BulletinGold #141
September 2012   Vol 12 #
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BulletinGold #141
Sept 2012 Vol. 12 Num. 7
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- Growing Leadership, by David Bragg
- Victory! (Deut. 20:1-4) by Bill McCormick
- Thirsty? by Tom Hall
- The Mechanic, by Leroy Brownlow
- Religion “Lite,” by Charlie Gamble
- Unanswered Prayer
- A Lesson From A Fence
- GIGO, by Greg Swango
- A Necessary Note About The Use Of The Building, Materials And Facilities
- “Remember Now,” by Clifton Angel
- THEY Lost The Book, by H. L. Gradowith
- If You Were Busy
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Editorial by David Bragg
Growing Leadership

    What is our goal for tomorrow?  Goal setting is very much a part of New Testament Christianity.  The first Christians were emboldened by the inspired goal of bringing the world to Christ (Mat. 28:18-20).  What is our goal?
    Goals are important because they clarify the purpose of the church.  How does a specific event or function contribute to the overall purpose of the local church?  How can we best contribute to the primary goal set before us by God?  What am I, personally, doing to further the realization of this supreme goal?
    Goals make the local work more manageable.  Winning the world for Christ may appear overwhelming.  Having two Bible studies in the next six months is a goal within anyone’s grasp and will contribute to the overall goal.
    Goals are measurable.  A simple evaluation of the facts reveals one’s strengths and weaknesses in pursuing a goal.  How many Sunday mornings in the past month did you attend worship services?  The answer is measurable and revealing.
    Goals are biblical.  One of the classic passages of church leadership (Eph. 4:11-ff) is filled with inspired goals just waiting for the church to build upon.  Our goals should help the church realize God’s goals.

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

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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Victory! (Deuteronomy 20:1-4)
By Bill McCormick

    Would it really be great to win, to succeed in every undertaking? Someone said that nothing smells as sweet as success.
    Moses’ words to Israel ring with excitement. God will go with them to fight on their side and give them victory. Who could hesitate with such an air tight guarantee? God will give us the victory. Always?
    Speak that word to Jeremiah in a dungeon, to Jesus on a deserted cross, to Paul awaiting execution. Pep squad cheers sound little hollow then. “Victory?” When defeat has you by the throat?
    So, has God lied? Hardly! It all depends on what you call victory.
    Sometimes what we call victory is really defeat. Israel won Canaan but lost God. So what had really been won? Sometimes what we call defeat is really victory. Who would have thought that a man dying on a cross could turn history’s worst defeat into its greatest triumph?
    That’s the way it is with God. He doesn’t think like we think (Isa. 55:8,9). To Him, we get by giving; we win by losing; we live by dying. We succeed when we try in faith.
    God’s word will succeed in the end—if we will teach it NOW.   
    “Now, thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph . . .” (2 Cor. 2:14)
                                        
- Bill McCormick; 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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Thirsty?
By Tom Hall
 
    Our physical bodies demand water.  That shouldn’t surprise anyone since 55% of the male body mass is water (51% in women).  Our blood is 83% water, and muscles are 75%; even our bones are 22% water.  Our survival depends on getting enough water, and just a 2% deficiency means we are dehydrated.
    Thirst is a sensation all experience, but few can explain.  All we know is that when we’re thirsty we begin searching for something to drink.
    How’s your spiritual thirst? Jesus pointed to this reality: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John7:37-38).
    Do you crave the righteousness of God found in the pages of Scripture? How long has it been since you’ve had a drink?

- 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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The Mechanic
By Leroy Brownlow

     A mechanic went to hear a visiting evangelist in a little town. The preacher preached that night on money, and presented the sermon under three points. First point: “Make all you can.” The mechanic nudged his wife and said, “That man is the best I’ve ever heard. He is no nitwit. He knows what it’s all about. He is one smart man.” Second point: “Save all you can.”
     This excited the mechanic and he whispered again, “This beats anything I’ve ever heard. He’s smart enough to be President. This town has never had a preacher that could hold a candle to him.” The preacher commended hard work and thrift, denouncing laziness and waste. The mechanic couldn’t keep quiet. He whispered, “I’ve believed this all my life.” Third point: “Give all you can.” “Oh my,” exclaimed the mechanic, “now he’s gone crazy. He has quit preaching and gone to meddling.”
     Thought: Isn’t it strange that some people’s conception of great preaching is a sermon that compliments [or agrees with] them and rebukes others. Remember—your preacher did not write the Bible. He is not responsible for any word in it, but he is definitely responsible for preaching every word in it. And when it is preached, people judge themselves by their reaction to it.

- Leroy Brownlow; via the weekly bulletin of the
Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon, IL. David R. Ferguson preaches for the congregation and he may be contacted through their website: http://lakelandchurchofchrist.web.officelive.com/default.aspx


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Religion “Lite”
By Charlie Gamble

     Many of the refreshments we enjoy are different from a few years ago. They are now offered in diet or “lite” formulas. The original has been modified to appeal to the consumer’s wishes. This can be a good thing in refreshments but, in religion, it is not.
     We are never to change God’s original formula in order to appeal to the consumer. Instead, the consumer is to change their formula for life to include: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. Eccl 12:13b (NKJV) Today our commandments are revealed in the New Testament. We are not to accept any other gospel whether an addition to or a subtraction from that which is written. (Gal 1:6-10)
     Sorrowfully, some have decided to go “lite” in order to appeal to the religious consumer. Some are teaching salvation “lite” (no baptism). Some offer worship “lite” (no Lord’s Supper). Many practice commitment “lite” (no attendance). There are many other examples of this trend. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
     So, what do you choose: the light of life or the “lite” of darkness?

