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!

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: Do not be afraid; keep speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city (Acts 18.9-11).

The sound of protection must have been encouraging. Facing times where you know that your life, or the lives of those you love, hang in the balance are moments of great peril and strife.

Shortly ago I told you about the man who Doka was trying to baptize in the river, and then I told you a Wednesday or so ago that they took that man's daughter...well, they have found the girl, I am proud to tell you. The man has lost his job, his house is in ruins, but he has his life and the lives of his family.

I can imagine such a promise, but this promise did not apply to every city Paul would go through. The rest of the book is the story of those who tried to kill Paul because of the words he spoke about Jesus.

Our Lord calls us to serve him to the highest degree. Now, that doesn't mean that we have to die, but it means that we would always be ready to do so.

I am not looking to die for my Lord, but I am seeking for my character to be of such faithfulness that, on the day my life is required, I am prepared to turn it loose out of love and service to Jesus!

Today is a great day for us to be together! I would encourage you to find Doug Pittman, who is Brandi Springer's dad, and hug his neck. Doug and Brandi have been studying, along with her mother, with Doug for some time now. He and I have also had some meetings as well. Friday morning, Doug was baptized into Christ and he prayed the most beautiful prayer of thanksgiving! It has been wonderful to watch. Just think of the blessings that have come to us from this entire family! We are all so proud of you Doug and rejoice with you in your decision to become a disciple of Christ. God is working here, if in case you have not noticed it.

We have such a wonderful family here. We are blessed in so many ways with a spirit of love and peace among us. We have growth and changes that God is helping to make. We have children being shown the way of Christ. We honor Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer through our submission and service.

Pray that God would form Christ in us...that is my prayer for me, even before you...that Christ would own every piece of real-estate in my heart, and that I might become more of his servant.