Fear of God Devotional: How Husbands and Fathers Need to Deal with Sin in Their Lives



How should fathers and husbands deal with sin in their lives?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that he is not a servant to Christ if he is not dealing with his sin. He is deceiving himself and hiding something that cannot be hidden. He is sinning further against his family by not acknowledging his sin. As a father, this is important. It is imperative for a man to confess sins to his children and his wife.

It is crucial that we as fathers take ownership of our sins. One of the worst things that a parent or spouse can do is to live a life where they pretend to be perfect or without sin. Our children will see through our hypocrisy if we do not confess our sin.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV) – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

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Scott Brown and Scott Parish – (2 Kin. 1-18; John 3 – 6)



At 3:00 pm EST, David Fry and I are going live to discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. We will be on the line for 20 minutes to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Kings and John.

You can view the webinar here.

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A Day for Pastors from Central/Western NC and SC

If you are a pastor, elder, deacon, or aspiring church leader from a church from either central or western North Carolina or South Carolina, the NCFIC would like to invite you to a day of prayer, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and exhortation to be held on Monday, May 21.

Date/time: Monday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LocationThe Church Without Walls, 2502 Crowders Creek Road, Gastonia, NC 28052. 
Cost: $10 per person, which includes the lunch that will be provided. (Register Here)
What to expect: A day of encouragement for pastors and other church officers.

We greatly desire to see like-minded pastors and congregations within a small geographical area begin to (1) know each other, (2) actively encourage each other, and (3) join together in Great Commission labors. As the Lord would give us grace, the NCFIC is endeavoring to facilitate this by bringing pastors together and giving them an opportunity to interact and pray for each other.

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Full of Grace and Truth



In the holy words before us today, it is clear that Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth. While this is a wonderful contemplation it is also a revealing one, for we are not full of grace and truth. In God’s mercy, He provides one who is full of the things we lack. Take note of the context: In the prologue (1:1-18) John explains who Jesus is and where He came from. Each verse in the Prologue is packed with carefully crafted language to explain Him. Then from 1:19 to the end of the Gospel, John shows us, in graphic terms, what Jesus did. What He did cannot be understood without first knowing who He is. John identifies many of His divine characteristics in the prologue. In this message, we will cover 1:14-18 which further explains five of the characteristics of the glory of His grace and truth.

1. The eternity of the Son, v1a
2. The communion of the Son, v1b
3. The deity of the Son, v2
4. The creative power of the Son, v3
5. The life-giving presence of the Son, v4
6. The constant shining light of the Son, v5
7. The man sent from God to bear witness of the Son, v6-9
8. The world which did not receive the Son, v10-11
9. The children who received the Son, v12-13
10. The incarnation of the Son, v14
11. The superiority of the Son, v15
12. The fullness of Grace from the Son, v16
13. The grace and truth of the Son, v17
14. The revealing of the Father through the Son, v18

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Fear of God Devotional: The Repentance of a Nation



What bring about the repentance of an entire nation?

Paul Carrington shares an example in this video of how an entire nation repented. Jonah preached to the city of Nineveh. He preached that they must repent. The repentance in the city of Nineveh started from the top down. The king repented. Then, the people repented. God relented from judging the people and did not destroy them.

Today, we see different examples of nations repenting. We see another example of this by studying the ministry of John G. Paton to an unsaved tribe. The tribe came to faith and the people, who used to worship idols, now burned them. A nation must obey the commands of God. 

Psalm 51:10 (NKJV) – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” 

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How to Face Self Serving Pride



In John 1:19-28, the Jews send a group to interrogate John the Baptist, who is experiencing remarkable success in his ministry. They ask three questions and he issues three denials. His answers to their questions make it clear that John’s only motive is to point to Jesus Christ. He cares nothing for himself. John helps us to face our self-serving pride which hinders the work of God… our desires for the praises of men, our prayers to be exalted, our demands for our own ways, and our hope to receive the honor for ourselves. Instead, John points away from himself and calls his interrogators to look to the Lamb of God for everything.

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He Takes Away the Sin



The message of the whole Bible is loaded into our text (John 1:29-34). These verses record one of the most dramatic moments in the history of redemption. It announces the only way to be free of the guilt of sin. It declares the global need for Jesus as the Lamb of God, for a sinful world. My whole objective in this message is to help us look very intently at one aspect of Jesus as, “the lamb of God.” There are literally hundreds of ways to look at Him, but today, I want to have a tightly focused look at Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

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The Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit

This spring, I’m pleased to be a featured speaker with Homeschool Summits for the Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit, a free event hosted online this April 30-May 5. You can watch my interview on May 5th at 1:00pm EST. I hope you’ll join us! You can register now at www.HomeschoolSummits.com/Fitting.

If you ever feel like you're spinning your wheels, trying to stay on top of all the choices and activities that come your way as a homeschool parent, then this is for you. It’s a week dedicated to helping you decide what matters to your family, create a workable homeschool plan, and keep your path centered on the eternal – even when life happens.

Most importantly, each video from this event will focus on the truth found in God’s Word and the hope that lies in trusting in Jesus Christ for today and for the future.

All of the video interviews with speakers (like myself) bring a Christ-centered focus to these important steps on your way to learning how to fit it all in:

  1. Charting Your Course: Learn how to change your perspective to match God's view as revealed in His Word.
  2. The Homeschool Gameplan: Get insight into academic necessities and how to make sure they can realistically work out in your homeschool.
  3. Home Management Strategies: Find out how to keep household duties running smoothly in the midst of schooling, and come away with specific action items to make changes beginning tomorrow.
  4. Building Your Team: Discover the beauty of a family working together to build God's kingdom and how to keep relationships healthy for maximum joy from parents down to little ones.
  5. Eternal Priorities: Reorient yourself to stick to the mission of following Christ, leading your children to Him, and influencing others for the Gospel.

