BulletinGold #118
October
2010   Vol 10 #8
 

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BulletinGold #118
October 2010
Vol. 10 Num. 8
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- The Will of God, Paul L. McElroy
The Ability To Distinguish, John Gipson
- For Your Soul, Paul L. McElroy
- What Your Children Want, Jeremiah Tatum
- Blameless, Earl Edwards
- Should We Preach Doctrine, Shane Robinson
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Gerald Cowan
- Courage
- On the Road?
- The Bible
- I Know He's Watching Me
- The Eternal Goodness, John Greenleaf Whittier
- The Knots Prayer
- Jesus Is…  (Don’t You Know), H. L. Gradowith
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Editorial by David Bragg
This issue of BulletinGold is a collection of bulletin articles, fillers, poems, and quotes. Many of these items revolve around the subject of God's Word and the spiritual benefits of living according to the Bible. I thought that the following article by Ron Bartanen set the tone for this issue of BulletinGold.

What "Bible" Means
By Ronald Bartanen

   I believe that the best definition I've ever read about what the "Bible" means was explained by a small boy.  He approached his father and proudly declared, "I know what the Bible means!" The father smiled, and asked, "What do you mean, you know what the Bible means?"  "That's easy, Daddy, the young son replied excitedly.  "It stands for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth!"
   You may be aware that the word "Bible" is a transliteration of the Greek word, Biblios, meaning "Book".  However, it is no ordinary book.  It is a book of books-66 in number-written over a period of 1600 years by 40 writers from varied backgrounds.  Most acknowledge there had to be a creator, yet fail to realize that the Creator has sought to reveal Himself to man-through nature, His Son, and the Book inspired by His Spirit (Psa. 19:1-9; John 14:9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Indeed, the Bible does provide the information and direction we need-the Basic Information Before Leaving Earth! God has not left man without what is needed to prepare for eternity.  We are available to assist you in your study of this great Book through a home-study or a Bible Correspondence Course.

- Ronald Bartanen preaches for Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com
Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
The Ability To Distinguish
By John Gipson

   Dean Inge once said he had no ear for music, that he could not tell the difference between the songs “Pop Goes the King” and “God Save the Weasel.” Poor Dean! He lacked the ability to distinguish.
   That inability can be a very sober and serious thing when it comes to spiritual matters. The Hebrew writer must have known some ‘Peter Pan’ Christians. (You remember Peter Pan. He was the boy who refused to grow up). Listen to the rebuke given to such immaturity: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
   Did you notice? The ability to distinguish good from evil comes from having our “faculties trained by practice” (exercise). It is through constant practice that one becomes proficient in any line of endeavor, and it holds true in Christianity. A little child does not know “how to refuse the evil and choose the good.” It is through training and exercise that one becomes mature and consciously discriminative of “good and evil” whether in doctrine, ethics or morals.
   We must “try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” lest as children we are “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.”
   May God help us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and to sharpen our spiritual perceptions on a daily basis till we arrive at the ability to distinguish good from evil.

- John Gipson; via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.  Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com


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For Your Soul
By Paul L. McElroy

      Jesus of Nazareth died for You, "and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world." (1 Jn. 2:2). It is by His blood that You may be forgiven of your sins. "The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" (John 1:29).
     It does not matter how bad you have been, only that you are now willing to turn from your unrighteousness and submit to Lord’s will. (Acts 3:19, Heb. 5:9, Acts 2:38).
     For people to be saved, They must hear the gospel. The apostle Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Rom. 1:16). It is by the power of the gospel that a person may be born again. (1 Pet. 1:22-25). So, the gospel must be declared and is the reason why Jesus commands us to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (Mark 16:15).

