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I thank God for the gift of music. I am particularly thankful for sacred, Christ-honoring music. Music is an integral part of worship and edification. It can draw our hearts closer to the Lord and reinforce scriptural truths in our minds, or it can weaken our walk with God and pull our flesh toward the world. […]Related posts:7 Biblical Purposes for Music New Podcast Posted: Principles for Biblical Church Growth 7 Principles for Hiring Quality Church Staff
The Shack was a novel that stirred much controversy within evangelical circles when it was first published, and that has not changed with the movie.
Dear Friends,By now, you have probably seen or heard about the viral video of a dad whose kids unexpectedly burst into his home office during a live BBC interview he is doing over Skype. It was a hilariously endearing moment, and not just because of the panicked yet heroic efforts of the man’s wife as she swooped in to grab the kids. For me, it was also a messily beautiful reminder of the intimate connection between work and the family.In today’s culture, work is often trumpeted as an end in itself. A high-paying career is frequently seen as something that can be pursued at all costs, without regard to the detrimental effects that this can have on one’s personal life. This attitude causes a tragic segmentation in life, which should be holistic in nature. A career should never be pursued at the expense of neglecting the relationships that sustain us and that we are called by God to nurture. A “career first” mentality has it exactly backward—work should always be in the service of our families and our communities.Another sad tendency in modern culture is to distort the definition of “work” itself. When studies come out showing that wives on average do more housework than husbands and husbands on average engage in more paid work than wives, cries of “inequality!” are yelped from the rooftops of mainstream media outlets. But let’s stop and think about this for a minute: one person works for the money to pay for the groceries; the other uses the groceries to prepare the meals. Both activities are different kinds of work that are equally important and intrinsically united—if either of the two are not done, nobody eats.I say all this to illustrate my central point: an increasingly secular culture tends to strictly divide “professional life” from “personal life.” But in a wonderfully unscripted moment during a live BBC newscast, this artificial edifice was briefly torn down with the help of an excited toddler and her sibling.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesI’m Grateful for the Restoration of the Mexico City Policy This International Women’s Day – Arina GrossuAnother Chance for President Trump to Make Sure Foreign Governments Play by the Rules – Ken BlackwellJudge Neil Gorsuch: The Case for Confirmation – Travis Weber and Chris GacekThe Refugee Implications of President Trump’s Executive Orders – Travis WeberJoseph Nicolosi, Father of “Reparative Therapy” for Homosexuality, Dies Suddenly – Peter SpriggA Biblical Perspective on Immigration – Travis WeberPresident Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration: Religious Freedom and Other Implications – Travis WeberThe U.S. No Longer Funds Overseas Abortions. Canada and Europe Grind Their Teeth – Dan HartVoiceless: Christians Must Engage the Culture to Fight Abortion – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareThe Rioters Are Winning – David French, National ReviewOver 150 conservative leaders urge Trump to sign order protecting religious liberty – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsSchool: Trump Chant is Hate Speech – ToddStarnes.comJust Because Liberals Call Something ‘Discrimination’ Doesn’t Mean It Actually Is – Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily SignalInternational Religious FreedomChristians are the world’s most persecuted religious group, according to studies – Zoe Romanowsky, AleteiaUnited Nations Committee Demands Ireland Legalize Abortion – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsPro-Life Counseling Becomes Illegal in France – Marie Meaney, CrisisLiberal bill empowers gvmt to take kids from Ontario parents who don’t accept gender ideology: legal experts – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsChristian Group Compassion International Closes India Operations Amid Crackdown by Hindu Nationalists – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post2016 Annual Report: Chinese Government Persecution of Churches and Christians in Mainland China – China AidMilitary Religious FreedomAir Force Says Words Like ‘Boy’ & ‘Girl’ Could be Offensive – ToddStarnes.comReligious Freedom Group Defends Military Chaplains' Right to Pray at Official Events – Liberty McArtor, The Stream LifeAbortionCanadian gvmt pledges $650 million to increase abortion globally – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsHawaii considering bill to force church, pro-life centers to