BulletinGold #129
September 2011   Vol 11 #7
 

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BulletinGold #129
September 2011
Vol. 11 Num. 7
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- Settling for Nothing, David Bragg
- How Much Time? By James M. Allen
- Receiving Sinners Without Baptism, Ben Franklin
- Give God a Chance, Monroe Hawley
- The Greatest Day of a Christian Teenager's Life, Daniel Whitworth
- Three Kinds of People

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Your Influence

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Understand the Bible

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Humor From Heaven
- A Morning Song, Amos Herr

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No Time to Pray

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Someone, Just Anyone!

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Knowledgeable Fool!
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Editorial by David Bragg
Settling for Nothing

    In a tension filled office, three men waited to see their employer who had just returned from an extended trip.  Knowing that he would want to examine their productivity they had gathered their paperwork and hurried to his office.
    The nervous silence was broken when the secretary called a name.  Closing his briefcase the man arose and entered the office.  He soon came out, all smiles, holding tightly to a promotion slip he headed for the home office.
    When the second man was called he gathered his investment forms and entered the boss's office.  As he came out, the third man overheard the congratulations for a job well done.  With a spring in his step and promotion in hand he hurried to join his friend.
    Finally the last name was called.  Grabbing his checkbook he nearly ran into the richly decorated office.  There he was asked how he had invested the capital entrusted to him during the absence of his superior.  This man opened the checkbook to show the balance, it was all there, to the last cent.
    "What, not even any interest?" demanded his boss.  He had at least expected to see some growth.  Sadly, the third man was handed his termination notice and told to clean out his desk.  All of his funds were to be given to those who had been promoted.  The third man, who had not grown, settled for nothing.
    Jesus said that God expects growth in His people.  There is no viable alternative to not growing.

David Bragg
http://davebragg.blog.com/

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
How Much Time?
By James M. Allen

     An honest and sincere answer to the question of "how much time do I have left" may just be one of the most important thoughts you could consider at this time. It might be of great benefit for you to switch your mind from the affairs of this life and think a little on the life that is to come. Calm and deliberate reflection on the next life may make a tremendous difference for you in that life. Consider:
     1) You should realize that THERE IS MORE TIME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE THAN THE MIND OF MAN CAN FATHOM and that eternity stretches far beyond the time that you spend here on earth. Your time may be running out here but it will never run out in eternity. Actually, the clock is ticking for all of us but some have more time than others. It is certainly not wise to spend the balance of your time as if you were in endless summer. Time will run out at some point for every person.
     2) You should realize that NO ONE KNOWS JUST HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS for you. It may run out today or tomorrow or perhaps years from now. We just do not kno
w! Since I do not know how much time may remain on my calendar, is it not wise, then, for me to prepare myself for the next life?
     3) You should realize HOW FINAL IT WILL BE WHEN YOUR TIME DOES RUN OUT. Do not be deceived by false doctrine which would try to convince you that there is plenty of time left. Men admonish "to live it up because you only go around one time." How true it is that we only go around one time, but how foolish the advice to live it up. If you're "living it up" when your time runs out, then, unfortunately, you will have lost your soul. The risk is not worth it. As you leave this life, so will you be for all eternity.
     4) You should realize that you ARE WRITING YOUR LIFE'S HISTORY, page by page and day by day. You never know how many pages remain in your book. You certainly will want your last page and chapter to be your best. The wise person is prepared to close his book at any time. He looks for the end and the coming of the Lord.
     5) You should realize the SERIOUSNESS OF BEING LOST IN ETERNITY. If you lose something here you may well have the opportunity to recover it. You may lose a five dollar bill and find another one just like it tomorrow, but this will not be true in regard to your soul. You have but one soul created in the image of God, so please don't lose it!

