Giveaway: The Worship of God conference – free registration/lodging OR Free audio album!

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Update: If you can’t attend the conference in North Carolina, this giveaway is still for you!  You can choose to receive 35 audio messages from the conference!

When we worship, we do it as a family.  We don’t want to send our noisy little ones to the nursery, and we don’t want our children to attend a separate children’s service.  Yes, we might hear more of the sermon if we did, but we are doing important work here in the pews, and these days pass quickly enough.

We are blessed to attend a church where the rest of the congregation agrees.  There are no dirty looks when the baby acts up.  If the toddler acts up, there may be suppressed laughter, but we’re OK with that.  Sometimes we’re the ones laughing at other people’s children.  Our congregation loves children, and we are all thankful for the opportunity to present ourselves and our children before the Lord in formal worship.

Churches like this can be hard to find, so it’s good to know about the NCFIC – the National Center of Family Integrated Churches.  They have an interactive list of churches all over the US and even the world where families are allowed and encouraged to worship together.

But they do a lot more than that.

Free resources

The NCFIC offers many other free resources.  There is a long list of free audio messages for the church and family.  There are many free video messages as well, and enough articles to keep facebook busy for a long, long time.

Many of these free resources are samplings from past conferences by the NCFIC: Building a God-Centered FamilyGospel Centered MarriagesSufficiency of Scripture and more.

More resources

They also have a store with an extensive collection of books, audio and video messages, and instant downloads.

Conferences

The Worship of God conference will be in Asheville, NC on Oct 31 – Nov 2.  Who wants to go?!

Description from the NCFIC website:

At this conference, we will seek to examine and experience the worship of God and to say with king David, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). Our starting point will be to establish that God must be worshipped in the way He has designed, not the way man desires. Then, we will study the various categories of biblical truth that teach us about worship. Is there any more important activity for the human soul? Is there any more important category of Christian theology? Is there anything more powerful in the hearts and lives of men? Is there anything more pivotal for home life? Is there anything more important in church life and community life, than the worship of God?

Here is part one of a five part online instruction video series entitled The Family That Worships Together hosted by Scott Brown with interviews from Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Conrad Mbewe, Doug Phillips, Kevin Swanson, Jeff Pollard, Joe Morecraft, Michael Gobart, Boyd Dellinger, Fikret Bocek, Marcus Serven, Paul Thompson.  These videos are deliberately not exhaustive but are interview compilations on key subjects designed to whet your family’s appetite for the glorious and expansive subject of our highest duty – to worship God.

 

If it’s not practical for your family to attend the conference, this giveaway is still for you: You can choose to receive the complete Worship of God audio instead!

Worship of God CD

At this conference, we will seek to examine and experience the worship of God and to say with king David, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). Our starting point will be to establish that God must be worshipped in the way He has designed, not the way man desires. Then, we will study the various categories of biblical truth that teach us about worship. Is there any more important activity for the human soul? Is there any more important category of Christian theology? Is there anything more powerful in the hearts and lives of men? Is there anything more pivotal for home life? Is there anything more important in church life and community life, than the worship of God?

This set includes over 35 messages featuring speakers such as Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson, Joel Beeke, Joe Morecraft, Jeff Pollard and others.

THE GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive free registration and lodging for herself and her family to attend the NCFIC’s upcoming conference, The Worship of God. Winner may choose instead to receive The Worship of God conference audio album when it becomes available after the conference.
Anyone who enters will receive a coupon good for 20% off registration or audio album.
TO ENTER:
First, go enter the official NCFIC giveaway.  All they ask is your name and email address.  You must do this to enter my giveaway, but you shouldn’t mind because it gives you yet another chance to win!
Now, you can enter several more times!  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
  1. Like the NCFIC on Facebook
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook.
  3. Blog about this giveaway, including a link to this post and to at least one page on the NCFIC site.
  4. Leave a comment telling which topic or lecture from The Worship of God Conference you are most excited about.
  5. Subscribe to the NCFIC blog to receive new posts are they are published.
After 7 days, we will randomly choose one winner to receive free registration and lodging for The Worship of God conference!
This giveaway has ended and the winner has been notified.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

Upcoming giveaway

Oh, this is fun!  I know I haven’t blogged enough lately, but maybe I can make it up to you.  At least, to one of you.

I have a giveaway coming soon with a prize worth over $500.

Can you guess what it is?  Here’s a clue: it’s an event.

Weekly Sunday pictures!

