September 3, 2017

Certain words people use in everyday life really irritate me.  With all the extreme
weather in Southeast Texas this past week, I have heard over and over the term
"Mother Nature".  I have never liked hearing those words.  I decided to research
where they originated from.  According to Google, the term most likely came from
Greek Mythology.  A false Goddess Ge/Gaia (from the root word geo meaning
earth).  Ge was given credit, belonging to Almighty God, for creating everything
including the earth, sky, and sea.

Mythology is the stories or tales people came up with ages ago to explain away
things they didn't understand or don't want to understand.  In other words, they
are just made up stories and not the truth.  We all know Satan is the author oflies.  
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  To find the truth in
anything all we need to do is look to God's Word.  You wont find Mother Nature in
God's Word.

If you have a habit of using the term Mother Nature, break it!!  God controls the
weather and everything else.
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:  Who says in his heart "There is no God?"
A.  The Devil
B.  David
C.  The fool
D.  Judas

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
"A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are
like the bars of a castle."  Proverbs 18:19

A Time to Laugh:

One day, three men were trekking through a jungle when they came across a
violent, raging river.  They had no idea how to cross.

The first man decided to pray:
"Please God, give me the strength to cross this river."
Immediately he grew enormous muscles in his arms and legs, and he managed to
swim across the river in a couple of hours, nearly drowning twice.

The second man saw this and he prayed:
"Please God give me the strength AND the tools to cross this river."
A boat appeared from nowhere and he battled across the river in an hour, nearly
capsizing twice.

The third man saw this and prayed:
"Please God, give me the strength, the tools AND the intelligence to cross the river."
Immediately he turned into a woman.  She looked at the map, walked upstream a
hundred yards, and crossed over the bridge to the other side.


"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."