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The Current State of Affairs

We all need encouragement. After all, we are surrounded by ample evidence of our fallen condition. Sometimes, just remembering the destitute moral state of humanity without Christ is sufficient to put our perspective back into proper order. Nothng does this more that Romans 1:18 and following. There’s not a more hopeless picture of our fallen

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God’s Sufficient Word

In our day, no Christian doctrine has been more assaulted in the world and in the church than the truth that God’s written Word — the Bible — is altogether sufficient. Right now, many of the worst assaults on the Bible are coming from seemingly friendly sources… people who claim to follow Jesus and also from Christian

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How to Receive God’s Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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Incarnation

For Christians, Jesus Christ is the essence of Christmas. Everything else is negotiable. Traditions and trees and gifts are temporary… but Jesus Christ as God incarnate is eternal. 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 like one

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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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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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Pain

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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