BulletinGold #145
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BulletinGold #145
January 2013
Vol. 12 Num. 11
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- The Old Paths, Cecil May, Jr.
- What is My Giving? By Edd Sterchi
- A Knock on the Door, Charlie Gamble
- Praise or Performance? By A. C. Quinn
- A Word To The Wise, Ron Thomas
- Still the Bestseller
- Look At Your Hands, Graynelle Thomas
- I Love the Church That Jesus Built, Gus Nichols
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The Lord Has Been Good To Me, Clifton Angel
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A Simple Prayer…
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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
The Old Paths
By Cecil May, Jr.

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (Jeremiah 6:16).
     A good preaching text, often used! I like the ESV translation, “ancient paths.” Jeremiah’s paths were the ways of the law of Moses.
     The paths that some would call us to take as our model for today are not “old” enough. The ways of the 1940’s and 50’s are not our standard.
     Neither are the paths discovered and trod by the Stones and Campbells. We are not called to restore the 19th century restoration movement.
     What we should restore is what those Christians of the 19th and 20th centuries were trying to restore: the church as Jesus and the apostles were calling it in the Scriptures to be.
     Only paths as ancient as the New Testament are old enough to require that we walk therein.

- Cecil May, Jr., 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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What is My Giving?
By Edd Sterchi

    Scripturally it is a requirement.  God expects us to give.  Paul instructed through inspiration that each Christian at Corinth was expected to give (1 Cor. 16:1-2).  Since Paul taught the same thing in every church (1 Cor. 4:17), we know this applies to our church today, as well.
    Mathematically it is a percent.  We are to give back a portion of what God has given us.  While the tithe requirement is gone (cf. Col. 2:14), we are still expected to give to God.  Now the formula for giving is in proportion to our prosperity (1 Cor. 16:2).
    Morally it is a debt.  We owe God so very much.  We could never repay Him, but that does not alleviate our debt or our duty to give to Him.  God expects us to give, and when we do not do so properly, we steal from Him (Mal. 3:8; Matt. 22:21).
    Economically it is an investment.  As strange as it may sound to some, giving is the greatest investment one could ever make!  What we give is not forgotten by God and is returned many fold both here and in the hereafter (Luke 6:38; Matt. 6:20).
    Spiritually it is a blessing.  God can’t wait to bless us.  And in His word we are promised that there are spiritual blessings tied in with giving (Mal. 3:10; Acts 20:35).  Maybe that is why we are to be so joyful in giving, even through tough times (2 Cor. 8:1-2;9:7)!
 
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson, MO.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.jacksonchurchofchrist.net
 


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A Knock on the Door
By Charlie Gamble

II John 9-11 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
     Sometimes we notice them when they enter the neighborhood. Sometimes we don’t know they are around until we hear a knock on the door. What are we to do when we come face-to-face with a known false teacher? It is obvious that we are not to welcome them as if we are in agreement. We cannot ignore their errors and receive them as brethren.
     We have a directive that does apply.  With love for the lost soul, we must contend for the faith (Jude 3). We should attempt to set up a study with them. Invite them to services of the church. Please remember that because they knocked on our door does not negate our responsibility to preach the gospel to every creature.

 - Charlie Gamble preaches for the Brunswick Church of Christ in Southport, NC. He may be contacted at cgamble64@gmail.com


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Praise or Performance?
By A. C. Quinn
 
     It is an awesome experience any time one comes into the august presence of the Holy One, Almighty God! This is particularly true when the worshipper gathers in His presence to worship Him, as in the public assemblies of the Lord’s church. True worshippers know “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). There are many who do not understand this truth. Some of those are in the Lord’s church.
     A significant portion of the worship, when the saints gather for that purpose, is given to praise. It is at this point that there is such a misunderstanding of who the audience is and what is pleasing and acceptable to that audience. According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, praise “…denotes approbation, commendation, praise; it is used of those on account of, and by reason of, whom God’s heritage, praise is to be ascribed to God , in respect of His glory (the exhibition of His character and operation) Eph. 1:6, 12, 14. The true worshipper understands, then, that God is the audience and that his acts of praise are to be directed toward Him only, and not to the worshippers who have gathered. So, praise must be directed toward God: “…I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Hebrews 2:12). Incidentally, that praise is an expression conveyed by the fruit of the lips unto God (Hebrews 13:15).
     As one observes activities which are conducted in what is called praise, it is obvious these are activities directed toward the audience gathered rather than toward God. In their design, are they not performances for the entertainment of the audience gathered?
     While an audience is lifted up by songs of praise to God, the worshipper must be concerned about what pleases God, not what pleases a human audience.
 
