Beauty for Ashes


In order to explain the power of the gospel, the good news, Isaiah desires to take us through remarkable scenes of life. In some places in Isaiah, he takes us over land and sea to explain it. Now in this passage, he takes us to preaching and a wedding. This whole story begins with a person preaching. But who is listening? It is the poor, brokenhearted captives, and bound who are listening and the preaching has marvelous effects. This passage shows how preaching leads to a wedding.  The Bible begins with a wedding, and it ends with a wedding, and in Isaiah 61 it is clear that the preaching of Christ is all about a wedding.

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The Crowning Problem of Our Day



Everything flows from our understanding of God. Clarence Simmons, calls this our “crowning problem,” and he contends that we have to start with who God really is, if we ever hope to have a proper fear of God. For there can be no appropriate fear of God without a true knowledge of God. In order to reap the blessings from the fear of God, you must know the true God, not the god of your own invention. Yes, God is a “friend,” but that’s not all He is. Clarence recommends that we read Chapel Library’s offerings by AW Pink on the Attributes of God and the “Sovereignty of God.”

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Expository Preachers and Expository Fathers

The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is the hallmark doctrine of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. It is the pivotal principle around which all matters of faith and practice must revolve. Given this fact, our great desire at the NCFIC is that the people of God would be satisfied with Scripture alone and that we would foster a love for God’s Word by giving it the prominent place in our homes and in the meeting of the church through expository preaching.

Our heart’s desire is to see a new generation of expository preachers and expository fathers. Both are desperately needed today, and both have their particular requirements and responsibilities — and their roles require some of the same skills in biblical exposition.

One thing is certain: the quality of the teaching of both pastors and fathers will have a profound reciprocal effect. If fathers are faithful expositors, the church will benefit, for the family is the nursery of the church; and if the pastors are faithful expositors, the family will benefit, for the church is the family of God and the pillar and support of the truth. In this way, both church and home are transformed by holy Scripture as it is loved and communicated by both church shepherds and family shepherds. This is how fathers teaching in their homes and pastors teaching in the churches are interdependent.

In order for there to be lasting reformation of the church, three things must happen as we make this a priority:

First, Scripture must take center stage in church life, and church leaders must become fiercely thorough in expositing God’s Word in their teaching.

Second, fathers must become Bible expositors, taking on the mantle of prophet, priest, and king as they deliver the whole counsel of God to their families as heads of their households.

Third, churches need to be planted that restore Bible’s rich doctrines restore to centerstage and set aside the modern secular encumbrances that are plaguing the church today due to ignorance of God’s Word.

Expository Preaching: The Need of the Hour

Expository preaching has been central to great moves of God throughout the centuries and is as critical to us today as ever. Steve Lawson explains the need this way:

The greatest seasons of church history — those eras of widespread reformation and great awakening — have been those epochs in which God-fearing men took the inspired Word and unashamedly preached it in the power of the Holy Spirit. As the pulpit goes, so goes the church. Thus, only a reformed pulpit will ultimately lead to a reformed church. In this hour, pastors must see their pulpits again marked by sequential exposition, doctrinal clarity, and a sense of gravity regarding eternal matters. This in my estimation is the need of the hour.[1]

The Divine Genius of John Calvin’s Geneva

The church in Geneva during the sixteenth century offers us one of the most striking examples of the impact of expository preaching on a culture and civilization. Four powerful things happened in Geneva during this eventful time that shook the world and beautified the church. First, fifteen families with an unusual passion for the recovery of the Word of Christ moved to Geneva, Switzerland and started a little congregation. These church planters included the families of John Foxe (author of Foxes Book of Martyrs), Samuel Rutherford, (author of Lex Rex), John Knox, John Calvin and several other devoted Bible scholars. Second, these families held fiercely to the practice of expository preaching as John Calvin faithfully handled all of Scripture. Third, during a two year super-abounding labor of love, these men translated the entire Bible into English (The Geneva Bible) and put hundreds of thousands of copies of this faithful translation into the hands of the common man. Fourth, these men used the patterns and commands of Scripture to reform every area of life. As a result, people moved to Geneva in droves to be a part of this mighty work of God.

