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Light for the Darkness

   As the old year draws to a close and the New Year dawns, the body of Christ reviews and celebrates the theology of Christ’s incarnation at this special time. Christmas is a bright light in the otherwise dark season of winter. As in life itself, the darkness of the season makes light all the

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Always Giving Thanks

At this time of year it’s natural to think about the virtue of giving thanks to God. On the surface, it sounds so easy. Perhaps we think of Thanksgiving as the most “tame” and harmless of all holidays with little at stake (except perhaps that of overeating!). But Oh, how mistaken we would be! As

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Clarifying Lordship

The reformers had a saying that bears repetition in the dispute about Christ’s lordship. They said, “While faith alone justifies us, the faith that justifies us never remains alone.” Or to put it another way: the faith that justifies (or saves) us is the same faith that also sanctifies us. In short, if we don’t have sanctifying faith, we likely never

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From Catholicism to Christianity

As we prepare to celebrate Reformation Sunday, I’ve asked my wife, Jennifer, to share her testimony of coming to faith in Christ and leaving Roman Catholicism. Her personal story puts a human face on the need to evangelize Roman Catholic friends and family while there’s still time. Here’s what she wrote: “I come from a

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When God Says “No”

  “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged Him that he might be with Him.” [Mark 5:18] The man who had been possessed with demons begged Jesus that he might be with Him. That’s all he wanted after spending so long under the tyranny of Satan.

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Fall Bible Conference

Providence Baptist Church is hosting its Fall Bible Conference beginning on Sunday morning, October 6. I’m really excited about this 3-day conference and our special guest, Dennis Gundersen. Year ago, Dennis and his wife Naomi had a dream. Long before the Internet existed, they wanted to open a Christian bookstore to distribute God-glorifying materials.   Originally, a missionary

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Handed Over to Satan

    There is a kind of “spiritual terrorism” within the church today. It takes the form of unbiblical teaching, spreading false doctrine, and twisting Scripture. It’s nothing new. Even in the Apostle Paul’s day there were false teachers like this.  Even within the influential church at Ephesus, there were corrupt elders who departed from the

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A Biblical View of Gender Roles

Confusion over the roles of men and women is epidemic in our society. A growing number of adult men are shirking responsibility, playing video games, and letting women do all the work. And likewise, a growing number of women have open scorn and disrespect for men in general. Neither scenario brings honor or glory to

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The Peril of False Religions

     In our study of Mark 7, the members of Providence have been considering what Jesus taught about the perils and dangers of false religions. Jesus was very confrontational when truth was at stake.  In fact, throughout the ministry of Jesus, nothing received more of our Lord’s anger and fury than self-righteous, legalistic, ceremonial

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The Best Parental Counsel

     In reading through the Gospels, it’s very interesting to note the statements made by God the Father to those who stood around His Son at critical moments during our Lord’s earthly ministry.  We hear one such statement at the Lord’s baptism in Matthew 3:17. It is here that the Father says to the

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