Papa, Step Into the New World

On my way across the ocean to study the reformation with Doug Phillips, I did not have a suitcase of books as I usually do. I was lamenting that fact at the airline ticket counter and my daughter Claudia said to me, “Papa, close your eyes and step into the new world.” Well, let me confess: on my computer I have approximately 13,000 puritan and reformed books which I have acquired through my son downloading ebooks and a gigantic collection put together by Reg Barrow from Still Water Revival Books. I am now like Abdul Kassem Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia who, in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels which were trained to walk in alphabetical order.

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Preparing the Next Generation for Gospel-Centered Marriages

At the Gospel Centered Marriages conference, October 27-29 at the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC, we will cast a vision for a lifestyle that prepares children for gospel-centered marriages. We begin the conference with the biblical doctrine of marriage, showing that knowing and living it is the best marriage preparation you can give your children. Once this is established, we will answer dozens of practical questions regarding the marriages of our sons and daughters. Speakers include Scott Brown, Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Doug Phillips, Jeff Pollard, Kevin Swanson, and Dan Horn. Register today to secure a place at this tremendous conference.

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Young Men Should Seek Mentorship

I frequently meet men who say something like, "Poor me, I have no mentors." One of the things we tell our interns during orientation is that if they leave here and say, "No one mentored me," we will have no compassion on them, but rather rebuke. Why? First of all, you simply don’t want to be one of those men bemoaning the fact that no one mentored them. A young man should position himself for something better. Second, seeking and having mentors is a basic quality of manhood. One of the important agendas of manhood is to take initiative and "get wisdom" (Proverbs 4:5). Happy is the one who "finds wisdom" (3:13). Solomon says that you have to "take hold of her" (3:18). A young man has to "seek" it. Proverbs 20:5 makes it clear that counsel is available – "deep water" is there, but a wise man will "draw it out." The treasure is there, "on the lips of the wise" (Proverbs 20:15). If a man has no mentors in a place with wise men, he has failed to seek wisdom.

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A Father’s Day Gift

Here is the perfect gift for Father’s Day: Preparing Boys for Battle. I wrote this as a handbook for dads to help them train their sons for battle. In its pages, you will find lessons for manhood that arise from the WWII battle for Iwo Jima with its fighter planes, amphibious assaults, foxholes, cave warfare, and flamethrowers. It contains 16 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. A generation of heroes does not just pop up out of nowhere. It is prepared by its fathers.

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The New NIV – Still Largely Gender Neutral

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has published their analysis on the New NIV Bible. They write, "In preparation for this present report, researchers at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood office surveyed all of these 3,686 problems in the TNIV to see how they were rendered in the 2011 NIV.[9] We found that although the 2011 NIV corrected many of its most controversial renderings of gender language from the TNIV, the majority (75%) of the problems identified by Poythress and Grudem still remain. In numerous cases the 2011 NIV follows the TNIV and unnecessarily removes male-oriented terminology that was present in the 1984 NIV -especially the use of generic masculine forms of expression."

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Young People’s Lives Perversely Structured Program

Here is John G. Paton speaking of the family practice of going to church, and the joys and hardships of it,

"Each of us, from very early days, considered it no penalty, but a great joy, to go with our father to the church; the four miles were a treat to our young spirits, the company by the way was a fresh incitement, and occasionally some of the wonders of city-life rewarded our eager eyes. A few other pious men and women of the best evangelical type, went from the same parish to one or other favourite minister at Dumfries,— the parish church during all those years being rather miserably served; and when these God-fearing peasants "forgathered" in the way to or from the House of God, we youngsters had sometimes rare glimpses of what Christian talk may be and ought to be. They went to the church, full of beautiful expectancy of spirit—their souls were on the outlook for God; they returned from the church, ready and even anxious to exchange ideas as to what they had heard and received of the things of life. I have to bear my testimony that religion was presented to with a great deal of intellectual freshness, and that it did not repel us but kindled our spiritual interest. The talks which we heard were, however, genuine; not the make-believe of religious conversation, but the sincere outcome of their own personalities. That, perhaps, makes all the difference betwixt talk that attracts and talk that drives away."