In the midst of this move of reformation, the reformers in Geneva resurrected the biblical doctrine of the family. They particularly focused on reforming fatherhood, charging fathers to take their role as household leader seriously — to become heralds of the whole counsel of God in their homes in the way that Deuteronomy 6 explains.

Generational Reformation: Expository Fathers Must Do Their Part

We need a biblical reformation like the one that took place in Geneva in the sixteenth century. We need men — particularly fathers — to faithfully exposit the Word of God to their family and church congregations as Deuteronomy 6:6-7 prescribes: when they sit in their house, when they walk by the way; when they lie down and when they rise up.

In order for biblical reformation to be sustained for generations, expository fathers must take the lead in discipling their families. Richard Baxter explained how that family reformation serves as the foundation for lasting general reformation with these words:

You are not likely to see any general reformation, till you procure a family reformation. Some little religion there may be, here and there; but while it is confined to single persons, and is not promoted in families, it will not prosper, nor promise much future increase.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures…” (2 Timothy 3:15). Paul wrote this of Timothy who had been faithfully taught God’s Word by his mother and grandmother. Theirs was a generational legacy of biblically-based discipleship.

Wives and mothers play a key role in family discipleship, but it is fathers who are held responsible and must take the lead. As men, may what Paul wrote of Timothy be true in our family flocks even as we heed this charge: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).

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Fear and a Low View of God



A low view of God makes a man a stranger to the true God and therefore a stranger to godly fear. But if a man seeks for God in the scriptures, he will learn the fear of the Lord. David said, “come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps 34:11), and “Establish your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing you” (Ps 119:38). If you have a low view of God and little fear of God, it is because you have little exposure to the Word of God. Do you want to grow in godly fear? Run to the Holy Scriptures.

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Civil Leaders in the Bible Who Did Not Fear God



Rulers who fear God give the people what is beneficial to them, not necessarily what they want. Often, what they want will only weaken and corrupt them. In this sense, the best civil leaders are men who fear God. But most civil rulers do not fear God. They are like Jeroboam who was a man-pleasing, man-fearer. Because their popularity rests on the favors of people, civil leaders give the people what they want by elevating their ungodly passions. They do this because they fear man, but do not fear God. In this sense many maladies in our society spring from the lack of the fear of God.

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The Control Freak Father and the Fear of God



An angry father is a father who has lost a sense of the fear of God. But when children see a father who has bowed the knee to His God in holy fear, they find a new kind of father. It is the fear of God that subdues a father’s unrighteous anger. In that state of the fear of God, he becomes a father who is freed to love his children.

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Chastising Children and the Fear of The Lord



Children learn about God by their parents, and part of their learning comes from a father who constrains evil in his home. Hebrews 12 makes it plain that God chastises every son whom he receives. This is why a father who chastises his children is helping them learn the fear of the Lord. With this, a child comes to understand how a loving father can also chastise. And, parents who refuse to chastise their children are harming their children, regarding the development of the fear of the Lord. By not chastising, they are acting as if they have no father because one way children know they have a real father is that he chastises them.

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Can You Hear the Voice of Your Shepherd



Joel Beeke tells a story of when he was in Scotland when he spoke to a shepherd who affirmed to him that sheep hear different voices, but only follow their own shepherd’s voice. Sheep will only follow the voice their shepherd, even though other shepherds are speaking. They will only follow his voice. Therefore, if Jesus has called you, He will be the central leadership force in your life. This desire to come to your shepherd is a mark of authenticity, and the evidence that you fear Him.

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All Subjects Tied to the Fear of God



Knowledge without the fear of God is worthless. Math, science, history only have meaning  when the fear of God is embraced. Everything goes sideways when the fear of God is lost. Science becomes more and more irrational and as a result

Are you tying all of your instruction to the fear of God? Is there an direct line between the fear of God and the math, science, history… you are teaching, or does it happen in a vacuum.

