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Providence and the Fine Tuning of the Universe Sermon Starter/Outline by Zachariah Ellis https://www.plpit.com/the-fine-tuning-of-the-universe/ Zechariah Ellis' article encourages incorporating scientific theories like the anthropic principle which denotes the surprisingly precise conditions that allow the universe and life to exist, in sermons about God's providence in creation (Genesis 1, Romans 8).... Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Fuller Plpit Author: Zachariah Ellis

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Faithful Obedience and God's Providence Audio/Video by Scott Hoezee https://groundwork.reframemedia.com/episodes/faithful-obedience-and-gods-providence Waiting for God's timing is difficult, especially when it feels like everything is falling apart. In this podcast, Scott Hoezee and David Bast share the continuing saga of Ruth, a story which demonstrates God's providence. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee

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Work, Calling, and God's Providence Commentary/Exegesis by Scott Hoezee https://groundwork.reframemedia.com/episodes/work-calling-and-gods-providence Join the conversation in this video as they discuss the relationship between our work and our calling and ultimately show us what this has to do with God’s providence for his world. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee

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The Providence of God and the Cross of Christ Article by Daniel M. Garland, Jr. http://www.hprweb.com/2013/10/the-providence-of-god-and-the-cross-of-christ/ In this article Daniel Garland discusses how Jesus' crucifixion fits into the providence of God, drawing especially on Thomas Aquinas. In love Jesus freely accepted his mission of sacrificing himself for the salvation of humankind. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Daniel M. Garland, Jr.

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The Loving Hand of God’s Providence Devotional by Barry O’Toole https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/532 This devotional on Mark 10:2-16 focuses on God's loving providence, and submitting our lives to God guidance and care. The devotional includes personal prayers, commentary and application. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Barry O’Toole

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Helping Providence Along Article by Scott Hoezee https://blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2017/03/07/helping-providence-along/ Reflecting on the story of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible, Scott Hoezee offers a word on the role of human obedience and action within God's sovereign providence. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Scott Hoezee

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Providence and Purpose Commentary/Exegesis by Fred Gaiser https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1003 Fred Gaiser's commentary on Isaiah 45:1-7 helps us navigate the tricky business of talking about God in the face of suffering. Suffering and human agency can be affirmed without losing sight of God's providence. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Fred Gaiser

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God's Providence Article by Peter Trahan http://www.hprweb.com/2015/09/gods-providence/ In this essay, Peter Trahan wrestles with the problem of evil in light of God's providence. Evil exists, he argues, because preventing it would violate humanity's free will. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Peter Trahan

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God’s Loving Providence Article by Brent Withers http://www.hprweb.com/2016/02/gods-loving-providence/ How can we understand the loving providence of God in the midst of suffering? Brent Withers explores this idea and provides his answer to this ever-present, difficult question. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Brent Withers

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A Sweet and Bitter Providence Song/Hymn http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/60853059812/the-joy-eternal-a-sweet-and-bitter-providence An album by the band The Joy Eternal which, as band members explain in a video, explores the reality of suffering in life and the possibility of finding hope in God's providence even in dark times. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship

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Sermon Illustrations on Providence Sermon Illustration by Jerry Gifford https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations/sermon-illustrations-providence/ In this collection of sermon illustrations on providence, John Perkins explains how everything can change in an instant and Jerry Gifford tells a story where something thought to be bad ends up being good. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Pastor's Workshop Author: Jerry Gifford

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Sermon Quotes on Providence Sermon Illustration by Augustine of Hippo https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-quotes-by-topic/sermon-quotes-providence/ In this pair of quotes, Augustine explains God's involvement in one's past, present, and future and Henry Ward Beecher predicts that one will only believe in God's involvement if things are going their way. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Pastor's Workshop Author: Augustine of Hippo

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Full Text Hymns on Providence The Mysteries of ProvidencePD
Great Is Thy FaithfulnessPD
Be Still, My SoulPD
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God's Providence In Life Sermon (Complete) by George W Truett http://cdm17178.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/fa-gwt/id/18 Reflecting on how God reaches Pilate through his wife's dream, this audio sermon by George W. Truett on Matthew 27:19 demonstrates God's providence in attempting to help Pilate make a righteous judgment. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Baylor University Libraries Digital Sermon Collections Author: George W Truett

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The Providence of God Sermon Illustration by John Piper http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2010/april/7040510.html This sermon illustration consists of a quote from John Piper's book "A Sweet and Bitter Providence." Drawing on the stories of Joseph, Job, Ruth, and Esther, Piper suggests guides our course through troubling circumstances. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Piper

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Providence in the Book of Ruth Commentary/Exegesis by Cameron B.R. Howard https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3890 The narrator of Ruth knows how the story will end, whereas Naomi’s theological proclamations unfold in concert with her experiences; does hindsight change our understanding of God’s activity? Cameron Howard reflects on preaching Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Cameron B.R. Howard

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The Divine Call Sermon Illustration by Scott Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-4c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Providence is often best recognized in retrospect. Only in looking back do we see how things fit together, even when we were unaware of it. A sermon starter on Jeremiah 1:4-10 by Scott Hoezee. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Scott Hoezee

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Chosen by Providence Sermon Illustration by Dan Betzer http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1997/october/4780.html In this sermon illustration relating to 1 Samuel 3:4, Matthew 25:34, or Luke 1:43, the circumstances behind how humanitarian Albert Schweitzer came to discover his individual calling demonstrates how providence directs believers towards God's plans. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Dan Betzer

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Providence Sermon Starter/Outline by John F. Kavanaugh http://liturgy.slu.edu/12OrdA062517/theword_embodied.html John Kavanaugh proposes that those who are most courageous in this life are those who take seriously Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:28 about fearing only the one who can destroy both soul and body. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Sunday Website Author: John F. Kavanaugh

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Figuring Out Providence Sermon Illustration by Vance Havner http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1998/january/3588.html In Vance Havner's illustration, a child's pondering why ice cream doesn't have as many vitamins as spinach shows how God's providence is not something humans can figure out. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Vance Havner

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Some Deliverance Takes a Long Time: Comments and Observations on Exodus 2:11-25 Commentary/Exegesis by Erin M. Stout http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/?post_type=cfe-nonrcl&p=2795 In Exodus 2:11-25 we learn that by the providence of God, waiting time is never wasted time. Although Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness, God was preparing him, the Israelites, and Egypt for deliverance. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Erin M. Stout

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