BulletinGold #140
August 2012   Vol 12 #6
 

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BulletinGold #140
August 2012
Vol. 12 Num. 6
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- Bible Baptism: Romans 6:3-4
by Clifton Angel

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Truth, Absolutes
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Life After Death by Garland Robinson
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Prizing Forgiveness by Tom Miller
- Everybody Needs a Friend
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America's Favorite Book
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American Pickers by Charlie Gamble
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Courage, Strength, Compassion
- Be Good To You
- Do-It-Yourself by Billie Cole
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Good Morning, God
quotes & sayings for bulletins and signs


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Editorial by David Bragg
    Welcome to the August issue of BulletinGold. Summer is nearly over, and what a summer it has been. We are still getting settled into our new house in North Carolina and last month I had the honor of walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding. She was a beautiful bride and I pray that Kari and Jonathan will have a long and wonderful life together.
    Last month I finally got back to posting to the BulletinGold Extra and my sermon illustration blogs in addition to putting together this issue, which I hope you will find helpful in your ministry.

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

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Bible Baptism: Romans 6:3-4
By Clifton Angel

     His old goose had died, and the denominational preacher instructed his young son to bury it in the backyard. Later, the preacher saw the goose in the backyard with just a little dirt sprinkled on top. Enraged, he exclaimed, “Boy, I told you to bury that goose!” As he paddled his son’s rear, the boy cried, “Daddy, I was only doing what you do on Sunday!”
     As much as man tries to redefine it, “baptism” maintains the Biblical meaning of immersion, submersion, or burial. One passage where this is very clear is when the Apostle Paul penned, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4). Baptism is clearly a burial, and we all know that a burial is not sprinkling or pouring.
     Furthermore, the passage shows the essentiality of baptism. We cannot “walk in newness of life” (saved person) without first being “buried with Him by baptism”. Also, this passage defines how to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They “that obey not the Gospel...shall be punished with everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9), and the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Therefore, to obey the Gospel is to be “buried with him by baptism into death” and to be raised up to “walk in newness of life”.
     Have you obeyed the Gospel? Are you walking in newness of life?

- 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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Truth, Absolutes
 
    Today, in America , many believe that there are no moral absolutes.  Many hold to a philosophy of a moral relativism.  How many times have we heard statements like these: “What is right for you may not be right for me,” or, “If it feels good, do it,” or, “Anything goes,” and “Nothing is right or wrong; there are just different opinions”?   All of this is the result of the feeling that there is no absolute truth.  “You are entitled to your truth, and I am entitled to mine” is the view held by many.
    A recent poll found that 67% of Americans do not believe in moral absolutes.  Among Baby Boomers, the percentage was even higher, at 78%.  Even 62% of professing Christians said that there was no absolute standard of right and wrong.  Is it any wonder that America is in such a sad state morally? My friends, there is an absolute standard of truth, and we can know that truth.  Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth” (Jn. 17:17).  Jesus says that God’s word is truth.  Thus, what God says is right IS RIGHT! Our Lord also declared, “If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).  One can know absolute truth.  Remember, “O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).  God’s word is our moral absolute!
 
- 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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Life After Death
By Garland Robinson

    Job asked, “If a man die, shall he live again” (Job 14:14)? Jesus answered that question when he said, “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:29-32). Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive when these words were spoken to Moses (Exodus 3:6) and when Jesus repeated them. God did not say “I was” (past tense). He said “I am” (presence tense). The present tense “I am” is used as an argument by the Lord to confirm there is life after death. If the Bible said nothing more on the subject of life after death, the Lord’s endorsement is enough.
    Those who have died will be raised from the dead at the last day, confirming there is life beyond the grave. Jesus said, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29). How could anyone deny there is life after death? We will live again!
    The account of the rich man and Lazarus shows there is life after death. “...The beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:22-23). These two men were alive and conscious after they died. The rich man was told to remember what he did during his “lifetime” (v.25). They were not on earth. They were in the place of the dead awaiting the final judgment (v.23). The rich man could feel pain. He was in torment (v.24). He desired for one to rise from the dead and warn his brothers of their wickedness because they were heading for the same place of torment as the rich man (vs.27-31). Such is not possible.
    If there is no life after death, then why does the Bible tell every one to prepare for it? Why prepare for something if it does not exist? Are YOU prepared?

- Garland Robinson; via the Nile Street Notes, the weekly bulletin of the Anna church of Christ in Anna, IL; R. W. McAlister preaches for the congregation and may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.annachurchofchrist.com/


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Prizing Forgiveness
By Tom Miller

     Some time ago, I heard a law professor recount an old classic court case about a woman charged with murdering her husband. It seems she had been unfaithful to him, but he had forgiven her and taken her back. Sometime later, she was unfaithful to him again. When her husband confronted her with this second offense, she grabbed him by the hair and threw him against the wall. He struck his head with such force that it killed him.
     Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction; isn’t it?
     The woman was charged with, and found guilty of, murder. In sentencing her, the judge said, “she did not prize her forgiveness.” All of us would surely agree that she did not.
     Ever since I heard that story, I have wondered if we prize our forgiveness from God. When we believe, repent of our sins, and are baptized in to Christ, our sins are washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16). As we continue to walk in the light and confess our sins, we receive continual cleansing (I John 1:7,9). How do we feel about that? Do we prize it or take it for granted?
     In that old court case, the woman’s actions toward her husband showed how she felt about her forgiveness. Don’t you suppose our actions toward God show how we feel about our forgiveness? Consider these questions.
Do we love and honor the One who forgave us, or are we indifferent toward Him (I John 4:19)?
Do we thank Him on a regular basis for the fact that He has forgiven us (Psa. 100:1-5)?
Are we faithful to Him, or are we committing spiritual adultery by our fraternization with the world (I John 2:15-17)?
Do we forgive others, because we know the joy of forgiveness ourselves, or do we hold grudges (Matt. 18:21-35; Eph. 4:32)?
    Let's be sure we prize our forgiveness!
                                                                                      
