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This sermon is presented in full from the Landmark Hour from the mid 1960s. The sermon itself starts at 15:10. Before the sermon is the standard Landmark Hour opening with Dr. talking about Herb before Till The Storm Passes By.

Biblical Renewal for a Catholic Marrage Mark and Shawn Prosser were a typical Catholic couple. Their joy and glory were the Catholic sacraments. Their lives were founded on the institution of the Roman Catholic Church. As they had children and began raising them, doubts and sins started to
Garland Robinson - Drugs & The Bible #1 Drugs and the Bible We live in a drug using society. Many people have turned to chemicals as a way of life. They may have started out of curiosity or experim...
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Tropical Storm Barry is expected to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast starting Friday morning. The storm – which is expected to be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall – is predicted to bring as much as 2 feet of rain to parts of Louisiana, threatening to flood areas in and around New Orleans.
The Short Answer—I Can't Do Anything Else Proverbs 19:27 “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the words of knowledge.”In 1976 God spoke to my heart about starting a Christian school. I was then pastoring a small, rural church in Northeast Missouri. When I say rural, I mean way out in the middle of nowhere. When I went to the church with my burden, the people I pastored, whose lives incidentally were integrally tied into the small public school there, did not have my burden.A few months later I was ousted from the church and I and several families started a new church about 18 miles away. From the very beginning, everyone knew that a Christian school was in the works. I made a vow to the Lord that my children would never go to a public school.In September of 1978 God fulfilled my burden and the Monroe City Christian School opened its doors with 17 students. If I had had 1700 students that first day, I could not have been prouder. My wife and I bought a huge home there in the city of Monroe City and the church met in our house and we redecorated the basement for the school. Oh, what the Lord did that year.Well, it is now 20 years later, and I believe more in Christian education today than I did 20 years ago in that first ACE classroom.Let me be honest though. There have been times in these 20 years, when it has been tough to continue in this ministry. Finding good, qualified teachers and administrators with the same burden is not easy. The Christian school movement itself has not always been as popular as it was 20 years ago. On many occasions the financial burden has been a great strain on the churches I have pastored. But if something is right and God-ordered, then we should keep doing it even when it is not easy to do it.On a couple of occasions I said to the Lord, kind of in a complaining way, “Lord, would You let me pastor a church without a Christian school?” But God has always answered me, “No, I have given you this responsibility—you carry it.” During times when my burden has grown lax or problems with the Christian school have engulfed me, I have reminded myself of 3 reasons why I believe in the Christian school.Philosophically, I Cannot Do Anything Else.Our text says for us to command our children to stop hearing those who teach them contrary to the Bible. My faith is the most precious thing that I have. I cannot send my children to a Catholic Sunday School because the teachers there would teach them contrary to my faith. Neither can I send my children to a humanist Monday school because the teachers there will teach them contrary to the scriptures.Proverbs 22:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” The older my children get, the gladder I am that I did not give up during the tough times! I see in my grown, older children a worldview that comes from their training at home and at school.It is sad to me when parents give their children a choice about one of the most important things in their life: their education. God gave parents the duty of “bringing up their children” not of allowing them to bring themselves up. As a parent, I am to guide my child, I am not to allow them to guide me. (By the way, parents, that means that you have to know where you are going and what goals you have for your children).Christian schools are not found in the Scriptures. However, the command is that we are to train our children in our faith and not to allow others to teach our children (who are so moldable) contrary to our faith. Christian schools and home schools are simply a way to fulfill those commands.Practically, I Cannot Do Anything Else.One million girls will become pregnant outside of wedlock before graduation day. Before they leave high school, 1.2 million boys will become sexually active. One third of all school children will be so poorly educated they will function under their own intelligence capabilities. All public school students will be taught the untenable and unbelievable theory of evolution. Few will learn the undeniable truth that there is more evidence to support the belief that man was really created by God.Most public school students will not learn to read well and many will not learn to write and think clearly at all. Only about 50% will learn enough geography to identify the location of places like Chicago, Miami, Forth Worth, etc. Fewer will learn to locate Germany, Spain, or Saudi Arabia.They will be exposed to violence, crime, cursing to an extreme, drugs, and sexual promiscuity. Often these things will be condoned by teachers and the administration itself! Many school districts now are exposing their kids to homosexuals and will be taught by sensitivity training that alternative lifestyles are a matter of choice.If I did not have the conviction from the scriptures, even practically, I cannot send my children into that system.Purposely, I Cannot Do Anything Else.I am afraid that most parents do not raise their children on purpose. They simply have no driving purpose that guides their decisions with their home and children. I have one driving desire for my children and that is that they love and serve the wonderful God that I have loved and served.My prayer and aim is that they either serve the Lord in a full time capacity or be used in a good, Bible believing independent Baptist church to further God's work. I want them to be ambitious and do well in whatever vocation God calls them into, but business is second in my mind, God's work comes first.We only have one life and it will soon be past. A hundred years from now it will not make any difference how much money I made. It will make a difference how many souls I led to Christ, how many people I helped guide along the way, and how I served Him for Whom I was made and redeemed!Ps.127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord.” The word “heritage” means ‘loan.' My children are not mine to raise for myself, they are on loan from the Lord and I must raise them for Him. With these things in mind, I must choose a school that helps me toward my purpose. I must help my children choose a college that will help me toward my purpose. Money should not be the primary consideration. The will of God must be the driving factor. I would sell my house rather than have my children trained contrary to my faith. I know many, many people who live very sacrificially in order to train their children according to their faith.We only get one chance to train our children. Their faith and values cannot be taken for granted. They will learn faith and values. The question is, “Whose faith and whose values will they learn?”From the Daily Manna.
