How To Pray Without Ceasing

As we live our lives before God as those who are praying without ceasing, here is an illustration. Stonewall Jackson was a man of prayer. Here is R.L. Dabney on how he prayed without ceasing:

Devotion was the very breath of his soul. Once only was he led to make a revelation of these constant aspirations, to a Christian associate peculiarly near to him; and his description of his intercourse with God was too beautiful and characteristic to be suppressed. This friend expressed to him some embarrassment in comprehending literally the precept to “pray always,” and to “pray without ceasing,” and asked his help in construing it. He replied that obedience ought not to be impracticable for the child of God. (more…)

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Look for White Unto Harvest Videos on NCFIC.org

I decided to shift the White Unto Harvest video posting primarily over to NCFIC.org. That way, this blog and the NCFIC blog stay more focused. I have many more videos to show you. Stay tuned.

If you have been helped by these videos or you have other thoughts, please leave a comment here to let me know.

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Do We Even Need to Evangelize? Calvin Weighs In

Left to ourselves, we might conclude that belief in predestination would destroy personal evangelism. Thankfully, the Bible does not leave that option open – “How will they hear without a preacher?” Neither will Calvin leave us that option. John Calvin’s most thorough exposition of predestination is found in his book, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God. In that book, he wrote:

Since we do not know who belongs to the number of the predestined and who does not, it befits us so to feel as to wish that all be saved. So it will come about that, whoever we come across, we shall study to make him a sharer of peace…even severe rebuke will be administered like medicine, lest they should perish or cause others to perish. But it will be for God to make it effective in those whom He foreknew and predestined. – John Calvin, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, trans by J.K.S. Reid (London, James Clarke & Co., 1961), 138.

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54% of Americans Would Vote for an Atheist

Religion Today reports that:

In 2011, for the first time since the question was first asked in 1958, a majority of Americans (54 percent) told Gallup they would vote for a generally well-qualified atheist for president, according to the July political report from the American Enterprise Institute. Forty-three percent said they would not. Still, the proportion of Americans willing to vote for an atheist is lower than for the other groups Gallup examined: black (96 percent), woman (95 percent), Catholic (94 percent), Hispanic (92 percent), Jewish (91 percent), Mormon (80 percent), gay or lesbian (68 percent) and Muslim (58 percent).

Currently there are six state constitutions that would prevent atheists from holding public office.

Even in my home state’s constitution of North Carolina, Article 6 Section 8 declares, “Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.

Of course, Scripture makes the same point…or rather my state constitution makes the same point as Scripture: (more…)

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The House That David Built

A few years ago, Doug Phillips was visiting our home and wrote this about another young man – my son David – and his efforts to build a house. He is now living in this home with his wife and two children.
 
 

What are your boys doing today? Plugged into a video game? Watching television? Hanging out with fellow teenagers?

He was only thirteen years old when he approached his father with a vision to build his very own home on the family property. Earlier that year his father had called for a father and son conference. The mission: Come up with a five year game plan to help his son David redeem the time for the glory of God.

Now, after years of listening to his father encourage him to redeem the time and prepare for his future marriage and life work, something took. David decided that there was no time like the present—to build his very own house!

But that was not all. (more…)

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A Young Man in Africa Builds a House

When we were in Malawi, we heard that a young man in the church around twenty years of age was building a house, so we asked if he would take us to go see it. It was impressive… I am always grateful for young men like this who are taking action. I held up my iPhone to get his story and I was shocked to hear what he said that I almost dropped it.  I had no idea this had happened. I praise God for young men like this.
 

If you are interested in going to the Hope Baptist Church Father-Son Retreat called, “Preparing Boys for Battle,” you can sign up here.

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The Real John Knox

Today, unfortunately, John Knox is largely known not for his work on behalf of the church, but is a caricatured, fire-breathing prophet figure who wanted to persecute anyone who would not agree with him. Prophets are often misunderstood, maligned, or marginalized by those who are opposed to their work, and such is the case with Knox.

 The writer Thomas Carlyle memorably captured the human side of Knox:

They go far wrong who think this Knox was a gloomy, spasmodic, shrieking fanatic.  Not at all; he is one of the solidest men; a most shrewd, observing, quietly discerning man; an honest-hearted, brotherly man—brother to the high, brother also to the low: sincere in his sympathy with both; a cheery, social man with faces that loved him.  An ill nature he decidedly had not.  Kind, honest, affections dwelt in the much-enduring, hard-worn, ever-battling man.  Close at hand, he was found to be no mean, acrid man, but at heart a healthful, strong sagacious man.[1]


[1] Southern Presbyterian Review, July 1876, p. 442.

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Paul Washer and Scott Brown Discuss Explaining the Gospel to an Unconverted Person

Father-Son Retreat: Preparing Boys for Battle – September 28-29

Our Hope Baptist Annual Father-Son Retreat is coming up on September 28-29. The theme will be Preparing Boys for BattleLearn about the retreat, and please sign up.

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How Family-Integrated Churches Are Equipped to Share the Gospel

The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

The Love of God Compels Us to Evangelize

Evangelistic Fathers Earnest for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God

Death Mistress Margaret Sanger Makes Time Magazine’s Top 20 Americans

The signs of a nation in collapse are exposed when the people appreciate what is despicable. They call evil good and good evil (Is. 5:20). The TIME 20 list includes many who are haters of God and haters of good. But this one person, Margaret Sanger, has been reincarnated for death hundreds of millions of times – death of live babies; death of babies to be; death of marriages; death of bodies and minds through STD’s and other curses of licentiousness. The heartache, the suicides, and the scalding and dismemberment of real humans is ignored for the idol of freedom to choose.

Feminist killer of womanhood, Gloria Steinem, wrote the piece for TIME explaining Sanger’s significance. She, as usual, is sunny about what is dark: (more…)

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Joel Beeke on Family Worship – a Tool of Evangelism in the Home

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