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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 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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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. ...

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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 circumcisi...

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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.

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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 &...

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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 s...

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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 pra...

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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 pr...

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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 grou...

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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, Walte...

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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 liber...

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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...

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