BulletinGold #131
November 2011   Vol 11 #9
 

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BulletinGold #131
November 2011
Vol. 11 Num. 9
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- Blame or Thank, David Bragg
- Gratitude, Patrick Hogan
- Sharing Our Faith, by Tom Steed
- Four Acts of Kindness, Charlie Gamble
- Odd Bits of Wisdom
- Something to Think About
-
Things Money Cannot Buy
- A Parent's Prayer
- A
Thanksgiving Prayer
- Thank You For Inviting Us; by Joanna Fuchs
- Shadows,
Stella G. Wester
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Editorial by David Bragg
Blame or Thank

     Everything Job held dear in life was taken away in the amount of time it will take you to read this paragraph.  As the sad news began to arrive with one messenger after another the reality of Job’s plight became obvious.  What was not obvious to Job is that Satan was behind it all (Job 1:6-ff).
     Surveying the situation, which seemed to only be growing worse, Job’s wife offered this council, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die” (Job 2:9).  Seeing all the misfortune that befell her husband, she immediately placed the blame on God’s unwillingness to bless.  Job, however, remained resolute in his faith, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil” (Job 2:10)?  He refused to waver from his earlier pronouncement, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21).
     When bad things happen it may be tempting to blame God, many do just that.  But take it from one who has been there.  When Job suffered unexplained and unimaginable hardships he thanked God.  No matter what the source, he knew God could use these circumstances, unpleasant as they were, for good.

David Bragg

http://davebragg.blog.com/

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Gratitude
By Patrick Hogan

    The following quote was sent to me several weeks ago. As I considered the statement, I realized that gratitude can make quite a difference in one's day. "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." (Melody Beattie).
    Take a few moments to think about all the things we have that should prompt us to be grateful to God. We have more than enough to ear each day. Most of us live in relative comfort even when the weather is hot or cold. We are blessed with ease of transportation. We have freedom to assemble and worship God.
    There are also many other blessings which are taken for granted. Have you stopped to think about what a blessing it is to be able to read? Or to communicate easily with other people (to be able to speak and to hear)? This list could go on for quite a while if we really take the time to reflect.
    When we become more grateful it causes us to take our focus off of the things we do not have and to realize how much we do have.
    Consider the words of Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 5:20, and 1 Thessalonians 5:18, all of which speak of being thankful. Please read each passage and be thankful that we have such easy access to God's word in our own language!

- Patrick Hogan serves as a minister and elder of the Shady Acres church of Christ, in Sikeston, MO.  He may be contacted through the church's website at http://www.shadyacreschurch.com


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Sharing Our Faith
By Tom Steed

Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen."
1. Pray For the Lost. On a regular, recurring basis we must ask God for opportunities to share our faith, receptive hearts to hear the message, and wisdom in accomplishing the task. When God understands that we truly seek to do His will He will give us opportunities to bless others.
2. Plan to Reach the Lost. Any worthwhile endeavor takes intelligent planning. We need to understand the needs of those who don't know Jesus. We need to make sure that we understand the gospel message clearly ourselves. We need to organize our time and energy in order to engage in productive activity. We need to think of who might benefit from the saving message of Jesus and pray for them regularly.
3. Present the Good News About Jesus. Our world is filled with people who are hurting. There are many times in our daily conversations when we can share our faith in the course of normal conversation. There is a place for organized Bible studies and specific presentations, but we get to those by talking with people in everyday life.
4. Persist in Sharing With Others. Often it takes great efforts before people understand that we are serious about our desire to share our faith. We often begin talking about very serious matters with jokes and humor, but then some life situation presents the opportunity to truly make a statement about Christ. If we quit after the first, second or third try, we will not likely be successful.
     Pray, Plan, Present and Persist and God will bless.

