BulletinGold #130
October 2011   Vol 11 #8

BulletinGold #130
October 2011
Vol. 11 Num. 8
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
- Awakening Our Last Hope, David Bragg
- Choose For Yourselves This Day Whom You Will Serve, By Dale Grissom
- Do The Right, Dwight Butler
- No Mote-Hunting,
Aubrey Johnson
- And Become as Little Children, Clifton Angel

- Youthful Innocence
- Parting Shot
- After Bible Class, Cecil May, Jr.
- A Few Notes to Procrastinators, Gerald Cowan

- Writing Your Story
- My Life
- Roses, Stella G. Wester
- In His Hands, Betty Purser Parker

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Editorial by David Bragg
Awakening Our Last Hope

    Theological discussions and pondering the great mysteries of the universe did not dominate their thoughts on the lake that night!  Surrounded by life threatening waves and typhoon force winds, the only thoughts were for loved ones to be left behind.  Then they remembered Jesus who was with them in the boat.
    Perhaps they thought of His power to heal or to cast out evil spirits.  No doubt they realized that His authority and power had yet to be tested beyond His capacity.  Their last hope was peacefully asleep in the heart of a storm (Mark 4:38).
    The Master calmed the storm on the sea only to ignite one in their souls.  "Where is your faith?"  He spoke often of faith.  Now they had an unforgettable example.  Faith is a trust that rests firmly in the unseen (God) enabling one to overcome the seen.  These frightened fishermen found themselves paralyzed by the fear surrounding them, trusting only what they could see.  Meanwhile they allowed their hope to sleep at the back of the boat.
    How often the scenario is repeated.  Dark trials loom on the horizon and panic fills the heart trusting only in the seen.  Where is your faith?  If only we would remember Jesus.  Place our faith in Him.  Trust His word.   Lean on His arm in prayer.  This kind of faith will not only see us safely through the storm but also pull us closer to God.  It will leave us peacefully resting in the midst of life's storms.  Faith is the spiritual reasoning that urges us to awaken our last hope.

David Bragg

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Choose For Yourselves This Day Whom You Will Serve
By Dale Grissom

    Each of us, as Christians, should ask himself, "Am I truly a servant of my  Lord? Do I serve Him with my whole being? Do I love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind? (Matthew 22:37). Am I winning lost souls? Do I find joy in seeing my brethren prosper, especially if they are more prosperous than I am? Am I happy living the Christian life? What about my relationship with God? Does it come from a pure and honest heart?" When we sincerely and thoughtfully ask ourselves questions about our relationship with God, we may be surprised at our answers.
    Being a servant of the Lord is a great honor; true happiness is found in serving Him. We are reminded in Acts 20:35 that the Lord Himself taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Unfortunately, selfishness is a way of life for many, and those who have selfish attitudes lead very unhappy lives.
    Satan is at war with God for the souls of man. He has been deceiving man ever since the creation. Satan is constantly sending the wrong messages, placing many under bondage to him and blinding those who are under his control. In our fast paced world, it is all too easy to neglect our duty to study God's word, pray, and serve the Lord as we should.
    We must learn to seek the better things in life, and the best things truly are found in Christ. Through diligent and thoughtful study of the word of God, we will come to understand that happiness, peace of mind, joy, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and love are found in Him (Galatians 5:22-23).
    We are either servants of the Lord or servants of Satan. There is no neutral position wherein we can just sit back and wait to see who will win. The Bible is very clear as to who will win this great battle; God will be victorious! Our efforts are needed in this battle. We should be busy preaching and teaching the gospel, bringing the lost to Him before it is too late.

- Dale Grissiom has for many years served as an elder and minister for the Dexter church of Christ in Dexter, MO.  Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:   http://www.dexterchurchofchrist.com/

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Do The Right
By Dwight Butler

    We have no right to do what we like, but only what is right.  Man has chosen a destructive path through life by following selfish desires.   Adam and Eve complied with the solicitation of the flesh in Eden.  That decision continues to curse their progeny.  Why did they choose what they liked rather that what was right?
    Man left to his “likes” will soon be consumed by his selfishness.  It is not in man to “direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23).  Man must seek the answer from outside himself for what is right.  God has provided a means for determining that which leads to a righteous life.  Those following their “likes” will not like what they ultimately receive.
    A “thus saith the Lord” eliminates uncertainty.  You may be thrilled over something that is not right.  The penal system houses multitudes that liked what they were doing, but their deeds were not deemed right by society.  They didn’t have the law backing their behavior.  Those who liked their lifestyle will be among the occupants of hell.  Heaven is reserved for the ones approved as right by the Word of God.
    People can approve anything if the only standard is their “likes and dislikes.”  The Judgment will not be based on what appealed to you during your earthly journey.  The Bible, God’s standard of right, will be opened (John 12:48).  It is a wise choice to know what the scriptures teach.  Study your Bible, attend Bible class, and use every opportunity to learn the right way.  Don’t base your soul on what you like, but what God says is right.

