I Realized I’m Part of the Problem

In this video clip, I tell the story of how it was that I became a family-integrated church advocate.

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A Call for Discernment

Please join me and other speakers on July 20th in Tulsa, OK for A Call to Discernment. This conference will immediately follow the NCFIC The Master’s Plan for Fatherhood conference in Tulsa, and, according to their website, will present “a Biblical critique on the key doctrines of the ‘word of faith’ movement and ‘prosperity gospel’ sweeping through the modern church.”

Other speakers include:

  • Justin Peters of Justin Peters Ministries
  • Frank Turk from Team Pyro has accepted our invitation to come back to Tulsa to speak again, with the specific discernment-related topic to be determined later.
  • Phil Johnson on www.thegracelifepulpit.com Executive Director of Grace to You (www.gty.org) and an Elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.
  • Don Currin Coordinator for Eastern Europe for Heartcry Missionary Society.

Learn more about this conference and register here.

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Verses on the Sweet Sovereignty of God

This will do your heart good. Here are many verses on the Sovereignty of God.

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A Call to Battle

Please join me and other speakers in Chesapeake, VA for A Call to Battle Men’s Conference at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. This conference will immediately follow the NCFIC The Master’s Plan for Fatherhood conference in Chesapeake, and will be a tool to teach biblical manhood and fatherhood, to get fathers back into their God-ordained place within the home as the priest, prophet, provider, and protector; to show men and fathers the urgent need to return to the principles, patterns, and precepts of the Word of God in leading their families; and to show men and fathers the importance of having and teaching/training their children and families with a biblical worldview.

Learn more about this conference and register here.

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Man Abased and God Exalted

We want nothing but to behold the glory of God and to see him exalted by all, and everywhere, to be happy. When I read the descriptions of the heavenly world, I see nothing so prominent as these two great truths: Man abased and God exalted….Behold! ‘what hath God wrought?’ – Gardiner Spring, quoted in Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858, p. 345

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Foretaste of Eternal Rest

God is kind to give us a foretaste of His eternal rest through the weekly sabbath rest:

Gracious word of a gracious Savior, on which the soul may confidingly repose, and be at peace forever! It is a present rest—the rest of grace as well as the rest of glory. Not only are there signals of peace hung out from the walls of heaven—the lights of Home glimmering in the distance to cheer our footsteps; but we have the shadow of this great Rock! in a present weary land. Before the Throne alone is there the sea of glass, without one rippling wave; but there is a haven even on earth for the tempest-tossed—We who have believed DO enter into rest.

Reader, have you found this blessed repose in the blood and work of Immanuel? Long going about seeking rest and finding none, does this word sound like music in your ears—”Come unto Me”? All other peace is counterfeit, shadowy, unreal. The soul’s immortal aspirations can be satisfied with nothing short of the possession of God’s favor and love in Jesus.

How unqualified is the invitation! (more…)

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The Weight of Your Afflictions

The Bible teaches much about affliction, and it is there that we find our greatest wisdom in navigating the rough waters that often come upon us. Here are a few things that can be concluded from Matthew 8:14-27, where we encounter Peter’s sick mother-in-law and the raging winds and seas that terrified the disciples:

The presence of your afflictions are not according to chance.

The timing of your afflictions are all part of God’s pre-ordained plan to sum up all things in Christ.

The weight of your afflictions are carefully measured, to bring you forth as gold.

The number of your afflictions are strategically appointed, to buffet you enough to change you.

The length of your afflictions will be no shorter or longer than what pleases God, in order to enlarge your patience.

The outcome of your afflictions are designed to address a God-glorifying end.

The arms which brought the afflictions will hold you through them.

I preached on Matthew 8:14-27. You listen to the message here.

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The above statements I made during the application portion of the sermon.

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What Is It in the Christian Faith That Excites You?

D.A. Carson states a critical matter in an article where he asks, What is it in the Christian faith that excites you? He continues:

Today there are endless subgroups of confessing Christians who invest enormous quantities of time and energy in one issue or another: abortion, pornography, home schooling, women’s ordination (for or against), economic justice, a certain style of worship, the defense of a particular Bible version, and countries have a full agenda of urgent, peripheral demands. Not for a moment am I suggesting we should not think about such matters or throw our weight behind some of them. But when  such matters devour most of our time and passion, each of us must ask: In what fashion am I confessing the centrality of the gospel? (more…)

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What Is Revival?

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) explains it this way:  

What is revival? Strictly speaking, it is the restoration of life that has been lost; and in this sense, it applies only to the Church of God. But used in a more common acceptation, it is the turning of multitudes to God. As conversion is the turning of a soul to God, so a revival is a repetition of this same spiritual process in the case of thousands. It is conversion on a large scale. It is what occurred under the apostles at Pentecost, when three thousand were converted under one sermon. It is what took place at Corinth, Thessalonica, and Ephesus, when, under the preaching of the apostles, multitudes believed and turned to the Lord. This is what we mean by revival!

So revival is more than personal revival and church revival, it includes a broad awakening where multitudes are awakened. So what about us?  First, we can be grateful for the signs of awakening among us, but there is more. There is a community that surrounds us. Because of that, the matter of revival should never leave our consciousness until we see heaven come down and glory fill souls around us.

Also, Kevin De Young has posted some helpful thoughts on revival in two parts.

First, he defines revival like this: “True revival is a sovereign, swift, extraordinary work of God whereby he saves sinners and breathes new life into his people.”

