Leader’s Meeting:

Denver, Colorado | August 31, 2016

Defending marriage in our churches is a critical matter at this historical moment in America. Marriage has become a battleground. How do we as church leaders fight for a biblical view of marriage in our churches? How do we equip the saints? This will be the focus of Scott Brown’s presentation and the topic of discussion at the Colorado Leadership Luncheon.

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 with Scott Brown, from 10:00am – 2:00pm on August 31st in Denver, CO.

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2016 NCFIC Ministry Update

The Lord has been very good to the NCFIC this year. Here is a quick overview of where the Lord has been taking us. Our whole focus is to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life. We dedicate our labors to encourage churches and families to return to biblical order. We are an equipping organization for church and family with a large network around the world.

The Lord has been very good to the NCFIC this year. Here is a quick overview of where the Lord has been taking us.

I have conducted Regional Leaders meetings for prayer and mutual encouragement of pastors in Texas, Nebraska, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and even New Zealand, using Skype.

Our seven Regional Facilitators have prayed with and hosted dozens of meetings and phone calls with pastors in their regions across the United States.

We are launching daily on our website, http://www.NCFIC.org, our Fear of God Devotionals. I hope you have had the opportunity to be blessed by them. This is a great resource for family discipleship in short one-minute clips. We pray that these videos will heighten our fear of God so that we might run to Him.

The Scripture pronounces many blessings on those who draw near to the Lord in godly fear. One such passage is Psalm 34:

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him” Psalm 34:7-9.

So far this year, we’ve conducted conferences in Austin and Seattle for young married couples. We have also held marriage conferences in Lincoln, Nebraska and our hometown of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Last weekend I met with several leaders, in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama.  While I was in Montgomery I also spoke at a Family Conference, sponsored by Tom Ford and Grace Baptist Church Montgomery.

Please pray for me. In the coming months, I am scheduled to meet with leaders in Pocatello, Idaho, and  preach at Emmanuel Bible Church in Wyoming, then I go to Denver, Colorado for another leaders meeting and Pensacola Florida to meet with local church leaders where we will be praying for an awakening in our hearts, our churches, and our families.

As a part of my travels, I will be speaking in various churches as well as at the Noah Conference, the Colorado Father Son Retreat, the Hope Baptist Father Son and Father Daughter Retreats and the Family Conference at Mt. Zion Bible Church with Jeff Pollard in Pensacola.

Please pray for our National Conference this year entitled and dedicated toThe Fear of God.”  We feel that the lack of the fear of God is at the heart of many of our personal maladies in our churches and in our nation. With a revival of the fear of God, there will be a revival in all who fear.

On a more personal note, Deborah and I have seen two new grandchildren come into the world this year, making for 16. We are in the midst of a very happy time with them. Also, we give thanks to God that my father turned 93 this year. Looking ahead, we are hoping, and planning for my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary a year and a half from now.

One of the blessings of this past year for me has been beginning to memorize Proverbs with my grandchildren. I am struck with the blessings of the fear of God as communicated in Proverbs:

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death” Proverbs 14:26-27.

Our desire here at the NCFIC, is to work for and to see, all across our nation and around the world, both the church and the family reformed to the Word of God. We can be assured that Scripture is sufficient for every generation.

Here is a video explaining the heart of our ministry, and that where we have been is essentially where we are going with the NCFIC – continuing to proclaim the Sufficiency of Scripture for Church and Family Life.

Your support of these efforts is extremely important to us and every gift plays a vital role in this ministry. As a non-profit organization, we rely on people like you to come alongside us and join with us in accomplishing the kingdom mission.

Would you consider financial support of the NCFIC to promote healthy churches and families? Your self-sacrifice on behalf of the ministry will be a great encouragement to us and is a special reminder of the faithfulness of God. Your kindness will be much felt and much appreciated.

Please consider laboring with us to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture and to produce resources for equipping churches and families.

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The video below explains how we plan to continue pressing on to supply equipping resources for churches and families.

If you have any questions, or would like to further discuss these things, please send me an email and we can set up a time to talk: [email protected]

Sincerely,

Scott Brown – President, NCFIC

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Fear of God?



How can we better grasp what the fear of God is?

In this short video, Paul Thompson explains that this fear is not a fear where we’re in terror and horror of something, causing us to cower into a corner. Rather, the fear of God is best understood when we couple it with the grace of God. This fear is a realization for the Christian that someone is in a higher position of authority and that there is thus a responsibility to honor a supreme being, God.