- James M. Allen; via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC.  Ken Chumbley preaches for this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: http://www.belvederechurchofchrist.org
 


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Receiving Sinners Without Baptism
By Ben Franklin

    It is an unfavorable step toward “educating a man up to the importance of being buried with his Lord and Master in baptism,” to set the law of God requiring it aside, and receive him without it. This would only lead him to doubt whether we saw or cared for the importance of it ourselves. It never can have a good influence on any sensible man to see religious people so anxious to get him into their party as to set aside their own established principles, and what they hold to be clearly the law of God, for a man not willing to submit to the law in induction unto the heavenly family. This is not liberality, but disloyalty all around. It is not a question about what we will do, but what the Lord will do.
    Mere refinement and respectability have nothing to do in the matter. It is a matter of faith and respect to the supreme and absolute authority. Has a man faith, the humility and the obedient spirit that will learn of Jesus and yield to what he requires?
    We are not vying with any people in this country in efforts to be liberal and easy in our views and practices, but we desire to see who can live nearest to the Lord and follow him most closely. He laid down the law of induction, or the law for receiving members, and we have no discretionary power in the matter. We do not make the terms, but simply exhort men to comply with them, as found in the Book of God.

- Ben Franklin (deceased); via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC.  Ken Chumbley preaches for this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: http://www.belvederechurchofchrist.org


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Give God a Chance
By Monroe Hawley

     A few years ago National Geographic carried a story about the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.  Between 1908 and 1926 there was removed from this beautiful natural habitat teeming with wildlife 423 million board feet of lumber.  Today the swamp has nearly returned to its pristine condition, almost as if the hand of man had never been felt there.  The magazine commented that this is a good example “of what nature will do to restore herself and heal herself.”
     If you substitute “God” for “nature” you have a splendid picture of the hand of God in human affairs.  After all, it is God who made nature and set in order those eternal laws which govern life.  It was man who scarred O
kefenokee, but it is God who has healed it.
     There is another way that God heals the damage done by man.  Many lives have been ravaged by sin to the extent that those to whom they belong despair of ever returning to their proper state.  Overcome by the guilt of their wrongdoing, they have given up trying to put their lives right.  Each day their condition worsens and happiness becomes more elusive.  But take heart, dear friend! “There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”  That balm is the cleansing blood of Jesus shed at Calvary for your misdeeds.  He died for you—personally! Regardless of how deeply you are mired in sin, you may truthfully declare with David, “Wash me and I shall be whiter than the snow” (Psalms 51:7), with the assurance that when you give your life to Him your sin will be removed to restore your soul to the purity that it possessed when it first entered the world.
     Man decimated Okefenokee.  Before the swamp could be returned to its natural state by God, man’s cooperation was necessary.  He had to stop the depredation that had once ruined it.  And if your soul is to return to what it once was, you too must cooperate with the Great Healer by renouncing the sin with which you scarred its beauty.  Your soul is worth saving.  Give God a chance to do it.

- Monroe Hawley; 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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The Greatest Day of a Christian Teenager's Life
By Daniel Whitworth

    What is the greatest day of a Christian teenager’s life? Choose from the following:
       The day that a teenager first “falls in love” with a special boy/girl?
       The day a teenager gets his/her drivers license?
       The day a teenager graduates from high school?
       The day a teenager gets married?
    All of these are important days to be sure, but would you believe that you are wrong, whatever your answer? The real answer was NONE OF THE ABOVE! I am firmly convinced that the greatest day in a Christian teenager’s life is the day that they can say, by themselves because it is morally and spiritually right, “NO” to Satan’s temptations and win an important victory for self and Christ! It is the day that a Christian teenage girl says “no” to a boy she may even love because she wants to keep her body pure and leave sex where God put it (in the marriage relationship). It is the day that a Christian boy or girl says “no” to their peers and refuses to drink alcoholic beverages. It is the day that a Christian teen says “no” to the temptation to try drugs. It is the day that they listen to their godly parent’s advice and stand as an individual who does not have to go “along with the crowd”! It is the day they say “NO” to Satan and “YES” to Jesus Christ! Solomon said in the long ago, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”. (Ecc. 12:13). May God bless our teenagers when they reach the greatest day of their lives!

- Daniel Whitworth; 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 through the church's website: http://walnutgrovechurchofchrist.org/


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
            Three Kinds of People

There are 3 kinds of people:
Those who MAKE things happen;
Those who WATCH things happen; and,
Those who WONDER what happened.

- via The Lantern, Highway church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  Visit their website as http://www.highwaycofc.com


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Your Influence

    Your influence is like your shadow. It may not always fall where you want it. Therefore, you need to be especially careful to see that wherever it falls, it will have a “good” effect on all. You may not be able to control the shadow, but you can control the one who casts the shadow. Make your influence count for God. Be not deceived! Others are being influenced by your example right now, this very hour.
    Are you leaving a “Christ like” image?