Posted by: Kittykait
I know I’ve promised weekly posts multiple times and failed every time (sorry!), but this time I think it will be easier to keep it up, because I just got a smartphone (yaaay!), so I can post on the hour drive to or from church. Basically, I won’t have time to procrastinate! My plan is to post pictures of Megan, Lydia and me (and whoever else is close by), probably without many (or any) words, because as much and as well as people write I’ve always loved looking at pictures they post. It’s so much more personal and easier to process, it gets the point across better, like a little peek into someone’s life. 

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4 Moms talk about church

4 Moms 35 Kids answer questions about big families

Welcome to 4 Moms.  It’s Thursday again and the 4 of us are talking about church.  Some of you have been wondering what kind of church we attend, and how friendly they are to our personal convictions and large families.

One of Kimberly’s readers asked, “I’m curious about the kind of churches you all attend.  We are protestant and can’t seem to find a church that teaches or even accepts our convictions about birth control. Do you all go to churches where there are other large families or do you just accept the differences?”

There are no easy answers to these questions, but I can share our own experience and reasoning.

Our family attends a CRE congregation, where we have been members for about 6 years.  It’s an hour drive, and we drive past many other congregations of Christian brothers and sisters on our way.  We spend a lot of money on gas and put a lot of miles on our van, but we believe it’s worthwhile to be in fellowship with like-minded believers whenever possible.

That’s not to say we never associate with others who disagree with us – we have friends in our home almost weekly who don’t agree with us or each other on many points of doctrine.  Even at our church, not everyone thinks or walks in lock-step agreement on every point.  Our large family is welcome there and in good company, though not all the families are large.  Homeschoolers are in good company, though not every family in our group homeschools.

We chose to worship with this congregation because we are likeminded on the issues that are most important to us and while it is not insignificant, our position on birth control is not what we consider a core issue.  Nor are homeschooling, large families, skirt-wearing, or other such outward signs of inward convictions…Instead, they seem to flow out of other issues.

Families worship as families in our church, and Sunday school is age-integrated.  This is important to us, so we are thankful to worship with Christian brothers and sisters who agree.  Our church baptizes infants of believing parents, welcoming them as communing members.  This, too, is a priority to us.

There have been times when we didn’t know of any like-minded congregations within driving distance.  In these cases, we worship with the Christian brothers and sisters around us as we are able, trusting that our worship is pleasing to God and seeking encouraging fellowship where we can find it – in the company of local Christian brethren, online, in visits to long-distance family and friends, etc.

The other moms are talking about it too:


Upcoming topics for June:

  • June 9 -
  • June 16 - Homeschooling the challenging child
  • June 23 – Q&A
  • June 30 -

Recent topics:

  • May 26 – 4 Moms Q&A: toothbrushes, internet filters, taming the stuff monster
  • May 19 - 4 Moms try to lose the baby weight
  • May 12 – 4 Moms practice hospitality, and YOU are invited!
  • May 5 - 4 Moms talk about you-know-what
  • April 284 Moms Q&A: sleep, exercise, and making do with one bathroom
  • April 21 – Large families & church, part 2: keeping them quiet
  • April 14 – Eating inexpensively on the road
  • April 7 4 Moms teach history
  • March 24 – Large families & church, part 1: getting there on time
  • March 17 – Bread baking linky
  • March 10 – Spring cleaning
  • March 3 Books for early readers
  • February 244 Moms Q&A: my first audio blog on potty training and more
  • February 17 – Individual time with children: scary stuff here.  Just kidding.  Let go of the guilt.
  • February 10Cooking with little ones without losing your sanity
  • February 3 -Teaching reading, because it’s so much easier than teaching them to use the toilet.  Do not request a 4 Moms post about potty training, do you hear me?
  • January 27 – Q&A: Must-have baby equipment and other nitty gritty stuff
  • January 20 – Top 10 Books for Preschoolers
  • January 13 – Soups and Stews
  • January 6 – Teaching Bible
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    Once more because we need to hear it.

    Download the audio on Behemoth.com for free here: Doug’s ‘Freedom at Risk Speech’ on behemoth.com

    Evening round up

    My friends the Brown family at Ketocton Baptists have provided a thought provoking read on feminism from a rather un-American standpoint.

    You see Mrs. Brown is Romanian by birth and grew up in a socialist society.

    From the post:

    Socialist governments want women in the work force as much as men and the family is a tool of production. Fathers do not provide vision for their children, but rather leave it up to the State. I am often times shocked to see that what was seen as oppression in the Socialist Republic of Romania is called liberty here in America (even among Christians). What really hit home was a comment made by Voddie Baucham [In the film Return of the Daughters]. He said, “I don’t know why we allow ourselves to be poured into the world’s mold…”

    Read the rest of the post here.

