What Do the Graves of Osama and Jezebel Have in Common?

This morning, our family was reading 2 Kings 9:37 which gives the answer to the question, What do Osama and Jezebel’s graves have in common? Both those who killed Jezebel and Osama did not want them to have graves. Imagine if Jezebel’s grave was identifiable. Imagine how Osama’s grave would be used.

And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel;
so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

- 2 Kings 9:37

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Give Us a Seed Right with Thee!

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, give us such a seed! Give
us a seed right with Thee! Smite us and our house with ever
lasting barrenness rather than that our seed should not be right
with Thee. O God, give us our children. Give us our children.
A second time, and by a far better birth, give us our children to be
beside us in Thy holy covenant. For it had been better we had
never been born; it had been better we had never been betrothed;
it had been better we had sat all our days solitary unless our
children are to be right with Thee. …But thou, O God, art Thyself
a Father, and thus hast in Thyself a Father’s heart. Hear us, then,
for our children, O our Father…. In season and out of season; we
shall not go up into our bed; we shall not give sleep to our eyes
nor slumber to our eyelids till we and all our seed are right with Thee.

A. Whyte, Bunyan Characters, vol. 3, London, 1902, pp. 289-290

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Should We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper Weekly?

Our church celebrates the Lord’s supper every Sunday. We are thrilled to be able to reflect on the power of the gospel in this way. Jim Hamilton has written this brief explanation of why he believes this was the practice. He takes the direct approach, " Let’s cut straight to the chase: I think the New Testament indicates that the early church took the Lord’s supper every Lord’s day, that is, every Sunday… So here’s my reconstruction: in the earliest days after Pentecost, the church celebrated the Lord’s supper daily, in conjunction (probably) with their evening meal. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate it every day! Imagine the enthusiasm of the wonder of the resurrection, the rushing wind, and the thousands converted. . . As the days and years passed, things stabilized and the church began to take the Lord’s supper in conjunction with the meal they shared together in the evening on the Lord’s day." Read the whole article here, and scroll down to read Richard Barcellos comment.

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Did You Know That Murder Is Now Officially Legal For Mothers?

Abortion still legalOur NC governor, Beverly Perdue signed a law assuring that "Suspects accused of causing a fetus to die or injuring one inside the womb at any stage of development would face separate criminal charges." This fetal homicide bill, that was passed in the NC Senate in a 45-4 vote makes it a felony to injure a fetus "at any stage of development." The law takes effect Dec. 1.

Associated press writer, Gary Robertson stated that "the measure Perdue signed on Friday doesn’t apply to legal abortions but does convey legal status upon fetuses unable to survive outside their mother’s womb."

North Carolina is not alone in the United States in passing a law like this. There are 35 other states that have added the unborn child as a possible victim of crime. These crimes can take place "at any time after conception."

The charges for the crime include first and second-degree murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter with punishments as stiff as life in prison without parole. The law allows that "A defendant also can be charged with assault if the mother gives birth after she’s attacked and the child is seriously injured, stays hospitalized or was born prematurely…There is no requirement that an attacker know the woman was pregnant at the time to face an additional charge for the fetus…"
 

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Fishers of Men

Today is the first official day in the office for the NCFIC 2011 Interns. We are very grateful for these men who have been set aside to serve in this way. We desire to make a deposit in their lives for the love of scripture, the church and for the restoration of biblical family life. We are most thankful for the help they have in the Lord Jesus who said, “I will make you fishers of men.” To learn more about the NCFIC Internship Program, click here.

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Anguish

This week, David Wilkerson was killed in an automobile crash. Here is something he said that is very precious to me.

A Call to Anguish – David Wilkerson

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How Important are Church and Family Life in the Grand Scheme of Things?

church lifeAs we do the good work of prioritization in our lives we always have to face the issue of relative importance. This means that we make sure that the really big things in life are first in priority and the small things fall lower on the scale of importance. One of the propositions of the NCFIC is that church and family life stand tall among the most important priorities of life. The very existence of the NCFIC serves to state that your family and the family of God are of enormous importance. Not only do they serve great eschatological purposes for the glory of God, they also work together in a symbiotic relationship where each one is divinely designed (specifically) to bless the other. This point was illustrated during an interview with the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Albert Mohler by Tabletalk Magazine. Dr. Mohler is asked this question: “Although there are many, is there one lesson the Lord has taught you that you would care to share with us?” Albert Mohler replied,

“I think the one great lesson the Lord has taught me over these years is that the importance of the family and the local congregation supersedes every other relationship to which the Christian is called. Christians demonstrate the glory of God and the power of the gospel by the way we marry and stay married, by the way we raise our children, by the way we love each other, and by the way we live faithfully in the congregation of believers. In the end, I fear that far too much energy is devoted to and far too many hopes are invested in institutions, programs, and projects that will not last. The centrality of Christ’s purpose to glorify himself in His church and the blessings of God that are directed to the precious gift of the family — these far exceed our other allegiances.”

Click here for the interview.

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For Your Summer Travels

In his letters to his daughters, Legh Richardson, writing in the early 1800’s, gives his daughters advice for the times when they travel. He counsels them on "Journeyings":

Cultivate knowledge as you travel.

