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

The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches - Apologetic Report

Prosperity gospel preachers in America are not very different compared to the witch doctors in Africa. They advertise their success formulas to have a good marriage, make more money, get a promotion, have a child… The TV preachers of today do the same. They have the same success lists. The...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:26

Resources on Suffering

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Here are some resources on suffering Jeff Pollard sent to me yesterday:

Puritans:

William Bates “How to Bear Affliction” 4:81-99 (Part 1|Part 2) Thomas Brooks “The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” 1:285-398. John Bunyan “Seasonable Counsel: or Advice to Sufferers&rd...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:00

NCFIC Internship Deadline - Feb 28

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Application Deadline: February 28th

Since 2009, the NCFIC has conducted an internship program that is designed to fortify young men in order to prepare them for ministry in the family and in the local church. We pray that they will become dedicated parents and church members as a result. And,...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 05:45

Techniques for taking children to Church

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Here is Jacobus Coleman writing in the seventeenth century about a very contemporary issue,

“Take your children to church at an early age... Accustom them to the service of God and to the holy worship services - to sit still and to be silent. Let it not be too much trouble for you to take your...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 20:00

The Sabbath, “The Cream of Time” says Thomas Watson

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“The Jews called the sabbath the day of light; so on this day the sun of righteousness shines upon the soul. The Sabbath is the market day of the soul, the cream of time. It is the day of Christ’s rising from the grave and the Holy Ghost’s descending upon the earth. It is perfumed...

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Join me along with Joel Beeke and Jeff Pollard, May 24-25th in North Providence, RI for the Christian Family conference. This is a free conference sponsored by Grace Community Baptist Church and Quidnessett Baptist Church. You can find more details here.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:40

A Short Course on Singing Together

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The Bible teaches us that Christian singing is both self-conscious and intentional. It is designed to be emotionally rich, intellectually deep, theologically sound, relationally connected, evangelistically self-conscious. It is a contact sport.

It is important to sing each song in the voice it...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:00

Passive Fathers and the Salem Witch Trials

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We do well to remember the consequences of passive fatherhood. These consequences can be illustrated by the tragic situation in 1692 where the backbiting and talebearing of eight young girls between the ages of 7 and 16 brought accusations against 120 people for witchcraft.

Here is an article I've...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:00

An Example of Happy Family Worship

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Missionary, John G. Paton speaks of the rich experience he had in family worship as a boy:

“None of us can remember that any day ever passed unhallowed thus: no hurry for market, no rush to business, no arrival friends or guests, no trouble or sorrow, no joy or excitement, ever prevented at...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 20:00

Spurgeon on Grace and Sin

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If grace permits thee to sin as thou wast wont to do, then that grace is no grace at all.

Spurgeon, C. H. (1912). The Dumb Become Singers. In The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons (Vol. 58, p. 590). London: Passmore & Alabaster.

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 23:18

How to Command our Children

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The Bible makes is clear that parents are obligated to command their children to obey, and that they must obey "that it might be well with them." Here is Andrew Murray, writing in the 19th century on how this is to be done,

“Let your command be given in quiet, deliberate tones,...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 01:15

Mark Jones on Small Children Listening to Sermons

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In this article, Jones explains that he believes that even small children should be listening to sermons and tells why. Here is one of my favorite lines, “It would make more sense for me to cut off my right leg than it would for me to tell my children to leave the worship service (see 1 Cor....

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:42

Preparing for Beauty in Old Age Begins Today

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Well… Today is our 37th wedding anniversary. My parents celebrated their 71st year last month. It’s telling. Everybody knows the old age market is growing. I can attest to that. In his book, “Living Life Backwards” by David Gibson, speaks wisdom about old age and how to...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:30

Why and How One Church Has Children in Church

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Scott Aniol explains why and how you should have your children with you during corporate worship in the church:

https://ncfic.org/resources/201032

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Friday, 11 January 2019 05:50

The Conversations We Allow In Our Homes

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When your home is full of small children, it is especially easy to let the culture drift - especially in the way the children talk to one another. It can become normal for children (and parents) to speak harshly. It is tolerated. It is legal. But should it be legal? Here is JR Miller on the matter,

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 20:00

Are You a Happy Father?

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Fathers… You must be preparing the members of your family to taste everlasting happiness. This ultimate objective should guide your family life today. Keep the end in mind. Charles Spurgeon speaks to this pivotal part of family life - the Happy Father. Spurgeon preached...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:10

Happy Times Praying, Reading and Singing

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When Spurgeon was a child, he says that his family experienced many happy times around the hearth, reading and praying and singing with his family. Here he says that this should be the norm for a Christian family.

“But it should never fail to sound forth in the daily gatherings for family...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 22:40

Barnabas Award

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Here’s my Dad and his 17 great-grandchildren. 

He turned 96 this week. We gave him the “Barnabas Award” for being the greatest encourager we’ve ever known.

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JW Alexander speaks of how helpful it is when homes are places of worship and prayer. The impact on the whole church is dramatic. He says, “No agency will do more (than family worship) to extend and render universal, the participation of all our church members in the great aggressive work of...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 05:18

The Birthplace of Love in a Home

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In Col 3:19, God makes a husbands love the birthplace of love in a home, “Husbands, love your wives.” Love in the home begins in the man. He is the first cause. This sets the whole family on a course of love. The husband leads with love and does loving things to his wife. He nourishes,...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 23:13

On Constantly Reforming - Abraham Kuyper

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Kuyper identifies what ought to be our constant presumption and occupation in the church, "Reformation of the churches presupposes, first, that the churches of Christ have a certain form, shape or figure that is characteristic for them as churches. Second, it presupposes that this form, shape,...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 04:38

The Importance of Fathers

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“There is no member of a household whose individual piety is of such importance to all the rest, as the father or head;… Where the head of a family is lukewarm or worldly, he will send the chill through the whole house;…”

P33, Thoughts on Family Worship by James W...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 20:00

Revive Your Work

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“Oh Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember Mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 20:00

Parents Cruel as a Dragon

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“It is very fair of the parents to teach their children piety because they conceived brought them fourth in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). if they know them to persist and die in that corrupt condition they are crueler than the ostrich and dragon..”

William Gouge, “building a godly home...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 04:16

It’s Impossible for a Minister

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William gouge, speaks of the importance of the home, 

It is impossible that a minister, and they have many hundreds of children his responsibility, instruct them all well. It is therefore required at each parent and instruct his own children.”

From, “Building a godly home, a holy...

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