The Sunday Post – Resurrection April 17, 2022

The Sunday Post - Resurrection April 17, 2022

The Sunday Post – Resurrection April 17, 2022

“The Sunday Post” is a column comprised of articles of Faith, poetry, devotions and scripture that have been submitted to Smokey Barn News from local readers.

Happy Resurrection Sunday, He’s Alive!

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Three Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: ” I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it’s way to the ocean. ” I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining ax, the first tree fell. “Now I shall make a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It’s perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining ax, the second tree fell. “Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. ” I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me.” He muttered. With a swoop of his shining ax, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold or treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead, the once strong tree was hammered and awed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. “What happened?” The once tall tree wondered. ” All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.

But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. “I wish I could make a cradle for him.” Her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. ” This manger is beautiful.” She said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and a thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She new she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awoke. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten wood pile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hand to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

The next time you feel down because you didn’t get what you wanted, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.


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He’s Alive!

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)

thief at calvary“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)

“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:8-11)

“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25)

Jesus handFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Jesus said: “Fear not; I am the first and last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:17-18)

Jesus universe aFor as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1 Peter 1:18-23)

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philip. 3:10)


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Science or History?


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Believest Thou This?

John 11:25-26

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

Believest thou this?


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The Two Wolves


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How can you believe in a God who is jealous?


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The Cross Was His Own

woman clinging to crossThey borrowed a bed to lay His head
When Christ the Lord came down;
They borrowed the ass in the mountain pass
For him to ride to town;
But the crown that He wore and the Cross that He bore
Were his own—-
The Cross was His own!

He borrowed the bread when the crowd He fed
On the grassy mountain side,
He borrowed the dish of broken fish
With which He satisfied.
But the crown that He wore and the Cross that He bore
Were his own—-
The Cross was His own!

sinner at crossHe borrowed the ship in which to sit
To teach the multitudes;
He borrowed a nest in which to rest—-
He had never a home so rude;
But the crown that He wore and the Cross that He bore
Were His own—-
The Cross was His own!

He borrowed a room on His way to the tomb
The passover lamb to eat:
They borrowed a cave for Him a grave,
They borrowed a winding sheet.
But the Crown that he wore and the Cross that He bore
Were his own—-
The Cross was His own.


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Where God Aint


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Jesus In Every book of the Bible

In Luke 24:27 Jesus reveals to two of his disciples that all Scripture is about him and then proceeds to show them from the books of Moses and the prophets (the Old Testament).

In Hebrews 1:1-2 the voice of Scripture is expanded to include the New Testament (which speaks of all that Jesus said, did and continued to do through the mission of the Church). All Scripture really is about Jesus. Here’s a quick overview of how you can find Jesus in every book of the Bible…

  • Genesis: He’s the Serpent Crusher
  • Exodus: He’s the Passover Lamb
  • Leviticus: He’s our High Priest
  • Numbers: He’s the Pillar of fire by night and a Shining Cloud by day
  • Deuteronomy: He’s the Prophet greater than Moses
  • Joshua: He’s the Captain of our salvation
  • Judges: He’s our Saving Judge
  • Ruth: He’s our Kinsman Redeemer
  • 1 & 2 Samuel: He’s our Forever King
  • 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles: He’s our Perfect King
  • Ezra-Nehemiah: He’s the Rebuilder who reverses the devastation of sinfulness
  • Esther: He’s our Guardian like Mordecai
  • Job: He’s our ever-living Redeemer
  • Psalms: He’s our Shepherd-King
  • Proverbs: He’s our Comprehensible Wisdom in life
  • Ecclesiastes: He’s our Incomprehensible Wisdom in faith
  • Song of Songs: He’s our Loving Bridegroom
  • Isaiah: He’s the Suffering Servant
  • Jeremiah: He’s the Righteous Descendant (branch) who restores God’s people
  • Lamentations: He’s our Weeping Prophet
  • Ezekiel: He’s the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord
  • Daniel: He’s the one like a son of man, the fourth person in the fiery furnace
  • Hosea: He’s the Faithful Husband who pursues his unfaithful wife
  • Joel: He’s the one who pours out his Holy Spirit in power
  • Amos: He’s the one who will come on the Day of the Lord
  • Obadiah: He’s the Savior on Mount Zion
  • Jonah: He’s our Foreign Missionary who dwelt for three days in the grave
  • Micah: He’s the Ruler who comes out of Bethlehem Ephrathah
  • Nahum: He’s the Avenger of God’s elect
  • Habakkuk: He’s the Righteous One in whom we live by faith
  • Zephaniah: He’s the Mighty One who will save
  • Haggai: He’s the Restorer of God’s House
  • Zechariah: He’s the Fountain that cleanses us from sin and impurity
  • Malachi: He’s the Sun of Righteousness rising with healing in his wings
  • Matthew: He’s the King of the Jews
  • Mark: He’s the Servant Son of God
  • Luke: He’s the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost
  • John: He’s the Word of God
  • Acts: He’s the only Name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved
  • Romans: He’s the Righteousness of God
  • 1 Corinthians: He’s the one who gives us victory over death
  • 2 Corinthians: He’s the one who reconciles us to God
  • Galatians: He’s our Freedom
  • Ephesians: He’s the Head of the Church
  • Philippians: He’s our Joy
  • Colossians: He’s the Fullness of God
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians: He’s the one we wait for in hope
  • 1 & 2 Timothy: He’s the one that we preach and serve
  • Titus: He’s the Truth of sound doctrine
  • Philemon: He’s our Advocate before God
  • Hebrews: He’s the Author and Finisher of our faith
  • James: He’s the Work of our faith seen in our lives
  • 1 Peter: He’s the one who died for sin once for all
  • 2 Peter: He’s our Life and Godliness
  • 1 John: He’s how we know God’s love
  • 2 John: He’s our Example to follow
  • 3 John: He’s our Pattern to imitate
  • Jude: He’s the Source of our salvation
  • Revelation: He’s the first and last, the living one, the lamb who was slain – the coming forever King of God’s people, the Alpha and the Omega and every letter in between…

