The Exhorter

Worship Service Roster – October 2017

October 2017

Taking Up Our Cross

What does the word “cross” mean to you? For many people in our society, the word “cross” brings to mind something positive or attractive: a decorative altar ornament, or something that rests on top of a church building steeple, or maybe a piece of jewelry. But when the word “cross” was mentioned to the people of Jesus’ day, very different images would probably come to mind. They might think of a time when they were traveling, and as they approached a city, the road on both sides was lined with wooden crosses and people were either nailed to them or...

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“Experiencing Weak Faith”

Many times we struggle with weak faith right at the moment that we should be celebrating victory in Christ. So was the case of Peter, “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30). Why is this so? Why, when our faith should be at its strongest is it weak and doubting? There are many examples of weak faith occurring at a time of great victory. One example is the prophet Elijah of the Old Testament who had through the power God conquered the...

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He Lives to God

Christ lives to God and so we should strive to do the same. The apostle Paul wrote of Jesus Christ our Lord, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom....

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Worship Service Roster September 2017

September 2017 - FINAL

Salvation is in Jesus Christ

Jesus is the door to salvation for everyone. He said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9 - NKJV). Our Lord also promised, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). One thing is for sure in God’s word, salvation is offered to the world through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christ Jesus provides the pathway to the Father in heaven....

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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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