Help Spread the Word – Four Weeks Until White Unto Harvest

Hello friends, we are just four weeks away from the White Unto Harvest conference. Below is a two-minute promotional video clip we put together specifically for our friends to share around the Internet to get the word out. Would you consider sharing the video below with your friends, your community, and your fellow church members? (Please see below.)

 

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Five Mankillers

After many years of ministry to men, it is clear to me how simple men are. They all struggle with the same basic things.  That’s one thing I like about working with men. Men are not complex. I have come across several summaries of the things that kill men off. I know a law enforcement professional who identifies these: Lying, Liquor, Lust, and Loyalty as the top four mankillers in his profession. They see these common denominators on the street all the time. I know an attorney who categorized them this way: Greed, Sex, and Power.  Here is my list: Fear, Lust, Anger, Feminism, and Abdication. (more…)

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Do You Dress Like a Tourist or a Traveler?

Here is a clothing line I really like: Scottevest (not my company).

Check out this video…You can carry all your electronic devices and look normal.

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Reclaiming Beauty

 

My friends, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, are providing a webinar called, “Reclaiming Beauty.” My daughters and I have heard the Botkin girls many times and we are always improved in our thinking as a result. I commend this experience to all those who would like to  grow in their understanding of this important subject. How important is it that we understand and preserve beauty in this world? Sign up for this webinar and you will be challenged to be a preserver of beauty in a world that hates beautiful things.

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14% of All Dutch Deaths Involve Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide

If you have been watching the news over the past two decades relating to the Netherlands’ rising culture of death, you would see it keeps trending upward and reaching new areas. Even children are being euthanized there now – and the age threshold keeps dropping. The author of this Life News article concludes with this, “If the USA legalized euthanasia and had a similar killing count, the total number of doctor-administered deaths would be over 300,000 annually!” Christians have a way to think this through via one of the Ten Commandments – “Thou shalt not kill.” It is the only verse of Scripture necessary to condemn this practice.

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Self Promotion Is All the Rage on Social Media

Social media, while it is a very powerful communication tool, can also simply be the means of self promotion, voyerism, and gossip. The longing to be seen and heard is part of the weakness of our flesh. If Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary, were alive today, I am sure he would have an active Facebook page. His last dying words were, “Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.” Here is the question for all of us who use social media: Why?
 

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The Top Ten Most Read Books in History

Without Him We Would Starve

The celebration of the Lord’s Table has so many blessings in it, for it is there that we not only acknowledge our vileness, but we also receive medicine for our diseases,  cleansing for our pollutions, comfort for our anguish, and beauty for our ashes. As the living Bread from heaven, Jesus feeds us with the best of foods that will sustain us – Himself, for without Him we would starve.  Here is John Calvin on the Lord’s Supper:
In order, therefore, not to rush headlong to such ruin, let us remember that this sacred feast is medicine for the sick, solace for sinners, alms to the poor; but would bring no benefit to the healthy, righteous, and rich–if such could be found. For since in it Christ is given to us as food, we understand that without him we would pine away, starve, and faint–as famine destroys the vigor of the body. Then, since he is given us unto life, we understand that without him in us we would plainly be dead. (more…)

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A Friend Without Treachery

This picture was taken when we visited Gettysburg on Tuesday on the Horn history tour. This is the monument at the location of Pickett’s Charge.

Robert E. Lee was one of the exemplary leaders in American history. A former chaplain with Lee at one of the anniversaries of Lee’s death spoke of him in this way:

He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. (more…)

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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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