May 15

A few of us were able to take a walk down Memory Lane this week as the Oklahoma Christian University Chorale was here to perform. I brought a few of our annuals from OC days in the ‘70’s (that’s 1970’s, not 1870’s…) and the kids in the chorale now and those of us who found our way into the Family Center enjoyed seeing a few of us as we looked back in the day. The concert itself was wonderful, and all who came were very encouraged and impressed. And these young adults were really fine young people as well as singers. Thanks to all who brought food and helped serve their dinner Monday evening. Several said this was the best spread of food they had seen! Thanks to all who housed them on Monday night and brought them back to the building Tuesday as they went on their way to Knoxville and ultimately back “home” to Oklahoma Christian. And a special thanks to OC alum Lesa Branch for all your work in getting everything accomplished in your usual efficient and selfless way.

This week is the Greek Festival that our neighbors down the street at the Greek Orthodox Church host. Many of you enjoy the wonderful food and taste of Greek culture during this weekend. Please be extra patient and cautious as it will be very busy on our street during this time, and remember the second greatest commandment according to Jesus: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This Sunday evening I have been invited to preach at the wonderful Brooks Avenue church in Raleigh. I know many of you are close to many of their church family, and it is always a treat for me to get to renew those acquaintances and share a time of worshiping our Lord with them. In my absence Charley Belch will be speaking here Sunday night, and I know you will be blessed.

Our Romans study continues this Sunday morning. How do you like it so far? What has encouraged you? What has challenged you? This Sunday we find ourselves in Romans 6. It’s a passage we typically are very familiar with, at least the first four verses. As we have worked through the first five chapters, read chapter six before Sunday. Ask yourself, what is Paul’s point here? What is he emphasizing? While we have sought to apply these verses to our neighbors to instruct them about baptism, we may have missed the point the apostle was trying to make to us about our own baptism. Can you find it there? Can you apply it to your own life?

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.

Leave a Reply