Fear of God Devotional: Do You Apologize or Repent?



What is the distinction between a mere apology and true biblical repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that a mere apology conveys how a person feels, that they feel bad for what they did. Instead of apologizing, they need to repent. 

This involves explaining that they have sinned against that person and ask for the other person’s forgiveness. Repentance involves an understanding that you have sinned against another person. 

James 5:16 (NKJV) – “Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

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Trials Are the Looking Glass Showing Our Faults

Thomas Brooks helps us see how trials refine us:

“By trials, God reveals much of a man’s sinful self to his pious self. When the fire is put under the pot, then the scum appears. So when God tries a poor soul, Oh! how does… 

– the scum of pride
– the scum of murmuring
– the scum of distrust
– the scum of impatience
– the scum of worldliness
– the scum of carnality
– the scum of foolishness
– the scum of willfulness

—reveal itself in the heart of the poor creature? 

Trials are God’s looking glass, in which His people see their own faults. Oh! that looseness, that vileness, that wretchedness, that sink of filthiness, that gulf of wickedness, which trials show to be in their hearts! “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction” (Isa 48:10).

From Thomas Brooks, The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod, Chapel Library, http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/8914/0171/9774/mcut.pdf

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance and Faith Are Two Sides of the Same Coin



How are faith and repentance related?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that there must be repentance towards God and faith in Christ. They are distinct but they are inseparable. Repentance is a turning from while faith is a turning to God. There is a very close relationship between the two.

We should think of them as being two sides of the same coin. Repentance is a turning from something while faith is a turning to something. 

Acts 20:20-21 (NKJV) – “ I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance in the Life of a Pastor



What does repentance look like in the life of a pastor?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that a repentant pastor examines his life by the Word of God. He understands that if he is going to preach to his congregation, he must be willing to humble himself and repent of sin in his life.  

Repentance involves humility. Elders need to be willing to repent and ask for forgiveness. He shares how he has seen examples of this in the church he attends.

Acts 20:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[a] which He purchased with His own blood.”

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What it Looks Like when Fathers and Sons Follow Jesus

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In this message I outline six marks of fathers and sons who are following Jesus.

  1. When fathers follow Jesus it is because their hearts are miraculously turned, Malachi 4 :5-6
  2. When fathers follow Jesus, they walk with their sons and teach them what they love, Deut 6:5-9
  3. When fathers follow Jesus they explain the greatness of God, Psalm 78
  4. When fathers follow Jesus, they take their sons on a journey of obedience, Gen 18:19
  5. When fathers follow Jesus they nurture their sons, and sons honor their fathers and mothers, Eph 6:1-4
  6. When fathers follow Jesus, they become like Jesus, John 5:17-22; Psalm 40:6-8  

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Fear of God Devotional: What Are Marks of False Repentance?



What are marks of false repentance?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that a person who falsely repents is ultimately concerned about themselves. They want to avoid the consequences of sin. False repentance will always lead you away from Christ.

But, a person who truly repents is concerned about sin itself instead of its consequences. They want to please God and are concerned about what sin does to the glory of God. True repentance leads a person closer to God.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

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Pride and Immodesty in Men

In this message I examine pride and immodesty in men. I address to matters of pride which the father and son relationship reveals. Further, I speak to the subject of pride and male immodesty. When most of us hear the word, “immodesty,” we think of women. However, the Bible does speak of how men are immodest. It’s source is pride, which is revealed in the father son relationship. 

A Relationship that Reveals Pride
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Fear of God Devotional: When Church Leaders Repent



What is the effect of church leaders exemplifying a lifestyle of repentance?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that the church leaders need to be the ones to exemplify a lifestyle of repentance to their congregations. They need to be the first to confess their sins and plead for God’s mercy – for themselves first and then for the rest of the congregation. 

They need to be overwhelmed with the holiness of God and their own sinfulness. If that is exemplified by the pastors and elders in the way they speak with others and their congregation, we would see a tremendous transformation in the churches.

Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV) – “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Keeping Short Accounts in a Marriage



What does repentance look like between a husband and a wife?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that a marriage where the husband and wife are one flesh is a relationship that is the closest human union there is. It is a picture of Christ and the Church. 

If unity between spouses is to be enjoyed, deepened, and enriched, both spouses must keep short accounts with one another. They must not let great gulfs of time go between instances of sin. If one spouse sins against the other it is important to repent and make it right as soon as possible. 

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) – “ And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

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Central US Church Leaders Meetings

I'd like invite you to one of the church leaders luncheons in the three following cities at the end of January. Ill be traveling with Kirk Smith, our “Regional Facilitator” for the area for these meetings. Various local pastors will be joining us and delivering messages to encourage and exhort us including, Doug Barger, Justin Huffman, Kirk Smith, Kert Martin, Gary Powers, Chris Law, David Feddes and Michael Johnson and others. These meetings begin at 10am and end at 2;00pm.

Jan. 24: Indy

Jan. 25: St. Louis

Jan. 26: Chicago

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Four Ways to Catch Up When You Fall Behind Reading the Bible

I predict you will sometimes fall behind. Our family did – many times each year.  Don’t say, “We might fall behind so we shouldn’t try.”  It is usually a mistake to neglect a great thing for possible failure. Yes, you will fall behind from time to time. Life happens! Our family used different methods at different times when we fell behind.  Here are four ways the Brown family bounced back when we fell behind the schedule:

First, spread it out
Let’s say you’re 16 chapters behind. Add one extra chapter for the next 16 days and you’ll be caught up in sixteen days.

Second, grind it out
Just grind it out and read those 16 make-up chapters over a day or two.  Take a couple of hours and read, read, read.  Just “Git ‘er done!”

Third, listen up
Catch up by listening to an audio bible while you are driving or working around the house.

Fourth, jump ahead
Simply jump ahead to the section allocated for the current day in the schedule. Chalk it up to, “It’s not a perfect world, we are not a perfect family and sometimes we fall behind”.  BUT, we are not giving up!”

This is an excerpt from the article, “Ten Tips for Reading the Bible as a Family.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Are You Reformed or Reforming?



What is the difference between repentance and reformation?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a specific connection between repentance and reformation. In one sense, as the Christian continues to repent, he also continues to reform. He explains that he prefers the word “reforming” over “reformation.” We will never get to a state where we are completely reformed – rather, we will continue to be reforming (and repenting).

A Christian’s desire, what ought to burn in their heart, is to strive for a life that reforms as it conforms to God because they have been transformed by the grace of God. The Christian is always reforming. Whole families should always be reforming. As soon as they identify sin in their life, they ought to want to repent of that.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV) – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Biblical Repentance



What is an example of repentance in Scripture?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that an example of repentance in Scripture involves an Ethiopian traveling in the desert and reading Scripture. Through the providential hand of God, the Ethiopian is longing to know who Christ is.

Philip “preached Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch. Afterwards, that man desired and longed to be right with God and asked to be baptized. This an example of true repentance. He realized who he was, his sinfulness, who God is, and his need for God.

Acts 8:34-38 (NKJV) – “So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”

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Read2018 Webinar – Jason Dohm



Today at 3:00 eastern time, Jason Dohm and I will be on a live webinar 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 Genesis and Matthew.

You can stream the webinar here.

I hope you can join us.

Sincerely,
Scott Brown

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Fear of God Devotional: How Are Holiness and Repentance Connected?



How are holiness and repentance connected?

True repentance that flows from godly sorrow is necessary for salvation. Repentance understands that we have offended a holy God. Without repentance, we don’t see God as He really is. He is holy and our offenses are grievous in His sight. Before salvation and repentance, we don’t see our sin as it really is.

Repentance is a turning away from idols to God. The first step of holiness is repentance. It involves removing sin from the grace of God and a pursuing of the holiness of God. Repentance is necessary in the pursuit of God and for true salvation. 

Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV) – “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

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