The Exhorter

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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Lost Things

I really don’t like having to search for things. If you are anything like me, you might even get a little irritated when you have to spend time looking for something that is lost. Part of that, I suppose, is that my time is valuable to me. There are plenty of useful things to do in a given day, and having to spend time searching for something that isn’t where it’s supposed to be just seems so incredibly wasteful. But of course, as much as I dislike it, sometimes I still find myself searching for things. Sometimes, the thing that...

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The Vision of God’s Son

Most of us would like to see a vision of God’s Son simply to bolster our faith and trust in Him and the salvation from our sins He has gifted us. The apostle John was given such a vision and he wrote it down for us to read and believe. This amazing message from Jesus Christ which is the last book of the New Testament called, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. John writes to the seven churches which are in Asia: “Grace to you and peace…from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over...

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What It Means To Be A Servant Of God

How do you look at working and serving in the Lord’s church? Do you see it for yourself and for others as an honorable endeavor? Working and serving in the church for example as an elder or deacon is depicted as a fine work and obtaining a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 3:1,13). The household of God was an immense concern for Paul in his directives to Timothy (1 Tim 3:15). He explained the reason in a sublime description - “I write so that you may know how you ought...

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Here to Stay

Things change. Eventually, things even go away. Sometimes, they are insignificant things, like VHS tapes or tan colored M&M’s. Other times, however, they are terribly important things, like health or loved ones. Losing things from this second category causes us far more pain than being deprived of insignificant things, and yet, we still ultimately find ourselves unable to prevent those painful losses. Sure, we have our ways and methods to delay or postpone this loss in some situations, but in the end, we are powerless to keep things on this earth from going away. The fact is...the things of this...

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Good Question

One of the most familiar illustrations that we read about in scripture is that of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:25-37, we’re told of a lawyer who came to the Lord and asked, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” You know – that’s a good question! Each of us probably have asked a variety of questions in our lives - probably even some great and important ones – but I can’t think of many questions that would be considered better than this one. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, we are told that God has “put eternity into man’s heart,”...

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The Cost of Discipleship

Yes, there is a cost to our discipleship in Jesus Christ. But, we often underline that our salvation is a gift from God. That is true - “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). We, also, note that Jesus paid the price of our salvation - “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold,…but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Pet 1:18,19). Yet, our Lord said to His disciples, “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has...

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Faith, Fellowship, Abilities and Actions – Transforms by Learning and Living

Many people around you are doing the same things, and most of the things that they are doing are not okay with God. You have decided to be a Christian by giving your life over to the Lord and determining to live according to His word. The test is at hand. Each child of God must not conform to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind according to Romans 12:2. So, how are you going to do this? The apostle Paul suggests four things you can do to be transformed by the renewing of the mind....

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