Why Do Some People Succeed and Others Fail?

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…)

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Scott Brown in the Christian Post

Today, the Christian Post released my article called “The Greatest Untapped Evangelistic Opportunity Before the Modern Church.”

In it, you’ll read,

There are many mission fields, but family presents what may be the greatest untapped evangelistic opportunity before the church today. What is at stake is the salvation of millions of children under the evangelistic and discipleship ministry of fathers and mothers in the home. This is not the only mission field, to be sure, but it is perhaps the most neglected mission field before the church in our time.

Please read the full article and like it, tweet it, or google+ it on the Christian Post.

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Don’t Worry Be Happy

Don’t Worry Be Happy…Someone sent me a link to this video and it brought back a flood of memories. Many years ago when I was a young father going through huge financial challenges, I would crank up the stereo on Saturday mornings and play this song, with all my children sort of dancing around the house going about their Saturday chores and singing with their daddy. (more…)

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Doing Pushups for the Glory of God

I have a really sedentary job so I have my iPhone alarm set for 10:15 AM and 3:15 PM to remind me to do pushups.  Further on, I will tell you why I do pushups. In short, I do it to get my heart rate up and pump more energy into my system.  I often work standing up, but while that helps, I find that is not enough. (more…)

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Making Marriage What It Was Meant to Be – A Modern Story

This is a very touching story of sacrifice in marriage.

In light of this story, here are three keys to a marriage for the glory of God:
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The Battle for Marriage Continues

Photo used with permission from A Corner Pillar

There is a big issue being voted on today – The gay marriage amendment is up for vote here in North Carolina. Interesting, my sermon on Sunday is Matthew 19:1-12 on the definition of marriage. (more…)

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How to Speak Honorably About Someone Who Hates You

Have you ever had to deal with someone who hates you? At the end of this post, I’ll list three thoughts about how to think and act in this circumstance.

Back in the era of Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee had to deal with this. Erwin Lutzer writes about this:

General Robert E. Lee spoke in the highest terms to President Lincoln about an officer who was known to have nothing but hatred and disrespect for him (that is, for Robert E. Lee), his commanding officer. When someone pointed out to the general the contempt this man had for him, General Lee replied, “Yes, that’s true. But the President asked my opinion of him, not his opinion of me. – Erwin W. Lutzer, When You’ve Been Wronged: Overcoming Barriers to Reconciliation, (Chicago: Moody, 2007), Kindle, 162.

If you have a boss or friend or maybe a church member who is out to undermine you or hurt your reputation, here are three things you should remember (more…)

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NCFIC Spanish Websites Are Launched

On Cinco de Mayo, the NCFIC is launching the NCFIC and Divided websites in Spanish!

To view the NCFIC Spanish website, click here.

To view the Divided Spanish website, click here.

Divided has been fully subtitled in Spanish and is available online with many of the bonus features actually dubbed in Spanish. Please share this with your Spanish neighbors and friends.

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Honor the Hoary Head on Memorial Day

With our Memorial Day Picnic coming up soon, my thoughts are on those who have come and gone.  My friend Wesley Strackbein has written a powerful piece to help us remember the importance of honoring the hoary head.

Strackbein concludes:

God’s word commands us to “rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man” (Leviticus 19:22). The men and women of the Great Depression who yet remain with us are truly “the last almost of a race.” If we are to be faithful Christians, it is critical that we let the aged know that — though they may have lost most of their old comrades and their life-long sweethearts — we care greatly about their past and appreciate the battles they fought before we were born.

We must do more than abide their eccentricities and humor their story-telling. We must truly honor the white-haired elders among us by endeavoring to understand the unique challenges they endured. With loving regard, we must convey to them that the memories dear to their heart from decades ago are deeply precious to us. Though we did not drink of their experiences with them, we must let them know that we will mingle their memories and wise insights into our own cup of life.

And if their hearts fail for lack of hope, we must point them to Christ so that they can join the faithful “old timers” in glory — where all of the redeemed will, one day, sup together with God for eternity.

Tell us if you’re coming to the Memorial Day Picnic on Facebook.

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Leisure College

Reports are regularly appearing in the news in terms of cost/benefit analysis and how expensive college is compared with what you get out of it. Now the Wall Street Journal adds to the discussion by reporting about a “controversial recent study, led by the sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa and summarized in their book “Academically Adrift,” nearly half of all undergraduates fail to demonstrate significant improvements in critical thinking or writing skills during their first two years in college. Even more dismal, particular kinds of knowledge are largely forgotten shortly after the final exam.”

Further the Journal contends that “college has become a leisure activity, with the typical undergraduate spending 40 hours a week socializing and 13 hours studying. In many large lecture halls, attendance rarely exceeds 55%.”

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Celebrating 15 Years of God’s Faithfulness

This past Sunday, my family, some members of our church, and our interns went to Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake in Chesapeake, VA to preach there and celebrate their 15 year anniversary. It was such a happy time to be with these dear saints.

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Will Worrying Make Matters Any Better?

(J.R. Miller, “Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ” 1890)

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27

So it is useless to worry! A short person cannot, by any amount of anxiety, make himself an inch taller. Why, therefore, should he waste his energy and fret his life away–in wishing he were taller?

One worries because he is too short–another because he is too tall; one worries because he too lean–another because he is too heavy; one worries because he has a lame foot–another because he has a mole on his face. No amount of fretting will change any of these things!

People worry, too, over their circumstances. (more…)

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The Father/Daughter Retreat Ends in the River

Our church had a great father/daughter retreat over the weekend…Complete with lots of instruction and a canoe trip.

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Preaching at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake

I’m really looking forward to preaching at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake in Chesapeake, VA for their 15 year anniversary, where my friend Carlton McLeod is pastor. Here are the directions.

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Who Is Praying for Your Wife?

I am so thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ is always praying for my wife – He always lives to make intercession”  for her. When I come home from work each day, the first question I usually ask Deborah is, “How was your day?” I so often ask this question without an awareness of exactly what was always going on in the background of her day. One of the most amazing things that has happened to my wife when I ask her this question is that Christ has been interceding for her.

Robert Murray McCheyne grasped this reality when he said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million of enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference; he is praying for me.”[a]

The writer of Hebrews says, “ Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:23-25, NKJV). And Paul writing to the Romans consoles them with these words, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom. 8:34, NKJV).

[a] The Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne by Andrew Bonar, page 155

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