The Same Gift
This morning’s lesson will be over our spiritual gifts. To help us apply what we will learn and to prepare us for the week, I would like to share with you what I believe is the most important aspect of the gifts that we have Christians. That is the nature by which we come to use our gifts. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninforme... read all »
Communication, Punctuation, and Attitude!
Words from the past by Dayton Keesee (September 14, 2018)Solomon stated: “ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in setting of silver” (Prov. 25:11). Your speech can deeply and sweetly enrich others. Yet, Solomon adds Proverbs 18:7:  “A fools mouth is his destruction and his lips are a snare to his soul.”  James even warns that “out of th... read all »
What Jesus Said About Love
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,- John 13:34-35 How will all men know if we are Jesus’ disciples? Jesus made it clear above. This is My commandment, that you love one anothe... read all »
What Do You Choose to See?
The apostle Thomas is often remembered as a doubter because he refused to believe in the resurrection until he saw Jesus for himself, according to John 20:19-29. Earlier, however, when Jesus had determined to return to Judea where his life was in danger it was Thomas who said to the rest of the apostles, “Let us go also, that we may die with him”, John 11:16. Wo... read all »
How Bleak Things Must Have Seemed...Until
Noah, once surrounded by wickedness, gets a fresh start with his family.At 75 and childless, Abraham is promised a son... born 25 years later.Joseph, sold into slavery eventually becomes 2nd only to Pharaoh.Israelites, no longer slaves, cross the Red Sea on dry land.Gideon, living under crushing oppression, is given victory with only 300 soldiers.Hannah, barren & hear... read all »
A Christian in a Stolen Car?
A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chan... read all »
"...a church where I will be welcomed"
I received an e-mail from someone considering visiting one of our assemblies. They related how their past was not necessarily exemplary, and so were wondering if that would keep them from being welcomed among us. How would you answer such an e-mail? What would you say? No one among us has a stellar past either?Is your sin really worse than ours?Jesus' church is a ... read all »
Thirsty Campaign
As you may know, the Choctaw Church of Christ has been studying and learning about evangelism this quarter. Part of learning is putting into practice the things that one has learned. After almost 2 months of being taught by our Shepherds about evangelism, another opportunity to put into practice, the sharing of Jesus with our community, has arrived by the simple act o... read all »
Rebuilding, Reaching Out, Encouraging and Praying
The church in Choctaw can move forward if we are willing to work in these areas and PRAYING. There are already many areas of service to our Lord already in this place. Each and every work of service is really valuable. The purpose of this article is to focus on the three areas of previously discussed with the addition of praying for our Lord’s help for their succe... read all »
Encouraging One Another
Hebrews 10:24-25 gives very valuable instructions for our Christian efforts: “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deed, not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”  As is instructed, we should see how each of us may best stimulate... read all »