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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Altering the Divinely Ordered Structure of the Church

A solid train of box cars would not suffice to haul away the religious rubbish which has been brought into the service of the Church with the hope of improving on the original pattern. These things have been, one and all, positive hindrances to the progress of the Truth, and have so altered the divinely-planned structure that the apostles, were they to return to earth today, would scarcely recognize the misshapen thing which has resulted.

– Tozer, A. W. “THE MENACE OF THE RELIGIOUS MOVIE.” THE MENACE OF THE RELIGIOUS MOVIE — A. W. Tozer . Bible Bulletin Board, 1986. 18 Apr. 2012.

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Memorial Day Photo Contest

Calling all photographers in attendance at this year’s Wake Forest Memorial Day Picnic held at my farm. The grand prize ribbon goes to the photographer who most effectively captured the spirit of honor, joy, and multi-generational legacy which exemplifies our annual Memorial Day celebration. Judging will happen the week following the event. Pictures must be submitted by the end of the day, May 29th. The judging panel includes: Scott Brown, Philip Leclerc, and Joaquin Fernandez.

Join us for the celebration, and help us immortalize the day with fantastic photos!

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Come to the Memorial Day Picnic 2012

For more information go to the Memorial Day website, www.celebratememorialday.com

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Do You Read Fast?

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“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths — which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee, which gathers honey — but her abiding for a time on the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most — who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian!” – alleged quote by Thomas Brooks

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Reasons Women Live Longer Than Men

Sovereign Redeemer One Year Anniversary

We just celebrated the one year anniversary of the planting of Sovereign Redeemer Community Church. March 23, 2011 was their first prayer meeting as a separate church and March 27 was their first Sunday together. When we commissioned the church, I charged the church to be three things:

1. Gospel centered, Phil. 1:27a

2. Unified, Phil. 1:27b

3. Fearless, Phil. 1:28-30

Each of these qualities is communicated in Philippians 1:27-30:

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

I exhorted them to act like missionaries and set themselves to displaying the goodness and beauty of the kingdom of heaven. What has happened is this: They are gospel centered and what happened in the book of Acts is happening through them, “But the Word of God grew and multiplied” (Acts 12:24).

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A Night to Remember

Next week, my friend Doug Phillips will host a historic event to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic. Titanic 100 International Centennial Event will be a time of celebration, a time of remembrance, a time of story telling and joy. It will be an opportunity for contemplation with the countdown to the sinking of the Titanic, for learning with a host of reenactors, for reliving history with the Titanic museum.

From the official event program: “Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.’ No event in modern history has done more to remind the world of this important bedrock of Western culture, as men and boys on board Titanic willingly gave their lives so women and children might live. Titanic 100 is being held to honor this legacy of sacrifice and will feature a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family, including a live play and musical performances at the Lawrence Welk Theatre, an Edwardian Ladies Tea, exclusive tours of the world’s largest Titanic attraction, a special film screening of A Night to Remember, a Gala Banquet and Celebration on board the Showboat Branson Belle, and the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring to life the passengers and crew who were on Titanic’s maiden voyage. May we always remember ‘women and children first.’”

Remembering the history of the Titanic is also upon the world stage. Commemorative events will be held in Europe and America, celebrating this story that occurred nearly a century ago.

Nine days from now, on April 15, 2012 (more…)

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