July 9, 2017

During World War II, in a little village in France, the Nazis had the people all lined
up before a firing squad.  Among the villagers was a 15 year old teen.  He knew
what was about to happen, but he didn't understand why.  Just before the rifles
began firing, the teen heard mortar shells begin to explode and then the sound of
tanks rolling into their village.  The Germans had to leave the firing squad to fight
the U.S. tanks and 20 U.S. Army soldiers.  They were led by a man named bob
Hansley and were part of General Patton's third Army.  Forty four years later that
same teen, who was now the former mayor of that small village, searched until he
found Corporal Bob Hamsley so he could honor the man who had saved his life and
many others.

When you are thankful for sacrifices made for you, you have a desire to honor that
person.  About two thousand years ago Christ made a much greater sacrifice for us
when He willingly gave His life at Calvary on the cross.  How often do you thank
Him for that sacrifice?  How often do you honor Him?  We should always be giving
thanks and honor to the One who sacrificed so much for us and our freedom from
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:  What is the 6th of the Ten Commandments?

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
"Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is
Proverbs 12:20

A Time to Laugh:

"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."