- A. C. Quinn,West Main Church of Christ in Wolfe City, Texas.


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
A Word To The Wise
By Ron Thomas

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (14:12, NKJV).
     These words are known well; what do they mean? When man walks and determines his own steps, his own course of life, not at all allowing Galatians 2:20 to be his philosophy of life, that man who walks in his own way has no future with the Lord. He has simply deceived himself; in time his deception will be realized in a way that will be anguishing. Let us choose wisely the Lord’s way.

- Ron Thomas serves as preacher and an elder for the Highway Church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.highwaycofc.com


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Still the Bestseller

In 1794 Thomas Payne wrote The Age of Reason, in which he made an attack against the Bible and then boasted that after his book has circulated for fifty years, the Bible would be so discredited it would be exhibited in museums as a curious object of a former superstitious age. More than three times fifty years have passed (at this time now more than four times fifty [added by – Ken Chumbley]), Thomas Payne is almost forgotten and his book is scarcely known. Yet, the Bible continues to be the bestseller. Truly it must be from God!

- Author Unknown; 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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Look At Your Hands
By Graynelle Thomas
 
    Some hands are used to play the piano, some to mold clay, others to sign for those who cannot hear.
    Some hands are used to cook for others.
    Look at your hands.  What do you see? I see veins popping up, brown spots, wrinkles and unpolished nails.  I see only the blemishes, but God sees them as instruments for serving others.  If I choose, they can be used like the woman who “extends her hand to the needy” (Proverbs 31:20).
    Paul tells us to “work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).  Solomon states that “lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10-54).  Isaiah begs for strength for his feeble hands (Isaiah 35:3).  David also admonishes us to have “clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4).

- Graynelle Thomas, 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
I Love the Church That Jesus Built
By Gus Nichols

I love the church that Jesus built,
And know that it is right.
I go there every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.
I love to sing the songs of God;
Such worship must be right.
And this I do on Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.
I love to hear the Gospel too,
It gives me pure delight.
I hear it every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.
And may God bless our preacher too,
And give him power and might,
And put a sinner in my place
At worship Sunday night.
It’s true, the church can save the world,
If good light shines bright;
I help it every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.
Yes, all of us must one day die,
I hope I’ll be doing right;
So may I die on Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night!

- 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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The Lord Has Been Good To Me
By Clifton Angel

When blessings are flowing, and burdens are growing,
The Lord has been good to me.
When my years are sailing, and my health is failing,
The Lord has been good to me.
When losing one dear, and no other is near,
The Lord has been good to me.
When not on my knees, and sinning He sees,
The Lord has been good to me.
Yes, when times are bad, and even my heart is sad,
Still, the Lord has been good to me.
For, He gave me life, and warned of the strife,
Yes, the Lord has been good to me.
For, He gave His Word, and the best Song ever heard,
O, yes, the Lord has been good to me.
For my soul, is He caring, and He, His Son not sparing,
The Lord has been good to me.
He cares for you too, and wants to help you through,
The Lord has been good to me.
His goodness never fails, no matter what life avails,
The Lord has been good to me.
I opened up His Pages, and read of the price sin wages,
The Lord has been good to me.
He made it very possible, for us all to obey the Gospel,
The Lord has been good to me.
Perhaps, you will read through, the Book He’s given you,
And see, too, the Lord has been good to you.

- Clifton Angel preaches for the Coldwater Church of Christ in Coldwater, MS. He may be contacted through that congregation's website: http://www.coldwatercofc.com/


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A Simple Prayer…

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is sadness, joy;
Where there is darkness, light.
O Divine Master, grant that we may not so
much seek to be consoled, as to console;
Not so much to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

- Author Unknown; 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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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
Second opinions are becoming very popular these days. People think for a second and then give you their opinion.
 
Don’t keep your eyes on the temptation you are praying not to be led into.

      - 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

“It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.”

It is not difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill—just add a little dirt. (Trib-Bits, Decatur Herald)

POLITICS: “The art of getting money from the rich and votes from the poor on the pretext of protecting one from the other.”  (Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 11-21-’11)

“The biggest problem for a dictator is how to keep the stomachs of his subjects full and their heads empty.”  ( Addison )

      - 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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