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Discipleship Projects or People?

This past Sunday, I preached a sermon on the topic of discipleship. Proverbs 4:10 and 13 taught us that those who are newer to the faith should remain in posture to receive wisdom from those more experienced in their faith. Likewise, we saw from Proverbs 4:11 that mature believers should be involved individually with a less mature believer in nurturing their growth throu...

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Global Hymn Sing this Sunday

During this Sunday's worship service, we will be singing the classic hymn by Isaac Watts, Jesus Shall Reign. We will be doing this in conjunction with churches all over the world who will also sing this hymn in multiple languages. The purpose is to draw attention to unreached people groups that still need to hear the gospel. This great hymn, based upon Psalm 66 reminds u...

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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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