Gathering with Gratitude

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus...

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Self Evident Truths

Racism is sin and black lives matter. Neither one of these convictions should be hard to grasp for people of faith who read the Bible and take Jesus seriously. If we believe, as the book of Genesis tells us, that God created all people in God’s...

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A Thoughtful Path Forward

On the next page, you will find the plan for re-opening the Providence campus and resuming church-related activities. This plan was developed by our Covid-19 Task Force, which has been meeting regularly since late March to help make the decisions...

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Finishing Strong

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 There aren’t a whole lot of ways to encourage people who are running a long race. As a former crosscountry runner, I know...

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Preparing for Easter

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among...

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The Essential Element

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 What we read in the book of Hebrews is echoed throughout the New Testament: Hospitality is an essential element of...

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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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