God is doing wonderful things among us!
 
I spoke with someone this past week that really
encouraged me. It is obvious that this person, who
does not desire to be named, has been making changes
and drawing closer to God because I can see it in their
behavior. This person is trying to become a clear
ambassador for the Lord, for the sake of his kingdom,
and for the sake of people's souls.
 
When I come across things like this, and see the
spiritual discoveries, and hear the personal
experiences, I find myself deeply encouraged.
Shouldn't all of us have moments, like this, that we
share about our lives with others about what God is
doing? Missionaries often use Acts 14.27 in showing
the biblical need for a report to be given to the church
about what God did during the mission. Shouldn't my
life sound like a constant "report"? Shouldn't I be
finding people to tell what God has done, and is doing,
in my life, to bring me more into obedience to his will?
 
If you will ask around, and listen close, you will hear
loads of people here that have such examples and
experiences. God is working among us to the praise of
his glory!
 
- Alex
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay
there in Ephesus so that you may command certain
men not to teach false doctrine any longer, nor to
devote themselves to myths and endless
genealogies. These promote controversies rather
than God's work---which is by faith (I Tim 1.3-4).
 
Our main purpose is to do the work of God (Eph
2.10). Paul makes that same point here. One of the
things that hinders the work of God is the spirit
of falsehood. Teaching things they ought not, men
make a practice of deception. They lead people
astray. They teach things of demons, and not of
God.
 
Such men are condemned by God. They are to be
resisted. Paul explains that these teachings only
produce fighting and contention. They make people
uncomfortable. The untrue things they teach will
lead people away from the word of God and the
heart of Jesus.
 
The work of God must be done. God is counting on
us to do his work. If we drag ourselves down, or
allow ourselves to be swayed from God, then his
work goes undone. Stay in the truth, and you will
be able to do the work of God.
 
- Alex

An Extended Welcome...

As we begin our work with this congregation, I am reminded of three things that Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 3:

1) "Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored..."

In verse 1 of chapter 3, Paul delivers a wonderful exhortation to his extended church family. Our family prays every day for the members at Rogersville and for those who may come in contact with us throughout the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. We pray that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored in our lives and that those principles we have learned will allow us to be a good example to all we may deal with each day.

2) "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ."

In verse 5, Paul expounds on the above idea by explaining that it is the outward showing of the love of God that will direct our hearts in the proper pathway and it is our steadfastness in Christ that allows us to live a more abundant life than we could ever hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We pray that the love of God is seen in our lives and that it may encourage you to a stronger steadfastness in Christ.

3) "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way."

Finally, in verse 16 of this final chapter, Paul expresses something that I wish for all of you and for those who live in our sphere of influence. I pray that God blesses you with peace. It seems so simple, yet it is the one thing that our world consistently is striving for but never seems to gain. Peace only comes from one source and that is the Father above.

I hope these words are encouraging to you and I pray that you may use them to encourage others to receive the welcome that is extended from us here at Rogersville.

Scott

I want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived and became a sinner" (1 Tim 2.9ff).

The way a woman dresses, and learns, tells something about her. If she is one who is concerned about modesty, and if she is one concerned about learning, quietly, from her teachers, then she is the one who possesses the spirit of Christ according to this description given by Paul.

Do you possess that kind of gentle spirit? Are you willing to be "dressed" your life with this visible quality in your attitude and behavior?

She is the kind of woman the Lord seeks, and praises. Blessed is she who finds peace within the walls God constructs through his word.

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come."

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Jesus' power was never limited by rules of nature. Put your faith in Him. This account proves it.