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Posted 6/26/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

When Tradition Overtakes Scripture

What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

David Eddy explains in this video that before the Reformation, tradition had largely controlled matters of Church and family life. The Reformation resulted in a tearing down of those traditions and customs and a return to the Scriptures as the source of wisdom and truth.

The return to Scripture was the key to much of the Reformation and the same is true for reformation today. God’s Word never changes - it is the rock that withstands time and attacks upon it. His Word is continuously “living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12).

Matthew 7:24 (NKJV) – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

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Watch the video here: When Tradition Overtakes Scripture

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 6/23/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

What Do We Do With The Protestant Reformation?

How should the Reformation affect our lives today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that our job is to take the truths and reforms from the Reformation and see them worked out today. Our job is not to discover new reforms. We must ask, "How do we see those truths fleshed out in the Church today?"

Simply because the Reformation occurred centuries ago does not mean that what came out of the Reformation is irrelevant to us today. Rather, there is much we can learn from the Reformation since the reforms and doctrines were grounded in Scripture.   

Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV) – “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.”

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Watch the video here: What Do We Do With The Protestant Reformation?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 6/23/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

When Dark Clouds Darken the Sky

Charles Spurgeon gives us help for when the clouds get dark:

"Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?

Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the black chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will not drown us with wrath; nay, He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord's love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers."

Charles Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook, May 21st Reading. p. 142

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Posted 6/22/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

An Alien Righteousness

What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that one of the most impactful reforms was Martin Luther’s clear articulation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone when we rest on and receive Christ by faith alone.

We must distinguish between that initial justifying faith and the obedience that flows from it. Our obedience is the fruit of justification but not part of it or the basis of it. There is nothing that we can do that can merit salvation.  

Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

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Watch the video here: An Alien Righteousness

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Posted 6/22/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Marriage God's Way

Most Christian books on marriage today don’t have much Scripture in them. Not this one. It is saturated with the Word of God. If you want a book that is built on the foundation of exposition of Scripture, this book is for you.  While Scott offers many practical insights, they are all grounded in the biblical text using biblical language. Marriage God’s way will fill your mind with the pure and perfect Word of God. This is what every marriage need.

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Posted 6/21/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow?

How do we understand repentance wrongly?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a difference between true and wrong repentance. When people are caught in an act of sin and discover themselves in sin, there is a sense of shame and guilt. In fact, everyone feels bad when they get caught in doing something that is wicked. However, some people confuse that sense of shame or guilt with true repentance.

Paul contrasts “worldly sorrow" with “godly sorrow." Worldly sorrow stops at tears and a feeling of guilt. Godly sorrow is something that is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit that moves the believer into a genuine sense of changing their mind. They understand their guilt and they realize that they’ve sinned against a holy God. The believer has a desire to walk in what is right and leave behind what is sinful.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) - " For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death."

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Watch the video here: What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow?

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Posted 6/21/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The World Is Passing Away

In the previous verses John has instructed his children that they have power to overcome the world. These are are real blessings of salvation – forgiveness, strength, overcoming the wicked one… Now there is a negative command, “do NOT love the world.” This is another test of salvation. John continues to unpack the doctrines of regeneration, sanctification and the power of the gospel. John is speaking of the world in the sense of that there is an impulse of the should that is independent of Him, with a desire to escape His authority in some area of life.

John is referring to the invisible system of evil that includes its ideologies which are contrary to the wisdom of God, which are speculations raised up against the knowledge of God. It is a way of thinking… with a ruler - Satan himself. This way of thinking is found in  institutions, governments, songs, movies and culturally acceptable activities.

It is an alluring and deceiving system. And… It is much deeper than “do’s and don’ts.” Worldliness is satans strategic and malicious plan for your life. He desires to wrap you up in whatever will slow you down, and finally mow you down.

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Posted 6/20/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Solomon's Call For Repentance

Where do we see repentance in the Old Testament?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that one illustrative passage about repentance is when Solomon stated: “[I]f My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV). 

In the middle of the Old Testament, we have Solomon acknowledging that if a sinful people turned from their wicked ways, God would receive and forgive them. The same is true for us today. God does not change. Repentance is still commanded and God will punish sin. But, He is also gracious, merciful, and forgiving.  

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) - "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."  

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Watch the video here: Solomon's Call For Repentance

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Posted 6/16/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Repentance: A 180-Degree Turn

What does repentance look like?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that repentance is a change of mind, a complete 180-degree turn. It is a turning from the direction where we have been going, a complete change of mental thinking about sin and God. 

The source of repentance is the grace of God at work in our lives. It is a gift from God. Once God changes our hearts, a person's path will be turned and he will forsake sin and pursue after godliness.  

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 (NKJV) - "For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come." 

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Watch the video here: Repentance: A 180-Degree Turn

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 6/16/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Pray for the Evangelism Reformation Conference This Weekend

This weekend I am participating in the Evangelism Reformation Conference.  The organizer, Jeff Rose has these prayer objectives for the conference… Lets join him in them
The objectives are..
1.) That many would once again see the great eternal value of the Gospel. And the need to publicly proclaim it. 
2.) That this event by the Holy Spirit would encourage, convict and set God's people on fire for truth of God's word,  and biblical holiness.
3.) That family's would join together and support the GREAT work of biblical Evangelism, both inside and outside of the home.
4.) That pastors and Leaders would see their need for street Preaching.
5.) That street preachers would see their need for the local church.
Please pray that this event places it's full attention on Christ and making Him known throughout the world.

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

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