Spreading the Word

For over five years, Providence has been uploading our weekly sermons onto SermonAudio for worldwide distribution of God’s preached Word around the clock. The Lord has already used this online ministry to bless us in some incredible ways. Not only have thousands of people benefitted from hearing our sermons and conference messages over the years, but we’ve

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Biblical Evangelism

We live at a time when many evangelicals believe that coming to faith in Christ is easy; that salvation from sin has been boiled down to a simple formula. You simply ask someone to repeat four or five steps, you ask them to repeat a simple prayer, and you produce guaranteed conversions every time. But is that really the

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Being Offended vs. Being Convicted

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the differences between spiritual sheep and spiritual goats. In this post, I want to consider another difference in the way sheep and goats respond to God’s truth when it’s taught. Concerning offenses that rise among unbelievers from hearing God’s truth… “The disciples came and said to Jesus,

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Sheep and Goats

Most of us have heard some version of the formula joke that talks about there being only two groups of people in the world. What follows is usually a humorous observation about some habit or a trendy social preference that divides the population at some level. But when Jesus divides all humanity into two groups,

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Biblical Evangelism

God is the Author of biblical evangelism. And one of the key texts on how evangelistic means are used to bring the lost to salvation is found in Romans 10, verses 9-15. Romans 10 begins with Paul’s heart desire and prayer to God for the salvation of his kinsmen Israel. As Israelites, they are members

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The End Times

Our church has been studying the Olivet Discourse of Jesus in Mark 13 recently. That study has opened up a deeper consideration of the end times according to Jesus. Discussions and writings about the end of the age have always been popular. They’ve been a source of curiosity for centuries, even outside of the church world.

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Our 2015 Spring Bible Conference will focus on God’s purpose in our pain. Our guest preacher, Rocky Wyatt, has chosen as his theme, “Don’t Waste Your Pain.” On the surface, I see at least two general observations we can draw from this theme. First, in this fallen world, some degree of pain is inevitable; you will

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A Review of God’s Mercies

The great light of God’s mercies are most clearly seen against the dark backdrop of suffering and affliction. This past year was a season of great trial and spiritual growth for our church. It was a year of both heights and depths. Our church family not only studied the entire book of Romans (one of the heights) while

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For Christians, Jesus Christ is the essence of Christmas. Everything else is negotiable. Traditions and trees and gifts are all fine… but the essence of Christmas is Christ Himself. God became a Man and entered our world. The everlasting Creator left His throne in heaven to take on human form and live in a body

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Feeding on God’s Word

In the first installment of this blog series on our spiritual appetites we considered what the Apostle Peter is saying in 1 Peter 2:1-3 that when we feed the appetite for the flesh, we destroy our appetite for the things of God. That covers verse 1. Then in verses 2-3, we learn that when we

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