BulletinGold #135
March 2012   Vol 12 #1
 

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BulletinGold #135
March 2012
Vol. 12 Num. 1
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- The Sunday Slant ... The Bottom Line, Tom D. Butterfield
- Love Grows Up, Tom Kelton
- Not Just Your Words, Adam Faughn
- How Do I Feel When I Assemble With The Saints? By Whit Sasser
- The Blind Girl, Frances Shipp
- A $50,000.00 Goal! By Steve Higginbotham
- A Voice From the Past
- Just a Bible Class
- The Bridge Builder, Will Allen Dromgoole
- Just One Request
- Does He Even Know Your Name? By H.L. Gradowith 

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
The Sunday Slant ... The Bottom Line
By Tom D. Butterfield

     That's what matters most. The bottom line. The summation. The end result. My Dad's line was, "Let's sum it all up and boil it all down; now what do you have?"
     Pretty good reasoning, don't you think? Give things a little time and observe what's happening NOW. Genesis 50:20 - "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." What seems to be may not be. Even when people intend to harm us, physically or spiritually, or our name, God can turn that thing around and make good things happen.
     It is hard to keep faith when we hear that the tests show the cancer is not responding to the treatment, our child is still struggling with drugs, our spouse has contacted a divorce attorney, supposed friends are damaging our reputation, or any number of situations where things seem hopeless, but it is often in these very circumstances that our faith is being tested. If we continue in faith at times like this then, like Joseph, we too can learn what the enemy intended for our harm that “God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20 New King James Version)
    I can surely attest to the reality of this. In spite of disappointments, betrayals, heartaches, and personal shortcomings, life has never been better than it is right now, with new doors and windows being built into every supposed wall. My blessings are immeasurable. Like the apostle Paul, all those other things I seem to have lost, "I count as dung" that I might gain Jesus Christ! (Phil. 3:8)
    Life for me is sweeter than ever. His grace is immeasurable, and besides, it's the bottom line that counts!

- Tom D. Butterfield, 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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Love Grows Up
By Tom Kelton

     “When I was a child I spake as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:12).
Life brings no greater blessing than a child, but it is a heartbreaking tragedy when the child never develops, physically or mentally. And some people never mature. Several characteristics of little children are:
(1) Children become very upset over any personal hurt. If pins prick the flesh they cry as if deadly wounded. They are not concerned about the suffering of others, but weep mostly for themselves.
(2) Children want to be the center of attention. They are jealous of others about them. They are willing to play if they can choose the game. They demand applause and appreciation.
(3) Children have to be taught to be thankful. Gratitude does not come naturally for them. They take the blessings of life as a matter of course, as somehow deserved.
(4) Children owe nobody anything. They desire to get all they can, but they feel little obligation to others. They rarely think of what they owe  parents, or the world they live in.
(5) Children are self-centered. They live in a world that revolves around them.
When one grows up and puts away childish things it does not mean tears never come to his eyes. It means that tears are reserved for causes that deserve them. A mature person can and does weep over his personal hurts, but more often the tears of love are for hurts of others.
When one grows up he still appreciates approval from others, but goes on living, working, and serving even when unrecognized by others. Gratitude and appreciation are the flowers of mature love. Love is always glad to say thank you. Love feels a deep sense of obligation to others. Mature love is “a debtor to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unwise” (Rom. 1:14). Love feels its obligation to serve (Gal. 5:13). Love puts away childish things. It grows up.

– Tom Kelton, Four State Gospel News; 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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Not Just Your Words
By Adam Faughn

     Many of us were raised by being told, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all." That is pretty good advice.
     The Bible makes it abundantly clear that the Christian should be one who guards his or her words. Jesus stated, "Let what you say be simply 'yes' or 'no'; anything more than this comes from evil" (Matthew 5:37). His half-brother, James, wrote, "For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body ... [T]he tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell" (James 2:2, 6). Solomon stated, "Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool" (Proverbs 19:1). Very few would dispute that a Christian should watch what he or she says.
     However, there is another aspect of our speech that we can fail to tame, and that is how we speak. If what we are saying is true, but the manner in which we say it is harsh, cruel, unkind, or curt, we are sending a message that is not proper.
     It is true that there is a time for being very blunt and straightforward. I can't help but think of the prophet Nathan simply stating to King David, "You are the man!" then giving the very strong punishment from god (cf. 2 Samuel 12:7-12). Christ was often blunt with the the false teachers around Him.
     However, if we are going to tell someone about love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or heaven, shouldn't we do so with joy and kindness? If we are going to have a time where ideas are shared for ways to improve a program, a class, or another work of the congregation, should we not welcome ideas with kindness? If we are going to reach people with the truth of the Gospel, should we not try to show them love and mercy?
     Watch not only what you say, but how you say it. Always say waht needs to be said in the proper manner, and God will be glorified.
     Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6

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


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How Do I Feel When I Assemble With The Saints?
By Whit Sasser

     In a word, I feel good. Why? Well, whenever I come together in church with my fellow Christian brothers and sisters I feel glad, because I am just happy to be there. So, simply walking in the door makes me feel good due to it being one of the things I love doing most during the week.
     I also feel relieved. Relieved to take a break from the worldliness I have to deal with most of the week. Coming together in church is sort of like taking a break and ever sense I was a child, in love with recess at school, I love taking breaks.
     I feel good when I assemble because I feel at ease. I am around people who accept me as I am and who like me as a person. Now, who wouldn't like that? It is so tiring putting on airs, presenting a face to the world (maybe we ought not) and acting how others want me to act. What a relief to get away from all that for a little while.
     In church services I get to worship with others who have a faith like mine; I get to greet and visit with some of the nicest people; and I get to contribute to others being encouraged...all of which recharges my spiritual batteries and reinvigorates me to keep doing good works.
     I almost always go away glad I went...feeling really good.

