Being A Sending Church

There are two components to being a church that makes Sending Apostles a priority. The first component is nurturing, encouraging, and equipping people at Providence to become Christians who are open to hearing—and, then, saying Yes—to...

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A Race Well Run

Randy Ballard is retiring on January 5.  We’ve set aside a special day to celebrate properly his 23 years of ministry with us, but January 5 will be his last official day on staff at Providence. On the one hand, I imagine that you join...

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A Break from Tradition

Warning: This Christmas letter is going to break with tradition. Typically, of course, the standard holiday letters we get from friends and family this time of year are filled with good tidings of great joy about all the amazing things that have...

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Summoning the Absolute Best

It’s just not possible, is it? There’s no way we can give 110 percent—of anything, to anything.  Still, that’s never stopped coaches, teachers, bosses, and other performance-driven motivators from asking for it.  “Give me 110 percent!” they’ll...

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We Lift Each Other Up

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The author of...

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Every Gift Matters Twice

For several years now at Providence, we’ve had an Anniversary Sunday custom of collecting a special offering as a kind of “birthday gift” to the church.  We’ll do it again on May 19, with all “birthday...

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Listening for a Change

O Master, let me not seek as much ... to be understood as to understand.From the “Prayer of St. Francis”   Just about everyone these days agrees that our collective ability to talk constructively and civilly with one another...

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Better Together

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3   A congregation that can worship together should worship together.  Since 1966, Providence has regularly held two Sunday worship services, a practice that began...

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Our Willingness to Share

God’s generosity to us last year—and our willingness to share it—gives us an opportunity to help our neighbors in need this winter. Let me explain how. Most of you have probably heard by now the good news that we finished last...

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