God save the children! #defundPP
A few of us from Ashland participated in the national protest against Planned Parenthood by standing & praying outside the Mansfield Planned Parenthood facility. A good number of people came out from a variety of churches too. It was a great statement.
God save the children! #defundPP
It was our great joy to welcome another little one to our church.
It was also a blessed opportunity to see baby Alanna's parents stand before the congregation and publicly vow to raise this little one in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Alanna makes the fifth baby born into our congregation this year. We look forward to a few more coming in the next few weeks!
May the Lord be praised for His great gifts!
We've had a number of new members added to our number this year at Providence church. The pic shows the two of the four children that have been born into our covenant families in 2014.
We praise the Lord that He has blessed us so, and we praise God that our families have a high regard for the Scripture's command to be "fruitful and multiply."
All this is to say that Providence Church, unlike many other churches today, won't be dying out anytime soon.
But there is another reason why this picture noteworthy. It displays something of our church's unity. These families came forward on Sunday for a child dedication. They took vows to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and Matt (who is at the pulpit) closed this part of the service by praying for them.
What's the big deal? It is this: Matt is believes Scripture teaches paedo-baptism. In other words, Matt is supporting these families despite their difference of opinion on the matter of when baptism should be applied--just like the other elders (and credo-baptist congregants) support his family (and other paedo's in the congregation) in so far as they can when it comes to the baptism of an infant or covenant child.
In other words, there is a difference of opinion on this matter, and we have to deal with it. At Providence we seek to love and accept each other in the Lord despite our quibble over water's application.
Baptism, while an important issue, isn't a fundamental issue. For at least 500 years the church has been divided upon it and good Christian men have disagreed. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be a strident division. We at Providence have sought to demonstrate that the sign of our unity (the sacrament of baptism, which signifies our union with Christ and each other) does not have to be an issue that actually breaks our unity.
These two dynamics of our church home here in Ashland are just some of what makes Providence such a great place to worship.
Our brother, Caleb Davenport, is running for the Ohio Senate in the 27th district, which includes all of Wayne County and the western portions of Summit and Stark Counties.
As a member of our church we want to uphold him in prayer as he does this. Caleb decided to run because the moral failures of the incumbent.
His opponent has not backed the Ohio Heartbeat Bill, which would make it illegal to abort a child as soon as a heartbeat could be detected. His opponent has also introduced legislation in the Ohio Senate which infringes on the freedom of religion and violates our consciences in regards to homosexuality.
In sum, Caleb wishes to stand for the lives of the unborn and our basic freedoms.
Please pray that Caleb & his family will be protected during this time and that the Lord's will would be done in Ohio.
Caleb is asking for volunteers to help out his campaign. If you would like to do that, or if you would like to find out more about the campaign, visit his website: Davenport for Ohio Senate.
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