- Paul L. McElroy preaches for the Columbia church of Christ on Broad Street in Columbia, MS. Paul may be contacted at cc0c@bellsouth.net



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What Your Children Want
By Jeremiah Tatum

     As I was recently studying for a lesson on parenting, I came across an older book by J.J. Turner that included the following information:
     In a study conducted nearly 50 years ago by British author and psychologist R.F. Hertz, 100,000 children between the ages of 8-14 in 24 different countries were asked to make a list of ten rules for their parents. This was the final list that was compiled.
1. Do not quarrel in front of your children.
2. Treat all of your children with equal affection.
3. Never lie to a child.
4. There must be a mutual tolerance between parents.
5. There should be a comradeship between parents and children.
6. Treat your children's friends as welcome visitors in the house.
7. Always answer children’s questions.
8. Don’t blame or punish your children in the presence of their guests.
9. Concentrate on your child’s good points; don’t emphasize his failings.
10. Be constant in your affection and in your mood.
     It is an interesting concept to consider what our children are thinking about us. If we want to have a good relationship with them, and be a powerful influence in their lives, we will listen to what they are saying.
     Parenting is more than handing down rules and being a disciplinarian. What most parents are missing out on is relationship building.
     Our children want our time, our affection, fairness, the truth, and a good example. They want to be able to respect us for all the right reasons. They want to know us, share with us, and be proud to call us theirs.
     It is a documented fact that children are always wanting to know whether or not they are pleasing to their parents. Maybe it is time for some parents to ask themselves whether or not their behavior is pleasing their children.
"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." ~ Ephesians 6:4

- Jeremiah Tatum; via The Central Message, the weekly bulletin of the Central church of Christ in Paducah KY.  Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website at : http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org


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Blameless
By Earl Edwards
 
    NOAH WAS "RIGHTEOUS in his moral relations to God..."
    He did what was right.  This passage even says he was "perfect" (NASV--"blameless").  This cannot mean he was sinless (remember Genesis 9:20-21).  Elders too are expected to be "blameless" (1 Timothy 3:2 KJV), but that certainly does not require sinless perfection (cf. 1 John 1:8).  It does however, in both cases, indicate a comparative maturity that causes one to turn away from sin as soon as it is pointed out to him.  Noah was this type of person; in fact, he "walked with God."  He accepted God's will as his standard.  He was not a part of the corrupt society of that day (Genesis 6:12).  Rather, he did "according to all that God commanded him" (Genesis 6:22) with reference to the building of the ark and preaching to the sinful society of his day.
    The sixty-four dollar question for all Christians today is: do we really try to live a blameless life?  Do we study God's standard and listen carefully when it is preached and turn away from sin when it is pointed out?  That is what it meant to "walk with God" like Noah did.

- Earl Edwards, "Noah, Who Preached Righteousness, " The Book of Genesis: Foundational Truth and Unfolding of God's Plan of Redemption, Curtis Cates, Editor, 881-882; via KneEmail; Mike Benson edits an on-line devotional entitled KneEmail.  To subscribe, send ANY message to: kneemail-subscribe@welovegod.org  Mike may be contacted atmlbenson@wowway.com


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Should We Preach Doctrine
By Shane Robinson

    Many today would say no. As a result, many “have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Rom.10:1-2). Bill Hybels, leader of the mega-church movement recently said, “We brought in a lot of people, but we did not disciple anybody.” Many today are attracted to a “feel-good” message but have very little knowledge of the Bible. Joel Olsten, the most popular preacher in America today, recently said on Larry King Live, “I wanted to reach the mainstream. We’ve reached the church audience. What I do is just try to preach practical principles; I may not bring the scriptures until the end of my sermon and I do not feel bad about that” (Joel Olsteen – Larry King Live). Olsteen preaches what is known as the “prosperity gospel” (an appealing and comforting message free from anything considered to be negative). Olsteen preaches to a congregation of about 16,000 and his services are watched by over 7 million every week in over 100 countries.
    What does the Bible say about whether or not a preacher should preach doctrine? 2 Timothy 4:2 answers this question: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” Preach the WORD (Bible), at all times. Convince (+ or -), rebuke (-), exhort (+), with all longsuffering and DOCTRINE (teaching). Paul shows us that preaching is both positive and negative; it involves both correction and encouragement. The time has truly come when people do not want to hear the word, but as Paul told Timothy, we must preach it (vv.3-5).
     I recall some advice given to me by an older preacher when he said, “you do not have to preach the wrong thing to lead others into perdition, all you have to do is not preach the right thing.” Speaking the truth in love incorporates every aspect of preaching. If all we preach is “doctrine” we miss blessings the Bible teaches; if all we preach is “blessings” we are not preaching the whole counsel of God.