    On Doug’s blog there are insanely cute baby pictures and a hot babe in a blue dress … :)

    Voddie Baucham’s daughter gives us 10 reasons she doesn’t want to be VP when she grows up.

    Carmon Friedrich explains there are Bigger Dangers than Obama this election season,

    and last but not least Scott Brown sounds off on Searing the Conscience of the Church”.

    EDITED to include Kelly’s post on McCain’s positions. We all remember him, right?  The guy at the top of the ticket – the Big Kauhuna who will actually be making all the decisions that effect Sarah Palin ;)

    While we’re on the topic of women in civil leadership…

    My good friend Colin and his brother have a collection of audio and video documentaries that look into, among other things,

    a GREAT deal!

    • How Christians should and are standing against public perversion and
    • What are the effects of Feminism on our culture

    These are HIGHLY recommended teaching tools for you and your family. If you dont’ have them go here and  here to watch the clips, read my previous review then go to  this link to buy the whole set for 40% off

    You might even considering buying one for your pastor or church library :)

    Doug Phillips Interviews Olympic Gold Medalist Josh Davis

    Talent show

    We’re home from our church’s Christian Community Conference/Talent Show.  I’m back online (whew!) and back home with my chocolate (double whew!).  mmm…chocolate…

    During much of the conference I found myself in the back of the room nursing a fussy baby and watching the kids make crazy hats, jewelry, flowers and other stuff with pipe cleaners.

    When Bethany wasn’t fussing, she was being passed around like a basketball, from one eager set of hands to the next with hardly a pause in the rhythm.  I never knew where to find her until she cried; then she seemed to find me.

    The 3rd annual Talent Show was a challenge and a success.  There were 26 acts in all and it lasted for 3 hours.  We’re a talented bunch.  It was highly entertaining, of course – how could it fail to be? – but many acts ran into bumps and roadblocks, including one of ours.  I’ll tell you about my ovarian guilt from that incident in another post.  For now, I’ll just tell you what our family did.  Poetry seems to be our specialty, so you’ll see that we are heavy in that area:

    Would you like to know Who was on first?  That’s right; He was.  Who was? Yes.  Who? Exactly!  Can you guess what act hubby and his friend did?  In spite of the fact that I had heard it a hundred times in the weeks before the show, I still laugh at all the same lines, every time.  I just can’t help it.  I’ll break your arm you say Who’s on first! And I couldn’t help but laugh at audience’s delighted reaction to all the punch lines.  Do I have to tell you that hubby and his friend did a great job on a great skit?  Go watch the original now.

    Deanna recited Carry On by Robert Service.  This was a late change, as we decided that the extremely long poem she had memorized was less fitting to the occasion.  She memorized this entire poem nearly effortlessly in about a day and a half, including a small improvisation which fitted seamlessly into the original.  I always tell her that if she had a super power, it would be Memorization.  Not quite as dramatic as the powers of Superman or the Xmen, perhaps, but quite impressive nonetheless.

    Kaitlyn and Lydia performed Twins by Henry S. Leigh.  They alternated, each saying half a line without missing a beat.  Very funny and very fitting since they are our only two light-haired green-eyed daughters, and used to be mistaken for twins almost every time we left the house.

    Megan learned It Couldn’t Be Done by Edgar Guest.  This was also a late addition to the plan, and like Deanna, Megan learned her poem very quickly.  What can I say?  My kids are talented.  ;)

    Natalie worked very hard to learn Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash.  She had a little trouble remembering the poet’s name when she was first learning it, so I had all the children repeat his name as a group about 10 times.  As a result, Perry Boy ran around the house for several days chanting, Ogen Nash!  Ogden Nash!  Ogden Nash! Needless to say, Natalie had no more trouble recalling the poet’s name.

    Becca learned My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson almost entirely by herself, and recited it flawlessly.  She came away glowing.

    Our family had been working on learning Proverbs chapter 3 (not for the talent show), and a couple of weeks before the show we realized that 3yo Rachael had learned the first 8 verses.  This seemed very talented of her, so she recited that for the talent show.

    The girls were very nervous about this one, but they did a lovely rendition of Wayfaring Stranger, which they learned from the Von Trapp family CD.  The three on the left sang melody while the 3 on the right sang harmony a half line later, with a sort of echo effect.  I’m sure there’s a technical name for it but I have no idea what it is; at any rate, it was hauntingly beautiful and I’m glad they were brave enough to do it.

    And then we all ate BBQ until we could eat no more.  It was a good day in Texas.