A Thankful Heart

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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True Christianity

 True Christianity is not merely affiliating with a certain church or denomination. It’s really about what God has done in your heart through faith in Jesus Christ. James talks about “pure religion” in James 1:26-27. Belief shows itself in action. True religion is a matter of the heart toward God, not a rigorous adherence to

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Reformation Today

This year, Monday, October 31 marks a significant date in the Christian calendar. It has to do with an Augustinian monk in Germany and the recovery of the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for salvation. 494 years ago on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to

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Prayers in the Church

As we’ve been looking carefully at what Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8-15 about the differing roles of men and women in the public gathering of the church, it raises some interesting questions. Let’s clarify what this passage is teaching and what it permits and prevents. To begin with, the word translated “men”

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Reformation and Renewal

As we move into October and prepare for winter, I’m reminded that reformation season is in full bloom at our church. I love this time of year! On the last Sunday of October (this year it’s October 30th), we observe Reformation Sunday as a church. We do this because of what the Protestant Reformation means

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New Providence Website

Now that our new Providence website has launched, I wanted to write a brief note about how grateful we are for all the hard work that went into this production. The improved functions and navigability of this website will allow us to reach more people with God’s Word. This is the chief way we glorify

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Applying God’s Word

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. In the previous blog, I wrote about hearing and doing what the Bible says. Let me remind you of where I ended our last discussion and then take it further. Professing Christians who hear the Word without obeying it make a serious

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Hearing and Doing

As we enter the middle part of summer, I know many Christians will be traveling and will have occasions to visit other churches. But even when we’re away from home, the work of hearing what Scripture says and applying it to our lives goes on. In this blog I want to return to James’ theme regarding hearing

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On Being Quick to Hear God’s Word

In the previous blog, I provided an overview of how Christians are to receive God’s written word. This has to do with our attitudes toward the Bible. In this post, I want to say a word about hearing and listening. In James 1:19, we find that believers who willingly submit to God’s Word must be

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How to Receive God’s Word

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21 Through

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