- Shane Robinson, preaches for the Lake Hills church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.lakehillschurchofchrist.org/


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
By Gerald Cowan

    Nobody can have too many true friends. But what is a true friend? Is there a difference between having a friend and being a friend? Which is more important?
      1. What kind of friend was Jesus while He was on earth? He was a true friend to...
          * The poor
          * The sick
          * The common people
          * The social outcast
          * All races, genders, age groups, social groups
          * People in trouble and in all circumstances.
       2. In a very special way He was a friend to sinners.
          * He was "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."
          * He was a willing sacrifice.
          * He wants His message and His offer of salvation preached to all the lost, now and always.
          * No sinner can save himself by himself. There is not one who does not need the salvation that is from Jesus.
      3. Jesus wants us to be His friends and be friends to His friends.
          * He calls everyone to accept Him as friend and to be His friend – to obey Him and follow Him.
          * One cannot be a true friend to another person unless both of them are friends of Jesus.
      4. Jesus is the special friend of His saved and faithful people.
          * He requires one to believe in Him, turn away from what He calls sin, be baptized – identified fully with Him, His death, His resurrection, and His ongoing life – and take an open stand for Him in the world.
          * Jesus does something for His people that He does not do for anybody else in the world. He works with them for everything that is good for them and for the cause of God. He protects and preserves His people from every spiritual enemy. He mediates between His people and God.
      5. Perhaps we could paraphrase the invitation of Jesus to everyone as, "Come, and let us be true friends to each other."
 
- Gerald Cowan preaches for the Dongola church of Christ in Dongola, IL.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com


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Courage

    Many of us have heard the story about Abraham Lincoln.  He was defeated seven times for elective office before winning the Presidency of the United States.  He certainly defied the odds.  And he did not give up.
    Then there was Vincent van Gogh.  Van Gogh earned all of $85 from his paintings during his lifetime.  One hundred years after his death, just one painting alone, Dr. Bachet sold for the incredible sum of $82.5 million.
    Then there was this itinerant, Middle Eastern preacher who lived some 2000 years ago.  His ideas were definitely rejected by the people of His hometown, as well as the religious leaders of His time and country.  Yet He continued His ministry.
    The point is clear.  Abraham Lincoln, Vincent van Gogh, or Jesus of Nazareth had let rejection rule their lives, and let it keep them from doing and saying what they felt to be right (and knew was right in the case of Jesus) where would our world be today?
    My friends, we must do what is right no matter what those around us say.  In the words of Peter, “We must obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).  Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28).  The Hebrews writer declared, “so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What will man do to me?”(Heb. 13:6).
     God has promised us, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common in man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape, also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13).

- Shelbyville , IL church bulletin; via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com


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On the Road?

   A young boy had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who was a Bishop, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, "I'll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your Scriptures a little and get your hair cut and we'll talk about it.
   After about a month, the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car.  They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been real proud of you.  You have brought your grades up, you've studied your Scriptures diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!"
   The young man waited a minute and replied, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that.  You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, why even Jesus had long hair."
   To which his father replied, "Yes, and they WALKED every where they went!"

-Via the weekly bulletin for the Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon, IL.  David R. Ferguson preaches for the congregation and may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://lakelandchurchofchrist.web.officelive.com/default.aspx


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The Bible

The BOOK contains... the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our God its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, it is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered for ever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
“Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psa. 119:89).

