April 1, 2018

The three women who came to the tomb, that Sunday morning, got up very early
before dawn and with heavy hearts, headed to the grave where Jesus had been
placed.  They were going to anoint His body.  They arrived at the tomb just as the
sun was rising.  THeir heavy hearts disappeared because there was no body to
anoint.  Jesus had risen!

The angel told the three women to go and tell the others that Jesus had risen.  I
don't know how far it was to the place the disciples were staying but I can almost
see them running the whole way.  I'm sure they didn't have to be told twice to tell
the good news. After all, now they had hope of eternal life.  If Jesus had still been
in the tomb, none of us would have hope today.

I wonder why we hesitate to go tell others.  Why do we only have a few to go on
visitation even though it is just once a month?  We should be just as excited about
Jesus' resurrection as the three women were on that first resurrection day.  We
should be witnessing every day.  What does this day mean to you?  Bunnies,
baskets, egg hunts, candy or the resurrection of our Lord?  Think about it.
Choctaw Baptist Church

"Where there is no vision, the people perish...."
Proverbs 29:18

Pastor: Bob Williams (Idabel, Starting Church)
Pastor: Tim Hollingshed (Swink, Mission)
Prize Question for all ages:  In what office were Aaron and his sons to minister unto the


A Time to Laugh:

A businessman was in a great deal of trouble.  His business was failing.  He had put
everything he had into the business.  He owed everybody.  As a last resort he went
to a pastor and poured out his story of tears and woe.

When he had finished, the pastor said, "Here's what I want you to do.  Put a beach
chair and your Bible in your car and drive down to the beach.  Take the beach
chair and the Bible to the water's edge, sit down in the beach chair, and put the
Bible in your lap.  Open the Bible; the wind will rifle the pages, but finally the open
Bible will come to rest on a page.  Look down at the page and read the first thing
you see.  That will be your answer."

A year later the businessman went back to the pastor and brought his wife and
children with him.  The man was in a new tailored suit, his wife in a mink coat,
the childr
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said,"
Matthew 28:6a

A Time to Laugh:

A former manager of the New York Yankees once told about a dream he had in
which he died and went to heaven.

There he was ordered to organize and manage a ball team.  He said he was
overwhelmed by all the available talent - Christy, Mathewson, Walter Johnson,
Rube Waddell, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and many other superstars.

Just then the phone rang.  It was Satan calling to challenge the heavenly team to a
game.  "But you haven't got a chance of winning," said the manager.  "You see I got
all the great ball players up here."

Satan explained, "Oh, I know that but I've got all the umpires!"


"I never go to church," boasted a wandering member.  "Perhaps you have noticed
that Pastor?"

"Yes, I have noticed that," said the pastor.

"Well, the reason I don't go is because there are so many hypocrites there."

"Oh don't let that keep you away," replied the pastor with a smile.  "There's always
room for one more."