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Elder Response to the Report on Sexual Abuse in the SBC

Elder Response to the Report on Sexual Abuse in the SBC If you are not aware, a report regarding the handling of the victims of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention was released on Sunday (it can be found here https://www.sataskforce.net/updates/guidepost-solutions-report-of-the-independent-investigation). It was done by an independent task force and is...

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Suffering, Loss, and God’s Grace

Suffering, Loss, and God's Grace Death is not a subject people want to talk about. It is an uncomfortable topic, but it is certain. Hebrews 9:27 says "it is appointed once for man to die..." My intent today is to offer the church encouragement. We know that death is certain, but do we live like it? Is your Hope in heaven or the here and now? Matt Chandler recently said i...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (January 2022 through March 2022)

Benton, John. Straightening Out the Self-Centred Church: The Message of Titus. Evangelical Press: Durham, 1997. As you can tell by the spelling this is a British publication. It is an expository commentary on Paul's letter to Titus in the Welwyn series. This was also a $5.00 bookstore find and worth every penny. Benton does a remarkable job of portraying the first centur...

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Getting the Most Out of Our Annual Psalm

Getting the Most Out of Our Annual Psalm Our Psalm of the year is Psalm 5. I encourage you to listen to last week's sermon to familiarize yourself with the meaning of the text. But I have been asked before, 'How can I make better use of the Psalms for the entire year?' Here are eight ideas: Meditate upon the Psalm. This is what I do every Sunday morning as part of my...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2021 through December 2021)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2021 through December 2021) Alcorn, Randy. The Treasure Principle: Bible Study. Multnomah: New York, 2018. This is a Bible study based upon the book with the same name title. Lisa and I did this study together using the DVD. I would say the videos are dated and definitely need to be redone. But we were both challenged ...

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2021-2022 Annual Elders Report

'Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.' Perhaps you recognize those words. They are from Psalm 33 (our Psalm of the Year). They appeared to be appropriate words for us as we emerged from the COVID world of 2020. The Lord's eye has been on us....

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Wonderful Weeks of Reflection and Worship

We are in the midst of some amazing events here at Providence. This past Sunday, we just got finished celebrating our sixth annual chili supper at the Kelly's farm. (Congratulations to Susan Herder on winning our competition!). It was a pleasant evening with a delightful fellowship. Thank you to Amelia Kelly and all the members that organized the gathering. But there are w...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2021 through September 2021)

Ammon, Mark. The Power of His Reign: An Easy Introduction to Amillennialism. Lowerlight Books, 2019. If one is looking for a brief overview of the amillennial eschatological position, this it. I have yet to find a better survey within an easy-to-read format. Ammon begins the book by defining the major eschatological positions fairly without criticism so that the read...

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Back in the Saddle Again (But with a Little More Clarity)

It is good to be back at work. I am grateful for these three weeks off (four Sundays of preaching). It allowed me to attend to some household needs that I have neglected. (I am almost caught up on those!) And it also allowed me to have the space to address some spiritual needs. One of the resources that has been guiding me is Sinclair Ferguson's book Devoted to God. It h...

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Gone But Not Forgotten

I wanted to announce to you that the elders have granted me a mini-sabbatical. It will begin this week. We have been tremendously blessed at Providence over this past year. We have had unprecedented numerical growth. And I confess this has brought many challenges to me. There have been a host of counseling appointments and meetings that have invaded my personal time. I ...

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