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Jesus vs Religion


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Saved!, How?

Examine what is taught in the Holy Scriptures for yourself and see

  1. All have sinned—“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
  1. Sin must be paid for—“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life” – Romans 6:23
  1. Jesus Christ paid for our sins—“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8
  1. What we must do—“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”  – Romans 10:13

Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:29-31)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8-9)

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:10-13)

  1. How we can know we are on our way to Heaven—“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life…” – John 3:36
  1. How To be Sure We are Saved—“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”  – John 1:12

Prayer is our most powerful resource and our direct line with Heaven! You can call on the Lord any hour of the day or night no matter where you are. Pray honestly and openly with the Lord in your own words from the heart. Richard Sibbes Once said, “God can make sense out of a confused prayer!” And The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel according to Thomas Watson. So pray!!!, God is listening, he knows you, He knew you before you were born according to Jeremiah 1:5.

It will change your life, and you will NEVER be the same!

*Check out the various links and resources provided below to help you grow in your Christian walk.

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As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12

Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:19

The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. – Revelation 5:5

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The Euphrates river. The only river that is both in the first book and the last book of the Bible.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4


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“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:3-4‬ ‭

Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day…. were just three days apart! A lot can happen in three days!


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I Never See The Sunday Post Anymore, Why?

Preacher Brown Morris Sims Jr. age 66, of Fleetwood, NC was saved by Gods grace at the age of 44. Preacher Sims enjoyed teaching and preaching the word of God. He was the primary author, contributor, and editor for the articles, sermons, short stories and poems for “The Sunday Post” on Smokey Barn News. On Sunday, July 5, 2015, Pastor Sims entered heaven after a long battle with cancer.

He wanted you to know the following…

Preacher Brown Morris Sims Jr
Preacher Sims

Things I Enjoyed,

My wife…
My kids…
Skeet shooting…
Dirt Bikes …..Yamaha…
Guns and target shooting and plinking…
Bass fishing…………………………boats…
Dirt Roads…
Old Guitars…
Making stuff out of wood…
Helping folks with anything….car work, yard work, fixing anything…
Fishing from the pond bank with worms & a cane pole…
Mowing grass…
Did I mention, my daddy, who hung the moon, had cancer too…
I love my sister and brother…
Being in the woods while it is snowing…
Love all my nurses and hospice folks…
I love dogs…
Old cemeteries and neat epitaphs…
Love to hear Whip Or Wills…
Mocking birds…
Bob White Quail, owls, esp. Screech Owls…
To see deer and turkeys in the pasture…
Good preaching…
My pastor Russell Sheets…Liberty Baptist Lansing NC…
Most of all I love, Bible study and being in a Bible believing church…

Things I hate,

Hate big cities…
Stuck up people…
Bugs…esp ones that go bsssszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Preacher Sims’s favorite verse:

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made ALIVE!           
(I Corinthians 15:22)

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