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The Fear of God Is Everything in Life



African pastor, Malamuolo Chindongo explains how the fear of God brings order to our hearts, homes and in all of society. His analysis of the African context – If you don’t fear God it means you have no conscience. He describes what happens in nations when men do not fear God – men abuse one another. But, when the gospel comes, peoples lives are changed and the abuse stops. This is true in every sphere… When God if feared, men and women are endeared.

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The Essence of the Fear of God



So many of our troubles come from misplaced fear. We fear man, instead of God. Craig Houston speaks of the only appropriate fear… fear of God. He recites Prov 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your paths straight.” Only God is worthy of being feared.

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A Wrong View of the Fear of God



Paul Washer shows how we often misunderstand the fear of God. The fear of God is different compared to fear of man. We don’t fear a wrathful man the way we fear God. God is different, so our fear is different… Godly fear is mingled with love and joy and awe. This is why the fear of God is a healthy thing, while fear of a wrathful man is very different. God is good and that makes Him worthy of our fear. 

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A Daily Video Devotional on the Fear of God





We are praying for a revival of the fear of God in our hearts, homes and churches.

This is why today, we are launching a daily devotional on the Fear of God. We have over 90 short video clips from our friends Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Jason Dohm, Craig Houston, Kevin Swanson, Malamuolo Chindongo, Paul Thompson and many more. We pray that these will be a blessing to you. If you are coming to our conference on the Fear of God, October 27-29, 2016, please try to listen to them. We created them to whet your appetite for the fear of God and prepare you for the experience at the conference.

Today’s devotional titled “A Wrong View of the Fear of God”, comes from Paul Washer. This week’s memory verse is Psalm 31:19:

Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!

Please send us your thoughts and questions as we engage this wonderful and life-giving disposition of the heart.

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No Fear of God Before Their Eyes

The ungodly, as they view and live life, as they carry our their desires and ambitions, do so devoid of the fear of God. When someone has just had his picture taken with a flash camera, he will have a bright spot before his eyes for the next minute or two. Everything he looks at will appear to have that bright spot superimposed on it. He can’t look at his hand, a tree, a house, or another person without seeing the spot. It is continually “before his eyes.” But the Scripture says of the wicked, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” That is, when they get up in the morning and contemplate the coming day, they look out at life without having superimposed on their moral vision the being of God, the claims of God, the character of God, the salvation of God, the law of God, and the judgment of God. They go out into that day with no fear of God superimposed on their life.

– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 127

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Memorial Day – Remembering Important Lessons from Iwo Jima



It is good for us to examine history and learn from the events that God, by His sovereignty, has chosen to bring to pass. As we approach Memorial Day, there is one event that I want to focus on: Iwo Jima. During this season of history, there are many lessons on trials, manhood and courage that we ought to be teaching our families.

The reality is: we are in a battle. The battle may not always be a physical battle, such as WWII, but we are always in a spiritual battle, and our young men need to be aware of that. We need to be encouraging our young men to be thinking multi-generationally, and not just for the moment.

We have three books in our store that highlight important lessons to be learned from Iwo Jima. They need real stories of real men displaying real courage and manhood, not the pseudo-heroes that our culture glorifies. 

In Preparing Boys for Battle, Scott Brown looks at the battle on Iwo Jima and draws 16 essential lessons that fathers ought to be teaching their sons to prepare them for the battle that lies ahead. Order Here

In Moment of Courage, Scott Brown highlights the stories of courage of Iwo Jima’s medal of honor recipients. It is important that we put real stories of courageous men in front of our boys, to teach them what true courage and manhood is all about. Order Here


In Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer, Kelly Bradrick tells the story of her grandfather, William Brown. She tells his story in the form of a letter to the next generation, reminding of the importance to refuse to live for the moment, but to think multi-generationally. Order Here


The WWII bundle is the best value offer. It includes all three books, and the price per book is cheaper than if you were to buy them individually. Order Here

Go to the NCFIC store to order, or click on the order buttons above to be taken to the store page for that particular product.

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