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We hope they are a blessing to you and your family and that you will consider joining us next year for Christ For The Whole Man 2015!

We apparently had a technical difficulty and didn’t get the last message recorded, so we apologize for that.  But the rest of the messages can be heard and downloaded from Sermon Audio.  Just click here!

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Conference 2014′s opening message was preached by myself (Ernie Yarbrough) and was entitled “All To Jesus I surrender: The Blood-Bought Life Of The Christian”. This message sought to lay the groundwork for the entirety of the conference by showing the connection between the positional reality of fallen man and the practical outworking of an estate of sin and estrangement from God. This was contrasted with the positional reality of the new man and the practical outworking of the an estate of grace in Jesus Christ as a son adopted into the family of God.  These were cast under opposing but equally dominant principles in the text verse Romans 5:21Romans 5:21
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21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  

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–”That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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That’s A Wrap! Conference 2014

by Ernie on August 16, 2014

Often in life the Lord gives you vantage points from which you can reflect on His goodness and stand amazed at His faithfulness and blessing.  Our second conference has provided such an opportunity for me.  What a wonderful two days!  From our last conference two years ago we grew in attendance and the blessing of God in the morning seasons of prayer and in all the messages and fellowship was very evident.  Many shed tears of thankfulness and all gave lots of hugs and rejoiced in the Lord as He spread His own table and put us under the banner of His love.

 

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the ladies of Trinity Free Presbyterian Church for their ceaseless labors of food preparation and cleanup and all those who worked behind the scenes.  There were some rather significant “bumps in the road” that God’s covenant people stepped up for, meeting every challenge that came our way.  Thank you SO very much.

 

As we look forward now to hopefully having the conference again next year, we trust that the Lord will bless you and will provide you with the opportunity as we post next week and feature a sermon for each day of the week from the conference.  For those who didn’t get to attend we  trust you will be able to listen and reflect on the Word and gain some of the blessing we received first hand!

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Fatherhood: A Precious Commodity

by Ernie on June 14, 2014

In a world broken by sin, good fathers are a precious commodity.  I didn’t realize how much I took for granted until I got into college and then the workplace.  As my experiences broadened so did my knowledge of others sorrows.  The amount of broken homes is one of the greatest heartaches thinly veiled beneath the so-called American dream.  Provision, affection, and love for my mother were things I took for granted from my dad.  With every passing year—now as a dad with two little boys—I grow in thankfulness for my father.  And as I struggle with my own sin and desire to be an even better father, I am thrown back on the pattern of my Heavenly Father and the foundation of the Gospel.  The Lord’s Prayer is a great reminder of the pattern and foundation of real fatherhood.

 

Real fatherhood is holy.  Our Heavenly Father has a Name that is holy and hallowed by us in our actions.  Christian fatherhood causes our children first and foremost to take note that their daddy walks with God.  The presence of Christ shines from the heart and life of the holy dad.

 

Real fatherhood is inseparably tied to the coming of God’s kingdom and the doing of God’s will on earth just like it is in heaven.  Our children—when they think of us—must know that our greatest passion in life is the advance of the kingdom of grace and the doing of God’s will as revealed in the Bible.  Salvation, Christ-likeness, and obedience to the revealed will of God is number one to the godly dad.  And rather than making our children feel second place, it must be expressed in such a way that they understand that because we are built on this Rock our love and commitment to them will be unwavering. 

 

Real fatherhood is content with today’s provisions and seeks to emulate the Father’s provision for us.  As Jesus said, our Heavenly Father knows we have need of earthly things.  Christian fatherhood, while striving to better the economic condition of the home, demonstrates that happiness and “getting stuff” are not fundamentally connected and that God can be trusted when we eat today’s bread without even knowing where tomorrow’s is coming from.  Christian fatherhood lays ahold of God for the needed provisions and confidently trusts in God to provide even through—and sometimes apart from—faithful labor.

