How the American Church Paved the Way for ObamaCare

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The United States Government has done it again! With the recent Supreme Court validation of ObamaCare, it has usurped the role of individual citizens to care for themselves and will punish them through taxation if they try. The “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” has taken another giant leap towards the “land of the oppressed and home of the coward.” However, hope for America does not depend on Republican control of the White House and Congress, but instead in the rising awakening of churches and families who desire to be governed by scripture. I am connected with many of these and have much hope, regardless of the big government threat.

First, let’s examine what just happened. The Supreme Court’s validation of the Affordable Care Act can seem confusing, but it boils down to a simple fact. Under the Constitution, Congress cannot compel you to buy something, but it can tax you for not complying. Passing this law means that the Court creatively justified something that is wrong in principle. They used the Constitution to abuse the Constitution. It was legislative licentiousness.

But all of this is nothing new! (more…)

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New, Hardcover Edition of Feminine by Design – Buy a Bundle for 50% Off

Feminine by Design

Biblical womanhood, through its demonstration of purity, submission, and respect and by its picture (in marriage) of the church to the Lord Jesus Christ, is a glorious and radiant proclaimation of the gospel.

It is pivotal that this pillar be erected to show the marvelous path that God has for men and women to walk and live in.

This is what Feminine by Design is all about. In it, I lay out 12 pillars of biblical womanhood — elements that I tried to teach my own daughters as they grew up.

Starting off this summer, I am republishing Feminine by Design with new features. One is that I took the softcover book and made it hardcover. Second, I shrunk the book size to 4″x6″ — making it a pocket-edition and easy to carry around. Third, the book cover and inside were redesigned and updated.

With this new edition, my hope is to distribute 2,500 copies of Feminine by Design to churches all over and also to people in our cities. My desire is that many would take this book and sit down and disciple others about biblical manhood and womanhood and how God uses these roles to communicate His gospel.

For two weeks (or as soon as all 2,500 are sold), I am offering Feminine by Design in bundles of 25, 50, or 100 only at $5 per book. The goal is that individuals, but especially churches, would purchase a bundle and distribute these books to their own and other local churches and also to their local community.

Feminine by Design

After two weeks (ending midnight at July 12, 2012), the bundle price will be over, and I will sell this book at $10 per book.

Please help spread this book and this message which can bring such blessings to families, churches, and culture.

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Top Eleven Things Cultures Hate That the Bible Tells Men

  1. Men are obligated to teach their wives and children the Word of God.
  2. Men are held responsible for the outcome of their family lives.
  3. Men must ensure that their whole families and everyone else around them should celebrate the Sabbath.
  4. Men, not women, are obligated to lead the church.
  5. Men are in a role of headship over their wives.
  6. Men must bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord, not the ways of the gentiles.
  7. Men do not have exclusive authority over their own bodies since their wives also have authority.
  8. Men are sent to serve, not be served, by loving their wives as Christ loved the church, laying down their lives for them.
  9. Fathers’ hearts should be turned toward their children.
  10. Men protect women.
  11. Homosexuality is sin.

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Churches Hunger for Christ

Today Taylor Tsantles and I are flying back home from California where we did an ecclesiology conference for three churches in the Fresno area – two existing churches and one impending church plant. They wanted me to deliver several messages on the basics: the sufficiency of Scripture, the doctrine of the Church, the Great Commission, marriage, and many other practical subjects regarding church life for hours on end in meetings with their leaders (women speaking in the church, setting aside elders to labor in the Word, authority, the Sabbath, etc). God has given these churches a clear and correct vision of their churches and families. They are hungry for obedience. They are growing in their evangelistic passion and boldness. It was a joy to be with them.

Pictured below are Mike Cox elder at Christ Community Bible Church, in Oakhurst and Scott Parish, elder at Kings Canyon Christian Assembly in Fresno.

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Top Eleven Things Cultures Hate That the Bible Tells Women

  1. Women should be keepers at home.
  2. Women should submit and obey their husbands following the example of Sarah and regard their husbands as "lord."
  3. Women should dress modestly.
  4. Women should be fruitful and multiply.
  5. Younger women should be taught by older women.
  6. Women should not kill their babies made in the image of God.
  7. Wives don’t own their own bodies, their husbands do.
  8. Wives should respect their husbands.
  9. Women should not be busybodies – chat rooms, blogs, and Facebook.
  10. Women should not exercise authority over men.
  11. Lesbianism is evil.

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Anatomy of a Conflict – Are You in the Trajectory?

