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Providential Potlucks

As the organizer, I had asked Jim Carter if he would write a word about our Providential Potlucks and why they are important. He told me he couldn't say it any better than this article by Mary Mohler, wife of SBTS president, Al Mohler. (https://cbmw.org/series/hospitality-matters/hospitality-matters-the-true-purpose-of-hospitality/) I have to agree. It...

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How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

I have had many people ask me how we can help Hurricane Victims in Texas. There will be projects we can assist with for years after a disaster like this. But for immediate help, let me suggest you give to these two organizations. First and foremost is the North American Mission Board's disaster relief fund. https://www.namb.net/send-relief/disaster-relief Another is Sam...

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Thinking About the Eclipse

Yesterday, Desiring God posted an article about the eclipse. I thought it was very well done (or course the history part really resonated with me). I Hope you enjoy it as well. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/see-the-son-in-total-eclipse Eric Metaxes also wrote and interesting opinion piece on Fox News (please be aware that this site can carry image and advertiseme...

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Wise advice from a teenager for teenagers heading back to school.

https://www.crossway.org/articles/7-back-to-school-prayers-for-students/ ...

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How to have a successful K group experience

Once again, it's time to begin our small groups at Providence. Let me provide a few tips to help you get the most out of your time with your fellow church members. #1- Pray. Begin praying that the Lord will bless you through other members of the Body of Christ. Recognize that they too have the Holy Spirit and that God intends to minister to you through them. Ask God to he...

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Why Kgroups?

If you think relationships are an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups (Kgroups) should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any healthy church. A lot of Christian discipleship deals with what you need to know, not who you need to be with. That is sad, because if we get our relationships right, the infor...

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Save the Date- 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses upon the Wittenberg Church door.Luther's purpose wasto initiate a debate about abuses within the Roman Catholic Church. His protest drew attention to false teachings such asthe sale of indulgences and the concept of purgatory.It was a public moment that launched the Protestant Reformation and began a return to biblica...

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Why new hymns?

This past Sunday night we had a wonderful time of worship led by Nathan Neely and Ryan Hale. The purpose of the evening was to familiarize the congregation with some of the unknown hymns in our new hymnal. But we discovered much more than a few new melodies. The lyrics touched us deeply. Our hearts joined together in singing truth about our God. We were able to worship. B...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from April 2017 through June 2017)

Beeke, Joel R. Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage.Adelphi, MA: Cruciform Press, 2012. I have to confess that I did not have high expectations of this small volume on marriage, but once again Joel Beeke has proven me wrong. The contents come from a marriage retreat which was led by the author (a topic he admits from the outset that he...

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Chicago Mission Trip

This Fridaymorning our team of 19 leave for the 'Windy City' of Chicago. We will be partnering with Craig Elizabeth Priestly who live on the West side of Chicago, near Humboldt Park. They are a part of Legacy Christian Fellowship, which is seeking to spread the gospel through house church partnerships; they currently have 9 such churches. During the week, these churches m...

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