Same Journey – Different Results. They left at the same time, but one would return and the other would perish. This is the story of personal life, family life, church life, and business life. It matters how you proceed. Here is a dramatic example: the 1911 Antarctic expedition led by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott. The destination of both men was the South Pole, but the results of their two journeys were radically different. (more…)
God has been so clear in His communication with us that He desires that we offer our requests to Him. It is a good thing to bring them to Him, and we are deprived of something very wonderful when we go through seasons of neglecting to ask.
It is interesting to notice that John Calvin’s Institutes longest section is on the subject of prayer. It is in this section that he makes it sure we know God’s desire for us is that we bring our requests:
Otherwise, to know God as the master and bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of him, and still not go to him and not ask of him-this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him (Book 3, Chapter 20, Section 1).
There is so much pressure on church leaders today to make the worship experience larger than life. So much so, that worship leaders become a priesthood of coolness technicians. Living in an entertainment saturated society is no help, but we have to realize that this pressure has always been.
The high places of Israel’s idol worship were places of high octane entertainment, drama, and visual sexualization. People liked to go to the high places, not because of the dead statues, but because of the alluring entertainment experience that was presented there.
But is the high octane pomp and electric experience what God has intended for His people? Rather, it is simplicity. Our worship should stand out, and stand alone over against a highly charged experience. Terry Johnson captures this saying: (more…)
Pastors, please visit the new, freshly charged and revamped NCFIC website. In this video, I describe the many resources available for pastors on this new website.
We, as pastors, are not called to reinvent the church in every generation but to lay out the vision that God has given in the Bible for the church and the family.
Do you know this feeling? This is among the leading death knells to the desire for children in families. If God says that children are a blessing, why does it seem that they aren’t in my house? How do you create family life where children are a blessing and not a curse? Let me propose three ways, each of which is interdependent on the others.
Ezekiel the prophet laments the often repeated condition in the church of singing lovely songs and playing well on instruments, while disobedience of the people abounds. However, they can be an abomination. This condition of antinomianism is repeated in modern churches where the songs are appealing and moving to the emotions, but the people remain worldly. Outpourings of emotion are offensive without obedience. Here is a reality that can exist in even the most emotionally compelling worship services. The people can be enthralled within, while, at the very same moment, God is enraged:
So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. (Ezek. 33:31-32).
Parents, visit the new NCFIC website. In this video, I describe the vision and tools that I have sought to provide through our new website. As a pastor, a husband, and a father of four children, I have seen the blessings from obedience to the Word of God first hand. Bottom line: a family governed by the Word of God makes a happy little kingdom.
This website and all of its networking and media resources are geared to inspire biblical thinking for family life. We hope that the Lord will use this resource to build a new generation of families.
Let me know what you think about it.
There are few joys sweeter than the joys from worshiping God. This is one principle we want to communicate during our upcoming conference, The Worship of God. He is the most wonderful and compelling object of worship, which is why Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10), and why David said, “In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11).
Terry Johnson, author of Reformed Worship: Worship that is According to Scripture, speaks of the kind of joy it is: (more…)
“For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 28:19
In this video clip, I tell the story of how it was that I became a family-integrated church advocate.
Please join me and other speakers on July 20th in Tulsa, OK for A Call to Discernment. This conference will immediately follow the NCFIC The Master’s Plan for Fatherhood conference in Tulsa, and, according to their website, will present “a Biblical critique on the key doctrines of the ‘word of faith’ movement and ‘prosperity gospel’ sweeping through the modern church.”
Other speakers include:
- Justin Peters of Justin Peters Ministries
- Frank Turk from Team Pyro has accepted our invitation to come back to Tulsa to speak again, with the specific discernment-related topic to be determined later.
- Phil Johnson on www.thegracelifepulpit.com Executive Director of Grace to You (www.gty.org) and an Elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.
- Don Currin Coordinator for Eastern Europe for Heartcry Missionary Society.
Learn more about this conference and register here.
Please join me and other speakers in Chesapeake, VA for A Call to Battle Men’s Conference at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. This conference will immediately follow the NCFIC The Master’s Plan for Fatherhood conference in Chesapeake, and will be a tool to teach biblical manhood and fatherhood, to get fathers back into their God-ordained place within the home as the priest, prophet, provider, and protector; to show men and fathers the urgent need to return to the principles, patterns, and precepts of the Word of God in leading their families; and to show men and fathers the importance of having and teaching/training their children and families with a biblical worldview.
Learn more about this conference and register here.
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