The Depression of the Damned

By Pastor James Brown Jr.

“But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. The Lord will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. The Lord will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. The Lord will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.” –Deuteronomy 28:15-24

In Deuteronomy 28 God explains His blessings and cursings upon covenant-keeping and covenant-breaking nations and peoples. It is a promise of prosperity to those nations who reverence and obey Him and damnation to those who rebel.

Committed to Calvinism

By Devin Maddox
My pastor and brother in law gave me a book last year, Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. I didn't start reading it until this year because I am a slow reader and had others in line before it, but I am glad to finally get the opportunity to ingest the wisdom and eloquence of Kuyper. Every page is flowing with information and thought provoking statements.

The Context:

In the first of his lectures on Calvinism, which were delivered at Princeton University in 1898, Kuyper dealt with the subject of Calvinism as a “life-system.” Today, we might be inclined to refer to it as a worldview. In either way of thinking, we would be considering the greater implications of Calvinism beyond soteriology. Kuyper designated different categories of Calvinistic thought and how groups are associated by these categories, which include the confessional, denominational, and political.

Support HB 1134

The time to end abortion is now! Indiana has such an opportunity. Rep. Curt Nisly has introduced the Protection of Life bill in the Indiana House. It has been assigned as HB 1134 and referred to the Public Policy Committee. Two additional representatives, Rep. Chris Judy and Rep. Robert Morris, have signed on as coauthors.

The GOP leadership in Indiana has vowed to ignore this bill and unless we the people stand up to make our voices heard, this bill will die in committee or killed in some fashion. It is absolutely essential that every Hoosier who is opposed to abortion write, email, and call their House representatives and urge them to support HB 1134. The most urgent task is to write, email, and call Rep. Smaltz who is the chairman of the Public Policy Committee. 

This bill deserves a fair hearing in the committee and on the House floor. Please understand that the Public Policy Committee and every House representative is under extreme pressure not to buck the GOP establishment on this issue.

The Future Belongs to the Vigilant: A Guide to Advancing the Kingdom of Christ—Part 1

By James Brown Jr.


It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”1

As we begin the year 2017, it is important that we forget what is behind us and reach toward the things that are before us by pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this is what Paul instructs the Church in his epistle to the Philippians (Philippians 3:13-14)

Paul notes it is important to move beyond our shortcomings with the resolve to press on to achieve the goal. In order to accomplish this we must forget the past and focus upon the things in front of us.