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Thinking of skipping church this week?

A friend sent me this article from Tim Challies this week. I don't think I could have said this any better. It reminds us that Church is not always about us. https://www.challies.com/articles/the-worst-consequence-of-skipping-church#.WQCclOzMJKM.email...

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Student Retreat This Weekend!

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Our retreat this weekend for our students is at Camp To Know Him in Pisgah, AL. The camp has miles of wooded trails, amazing rock formations, and incredible views of the Tennessee River. It has been a great place for the past 5 years of unifing our group of students through the shared experiences of hiking, repelling, and team-building activities. But more than anything, t...

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Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

In addition to inviting a friend to our service this Sunday, a great way to prepare for our service is to contemplate the events of Holy Week in the life of Jesus. Crossway has put together some wonderful videos with Justin Taylor describing each day of that week. I encourage you to watch each one and be gratified in our Savior as Sunday approaches. It will prepare your he...

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You Are Exquisite

I must admit, I have been surprised by the positive response to this past Sunday's sermon on 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20. I even had a friend who lives in Missouri get in touch with me to tell me that he really needed to hear that message. I think your response communicates to me that too often we are absorbed into negative self-reflection. It is true that we should be 'sin de...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2017 through March 2017)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from January 2017 through March 2017) Asmus, Barry Wayne Grudem. Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Crossway,2013. Economist Barry Asmus and theologian Wayne Grudem have proposed a solution to helping nations rise out of impoverished economic conditions. They argue for a free market system using Biblical principles and sugges...

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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 practiced obedience t...

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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 biblicall...

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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 pray for our l...

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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 group of deacons meet ...

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