Here is a description of one of the most famous awakenings in history, in the days of Josiah, where we learn that revival begins with love for the Word of God. De Young says,

True revival will always be Bible saturated through and through. Revival is not simply renewed fervor for spiritual things. Buddhists have a fervor for spiritual things. Oprah and Tom Cruise have a hunger for spiritual things. God-wrought revival brings a fervor for the Bible, that we might live, feel, sing, pray, work, and worship according to the word of God.

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Christ Needs No New Inventions

In a day when church leaders are trying to satisfy the cravings of people who always want something new, voices from the past are important to help us to understand the waywardness of our times. Here is Charles Spurgeon stating that we need no new inventions:

First of all, Christ needs no new inventions to glorify Him. “We have invented a new line of things,” says one. Have you? “We have discovered something very wonderful.” I daresay you have, but Christ, “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8 NKJV), needs none of your inventions, discoveries, or additions to His truth. A plain Christ is forever the loveliest Christ. Dress Him up, and you have defamed Him. Bring Him out just as He is, the Christ of God, nothing else but Christ, unless you bring in His Cross, for “we preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23); indeed, you cannot have Christ without the Cross; but preach Christ crucified, and you have given him all the glory that He desires. The Holy Spirit does not reveal in these last times any fresh laws or any novel doctrines or any new evolutions. He simply brings to mind the things that Christ Himself spoke. He brings Christ’s own things to us, and in that way glorifies Him.

– C. H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit, p. 60-61

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Man Abased and God Exalted

We want nothing but to behold the glory of God and to see him exalted by all, and everywhere, to be happy. When I read the descriptions of the heavenly world, I see nothing so prominent as these two great truths: Man abased and God exalted….Behold! ‘what hath God wrought?’ – Gardiner Spring, quoted in Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858, p. 345

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The Angels Are Pleased when I Hold Fast to Her

“When I look at all the women in the world, I find none of whom I can boast as I boast with joyful conscience of my own. This one God himself gave to me, and I know that He and all the angels are pleased when I hold fast to her in love and fidelity.”

– Martin Luther concerning Katie, his wife

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So, You Lost Your Job

Here is a message for those who have lost their jobs. What Do You Do When There Is Nothing To Do?

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So, what do you do when there’s nothing to do? This session is about navigating the rapids, eddys, dams, backwaters, canals, and the waterfalls in the waters of unemployment.

Manhood and womanhood are tested and tried. Having nothing to do is one of the most challenging things that ever happens to a man. When you lose your job, it either knocks the stuffing out of you, or it fills you with strength.

No one goes through this without serious challenges to grapple with. Your mind, will, and emotions are always waging war against you. Your identity, dreams, your routines, and even your marriage are on the chopping block. It’s very personal. I learned that when I got fired from a job 25 years ago, I was that guy who showed up at church without a job. You feel different. They say a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, but a depression is when you lose your job. Some people never recover, but for the Christian, it is the beginning of a transformed life. It either trounces you or transforms you. (more…)

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How to Defend the Sanctity of Life from Scripture

In the film, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, Francis Schaeffer rightly said, “The sanctity of life did not come from nowhere.” He went on to declare that it came from the Bible.

So how do you use the Bible to defend the sanctity of life?  One of the gifts we need to pass on to the next generation is a firm remembrance of the sanctity of life. If we do not help the younger generation memorize the central passages of Scripture, they will not have the intellectual strength to resist the tide of tyranny against the unborn. Abortion is an attack on the entire Bible. In the Law, the Prophets, the Poetic Books, the Pauline Epistles, and the Gospels, we find evidence of the sacredness of life in the womb and the sovereignty of God at work in conception. Scripture makes it clear that there should be equal protection under the law for life in the womb.

The following passages of Scripture are key in building a biblical understanding of abortion and the sanctity of life. They are organized under the following headings: Life, Murder, Our Duty, and the Blessing of Children. (more…)

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Fearing God, Loving Children: The Way Back

  • The Birth Control Movie Project seeks to make the definitive films on the subject of Birth Control & its Impact on the Church, Marriage, & Family.” http://thebirthcontrolmovie.com/the-films/
  • There are 2 films, Birth Control: How Did We Get Here? which is currently available at www.thebirthcontrolmovie.com  and www.visionforum.com  and the sequel which is currently in production, Birth Control: Is It Up To Us?  A biography and Anthony Comstock is going to press and additional resources, e.g., study guides for the films and a text on birth control and the church are also in the works.

Comstock was a cautious man; he never described the objects he suppressed.  In like manner, the text is remarkably clear of explicit details, infamous names, book titles, etc.[10]  When dealing with such topics he was careful to not pique curiosity or sinful interest.  The Apostle Paul expresses this same sentiment when he implies that there are some things “not proper”[11] to discuss in detail.  Such caution is non-existent in the 21st century, and Christians would do well to emulate this in an effort to keep people from stumbling.

Christian parents have accepted the man-centric false philosophy that their children “need to make their own decisions.”  The conventional wisdom is “You can’t shelter your children forever.”  While this may be true when those children become adults and leave their father’s household, it is certainly not true in those formative years.  The Bible says that children lack wisdom,[12] and parents are to guide them every step of the way.[13]  Children are required by God to obey their parents.[14]  Protecting children from sin is a God-commanded function of parents and all adults,[15] as well as teaching respect for adults[16] and fostering family and spiritual affections.[17] (more…)

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