“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
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.
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.”
Here are “Thirteen indispensable pursuits that prepare the next generation for marriage.”
- The Clearest understanding of the Gospel, Col. 1:14
- The Gladdest embrace of God, Ps. 100
- The Thirstiest passion for the Word of God, Ps. 119
- The Keenest inclination for repentance, Ps. 51
- The Hottest desire for holiness,1 Pet. 1:16
- The Sweetest harmony in marriage, Eph. 5:22-33
- The Quickest pursuit of reconciliation, Eph. 4:26
- The Highest investment in the church, Eph. 1:23; 5:32
- The Biggest vision for life, 1 Cor. 10:31
- The Liveliest, zippiest daily life, Deut. 6:1-9
- The Sharpest conception of marriage, Eph. 5:22-33
- The Tightest embrace of biblical manhood and womanhood, Tit. 2
- The Strongest sense of the sovereignty of God, Dan. 4
Has the moral battle over homosexuality been won?
Yes, says Linda Hirshman in her new book, Victory – The Triumphant Gay Revolution. She presents the idea that 2011 was the year of moral triumph of the LGBT movement. So is it true that we have passed the tipping point and now the leverage has taken over and the slide is unstoppable? (more…)
Here is a fantastic piece on 7 Evils of a Grumbling Spirit.
Here they are in bullet points, but you can read the whole thing here.
- It models Satan.
- It is contrary to who you are.
- It is the opposite of prayer.
- It is simply a waste of time.
- It swallows up the blessing of mercy before it arrives.
- It worsens sufferings and afflictions.
- It wears the hopeless costume of pessimism.
Doctrine is fundamental to the Christian faith and essential for the family.
The NCFIC is now releasing two new product sets on one of the most sound confessions of the Christian faith — the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 (SLBC). This confession forms a rockbed of Christian doctrine that helps to establish an unshakeable faith upon the Word of God.
The first of these products is Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine. This set contains 16 DVDs of pastoral application on the SLBC, a re-published SLBC + the Baptist Catechism, a study guide to solidify the doctrines, and an MP3 recording of the reading of the SLBC by Bill Brown.
You can buy portions of the set, but if you buy the whole set, you save over 20% on the total value!
The second product is FOUNDATIONS in Sound Doctrine. Containing about 40 hours of teaching by seven church elders and teachers, this audio teaches you how to defend biblical doctrine.
We are excited about these products at the NCFIC, because they are timely and needed to establish Christians (by the grace of God) in the firm foundation of the Word of God.
Titus 1:9 says, “Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
Get these products and seriously seek to establish your family and churches in sound doctrine.
Each week two teams from our church make their way to two local abortion clinics – one on Thursday and the other on Saturday. They go in the compassion of Christ for the souls of others. They also cry out to those who are about to shed innocent blood. While their first priority is to appeal for their souls by explaining the gospel, they are also there to testify to the dangers of shedding innocent blood.
Recently in our family bible study we were reading about the days of the downfall of Israel at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. (more…)
As part of the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic, we had a photo contest. We wanted a photo that most effectively captured the spirit of honor, joy, and multi-generational legacy which exemplifies our annual Memorial Day celebration.
We are pleased to announce that Nathan Nicholson won this contest by submitting the above photo.
Good photography is a way to honor God, (more…)