by Marvin D. Patterson

The Keys of the Kingdom!
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 16:19-28

Poor Pastor
This pastor joke reminds us to know whose listening when we talk.
After the church service a little boy told the pastor, ''When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money.''
''Well, thank you,'' the pastor replied, ''but why?''
''Because my daddy says you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had.''

The Ears Have It
This pastor joke might turn your stomach if you are not a hunter.
Three friends decided to go deer hunting together. One was a lawyer, one a doctor, and the other a preacher.
As they were walking, along came a big buck. The three of them shot simultaneously. Immediately the buck dropped to the ground and all three rushed up to see how big it actually was.
Upon reaching it they found out that it was dead but had only one bullet hole. Thus a debate followed concerning whose buck it was.
A few minutes later a game officer came by and asked what the problem was. The doctor told him their reason for the debate. The officer told them he would take a look and tell them who shot it.
Within a few seconds the game officer said with much confidence, ''The pastor shot the buck!''
They all wondered how he knew that so quickly.
The officer said, ''Easy. The bullet went in one ear and out the other.''


We have been studying in Matthew's Gospel, and we have learned many wonderful truths. Last week we saw that Christ will build His church! No man, demon, nor even Satan himself can destroy or stop the Church that Jesus builds. That is a great encouragement to us here at Grace Baptist Church. We are a part of that church, and God will bless us and build our church as long as we keep Him first in our lives! He is to have the preeminence in whatever we are to do, we are to please Him, and glorify our Father in heaven!

As we finish this great chapter, we are going to see that there are still some very rich and rewarding truths to learn as Jesus in ...

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