Psalm 112:1 (NKJV) – “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.”

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Who to Vote For? Noah Webster Has the Right Answer

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God.  The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.  If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”1

“When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”2

1. Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education to which is subjoined a Brief History of the United States (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823), p. 307-308
2. Ibid. p. 19

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Killing Your Fears

The fear of God is the death of every other fear; like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears before it. —C.H. Spurgeon

The Complete Works of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume 13: Sermon #748

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God and Holiness



Do you find yourself growing in the fear of God?

Here, Paul Washer explains that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. This fear of God comes as a result of knowing God and knowing Him correctly. The more we comprehend who God is, the better we understand that He is holy and righteous, which leads us to fear Him more. Thus, the mature believer continually grows in his fear of God. Do you find yourself incrementally growing in the knowledge of God and your fear of God?

Proverbs 9:9 (NKJV) – “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

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Live at 5:00pm EST: Re-Discovering the New Testament Church – Colossians

Today at 5:00pm EST I will be teaching through the letter to the Colossians where Paul shows us how Christ is the only sufficient Savior, the only sufficient source of knowledge and the only sufficient source of guidance for your soul. Christ is the all sufficient one. He meets every need. We need nothing else. We need no one else.

Have you considered just how “Complete” a Savior is Jesus Christ? Or, do you understand what it means to be “complete in Christ?” Tune in to our, “Rediscovering the New Testament Church” course on Thursday at 5:00pm EST in Scott’s library as we survey the message of Paul to the Colossians. 

Follow this link to tune in to the live broadcast. http://ift.tt/1f0IAig

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Fear of God and Constant Consciousness of Him

John Murray identifies one of the most important aspects of the fear of God – our constant consciousness of His presence:

The fear of God in us is that frame of heart and mind which reflects our apprehension of who and what God is, and who and what God is will tolerate nothingless than totality of commitment to him.

The Fear of God implies our constant consciousness of [our] relation to God, that, while we are also related to angels, demons, men, and things, our primary relationship is to God and all other relationships are determined by, and to be interpreted in terms of, our relation to him… The first thought of the godly man in every circumstance is God’s relation to him and it, and his and its relation to God.

– John Murray – Principles of Conduct, 242, 237-38

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Fear of God Devotional: How the Fear of God is Reflected in Our Speech



How do parents instill the fear of God throughout their home and among their children?

Here, Kevin Swanson suggests that being aware of the words we use in the home is one way we can maintain a God-fearing home. He shares a brief story from his childhood, where his father would read over books that he and his siblings read and mark out words that took God’s name in vain with a black marker. What are ways that a parent might proactively take action to ensure that the name of God is honored and reverenced in their home?

Matthew 12:36 (NKJV) – “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”

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Singing with Little Enthusiasm and Praying with Little Heart

Too often we sit distracted and disinterested in our corporate gatherings. We sing with little enthusiasm. We pray with little heart. We treat the privileges of God’s family as if they were mere little obligations.

All the while, little eyes are watching us.

But when those eyes see in the adults around them a passion for Jesus that seems at once both unreasonable and yet remarkably genuine, then the doorway to their hearts might be cracked open by the Holy Spirit.

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Fear of God Devotional: Suppressing the Fear of God



Do you fully realize that God sees each of your actions and thoughts at all times and that nothing is hidden from His sight? How should that realization impact the way you live?

In this short video, Jason Dohm explains that over time, some individuals have seared their conscience so severely through rebellion and repeated sin that their memory of God has begun to fade and they are being given over to a depraved mind. They have chosen to suppress the fact that they live every second under the eye of God. It is a sobering thought.

Why do they feel like they can act however they want? When you realize that every second you live is under His gaze, there is a subsequent fear of God. However, when you lose that fear of God and when you think you’re not under a righteous and holy God who will judge you, you become incrementally more careless with respect towards sin and often resort to committing evil acts that you would never even think of doing.

Hebrews 4:13 (NKJV) – “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of Displeasing God



Do you strive to please God by repenting of sin and pursuing righteousness? Or have you become complacent with sin and your affections are elsewhere, instead of being fixed on God?

Joel Beeke explains that as Christians, we know that sin greatly displeases God. Consequently, we should earnestly pray that we would have a childlike fear of God and desire to please Him with our actions and words. We ought to pray for strength to mortify sin in our life and live our lives only for Him. We ought to seek to put to death every sin and pursue Christlikeness.

Colossians 3:5 (NKJV) – “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

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