promote abortion – Bradford Richardson, The Washington TimesOne Planned Parenthood Clinic Has Injured Women in 64 Botched Abortions, Has 39 Health Violations – Cheryl Sullenger, Life NewsPro-Life, Pro-Truth – Alexi Sargeant, First ThingsIn Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Think about that. – Lauren Bell, LifeSiteNewsHuman Rights Activist: Forced Abortion Policy Leads to 23 Million Abortions a Year in China – Penny Starr, BreitbartAdoptionNew South Dakota law could protect religious adoption agencies – Catholic News AgencyHow 5 siblings pleading to stay together as a family became a ‘great crisis’ – Rick Montgomery, The Sacramento BeeNebraska's budget squeeze puts post-adoption help at risk – Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-HeraldBioethicsEmbryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate – Rob Stein, NPRScience confirms that human life begins at fertilization – Luke Faulkner, Live Action NewsAlaska Legislature Will Hold Hearing on Dangerous Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide – Steve Ertelt, LifeNewsDemocrats Push Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Wisconsin – Erin Parfet, LifeNewsMaryland Pro-Life Advocates Stop Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide – Dave Andrusko, LifeNewsObamacareRepealing Obamacare Will Create, Not Kill, Jobs – John R. Graham, Independent InstitutePro-Life Groups Sound Caution on Obamacare Replacement Bill – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal FamilyEconomics/EducationCan Declining Productivity Growth Be Reversed? – Bourree Lam, The AtlanticMarriageYour Marriage: You Have No Idea of the Good You Are Doing – Doug Mainwaring, Public DiscourseMarried Parenthood Remains the Best Path to a Stable Family – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesCouple with Down Syndrome Criticized over Engagement. But after Twenty-Two Years of Marriage, See Them Now – Noell Wolfgram Evans, LiftableIs Your Smartphone Coming Between You and Your Spouse? – Greg Smalley, Focus on the FamilySex in the Modern Marriage – Ashley McGuire, Family StudiesHow Faith Influences Divorce Decisions – Steven M. Harris, Family StudiesFaith/Character/CultureIdeology and the Corruption of Language – Randall Smith, Public DiscourseThrow Like a Girl: Why Feminism Insults Real Women – Rebekah Merkle, Desiring God‘Day Without Women’ Measures Women’s Value The Wrong Way – Gracy Olmstead, The FederalistOut of the Ashes: Anthony Esolen's Clarion Call to Restore Culture, Faith, and Sanity – Michael Bradley, Public DiscourseEmma Watson Explains Perfectly Why I’m A Woman Who Is Afraid Of Feminism – Monica Gabriel Marshall, VerilyHuman SexualityA Requiem for Friendship – Anthony Esolen, TouchstoneLife in a Foreign Country: Navigating Our Culture’s Change on Sexuality – Ed Shaw, The Gospel CoalitionBiology Isn't Bigotry: Christians, Lesbians, and Radical Feminists Unite to Fight Gender Ideology – Emily Zinos, Public DiscourseAmericans having less sex than they once did – Tara Bahrampour, The Washington PostPutting genies back into bottles: Sex before marriage – Katrina Fernandez, AleteiaHuman TraffickingFilm spotlights human trafficking as Trump promises action – AP NewsHuman trafficking growing problem in metro Atlanta – Nathalie Pozo, Fox 5PornographyThe High Cost of Free Porn – Owen Strachan, Desiring GodIs Life Better Without Porn? – Frank Honess, The Christian Post
Bill Nye: Science Guy is premiering March 12, 2017. We decided, in response to this film, to have our own documentary event.
Listen to this sermon here Three weeks ago we began to study one of the most familiar passages of Scripture in all the Bible… the Lord’s Prayer.  Now familiarity can be good, but there can also be a down side… it’s possible to think, “I already know this.”  Knowing is one thing, but putting into practice [...]
Listen to this sermon here Last Sunday evening at the ABF at Brandon and Christina’s home we had a question and answer session about the morning sermon… hopefully you will recall I preached on The Lord’s Prayer last week, and I spent a good deal of time on the subject of forgiveness.  One of the questions [...]
Jessica has arrived to work at FBCS as Bro. Jeff prepares to leave for the Philippines.  
Winter Storm Stella wreaked havoc on the Northeast on Tuesday as airlines canceled most flights in and out of New York and Boston, Amtrak suspended service between the two cities and three governors declared states of emergency.
Sunday services at Heartland were very good. The attendance in the morning was such that the main room was nearly full. Sunday night was very well attended, with a special treat with Bro. Watson adding his guitar to our congregational music. During the last two days, several of our folks have been attending the preaching conference in Canton, IL with the Gray Brothers. I had jury duty up until last night and worked tonight, so I could not go. I am looking forward to getting the cd's for sure. Tomorrow night is Bible study. Sure hope to see you then.