The entire event free if you sign up by April 30th, and in addition to the video content, you’ll also get access to an easy-to-search online vendor hall (with exclusive discounts and freebies) and a private Facebook group to connect with speakers and other attendees.

I encourage you to sign up today for the Homeschool Fitting-It-All Summit for a week of valuable wisdom and Christ-centered hope so you can conquer your homeschool overwhelm.

Learn more and register for free (for a limited time only!) at www.HomeschoolSummits.com/Fitting.

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Washed in His Righteousness



My fellow Elder, Mike Davenport recently preached a wonderful summary message of the book of James, “The Lord Our Righteousness,” where he explained how the righteousness of Jesus Christ fulfilled all of the ethical and behavioral commands in James. We felt one wave after another of the mercy of God in sending His Son to be our righteousness. Following the sermon, I preached a short Lord’s Supper message entitled, “Washed in His Righteousness.”

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The Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit

The Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit is a free online event coming to you this April 30-May 5. What is it all about?

Well, one thing they promise: You WON’T receive a recipe for meeting everyone’s expectations.

Quite the opposite – instead, you’ll be empowered to focus on God’s priorities above everyone else’s. And you’ll receive practical wisdom to help you steward God’s unique gifts to your family for His honor.

Join CHEC as they begin on the foundation of Christ-centered truth to find help and hope for our homeschooling! Sign up today for totally free here!.

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A Missions Conference – Every Tribe Tongue and Nation

Please consider joining us April 13-14 for a missions conference – Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation.

Would you like to grow your joy and sharpen your effectiveness in cross-cultural missions? Would you like to more faithfully join in God's invincible plan to spread the gospel to all peoples of the earth by planting churches? This missions conference is designed to help churches consider how we might increase and improve our missionary outreach. And, perhaps the Lord might use this gathering to call missionaries into this great work.

At this conference, you will hear the following messages designed to further equip us for missionary outreach:

The Love of God for Every Tongue Tribe and Nation
I Will Build My Church – Status Report
Local Churches – The Factory of The Great Commission
The Place of Short-Term Missions
How Local Churches Prepare the Next Generation for Missions
Missionary Biography
The Mission-Minded Family
Evangelism and Church Planting in Muslim Countries
Stories You Will Never Hear

Click here to learn more and register.

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Everything from Heaven



Before us is the longest running discourse of John the Baptist where he is commenting about losing his following. In doing so, he gives us four of the most powerful truths man can know in the phrases, “a man can receive nothing unless it is given him from heaven,” “He must increase, but I must decrease,” He “rejoices greatly because of the bridegrooms voice,” and “He who believes in the Son has life.”

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Marriage Gathering in Keokuk Iowa – You are Invited

The Kenny Hempen family is hosting a marriage seminar this Saturday, April 7th, at the Hempen Barn in Keokuk, IA. NCFIC Regional Facilitator, Kirk Smith, will be sharing on the components of a biblical marriage. There are only five couple spots left. Anyone interested should contact Kirk at [email protected] The first five couples responding will be accepted. Deadline is Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. There is no cost for this event though donations will be accepted.

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For God So Loved the World



John 3:16 has rightly been called the greatest verse in the Bible. Luther said it was, “the Bible in miniature.” It simply reveals to us how the greatness of the love of God meets the greatness of man’s need. John Flavel said that John 3:16, shows us, “the exceeding preciousness of souls…” Through John 3:16 we learn how we might be “rooted and grounded in love,” knowing more deeply what is “the width and length and depth and height…” of “the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19). 

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Government of the Tongue



“The Bible is very clear about the use of our tongues, informing us that we will be held accountable before God at the judgment for every idle word we have spoken. It is, therefore, every person‘s responsibility in the church to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and to promote love by creating a culture of blessing. 

This message speaks to the clarity of God on matters regarding the tongue.

The Bible says the tongue is a killer, having “the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). It can be used both as a love killing sin and a love building blessing. 

The English Puritan, Richard Allestree calls the tongue an “uncircumcised Philistine.” He says that only God can deal with the “massive armor” of such a formidable enemy. In his book, “The Government of the Tongue,” he uses the Word of God, “stones from the brook” as he calls them, to hurl at that Philistine to topple him. 

This message is a call to hurl stones at that Philistine. Stories of harm in the church and family from unbridled tongues are legendary. 

One such story is told of the days of Hudson Taylor who founded the China Inland Mission. His successor, D.E. Hoste was responsible for managing over 1000 missionaries all over China. As he reflected upon the most troubling issues the mission faced, he said, 

“Looking back over these fifty years, I really think that if I were asked to mention one thing which has done more harm and occasioned more sorrow and division in God’s work than anything else, I should say tale-bearing.” 

The tongue is one of the smallest members of the human body yet has the power to unravel love in a church, destroy a reputation and separate the best of friends. 

Unfortunately, private divisions carried along by talebearing often mushroom into public divisions. 

During this message, considering the government of the tongue we will cover the following six subjects: 

I. Defining the misuse of the tongue – The language of scripture 
II. A Poisonous Recipe – How to Destroy Your Church 
III. Bad excuses for talebearing 
IV. How God treats talebearers 
V. A Life-Giving Recipe – How to Build Up Your Church, Family, and Work 
VI. How to respond when you hear the talebearer

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