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,

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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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Titanic 100 International Centennial Event

Doug Phillips’ Titanic 100 International Centennial Event will be singular among the various events that will be happening around the world. I always marvel at Doug’s ability to recount historical events for their greatest practical impact, so that we learn the right lessons and draw the right conclusions. I am sure this will be the most inspiring display of living history available on the subject.

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The Impact of Sitting

Here is another article on the impact of sitting all the time. One of the shockers from the article is that adults spend 90% of their leisure time sitting…

For better health, try standing up more, a new study suggests. Those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.

Analyzing self-reported data from more than 222,000 people aged 45 and older, Australian researchers found that mortality risks spike after 11 hours of total daily sitting but are still 15 percent higher for those sitting between 8 and 11 hours compared to those sitting fewer than 4 hours per day.

“The evidence on the detrimental health effects of prolonged sitting has been building over the last few years,” said study author Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney. “The study stands out because of its large number of participants and the fact that it was one of the first that was able to look at total sitting time. Most of the evidence to date had been on the health risks of prolonged television viewing.”

The study is published in the March 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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William Endurance Brown Is Born

Here is our newest grandson born to Monica and David this morning. He was born at a whopping 10 lb 9 oz, 22 inches long. His name is William Endurance Brown.

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Eating Chocolate Helps People Stay Thin

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Of all the bad news in the news today, here is some good news, from CBS News – Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin. The study finds:

What’s the best way to stay thin? A new study finds it’s exercising and eating a healthy diet full of – chocolate? The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn’t…The researchers found that the participants – who were an average age of 57 – ate chocolate for an average of twice of week and exercised roughly 3.5 times per week. But the more frequent chocolate-eaters had smaller BMIs, a ratio of height and weight that’s used to measure obesity.

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Do You Have Assurance?

I found this from John Bunyan on assurance of salvation:

“But one day, as I was passing in the field, and that too with some dashes on my conscience, fearing lest yet all was not right, suddenly this sentence fell upon my soul, Thy righteousness is in heaven.”

– from Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

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False Conversion Epidemic

The Christian Post released an article entitled: ‘Falsified’ Authors Tackle ‘Epidemic’ of False Conversions in US Churches. Vince and Lori Williams have recently written a book that addresses the issue of the mass of false converts in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The article writes: 

"Some of these seeker churches that are out there, they are preaching a different Gospel, or an incomplete Gospel," Lori told CP. She contends that these skewed Gospel teachings result in people falsely believing they are saved.

"That’s the problem. All these people think ‘I just have to believe in Jesus and then I’m saved.’ And that’s what is cranking out the false conversions. There’s no repentance, there’s no turning from the sin," she added….

"Scripture is the final authority on all matters. (more…)

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Why Sitting Is Killing You

Here is a great piece by Michael Hyatt on Why Sitting Is Killing You.

Also, see this infographic:

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Avoiding Hunchback Status

Over the years, I have tried to find ways to make sure I am not hanging my head down for reading. So around ten years ago, my wife bought this for my birthday – a Jefferson Bookstand. Click here to see how it allows me to read with my head straight ahead, instead of increasingly ruining my spine and making me a hunchback over time. But there is more: Here is another great way to work – standing up. Here is the case for it and the history.

I shot a video on my iphone for the first click…

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