Fear is something we all feel, but at times it can overwhelm and overtake us. It can war against our hearts and rob us of blessings that God intends for us to enjoy. The battle of fear vs. faith isn’t a new one and the Christmas story is full of these moments. Will our fears…

The Protestant Reformation may seem like it happened a long time ago – 500 years in fact.  But it’s still happening today, anytime we stand for the truth of the gospel.  Throughout scripture and with the lessons of history, God tells us to remember.  We risk losing the greatest gift of all – the good…

The overarching theme of the Reformation, the end goal of the other solas, and the end goal of our lives: The glory of God. God’s glory is all over the pages of scripture, but too often we can misunderstand how God’s glory works. The way humans are glorified is different than the way God is glorified….

Sola Fide is one of the key pillars to what we believe; that God saves on the basis of faith alone. It is the object of that faith that saves us, not the faith itself. Cam Smith leads us well as we look at this key doctrine. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Sola_Fide.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS

What do you put your faith in? (More on faith next week) Is your faith in your church attendance or the amount of money you give? Do you trust in pastors and speakers who say things that make you feel better about yourself? Is your hope in traditions and expectations passed down through the years,…

Most would agree that Jesus is a pretty important person, but just how important? The conviction of the reformers was that Christ wasn’t just a big piece of our theology- he was the hub, the goal, and the essence of our faith. Is this how we approach our faith today? Is Jesus enough? Or do…

“By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8   Only grace. And thank goodness. Our reformer of the week for Sola Gratia (by Grace alone) is none other than John Calvin. Before you stop reading because the name “Calvin” is…

Amazing Grace is one of the most beloved and well-known songs in the English language. What is it that we mean when we sing about “amazing grace”? What is grace anyway? What makes it amazing? Far too often grace isn’t that amazing to us; in fact, it’s often pretty normal, expected even, as though we…

This past Sunday at Providence we talked about Sola Scriptura, the Latin phrase that means, “by scripture alone.” We learn about it first because it is the bedrock on which the Protestant Reformation stands, and has huge personal implications for our lives as we try to be disciples of Jesus. If the Bible is the…

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so.” A song for children that would’ve been an almost unthinkable idea prior the start of the Reformation. The shaping principle of the theology of the Reformation was that the Bible was the supreme authority and no one should sit above it. And what…

500 years ago the world was turned upside down. This event, the Reformation, was one with widespread implications, but what does something that happened in 1517 have to do with 2017? More than you might think. This is the first in a 7-week series looking at the people, the theology, and the lasting impact of…

Perspective is a powerful tool. It can take all the things in our lives and help us sort through the things that mattered and the things that we only thought mattered. Solomon gives us a gift in the closing passages of Ecclesiastes. He helps us sort through the tensions and frustrations in our lives. He…

Injustice has always been a problem and always will be. Solomon knew that, and it made him full of sorrow and heartbreak. We would do well to follow Solomon’s acknowledgment of injustice, and let it produce the same kind of sorrow–and then work to correct. Just because injustice has always been a problem, doesn’t mean…

Building a Lego project can be fun. Using the step-by-step manual can help you to put together some really amazing things. However, if you take away the manual, it can become a frustrating process in futility. For most of our lives, that’s how we build. We’re given the pieces to life, and we just hope…

What’s the one thing you need in life to make you happy? If you had just one more thing, would that fix things? Solomon had everything you could fathom, and he had it in abundance. His conclusion- none of it will provide a happiness that will last. The fun is fleeting; the enjoyment temporary. Everything…

Confusing, Exhausting, Exasperating, Tedious, Repititous-not exactly words that inspire hope and joy. This is the reality that we all live in though, and it’s the world that Ecclesiastes exposes to us. What do we do with life when we can’t seem to get ahead and find frustrations at every turn? It’s all about perspective. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/The_Treadmill.mp3Subscribe:…

Humans were built with more than just the capacity for friendship- they were built with a deep need for it. The problem is that friendship takes work, time, and a willingness to sacrifice a measure of yourself for another. The book of Proverbs lays out the definition of a real friend, and it’s more than…

The book of Proverbs is a book that can be used as a useful tool to help us grow. However, it has also been used as a weapon to produce guilt and beat down those of us that can seem to live up to its standards or simply hear its warnings too late. There may…

No collection of wisdom would be complete without a little instruction about money. That’s because, unchecked, money has the potential to rule our lives and our joy. The book of Proverbs makes it clear that our money isn’t worthy of the worship it receives. God is the ruler and maker of both rich and poor….

Are you a lazy person? How do you know? What’s the criteria that you use to judge yourself? The author of Proverbs has no sympathy for the lazy man. The mockery is biting and designed to humiliate. Hard work is a Biblical value for certain, but what are its limits and how do we apply…