Come Grow in the fear of God – Early Bird Pricing Ends in 6 Days!



Please consider joining us at the Fear of God conference this October 27-29th.

You may be thinking, “Oh, I already know about the fear of God. Why do I need to go?” Let’s take a moment and think about the condition of our own hearts, churches, families, and nations in regards to the fear of God: There has never been another point in history where our nation has demonstrated less fear and honor toward God than it does now in our present time. We need to recapture this crucial doctrine.

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Fear of God Devotional: Gossip and the Fear of God in the Church



How should the fear of God affect the way we interact with those who gossip and slander within the church?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that when individuals spread gossip or slander about others in the church, those people should be afraid of and fear God. God loves those individuals and consequently will discipline individuals who sin. God has also given us commandments in the Bible regarding how to go about responding to an individual who is involved in sin. Those who are involved in gossip or slander within the church should fear God’s punishment.

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) – “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

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Join me Live at 5:00pm EST as we discuss the book of Philemon.

Philemon shows how love works in the church when someone is wronged. Can there be love when someone steals from another church member or wrongs them in some way? Onesimus, the slave of Philemon in Colossae was an unfaithful servant, a deserter and a thief. Ungrateful, he fled his master, Philemon. Can there be love between Philemon (a prominent and wealthy man, with a church in his house) and a runaway slave (Onesimus)?

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Fear of God Devotional: When There Is No Fear of God in Civil Leaders



What are the effects of a civil magistrate who has no fear of God?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that a civil magistrate who has no fear of God has no interest in the things of God. Those under his jurisdiction will reap the negative impact of being under that authority. This civil magistrate has no awareness of the sovereignty of God or of his authority and jurisdiction. An individual placed in authority ultimately accelerates their departure of the holiness of God.

God does work through the civil magistrate, but if that government has no acknowledgement of God’s provision and standards, they will act in an arrogant, independent manner and reach for more authority and more power than what is given them. The impact, in short, is disastrous. Instead of realizing that they are installed by God to bring peace and to biblically rule those under them, they push their own agenda, their own religion on those under their ever-increasing jurisdiction. God’s ways are right and good, but that is lost when man corrupts God’s original purpose for the civil magistrate.

Romans 13:1 (NKJV) – “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Control Freak Father and the Fear of God



Have you considered the effects of your uncontrolled anger?

Kevin Swanson explains that when fathers erupt in anger, lose control of their tongue, and throw things in the presence of their families, they are really trying to dispense of God’s authority. Man’s wrath is not a righteous wrath, as God’s wrath is. By repenting of that anger and allowing God to be God, fathers allow their families to recognize that their father honors God. God is the righteous judge – it is not our place to usurp His authority.

James 1:19-20 (NKJV) – “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

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Don’t Shrug Your Shoulders at God


In Isaiah 66:14-24 – the final section of Isaiah – people are looking at a spectacle. It is a picture of His people seeing two things: In the previous verses, they see the blessings of having a mother, the church, feeding them and the Lord Himself comforting them. There are two things that are happening in the world. God is blessing His people, who tremble at His Word, and He is destroying those who shrug their shoulders. They do not want Him. God is saving His flock and threatening the impostors who hate the flock.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Patience of God Toward Those Who Do Not Fear Him



How do you view the judgments of God?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that when we think about the judgments of God, we often can mistakenly think of them being “snap judgments” of God, something that He does because He runs out of patience.

But, this is not the case. God mercifully warns us so often before He ultimately does judge. He does not act impulsively. He has given us His law. In fact, He has often judged after centuries of warnings. When He does bring judgment, often after mercifully delaying it, that judgment is right – it cannot be questioned as being “unfair” by a sinful people who have been warned multiple times of impending judgment for their sin.

Numbers 14:18 (NKJV) – “‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Clarence Simmons on His Greatest Fear



As a pastor, how should the fear of God affect how you shepherd your church?

Clarence Simmons explains that God will hold men accountable for not only how they handled the Word of God but also how they shepherded the people of God. One of our greatest fears should be deviating from Scripture.

