by Jason Dees

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Series: Churchology
Jason Dees
Titus 2:2 - 8

2:2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

This is God's Word.

How great was that church, to be a part of three baptisms. To see the hand of God at work and moving and calling people to himself. And you know Baptism is such an amazing picture of God's grace, redemption new life. Dead in sin brought to life by the grace of God.

And it is so great to be a part of a church like this that God is using, and that he has used for almost 40 years now.

The other day I was reading through this book that the staff made me when I first came here to help me get to know them and I read Jennifer Dolcelli's little entry who is on our staff now and a very valuable member. In fact every week Jennifer is not seen but sits in that booth and makes me and all of this look good. Tireless, thankless work.

And Jennifer came to a fall festival at Valleydale in October of 2000 and that was the first thing that God used in her life in introduce her to this church and God has used this church to radically change her life. To brings about redemption and healing and holiness in her and her son Ray.

And that is just one little story.

A few weeks ago I was at the Southern Baptist Convention and I ran into Al Jackson who is a pastor in A ...

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