We need to return to the true foundation: the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to confess our sins, repent, take our section just like the people in Nehemiah did, and begin laying the stones.
Each member of the body of Christ is essential in accomplishing God’s redemptive purpose. All of God’s people are needed to rebuild the walls!
We were pleased to be offered the opportunity to interview Dennis Neilsen, a board member with 'Forge Ministries', to talk about their conference upcoming September 4-6, 2014.
So, Dennis, tell us about yourself. How did you get involved with Forge?
My wife and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, have seven children, and have been homeschooling for over 20 years. While I have worked in the science/engineering field for over 20 years, my heart is in leading my family, serving my church, and ministering to homeschool parents who desire to disciple their own children.
It is my goal to glorify the Lord in all that I do.
I got involved with FORGE when Michael Moody approached me with a vision he had about forming a ministry that would provide conferences with compelling speakers and themes to educate parents so that they would be better equipped to disciple and teach their children. This vision resonated with me, and I committed to do what I could to assist him in forming this ministry.
Reading the Forge webpage it seems like this year’s Forge conference is designed to address several rather dramatic issues: the definition of marriage, the death of the family, sin, repentance, the issues plaguing our country, and the over reach of the state. How does this conference intend to address these issues? How do you see people's lives being changed as a result?
Building upon our 2013 “Engage the Battle” conference, we are excited to announce the 2014 FORGE Ministries Conference: “Rebuilding the Wall for a Godly Heritage”. At this conference we will dig deep into Nehemiah and speak to men, woman,
Kevin Swanson at 'Engage the Battle'
children, and families about returning to the foundation. We want to urge them to help rebuild the walls of the family, the church, and the community. These and many other issues are being addressed in sessions like: Rebuilding Generational Faithfulness; Secret Sin: A Breach in the Wall (a message on sin); Confession and Repentance: The People’s Example (a message on repentance); Christian Influence in Politics; and Wait Till It's Free: A Christian Analysis of Socialized Medicine.
What speakers are you going to have, and how do you see each one addressing these issues?
Two of the speakers we have lined up for this year’s conference are R.C. Sproul Jr. and Kevin Swanson. Some of the topics Mr. Sproul will be addressing are: how God works sovereignly through His people; the importance of rebuilding your section of the wall; and confession and repentance. Some of the topics Mr. Swanson will be addressing are: going back to the foundation of Jesus Christ; how to teach your children to worship God; and how to raise beautiful women of God. One of the sessions of the conference will be devoted to a panel discussion where the panel will address specific questions submitted by the attendees.
What has the feedback been from the last conference? What are you going to 'fix' from last time, and what parts do you see as staying the same?
One change we are making from last year’s conference is that we will be having more keynote talks and fewer breakout sessions. Another change we are making is that we have built into this year’s schedule “Fellowship Times” each day of the conference to provide families the opportunity to network with each other. 
What vendors are coming, and how do they fit into the goal of this year’s Forge conference?
In our interview with him last year, Michael mentioned that a lot of homeschoolers were 'losing' their children to the world, have you heard any news from that front? Are things getting better or worse?
Things haven't changed and you could argue that some things have gotten worse. The only remedy for sin is a true turn in repentance, and a belief in Jesus Christ. Individuals and families need to return to the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ, confess their sins, repent, take their section of the wall just like the people in Nehemiah did, and begin laying the stones. All of God’s people are needed to rebuild the walls. Now is the time for families to take their section and start rebuilding.
God's Word: the only solution.
So, what's next for Forge after this conference?
We hope to be able to have another conference in 2015, but as always, we will do whatever the Lord directs us to do.
Well, our thanks to Dennis for submitting to this interview. We hope to be able to attend Forge this year, and hope to see a lot of our friends there. Our country, indeed our world, is undergoing a tremendous time of trial right now, and only God, with His law and His gospel, offer any hope for this hurting world.
We are particularly looking forward to seeing Colin Gunn's newest movie: Wait Till It's Free.
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