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We sent a team to Southside church this past Sunday, and it was a blessing to those who went, as well as the brethren there. We are trying to end this year by sending various teams to some surrounding sister congregations. There are a few reasons why we want to do this.

1. Our sister churches need to know that we care about them. If we never engage with them in anything, then it will be hard for us to convey that message. The community needs to see this behavior from us.

2. Two are better than one. When two act as one, there is a great amount of strength that is gained by their unity. This opportunity affords us a chance to draw strength from one another.

3. It provides specific knowledge of how we can pray for each other, which we are commanded to do in scripture.

4. It unifies our teams to go and serve these churches because they spend time together, committed to a work of faith.

Please be encouraged to go and visit when it is your team's turn to worship with a sister congregation of the Lord's people. There were 35 people who went to Southside this past Sunday! Let's keep on encouraging each other. -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.

Imagine that you could not see these words or hear them spoken! This was the case for a young girl named Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) who lost both her vision and hearing at the age of 18 months. At the age of 7, her parents decided to hire a teacher to try to help her to somehow overcome this seemingly impossible handicap. Her breakthrough story is one of the most incredible cases in history... Helen once asked her teacher, Anne Sullivan, what God's name was. Anne finger-spelled “G-O-D” into Helen's hand, and the young blind and deaf girl smiled. Helen finger-spelled her reply: "I ALWAYS KNEW who He was, and NOW I know HIS NAME!"

Amazing! And isn’t this truth EXACTLY what we learn from God’s Word?

“For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been CLEARLY SEEN, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

Even though Helen Keller could not see or hear, she KNEW of God’s existence because of “what has been made.”

"I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a GOD-MADE world, NOT a manmade world." Helen Keller. What a remarkable observation for one so severely handicapped...

For a young girl who was blind and deaf from the age of 18 months, she understood the nature of the world around her better than many. She lived in SILENCE. She lived in DARKNESS. But even in her dark and silent world, she KNEW of the existence of God! There is certainly NO excuse for YOU and ME!