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Eight ways to deal with your entertainment addiction (escaping from escapism)

Sunday morning, after our sermon on laziness, someone caught me at the door. He said, 'Blair, what you just preached is me. I really struggle with being distracted by ______________ that keeps me from resting, working well and enjoying God. You pegged me. But what do I do about it?' While Solomon offers his wisdom and counsel on this matter beginning in chapter 10. I reali...

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What if I told you that you would win the publisher’s clearing house sweepstakes?

What if I told you that you would win the publisher's clearing house sweepstakes? Would you send in your entry form? What if I told you that you will achieve great heights in your career? Would you make sure you attend college to prepare for it? What if I told you that you would win the championship? Would you show up for practice? What if I told you, your retirement plan ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2018 through March 2018)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2018 through March 2018) Anon. Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Life from Beginning to End. Hourly History, 2017. The premise of the Hourly History publications is to introduce the reader to a subject in less than 60 minutes of reading. This one was on the life of the great engineer Isambard Brunel. He is considered one of Br...

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Verse by verse

I preach through the Bible expositionaly; which simply means I expound upon each verse as it comes in the text. Some of the topics I preach upon are a pleasure to address. Others can be awkward and difficult within a public setting. The upcoming verses in Proverbs 5 through 8 will be a challenge to some. Throughout these chapters, Solomon addresses the subject of marriage ...

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Preparing your heart for Resurrection Sunday

We have been hearing a lot about 'the heart' in our study of Proverbs. So, I want to address your heart concerning the events of the coming week. Lord willing, on Sunday morning, we will celebrate another Resurrection Sunday together as a church family. Now, we know that every Sunday should celebrate the risen Christ. But there is something special about celebrating the re...

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Serving the Lord through Monika Carroll

This is just a reminder that throughout this month, we are collecting money for Monika Carroll's trip to Ecuador. Monika has made eight previous trips to this beautiful country. And if you know Monika through her work at CEF, she is passionate about getting the gospel to children. Recently, she has branched out in working with children in very remote villages through min...

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Discipleship Projects or People?

This past Sunday, I preached a sermon on the topic of discipleship. Proverbs 4:10 and 13 taught us that those who are newer to the faith should remain in posture to receive wisdom from those more experienced in their faith. Likewise, we saw from Proverbs 4:11 that mature believers should be involved individually with a less mature believer in nurturing their growth throu...

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Global Hymn Sing this Sunday

During this Sunday's worship service, we will be singing the classic hymn by Isaac Watts, Jesus Shall Reign. We will be doing this in conjunction with churches all over the world who will also sing this hymn in multiple languages. The purpose is to draw attention to unreached people groups that still need to hear the gospel. This great hymn, based upon Psalm 66 reminds u...

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Proverbs

This week's Blog is the outline I was supposed to give you in last week's sermon. I hope it helps your study of Proverbs 3. Sermon Outline ...

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Being a Good Dad

As I have been working through Proverbs 2 and 3, I can't help but see that at the time of writing Proverbs, Solomon was being the ideal father in leading his family spiritually. According to Deuteronomy 6, parents were teaching their children how practically to apply God's words to individual circumstances in life. Consider this text and notice particularly the italicized...

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Confessions of a ‘Good Dad’

So here it goes I am not a perfect father. I have made many mistakes over my lifetime, and I have also made many mistakes since becoming a father. Who am I to teach my kids how to live their lives? Solomon had the dilemma. As we know Solomon was granted wisdom beyond most human beings. Yet he flittered away that wisdom wasting it on human excess and pleasures- particular...

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Come Said Jesus' Sacred Voice

On Sunday, I mentioned that in the book of Proverbs, the person of Lady Wisdom is synonymous with Jesus. She is crying out in the streets calling people to repent and listen to her. I can't help but think of one of the hymns that Matthew Smith performs on the Indelible Grace Volume 5 CD. It is entitled 'Come' Said Jesus' Sacred Voice. It is the same sentiment of Lady Wis...

