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2021 Church Re-Opening!

Last Tuesday night your elders along with several ministry team leads met to discuss re-opening the church for public use. We gave praise to God that the infection rate in Madison County hit its peak on January 13th and is now in steady decline. And while not optimal, the Huntsville Hospital System is seeing a decrease in its burdens, both in the ICU, beds, and ventilators...

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An Open Letter To a Discouraged Saint

Mike Emlett is a Biblical counselor that works wit CCEF. He recently wrote a blog that seemed to pair well with the sermon from this past Sunday. You can click on the link below to find it. It is a brief 3-4 minute read. But take a moment to allow the truth to settle inside and mull it over. It will encourage you and bless you. https://www.ccef.org/an-open-letter-to-a-dis...

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Sanctity of Life Sunday Change

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wanted to update you on a change for this coming Sunday. I have made an 'executive' decision to postpone our normal Sanctity of Life Celebration from January 17 until March 7. On that date, we will also have our Child Dedication service as well. Let me explain why in four reasons: The date of the third Sunday marks the closest date to the ...

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Top Ten Books read by Pastor Blair in 2020

This year, I read 67 books. (The 'Shelter in Place' order obviously left lots of time for reading). Here is my top ten for the year. I have been asked why I do this. I find it helpful to see if a book had a lasting impact after I read it. Putting together a list like this helps me to reflect on what I read earlier and then later- rediscover if I want to read the book again...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2020 through December 2020)

Capps, Matthew Z. Knowing the Bible: Hebrews a 12 Week Study. Crossway: Wheaton, In our devotions, Lisa and I used this study to guide us through the book of Hebrews. There are pros and cons with using it. To its credit, it does capture the Biblical theology of Hebrews. And in addition, it does point out the relationship of the book to the gospel message. However, the qu...

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Did the Grinch Steal Christmas?

By now, you are aware of the elder's decision to have livestream only worship for the next three weeks. Already, I have received some negative feedback from that decision. So, I thought it prudent to communicate to the church body my own perspective. First, there was not a single elder that did not agonize over this decision. We, all to a man, know how important it is t...

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2020 Annual Elder Report

It may be that this is the first time that you have participated in one of our annual business meetings. Every year, the elders try to report on the state of the church. We look back to 2019 for the goals that we set for 2020, record how we are doing -as well as giving you an idea of the next steps for coming year for our church body. Who would have known at our last annua...

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Regretting What I Didn’t Say

After my sermon this morning, I had a check in my spirit. I felt it soon after I preached. In one particular moment, I was too heavy upon the law and too light upon grace. Our topic for the morning was on persecution in Matthew 10. As Jesus, spoke about the truth being made known, I was drawing upon the fact that nothing escapes God's eyes when it comes to justice. My word...

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Curiosities, Novelties and the Bible

My concern is for teachers of the Bible. As a teacher, it is inevitable that as you study the Bible and theology, you will come across a perspective that you have never heard before. For example, while I was studying the subject of angels and demons for my sermon in Matthew 8, I discovered some new research that tweaked my interest. None of it was relevant to what I was pr...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2020 through September 2020)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading(from July 2020 through September 2020) Davis, Dale Ralph. In the Presence of My Enemies. Christian Focus: Fearn, Scotland, 2020. This is Davis' third installment in this series. Previously he released, The Way of Righteousness in the Much of Life and Slogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness. This book covers Psalms 25-37 (don't...

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