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Learning to Rest

In this past week's sermons, I talked about the misapplication of the 'sluggard' passages in Proverbs. I said that they don't apply to two groups; those who are burned out and those who are work-a-holics. With the former group, they feel extreme guilt when they here the words 'lazy' or 'slothful' when the truth of the matter is they are exhausted. The latter group uses the...

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Sexual Abuse Reporting Update

Our elders met last week to consider this serious matter in light of the Houston Chronicle article exposing sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Churches (see http://www.providencebaptist.us/blog/post/sex-abuse-investigation-of-sbc-leaders). It was a true blessing to meet and discover that all of us were of one accord on this issue. We all agreed that a) there should be a clea...

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Sex-Abuse Investigation of SBC Leaders

On Sunday morning, a few minutes before I left my office to go to the worship center to preach, a friend sent a text to me. I knew he would not text me in this hour unless it was important. Within it's contents was a link to the front page story of the Houston Chronicle (https://www.houstonchronicle.com/) detailing their investigation of sex crimes committed by leaders wit...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2018 through December 2018)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2018 through December 2018) Anon. Proverbs: The 17:18 Series. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2011. This was a Christmas gift to me from Laura Hogue. The inspiration is from Deuteronomy 17:18 where the Hebrew king was to write out the law of God. Reformation Heritage has produced a journal to do this with each book o...

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Pastor Blair’s Top Ten Books Read in 2018

Pastor Blair's Top Ten Books Read in 2018 As usual, my top ten tend to reflect my interests in history. I choose the ranking on how much the book influenced my thinking. If I have found myself still pondering and dialoguing with the content much later, I rank the book higher. The reviews can be found in my earlier blog posts. Traeger, Sebastian Greg Gilbert. The Gos...

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2018 Annual Report

Presented at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting It is with a great deal of pride that I get to present the elders annual report on this our 15th anniversary of Providence Baptist Church. This coming Friday will mark the official date of the signing of the church covenant, but we held our celebration a little over a month ago in a warmer climate. On behalf of the elders, ...

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Don’t let these two important events pass by you!

We have two important events coming up in the life of our church. The first is our annual missions banquet. Providence has the privilege to sponsor two domestic church planters and four international missionary families. We will hear from them this Sunday night, 5:00 PM, on December 2 at the fellowship hall of Capshaw Baptist Church. In addition to this, we will kick off o...

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Giving By Guilt

It is that time of year again. Thanksgiving and the holidays are before us and various organizations are asking for some type of contribution. At Providence, alone, we have the Madison County Sherriff's Chaplain Corp, Operation Christmas Child, Lunches of Love, the Downtown Rescue Mission and Lottie Moon, not to mention the 50/50 fund and regular tithe. With so many reques...

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A Brief History of Providence Baptist Church

History of Providence Baptist Church 15th Anniversary Service In Joshua 4:1-7, God instructed the children of Israel to set stones taken from the Jordan River as a memorial so that as future generations asked about the stones it would provide an opportunity for them to tell the story of God's faithfulness to them that day. For those of us who have lived this history of P...

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Fifteen years and going strong …

It seems hard to believe, nine years ago, via Facebook, my friend from high school asked me to come down from Winchester, TN to see her church. I had just resigned my previous position in order to attend school overseas and I finally ran out of excuses to say no. So, on one Sunday in September, 2009, Ella and I drove down to Huntsville for our very first experience at Prov...

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