woman surprisedA new Pastor in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days making personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first services.

The following Sabbath the church was all but empty.

Accordingly, the Pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian burial.

The funeral would be held the following Sabbath afternoon, the notice said.

 quote 1932

"If you ask, 'Why is this happening?' no light will come, but if you ask, 'How am I to glorify God now?' there will always be an answer."

- J. I. Packer 

flower cherry blossomsYou Know You Live in a Small Town When...

The "road hog" in front of you on Main Street is a farmer's combine.

The local phone book has only one yellow page.

Third Street is on the edge of town.

You leave your jacket on the back of the chair in the cafe, and when you go back the next day, it's still there, on the same chair.

quote 1931

 "The Christian's motto should not be 'Let go and let God,' but 'Trust God and get going!'"

- J. I. Packer

child5A young girl asked her father following the church service “Dad, is God going to die?”

“Of course not, God can’t die,” replied her father. “Why do you ask?”

The girl answered, “The Pastor kept saying that God’s will was being done.”


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