- Author Unknown; via The Contender, the weekly bulletin published by the Walnut Grove church of Christ in Benton, KY.  Kevin Williams preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted at wgcoc@bellsouth.net


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Hearts of Gold - poetry
   I Know He's Watching Me

I try to be fair to all that I meet
And be kind to all that I see
I feel it's something I must do
I know he's watching me.

I play life's games by the rules
And be the man I ought to be
I feel it's something I must do
I know he's watching me.

I treat a stranger with kindness
And neighbors with love you see
I feel it's something I must do
I know he's watching me.

It's not easy and at times I fail
But I'll be the best I can be
I feel it's something I must do
I know he's watching me.

No I'm not talking about my Lord
Or securing my destiny
I'm talking about that son of mine
I know he's watching me!

- via the weekly bulletin of the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the congregation, and he may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: http://www.lebanonroadchurchofchrist.org


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        The Eternal Goodness
     By John Greenleaf Whittier

Within the maddening maze of things
And tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings,
I know that God is good.

I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise;
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.

And so beside the silent sea
I wait the muffled oar;
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

And thou, O Lord, by whom are seen
Thy creatures as they be,
Forgive me if too close I lean
My human heart on thee.

- John Greenleaf Whittier; via the weekly bulletin of the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the congregation, and he may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: http://www.lebanonroadchurchofchrist.org


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The Knots Prayer

Dear God,
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots,
may nots, and
might nots that find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the am nots
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.
Amen.

- via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.  Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com


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                   Jesus Is…  (Don’t You Know)
                          By H. L. Gradowith
 
Jesus is the Maker of the world, don’t you know;
Jesus is the Maker for the Bible tells us so;
Jesus is the Maker of the world, great and small,
Jesus made the people: young and old and one and all…

Jesus is the Keeper of the world, don’t you know;
Jesus is the Keeper for the Bible tells us so;
Jesus is the Keeper of the mountains so tall,
And He keeps the valleys, sun and moon and stars and all…

Jesus is the Savior of the world, don’t you know;
Jesus is the Savior for the Bible tells us so;
Jesus is the Savior of the world, one and all:
And he may be saved who will but hearken to His call…

- H. L. Gradowith (Unpublished) For more information on H. L. Gradowith and GRADOWITH POEMS e-mail group visit http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/ - the website of Tim Smith, minister of the Enon church of Christ in Webb, AL.


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
RANDOM THOUGHTS—
     “Our national life is ended as soon as it has lost the power of noble anger.  When it paints over and apologizes for its pitiful criminalities and endures its false weights and adulterated food, dares not decide practically between good and evil, and can neither honor the one nor smite the other, but sneers at the good as if it were hidden evil, and consoles the evil with pious sympathy, the end is come.”     --John Ruskin

“He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.”    --Miguel de Carvantes

A Wise Voice from the Past:
Regardless of what you may think of President Woodrow Wilson, he gave us a very wise warning when he said, “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.  The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.  When we resist the concentration of power, we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.”

THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT—
     “Government is a lot like your digestive system—if it is working right, you hardly know you have it.”
     “The national budget must be balanced.  The public debt must be reduced.  The arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled.  Payments to foreign governments must be reduced if the nation doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." (Tillius Cicero, 55 B.C.)
     "Character is like the foundation of a house - strong below the surface.
                       --Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune

MEMORABLE QUOTES
  Words are best kept sweet and soft because someday you may have to eat them.
  What’s the use of having ignorance if you can’t show it? (Lou Costello)
  If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.
  Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.  (Benjamin Franklin)
  He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.  (Abraham Lincoln)

- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com

- Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.  No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them (Edward R. Muggow).

- The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.  Let us move forward with strong and active faith (Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

- But what happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? (Albert Camus).

- Your success and happiness lie in you ... Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties (Helen Keller).

- Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age (Booth Tarkington).

- Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else (Will Rogers).

- There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it (Mark Twain).

- Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking (Henry Louis Mencken).


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