Category Archives: Exhortation

Keep Yourselves from Idols

In one of the most lovely letters written in the Bible, I John– which we will be studying during Sunday School in July–the apostle encourages us by the example of Christ that our joy may be full. And then in … Continue reading

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Confessing our Envy

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 73:3 that I “was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” It is clear that as we come into worship this morning, we all have this one sin to confess: envy. … Continue reading

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Truth is Truth

Flannery O’Connor once wrote: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” This is something we need to keep in mind in our day. What God has defined let no man put asunder. God provides the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Good vs. Evil

The harsh reality of this fallen world sometimes causes us to lose hope of its restoration. The mass murders at the Gosnell abortion facility—which biblically is not to be differentiated from the actions of any abortion clinic in the country,– … Continue reading

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What is Holy Saturday?

The Passion Week provides vast theological emotions for the people of God. Palm Sunday commences with the entrance of a divine King riding on a donkey. He comes in ancient royal transportation. That royal procession concludes with a Crucified Messiah … Continue reading

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Pastoral Meditation on God’s Justice for the Season of Lent

We treasure by our very nature as new creation beings (II Cor. 5) the justice of God upon injustice. We are imprecational beings. The Psalms are given for and to us for a particular reason. They are our prayers. They … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Remembering the Works of Yahweh

In Isaiah 43, Yahweh, the Covenant Lord, says that He is making something new. He is re-creating the world. He proves that by making a way in the wilderness and making rivers run through the desert. Why would God perform … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Church Covenant Series, Part IV

We come to the fourth part of our Church Covenant, which states: We will reject all heretical beliefs and practices, using Scripture as our final authority. This is a strong statement with profound repercussions. We are asking as a Church … Continue reading

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Lent, Ligon Duncan, and Legalism

Collin Hansen wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition entitled Should You Cancel Good Friday? which has brought to the attention of many a conversation they have never had before. What is Lent? Why celebrate it? As a committed Protestant, I am committed to … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live (SNL), DJesus Uncrossed, the Romans, the Jews and the God of the Bible

DJesus UnCrossed is SNL’s latest attempt to de-christ Christ. Of course, in our day, Jesus is easy to disrespect. One wonders if SNL would attempt a comedy journey through the life of Muhammad. No further comments needed. David Flowers believes … Continue reading

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Baptismal Exhortation: Not an Empty Symbol

The Bible—among many things—is a book of symbols. But they are not empty symbols, they are symbols that speak and direct us to a reality. Baptism does just that! It is a sign and symbol of the reality that God’s … Continue reading

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Exhortation Series on Church Membership: Striving for Unity

We have had a couple of extraordinary years as a Church. God has richly favored us. As a sign of this favor, we will be adding new members this coming Sunday. And part of being a member of Providence means … Continue reading

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Death No More: A Brief Exhortation on the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

The incarnation is the miracle of divinity becoming flesh without losing his divinity. Jesus is fully God and fully man. The incarnation is the miracle of birth. Birth, which is despised in our culture, is actually God’s gift for men … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Voice of Yahweh

  In the Psalm we are reciting this morning we will hear a lot about the voice of Yahweh. Psalm 29 says some spectacular things about what the voice of Yahweh accomplishes. It literally transforms the landscape of the desert, makes … Continue reading

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Exhortation: And So This is Still Christmas…

Merry Christmas! After all Christmas is with us until January 6th, which is Epiphany. The calendar is moving. Our final candle is lit. Christ has come! But he did not come the way it was expected by men; He came … Continue reading

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Exhortation: New Season

Today marks the first Sunday of Advent. It is the beginning of a rich season of anticipation and preparation. The word Advent means “arrival” or “coming.” For centuries Christians have used the month prior to the celebration of Christ’s incarnation to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: A Life of Thanksgiving

Spurgeon once wrote: Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness. We are a people skilled in the art of complaining. … Continue reading

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Baptism Exhortation for Sophie Leonard and Ephraim Brito

Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with You from God our Father, and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Scripture reading this morning is from Matthew 3:16-17: And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The God of the Reformation

This is Reformation Sunday! And for some of you who are new to Reformed Theology this may seem a bit strange. Some of you who may be visiting may wonder “what have I gotten myself into?” You may reason to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Consider the Ways of Wisdom

Proverbs presents Christ, but it also presents our works in the sight of God. This Wisdom Book is an earthly book. It shatters the nice and politically correct discourse so prevalent in our culture. Proverbs makes us all human again. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Why Should We Join a Church?

Why should anyone join a Church? After all the Church is in disarray today. Prominent Christ leaders fall into scandalous sins. Many Shepherds offer “a diet of baby food, if not outright poison”[1] to their sheep. Churches trivialize worship, the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Confessing our Disharmonization

Our choices are shaped by what we believe, but good theology is not a fix-all when it comes to life. You can have good theology, but still not live as you should. We call that sin. Part of our task … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Blessing the City

We are coming to the end of our fiscal year. After worship this morning we will offer our budget for approval. This is a time of great joy for our Congregation. 2012 has been a good year for us. But … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Worship and Humility

We come this morning with a sense of our utter dependence on God to meet with us and supply our needs. Worship presupposes humility. Anyone who enters this worship space with a heart of pride will be utterly disappointed in … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Church as the Antidote to Sadness

We live in a sad world. We turn on our tv’s or read the paper and we are confronted with a barrage of images that can devastate our moods. In some ways, the Lord’s Day worship is the antidote to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Yes and Amen

The Gospel has a magnificent way of destroying our pride. It provides for us a strong antidote to the vicious cycle of sin, our own sin. Jesus died to forgive us, but at times we are oblivious to this reality, … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Awareness of our Sins

Karl Menninger, [1]the author of the great classic Whatever Became of Sin, observed that humans have become less aware of their own sinfulness. Menninger, as far as I know, was not an Orthodox Christian, but he has a far better … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Shaming the Wisdom of the World

One of our great projects as a new society in Jesus Christ is to shame the wise and the strong of this world. Paul addresses this in I Corinthians 1. He is writing in the context of a very elite … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Sacred Space

August 5th, Exhortation We are this morning in a sacred space. This is a place where holy things happen. But don’t confuse holiness with neat and tidy. We are not neat and tidy people. We are rather messy at times. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Confession and Mercy

Proverbs 28 says that “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV) As we gather this morning, God provides for us a time of solemn confession both corporately … Continue reading

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