Recently, a dear man in the church where I was preaching asked if we could go witnessing together. It was such a privilege to listen to him share Christ with holy enthusiasm. He has been doing it for over half a century.I asked him how he started sharing his faith. He said that as a young professional he went witnessing with another believer. As he listened to his friend lead a family to Christ he said, “I was hooked!” It still has not grown old.Through the years I have knocked on many doors and engaged lots of people in conversation. I have learned from others how to speak about Christ. But this man's spirit was contagious! When I got back to where I was staying I quickly wrote down some things I observed. There was nothing new, but a fresh reminder of what we all should be doing. Perhaps they will serve to inspire and instruct others…He spoke with passion. It was obvious that my brother had not lost the excitement of sharing Christ.He wept. My friend literally wept as he spoke with a woman about her soul and eternity. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).He knew every house. As we drove through a neighborhood he told me the name of each family and their spiritual condition. He took it personally and felt responsible for getting each household the gospel.He was joyful. It was thrilling to see a man still happy about just being out talking to others about Jesus. His smile and laughter were a great encouragement to me.He found a way to connect to the person to whom he was speaking. Each conversation was personal. He was kind and sincerely interested in their life and family.He avoided church and went straight to Christ. The main issue was the eternal soul.He used a great deal of Scripture. It was more than a mere recitation of facts–the Word of God was the message.He took his time. There was no rushing through the gospel. With an obvious lack of hurry he carefully explained the message of Christ.He gave his testimony. Throughout the conversation his testimony served to illustrate salvation and the difference it makes in a person's heart.He used their name. It was obvious that he was not giving a speech, but carrying on a conversation with the individual in front of him.He kept records of people and followed up on each person God gave him to minister to.He believed in the power of prayer. With perfect ease he talked to God as we pulled into each house and as we left. Definite, believing prayers.He gave God all of the glory. How he rejoiced in Christ when we saw the Lord work!He prayed for the person before the visit was concluded.He led the new believer to assurance using Scripture.He had a New Testament ready to give to a new believer.He explained the next step–to tell someone else about their faith in Christ.He worked through every new believer to connect to other family members, friends, and neighbors who need Christ.He trained others. Each week my friend takes different young men with him to help them begin.At the end of our visit we had the joy of seeing a mother and her 18-year-old son profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a very special afternoon, not only for them, but for me. We all need reminders of the power of personal witnessing. People are saved individually, and the most powerful witness is the personal one. Ask the Lord to help you begin again right where you are… and believe that He will use you.
If your schedule is anything like mine, from Thanksgiving to early June is booked. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, starting off new school semesters, winter revival, stewardship emphasis, Easter, graduations…. It fills up pretty fast.Because I know this happens every year, I have adjusted my personal goals for study and growth to be primarily concentrated in the summer months.Summer often allows for a little extra downtime that sometimes the schedules of the school year prohibit.However, this kind of growth doesn't happen automatically. It takes intention.If you, too, are looking forward to some extra opportunities for growth this summer, here are ten ideas—in no particular order—to help you:1. ReadI keep a growing list throughout the year for summer reading and typically read a couple dozen books from June through August.2. Bible StudyThis is a great time to delve into a particular topic, book of the Bible, doctrine, or area of contemporary theology. I work a book or two on whatever topic or doctrine I want to study into my summer reading.3. Learn or Enjoy a HobbySometimes those of us in the ministry forget to live with rhythms of work and rejuvenating. A healthy hobby can help bring balance to our over-extended lives.4. Listen to PreachingWhether it is when you are visiting another church on vacation or listening to messages on a morning jog, it's encouraging and helpful to hear other preachers. Those of us who preach multiple times each week especially benefit from time to simply hear God's Word preached for ourselves.5. Spend Extra Time with the LordGet up an hour earlier one day each week to get out in nature and spend time in prayer. Block off half a day or a whole day to just read your Bible and pray. Perhaps there is a spiritual discipline you noted at the beginning of the year you want to grow in. Take some specific steps toward that growth this summer.6. Spend Extra Time with Your FamilyTake advantage of the later hours of sunlight for family time. Make memories with your wife and children. Take a day trip to go fishing or hiking. Get outside together, and have fun.7. Invest in FriendshipsSchedule coffee with a friend. Plan to read the same book with someone and schedule time to connect to discuss it. Think, too, through who you could invest in as a encourager or mentor this summer.8. Evaluate Ministry NeedsThis is a good time to step back and with some clarity look at the processes, trends, or roadblocks you may be experiencing as a church family. God promises wisdom when we ask Him for it (James 1:5), but His wisdom often comes through insights as we step out of the current long enough to hear His voice.9. Study a Specific AreaThis also relates to summer reading. Consider any personal or family needs or an area of need for your church. Find two or three highly-recommended books on those topics, and commit to studying and learning.10. Attend a ConferenceAttending a conference like Spiritual Leadership Conference gives three days of preaching, fellowship with other pastors, ministry-specific training, and resources. If you were not able to attend the Spiritual Leadership Conference, you can still listen to the sessions online or make plans to attend next year.Perhaps the most important tip for summer growth is to plan for it. If you're not careful, summer will come and go, and it will be the end of August before you realize you missed the opportunity for focused growth.
