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Today is a Football Game for Alabama – What are you teaching the children?

I dislike football, actually to be honest, I hate it.  Why?  Because I’ve lived in Alabama all my life and all you ever hear about is Alabama and Auburn football.  Half the state is either red and white or orange and blue.  Nothing can be accomplished when a football game is expected, playing or even finished.

Today we are expected to have snow and possible serious driving problems.  Most of the schools have let out for the next two days due to the weather.  But because of a football game due to be played on TV tonight a local weatherman has even received threats if he breaks in during the game with a weather up date.   People are sick and depraved in Alabama!

But what are they teaching their children?

Small children usually learn to love what Mom and Dad love. Show me a ten year-old who loves the Texas Longhorns, and I’ll show you a parent who had him in front of the TV (or on the fifty yard line in Austin) when he was smaller. Moreover, show me a parent who views daily family worship as drudgery and I’ll show you a kid who probably thinks the same. This is not to say we have to be fake, or that we have to make our family worship artificially “exciting” in order to appease our kids. It is, however, to say that we must buy in to this. We need to have a passion for the God of the gospel and a desire to honor him in our homes. 

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Voddie Baucham

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The Sufficiency of Scripture Conference – This Weekend

This would be a very interesting conference to attend if it was closer to me. I am hoping that the some of the audio from the Conference is made available for free listening although just listening to the audio is not the same as being there.

Sufficiency of Scripture 2009, December 11 – 12, 2009

Join us December 10-12 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky for a groundbreaking conference declaring “The Sufficiency of Scripture.” Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of messages calling our generation to live “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Speakers include Paul Washer, founder of Heart Cry Missionary Society; Voddie Baucham, founder of Voddie Baucham Ministries; Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis; Doug Phillips, founder and director of Vision Forum Ministries; Joe Morecraft, III, executive editor of the Counsel of Chalcedon; Kevin Swanson, founder and director of Generations with Vision and radio host of Generations Radio; Scott Brown, the director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches; and many others.

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Centrality of the Home in the Evangelism

The Centrality of the Home in the Evangelism
and Discipleship of the Next Generation
by Voddie Baucham

Ephesians 6:1-4
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),
3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
ESV

Transcript of Centrality of the Home in the Evangelism and Discipleship (pdf)


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Voddie Baucham – Brokenness

Back in February, Voddie Baucham spoke at the True Church Conference 2009. His sermon was very moving and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the packed sanctuary. I have looked several times for a full audio or a full video of the sermon but have been unsuccessful.


Below are the notes I took during the sermon. They will give you an idea of the topic.

Voddie Baucham – Brokenness – Psalm 51

Brokenness is the off ramp leading to the narrow road of repentance.

Often we think rededication will repair the pain of sin in our lives. The church is too quick to try and repair the damage and pain of sin without the brokenness that allows true healing. Just like in the commercials today, there is a pill for every discomfort, plus a pill for the discomfort caused by other pills.

Pain and brokenness is a warning light that there is a problem. Today we solve the problem by breaking the warning light, instead of dealing with the problem that caused the warning.

Poppa (supposed to be God) in The Shack says “we are submitted to you….” This is the teaching of today!

Thomas Watson “Who can understand his errors.”

Ps 51:1-2
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
ESV

Blot out – the same word as flood in the Genesis account – wipe all sin away. Maccah – blot out, destroy, wipe away

Wash me thoroughly – a picture similar to using a scrub board to wash stains away.

Cleanse me – a ceremonial cleansing, such as performed by the priests.

God forgets our sin but we don’t. Why don’t we forget?

“…my sin is ever before me…” Psalm 51:3 Notice this Psalm was written a year after the sin with Bathsheba.

Wouldn’t be able to testify to God’s grace and mercy.

Wouldn’t remember to not sin.

Couldn’t rejoice in the victories.

Our sin is an affront to a Holy and Righteous God.

Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. ESV

Instead of breaking His heart, He is going to break us. Revelations 19:11-16

Lack of brokenness is a hindrance to true worship of God.

