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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Monday, 11 March 2019 21:00

Family Worship as Intellectual Improvement

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Here are some statements by JW Alexander on the impact of reading, praying and singing twice per day, 

“The influence of Family Worship on mental culture is only a part of the general influence of religion on the mind. True piety improves the understanding. The worship of God is a means...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:00

Summon the Family

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JW Alexander advises fthers to, “Summon a family to the worship of God, at stated hours, and you summon each one to a serious reflection, of which he might have been wholly robbed, by the hurry of the day’s business.”JW Alexander, p32

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 20:00

The Effect of Zeal for a Consecrated Life

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J.W. Alexander speaks of what happens in a family when a man has zeal for a consecrated life:

“Where the head of the family is a man of faith, of affection, and of zeal, consecrating all his works and life to Christ, it is very rare to find all his household otherwise minded.” JW...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:00

Join me in Montgomery, AL - March 29-30

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We would love for you to join us at the GBC Annual Family Conference on March 29 and March 30, hosted by Grace Baptist Church Montgomery and NCFIC.Conference Location Young Meadows Presbyterian Church, 5780 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery, AL 36116.Conference ScheduleFriday, March 29 5:00 Dinner provided at...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:00

Brother and Sister Culture in the Home

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Brothers and sisters have a duty to create a culture of love in the home. What do they owe to one another? What should they do for one another. What kind of relationship should they create. They should not only have the present in mind. They should be thinking of the future. What kind of people do...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 20:00

How to Command your Children

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The Bible makes it clear that parents are obligated to command their children to obey. 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, with full self control. Hasty or untimely commands lead to...

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Andrew Murray, commenting on Prov 22:19 (“train up a child in the way he should go…”) says,

This promise is the Scriptural expression of the principle on which all education rests: a child’s training can decide what his life is to be.” P131

“There have been so...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:52

What does Revival Look Like?

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Andrew Murray, in His book, Raising Your Children For Christ speaks of discerning revival conditions,

“There may come special outpourings of the Spirit in revival movements when the young come forward in numbers to confess their Lord. However, we do not have to wait for revival. In promising...

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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.

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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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