- Tom Steed serves as a minister and elder of the Auburn church of Christ in Auburn, AL. He may be contacted through the church's website at http://www.auburnchurch.org [via
The Shady Acres Servant, Sikeston , MO]


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Four Acts of Kindness
By Charlie Gamble

  Maybe because I have been preaching from the beatitudes, I am more aware of good deeds, lately. This past week I saw four of our members performing an act of kindness. I am confident there have been more than that. In one case, I do not think that the recipient is even aware of who did the good deed.
  Serving others is a good indication of the heart of a person. Jesus lives there. "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God" (Matt 5:8). Those who serve others with no ulterior motive other than to be a blessing to them are a blessing to the Lord. They encourage others by their actions. They have taken the Word of God from the written page and allowed it to become written on the heart.
  Christianity is a “doing” life. May God bless all of our “doing kindness” members.

- Charlie Gamble preaches for the Fort Recovery church of Christ in Ft. Recovery, OH. He may be contacted at cgamble64@gmail.com



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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Odd Bits of Wisdom

He who says all he knows often says more than he really knows.
He who tells all he hears often tells more than he really heard.
He who spends all that he has spends more than he really has.
He who covets all he sees often wants more than he really sees.
It would be easier to save something for a rainy day if it didn’t rain so often.
Strange how the man who expects so little from himself expects so much from others.
By the time a man realizes that his father was right he has a son who is sure he is wrong.
Strange isn’t it, how many want to be near enough to Christ to bask in His glory but not near enough to help carry His cross?

- via 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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Something to Think About

     He who is not grateful for what he does have, will not be happy with the things that he desires to have.
     He who is ungrateful in little will also be ungrateful in much! If we are not thankful to God for the blessings He bestows, what reason is there to expect Him to bestow additional blessings.  If the blessings for which we are unthankful were suddenly removed, then what would our lives really be like? “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
    May your blessings be many, and may your burdens be few on this day.

- 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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Things Money Cannot Buy
By A.B. Lipscomb

You cannot buy brains unless they are calf brains in some butcher shop.
You cannot buy the artist’s touch, the musician’s ear, or the gift of song.
You cannot buy a good name, an easy conscience, or stainless reputation.
You cannot buy a big manly heart or the faith of a little child.
Neither can you buy happiness; it has a way of running from the person with money.
You cannot buy a good man’s confidence or a good woman’s love.
Still less can you buy self-respect, or the right to pray or a place in the kingdom of heaven.

- A.B. Lipscomb;
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 Parent's Prayer

Lord, this I ask that I might be
  True to the task you gave to me,
That I might rear this child of mine
  Each day to be a child of Thine,
That I might guide his precious feet
  From each new danger he will meet.
That I might keep him in the fold
  And teach him, Lord, thy hand to hold.
"'Tis when the big sheep go astray
  That often the lambs, too
   will go that way."
So this is why, this day I ask,
   Lord, make me worthy of my task.

-
Cottage Street News; via The Family Friend, a monthly newsletter published by the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.  It is an excellent resource for articles relating to the family.  To learn more consult the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com


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        A Thanksgiving Prayer
 
We thank thee, Father, for the care
That did not come to try us;
The burden we did not bear,
The trouble that passed by us;
The task we did not fail to do,
The hurt we did not cherish;
The friend who did not prove untrue,
The joy that did not perish.
 
We thank thee for the blinding storm
That did not loose its swelling;
And for the sudden blight of harm
That came not near our dwelling;
We thank thee for the dart un-sped,
The bitter word unspoken,
The grave, unmade, the tear un-shed,
The heart-tie still unbroken.
 
-
Old Union Reminder; 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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   Thank You For Inviting Us
      
By Joanna Fuchs

Thank you for inviting us
To your Thanksgiving dinner.
A day spent in your company
Is invariably a winner.

Thank you for the time you spent
Preparing all the food;
For making us feel welcome,
You have our gratitude!

- Joanna Fuchs; via - Thanksgiving Poems on PoemSource.com


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           Shadows
   By Stella G. Wester

Be true,
Be gentle,
In things you must do.
Be diligent,
Be watchful,
Lest you follow shadows
Instead of
Shadows following you.


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
"THE STRENGTH or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization.  Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life.  If a nation's spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development.  A tree with a rotten core cannot stand." (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in. (Evan Davis)

OPPORTUNITY: Out of clutter, find simplicity.  From discord find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. (Author unknown)

- 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

Eric Hoffer wrote, "The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything."

"Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color." (Seneca)

"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do." (William Blake)

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)


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