Michael McKinley over at 9Marks posted this – Anatomy of a Conflict. The trajectory that is identified here is something that I have seen many times in churches over the years. We are not insulated from this. Normal church life offers many opportunities for it. The good news is this: loving God and obeying His commands by following the biblical guidelines for handling conflict in relationships interrupts the trajectory that conflicts lead to and fosters reconciliation and love. Unfortunately, some people reach a point of no return and they spend the rest of their lives justifying their offended-ness. (more…)

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Poem For My Dad

Here is a poem my sister Carol wrote for father’s day for our father.


This is the author – my sister Carol.

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Please Join Me in Fresno for “Repairing the Foundations”

Repairing the Foundations Conference

I am inviting you to a conference at which I will be speaking in Fresno, CA.

On June 23-24, 2012, I will be joining Michael Cox and Scott Parish at the Repairing the Foundations Conference in Fresno, CA.

My first message will address what is perhaps the most urgent need of today: recovering the doctrine and the practice of the sufficiency of Scripture. One of the great cries of the Reformation was Sola Scriptura. This doctrine must be reclaimed in our day — in our homes and churches. We live in a day and age where there is much confusion about the practices, structure, and importance of the church. In my second message, I will lay out a vision for the place and purpose of the church. My third message will establish the primary place of marriage and family in the kingdom of God. Raising godly children is hindered without strong, godly marriages; and establishing strong, godly churches is impeded without strong, godly families. The reformation of our churches and society must begin in family reformation.

Please join me at this wonderful conference, and bring your family’s lunch, picnic-style and enjoy the time provided for fellowship.

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The Big Fat Jerk Hyperpatriarch

The Seven Characteristics of Highly Evangelistic Christians

Here is a wonderful summary of the kind of people we ought to be – The Seven Characteristics of Highly Evangelistic Christians.

For over twenty years I have been researching and studying churches, primarily those in North America. I had the joy of serving as senior pastor in four churches where God blessed with evangelistic growth. I have written over twenty books about the church in America.

I am not giving you my credentials to impress you, but simply to share that my life’s passion has been leading and learning about evangelistic churches. At this point in my life and ministry, however, I realize that I have not given sufficient attention to one of the primary characteristics of evangelistic churches. (more…)

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Why Should We Be on Time?

Here is a fascinating post by African pastor and evangelist Conrad Mbewe on why weddings should be on time.

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Man Abased and God Exalted

“We want nothing but to behold the glory of God and to see him exalted by all, and everywhere, to be happy. When I read the descriptions of the heavenly world, I see nothing so prominent as these two great truths: Man abased and God exalted….Behold! ‘what hath God wrought?’” – Gardiner Spring, quoted in Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858, p. 345

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Should I Let My Children Spend Most of Their Time Playing Games?

One of the messages I like to pound home is that young men should not spend their years of youth playing games. In the Proverbs, Solomon touches on one of the reasons why – it reflects a gigantic absence of “understanding,” and the stupidity of following what is empty,

“He who tills the land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding” (Prov. 12:11).

I talk about this in the book Preparing Boys for Battle, which contains seventeen critical exhortations that I believe fathers must deliver to their sons. Why? To discipline them to be the mighty warriors God intends them to be. These were the things I told my own son David as he was growing up.

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How Do You Respond to Times of Distress?

What happens when something falls apart around you? One of the most encouraging things I see as a pastor (or a father) is when I see people in the church or my children in times of distress and they grow stronger and softer, sweeter and deeper than they were before. The trials bring forth fruit instead of failure. Our family saw an example of the opposite when we wee reading 2 Chronicles 28:22 this week,

 

“Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the LORD.”

 

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Thirteen Indispensable Pursuits That Prepare the Next Generation for Marriage

Here are “Thirteen indispensable pursuits that prepare the next generation for marriage.”

  1. The Clearest understanding of the Gospel, Col. 1:14
  2. The Gladdest embrace of God, Ps. 100
  3. The Thirstiest passion for the Word of God, Ps. 119
  4.  The Keenest inclination for repentance, Ps. 51
  5. The Hottest desire for holiness,1 Pet. 1:16
  6. The Sweetest harmony in marriage, Eph. 5:22-33
  7. The Quickest pursuit of reconciliation, Eph. 4:26
  8. The Highest investment in the church, Eph. 1:23; 5:32
  9. The Biggest vision for life, 1 Cor. 10:31
  10. The Liveliest, zippiest daily life, Deut. 6:1-9
  11. The Sharpest conception of marriage, Eph. 5:22-33
  12. The Tightest embrace of biblical manhood and womanhood, Tit. 2
  13. The Strongest sense of the sovereignty of God, Dan. 4

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