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The Unconverted Know Nothing of Such Happiness

Posted on Nov. 10, 2008

J.C. Ryle writes of the special nature of the church and the joys which exist there,


“Who, indeed, can describe the pleasure with which the members of Christ’s flock do meet each other face to face? They may have been strangers before. They may have lived apart and never been in company; but it is wonderful to observe how soon they seem to understand each other. There seems a thorough oneness of opinion, taste, and judgment, so that a man would think they had known each other for years.
 

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The Graves of Jonathan Edward’s Children

Posted on Nov. 09, 2008

All of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards children are buried together,except for Jerusha who is buried next to David Brainerd. Their graves are about 100 yards away from the rest. David Brainerd spent the last months of his life in the Edwards home and Jerusha nursed him there. She died of the same disease soon after.

 

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Passion for the Gospel All Life Long The Death of George Whitefield

Posted on Nov. 09, 2008

In this house, the great evangelist, George Whitefield breathed his last.

Even up till the day of his death, Whitfield never tired, nor retired from preaching the Gospel. Before Whitefield preached to a large crowd in Exeter, a bystander said to him, “Sir, you are more fit to go to bed than to preach.” Whitefield answered, “True, sir;” and looking up he said, “Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for thee one more time in the fields, seal thy truth, and come home and die.” After preaching, he made his way to Old South Presbyterian Church in Newberryport, MA in need of rest. When he arrived at the home of Jonathan Parsons, the pastor, he told him that he was tired and needed to go to bed. By that time, the street in front of the house had filled with many people begging to hear him preach. Even though he was physically spent, he couldn’t resist an opportunity to preach the Gospel once more. As he wearily made his way up the stairs, people crowded into the house eagerly waiting to hear him again.

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David Brainard’s Passion for Holiness

Posted on Nov. 09, 2008

 

David Brainerd was enormously sensitive to the condition of his relationship with God. When I read his biography I was astonished at how “up” and “down” he was in his spirit. He had a moment by moment awareness of sin and his need for repentance. Here are some statements that communicate just how passionate he was,

“I know I long for God and conformity to His will, in inward purity and holiness, ten-thousand times more than for anything else here below.” Pg. 79

He prays, “Oh, that I may be always humble and resigned to God, that He would cause my soul to be more fixed on Himself, that I may be more fitted both for doing and suffering.” Pg. 76

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Young Men Who Did Not Waste Their Youth

Posted on Nov. 07, 2008

Today we visited the grave of Great Awakening preacher, George Whitefield at Old South Church in Newberryport, Mass. He is buried under the church pulpit. It caused us to contemplate the use of time. Notice the casting of his skull and bible on his casket - a vivid reminder of the brevity of life and the importance of using our minutes for the glory of God. Each night Whitefield asked himself 15 questions to help him judge his actions during the day. He asked,

Have I been fervent in private prayer?

  1. Used stated hours of prayer?
  2. Used spontaneous prayer every hour?
  3. After or before every deliberate conversation or action, considered how it might tend to God’s glory?
  4. After any pleasure, immediately given thanks?
  5. Planned business for the day?
  6. Been simple and recollected in everything?
  7. Been zealous in undertaking and active in doing what good I could?
  8. Been meek, cheerful, affable in everything I said or did?
  9. Been proud, vain, unchaste, or enviable of others?
  10. Recollected in eating and drinking? Thankful? Temperate in sleep?
  11. Taken time for giving thanks according to Law’s rules?
  12. Been diligent in studies?
  13. Though or spoken unkindly of anyone?
  14.  Confessed all sins?

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Life Under Barack - Build Holy Families and Holy Churches

Posted on Nov. 06, 2008

Most of us feel that our nation just made a grave error in the national election and that storm clouds are on the horizon. This may be true, but what should we do? Let me suggest that all of life must be seen in the light of the indestructibility of the church. Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18). This is why we have a message of hope that says, “Don’t despair, rise up and build holy families and holy churches. That will make a difference.”

