June 3, 2018

ARE YOU LISTENING?
I imagine there isn't one person who has not had to ask someone "didn't you hear
me say....".  There is a big difference between hearing and listening.  Hearing is just
the ability to hear sound.  Listening takes effort and close attention.  Also we have
probably all been guilty of not paying attention ourselves.

Have you ever been reading your Bible or praying and then your mind starts to
wander and you don't even know what you have read; or maybe you haven't even
finished your prayer?  Ever sat in a preaching service and your mind has wandered
and you don't even know what the sermon was about?  Satan likes to distract us
from what God wants us to hear.

Don't let Satan distract you.  God has important words for you to hear.  Don't get
too busy to listen to what He has to say.
Choctaw Baptist Church
(THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

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

Pastor: Bob Williams (Idabel, Starting Church)
(580)286-1793
Prize Question for all ages:  Who made plans for the Temple and who had it built?

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
"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."
Ephesians 3:12

A foreign visitor was being given a tour of Washington, D.C. one day by an
American friend of hers.  She was amazed at the size of the Monuments, the
Congressional Buildings, and so forth.  Finally she gazed at the White House itself.

"My, that's an exceptionally large building!" she remarked.

"Yes, it's pretty big alright." said her friend.

"Big?  It's huge!!  About how many people work in there?" she asked.

"Oh....about half."

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There is a story about a new clerk in a supermarket.  A customer asked him if she
could buy half a grapefruit.  Not knowing what to do, he excused himself to ask the
manager.

"Some nut out there wants to buy half a grapefruit..." he began, and suddenly
realizing that the customer had entered the office behind him, continued "...and
this lovely lady would like to buy the other half."

The manager was impressed with the way the clerk amicably resolved the problem
and they later started chatting.  "Where are you from?" asked the store manager.

"Lancaster, Pennsylvania," replied the clerk.  "Home of ugly women and great
hockey teams."

"Oh my WIFE is from Lancaster," challenged the manager."

Without skipping a beat, the clerk asked, "What team was she on?"