Scott Brown and Clarence Simmons – (1 Chron. 11 – 2 Chron 29, John 14-18)



Join me and Clarence Simmons life as we discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Kings-Chronicles and John.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Are the Effects of National Repentance?



What are the effects of national repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video when a nation repents, the idols begin to be smashed. In Israel, they had gone so far in decline. When the nation begins to reform, we will see idols begin to fall. The idols that take the place of God will fall. 

The idols of our nation today are served and loved by many today. When this nation begins to repent, we will begin to see those idols dealt with. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

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A Crisis of Belief



Jesus and His disciples have moved on from Sychar, the woman at the well and the great awakening that occurred in the city. Now, they arrive in Galilee where Jesus saves a boy from physical death. But his sickness leads to something greater – the salvation from spiritual death in his father – a nobleman – and his whole family. This is the second “sign” or miracle in the Gospel of John designed to show us why we ought to believe in Jesus. The most powerful gift you can ever get is the gift of belief – like this nobleman, “The man believed,” v50. In these verses, we see how a whole family, living among an unbelieving people, experience a crisis of belief that leads to their salvation.

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Fear of God Devotional: A Story of Repentance



What is an example of repentance and conversion?

Gary Powers shares in this video how God drew him to Himself. He was born in a Catholic family. In his senior year of college, he went to a small church. After the sermon, he fell on his face. The pastor was in the back and was praying for him. 

He left the church knowing that his sins were forgiven and God has never allowed him to look back. 

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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A Hundred Years of Reforming, Summary of Nehemiah



In these final verses in Nehemiah, at the end of the Old Testament history, we are brought to the cleansing of home life, and what home life was producing (Nehemiah 13:22-31). Nehemiah discovered that many of the marriages in Judah were producing pagans and were defined by paganism. Foreign matter was introduced through marriage. Family life was dramatically affected. They rejected God’s pattern for marriage and it showed. It was an urgent matter that required urgent and strong leadership. Nehemiah continues his work to “cleanse from everything pagan” (Neh. 13:30). What about our marriages and our homes? Are there any foreign elements which stand against the knowledge of God, the wisdom of God, the love of God, the purity of God? Nehemiah shows us how to confront paganism in our homes. Following are six ways Nehemiah is used by the Lord for this purpose.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Reformation in the Church



What are the effects of reformation within the church?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that before a church undergoes reformation, altar calls, the sinner’s prayer, the rock band, and the sermonette are all common aspects of the service. 

After a church is reformed, the focus of worship is God-centered instead of man-centered. There is expository preaching and a high view of the Lord’s Day. Reformation can completely change the direction of the church and God gets all of the glory.

Revelation 4:11 (NKJV) – “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Does Reformation Require New Ideas?



Does reformation involve new ideas and changes?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that generally, the church has bought into a methodology that is secular and worldly. To pursue reformation does not involve doing something new but turning to the ancient paths of Scripture. Often, when we strive to conform with Scripture, we are met with opposition. 

Even though there might be opposition, we must continue to faithfully preach that Scripture is sufficient. Reformation does not involve coming up with new ideas but it involves a returning to what God has said. 

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) – “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Word of God Reforms Everything



How can a father be intentional about reforming his life?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that a reformation of thinking involves a follower of Christ bringing everything under the subjection of Scripture. All aspects of life must be governed by Scripture. 

He explains that a father ought to be a blessing to his children and his wife. A father must be intentional about how he lives. He ought to strive to have aspect of his life lived in accordance with Scripture. At his workplace, he must work as though he is working for God – his whole mindset needs to be constantly reformed. He must ask himself, “How do I put the glory of God on display always?”

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

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Live Read2018 Webinar – Scott Brown and Justin Huffman



Jimmy Ferebee and I recently discussed the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Kings-Chronicles and John.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: Nothing In My Hands I Bring



What does true repentance look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that true repentance looks like a man who has been undone. He’s been broken down, he sees his own poverty. Repentant people realize that there is nothing in their hands that they can bring to somehow merit salvation or repentance. They must cling to the cross. 

We have nothing at all that we can bring to God. We owe Him everything. There is a recognition that we cannot save ourselves. We can see plenty of examples of true repentance throughout Scripture in the lives of David and Paul. A repentant person is humble — Paul continues to refer to himself as the “least of all the saints.”

Ephesians 3:8-9 (NKJV) – “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.”

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An Ordinary Life together



In this series, “Joined and Knit Together,” we are casting vision and setting expectations for life at Hope Baptist Church. I would like to address the virtue and the power of an ordinary Christian life. God has given particular ways for His people to live. I would like to both explain and glorify the simple life that God calls His church to engage in. To become a church member is to enter into this simple world of rhythmic discipleship. This simple way of living is countercultural, but we are called to be strangers in a strange land. As the elders of Hope Baptist, we want our congregation to be deeply invested in that rhythm. We want them to make it the center of their life and the launching pad for everything else. To this end, I submit the following five categories of thinking:

I. The virtue of an ordinary Christian life engaged in the ordinary means of grace.
II. The current cultural environment fights against the ordinary means of grace.
III. The importance of the “regulative principle of worship.”
IV. The weekly rhythms of activity at Hope Baptist.
V. A call for the beautiful ordinary supply of God.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance in Our Children



How can we teach our children about repentance?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that when a child says that they’re sorry for doing something and there is no fruit to repentance, you as a parent should encourage your children to not merely say words but to ask God to help them truly repent and pray for repentance. 

We need to tell them that God alone can give true repentance. You as a parent ought to show your children what repentance looks like. It should be easy for a parent to come to a child and repent to your children. We as parents need to humble ourselves and be able to confess our sin to our children. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Does Reformation Happen Today?



How does reformation happen today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that when we say, “Semper Reformanda” we are not looking for something that we haven’t discovered yet. Rather, we are going back to the Bible. This is a key thing for us to keep in mind today. 

Reformation goes back to the Bible. It examines current practices in light of Scripture. We must be willing to go wherever Scripture takes us. No matter which topic is involved, we have to consider what Scripture says.

The Bible addresses all matters. We must open our Bibles, prayerfully consider whether our lives align with Scripture, and learn from those who have gone on before us. 

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

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The Most Satisfying Food



Jesus life was shaped exclusively by the will of His Father, as we see in His interaction with the woman at the well. Not only is the conversation with the Samaritan woman the longest single running dialog in the gospels with an individual, she is the first recorded person in the Gospel of John who is born again. During this conversation, Jesus reveals His priority for His church. If you asked the average member in an evangelical church, what is the primary purpose of the Local church? What would you hear? In John 4:27-42, Jesus answers this question in no uncertain terms.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does Repentance Look Like?



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

Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is the continual disposition of the Christian. We see our sin and it saddens us. We are grateful that we can even repent because we understand that is a gift of God. 

Repentance in the life of a Christian is not penance. It is the movement of the heart towards God. It is a confession to God that we have sinned against Him and have done evil against Him and a plea for forgiveness. 

Romans 7:18 (NKJV) – “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

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