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Pastor Blair’s Top Ten Books Read in 2017

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. Trueman, Carl R. Luther on the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. Paretsk...

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How I was introduced to Indelible Grace?

How I was introduced to Indelible Grace? Prior to working on my doctorate, I was a college and university pastor in Tennessee. We had our own Bible study on Sunday morning (and on Sunday Evenings after church services in the summer). Prior to our study we sang songs, and I could tell the students were interested in songs with substance. So, at one of my conferences, I cam...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2017 through December 2017)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2017 through December 2017) Beale, G.K., The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1-2 Thessalonians. DownersGrove: IVP Academic, 2003. This was a nice overview of the Thessalonian correspondence. I consulted it from time to time. However, it suffers from both a lack of detail in some areas and possibly accommodates the...

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Preparing for 2018

It's that time of year again when you hear of people making New Year Resolutions. I am no different. I do try to set spiritual goals for myself that are realistic but also stretch me to depend upon God for lasting fruit. To that end, I have found Donald Whitney's questions for self-evaluation very helpful. (http://biblicalspirituality.org/10-questions-to-ask-at-the-start-o...

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Final Thoughts from Thessalonians

As we finished our sermon series on the Thessalonian correspondence, I challenged you to grade yourself upon the eight great themes found in these two letters. If you were like me, you didn't give yourself an 'A' in any of the categories because you were well aware that we all could use improvement in some area of our lives. But most likely there were one or two where you ...

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Why You Should Come to the Annual Meeting

Just 50 years ago, no one who was a member of a church would even conceive of skipping a business meeting. Yet in our day an age, it is quite common for people to be absent from one of the most important meeting of the year.Some people skip it, because they don't like conflict. But I think at Providence, we are most likely to skip because it is conflict free and runs so s...

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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 disseminated f...

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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 grace. The first two were ...

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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 side of ...

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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, "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed."(ESV) Late...

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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...

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How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

I have had many people ask me how we can help Hurricane Victims in Texas. There will be projects we can assist with for years after a disaster like this. But for immediate help, let me suggest you give to these two organizations. First and foremost is the North American Mission Board's disaster relief fund. https://www.namb.net/send-relief/disaster-relief Another is Sam...

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Thinking About the Eclipse

Yesterday, Desiring God posted an article about the eclipse. I thought it was very well done (or course the history part really resonated with me). I Hope you enjoy it as well. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/see-the-son-in-total-eclipse Eric Metaxes also wrote and interesting opinion piece on Fox News (please be aware that this site can carry image and advertiseme...

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How to have a successful K group experience

Once again, it's time to begin our small groups at Providence. Let me provide a few tips to help you get the most out of your time with your fellow church members. #1- Pray. Begin praying that the Lord will bless you through other members of the Body of Christ. Recognize that they too have the Holy Spirit and that God intends to minister to you through them. Ask God to he...

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Save the Date- 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

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

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Why new hymns?

This past Sunday night we had a wonderful time of worship led by Nathan Neely and Ryan Hale. The purpose of the evening was to familiarize the congregation with some of the unknown hymns in our new hymnal. But we discovered much more than a few new melodies. The lyrics touched us deeply. Our hearts joined together in singing truth about our God. We were able to worship. B...

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Mid-Summer Check Up

As we have been studying the church at Thessalonica, we have seen a model for us at Providence. Were the Thessalonians perfect? No, and we won't be a perfect church either. But they were a church that strove toward practicing their faith in Christ, promoting holiness, loving one another and promoting the gospel as they anticipated the return of Christ at any moment. Of cou...

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A Christian Ethic

In this past Sunday's sermon, I introduced to you the concept that part of Paul's mission was to help his Gentile converts discover a new ethic in which to live; one that would be distinctly Christian. In the past, Jews were noticeable by their outward behavior- particularly as it related to the law. Unlike their Gentile counterparts, they practiced circumcision. They did...

