The Exhorter

No Division Among You – Parts 3 & 4

No Division Among You - Part 3 of 4 In accomplishing such unity as should exist in the church of the Corinthians, Paul calls upon them, and us, to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” “Perfectly joined together” is another idiom which has been condensed into its fundamental meaning by most of the newer translations, which read something like “that you be united” (ESV). There is, however, something lost in such, for the idea behind the phrase is that of “repairing; mending; restoring.” It is used of mending nets in Mt.4.21, and in Lk.6.10 it describes the...

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No Divisions Among You – Part 2

In the congregation at Corinth, there are numerous problems that threaten the unity of the group. Paul has been informed that there already exist “contentions” (quarrels/factions) among them, and he is clearly concerned that the simmering issues not result in full-blown division. Thus he begins the instructive part of the entire Corinthian letter with this exhortation. It includes a three-fold entreaty – he “pleads” (literally “to call near”, then to “appeal; implore; beseech”) with them; he reminds them that they are family (“brethren”); he notes the authority of God behind his words (“by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”)....

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No Divisions Among You – Part 1

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  (1 Cor.1.10 – NKJV) Discipleship in many ways is a fiercely individual undertaking. It demands some degree of independence to stand up and stand out in a selfish and sinful world. But that same determination to serve the Lord also brings us into a relationship with others who want to serve the Lord. And we come...

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I will set no worthless thing before my eyes

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3) Last Sunday evening the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. But Monday the news was all about the half-time show. I didn’t see the show, but the reports I read described shock, disappointment, anger and dismay. Frankly I was slightly surprised at that reaction. First, if we know anything about the Super Bowl, we should have expected a half-time show filled with immorality, immodesty and impropriety. The organizers of this event continue to push the limits of decorum. That is what they do. Second, if we know anything about the...

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Living to be Like Him — Perfecting Holiness in Our Lives

Toward the end of his life, the apostle Peter, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote these words,“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (I Peter 1:15,16). Can we actually be holy? Why is it that we feel holiness is unattainable? How could Peter make such a plea? Look at Peter’s life – he was rebuked by Jesus after confessing Him to be the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:13-23); he denied the Lord three times after saying he...

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Ron Drumm’s Honduras 2019 Presentation

  Here's a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation Ron gave on Sunday, November 24th. Click the thumbnail below to download:

Don’t Remember the Failing Christians

In talking to people who leave the church, I hear one justification more than any other. The departing Christian leaves because of the members: they are hypocritical, they gossip, they are unfriendly/unloving. I’ve become cynical about these claims.  When somebody says, “I’m leaving because nobody reaches out to me,” I hear “I’m leaving because nobody reached out to me except for those who did.” Let’s suppose the disgruntled Christian has indeed seen brethren be hypocritical, gossipy, unfriendly, politically fixated, or unloving.  Certainly, brethren can be all these things. Who believes all Christians are all these things all the time? When a Christian...

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Love the Appearing of Jesus

It is apparent that a great event can bring forth many different emotions on the part of human beings. God’s word reveals how the death Christ should move us to love and look forward to the future appearing of Jesus. Yet, on the other hand, His return will cause others to lament as they fail to presently recognize the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross for their sins. Paul also spoke of those who would love the appearing of Jesus when He returns. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of what Jesus came into the world to accomplish. Yes,...

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Serving Through Grace and Humility in the Eternal Glory

Praise and honor to God in every aspect of our walk in Christ is crucial. How we serve through grace and humility in the Eternal Glory is extremely important. Faith in Christ is first heard in the heart and mind, then accepted, and then acted upon. Why receive it or accept it? At first, the gospel is so often believed because of the person who taught us. The word of God has the power to change us, yet God uses human vessels, Christians, to share that word with others. The directive is to pass the glory of Jesus Christ to...

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Challenges to Unity in Christ

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, just prior to dying on the cross prayed, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20,21). Yet, today we see religious disunity everywhere! Why? There are many reasons that the followers of Christ are not united. Let’s consider some challenges to unity in the Lord’s church that the...

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