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Should Children Sit Through Big Church?

John Piper begins his answer with this warning…  “I hope there is a strong leader in your church because weak leaders will never be able to stand up against the onslaught of criticism that is going to come if you try to do what I am going to suggest.” See the video here or read the article: […]

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A Type of Heaven – The Sabbath

McChenye writes beautifully about the comforts and joys of celebrating the Sabbath, “It is a type of heaven when a believer lays aside his pen or loom, brushes aside his worldly cares, leaving them behind him with his weekday clothes, and comes up to the house of God. It is like the morning of the […]

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50% Off Everything! In Your Hands Before Christmas – Guaranteed

Hello, we are writing to notify you of our “Christmas Super Sale.” We are offering 50% off all our resources site-wide! This deal ends on Saturday December 31st. To receive your order before Christmas, you must order by December 17th and choose Priority shipping. Pick anything in our store and add it to your cart, […]

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Most People Worship in Small Churches

Most of the churches on the NCFIC network of churches are small churches… I was struck by this reality nationwide through Karl Vaters, in his article, “3 Assumptions & 5 Realities About Why So Many Churches are Small.”  He notes,  “Ninety percent of churches have fewer than 200 people. Eighty percent have under 100. Small churches are not in […]

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You are a Pastor With Trials and Tribulations in your Senior Years

Charles Simeon, found himself in time of trial, at 53 years old, after spending 33 years in a single church. His entire ministry was characterized by trials and tribulation. However, reflecting on his current difficulties in ministry at age 53, he wrote, “I used to sail in the Pacific; I am now learning to navigate […]

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Interview with Jeff Durbin on the Local Church

Our friend from New Zealand, Kris Baines recently interviewed Jeff Durban from Apologia Church (Tempe Ariz.) on various matters of church life. Here are Jeff’s comments on family integrated church life. See also Redemption church in New Zealand, http://ift.tt/2gfUlVS. Kris lives with his wife Becky, and their 7 children “down under” in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is one of the […]

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Patriarchy – Five Grave Concerns

I hope you are able to check the Matt Holst article on Patriarchy over at the Reformation 21 blog which appeared a while back. I am sure many of you who have been fighting for the restoration of biblical family life, and particularly for its instruction on manhood and womanhood, were happy to see the article by […]

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Small Beginnings Produced by His Hand

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…” – William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony

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Small Beginnings Produced by His Hand

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…” – William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony

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Fourteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips

It has always amazed me that we live in a nation where a holiday is given to the people for the purpose of thanksgiving. Let’s seize the day! It is a marvelous opportunity for us to lead our families in thanksgiving, building cultures of happiness and gratitude in our families that spill over into the […]

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Golden Calf Christianity in a Town Near You

Jesse Johnson, in his article,  Tozer, Youth Ministry, and a plug nickel  plays the role of a helpful historian as documents a time period which I was a part of a… the rise of youth ministry in America. It was a time where evangelicalism lost its way and is still reeling. Johnson speaks of it as […]

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Six Things the Lord Does

Sermon Audio Featured Sermon on 1 John 2:12-14

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The Greatest Is Love

In the final clause of 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle makes it plain that the purpose of everything in earth and heaven is love. Nothing matters without love. Nothing lasts without love. Nothing is beautiful without love. And, the whole story of history is summed up in these words in John 15:9, “as the father has loved me […]

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How Children are Left Out in a Family Integrated Church

I am confident that worship and fellowship in a church should be age integrated, following the biblical patterns. There are many benefits… For example, in churches were this is practiced there is a heightened relational depth. The fellowship times last longer than in many churches. People get very connected. In most family integrated churches, the […]

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Sin Dies or We Die

Here is a very helpful article by John Piper on waging war with sin Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin. He says, “sin dies or we die.” And, “Don’t make any plans that open the door for sin’s entry. “Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:14).

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