Category Archives: Exhortation

Do the Word

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on January 22, AD 2023.

You have all you need to obey God today. If you have been born again and own a Bible – you have all the information you need to walk in His ways today.

James tells us in his Epistle that we have received the implanted Word of God which is able to save our souls. But then he gives this warning: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

In an age where access to the Word and biblical resources abound, this temptation to hear the Word but not do the Word is very real.

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Two Great Interests in Christ

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on January 8, AD 2023.

Everybody has to do something with Christ. Every single person, when confronted with Jesus of Nazareth, must do something about Him. 

The Wise Men had a great interest in Christ. Following a star they traveled from afar in order to fall down before Him in worship. They eagerly sought Him out in order to humbly lay gifts at His feet, and His presence made them “rejoice with exceedingly great joy” (Mt. 2:10). 

Herod the Great also had a great interest in Christ. But he was a liar and did not truly desire to worship Him. Rather the news of this rival king greatly troubled him, and he needed to destroy him. 

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on December 18, AD 2022.

Before the coming of our Lord, God sent John the Baptist, to ready His people for the great arrival of their Messiah. He was a forerunner, a herald whose cry of repentance was to prepare the Bride to meet her Bridegroom.

As it was written in the Book of Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,

And every mountain and hill shall be made low,
And the crooked shall become straight,
And the rough places shall become level ways,

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

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The Soil of Honor

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on November 13, AD 2022.

We are beginning to enter the holiday season, with Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away and then Christmas a month after that. And with the joys and excitement of the holidays can also come, for some of you, various challenges with family – especially with parents or in-laws.

So this morning I want you to consider your upcoming family gatherings not as challenges to overcome, but opportunities from the hand of the Lord. They are opportunities to obey God when He commands us to “honor thy father and mother.”

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Love One Another

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on November 6, AD 2022.

One mark of God’s saving work in our lives is our love for His people, our care for one another in this church. 

We see this teaching in John 13, where Jesus says that all people will know that we are His disciples if we have love for one another (13:35). The Apostle John then picks up this focus on love again in his own letters, writing that “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers” (1 Jn. 3:14). 

There is a tradition regarding John which says that when he was extremely old in age and living in Ephesus, the men in the church had to carry him into the gatherings. At this point he could barely speak, but each gathering he managed to say these words — “Little children, love one another.” The repetition of this simple command eventually annoyed some in the church, and so they asked him, “Teacher, why do you always say this?” And he replied with a line worthy of John: “Because it is the Lord’s commandment and if it alone is kept, it is sufficient.”

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Another Reformation

This exhortation was given to King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on October 30, A.D. 2022.

Today is Reformation Sunday, with tomorrow being the 505th anniversary of Luther publishing his 95 Theses which sparked the Reformation. So this morning I want you to consider this: Do you have the faith to see another Reformation in our day? 

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Help Your Children Worship

This exhortation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on March 13, A.D. 2022.

One of the most immediately obvious facts about our church for a newcomer is that children are very present.

There is no peppy volunteer waiting to scan their barcode and send them down the indoor slide to children’s church.

And not only are children present, they are welcome. They belong here. Not because we think they’re cute—which they are—but because God has claimed them as part of His family. And it would be quite a statement to leave someone out of a family gathering.

But not only are children welcome here, they are here to participate. They are here to worship their God along with the rest of us.

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