- 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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Understand the Bible

     Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting the Bible. The acronym LIGHTS can be used to help us understand the areas we should use in properly understanding the Bible.
L = Literal Understanding of the Text (except for figurative prophecies)
I = Inspiration by Holy Spirit
G = Grammatical Principles Used
H = Historical Context
T = Teaching of God’s Will
S = Scriptural Harmony

     “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

- via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg church of Christ in Harrisburg, IL.



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Humor From Heaven

     A house painter agreed to paint the local church for a nominal fee.  To keep expenses at a minimum, he diluted the water-based paint a little too much.  He was clinging to the steeple when a sudden thunderstorm washed all the paint off the surface he had completed.  From out of the dark clouds, amid the thunder and lightning, came a booming voice: "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"

- 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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Hearts of Gold - poetry
           A Morning Song
             By Amos Herr
 
I owe the Lord a morning song
of gratitude and praise,
for the kind mercy he has shown
in lengthening out my days.
He kept me safe another night;
I see another day.
Now may his Spirit, as the light,
direct me in his way.

- 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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              No Time to Pray

No time to pray!
Oh, who so fraught with earthly care
As not to give to humble prayer
Some part of day?

No time to pray!
Then sure your record falleth short;
Excuse will fail you as resort,
On that last day.

What thought more drear,
Than that our God His face should hide,
And say through all life's swelling tide,
No time to hear!

- Author Unknown (from A Mother's Year, Helen Russ Stough,1905); submitted by Mark McWhorter.  Mark may be contacted at mtmcvb@concentric.net


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        Someone, Just Anyone!

She sat alone in an old peoples' home
  Lonely, and old, and gray;
She wished that someone, just anyone,
  Would call on her that day.
         Did you?

He lay for days on his hospital bed;
  The hours were long and hard.
He wished that someone, just anyone,
  Would send him a cheery card.
         Did you?

He was far from home on foreign soil
  Feeling homesick, lonely and blue.
He wished that someone, just anyone,
  Would write him a line or two.
         Did you?

She felt a stranger, that little bride;
  Her husband with her to church came.
She wished that someone, just anyone,
  Would stop and call her name.
         Did you?

Her loved one died a few weeks ago;
  All sad and broken‑hearted she sat.
She wished that someone, just anyone,
  Would come to her house and chat.
         Did you?

That matter Christian Service‑
  We are living it day by day,
When we help someone, just anyone,
  As we walk along life's way.
         Did you?

- 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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              Knowledgeable Fool!

I'm sorry to say, but from observation
Education brings: a lack of humiliation...
And God uses the "foolish" the wise to confound
Those strange, odd, and peculiar: most unprofound
To most brilliant minds, Hell's a "myth"
Quoting some, "Who gives a rip!"
("Ever learning, and never able"
To distinguish between "fact," and that which is "fable")
Don't get me wrong, I'm for learnin'
But math and geography don't bring "discernment"
There IS one Book that I recommend
To my enemies and my friends
Information that can tell:
How to get to Heaven, and bypass Hell!
It's the ONLY Book on earth
That is God's Book and the more you read
The more upon it you'll want to feed!
It's addicting I will warn!
But guarantee: it will not harm!
Seems as though the most "educated"
For some odd reason despise and hate it...
And while commendable, they may keep the "Golden Rule"
Without Jesus, they'll end up in Hell: a "knowledgeable" fool!

- Author unknown.


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
It is confusing to give good advice while setting a bad example.

It is a terrible condemnation of any Christian that no one would suspect him of it.

One is generally paid for using brains, not just for having them.

When life and circumstances drive you to your knees you are in a perfect position to pray.

When you talk you can only say something you already know. But when you listen you may learn what somebody else knows, something you do not know yet.

- via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Dongola church of Christ, Dongola, IL.  Gerald Cowan serves the congregation as minister.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com

"What is food to one man is bitter poison to others." (Lucretius)

It seems in our society that the Lord's name can only be used in public for cursing and vulgarity.

"We come and go just like ripples in a stream." (John V. Politis)

"The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live. " (Albert Einstein)


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