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Opening eyes and hearts to help the poor

In my sermon this past week, I said I would recommend some resources to assist you in the best ways to help the poor. Why do we keep doing the same wrong things over and over again? Why do we expect different results from using those same old methods? This is what we must be challenged in doing. I am going to recommend five books that will change the way you view the poor ...

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Is it wrong to charge interests?

In our study on wealth and poverty in proverbs, I had some questions about the issue as to whether or not it is ok to charge interest since our banking system is based on the concept. Kevin Deyoung has said it better than me, so I will refer you to his article. I hope it blesses you as it blessed me. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/is-it-wrong-to-...

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Supporting the Boarding House

Providence Baptist Church supports a boarding house in Southeast Asia. Children from surrounding islands come to the city that we are working in to receive an education. The local church in this city pays for 100% of the children's expenses. We have created this adoption process to take the financial burden off the church and create pen-pal relationships with the students....

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2019 through March 2019)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2019 through March 2019) Alexander, T. Desmond. From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to BiblicalTheology. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2008. This was the most recent choice of my men's group that meets on Thursday morning. It may seem elementary to some, but it is amazing how quickly people forget the meta-na...

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The Blessing of Gifted Friends

We have a true blessing in our church. April Box is a gifted writer. Over the past couple of years, she has been writing a blog about everyday moments. She and her dear husband have been blessed with an incredible little boy that some would term 'special needs'. The Box family sees him as the true gift that he is; a precious child created in the image of God. April writes ...

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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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