“Prayer Worriers”

It was a horrible feeling back in the winter of 1994. I didn’t want to make the trip at all, especially across the river. But I had to do it. After all, it was the first day of my new job at a radio station in West Memphis, Arkansas. I told them that I’d take

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Service and Serving

In his play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Yet we know from experience that names and titles have much to do with our perceptions. In the church, those who serve often go by different names and

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Worship: American Style

As Christians, we have very few visible ways to publicly display the supreme value of knowing Jesus Christ over all of the other things we value in life. Super Bowl Sunday is one of those rare occasions. What a visible witness to our society it is when real men, football-loving men, make it a priority

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Playing Your Strengths

In the body of Christ, everyone who is born again has at least one spiritual gift. Some Christians have more than one gift, but every Christian has at least one gift from the Spirit. All of the gifts of the Spirit have one purpose: to build up the other members of the Body of Christ

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In the New Year

The new year is an excellent time to begin a daily Bible reading plan or to resume one if you did this in years past but fell short in recent months. Providence Church is offering a great plan that takes us through the New Testament and many parts of the Old Testament as well. It should

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After Christmas

Now that Christmas Day is over with presents opened and garbage cans filled with discarded paper and boxes, what are we to do? It’s winter and that means it’s cold outside (usually). Not only that, but the days of sunlight are the shortest they’ll be all year and darkness comes early now. So what should we

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Christmas

Every time the Christmas season rolls around, two very different kingdoms always collide. It happens every time. One kingdom is earthly and temporal. The other Kingdom is heavenly and eternal. The king of the earthly realm is “self” along with its frenzied desires for temporal gain. The King of the heavenly realm is God and the

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The Real Thing

Before Thanksgiving we were considering what James wrote in James 1:26. Look at verse 26 again… “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”  (James 1:26, ESV) What does James mean by saying this? The person who trusts in religious piety sooner

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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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