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Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of False Repentance

What are characteristics of false repentance? Carlton McCleod explains in this video that it is often difficult to determine whether where a person is demonstrating true or false repentance from one encounter. False repentance springs up quickly and is accompanied by emotion but there is no life to it beyond the moment. Simply because an […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Why Is the Need for Repentance Sometimes Disregarded?

Why is the need for repentance sometimes disregarded? Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that many churches in our day ignore the need for reforms primarily because they are more concerned about pleasing people than they are of pleasing God. We default to self-preservation. Repentance is not always easy. It is much easier to simply […]

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William Perkins on How to Maintain a Good Reputation

Do you have a good reputation? Solomon said that a good reputation was better than “silver and gold” (Prov. 22:1). The apostle Paul said one of the qualifications for deacons is that they must have “a good testimony” (1 Tim. 3:7). So how should we think of our reputations, when Jesus said, “Woe to you […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.   […]

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What it Looks Like when Fathers and Sons Follow Jesus

https://ncfic.org/resources/view/199293 In this message I outline six marks of fathers and sons who are following Jesus. When fathers follow Jesus it is because their hearts are miraculously turned, Malachi 4 :5-6 When fathers follow Jesus, they walk with their sons and teach them what they love, Deut 6:5-9 When fathers follow Jesus they explain the greatness […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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