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Pastor Blair’s Top Ten Books of 2022

Reviews can be found in previous blogs. Brotherton, Marcus. Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic,GaryBeikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient. Waterbrook: 2020. Strickland, Darby.Is It Abuse? A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and HelpingVictims.PR Publishing:Phillipsburg, NJ, 2020. Peter. The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect La...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (September 2022 through December 2022)

Allen, Leslie C. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1976. I was able to grab hold of this reputable commentary at a thrift store. The NIC series is well known and even the older copies are of great use. I was not satisfied with the previous study on Joel, so I thought this...

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How to Pray for Our Church Plant

As we anticipate the first steps of thisnewwork I have been reminded, first and foremost, that this isGod'swork. God is on a missionto the praise of His gloryand He desires us to partner with Him (CO-MISSION) to spread His Word and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20)! As we lay the foundation for His new work it is crucial that we all (His gathered people at Providence) are o...

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An All-Sufficient Savior for An Insufficient Man

Dear Church Family, I officially returned to my office duties on Monday, December 5. I am open for business (so to speak)! I am a much better, well-rounded person upon my return. First, I want to express how grateful I am that you had the foresight in your personnel policy to provide a sabbatical period for your senior pastor every seventh year of service. That is amazin...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (July 2022 through August 2022)

Boothe, Charles Octavius. Plain Theology for Plain People. Lexham Press, Bellingham, Charles Octavius Boothe (1845-1924) was the founding pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (later renamed King Memorial Baptist after Martin Luther King, Jr.). He created this theological primer to meet the needs of the people sitting in his pews, from the busines...

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Taking A Break

I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to take a sabbatical from my pastoral duties starting September 13. I have been in contact with three fellow area pastors and each of them had taken recent sabbaticals as well. They encouraged me greatly about how re-energized they are to serve their congregations once again. I have had people ask me, why am I taking a sabbatical,...

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Theology Conference October 28-29, 2022

Our Theology Conference this year will be held on Friday night, October 28th and Saturday morning, October 29th. Our speaker, Dr. J. D. Payne, will be speaking to us about reaching unreached people groups within the United States. He writes in his book Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission, "While we rightly call out, equip, and send brothers and sisters ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (April 2022 through June 2022)

Barcellos, Richard. Better Than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective. Reformed Baptist Academic Press; Palmdale, CA, 2013. I have completed my initial overviews of Genesis (my next sermon series). Now I am getting down into the 'weeds' so to speak by studying issues related to the book. I am glad I picked up this volume because Barcellos places Genesis within ...

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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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