Here is what I believe: the most important things we do in this life happen in church and home. It is here that we “watch and pray,” “let the Word of Christ dwell richly” and “be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments,” (Mark 13:33; Col 3:16; Deuteronomy 11:32). If you fill your home with the sweet waters of life and use your energies and gifts to strengthen the body of Christ you will be involved in the most powerful work done on the planet - more powerful and far reaching than DC the UN or the EU - and even Hollywood. Our work in church and home reaches across many generations and into heaven for all eternity. No administration can touch this in terms of significance, reach and blessedness. No nation can stamp out the healing balm that comes from the genuine worship of God in churches and homes.

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How the Church can Strengthen the Family in the 21st Century

Posted on Nov. 06, 2008

Please join us for “How the Church can Strengthen the Family in the 21st Century,” Dec 5-6, 2008 - a conference in Wake Forest, NC.

This conference will be full of very practical sessions on church and family life. You will be challenged regarding your role as a father and husband. You will be instructed about your role in the church. You will hear messages the show how churches and families are designed to be a blessing toward one another. We have Kevin Swanson, Jeff Pollard, Bill Einwechter, Jason Dohm, Dan Horn, Steve Breagy coming to deliver messages on these vital subjects.

Consider joining us in Wake Forest, NC. The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches seeks to encourage unity between church and home through family-integrated worship and promoting the role of fathers in the life of the church and family. Special emphasis is placed on the sufficiency of Scripture for faith and practice.

See this: We are offering a special family rate - any family members after three are free

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Looking on the Bright Side

Posted on Nov. 05, 2008

Here is a note I received from a friend 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Pay Attention to the Gloom and Doom

“Gloom and Doom is everywhere! In the papers, on the news, all over the internet, even in daily conversations. Many members of the general public and the investment community are getting depressed and caught up in this propaganda at a rapid pace. The attitude is even beginning to spill into personal and professional lives as people begin to buy into it. So what’s the answer? STOP immediately!

When you focus on the negative, you always multiply your problems. Instead, see your business being so busy you have to expand…the human mind has an incredible ability to accomplish whatever you focus on.


The 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Pay Attention to Gloom and Doom are:


1. It’s simply not true.
It is possible to have the life you want. You work hard, and the media right now is making you sheepish. It’s herding you into a corner. It’s driving a stake right into the heart of the economy. You cannot create prosperity when you are fearful. In the 70’s we were told the world’s oil was running out; clearly that didn’t happen. The media predicted a mini ice age within the last 40 years; that didn’t happen either. Global warming? Chicago has had the heaviest snowfall since 1979. The media is powerful – do your own research.


2. This is a great year for commercial real estate.
If you are planning on investing in commercial real estate this year, you are in luck. There will be a fabulous inventory of product from which to choose. Interest rates are at an all-time low. Cap rates are becoming more reasonable again. Lots of OPPORTUNITY is in store for you this year.

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The Family at Church

Posted on Oct. 29, 2008

 

Joel Beeke has written a wonderful book “The Family at Church” to help families in their participation in the meetings of the church. He says, “Teach your children that every sermon counts for eternity. Salvation comes through faith, and faith comes through hearing God’s Word (Rom. 10:13-16). So every sermon is a matter of life and death.” Each chapter either deals with listening to the preached word, or coming to prayer meetings. He says, “The church must maintain the divinely ordered role of the family to establish a godly heritage.’

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The End of Patriarchy?

Posted on Oct. 12, 2008

Homosexual Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson Declares the End of Patriarchy

Last week Duke University’s Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life invited the openly gay Anglican Bishop, Gene Robinson to speak to students. During his stay, he announced the root issue causing so much commotion around his life,

“At first look, it appears to be about homosexuality. Step back and it appears to be about Biblical authority… If we step back one step further and notice this has way more power and energy than it ought to, my own opinion is that this is actually about the end of patriarchy.”

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