Join Me at Our Free Child-Raising Conference July 20-22 in Wake Forest

You have to understand that approximately 75% of the people in our church are CHILDREN. We like it that way, but it does present a number of challenges that call for action. We have many, many young families in the midst of the heavy lifting of childraising. This means that they always need a tuneup. I know I did when I was raising my children. So, we try to address child-raising issues by gathering the whole church together to consider them.

Here is a more detailed schedule for the upcoming child-raising conference.

Everyone is invited. The conference is FREE of charge.

All sessions will be held on Friday evening (July 20, 2012) and Saturday (July 21, 2012) in the The Millroom at The Factory in Wake Forest, NC, except for the final session which will be held at Tuxedo Junction at 2:00pm on Sunday. (more…)

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The Kind of Civil Leaders We Need Today

As we enter into the season of political races and decisions about who to vote for, the most important consideration is, “What does the Bible say about what qualifies a civil leader?” I saw an illustration of this while at Mt. Vernon at the grave of Bushrod Washington, the President’s nephew. He was a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice from 1798 to 1829. This is the kind of civil leader the Bible says we should promote. Here is what was written on his grave stone:

As a Judge, he was
Wise and Just.
“A man of Truth, hating
covetousness.”
Firm in every honour-
-able purpose and pursuit.
Yet gentle, humane and
condescending.
A sincere Christian.
Doing in all things the
will of his Master.
And resting his hope of
eternal happiness.
Alone on the righteousness
of Jesus Christ.

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How to Take Dominion

Yesterday I took our interns to Mt. Vernon, the home of President George Washington. The objective was to instruct our interns on how to take dominion by learning from a great mentor – George Washington. It is a joy to do this as it gives me an opportunity to speak of some of the important things that young men can learn from Washington. His courage, faith, family life, industry, and many other qualities are such good examples for these young men.  Here are a few of the areas I identified: (more…)

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Every Life Has a Story

This video clip was made to train Chick-fil-A employees how to think about and treat customers who come in to the store. It’s about compassion for hurting people. It made me remember, over three decades ago, my preaching professor in seminary saying many times, “Preach to broken hearts.” Now, when Sunday rolls around, I am always aware that many of the people walking into our church are carrying enormous loads. Some heavier than others, but all are carrying a load of care or disappointment or failure of some kind. I am pretty sure that I have never missed a Sunday when I did not earnestly pray that God would somehow lift the downcast in the congregation and put a new song in their hearts that they might “go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands…” (Isa. 55:12).

There are broken-hearted people in the church, and everywhere we go… everyday, we encounter only one kind of person – a person with a story – a person who needs the ministry of Christ. (more…)

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How to Build a Culture of Godly, Happy Womanhood

Feminine by Design

The 50% off sale of Feminine by Design ends tomorrow – July 12 at midnight. After this, the price of the book go up to $10.

Please consider buying a bundle of 25, 50, or 100 copies of Feminine by Design.

This summer, I am excited about republishing this book. I hope that God will use it to build up Gospel-centered, happy girls. I know that, when this happens, families are knit together in love, and there is a vision of hope for all. This is exactly what happened in my family.

Biblical womanhood is such a happy, blessed, God-glorifying state.

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What You Win Them with Is What You’ll Win Them To

“What you win them with is likely what you’ll win them to. If you win them with the Gospel, you’ll win them to the Gospel. If you win them with technique, programs, entertainment, and personal charisma, you might end up winning them to yourself and your methods (and you might not!), but it’s likely that they won’t be won to the Gospel first and foremost.” – Mark Dever, The Deliberate Church

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A Life Giving Recipe: How to Build Up Your Church


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Here is a step-by-step recipe I have seen work successfully over and over again throughout the course of my life. I share this amazing recipe today so that when you identify these lifegiving ingredients at work in your life, you will know what you may are stirring up: (more…)

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Internet Gossip

With the explosion of the use of the Internet, it has become easy to set up a website to “get the truth out” about someone or some event that has taken place.  These websites are typically developed with the claimed intention of protecting the church from some aberrant leader, but they are typically done either anonymously or with a pseudonym.  It is important that Christians think rightly about these websites and the “information” that they contain.

The first thing that we need to recognize is that reading those types of websites will change our views, even when we approach them with open eyes recognizing that “the first one to plead his case seems right, until his neighbor examines him (Prov. 18:17).  The fact are that “words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body” (Prov. 18:8; 26:22). As soon as we hear about a website related to some Christian leader, our response is to desire to go see the website – a desire to taste the tasty trifle. Romans 7:7-8 tells us that as soon as Paul knew what covetousness was he started to covet, and as soon as we hear that there is a slanderous website, each of us will desire to look for that website.

So how should we respond?  (more…)

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An Angry Countenance Drives Away Gossip

Recently, an older man came to me with a quandary. It seems he was frustrated that people, from time to time, came to him with gripes about other people in the church. He did not understand why they would come to him. He did not want to talk about these things, and did not want these things to be brought to him.

But they were. And, from the sound of it, more than a little regularly.

Why is it that gossips always seem to go to the same person? (more…)

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Wisdom, the Heart, and the Power of the Tongue

Reb Bradley wrote this great article on the power of the tongue. In it, he identifies what gossip is, how to minimize the spread of slander and gossip proactively, and how to respond to signs of division. (more…)

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Diagnosis and Cure for a Disaffected Church Member

Here is a fantastic article on the anatomy of disaffection: diagnosing the problem and giving the solution.

Are you on this track? Reb Bradley offers important counsel on how to make your way back to honor. (more…)

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The Difference Between a Gossiper and a Buzzard

I heard this somewhere: “The difference between a buzzard and a gossiper is that the buzzard waits till the victim is dead.”

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Join Me at the Reformation of Food and the Family Conference in San Antonio

Positive Things You Can Do to Prevent Yourself from Backbiting

We’re all familiar with how bad backbiting and slander are. The judgment against this kind of behavior is terrifying. But what do you do positively in order to keep yourself from falling into this sin?  It is much easier to identify negatively how despicable this sin really is and what it leads to. While this is necessary, it important that we do not leave it there with the negative. There is much we can do positively to deal with the temptation. Richard Baxter, while he certainly does tell about the grave dangers, also exhorts us to very practical, positive action that the Christian can do in order to avoid this sin. (more…)

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A Poisonous Recipe: How to Destroy Your Church


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Here is a step-by-step recipe I have seen work successfully over and over again throughout the course of my life. This Sunday I am preaching on the positive ways to avoid the sin of gossip through the inner work of the Holy Spirit and the enjoyment of its fruit. But I share this dangerous recipe today so that when you identify these poisonous ingredients in your life, you will know what you may be inadvertently stirring up. (more…)

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