But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Please consider joining us April 13-14 for a missions conference - Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation.

Would you like to grow your joy and sharpen your effectiveness in cross-cultural missions? Would you like to more faithfully join in God's invincible plan to spread the gospel to all peoples of the...

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The Kenny Hempen family is hosting a marriage seminar this Saturday, April 7th, at the Hempen Barn in Keokuk, IA. NCFIC Regional Facilitator, Kirk Smith, will be sharing on the components of a biblical marriage. There are only five couple spots left. Anyone interested should contact Kirk...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:00

For God So Loved the World

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John 3:16 has rightly been called the greatest verse in the Bible. Luther said it was, “the Bible in miniature.” It simply reveals to us how the greatness of the love of God meets the greatness of man’s need. John Flavel said that John 3:16, shows us, “the exceeding...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:00

Government of the Tongue

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"The Bible is very clear about the use of our tongues, informing us that we will be held accountable before God at the judgment for every idle word we have spoken. It is, therefore, every person‘s responsibility in the church to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and to...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 21:00

Break Free

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Psalm 78 is a wake up call. Asaph is bold before the fathers of Israel. He calls them to break free of old patterns… the patterns of their fathers. He commands them, do “not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, and...

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We recently concluded our Life of a Shepherd conference in Montgomery Alabama, and now have a set of over ten messages on biblical church leadership. You can listen to these messages free here:

https://ncfic.org/resources/conference/biblical_eldership_facing_21st_century_challenges

In Titus...

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At 3:00 pm EST, Rob Huddleson and I are going live to discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. We will be on the line for 20 minutes to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Joshua-Judges and Luke.

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Would you like to grow your joy and sharpen your effectiveness in cross-cultural missions? Would you like to more faithfully join in God's invincible plan to spread the gospel to all peoples of the earth by planting churches? This missions conference is designed to help churches consider how we...

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“Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us” (Psalm 78:1).   The first thing we notice is that a command is issued....

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What is the difference between worldly and godly sorrow?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that individuals who show godly sorrow are sorrowful because of offending God because He is holy and good. Individuals who show worldly sorrow merely show sorrow because of the consequences that they are...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:04

NCFIC Ministry Update

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Right now I’m in a convoy of three vans loaded with men headed to “The Life of a Shepherd.”  in Montgomery Alabama. This is a marvelous opportunity to equip men from our local church and strengthen churches around the nation.

 
Our mission: We are going to state again...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 21:00

A Father as a Historian

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The father that Asaph is advocating in Psalm 78 is a man of history and he tells the stories. He inclines his ears to “the things our fathers told us.” In God’s economy, what fathers say matters. The things they say are represented in v2 as “dark sayings...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 19:00

Born from Above

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John 3:1-8 brings us the central truth of the Gospel – the necessity of the new birth. When Jesus said, “You must be born again.” He was referring to a miracle in the heart that transforms everything. Jesus makes it clear to Nicodemus that his morality and his respectability were...

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How can reformation in the family be handled poorly?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that there are incorrect ways to approach reformation. We cannot attempt self-reform our own lives.  

We must turn to the Bible and plead for the Holy Spirit to affect our hearts. However, some people...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 20:00

Let’s Hear It for the Small Church

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Steve Wittmer has written a wonderful article on some of the blessed things small churches experience in, The Secret Small Churches Know Best.” I really loved reading this article. Please read all of it… And, savor the last paragraph as I did.

He sets the stage with these opening...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 20:00

A Father as a Teacher

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In Psalm 78:4-8, Asaph sets an example for all fathers to be teachers when says, “We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.  For He established a testimony in...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 23:33

Albert Mohler on Removing Children from Worship

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During the chapel service at Southern Seminary on Feb 22, 2018, Seminary President Albert Mohler made the following statement, correcting the modern church for its practice of removing children from the worship of God in the churches,

“Wherever children are be found they are to be welcomed by...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 19:00

House of Joy or House of..

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Here is the story of the tragic loss of the presence of God in the hearts of those who continued lifelessly in their religious activities. We find Jesus at Passover chasing the money changers out of the Temple and declaring that the temple of His body will be destroyed and raised up in three days....

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How transparent should pastors be from the pulpit?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that it is important for pastors to be transparent in their sermons but that they should exercise discretion on how transparent they are.

For instance, some pastors are too transparent in that their sermons...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 19:00

How Hope Is Secured

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The whole book of Ezra teaches us that there can be hope in the midst of ruin. Ezra 10:5-44 continues the story of hope which was declared in the first five verses where Schechaniah declares, "yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this.” - in spite of sins...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:00

Pillars of Church Life, Part 1

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In this first session on church membership, Scott Brown outlines the nature and activities of a church. It is the Lord Himself who defines what a church is and what it does. The problem with church life in any generation is created when the leaders become captains of their own ships and create the...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 20:00

A Man With a Message

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God has appointed fathers to be men with a message, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, AndHis strength and His wonderful worksthat He has done.” Psalm 78:4
 
Men need to break the patterns of their fathers by delivering the right messages. The godly man is a...

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At 3:00 pm EST, Scott LaPierre and I are going live to discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. We will be on the line for 20 minutes to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Numbers, and Mark.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:00

A Holy Diversity or Youth Culture

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We have long proclaimed the sinfulness of creating different cultures in the church based on age and affinity. Why? Because God’s design (revealed in scripture) for the church makes it a "body and a “family" composed of a diverse mix of ages and personalities and life stages. God...

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What is a good example of repentance?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that repentance can be compared to a baby taking its first breath. That one-time breath – it is a beginning. It has never happened before. The baby who takes its first breath continues to breathe for the rest of its...

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