Making a Pitch

Bob and Earl, two buddies, were great baseball fans. They watched about 60 games a year. One day, while discussing their favorite subject, they wondered if there was baseball in heaven.
“I’ll tell you what,” Bob declared, “If I die first, I?ll find out, and let you know.”
The sad day came when Bob died and went to heaven. A few nights later, his buddy awoke to the sound of Bob’s voice from beyond the grave.
“Bob, is that you?” Earl cried.
“Of course it?s me!” Bob answered.
“That’s unbelievable!” Earl exclaimed, “So tell me, is there baseball in heaven?”
“Well,” Bob answered, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”
“Tell me the good news first,” Earl requested.
“OK, the good news is that, yes, there is indeed baseball in heaven.”
“That?s wonderful! So what could the bad news possibly be?”
“Oh, that,” Bob replied. “You’re pitching tomorrow night!”
Theologians have been unable to confirm the existence of baseball in heaven, but one thing in this story can be verified. Life is uncertain. We have a finite amount of it left, and we do not know when it will be we who are, well, pitching in heaven. Before we know it, we will be over there, trying to find out who’s on first …
It’s a good idea to work on our game while we have the time. We’ve got to keep our reflexes sharp, and our game in tune. There will come a day then The Manager will look over the roster. We all want to “make the cut,” right?
“A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil to be condemned” (John 5:28,28).
Play ball!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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