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Productivity: Beating the Afternoon Slump

Here is an article that addresses what can become the doldrums of a typical work day, “You Can’t Avoid the Afternoon Slump, So You’d Better Learn to Work Around It.”  His advice is to do mindless things like making phone calls and handling email. Here is something I do to deal with it:  1. I […]

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Gay Conversion Therapy and the Power of Church Discipline

I received this note from a local church pastor responding to our announcement of our upcoming Church Discipline Conference regarding the restorative power of biblical church discipline: “Scott our church did discipline for three years with a lesbian in our congregation! Which went to final excommunication and later restoration and she ended up marrying one of our […]

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The Importance of Family Prayer

Fathers are commanded to read the Word of God to their families, and to instruct them in it. If they are to read the Word of God to their families, then they must pray with them as well. It is critical that families pray together, and Thomas Doolittle in this article titled, “The Word of […]

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Church Discipline in History

In the modern times, church discipline is looked upon as unloving. Has this been the view throughout church history? The answer is: No. Throughout church history, church discipline has been viewed as a vitally important part of a biblical church.     Come and hear Dan Ford at the Church Discipline Conference, who will be walking […]

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Al Mohler on Age and Affinity Segregation in the Church

During a Baptist21 panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Albert Mohler speaks on an important matter of church structure and programming when fielding a question on whether we should have special groups for recovering homosexuals in the same way that there are groups for people who have been divorced or experiencing excessive self indulgence with […]

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The Sodomite “Marriage” Debate is Not About Marriage

As we grapple with how to respond to the recent shifts regarding homosexuality in our nation and around the world, there is something that we need to recognize about this issue and why it is being put forward. We cannot understand the heart of the matter unless we recognize that the homosexual marriage advocates are […]

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Please Pray for Me at China Bridge

Please pray for Jeff Pollard and I as we spend the next three days speaking at China Bridge, where we will be addressing a Chinese Church in the Los Angeles area, and then the messages will be translated and broadcasted for Churches in China. Our friends Sam Waldron and Paul Washer have done this as well. […]

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Gospel-Centered Marriages

With the Supreme Court’s decision on sodomite marriage, will the church stand strong on the truth of God’s Word, or will it cave the pressures from the culture? One of the most important ways that we defend marriage is by having marriages according to God’s design. A couple of years ago, we hosted a conference […]

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God’s Effectual Call

The next chapter in the confession is titled, “Of Effectual Calling,” and it is a logical sequel to the last chapter on free will. If you remember, we learned in the last chapter that man in his unregenerate state has totally lost, as a result of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden, the ability […]

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Article XII – The Biblical Revelation Is Sufficient for Worship and Discipleship

We affirm that the biblical doctrine, principles and precepts that God has revealed in His Word for corporate, family, and individual worship and discipleship are sufficient for knowing how to worship God in a manner acceptable to Him and for the effective edification of the saints. (1 Cor. 11:1-12; 14:34; Gal. 1:8-9; Eph. 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 […]

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Is it Wrong to Emphasize Holiness?

Here is a short clip from Dr. Richard D. Phillips titled, “Holiness & Self-Righteousness?” It is often said in modern Christendom that to focus on holiness and obedience to God leads to self-righteousness. Dr. Phillips shows that this is far from the truth.   

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Why Don’t Churches Practice Church Discipline?

Why don’t churches practice church discipline? Chuck Lawless gives twelve reasons he has noticed why they don’t. Here’s the article: Some years ago, I conducted a study and wrote a book on membership classes in local churches. Many of those churches included teaching church covenants in their membership class, but they talked very little about church discipline. That […]

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Does Man Have a Free Will?

The Four States of Man’s Free Will This has been the subject of much debate throughout church history. Heresies have been crafted and proclaimed on the basis of a wrong view of this critical doctrine. It would be an understatement to say, “This is an important doctrine.” No, this is a really important doctrine, and […]

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Article XI – The Church is a Family of Believers that Includes Families

We affirm that local churches are spiritual households of faith, and that congregations of the visible church include individuals and family units that should be cared for and strengthened by the church to fulfill their God ordained roles, not only as individuals but also as families (Eph. 4:1-32; 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Peter 3:1-7). […]

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Andrew Fuller on Church Discipline

David Prince has extracted some important sections from The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Expositions—Miscellaneous. These quotations reflect the various conflicts and difficulties that always follow church discipline situations. I highly recommend this article, Gospel-Centered Church Discipline – Andrew Fuller (1754-1815). Here is the article: I have added the headings below to help arrange and organize the material. The […]

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