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Being Thankful for You

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. I love the autumn. I love the food. I love the sports. And I love the emphasis on being thankful (especially before the materialism of Christmas sets in). My family and I take time to write down things we are grateful to God for, but too often we fail to recognize how thankful we are for the body of Christ. In her book on pray...

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When you don’t feel appreciated …

This past Sunday, both Brian and I received a bag of cards and letters from the congregation. Over the afternoon, I delighted in reading the heart felt sentiments expressed in those notes. Some made me laugh and few brought a tear to my eye. This was already on top of a few small gifts others had brought into the church. I cannot thank you enough for the kindness you expre...

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Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

It is widely regarded that October 31, 1517, the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany, marked a turning point in the Protestant Reformation. But it would be incorrect to believe the reformation began on that day.  God has been reforming his people ever since he called a people to Himself. Truth has always been dissemin...

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Thank you, Madison County Sheriff's Department!

  Each holiday season the Chaplain Corps for the Madison County Sheriff's Department puts together gift bags for 127 deputies. We are in need of items to fill the bags. If you would like to donate items, a list is below. Please drop items off in the marked box located in front of the secretary’s office no later than Sunday, Nov. 12th.  Items needed: ...

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Right now, in light of the events in our world, it is good to remember: Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV) "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2017 through September 2017)

    Bruce, Robert. The Way to True Peace and Rest. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth,  2017.   This is the most recent Puritan Paperback put out by the Banner and it is a good one. Robert Bruce (1554-1631) was a minister in Edinburgh Scotland and a leading Reformer. This is his exposition of 38:1-22. There are six sermons full of beauty, challenges and gr...

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Special Visitor from Southeast Asia

This coming Sunday we will have one of our dear friends working in the Pacific Rim return to Providence. This family has been faithfully in the field for the last seventeen years. They serve in an area that is hostile to the gospel. I hope you will make a special effort to come hear him preach at our morning services and hear testimonies of God’s work on the other si...

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Church History Conference Coming October 29-30

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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses upon the Wittenberg Church door. Luther's purpose was to initiate a debate about abuses within the Roman Catholic Church. His protest drew attention to false teachings such as the sale of indulgences and the concept of purgatory. It was a public moment that launched the Protestant Reformation and b...

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New Sunday School Classes are set to begin in October!

Below are the classes that will be offered in the fourth quarter of this year. Begin praying about where the Lord would have you for the remaining three months of 2017.    Spiritual Gifts 101 Teacher:  Mike Hutchison Textbook: The Bible             The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:1, &ldqu...

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Providential Potlucks

As the organizer, I had asked Jim Carter if he would write a word about our Providential Potlucks and why they are important. He told me he couldn't say it any better than this article by Mary Mohler, wife of SBTS president, Al Mohler. (https://cbmw.org/series/hospitality-matters/hospitality-matters-the-true-purpose-of-hospitality/)  I have to agree. It is well done a...

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