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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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Letters to the Pacific Rim

In a few weeks our team will be heading out to the Pacific Rim. Letters to the students at the boarding house are due to the Church office by July 22. I have been asked, 'What do I say?' There is no right or wrong answer to this question. But let me offer a few suggestions. Avoid politics or anything related to religious controversy where Christians are in the minority....

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from April 2018 through June 2018)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from April 2018 through June 2018) Brand, Chad. Flourishing Faith: A Baptist Primer on Work, Economics, and Civic Stewardship. Grand Rapids: Christian's Library Press, 2012. This book is within a series on how various denominations view the concepts of work and government. Brand writes from the standpoint of a committed Baptist. H...

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Food

This Sunday afternoon we will be having our annual church-wide picnic at the home of Matt and Amelia Kelly. I am looking forward to it and I hope you are also for a better reason than the first two items in the title. I am sure we will have great food (Kevin Hammond the Grill Master will be cooking the burgers and the dogs). And I am sure Matt will be driving the kids arou...

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