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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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Mid-Summer Check Up

As we have been studying the church at Thessalonica, we have seen a model for us at Providence. Were the Thessalonians perfect? No, and we won't be a perfect church either. But they were a church that strove toward practicing their faith in Christ, promoting holiness, loving one another and promoting the gospel as they anticipated the return of Christ at any moment. Of cou...

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Student Ministry Summer Mission Opportunities

Please be in prayer for our students this summer. Specifically we have 2 different mission activities the students have the opportunity to participate in:'Rocket City' Mission Week (local service projects), and our Chicago Mission Trip. This Sunday evening our students will travel to South Huntsville to stay the week at a sister church, that will provide lodging and m...

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Vacation Bible School

Our VBS begins next week, Monday-Friday, June 5th-9th. This year we will continue our Scottish Sleuths curriculum series as the kids follow the adventures of Scottish Super Sleuths, Angus McTavish and Professor Dabney Thornwell, as they are called upon to solve a Biblical 'case' with the help of the VBS children. The detective characters symbolically portray the message...

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A Christian Ethic

In this past Sunday's sermon, I introduced to you the concept that part of Paul's mission was to help his Gentile converts discover a new ethic in which to live; one that would be distinctly Christian. In the past, Jews were noticeable by their outward behavior- particularly as it related to the law. Unlike their Gentile counterparts, they practiced circumcision. They did...

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The Sex Talk

This Sunday, I will need to delve into a subject that will be uncomfortable for some within a public setting. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, the Apostle Paul addresses the topic of sexuality among the Thessalonian believers. And since I am under obligation to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), I cannot avoid these particular verses just because they may cause discomf...

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Congratulations Class of 2017!

Congratulations Class of 2017! "It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11 Let us rejoice with the follo...

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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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