Without brokenness, you are incapable of worshiping a Holy God. Most “worship” today is man centered. God will not accept our “worship” until we are broken over our sin and self-righteousness. Otherwise we have become another Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isa 1:10-20
10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
ESV


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Biblical Womenhood – Voddie Baucham

Below are several short audio clips of Voddie Baucham speaking about Biblical womenhood. Sorry that I could not find a full audio clip of this sermon.

Biblical Womanhood, Part 1 of 8

 

Biblical Womanhood, Part 2 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 3 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 4 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 5 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 6 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 7 of 8

Biblical Womanhood, Part 8 of 8


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Gospel Healing for Hurting Marriages by Voddie Baucham

Gospel Healing for Hurting Marriages by Voddie Baucham

In an age when Christians seek therapy before the seek the Lord, it is important to be reminded that God is a primary, not a secondary source when it comes to healing hurting marriages. Far from being silent on the issue of conflict resolution, the Bible has much to say on the subject.

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What Should a Christian Wife Do When Her Husband is Unsaved?

“What should a Christian wife do when her husband is unsaved? What if he won’t support homeschooling, won’t go to church, etc?”

Christians should not marry non-Christians under any circumstances. When Christians willingly become unequally yoked, they have disobeyed the Lord and will suffer the consequences of disobedience. Nevertheless, the Lord is merciful, forgiving and offers grace to those He loves.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
ESV

Occasionally, one spouse will become a Christian after they are already married and the other spouse does not. In that instance, then the believer must trust in the Lord and be obedient to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:13-16
13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.
16 Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?
ESV

1 Peter 3:1-2
1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives—
2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.
ESV

The most important thing you can do is to not become a stumbling block to your husband by your own attitudes and behavior. Give the matter over to the Lord in much prayer. Another thing to remember is that there are many, many families that homeschool for reasons other than their faith. The statistics are there to show how homeschool students excel in all areas of their lives, not just as a Christian. Share some of that information with your husband. Also, most unsaved husbands will not object to families attending church without him. If the unsaved husband resists the wife and children attending church then much prayer and thought should be given to finding the reasons for his resistance. Here a Nouthetic Counselor or a godly Titus 2 woman may be able to help.

We as women cannot make having a “perfect Christian family” an idol in our hearts. The Lord is in full control and you can trust Him to do what is best for your family. That doesn’t mean that you don’t work hard at raising your children up in the Lord, but the things that you cannot change must be given to the Lord. Your responsibility is your response to the Lord and your response to your husband and children. Don’t get in the Lord’s way of working with your husband.

The Lord will deal with each of us in His own way and His own timing. The things the Lord is teaching me today is different than what he is teaching another. My “lesson plans” He has written out for me are different from everyone else’s but they have the same goal my “sanctification” according to His Word.

Even in an unequally yoked marriage, there is much to learn about parenting in some of the good Christian parenting books, such as Family Driven Faith or marriage books such as The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective.

We as women have to seriously watch that we do not become a hindrance to our husband’s salvation by nagging and judging. No matter what, you should be respectful, obedient, and submissive to your husband and his wishes. The book by Martha Peace The Excellent Wife is very helpful for women to see just how we sabotage our own families by not being obedient to the Lord in our response to our husband. Mrs. Peace has a chapter in her book entitled “Advice for Women Married to Unbelievers; Biblical Principles for a Wife to Follow,” which is the best I have read dealing with that issue.

Admittedly, your home is not going to be the ideal situation (but then again none of ours are) but the Lord often uses less than ideal situations for His Glory:

Rahab the Harlot (Joshua 2, Joshua 6, Hebrews 11:31)

Abigail and her unbelieving husband Nabal (See 1 Samuel 25)

Timothy (Acts 16:1)

A single mother who practiced Buddhism raised Voddie Baucham and his father was an absent father who used drugs.

I even came from a very broken, dysfunctional family (Roseanne the TV show when I was young, looked like an ideal, wonderful family to me!)

Therefore, you see there is hope for even an unequally yoked family. You just must focus on being obedient to the Lord and let Him do the rest.