History, antiquities–in cities, towns, churches, castles, ruins, etc.

Natural history – in plants, earths, stones, minerals, animals, etc.

Picturesque taste–in landscape scenery and all its boundless combinations.

Cultivate good-humored contentment, in all the little inconveniences incident to inns, roads, weather, etc.

Cultivate a deep and grateful sense of power, wisdom, and goodness of God, in creation and providence, as successively presented to your notice from place to place.

Keep diaries and memoranda of daily events, places, persons, objects, conversations, sermons, public meetings, beauties, wonders, and mercies, as you travel. Be minute and faithful.

Ask many questions of such as can afford useful information as to what you see.

Write your diary daily; delays are very prejudicial. You owe a diary to yourself, to your friends left at home, and to your father, who gives you the pleasure and profit of the journey.

 ~Letters & Counsels by Legh Richmond, p.24-25

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A Church Repenting of Systematic Age Segregation

Check this from a pastor who is now leading his congregation to make major changes"

I move that Eastside Baptist Church repent and cease the practice of systematic age-segregation of all corporate gatherings; whether worship, small group (Sunday School), prayer meetings, or discipleship. We call all fathers and mothers to reclaim their God breathed jurisdiction of teaching their children the things of God. We submit ourselves to the patterns of Holy Scripture and reject secular methods opposed to this Holy Scripture that shows all ages gathering together for worship, teaching, evangelism, ministry, and prayer. We do so boldly knowing that few in our city, state, region, or nation may understand. A nursery will be provided for ages 3 years of age and younger for all parents wanting this provision for corporate Sunday worship we also welcome children of all ages at all times in all gatherings.

Here is the full story.

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What is at the Heart of Modesty?

One of my messages at our church father/daughter retreat this last weekend was on the subject of "Modesty." I gave six texts on modesty that every father and daughter need to understand. One of the men in our church sent me these helpful and powerful video clips on the subject. Part One and Part Two.

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Free Audio Download – Sufficiency of Scripture 2009 Conference

SOS Audio

We are now offering the entire collection of messages from the Sufficiency of Scripture 2009 NCFIC National Conference for FREE! This conference, which took place December 10-12, 2009, in Covington, KY, called Christians back to their foundation, affirming that the Scripture alone is sufficient to direct their lives and the life of their families, their churches, and their country in the 21st Century. 35 messages cover everything from the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to Youth Ministry to personal evangelism.

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A Weed in the Church Ebook Only 2.99

A Weed in the Church can now be purchased for the Kindle ($2.99) and the Nook ($6.99). Also, the hardcopy edition is just $9.99 a copy. 

 

 

 

 

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Issues and Answers on Leaving a Church

Leaving a ChurchHere is a message by Dan Horn, like one we have given many times, that touches on handling disagreements in church life – Issues and Answers for Leaving a Church.

 

 

 

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Are You Running to Herbs or Weeds?

Cultivating personal righteousness‘A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds, therefore let him seasonably water the one and destroy the other.’

- Sir Francis Bacon

 

 

 

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What Does True Repentance Look Like?

My text for Sunday was Matthew 3:1-12, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. You can listen to the audio here or you can read the transcript here.

Here is an excerpt from one section:
Earthquake, Repentance is a radical seismic change"So we must define repentance accurately. Repentance is a radical seismic transformation just like Isaiah said, “Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight.”

True repentance is like an earthquake of the soul that changes the configuration of your life. And it is like the restructuring of the earth happens when the hills are brought down and the valleys are raised up. This is the radical restructuring of life that is true Christianity.

We recently were horrified by the news about that gigantic earthquake in Japan. The coastline of Japan moved 13 feet and it tilted the earth’s axis by 10 inches. The earth changed in the same way that Isaiah 40 explains – the hills were brought low and the valleys raised. Several years ago there was another gigantic earthquake in Chile. The entire city of Concepcion moved 10 feet to the west and the capital city, Santiago moved as well. So this kind of geographical revolution is part of the picture of repentance.

How do earthquakes happen. They happen because the tectonic plates are pressing up against one another, creating tension. They are pressing against each other, and the tension builds. They press and they grind against one another and then they slip and the earth changes. What happened in Japan is out in the ocean tectonic plates were pressing against each other and they started to slip and then finally, wham, they slipped creating the gigantic tsunami that washed 28,000 lives away into eternity.

Well, that is the kind of imagery that Isaiah is presenting in Isahah 40:4. This was the kind of repentance that was happening in the wilderness.

And so I am praying for us that we are not yawning our way to heaven, but that we are a repenting people who cry out to God that He would show us how we ought to repent.

What you do with your eyes, what you do with your time, what you do with the meditations of your heart, what you do with your relationships, what you do with your clothing, what you do with your car, what you do wit your house, what you do with your money. That is what John is talking about here. This is the stuff of the Christian life. This is true Christianity.

And in this room here today there are those who aren’t converted. I pray that you would feel the tension. Maybe this would be the day when the tension in your sould will rise to such a degree that you make a dramatic shift and you change and it is like an earthquake of the soul where the whole landscape of your life is transformed."

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