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Welcome to our Friends and Family Day! We are so glad that you have taken time to be here with us!

We consider ourselves to be a very close family here and we are delighted when more of our friends become part of our family here through the adoption that comes through Christ Jesus. This is the story of God's grace and love. This love causes God to delight in his people...the subject of today's sermon.

We hope that your time with us will be uplifting to you, and encouraging to you. We want you to feel like you have been in God's presence, as we will be trying to see God for all that He is. We want you to be able to see God too, and to be overwhelmed, just like we are, by His incredible love and mercy.

We will be eating together after our services and we would love for you to stay and be our guest today! There will be plenty for you and your family.

We are proud you are here, and we have many reasons to be thankful to God. You being here with us is one reason we are filled with joy and gratitude.

We are very blessed to have Andrew and Joy with us. This church prayed and sought our God's help in finding, and bringing, us a minister and his wife that would come and work with us in building our families. The work they have assigned to themselves is difficult and requires dedication. They have taken things in stride and become a working part of this family already.

We are thankful to God that they are here with us, and working with us. If you have not noticed, the place where the kids sit is growing and not only are these young people coming in greater number, but they are bonding together. Older teens and those recently graduated have been encouraged to share their lives with those who are younger.

There are things happening at LCHS, at the annex, at their home, in the homes of our members and even in other cities, and it is creating an atmosphere where our kids feel needed, close and growing in their service to God.

This coming Sunday night we will have our evening services conducted by our young men and we need to be here in support of those young men. Make your plans to be with your family that night.

May God bless us as we continue to seek his kingdom.

We rejoice with the Angels in Heaven that Matt, Tasha, Mattie and Samuel Adams were baptized into the body of Christ, Sunday evening, October 9th. Yesterday, October 16th, two more souls became members of the Lord's church. Joey Gervais was baptized before evening service and Buddy Burchell was baptized around 11:00 pm. 

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).

Trust yields many things in your walk with God. When you walk with God by faith, and you are giving your life in surrender and obedience to the will of your Father, there are incredible benefits that happen to your heart, mind and faith. God continues to transform things in your life. We have been talking about this very thing for some few weeks now. We have been looking at this from the defeating sin idea, and that is true...God will help you do that, but there is much more to be discovered. The verse above is one such discovery. Back in the very end of Romans...you find this little gem hidden and discrete, not necessarily calling your name very loudly, but nevertheless, this verse speaks volumes!

Consider the good from this verse, Here is what Paul is saying...When you trust God, God will fill your heart, mind, and soul, with precious things like joy and peace. God allows his Spirit to make our lives overflow with hope.

Since this is the result of trust....then let us walk in trust, pray in trust......

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (2 Cor 6:14-18).

Today we will take a close look at this passage, and we will search for some applications to make in our lives from this text. As always, it falls to you to study along with me, and check to see if the things I am saying are true (Acts 17:11).

It is a good day, and it is wonderful for us to be together as family. We love our God and our Lord..., so let's show that love to each other!