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A Time to Rejoice

Ecclesiastes 3:1 'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. It seems appropriate to acknowledge the wisdom literature of the scriptures as we celebrate our ground-breaking this Sunday evening. God is so good to us. The education ministry of Providence is a primary tool that we use to make disciples. Jesus instructed that Christians s...

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Work, Leadership and Making Disciples

I have been contemplating this past Sunday's sermon and I wonder if I made the connection between leadership and disciple making strong enough. I said that the call to make disciples automatically puts us into the 'leadership' category because we are leading others to Christ. Too often, the thought of making disciples is regulated to evangelism or an initial gospel prese...

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The Move is On!

This week marks a new challenge in the life of our church. First the good news: The portables are gone!!!! Second, the bad news, the portables are gone. That means over the next six to eight months all of our adult Sunday School classes and youth classes will be meeting in the sanctuary and all of our children's classes will be scattered throughout the main building. Our ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from April 2019 through June 2019)

Allison, C. Fitzsimons Allison. Trust in an Age of Arrogance. Eugene, OR: Wipf Stock, 2010. Allison is the former Episcopal Bishop of the diocese of South Carolina. He is a rare conservative voice in the Episcopal Church USA (In fact, I am not sure he has remained within his own organization at this point). He has written only a few books. They appear maybe once ever...

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A Note From the Education Building Team

Presented by Barbara Ellen Smartt on behalf of the Education Building Team at the Quarterly Update on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Dear Church Family, Along with the written recommendation you have from the Education Building Team Committee we thought it might be helpful to make a quick summary statement as to how we got here today and how this proposed education space wit...

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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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