- Whit Sasser, submitted by Larry Miles who lives in Louisville, KY and publishes "Larry's Lines" several times a week. Copyright 2009. Visit his website: http://larryslines.com/


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
The Blind Girl
By Frances Shipp

     There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind.
     She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see theworld, I will marry you."
     One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
     He asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl looked at her boyfriend and say that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of  her life led her to refuse to marry him.
     Her boyfrined left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: "Take good care of your eyes, my dear; for before they were yours, they were mine.

- Frances Shipp, Principal Jacksonville church of Christ, Jacksonville, FL; via The Reminder, the weekly bulletin of 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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A $50,000.00 Goal!
By Steve Higginbotham

     On Sunday, 11 year-old Nick Smith entered a contest for the chance to win $50,000.00. All Nick had to do was shoot a 3 inch hockey puck through a 3 ½ in hole from 90 feet away. Nick took careful aim, hit the puck with his hockey stick and to everyone’s amazement, the puck went in the hole! It was a one in a million shot that earned this 11 year-old boy $50,000.00…or did it?
     You see, Nick actually didn’t take the shot, his twin brother Nate did. Why? Because when Nick’s name was called to take the shot, he was not in the arena, so his identical twin brother stood in for him. No one would have known, except Nick and Nate’s father. Well, on Monday Nick and Nate’s father let the cat out of the bag and admitted to the officials that Nate, not Nick actually took the shot.
     When asked why he would reveal this secret, the father said “We thought honesty was the best policy, and we wanted to set a good example for our kids.”
     May their tribe increase! Question: Would you forfeit $50,000.00 over a technicality that no one would ever notice? Or to cut to the chase, is your integrity for sale?

- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.karnschurch.org


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A Voice From the Past

   “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow.  Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter: from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.  I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.  I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.” (Daniel Webster)

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
                     Just a Bible Class

I dreamed the pearly gates were opened wide
And I had entered in for I had died;
And now must give account for all my acts
I saw a Book there opened with these facts.
I thought, "My role upon this earth was small
Just teaching a Bible Class, my call."
For I saw all the saints of God up there,
And mine was, at most, a meager share.
I heard the master call for my report;
I stood afraid for mine was short;
I trembled and felt I would not pass,
Then whispered, "I just taught a Bible Class."
And from the throne I heard His voice, "Well done,
Come and share eternal life, my son;
Although your place was humble and obscure,
You led the thirsty to the waters pure."
And then it seemed that from eternal plains,
There came the sound of voices in refrain
That rolled across the mighty sea of glass,
"These are the great - the teachers of a class."
When I awoke I thought of those I'd taught,
And in their lives, what glory God had wrought,
I prayed to God, and all that I could say,
"Make me a better teacher day by day."
And you who teach this Christian Way to live,
May feel sometimes you're asked too much to give,
But some day you will reap eternal joys
Because you led to Christ, girls and boys.

- Author Unknown; via Encouragement, A Newsletter of the Central Avenue Church of Christ, Valdosta, GA [http://www.cacoc.com/]


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The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide--
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."


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Just One Request
 
Dear Master, for the coming year
Just one request I bring:
I do not pray for happiness,
Or any earthly thing.
I do not ask to understand
The way Thou leadest me,
But this task: Teach me to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.
 
I want to know Thy guiding voice,
To walk with Thee each day.
Dear Master, make me swift to hear
And ready to obey.
And thus the year I now begin
A happy year ‘twill be—
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

- Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations; 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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Does He Even Know Your Name?
By H.L. Gradowith

In the morning we shall meet Him
     In a City bright and fair;
We forever shall be happy
     Free from worry, strife or care!  *
 
*CHORUS:
Are you walking close beside Him?
     Does He even know your name?
He's saved others thru the Ages,
     Let Him save you just the same!
 
None will ever interfere then
     With the blessings of our Lord,
Of this City we may read now
     On the pages of His Word! *CHORUS
 
Though the journey be not easy:
     Many burdens we must bear,
He'll be with us as we travel
     All our trials He will share! *CHORUS
 
Those who've gone on to be with Him
     Will be waiting when we come,
Then we'll hear that blest pronouncement,
     "Enter in," He'll say, "Well done!" *CHORUS
 
All the cost has been paid for us
     By the Lord so long ago...
Our's is but to follow closely
     On the path that He will show!  *CHORUS
 
- H. L. Gradowith  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
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear. (Alan Corenk)

Grouch: I am a Marxist--of the Groucho tendency. (Anonymous, French slogan)

"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." (Bertrand Russell)

Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to. (H. Mumford Jones)

Pessimism:
"That old saying about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed." (Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love)

A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands.

Life is uncertain: eat dessert first.


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BulletinGold Extra ---- recent postings on our Blogsite
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- Try Beginning Again, Gus Nichols
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- Some Things Never Change, Jimmy W. Cox
- Lord, Open Our Eyes! By Joe Chesser
- Who Am I? By Johnny Hester
- “Time is Filled with Swift Transition,”  Kevin Rutherford
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