August 14

It’s always nice to actually do something you’ve been talking about for a long time. And we did that this past weekend! Our church offices are now located in the house on Royalton right behind the church building. It has been renovated and remodeled and we are still settling in but it is really nice. Thanks to all who helped this past Saturday to get us from one building to the other, and to everyone who has offered all kinds of help to make this happen. I hope that you will come by and check it out sometime, and we plan to have an “official” open house in the near future—once we find everything!

The Lord has really blessed our South Fork family with some wonderful new members over the past several months. I hope you are getting involved in some of our many activities and ministries! And I hope that all of our members will “think like a newcomer” and put yourself in their shoes. Many of us have been a part of this wonderful church family for a long time, so apply the Golden Rule to our new brothers and sisters and their families, and welcome and encourage them as you would want to be welcomed and encouraged!

I appreciate the encouragement you have given as we have studied our way through the book of Romans. Almost all of these lessons (we did miss recording one) will be loaded onto our web site, so check that out for some you may have missed, and others you may want to listen to again.

I am especially grateful for your kind responses to the sermon this past Sunday. Few passages are as challenging to us as Romans 14:1-15:7, perhaps because it hits us right where we live; not just in our relationship with one another, but in the way we treat one another when we have serious and genuine doctrinal disagreement. Thanks for your encouragement, and your prayers, as we conclude this important discussion on Sunday and begin to wind down what has been a very challenging study. I hope and pray it is also one that has blessed you and helped you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

It is getting close to that time when our college students who will be attending school in other places leave us for awhile. Please keep them and their families in your prayers, and give them a special hug when you see them. As I tell our kids, be involved in the work and worship of the Lord’s church wherever you are. And remember, throughout your life you will likely have many church homes. But you will only have one “home church.” That is your South Fork family. We love you and are proud of you.

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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