December 19

I appreciate the positive response to the lessons on Sunday. Every so often we do need a gentle reminder—and at times maybe a not-so-gentle reminder!—to examine our lives and make sure God remains at the center. If you were not able to be here for the sermon Sunday morning, and would like a CD of this or any lesson, you can call the church office and request one or fill out a CD request form located in the tract rack and put it on Jo’s desk.

The main thing is for us all to be aware that we can say that Jesus is our Lord and that God is at the center of our lives, yet if our lives do not reflect that, we must ask ourselves if it’s really true. Are you living faithfully? Does serving God take priority when challenged by other options?

This Sunday our shepherds will continue to visit our adult Bible classes. Last Sunday elders were in two of our adult classes and our teen class, as well as taking time Sunday evening with teachers or others who cannot make the Sunday morning class. Remember to read Revelation 2-3, and consider these questions:

  1. Which of these churches and letters would most apply here at South Fork?

  2. If Jesus were writing a letter to the church at South Fork today, what would He say?

  3. If Jesus were writing a letter to you today, what would He say?

This Sunday morning we will consider the most well known and popular psalm of all of the 150 psalms. The 23rd Psalm has been a source of comfort and encouragement since it first came from the heart of a shepherd and king. David knew what it was like to suffer. He knew what it was like to be afraid. He knew what it was like to be delivered by the Lord. He knew what it meant to be comforted and confident because of the blessing of God’s presence. And he knew that what he wanted more than anything else was to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Is the Lord your shepherd? You are following someone. You are relying on someone. Is it your desire, above everything else, to live in the presence of God forever? Would people who know you, who see your priorities, say that about you? Or would they say that God seems to get shoved to the side at any and every excuse? Is the Lord your shepherd?

Bill Allen

Dr. Bill Allen preached at South Fork from 2005 to 2015. He received a Bachelors degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian in 1978, a Masters in Bible from Abilene Christian (ACU) in 1988, and a Doctor of Ministry from ACU in 1992. He now preaches at the West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas.

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