But it is taking so long!

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, KJV

The Lord can restore all that has been lost and with an abundance.

 


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Voddie Baucham Discusses Homeschooling

Voddie Baucham discusses the latest court ruling sending homeschool students to public school. See the post Homeschoolers Ordered to Public School for Their Best Interest !?! for more information.

NC Judge Forces Homeschool Children into Government school

This decision is beyond appalling. One has to wonder if a judge would have gotten away with forcing parents of kids at Bountiful Junior High School in Utah to leave that school and educate their children at home to protect them from predatory teachers. Unfortunately, the antagonism in our culture (even in the church) toward home education is growing. It matters not that these children are performing above grade level. It matters not that these children are receiving more parental attention and investment than the overwhelming majority of children in our culture. All that matters is that they are not in a state sanctioned indoctrination center.

What Should Home Educators Do When Grandparents DisApprove?

Anyone who has been involved in home education for longer than a week has probably had to deal with relatives who don’t approve of their decision. This is always a touchy subject. However, things get a little more dicey when the skeptical party happens to be your parents. What is a respectful, God-honoring child supposed to do when the parents who raised them don’t like what they have chosen to do in the education department? How about this? Honor your father and mother, hold fast to the word, and hold fast to your spouse.


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Nursery Use In The Church

Several Months ago I listened to Jeff Noblit’s sermon about why their church encourages nursery use. This is unusual to me when taken in the context of the rest of the sermons that I have listened to of Noblit’s. We also don’t use the nursery personally so I was curious as to why he encouraged nursery use. (We had already been to his church with our children.)

Upon listening to his sermon I had a few specific thoughts.

1) It was based on one verse and didn’t explain other verses that stated the opposite such as:

Deut 31:12-13
12 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law,
13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, A as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess
.” ESV

Ezra 10:1 While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly. ESV

2) I also felt that he had not had much association with homeschooled / well behaved children. The characterizations seemed to be in relation to the typical parent / child interaction that you see in public areas.

3)  When is the “age of understanding” reached?  Sometimes I am amazed at how much children understand what you think would go right over their heads.  So how do you decide who can understand enough?

What are your thoughts after listening to this?

Why We Encourage Using the Nursery Until Your Children Are Able to Listen With Understanding
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8
Jeff Noblit
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Then I read Voddie Baucham’s post:

Nehemiah’s Nursery: Part 1

If you’ve walked into a church service lately with a baby in your arms, chances are you are well aware of the new anti-child atmosphere that dominates much of the modern American church. There are smiling men and women stationed at every door ready to “guide” you to the nursery where your child “will have a very enjoyable experience” and be cared for by the best childcare staff in the history of the universe.

Rebuff these helpful people and their smiles will soon be replaced with determined glares. Things escalate slowly at first, but eventually the truth comes out. These people are not here to help you and your child; they are here to protect the sanctity of the sanitized worship environment. Their job is to see that you –and people like you—don’t ruin the service for everyone else. They’ve been warned about people like you. You just don’t get it. For millennia Christians have been denied the privilege of enjoying worship the way God intended it (sans children); now we’ve finally arrived, and you want to mess it up by bring in your squawking baby! How selfish, inconsiderate, and unspiritual can you be?

Nehemiah’s Nursery: Part 2

Another major problem with the Nehemiah’s Nursery argument is that it is inconsistent with what we see in other Old Testament passages. For example, Deuteronomy 31 paints quite a different picture than the one suggested by nursery advocates:

Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”” (Deuteronomy 31:12-13 ESV)

Remember, we do not have explicit instructions in Nehemiah 8 regarding the absence of children. This is an assumption read into the text. If children being absent from the worship of God’s people were to be understood as normative, one would expect to see the same pattern during assemblies in Moses’ day.


After listen to Jeff Noblit’s sermon and then reading Voddie Baucham’s post I have to say that my initial thoughts are still the same. I think that the normal Biblical worship, Old and New Testament, included the children.

What do you think?

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