Being in ministry is the most joyful and distressing job there is because you’re accountable to God. You can’t afford to play around with Scripture and with the flock. We must realize that this is the flock of God. Instead of being served by the flock, they are to serve the flock. Pastors are to teach their congregation \Scriptural truths, not catchy illustrations that will tickle their ears.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Understanding the Pre-Incarnate Glory and Suffering of Jesus Christ



How do you view Jesus Christ?

Paul Washer explains that to comprehend who Jesus Christ is, we must look at both the pre-incarnate glory of Christ and the suffering of Christ. They must be both understood together. We can’t understand Christ’s humility until we first understand His exaltation. People wrongly think of Jesus as always being this humble carpenter, as someone who began in Bethlehem. But, Christ is eternal, He has always been the mediator between God and creation.

The Son has always been everything in the mind of the Father. To think that Christ humbled Himself, became a man, and suffered the death on Cavalry is astounding. The Gospel leads us to pursue true holiness. We’re motivated by the love of God in giving us His most precious gift, Jesus, and Christ’s humility and death on the cross.

1 John 4:10 (NKJV) – “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

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What Is the Fear of the Lord?

Charles Bridges gives an excellent definition of the fear of the Lord in his book “An Exposition of Proverbs”, he writes:

But what is the fear of the Lord? It is that affectionate reverence, by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s law. His wrath is so bitter, and his love is so sweet; that hence springs an earnest desire to please Him, and  — because of the danger of coming short from how his own weakness and temptations — a holy watchfulness and fear; that he might not sin against Him.” (Heb. xii. 28, 29.)

Bridges, Charles. An Exposition of the Book of Proverbs. New York: R. Carter, 1847. Print. p. 3-4

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Fear of God Devotional: A Nation’s Self Destruction Without the Fear of God



What happens to a nation that abandons its fear of God?

Kevin Swanson explains that a world that will not fear God is a world that will self-destruct. We have already seen devastating mistakes in the scientific field, for instance. Man has become too proud in his science because he has abandoned the fear of God within the sphere of science.

In our schools, we have abandoned the fear of God, and unsurprisingly, our nation has raised children who have no fear of God. Because universities have refused to teach the fear of God for over 150 years, there already have been and there could be further serious consequences for man’s refusal to fear God in life.

Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV) – “But your iniquities have separated you from your God;

And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

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How to Have The Tenderest Understanding and Bond Between Fathers and Daughters


Fathers and daughters should have the tenderist understandings between them. This Psalm declares what I believe should be one of those common understandings. 

This Psalm is a helpful guide for how fathers and daughters can have an intimate understanding and agreement about what is happening in this world, what is happening to them, what forces are really at work, and who is walking with them through their trials and tribulations.

I pray that we all would have a mighty bond on the sound and tender principles of Psalm 23.

Here is a message which explains it:

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Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God in Your Life



How do you grow in the fear of God?

In this video, Jason Dohm explains that your fear of God grows the more you read Scripture. Through our reading of Scripture, we understand who God truly is. The God of the Bible is a fearful God. The Bible tells us what God is really like – His thoughts and ways are higher than ours.

God’s Word says that the wages of sin is death. We think of death as a natural occurrence, something distinct from sin, but the Bible teaches that death is a result of sin. The Bible makes it clear that though God is merciful in giving a long life, He is under no obligation to wait for a set amount of years. This should cause us to be grateful for life and fear Him for He controls the giving of life, the sustaining of it, and the taking away of it.

1 Samuel 2:6 (NKJV) – “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.”

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Listen Live at 5:00pm EST – Survey of the Book of Titus

Paul’s letter to Titus is one of the most helpful guides for church life. On Tuesday at 5:00 I will be teaching through this book. Titus was a Greek convert, and pastor on the island of Crete. It was famous for laziness, relational tumults and immorality. Paul instructed Titus to put things in order in the churches.

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Fear of God Devotional: Training Children to Know the Fear of God



How can we help our children to understand the fear of God?

It is incredibly important for parents to train their children to have a fear of God. As parents, we should be helping and encouraging them to grow in this knowledge, even at a young age. However, this may be a difficult concept for children to grasp initially.

Joel Beeke explains that to help children understand what the fear of God means, he tells them that the fear of God means that you value the smiles of God more than the smiles of people, even that of your parents. Also, you value the frowns of God rather than the frowns of people.

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV) – “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,”

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