- Tom Miller; 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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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Everybody Needs a Friend
 
     We all need sharing and caring friends.  Years ago, when speaker of the house Sam Rayburn heard that he had terminal cancer, he shocked everyone when he announced that he was going back to a small town in Bonham, Texas .  Everyone said to him: They have got the finest facilities in Washington , D.C., why go back to that little town.  Rayburn’s words have been quoted so often that some of you have probably heard them.  He said: “Because in Bohman, Texas they know if you’re sick and they care when you die.  We need our friends.”
     “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.  But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.  Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, who can resist him? A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart” (Eccl. 4:9-12)

- 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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America's Favorite Book

    When it comes to literary pursuits in the United States, most people agree on at least one thing—the most popular book is the Bible, according to a new survey.
    It came in first in a Harris Poll of nearly 2513 adults, but the second choice in the survey was not as clear-cut. ―"While the Bible is number one among each of the different demographic groups, there is a large difference in the number two favorite book," Harris said in a statement announcing the results.

    Men chose J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and women selected Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind as their second-favorite book, according to the online poll. But the second choice for 18- to 31-year-olds was J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, while 32- to 43-year-olds named Stephen King’s The Stand and Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.
    Finally, they may not agree on candidates, but one thing that brings together partisans is their favorite book. For Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, the top two books are the same—the Bible followed by Gone With the Wind.


- Reported by Julie Mollins; via the Lake Hills Letter, weekly bulletin of the Lake Hills church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN.  Shane Robinson preaches for the congregation, and he may be contacted through their website at http://www.lakehillschurchofchrist.org/


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American Pickers
By Charlie Gamble

    I like this show. Two guys are palling around in search of hidden treasure. What really fascinates me is not what they find but what they leave behind. Out of thousands of items they may retrieve a few that are worthy of purchase. Even then, they may leave something due to the price or a “not for sale” response from the owner.
    Using the same scenario I can see God approaching Satan’s collection of souls and saying, “I will take them all.” Satan sets the price so high that he believes there will be “No Sale.” Instead, God replies, “Done!”  Not only will you receive the price of the death of a sinless man, but my Son will be the man. Further, I will give these souls a choice to stay with you or come to me. It will be completely voluntary.
    Here the reality of salvation parallels the TV show. Only a few are redeemed even when given a choice. They are restored to a new life while those left behind continue to deteriorate until they have no value at all.
    Where are you in this scenario? Have you chosen to be redeemed and restored or are you in a condition of denial and deterioration?  The items in American Pickers do not have a choice but we do. What is your choice?

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


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Courage, Strength, Compassion

    Standing for what you believe in, regardless of the odds against you and the pressure that tears at your resistance, …Means Courage.
    Keeping a smile on your face, when inside you feel like dying, for the sake of supporting others, …Means Strength.
    Stopping at nothing and doing what, in your heart, you know is right, …Means Determination.
    Doing more than is expected, to make another’s life a little more bearable, without uttering a single complaint, …Means Compassion.
    Helping a friend in need, no matter the time or effort, “to the best of our ability”, …Means Loyalty.
    Giving more than you have and expecting nothing but nothing in return, …Means Selflessness.
    Hold your head high and being the best you know you can be when life seems to fall apart at your feet, facing each difficulty with the confidence that time will bring you better tomorrows and never giving up, …Means Confidence.

- 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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Hearts of Gold - poetry
      Be Good To You

Be yourself-truthfully
Accept yourself-gratefully
Value yourself-joyfully
Forgive yourself-completely
Treat yourself-generously
Balance yourself-harmoniously
Bless yourself-abundantly
Trust yourself-confidently
Love yourself-wholeheartedly
Empower yourself-prayerfully
Give yourself-enthusiastically
Express yourself-radiantly

-Selected; 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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                Do-It-Yourself
                By Billie Cole

“How-To” books are the thing today.
They fill up many a shelf.
The Bible is the original one
On how to help yourself.
“How to Live Happily Ever After”
“How to Leave Worry Far Behind”
“How to Grow in Grace and Wisdom”
Are these subjects on your mind?
“How to Have a Blessed Marriage”
“How to Be a Saint”
“How to Behave as a Child of God”
(Don’t ever think you can’t.)
If you want to be a better you,
The Bible is the place to start.
It does not beat about the bush—
It goes straight for your heart.

- Billie Cole; 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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       Good Morning, God
 
YOU are ushering in another day,
Untouched and freshly new.
So here I am to ask YOU, GOD,
If YOU’LL renew me too!
 
Forgive the many errors
That I made yesterday,
And let me try again, dear God
To walk closer in THY WAY!
 
But, FATHER, I am well aware
I can’t make it on my own,
So take my hand and hold it tight,
For I can’t walk alone!

- 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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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
Quotable Quotes—THE BIBLE

     “The Bible is the most remarkable piece of literature this world has ever seen.  It has outsold every other publication, it has been translated into more languages than any other, and has become part of the fabric of society in the English-speaking world…

     “Humanly speaking, it took more than 1500 years to compile the Bible.  About forty authors contributed, and they wrote primarily in Greek and Hebrew, with occasional Aramaic…

     “Some people were so committed to the belief that this is God’s book that they were even willing to die for that proposition.  And strangely, others have been willing to put them to death.  The bitterness and resentment against this book is difficult to explain….  Even in the twentieth century in some countries men and women have been imprisoned and tortured for reading this forbidden book.”  --Ken Connolly, The Indestructible Book: The Bible, Its Translators and Their Sacrifices, p. 7

- 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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