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Good Friday for great news!

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Good Morning on Good Friday! When you have a few minutes, we have something for you!  Our worship pastors, Allen and Shawn, have recorded a couple of songs for your meditation and reflection today.  Following that I have about five minutes of things for you to think about this weekend.

Join us Sunday at Providence Baptist if you can–(8, 9:20 or 11).  Teaching on the resurrection, we are focusing three Sundays on the theme, “This Changes Everything.”  A risen Savior really does change everything!

Happy Easter!

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As a Lamb, Slain for Sin – 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

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April 13, 2014

 

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Photography: The Old West — Silverton, Colorado

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The “Old West” still exists!  Here are a couple of photos from 2008 from our trip to Durango which included a train trip up to the old town of Silverton.

Old West Hospitality, Silverton, Colorado
Old West Hospitality, Silverton, Colorado
Old West Station, Silverton, Colorado
Old West Station, Silverton, Colorado

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With Him By My Side – 2 Timothy 4:9-22

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April 6, 2014

 

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Last week in 2 Timothy Study

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Tomorrow morning concludes our study of the short second letter from Paul to his young pastor friend Timothy.  As this series ends, I am once again amazed at the breadth, depth and richness of God’s Word!  We finish tomorrow with 4:9-22 (the sermon will be posted early in the week for those who cannot make it tomorrow).

Thanks to all who have been so encouraging week after week!  In this last passage, Paul speaks with sadness of those who had abandoned and attacked him along the way, but chose not to dwell there.  He moves on to give thanks and praise to the Lord for being such an ever-faithful God and giving a well-chosen support team of encouraging, loyal friends.page0_blog_entry37_1-300x213

May we all know the joys of loyalty and seldom have to endure the pains of disloyalty!

On another note, this is the last week we will be posting daily devotions and small group study questions with the sermon posts.  The full outline will still be there as well as audio and video, but the devotions and study questions will no longer be available.  Special thanks for the amazing work Mike Edwards has done each week providing those rich resources!

“Better Now” – The Vespers

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Sometimes it is hard for people to understand or believe what Christ can do in a life.  The story of the blind man He healed in John 9 is captured in this haunting video by a group called The Vespers.

They are a pair of siblings–two sisters (the Cryars) and two brothers (the Jones).  The unique way they blend their talents is refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.

Life is always better when Jesus steps in.  Love the simplicity of this song but just in case you have trouble following lyrics, here they are.

Better Now
Written by Phoebe Cryar and Bruno Jones

Mama says I can’t be healed
Papa says I’m through
They say I can’t use my eyes
Will never be good as new

Oh but I’m better now
Why do you shake your head no
Oh but I met a man
Oh and He’s saved my soul

You don’t believe me when I say
The man you knew was blind
But Jesus told me He’s the light
Then Jesus healed my eyes

Oh and I’m better now
Why do you shake your head no
Oh but I met a man
Oh and He’s saved my soul

You ask again and again
Don’t you believe
Lift up your blinded heart
He’ll help you see

You could be better now
Why do you shake your head no
Oh and I met a man
Oh and He’s saved my soul
You could be better now
Oh well don’t shake your head no
Oh but I met a man
Oh and He’s saved my soul
Oh and He’s saved my soul
Oh and He’s saved my soul

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A Great Finish – 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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March 30, 2014

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Rarefied Air of Reading a Great Book

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ShepStaffHave you read any good books lately?  If you were asked to list the three books which have meant the most to you this year beyond your study of the Bible, which books could you list?  The thoughts that occupy much of our thinking are directly related to the quality of input we give our minds.

In an age of instant communication and effortlessly received information through television, radio, and recordings, it is difficult for us to come to grips with the need we have to feed our minds quality information.  Paul wrote, “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20).  The body of Christ needs more maturity in the level of its thinking so that we can absorb the truths and riches of the depths of God’s word.

The reticence many have experienced in their approach to Bible study is the result of never cultivating a taste for reading.  Have you ever read anything written by an eighteenth or nineteenth century Christian writer that you could comprehend?  A. W. Tozer has this to say on the subject:

 “Why does today’s Christian find the reading of great books always beyond him? Certainly intellectual powers do not wane from one generation to another.  We are as smart as our fathers, and any thought they could entertain we can entertain if we are sufficiently interested to make the effort.  The major cause of the decline in the quality of current Christian literature is not intellectual but spiritual.  To enjoy a great religious book requires a degree of consecration to God and detachment from the world that few modern Christians have.  The early Christian Fathers, the Mystics, the Puritans, are not hard to understand, but they inhabit the highlands where the air is crisp and rarefied, and none but the God-enamored can come…One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them.”

With so many distractions and so little commitment, it is little wonder that reading for the nurture of one’s heart and mind has taken a backseat for too many in the body of Christ.  The capacity we have to understand and apply the truths of God’s word will in many ways be related to our capacity to think clearly.  Obviously the Holy Spirit is our teacher and no word of truth can be grasped apart from the grace of Jesus Christ.  Nevertheless, we should be equipped to “handle accurately the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The challenge is before us to turn aside from worldly pursuits and learn what it is to become absorbed in thinking about and meditating on spiritual insights from the pens of God’s men and women who have recorded for our enrichment the golden nuggets mined from many years in God’s word.  It is to our benefit and God’s glory to enrich our minds setting aside worthless thoughts and replacing them with profitable literature.

Paul summarizes this quite effectively when he says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

So, are you ready to read some good books now?

“Unto the Lamb” — Student Choir and Orchestra in Oradea, Romania

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In Romania, great things are happening in the body of Christ!  I just ran across this Romanian version of a song we have done often at Providence–”Unto the Lamb.”  The Romanian version is called “Glory to the Lamb” (“Glorie Mielului”) and is done with such contagious passion you do not need to know the language to know the message.  However, as you watch and listen, I am also posting the English lyrics for you.

I can see Jesus, high and exalted
My eyes are fixed upon His face
It shines like the sun
I can see Jesus, clothed in glory
He is high and lifted up
And His train fills the temple
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And all of the angels cry Holy
All the saints cry Holy
All creation cries Holy
Holy is the Lamb
[Chorus]
All praise unto the Lamb Who sits on the throne
Honor and power, dominion and praise
Unto the Lamb
Who was and is
And is to come
[Bridge]
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

All Praise unto the Lamb Who sits on the throne
Honor and power
Dominion and praise
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Priority of the Word – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

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March 23, 2014

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