November 19, 2017

There is a story of an old widow who lived in the mountains of Scotland.  She lived
in deep poverty.  One day a preacher visited her and she complained about her
condition while her son was living in Australia and doing well.  She said all she got
from him was letters and pictures.  He never helped her.  The preacher asked to see
the pictures and each one was a draft for 10 pounds.  She had been living in
poverty not even realizing that help was within her reach.

As God's children, we live much like the widow.  God has given us "...exceeding
great and precious promises..." (2 Peter 1:4) and we never claim or appreciate
them.  When we read a promise in the Bible we can have it.  All we have to do is
ask in faith.  The Bible is full of God's promises and He always keeps them.  God
made these promises to His children.  If you are saved, they are for you.  They are
not just for the super godly or the most spiritual, they are for me and you.  God
wants to bless us with those promises.

The next time you read a promise in God's Word, underline it, pray over it and
claim 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 the book of John, where did Jesus tell the blind man to go
wash the mud from his eyes
A.  P
ool of Siloam
B.   D
ead Sea
C.  S
ea of Tiberias
D. S
ea of Galilee

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
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust."  2 Peter 1:4

A Time to Laugh:

"Mr. Goldblatt," announced little Joey, "there's somthin' I can't figger out."
"What's that Joey?" asked Mr. Goldblatt.
"Well accordin' to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?"
"An' the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?"
"An' the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?"
"Again you're right."
"An' the Children of Israel fought the 'gyptians, an' the Children of Israel fought the
Romans, an' the Children of Israel wuz always doin' somthin' important, right?"
"All that is right, too," agreed Goldblatt.  "So what's your question?"
"What I wanna know is this," demanded Joey.  "What wuz all the grown-ups doin?"


"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."