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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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Further thoughts on the temptation of Eve (and a clarification)

1 Timothy 2:13-14 (ESV) 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. After the service on Sunday, I had someone bring the above verse to my attention. They wanted to challenge me that Eve was deceived, when I said she was not. I think I must have had a 'deer in the headlights' look. I couldn't ...

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SBC Disaster Relief

If you would like to give to the disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Michael, please click the link below. It will take you to the North American Mission Boards disaster relief fund in the Florida Baptist Convention. https://flbaptist.org/give/ ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2018 through September 2018)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2018 through September 2018) Buchan, James. The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 2006. As I prepared for my trip to the Pacific Rim, I focused on the historical figure of Adam Smith (1723-1790). Smith is considered the father of modern economics and the proponent of the free market syste...

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Another word on gossip

Many of you expressed how much you learned about gossip last Sunday. Like I said in the sermon, I can't take much credit for it. The descriptions of the various types of gossip came from Matthew Mitchell's book, Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue. It offers great insight into this sin that we rarely notice. Perhaps you are not a reader. That's OK. Mitc...

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A God Bigger Than Our Fears

On the heals of last weeks sermon on Proverbs 29:25, I came across this sermon by John Piper. It was preached in June, 1993. The sermon speaks of sending his son Benjamin to boot camp the previous week and the concerns that came with that on the heels of the Gulf War. 25 years later is son is safe and sound. It is an encouraging read to hear the honesty of worry and anxiet...

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Doing good to Jesus

On Sunday morning, I concluded the service by introducing three ways to help cultivate an attitude of doing good toward others. The first was to stop being self-absorbed (Phil. 2:3-4). The second was to set your mind that doing good to others will require sacrifice. It means you will have to suppress your own desires for your resources (whether it is your money, possessio...

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The Wisdom of Reading Proverbs

Donald Whitney is one of my favorite writers. His book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life revolutionized my growth as a Christian. I found this recent article to be an inspiration to reading Proverbs repeatedly. If you reading through the book has become lagging these last few weeks due to repetition, perhaps this will keep you at it. http://equip.sbts.edu/art...

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