February 26

This year we have started a couple new sermon series. Sunday morning we have just begun a series I’ve entitled “What I Believe and Why.” It is a series dealing with some of our more fundamental doctrines and I hope that you will be a part of it and will also think about inviting someone to come along with you. Also I have just begun a series on Sunday nights covering the prophets, “Spokesmen for God.” I hope that you will make a special point to be a part of our Sunday night assemblies and Shepherd Groups and take advantage of these important and needed times of worship, study and fellowship.

Remember we have audio recordings available of our Sunday lessons, as well as my current Wednesday night series, “The Story of the New Testament.” You can call or write a note to the church office and request a free CD or listen in at the Sermons link on our web site that is listed on the front of this Family Page.

If you are following The Daily Bible or a similar daily Bible study plan, you likely read this section from Deuteronomy 10. It is a call to the people in the days of Moses and Joshua to follow the Lord wholeheartedly, and sounds much like something we would read in the New Testament letters or even from the mouth of our Lord Jesus in the Gospels. It a great reminder to us to remember to make sure that what is important to God is also important to us, that we too have “circumcised our hearts,” are fearing the Lord our God, and are walking obediently to him.
12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. 17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. 20 Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. 21 He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. 22 Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.

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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