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Eight Wedding Gifts from a Father to his Beloved Son

Posted on Mar. 17, 2010

When the men of our church gathered together to give David their counsel on his upcoming marriage, I said this:

David we have been constant companions as we have walked together here at home, all over this country and the world. I want to bless you tonight before these men with two things, eight gifts from the Lord.

First, are these eight gifts from the Lord that God gives to all men who love Him and are called according to His purpose. The Lord has given these to me and now I give them to you.  These things have been mine and now they are yours. I pass them to you…

The Training and Admonition of the LORD Child Training Seminar: May 7-8, 2010

Posted on Mar. 16, 2010

Schedule:

Friday, May 7, 7-9:30pm for parents only, so that issues of discipline can be addressed candidly. This will be held at the Brown Family Farm, 3721 Quarry Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Saturday, May 8, 9am-4pm for whole families. This will be held at Tuxedo Junction, 405 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Sponsored by Hope Baptist Church, Wake Forest

Cost: $15 for single registrations, or $25 for families

Saturday lunch is included

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Smoke and Fire in the War Against the Sufficiency of Scripture

Posted on Mar. 15, 2010

We had Ken Ham speak at our Sufficiency of Scripture conference because he believes that the rejection of the literal, historical interpretation of Genesis 1 is the source of a thousand other points of apostasy in the church and collapse of the culture. The question is, “Is scripture sufficient?” A writer for Calvin College Newspaper took Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis to task making a number of accusations. However, the center of the conflict can be traced to the war over the sufficiency of Scripture. We believe that the rejection of the sufficiency of Scripture in all matters in the church life today is the center of the battle and the fulcrum (leverage point) of necessary reformation for the church and the family.

In his blog today, Ken Ham responds to Calvin College underlining some of the real issues at stake and the irresponsible manner in which some engage in the debate. The interchange puts on display just how deeply mainstream evangelicalism has abandoned the faith. Ken Ham is right. When you do not take Genesis 1 seriously, you cannot take anything else seriously. Our work at the NCFIC finds itself on the battle lines of church and family. Ken Ham’s battle is fought on the battle lines of the origins of the world. We are very thankful for his boldness and leadership and pray for victory there.

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Brothers We Are Not Figure Skaters

Posted on Mar. 15, 2010

Here is a short but “sweet” video clip of Phil Johnson on the feminization of church leaders.

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Sabbath morning prayer

Posted on Mar. 15, 2010

“Welcome delightful morn, Thou day of sacred rest!
I hail thy kind return, Lord, make these moments blest;
From the low train of mortal toys,
I soar to reach immortal joys,
I soar to reach immortal joys”

You can sing this as a hymn on Cyber hymnal

In “Hayward” in John Dobell’s, A New Selection, 1806

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Check Out Our Marriage Blog

Posted on Mar. 11, 2010

Deborah and I are starting a blog about marriage. For the first post, click here

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The Worldwide War Against Baby Girls - The Economist Reports

Posted on Mar. 11, 2010

The Economist Magazine has released a stunning article on the war against girls entitled, The worldwide war on baby girls. This reality stands in sharp contrast with God’s disposition toward girls. God has built so many protections around them through representative heads (fathers and husbands and church elders and civil magistrates) and commanded men to nourish and cherish their wives and give their lives for them. Here God shows Himself to be the Supreme Benefactor of girls.

Albert Mohler gives a powerful analysis of the article. One of the startling elements of this article in the Economist is the story of a Chinese writer who witnessed the killing of a baby girl, “‘But that’s…murder…and you’re the police!’ The little foot was still now. The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes. ‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,’ [an] older woman said comfortingly. ‘That’s a living child,’ I said in a shaking voice, pointing at the slops pail. ‘It’s not a child,’ she corrected me. ‘It’s a girl baby, and we can’t keep it. Around these parts, you can’t get by without a son. Girl babies don’t count.’”

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Economic Hotspots Church Leaders Need to Address

Posted on Mar. 10, 2010

Here is a podcast with Scott Brown, Jason Dohm and Dan Horn on hot issues church shepherds often need to help church members grapple with.

In times of economic downturn, these issues are more often more sensitive. 

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What Is the Liberty We Have in Christ?

Posted on Mar. 10, 2010

Last Lord’s Day, I preached on Galatians 5:1-13 where Paul begins to apply the doctrine of justification by faith. He has been saying that not one ounce of works can save you. As a result of this, many believe that the law has lost all its application in our era. In contrast, the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 has clear answers for what Christian liberty means. We live in an era where people think Christian liberty means they can disregard what God has said in Scripture. Our Christian forefathers knew better.

CHAPTER 21: OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY AND LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE

Paragraph 1. The liberty which Christ has purchased for believers under the gospel, consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the severity and curse of the law,

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)...

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The Global Majority Vote is in - A Woman’s Place is NOT in the Home

Posted on Mar. 09, 2010

74% of the people in the world believe a woman’s place is definitely NOT in the home.

“The survey of over 24,000 adults in 23 countries, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos and released on the eve of International Women’s Day, showed that people from India (54 percent), Turkey (52 percent), Japan (48 percent), China, Russia, Hungary (34 percent each) and South Korea (33 percent) were most likely to agree that women should not work.”

Over the last century and a half, we have undergone vast changes in the way we understand the purpose and activities of the family. This is seen most markedly in the nature of family education, economics and co-existence. Homes are startlingly mother and child free. The children have been sent to a government institution. Mothers have escaped to the cubicle. Fathers are catapulted to the corporation. 

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