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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

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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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IDENTITY…Understanding Who You Are and Why it Matters to God

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IDENTITY is the theme of this year’s Spring Retreat for our students.The issue of Identity today is being questioned and challenged in our culture. Many students struggle during the formative years to navigate the various voices they are hearing; whether its pressure from friends, or the thoughts inside their head. It is imperative that we help our students think bib...

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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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A Testimony From The Latest Medical Trip to the Pacific Rim

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  Liz Hale was a participant on our most recent medical trip to the Pacific Rim. I asked her to write down a few thoughts about the trip to be shared here. As most of you know, I went on the most recent trip from Providence to an island in the Pacific Rim. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I would absolutely do it again. I am a planner and I like to know ...

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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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What Pastor Blair has been reading (April 2016 - June 2016)

Aitken, Jonathan. John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007. I had set this book down a while back and revisited it recently to complete it. Aitken is an interesting character himself. He was once a Member for Parliament and rising political star in Britain until he was convicted of perjury in 1999. He came to faith while in prison. He is much l...

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