by Marvin D. Patterson

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Warning Signs of False Religious Leaders (2 of 2)
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 23: 23-33

An old dollar bill and an even older $20 arrive at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.
"I've had a pretty good life," the $20 says. "I've been to Vegas, the finest restaurants in New York, and even on a Caribbean cruise."
"You did have an exciting life!" the dollar says.
"Where have you been?" the $20 asks.
"Oh, I've been to the Methodist church, the Baptist church, spent some time with the Lutherans..."
"Wait," the $20 interrupts. "What's a church?"

A couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.

"Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me."

So, for her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale.

Services will be at Downing Funeral Home on Monday the 12th. Due to the condition of the body, this will be a closed casket service. Please send your donations to the "Think Before You Say Things To Your Wife Foundation," Dallas, Texas.


We are continuing our study of these false religious leaders. In way of review, this is the last recorded sermon that Jesus gives before He goes back to heaven. It is Wednesday of the Passion Week. He has cleansed the temple in Jerusalem, and now He is teaching and preaching the things that pertain to the kingdom of God. He will go to the cross in two days, on Friday. The scribes and Pharisees have been trying to trap Jesus into incriminating Himself by saying something they could use against Jesus, but Jesus wisely responded to all their questions and they could not trap Him. Now they are standing there, along with the people, and the disciples, and Jesus is ...

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