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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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Report from the 2017 Annual Business Meeting

Last week our congregation approved a $643.258.00 annual budget for 2018. The Financial Ministry Team reported that our expenditures for the end of 2017 is estimated to be around $601,000.00. Any surplus will be put toward any necessary capital improvements and the 50/50 fund. The Rev. Brian Milby was also re-affirmed as elder of the church. (Every elder must be re-affi...

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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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