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The Sex Talk

This Sunday, I will need to delve into a subject that will be uncomfortable for some within a public setting. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, the Apostle Paul addresses the topic of sexuality among the Thessalonian believers. And since I am under obligation to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), I cannot avoid these particular verses just because they may cause discomf...

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Thinking of skipping church this week?

A friend sent me this article from Tim Challies this week. I don't think I could have said this any better. It reminds us that Church is not always about us. https://www.challies.com/articles/the-worst-consequence-of-skipping-church#.WQCclOzMJKM.email...

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Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

In addition to inviting a friend to our service this Sunday, a great way to prepare for our service is to contemplate the events of Holy Week in the life of Jesus. Crossway has put together some wonderful videos with Justin Taylor describing each day of that week. I encourage you to watch each one and be gratified in our Savior as Sunday approaches. It will prepare your he...

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You Are Exquisite

I must admit, I have been surprised by the positive response to this past Sunday's sermon on 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20. I even had a friend who lives in Missouri get in touch with me to tell me that he really needed to hear that message. I think your response communicates to me that too often we are absorbed into negative self-reflection. It is true that we should be 'sin de...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2017 through March 2017)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2017 through March 2017) Asmus, Barry Wayne Grudem. Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Crossway,2013. Economist Barry Asmus and theologian Wayne Grudem have proposed a solution to helping nations rise out of impoverished economic conditions. They argue for a free market system using Biblical principles and sugges...

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A Pastor’s Plea

A new quarter is about to begin in Sunday School. Our new classes start on April 2, but we need you to sign up this weekend so that we can assign classroom space and order the correct number of materials. But as your pastor, let me request, beg and plead that you attend Sunday School. We have such a special privilege to be blessed with so many gifted teachers. We also have...

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Faithfulness and Holiness

JI Packer

This past Sunday, I spoke about Paul's desire to be faithful in holiness while ministering in Thessalonica. As they watched him work his 'day' job, they witnessed a difference to the way he lived compared to the way others lived. By working hard at his trade and treating others fairly, Paul would be demonstrating a dependence on the word of God (as he practiced obedience t...

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Be Prepared For Another Blessing This Sunday

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Sunday was an incredible day of worship. We literally got to see God's kingdom expand as we installed Jim Carter as a new elder at Providence and we commissioned our first deacons, Roger Fries and Andrew Hanks. What a powerful picture to see every member of Providence commissioning these men. As we were reminded on Sunday, don't let this be the only time we pray for our l...

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A New Era at Providence

This Sunday, February 26, will be a landmark event in the life of Providence Baptist Church. For the first time, our congregation will be commissioning two men for the office of deacon. For those who are unfamiliar with the leadership design of our church, let me explain this vital role in our church. Providence will not have a deacon board where a group of deacons meet ...

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Top 10 Books Read By Pastor Blair in 2016

Best Books I read in 2016 1. Naselli, Andrew J.D. Crowley, Conscience 2. Eswine, Zach, The Imperfect Pastor 3. Perkins, John M. Let Justice Roll Down 4. Moo, Douglas. Romans 5. Tripp, Paul David. Awe 6. David, Dale Ralph. Study Commentary on Micah 7. Vos, Howard. Ezra Nehemiah and Esther Bible Study Commentary 8. Stiles, J. Mack. Evangelism 9. Chantry, Walter- Pr...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (October 2016-December 2016)

Allen, Leslie Timothy Laniak. Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. Grand Rapids: Baker Books,2003. In this month's reading list, I thought I would review some of the commentaries I used in our study of Nehemiah. I only review those that I read completely. This review is only on Leslie C. Allen's work on Nehemiah. Allen has a tendency to lean toward more liberal sources. It was help...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (July 2016 - September 2016)

Booth, Gordon. Evangelical Congregational: The Principles of the CongregationalIndependents with the Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order. Ware: EFCC, 1981. This is one is probably only for those who have some historical interests in the polity of Congregationalism. It was written by congregational pastors in the late 20th century to encourage their brethren to return ...

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