Image result for charles spurgeonYour weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from The Cheque-book of the Bank of Faith, January 2, Pilgrim Publications."And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly." Romans 16:20We are evidently to be conformed to our covenant Head, not only in his being bruised in his heel, but in his conquest of the evil one. Even under our feet is the old dragon to be bruised.The Roman believers were grieved with strife in the church; but their God was "the God of peace," and gave them rest of soul. The arch-enemy tripped up the feet of the unwary, and deceived the hearts of the simple; but he was to get the worst of it, and to be trodden down by those whom he had troubled.This victory would not come to the people of God through their own skill or power; but God himself would bruise Satan. Though it would be under their feet, yet the bruising would be of the Lord alone.Let us bravely tread upon the tempter! Not only inferior spirits, but the Prince of darkness himself must go down before us. In unquestioning confidence in God, let us look for speedy victory."SHORTLY." Happy word! Shortly we shall set our foot on the old serpent! What a joy to crush evil! What dishonour to Satan to have his head bruised by human feet! Let us by faith in Jesus tread the tempter down.
I thought I would use a new study that came out of my homeland of Australia as an example to show you how different interpretations of evidence can work. […]
A group of leading senators is calling on newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately launch an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to 'extreme and sometimes violent political activists' that promote leftist causes, according to a copy of the letter.
Preschool Children’s Church Teachers: Marlene Barlongo, Rochelle Ebeo, Marie Collado Junior Children’s Church Teachers: Alice Le Bron, Rhay Imbuido, Rose Buentipo, Susana Dejesa Pre-primary Sunday School Teacher: Jacklyn Gumataotao Primary Sunday School Teachers: Mark and Frances Ishmael Sunday School Juniors teachers: Jess and Portia Castro Sunday School Junior High teachers: Leo and Myrna Dejesa High School teachers: Frank and Carol Guerrero Tagalog [...]
Last week's ruling by a court in Bristol, convicting two street preachers of a public order offence, is another example of the loss of freedom of speech.
The president is no longer safe on the White House grounds, according to former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who once guarded presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
This past Monday, right after preaching at the Capitol Connection meeting in Washington D.C., I received a phone call from Terrie letting me know that her mother had just gone to be with the Lord. In some ways, we were not shocked as Shirley (aged ninety-one) had been in hospice care since this summer. But […]Related posts:Making the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Wonderful Soulwinning Father's Day Weekend
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Melanie Hall, wife of Mark Hall, the lead singer of the Christian band Casting Crowns, recently visited the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. […]
President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.
The evidence for a large impact at Chicxulub may not be as strong as generally believed. A case can also be made that there was no impact.
What does it mean to be a godly woman and what is the biblical role of a woman, be she single or married?
The Hebrew expression in this verse from Isaiah is rich with meaning. The root "nus" (from the expression "raise up a standard") is related to or sounds like numerous words which mean "sign", "miracle", "to drive away", "to flee", "cause to disappear", "a waving flag". This abundance of meanings in Isaiah's poetic style reveals the multiple dimensions of God's revelation; in this case, the way he deals with evil. The assertion in this word is that the Spirit of YHVH will be powerfully activated when evil comes.The post Be a Standard Bearer! appeared first on Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotional.
Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, But they were counted as a strange thing. God said that He wrote His Word for them but they didn't care. It was as something strange or foreign to them. They had no real respect for God or His Word. I do not want to think or act like that. I want to see God's Word as special. I know you do as well. I do not want God or the world to think that I do not love God or His Word. So let's read it, treat it with respect, learn from it, and share what it says. God wrote it to teach us and to work in our lives. We should be excited and looking forward to what God is doing in our lives through His Word.
Welcome to the new web home of Jordan Baptist Church in Sanford, Florida. We will be adding to and completing the rest of the site in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more. Our service times are listed to the right and directions are on the contact page. Please e-mail me if you have [...]
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones“Here is a superb bit of psychology, for what after all, is the main cause of this spirit of fear? The answer is ‘self' – self-love, self-concern, self-protection. Had you realized that the essence of this trouble is that these fearful people are really too absorbed in self – how can I do this, what if I fail? ‘I' – they are constantly turning in upon themselves, looking at themselves and concerned about themselves. And it is just here that the spirit of love comes in, for there is only one way to get rid of yourself. There is only one cure for self. You will never deal with self yourself. That was the fatal fallacy of those poor men who became monks and anchorites. They could get away from the world and from other people, but they could not get away from themselves. Your self is inside you and you cannot get rid of him, the more you mortify yourself the more your self will torment you.

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