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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Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:48

Upcoming Church Leaders Meetings Near You

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As churches and pastors who embrace the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life we have arranged some regional leaders meetings to facilitate our working together to advance the kingdom of heaven in our communities.

To that end, the NCFIC would like to invite you to a luncheon for...

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What is one way we can wrongly apply the lessons of the Reformation?

David Eddy explains in this video that people can wrongly apply the lessons of the Reformation when they attempt to mirror the lives and teachings of the Reformers and use that as their primary source for instruction instead of...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:00

A Great Awakening

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They were a remnant cut down… but not destroyed. After seventy years in Babylon, the Lord enlivens them to return to the land. It is a work of grace. It is an exodus. There are three exoduses in the Bible: From Egypt to the promised land in 1445bc; From Babylon...

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What was the effect of sola Scriptura upon the Roman Catholic Church?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that the doctrine of sola Scriptura was first emphasized during the Reformation. There was a clear division between the Roman Catholic Church and sola Scriptura. The Roman Catholic...

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Is there ever a point in our lives where we outgrow our need for sanctification?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that as Christians, we are not perfect and we never will be. Even when we think that we are at a good spot and "have it all together," we should always be reforming and we must...

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How do we know whether an individual has truly repented for their sin?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that distinguishing false repentance from true repentance can be a challenge. Is there one, sure-fire element that makes it clear that repentance is true?

While there may not...

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What is the prevailing “religion” of the day?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that the prevailing religion of the day is moralism - that somehow, you can make yourself acceptable to God. Or, if you don't believe in God, that you can live a "good life." You have a high opinion of...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:00

Christianity Is a Life Centered Around a Person

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Archibald Brown in his book, The Face of Jesus Christ, speaks of the heart of what it means to be a Christian. The heart of the matter is not getting your act together or adopting new principles or lifestyles or theologies… although it will always include these things… But the heart...

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What is a distinction between the Reformation and the world we live in today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that one distinction is that we have a much easier access to the Word of God. They did not have it available in the common tongue, in their churches, or in their homes. Though we each...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:00

Christ is most precious, when you..

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You never knew what Jesus Christ really was worth until the clouds came over your head. You had often, perhaps, heard about, and talked about, the sympathy of Jesus. But, oh dear, what an unreal thing it was until you had nothing else to fall back on! You never know what the preciousness of Christ...

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Is it possible to have true reformation in our lives and within our churches without repentance?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that true, biblical reformation cannot happen apart from repentance. Trying to change our own lives through our own strength will not work. We cannot fight sin in...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 23:58

Fatherhood Meetings in Montgomery July 21-22

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This friday evening a small group of church, community and civil leaders will be gathering to consider the recovery of Biblical fatherhood. This is a critical topic for the health of church and family.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Eastchase Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36117

5:30  ...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:00

Stirred up to Build the House of the Lord

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In Ezra 1:1-5, we begin a story of hope in the midst of ruin. It is the beginning of a 117 year story of how God restores sinners - He brings them out of Babylon into his own house nurture and care. Everything that ever happened in history is for the purpose of telling the story of the rescue...

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Why do churches often ignore necessary reforms?

Gary Powers explains in this video that it is sometimes difficult for churches to enact biblical reforms because of the way church government is structured. For instance, there is often a church board and senior pastors instead of a biblical eldership....

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What was the impact of the Reformation?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that when we think of the result of the Reformation, the centrality of the Word of God and of preaching come to mind. A high view of Scripture, of the Gospel, of God, and of worship were just several glorious results that...

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How can repentance salvation transform and heal a once-broken marriage?

Jason Dohm shares in this video a story of how salvation transformed an unsaved man that he knew and ultimately brought about a healing of a broken marriage. After his friend was born again, he spent a significant time among a...

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What was a driving force behind the Reformation?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that one major driving force behind the Reformation was the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Once Luther, Calvin, and the other Reformers grasped hold of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, the...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:00

Mourning for Sin Without Repentance of Sin

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“Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.” 

 

Matthew Henry The Concise Bible Commentary. N.p.: Thomas Nelson Inc, 2014. Print. 1 Samuel 24:16-22

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What is the difference between worldly and godly sorrow?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that worldly sorrow involves sadness of being caught in sin or being known as sinful by others. It involves perhaps a regret of the effects of sin. A worldly sorrow dislikes the consequences of sin but...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 21:00

Hope in the Midst of Ruin

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In this introduction to the book of Ezra we encounter a story of returning home after a time of ruin. The people of God have been captives in Babylon for seventy years. Now the seventy years has ended, and God is restoring His people. Ezra is one of the many examples in scripture...

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What is the source of repentance?

John Snyder explains in this video that we arrive at repentance by the Lord first showing us the distance between Himself, the Creator, and us, the created, which humbles us. God also shows us His purity. We realize the moral distance that separates us from God. We...

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Have we lost our ability to depend upon the Holy Spirit?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that problem that we can be guilty of is that sometimes, we can lose our ability to depend upon the Holy Spirit and to realize that He directs His Church and that He is still powerful among us.

In...

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Will Scripture dictate how we live our lives or will we rely on the methodologies of men?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that we either will be governed by Scripture alone or we will live and rely upon the methodologies of men. Scripture is sufficient no matter your situation. We ought to be...

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What was one of the primary benefits to come out of the Reformation?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that because the people during the time of the Reformation didn’t have the Bible in their own, common language, they couldn’t lean upon Scripture alone. They were dependent on the...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Is Repentance?

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What is repentance?

Don Hart explains in this video that one of the classic definitions of repentance is the act of turning from the direction of which you are going and doing an about-face and going in another direction.

Yet, what we think of as repentance often focuses too much on the act of...

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