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John Foxe - Reformers Are Often Persecuted by the Established Church

Posted on Jul. 23, 2009

John Foxe in the introduction to the 1684 edition to Foxes Book of Martyrs speaks to one of the core issues of reformation: persecution from within the church. It is the repugnance of those present in the church toward those who have a hand in reforming it. Foxe believed that there are always two groups within the visible church – the true church and the false. It is those of the false church, which are participants in it but have not really embraced the gospel who cause problems for those that have.

“And many times, it happeneth, that as between the world and the kingdom of Christ there is a continual repungnance: so between these two parts of this visible church aforesaid oft times growth great Variance and mortal persecution, in so much that sometime the true church of Christ hath no greater enemies, than of their own profession and company, as happened not only in the time of Christ and his Apostles, but also from time to time almost continually, but especially in these later days of the church under the persecution of antichrist and his retinue, as by the reading of this volume more manifestly heareafter may appear.”

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Radio Interview: Kevin Swanson with Scott Brown on “Generations With A Vision”

Posted on Jul. 22, 2009

Kevin Swanson introduced the program with this: “The statist attack on the family since the 1800s has been brutal, and it will take generations to recover from it. But the attack on the family from the sphere of the church in the 1400s was similarly devastating. The return of family discipleship, an appreciation for marriage, and fatherhood was precisely what the world needed then - and it came through the powerful ministry work of men like John Calvin. This interview with Scott Brown brings out the comparison of the 16th century with the 21st century, and challenges us to a Sola Scriptura reformation in the sphere of the family.”

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New Church plant in Dover Delaware - Grace and Truth Community Church

Posted on Jul. 20, 2009

Rick Hensley and Billy Rosano are the founding elders of the new church in Dover Delaware. They both left their pastoral positions at another local church in the area amicably, under the blessing and encouragement of the Elders of that Church.  Grace and Truth Community Church was planted with an interested in influencing the world for Christ through the proclamation of the Gospel, and the discipleship of the saints. 

Mission:

“For the glory of God, we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple the saints to live for Him.”  Their vision is, by God’s grace, “To build a community of Christ exalting, missions minded Christians, who delight in God’s commands and are passionate to influence the world for Christ and raise a righteous generation.”

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Calvin – A Sweetener, a Cataract, Absolutely Chinese

Posted on Jul. 10, 2009

Since today is John Calvin’s 500th Birthday, we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a man who reminded us of the majesty of God. Here are some striking statements various theologians have made concerning Calvin.

Cotton Mather was asked why he was reading late into the night during his later years, in contrast to his early years where he did not do it very much. He replied,

“Because I love to sweeten my mouth with a piece of Calvin before I go to sleep.” [1]

Professor John Murray said,

“Calvin was an exegete and biblical theologian of the first rank.

“The greatest and best theologian who has most accurately apprehended the meaning of the statements of scripture – who by comparing and combining them, has most fully and correctly brought out the whole mind of God on all the topics on which the scriptures give us information – who classifies and digests the truths of Scripture in the way best fitted to commend to the apprehension and acceptance of men.

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Celebrating 500th Birthday of John Calvin: Signed Copies of Family Reformation 50% Off

Posted on Jul. 10, 2009

To celebrate John Calvin’s birthday today, we are offering hot-off-the-press personally signed copies of Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in John Calvin’s Geneva for 50% off.

Signed Copy 50% off Sale Ends on July 17th.

Click HERE to purchase.

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New Church Plant in North Carolina

Posted on Jul. 08, 2009

Founding Elders: Steve Breagy and Allen Smith

I am delighted to report that on Sunday July 19, Hope Baptist will be sending elder Steven Breagy out to join with Allen Smith to plant a new church in Moore County, NC. They will be meeting about an hour and a half from us. We are teaming up with Heritage Bible Fellowship in Fayetteville by sending one of our dear elders. Click Here to view their listing in the NCFIC directory.

Here are the details….

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First Internship Session Report

Posted on Jul. 07, 2009

We have now just graduated our first intern class. Our hearts are full of gratitude and it was hard to see them go back home, as they had become dear brothers to us. Over the months we became a unified team with each of us functioning according to our gifts. We hated the idea of being without them and experienced the sorrows of parting with treasured comrades. They are from left to right, Ryan Glick, Joe Froemming, Andrew Gillingham, Micah Ferrill, Andrew Higginbotham.

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Is it a Sin to Send Our Kids to Public Schools?

Posted on Jul. 01, 2009

We now have government indoctrination centers that have systematically secured the corruption of entire generations. How serious is this issue? David d’Escoto shows just how insidious this influence is, and answers the question, “is it sin to send our children there?

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Nehemiah’s Nursery

Posted on Jun. 26, 2009

I am often asked how to explain the phrase in Nehemiah 8:2, “So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding.” The question typically comes from people who want to use this text to prove us wrong on the issue of age segregated Sunday school. The idea is, “see, the children were not included in this meeting, therefore, the legitimacy of age segregated Sunday schools are proven conclusively.” Here is Dr. Voddie Baucham on the matter. Click Here

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Paul Butler’s Radio Clip on the Power of Father’s Investment

Posted on Jun. 19, 2009

Paul Butler has done it again. Click HERE to listen to an encouraging audio clip from Moody Radio with Paul Butler interviewing Lyndon Ascuna, myself, and others.

Paul says:

As you read through the book of Proverbs there are many chapters which begin with phrases like: “Hear my children, the instruction of a father” or “My son, pay attention to my wisdom, lend your ear to my understanding…” The words of a father to his children can have incredible impact. This piece highlights the power of a father’s words…

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