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Who Walked 4 Miles Each Way to Church for 40 years?

Here is John G. Paton speaking of the family practice of going to church, and the joys and hardships of it,

"Each of us, from very early days, considered it no penalty, but a great joy, to go with our father to the church; the four miles were a treat to our young spirits, the company by the way was a fresh incitement, and occasionally some of the wonders of city-life rewarded our eager eyes. A few other pious men and women of the best evangelical type, went from the same parish to one or other favourite minister at Dumfries,— the parish church during all those years being rather miserably served; and when these God-fearing peasants "forgathered" in the way to or from the House of God, we youngsters had sometimes rare glimpses of what Christian talk may be and ought to be. They went to the church, full of beautiful expectancy of spirit—their souls were on the outlook for God; they returned from the church, ready and even anxious to exchange ideas as to what they had heard and received of the things of life. I have to bear my testimony that religion was presented to with a great deal of intellectual freshness, and that it did not repel us but kindled our spiritual interest. The talks which we heard were, however, genuine; not the make-believe of religious conversation, but the sincere outcome of their own personalities. That, perhaps, makes all the difference betwixt talk that attracts and talk that drives away."

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Memorial Day Rejoicing

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and it has been such a joy to celebrate it over the years. We have done this to thank those who served and to build a culture of honor on our community. Doug and I have organized and participated in many Memorial Day Celebrations. The first one was in 2000 on our farm. I will never forget it. It rained so hard all day that everyone had to stay together under the tent.

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Memorial Day, Rome, and the Nazis

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Yesterday, we were at the Roman Coliseum where some of the drama of the Italian campaign was played out as you can hear about in this video clip.

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Memorial Day at the Brown Farm – Eleven Year Anniversary

This is our eleven year anniversary celebrating Memorial Day at our farm. Everyone is welcome. Our purpose is to give thanks to those who served and the God who sustained them. This year is very special in that we are having Woody Williams, the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient, on the platform. We start at 10:00 and end at 3:00. It is a great family fun day of honoring others, preaching the gospel, and… rides in military vehicles for all.

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Church Planting is about God Taking Ground

Jason Dohm, whom we recently sent out as a church planter says this about church planting, "Church planting is about God taking ground. There is nothing remotely sinister about this, since wherever and whenever the government of God spreads, happiness and every good thing abounds. Jesus is the best King there is, and to be His subject is to know a peace that passes understanding. Youngsville needs this just as much as a thousand other towns."

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Update on The Church that Repented of Age Segregation

Here is an update on the church in Idaho that formally repented of the way they were discipling their people in age segregated programs. The pastor, Paul Thompson reports, "The motion in short was that we "repent and cease the practice of systematic age-segregation of all corporate gatherings; whether worship, small group (Sunday School, Wednesday night, etc.), prayer meetings, or discipleship…."

In my experience, things like this don’t go smoothly as people have very strong feelings about their age segregation. It is such a revolutionary change, that often there is slander and division and heartache. But in this church, Thompson reports, "The motion passed with a clear sounding majority affirmation vote. I respect those with concern about what do we do if we don’t do that. The process and questions help define and refine with clarity."

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“Give us Youngsville or we die” – Prayer of a New Church Plant

Our church recently sent out around 100 people to plant a church in the next town – Youngsville, NC. Here is the essence of their prayers, “Give us Youngsville, or we die!” Click here for the explanation.

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Prayer Night is Tonight

Tonight at our weekly church prayer meeting, we are coming together for something that has always been used of the Lord for earth shattering purposes. Why? Because we are dealing with God, the Ruler of the universe. These following passages of Scripture that instruct us of the immensity of the significance of prayer are from Joel Beeke’s book, Taking Hold of God,

Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me.
—Isaiah 27:5

Take hold of my covenant.
— Isaiah 56:4

There is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up
himself to take hold of thee.

—Isaiah 64:7

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Blog: Is it too late to bring back early marriage?

While I do not believe that every person should get married early, I do think there are some advantages for those for whom it is right according to the Lord’s timing and the unique situation some may experience. Here is an article that claims that it is "Not Too Late to Bring Back Early Marriage."

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