The Exhorter

Worship Service Roster August 2017 – Updated 8/11

August 2017

God’s Children are Peacemakers

Our Lord called His disciples to be peacemakers as He addressed the people gathered on a mountain in Galilee. He taught them, saying – “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called God’s children” (Matt 5:9; God’s Word). As Jesus came to the end of His ministry He told His apostles, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Understanding the spiritual challenge to be at peace with brothers and sisters is...

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Reflections on Job Part 5: Job’s Breakthrough

In my previous post I discussed what one commentator calls the “Triangle of Tension” in the Book of Job. Given the principle of retribution (the law of sowing and reaping), these three points cannot co-exist: God’s justice, Job’s righteousness, and Job’s suffering. If the wicked always suffer and the righteous always prosper, then either Job must not be righteous, or God must not be just. Job’s friends deny Job’s righteousness, and Job denies God’s justice. Toward the end of the cycle of dialogues between Job and his friends, it seems to me that Job has a bit of a breakthrough...

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4 Reasons We Schedule Prayer Services on Our Church Calendar

Seriously, a prayer meetin’? That sounds old-fashioned and quaint, the kind of thing Christians did before the advent of electricity, when life was simpler, churches were smaller, and our children’s recreational activities didn’t consume our calendars. So, why a gathering largely dedicated to corporate prayer? Let me suggest four reasons. 1. It reminds our people of the importance of prayer. Why the reluctance of many to corporately gather to pray? Why has the prayer service in many churches gone the way of the rotary phone? Simply put, prayer isn’t “exciting”. It’s not entertaining. It’s often not easy or convenient; it...

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Reflections on Job, Part 4: The “Triangle of Tension”

To understand the ebb and flow of Job’s exchanges with his friends, we must first understand the assumption that they all share. Compare these two statements, first regarding Job- # His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For...

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Reflections on Job Part 3: Are God and Satan Playing a Game with Job’s Life?

If you read the first two chapters of Job from a cynical vantage point, it would be easy to conclude that God and The Accuser are playing a game with Job’s life. The LORD asks The Accuser to consider His servant Job, The Accuser responds by claiming that Job is only pious because God gives him stuff, and the LORD says that The Accuser is free to take away that stuff. But where does Job fit into this apparent contest? What about the horrible toll he will pay, not to mention his children? It almost sounds like Job is nothing...

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Reflection on Job, Part 2: The Key Question of the Book

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, 'From where have you come?' Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?' Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God...

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Reflections on Job, Part 1: Reaping What You Sow – by Shane Scott

"There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat...

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Giving Thanks for Cancer – by Shane Scott

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:18-21). I hate cancer. It is a vicious disease, and it seems like it is everywhere. In our church family of around 250 people, over the last three years six different members have been treated...

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