 

Real fatherhood rushes to demonstrate an eager willingness to forgive others because of the enjoyment of already-received forgiveness from God.  And that awareness of the continual forgiveness of Christ leads a godly father to demonstrate a lack of trust in himself and a crying out to God for deliverance from—and in—temptation.

 

Real fatherhood rests confidently in the fact that Christ’s kingdom, power, and glory are all now present realities—“thine is….”  Turmoil and difficulties can sometimes roll in waves over a family.  But if a father may yet show a firm confidence and commitment to God’s sovereignty, kingdom, and glory he may be the needed rock to point his family to follow his example and trust in God and serve Christ when all seems pain, loss, or agony.

 

Real fatherhood rests on the Gospel.  No mere man can ever do his full duty.  No man can ever love God with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind.  But Jesus teaches us to pray “Our father”.  We come to the Father with Jesus.  We come to the Father through Jesus.  We come to the Father in Jesus.  And that makes all the difference in the world.  Because Jesus is praying for fathers.  He is praying that those who love Him and have the privilege to hold little hands in this life would have a faith that would not fail.  When fatherhood is actuated by the wounds of redeeming love, it may then approach the heavenly pattern without fear of ultimate rejection or failure.

 

So praise God for fathers that have served us like Jesus.  Praise God for fathers that have endeavored to model the Heavenly Father.  And praise God for fathers who owned their sins and showed us how to come to Jesus and claim the cleansing of precious blood.  Fathers want their children with them.  Christian fathers are headed to glory.  Honor your biological father.  And whether your Christian father is biological or spiritual, don’t forget to honor the one God used to bring you into that family that supersedes all earthly ties and brings us into that family that, once joined, shall never part again.  

 

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Facts and objectivity are rather big deals in the sales world of journalism.  Like every other part of business America, journalism outlets are competing for the attention and approval of the American populace.  So the taglines go something like “hard hitting facts” or “bringing you the scoop”.  After all, who wants to have yesterday’s scoop today in a world where old information is “so 30 seconds ago”?  What often goes unnoticed—and subsequently unquestioned—is perhaps the most important part of the business of journalism.  We can get so enamored with the presentation of a story that we forget the filter of communication—the worldview of the news stations and journalists bringing the news.   Someone has to decide what is news, and which person(s) or idea(s) will be favorably presented.

 

In the world of professing Christianity, the claim to “sticking by the Book” is very much akin to journalism’s claim to faithfully dabbling in objective facts.  If a church member or pastor is asked what they believe, you might hear something like “I believe the Bible”.  While this sentiment reflects the very biblical teaching of the centrality of Revelation to the life and thought of the Church, such responses can often leave us with a thought akin to the famous California surfer philosopher—“Whatever, dude”.  The meaning behind such a statement is often as varied as the people who assert it.

 

In the world of Bible reading and preaching, we often forget that it isn’t enough to study the Bible.  Philosophers of days past had a very wise saying—“Know thyself”.  It isn’t enough to examine the contents of Holy Scripture.  The human mind serves as a filter—a lens of interpretation—through which we understand the Word of God.  All men approach life with presuppositions—things that we “pre-suppose” to be true.  In a sense, pure objectivity then becomes impossible.  Rather, interpretation of biblical content becomes inextricably tied to the way in which we view the world and the Bible as a system, as a unified or unrelated whole.

 

The forgotten reality in Bible reading then becomes the exercise of considering our own lens of interpretation.  Various interpretive systems are known, for example, under such names as Dispensationalism, Covenant Theology, and Fundamentalism.  We have all grown up under some form of thought structure that sets into our minds a basic framework for how we approach the theology of any concept, doctrine, or passage of Scripture.  And the most important question then becomes discerning whether or not the Bible presents its own system of thought.  2 Timothy 1:132 Timothy 1:13
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13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  

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seems to assert as much when it commands us to hold fast the “outline” of sound words.  Biblical truth has an outline to it, a pre-standing structure through which we are to look at every part.  What lens of interpretive thought determines how you view passages of Scripture?  Bible reader, know thyself.

 

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