This week, Terrie and I celebrate thirty-three years of ministry at Lancaster Baptist Church with the Anniversary Sunday and host the Spiritual Leadership Conference. (And I hope you're planning to join us!)Before guests arrive for the conference, however, I wanted to share with our church family some convictions regarding ministry that I am as convinced of today as I was in 1986. Last week, I preached a message titled “This I Believe” in which I shared four such convictions.Whether you are just starting out in the ministry or have been preaching the gospel for decades, remembering and holding to these truths from God's Word will keep you going during seasons of challenge and difficulty.These convictions aren't helpful because you believe them, but they are truths that help you when you believe.1. The Power of the GospelFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.—Romans 1:16Following Romans 1:16, one of the great declarations of the power of the gospel, the Apostle Paul describes the darkened, hardened hearts of a culture in need of the gospel. We see many of these marks of depravity in our culture today.Thankfully, at Lancaster Baptist Church, we've also seen the power of the gospel to change lives—one person at a time.The fact is that the gospel is more powerful than the dark hearts, false worship, vile affections, and reprobate minds described in Romans 1.If you don't believe in the power of the gospel, you will become discouraged or jaded in ministry. But when you believe that the gospel is the “power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth,” you want to continue to preach it. You rejoice in every life it changes. And you never lose hope for those who still need salvation.2. The Potential of ChildrenBut Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.—Matthew 19:14One of the blessings of spending over three decades in one church is performing the weddings of those you prayed over on baby dedication Sundays. It is watching the spiritual fruit in the lives of young families who were once children attending Sunday school. It is seeing God shape new generations of biblically-committed, Spirit-filled, Christ-centered Christians in this world.But whether or not you've had the privilege of being in once place for a long period of time, the reality of potential in children is there. This is why a Christ-centered church must be a child-inclusive church that nurtures and disciples hearts for God.We must continue to bring children to church—by discipling parents who already come and by sharing the love of Christ with children whose parents are not yet saved.We must also teach children. Paul affirmed to Timothy, “that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Children face unrelenting indoctrination from a corrupt culture. We must point their hearts to Christ and equip their minds with the truth.3. The Priority of the Church But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.—1 Timothy 3:15The local church is a body of believers that is supposed to function as a place of teaching and building up (Ephesians 4:11–16), encouraging and loving (Acts 2:46), and holding sound doctrine (1 Timothy 3:15, Titus 1:9).As a family, the local church has challenges. If it has real people, it has messy people. That's just the nature of life and the process of sanctification for all of us. But the church is to be a place where sin is confronted (1 Corinthians 5:1–5) and the fallen are restored (Galatians 6:1–2).The local church is God's plan for reaching the world with the gospel (Acts 1:8). Above all, it is the place where Christ is to be given preeminence (Colossians 1:18).Although there are certainly times when those of us who lead in local church ministry become weary, remembering the priority of the church—to Christ who loved it and gave Himself for it, to those within our church families who need the church to grow into Christlikeness, and to a lost world in need of the gospel—reminds us of the greatness of any ministry that is part of the local church.4. The Provision of God's GraceAnd he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.—2 Corinthians 12:9God's grace is sufficient.It is sufficient for your family. It is sufficient for your financial challenges. It is sufficient for your trials. It is sufficient for your ministry. It is sufficient.When you face challenges in your life or ministry and consider if you can continue, the answer is always yes. Yes, you can.Because of God's grace.Because of the priority of the church.Because of the potential of children.Because of the power of the gospel.
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