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

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No Mote-Hunting
By Aubrey Johnson

    Although there is time and place for caring intervention between Christians, no one has the right or duty to “mote hunt” (Matthew 7:1-5)…  Christians are to look at others through caring eyes.  Traits first perceived as negative may be positive when examined in the light of love.  Without being naïve, encouragers should make it a habit to put the best possible construction on any situation.  The discourager sees John as stubborn, but the encourager considers him persistent and determined.  The critic sees Jane as bossy, but the consoler sees her as an assertive person who gets results.  The faultfinder says Bob talks too much, but the positive person says he is outgoing and friendly, a real people-person.
     A discourager is like a doctor with a poor bedside manner.  Rather than seeing a patient, he sees a diagnosis or a source of income.  Impersonal physicians can heal sick bodies, but they fail miserably in treating the fear, anxiety and loneliness that ails their clientele.  In contrast, a good doctor sees each patient as a friend and treats the whole person.  Encouragers see people while complainers only see problems.
    “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

- Aubrey Johnson, 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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And Become as Little Children
By Clifton Angel

    A little girl and her mother were seated near the wing of a plane, on their way to Florida. The mother pointed out to little Rhonda that they flying were over the ocean. “Can you see the water?” the mother asked. “No, but I can see the diving board” (Paraphrased from Readerʼs Digest Jokes & Funny True Stories).
    We love the things our children say. We love to hear of their perception.
    On one occasion, Jesusʼ disciples came to Him and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:1-4).
    Some in the church take this too literal, and act childish, but Jesus was focusing on the humility of the child. As we think about children, we can also think about their innocence, their honesty, and their lack of worry. Jesus said be converted, but likewise when we are “born again”, we go back to that state of innocence we once had as a “little child”.
    According to the Bible, rebirth and conversion occur at the point of baptism (John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19). Belief, Repentance, Confession, and Baptism can make you a child of God today! But also, James 5:19, 20 tells us that conversion occurs when a child of God living in sin returns to the Lord. Do you need to become a child of God? Or, are you a child of God needing to return to the Lord?

- Clifton Angel preaches for the Coldwater church of Christ in Coldwater, MS. He may be contacted through that congregation's website:

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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Youthful Innocence

A little boy got lost at the gym, and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”

- Glad Tidings of Good Things; 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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Parting Shot

If you want a little excitement, something with a great challenge and an element of great danger, just choose any of the following:
● Run with skunks and try not to end up smelling like them.
● Poke your hand into a hornet’s nest and try not to get stung.
● Take the prey away from a lion who has just killed it and is trying to eat it.
● Convince a mother bear that her cub would be better off with you than with her.
● Convince a smoker that it’s a nasty harmful habit and he really ought to quit it.

- 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

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After Bible Class
By Cecil May, Jr.

Husband: "I'm glad we came to Sunday School.  The men's class had a lively discussion."
Wife: "What was the topic?"
Husband: "Yesterday's football game."

- Cecil May, Jr. via Preacher Talk, published by Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL, Dec. 2006; http://www.faulkner.edu/

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A Few Notes to Procrastinators
By Gerald Cowan

Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.
Tomorrow may be too late. Today may already be too late
If at first you don’t succeed, you probably should have tried sooner.
While you are waiting for a more convenient time, an easier task, or a more attractive offer, the only opportunity you are going to get may be passing you by.
If anyone really made all the improvements he tells himself that he will make someday, he would be a source of amazement, to himself and the whole world.
If I applied to myself the advice I so freely give to others, I would have much less to regret and apologize for in my own life.

- 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

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Hearts of Gold - poetry
Writing Your Story

No matter what else you are doing-
from cradle days through the end-
You’re writing your life’s secret story;
each day sees another page penned.
Each month ends a thirty-page chapter,
each year means the end of a part;
And never an act is misstated,
never a wish from the heart.
Each day when you wake the book opens,
revealing a page clean and white.
What thoughts and what words and what actions
will cover its surface by night?
God leaves that to you-you’re the writer,
and never one word shall grow dim
‘Til someday you write the word, “finis”
and give your life book to Him.

- Author Unknown; 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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My Life

My life, whilst thou preserv'st my life
Thy sacrifice shall be;
And death, when death shall be my lot,
Shall join my soul to Thee.

Guarded by Thee, my dying day
Shall need no help beside;
Thy rod and staff shall be my stay;
Thy light shall be my guide,

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear none ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

- Author Unknown; submitted by Mark McWhorter.  Mark may be contacted at mtmcvb@concentric.net

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Stella G. Wester

The roses of life
Along our pathway lay.
So are the thorns
That prick us day by day.
It is good to remember
That thorns have roses
Along life’s way.

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In His Hands
By Betty Purser Parker

We know not what tomorrow brings
Although we plan ahead
For only God alone can know
The pathway we must tread.

We cannot know the future
Not one minute nor one hour
Each circumstance that we must face
Lay only in His power

It's vital that we live by faith
From minute unto minute
And trusting that each step we take
He's walking with us in it.

We cannot see the future
Not the trials we must face
But in all things, God promised us
Sufficiency of grace.

This alone should give us hope
Whatever be our plans
In knowing that our future lies
In His sweet, loving hands.

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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
"You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
Mahatma Gandhi

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

When you give someone a cup of milk don't skim it.

The successful man likes to present himself as self-made. A wise wife simply smiles and lets it go at that.

“Lord, when we are wrong make us willing to change.
And when we are right, make us easy to live with.”
– Peter Marshall

A true friend is one who can put his finger on your fault without rubbing it in.

Nothing ruins the truth more than stretching it.

- 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

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