October 1, 2017

God is very generous with His gifts.  We have all been given some gift.  Some have
been given more than one.  Some have the gift of preaching, teaching, singing,
witnessing, praying, counseling, sharing, hospitality, friendliness and I could go on
and on.

Today I want to talk about the gift of singing. I know this is not a large church but
somehow I believe there are more than two adults and one child who has been
given the gift of singing.  We have Donna and Richard rotating week after week
and occasionally Keethan sings.  I know they all three love singing for the Lord and
they are blessed for it, and it is a blessing to us also.  However, I know there are
more sitting in the congregation who are able to sing.  It would be such a blessing
if we had more who were willing to use their gift of singing.  David wrote in Psalms
to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  I love singing but unfortunately my singing
is a noise.  If you have the gift of song, please consider using it.  Talk to Bro.
Richard if you would like to sing.
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:  How many days was Jonah in the belly of the wale?
A.  2 days
B.  3 days
C.  4 days
D.  5 days

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
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the
Father of lights..."
James 1:17a

A Time to Laugh:

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious
service when she was startled by an intruder.  As she caught the man in the act of
robbing her home of its valuables she yelled "Stop!  Acts 2:38!"

The burglar stopped dead in his tracks.  Then the woman calmly called the police
and explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar "Why did you
just stand there?  All the old lady did was yell a scripture at you."

"Scripture?" replied the burglar.  "She said she had an axe and two 38s!"


"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."