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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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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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Thank you, Madison County Sheriff's Department!

Each holiday season the Chaplain Corps for the Madison County Sheriff's Department puts together gift bags for 127 deputies. We are in need of items to fill the bags. If you would like to donate items, a list is below. Please drop items off in the marked box located in front of the secretary's office no later thanSunday, Nov. 12th. Items needed: Chapstick Goldfish cra...

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Right now, in light of the events in our world, it is good to remember: Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV) "But this I call to mind, andtherefore I have hope:The steadfast love of theLordnever ceases; His mercies never come to an end;they are newevery morning;great is your faithfulness."TheLordis my portion," says my soul,"therefore I will hope in him." Great Is Thy Faithfulnes...

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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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