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Young People’s Lives Perversely Structured Program

Posted on Jun. 01, 2011

New York Times Op Ed columnist, David Brooks makes some very insightful statements about the rising generation, their preparation and fitness for the working world, and the liabilities they carry with them as a result of their public school upbringing.

He begins by making a startling statement about the twisted way the lives of the rising generation have been structured: “...their lives have been perversely structured. This year’s graduates are members of the most supervised generation in American history.”

That perverse structure is partly explained by the disconnect their training has been from the real world. He says, 
“College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out into a different environment requiring a different set of skills, which they have to figure out on their own.”

This problem of being trained to do something that does not exist beyond the educational experience is compounded by the fact that their dispositions have also been “perverted.” Brooks observes, “If you sample some of the commencement addresses being broadcast on C-Span these days, you see that many graduates are told to: Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams and find yourself. This is the litany of expressive individualism, which is still the dominant note in American culture.

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Who Walked 4 Miles Each Way to Church for 40 years?

Posted on Jun. 01, 2011

 

Here is John G. Paton speaking of the family practice of going to church, and the joys and hardships of it,

“Each of us, from very early days, considered it no penalty, but a great joy, to go with our father to the church; the four miles were a treat to our young spirits, the company by the way was a fresh incitement, and occasionally some of the wonders of city-life rewarded our eager eyes. A few other pious men and women of the best evangelical type, went from the same parish to one or other favourite minister at Dumfries,— the parish church during all those years being rather miserably served; and when these God-fearing peasants “forgathered” in the way to or from the House of God, we youngsters had sometimes rare glimpses of what Christian talk may be and ought to be. They went to the church, full of beautiful expectancy of spirit—their souls were on the outlook for God; they returned from the church, ready and even anxious to exchange ideas as to what they had heard and received of the things of life. I have to bear my testimony that religion was presented to with a great deal of intellectual freshness, and that it did not repel us but kindled our spiritual interest. The talks which we heard were, however, genuine; not the make-believe of religious conversation, but the sincere outcome of their own personalities. That, perhaps, makes all the difference betwixt talk that attracts and talk that drives away.”

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Memorial Day at the Brown Farm - Eleven Year Anniversary

Posted on May. 28, 2011

This is our eleven year anniversary celebrating Memorial Day at our farm. Everyone is welcome. Our purpose is to give thanks to those who served and the God who sustained them. This year is very special in that we are having Woody Williams, the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient, on the platform. We start at 10:00 and end at 3:00. It is a great family fun day of honoring others, preaching the gospel, and… rides in military vehicles for a

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Church Planting is about God Taking Ground

Posted on May. 27, 2011

Jason Dohm, whom we recently sent out as a church planter says this about church planting, “Church planting is about God taking ground. There is nothing remotely sinister about this, since wherever and whenever the government of God spreads, happiness and every good thing abounds. Jesus is the best King there is, and to be His subject is to know a peace that passes understanding. Youngsville needs this just as much as a thousand other towns.”

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Update on The Church that Repented of Age Segregation

Posted on May. 26, 2011

Here is an update on the church in Idaho that formally repented of the way they were discipling their people in agesegregated programs. The pastor, Paul Thompson reports, “The motion in short was that we “repent and cease the practice of systematic age-segregation of all corporate gatherings; whether worship, small group (Sunday School, Wednesday night, etc.), prayer meetings, or discipleship….”

In my experience, things like this don’t go smoothly as people have very strong feelings about their age segregation. It is such a revolutionary change, that often there is slander and division and heartache. But in this church, Thompson reports, “The motion passed with a clear sounding majority affirmation vote. I respect those with concern about what do we do if we don’t do that. The process and questions help define and refine with clarity.”

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“Give us Youngsville or we die” - Prayer of a New Church Plant

Posted on May. 25, 2011

Our church recently sent out around 100 people to plant a church in the next town - Youngsville, NC. Here is the essence of their prayers, “Give us Youngsville, or we die!” Click here for the explanation.

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Prayer Night is Tonight

Posted on May. 25, 2011

Tonight at our weekly church prayer meeting, we are coming together for something that has always been used of the Lord for earth shattering purposes. Why? Because we are dealing with God, the Ruler of the universe. These following passages of Scripture that instruct us of the immensity of the significance of prayer are from Joel Beeke’s book, Taking Hold of God,

Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me.
—Isaiah 27:5

Take hold of my covenant. 
— Isaiah 56:4

There is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up
himself to take hold of thee.
—Isaiah 64:7

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Blog: Is it too late to bring back early marriage?

Posted on May. 24, 2011

While I do not believe that every person should get married early, I do think there are some advantages for those for whom it is right according to the Lord’s timing and the unique situation some may experience. Here is an article that claims that it is “Not Too Late to Bring Back Early Marriage.”

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Parents keep child’s gender a secret

Posted on May. 24, 2011

A Toronto couple has decided to keep their child’s gender a secret so the child can choose its own gender. While this may seem extreme, these parents are simply consistently applying postmodern gender wisdom. God’s binary, black and white distinction of male or female is not only limiting it is oppressive. “Witterick and Stocker believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females.” The assumption that man is inherently good and will make the best choice for himself if left on his own, has been getting us into trouble since the garden of Eden. The article continues “Stocker, 39, and Witterick, 38, believe kids can make meaningful decisions for themselves from a very early age… In fact, in not telling the gender of my precious baby, I am saying to the world, ‘Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s(he) wants to be?!” Albert Mohler commenting on this remarkable position says, “The major issue at stake in this controversy is the objective reality of sex and gender. We are, in fact, what our genitals tell us we are. This is not because we are genitally determined, but because we were created by a holy God, whose plans and purposes for us are, inescapably, tied to our gender.”

We ought to praise God that He has something much better for us than gender confusion. He guides us in many ways - one of which is through determining our gender and the roles and responsibilities that go along with it. What a disaster it is to be left on our own to discover what truth is.

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Men who protected their homes with home-made dams

Posted on May. 23, 2011

See the pictures here of the home made dams people built to protect their homes. Some thoughts: First, what a blessing it is when men are proactive and aggressive in protecting their homes. Second, consider how men might protect their physical dwellings but are not protecting the spiritual and moral lives of the people in their homes. Third, it reminds me of what my son in law, Peter Bradrick is doing to help men learn how to effectively protect their homes and their communities. He plans to launch this in September… Go to bradrick.org

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