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Titus West | August 6, 2021
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 of offering people a bottle of ...
Marty Kessler | July 30, 2021
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 success since they are what He wants fr...
Harold Weaver | July 22, 2021
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 (arouse, urging) others to love (...
Mike Mazzalongo | July 16, 2021
It has been eighteen months since my first serious bout of dizziness and nausea (during a men’s breakfast) which has since been diagnosed as Ménière’s Disease, a condition of the inner ear that causes hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and the reoccurring symptoms of vertigo and debilitating nausea. This condition has caused me to experience weight loss, fatigue and almost daily bouts of ...
Harold Weaver | July 9, 2021
As we look to the future for the Lord’s church family, it is very important that part of our effort should be “Rebuilding the Church.” The virus has caused us so much difficulty as a family. Some things have changed. A few families have left for another congregation, or moved away, or become elderly and unable to regularly attend worship services or become shut-in, and even a few faithful members ...
Harold Weaver | July 3, 2021
Matthew 28:18-20 instructs us to: go make disciples, baptizing them, teaching them to observe all Jesus commanded. What were those who were taught to do? The same instructions. It continues through each generation, So, it’s ours also today. Jesus said, “I am with you always to the end of the age.” Repeating those instructions must also include our local area as well. Our plan: Marty has prepared a...
Marty Kessler | June 25, 2021
Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit to the apostles to… Teach them all things (John 14:26) Enable them to remember what he had taught them Guide them into all truth (John 16:13) Glorify Jesus in doing so This means that when the apostles and New Testament prophets wrote down what the Holy Spirit gave them, they were recording all of the truth into which Jesus wanted them guided. When we read ...
Titus West | June 18, 2021
In April of 2016, my wife and I discovered we were going to become parents. When I learned this, being the best possible father was the only thing that really mattered to me. I wanted, and still want, to provide the best possible life I could for my child to come. I had no idea where to begin, but now I have been a father for four years and this Father’s Day, I would like to share with you two thi...
Marty Kessler | June 11, 2021
The Proconsul asked him whether he was Polycarp. On hearing that he was, he tried to persuade him to apostatize, saying, “Have respect for your old age, swear by the fortune of Caesar. Repent, and say, ‘Down with the Atheists!’” Polycarp looked grimly at the wicked heathen multitude in the stadium, and gesturing towards them, he said, “Down with the Atheists!” “Swear,” urged the Proconsul, “reproa...
Mike Mazzalongo | May 28, 2021
Dave Laton has more than 40 years’ experience developing and managing education and training for business and industry, governmental agencies, academic institutions, and congregations of the churches of Christ. Dave holds degrees in education administration, business management, adult education, and a Doctor of Ministry in Religious Education Leadership. He is currently serving the deacon for miss...
Marty Kessler | May 21, 2021
To succeed, make God your closest ally and his people your best friends – Few things will benefit you as much in life as seeking out God and his people wherever the road ahead takes you. Hard work pays off, God promises – We reap as we sow. According to Galatians 6:6-10, God assures us that he will provide the harvest of what we have planted. Jesus said the laborer is worthy of his hire, and no on...
Marty Kessler | May 14, 2021
If Eve had not listened to the serpent, she would not have eaten the fruit. But she did listen to him and brought sin with all of its corruption into paradise (Genesis 3). If Aaron had not listened to the people, he would not have made that golden calf that they worshiped as a god. But he did listen to them, he did make the calf, which made him look pretty dumb brought a horrible judgment on God’s...
Marty Kessler | May 7, 2021
God made both Adam and Eve in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). Adam was given priority as the first one created. Eve was made from Adam, and her purpose was not to compete with him, but to help him. Equality with Adam was also not the focus. God’s purpose for both of them was unity, two people becoming one. Paul wrote a rare word of praise for the church in Corinth because of the ways in which they we...
Marty Kessler | April 30, 2021
Am I being the image of Jesus he calls me to be? Do I serve like he serves, knowing that some whom I serve will be ungrateful or apathetic? I am so glad he keeps on serving even though the ungrateful one is often me. Do I have compassion like him? I have tons of compassion. Well, okay, is mostly for myself, but isn’t that still compassion? No one throws as good a pity party. You may have even been...
Marty Kessler | April 23, 2021
My computer immediately put a blue line under the second “Encourage” above, meaning the system program questions the legitimacy of this word in that place. But there is no question in our minds about the value of encouragement, is there? I mean, when is it out of place to put some courage into someone to help them do well? If you could go back in time, whom would you like to think that you would h...
Marty Kessler | April 16, 2021
A man by the name of Derek Chauvin is presently on trial for the death of another man named George Floyd. It is feared that there may be reprisals if the outcome does not satisfy those whose minds are already made up regarding his guilt. Perhaps this fact, more so than the actual verdict, is what scares most folks the most. Regardless of how passionately some feel about this case, there is coming ...
Marty Kessler | April 9, 2021
Here are pictures and names of the Gonzalez family who were baptized by Gumer Gonzales (brother to the father of this family) who was converted through BibleTalk & our website. About time we had some good news, huh? — Marty The pictures of their baptism that took place at our home by our brother in Christ on 4/4/2021. My brother in law Yerik Gonzalez, his wife Ivette, son Yerik and daughter Julia ...
Titus West | April 2, 2021
This coming weekend is Easter Sunday. The day known around America as the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. His resurrection was predicted in the Old Testament and came to fruition in the New and this is the day our country has set aside to celebrate the plan God put together at the very beginning of time so that we may have a hope of being in Heaven with Him. So, as people all o...
Marty Kessler | March 26, 2021
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will drive it far from him”, Proverbs 22:15 Children are foolish unless we teach & train them to be otherwise. If you want to avoid having foolish children, you have to put forth some effort. Trust me, it is not easy, and you won’t get it right all the time, but God provides some guidance and authorizes you to enforce it. Eli ...
Marty Kessler | March 19, 2021
1. Give your sadness time – While pain resulting from an injury (either physical or emotional) is usually the greatest at first, the process of healing begins almost immediately. It is a process, however, and cannot be rushed. Give yourself permission to hurt for a while and allow the hurt to subside. Even Jobs three “friends” sat quietly with him for seven days , saying nothing (Job 2:11-13). 2. ...