The Exhorter

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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Jesus Christ Was Crucified In Weakness

Jesus was crucified, which strongly suggests weakness or powerlessness. Paul stated such, “For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God” (2 Cor. 13:4a). Christ’s vulnerability came through His flesh and His willingness to be subjected to death. His divine nature was kept under control while His physical body was submitted to all the frailties of a mortal life. So, when Paul is questioned about His apostleship he pointedly exclaimed, “Christ is not weak in dealing with you but shows His power among you” (2 Cor. 13:3). Jesus is Lord of all. He is...

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June 2017 Worship Service Roster

June 2017

MOTHERS ARE TO BE FAVORED

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was addressed by an angel, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women…Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:28-31). Mary's faith, trust and humility toward God are clearly seen by her answer: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). In Mary we see the beauty of a favored mother. Yes, Mary, the mother...

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Witnesses for Jesus Christ: Water, Blood and the Holy Spirit

We may never know the full significance of a harsh act against Christ’s body when the soldier pierced our Lord’s side and it is recorded that, “immediately blood and water came out” (John 19:34). The prophets of old foretold that the Messiah would be pierced, and so He was — His hands, His feet, and His side (Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10). Yet, John recorded that blood and water came out of Christ’s side when He was pierced to confirm His death on the cross. John in his first letter proclaimed of Jesus Christ, “This is He who came by water...

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May 2017 Worship Service Roster

May 2017 Worship Service Roster

The Traveler’s Psalm

Psalm 121 is often called “The Traveler’s Psalm.” This psalm assures God’s children that their Lord is present with them; that He provides for them; and that He preserves them as they travel the roads of life. I will lift up my eyes to the hills From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your...

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God’s Laws are Always Right and Fair

David revealed this about God’s Laws: “The Law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great...

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