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


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Unanswered Prayer

     “The preacher’s 5-year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermons.  One day she asked him why.
     “Well, Honey,” he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages, “I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.”
     “How come He doesn’t do it?” she asked.

- 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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A Lesson From A Fence

     There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper to hammer a nail in the back fence.
     The first day the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
     Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out a nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
     The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
     “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When we say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry,’ the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”

“Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).

- Selected; Linville Forest Church of Christ in Kernersville, NC. Kelly Brown preaches for the congregation, and you may visit their website at http://linvilleforest.org/


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GIGO
By Greg Swango
 
   Have you ever heard of GIGO? This acrostic stands for Garbage In, Garbage Out.  This principle is true in the computer world.  Fill a computer with bad information, and all you will receive is bad information.  It’s not the computer’s fault—it just spits out what it was given.
   But GIGO is true in other parts of life, too.  If we fill ourselves up with bad things, bad things will come out.  It is nonsense to think that we could fill up on bad things and have good things as the result.  Jesus endorsed the GIGO principle in Mt. 7:17-20.
   Be careful as to what you watch, listen to, and read—GIGO!

- Greg Swango; 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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A Necessary Note About The Use Of The Building, Materials And Facilities

1. If you open it, close it.
2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
3. If you unlock it, lock it back.
4. If you break it, repair it if you can.
5. If you can’t fix it, report it.
6. If you borrow it, return it.
7. When you use it don’t abuse it.
8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
9. If you move it, put it back where you found it.
10. If you don’t know what it is for and don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

- 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
     “Remember Now”
       By Clifton Angel

When Iʼm 20 years old,
And looking back on my teens,
Will I smile on my past,
Or be ashamed of what Iʼve seen?

When Iʼm 30 years old,
Looking back on the last nine,
Did I give glory to God,
Or make it all mine?

Once Iʼve reached 40,
And making my trek through life,
Have I left a trail of blessings,
Or caused a myriad of strife?

When Iʼm 50 years old,
Looking back on the years,
Will I grin of the godly joy,
Or frown on the painful tears?

When Iʼm 60 years old,
And time is fleeting by,
Would I enjoy another forty,
Or would I rather die?

When 70 has come so quickly,
And my body is quite frail,
Have I prepared my spirit for Heaven,
Or am I still on the path to Hell?

When 80 is here at the drop of a hat,
But my mind is not at all,
Will my grandchildren know of the great life I led,
Or will they look at my life in appall?

If God provides that I reach 90,
And my life withers like a clover,
Will I thank Him for my longevity of life,
Or would I rather just start over?

When Iʼm 100 years old,
And the young stand amazed at my age,
Will I even have my memory,
While God remembers all the mistakes Iʼve made?

Will you take heed to these words,
My dear and precious friends,
And begin preparing now,
For what your life will be in the end?

“Remember now your Creator
In the days of your youth,”
Such powerful words from the Spirit,
Who, for our lives, has provided all Truth.

- 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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          THEY Lost The Book
An Irregular Ode to "Someone Else"
           By H. L. Gradowith

THEY lost the Book, those foolish Jews,
THEY failed to mind their "p's" and "q's";
THEY chose darkness instead of Light,
THEY chose the wrong over the right;
THEY lost the Book that was His Voice:
Surely we'd not make such a choice...

The Weeping Prophet spoke His Word,
He, Who was their Savior and Lord;
A dying man to dying men:
'Come unto Him, Turn from your sin...'
From early morn to late at night:
'Turn from the darkness to the Light!'

THEY lost the Book, those foolish Jews,
THEY failed to mind their "p's" and "q's";
THEY chose darkness instead of Light,
THEY chose the wrong over the right;
THEY lost the Book that was His Voice:
Surely we'd not make such a choice...

Into a pit they cast him down...
Left him for dead... but he was found!
But even then he would not quit:
He knew his job and stuck to it!
From early morn to late at night:
'Turn from the darkness to the Light!'

THEY lost the Book, those foolish Jews,
THEY failed to mind their "p's" and "q's";
THEY chose darkness instead of Light,
THEY chose the wrong over the right;
THEY lost the Book that was His Voice:
Surely we'd not make such a choice...

He never turned to left or right,
A 'burning fire' his inner light!
He held before THEM God's own Word:
Yet THEY, his preaching, just ignored...
From early morn to late at night:
'Turn from the darkness to the Light!'

THEY lost the Book, those foolish Jews,
THEY failed to mind their "p's" and "q's";
THEY chose darkness instead of Light,
THEY chose the wrong over the right;
THEY lost the Book that was His Voice:
Surely we'd not make such a choice...

- 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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          If You Were Busy

If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it, you would find
You'd soon forget to think 'tis true
That someone was unkind to you.
If you were busy being glad,
And cheering people who were sad
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You'd soon forget to notice it.
If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You'd not have time to blame some man
Who's doing just the best he can.
If you were busy being true
To what you know you ought to do,
You'd be so busy you'd forget
The blunders of the folks you met.
If you were busy being right
You'd find yourself too busy, quite,
To criticize your neighbor long
Because he once was in the wrong.
O, the good that might be done -
The hearts of folks that might be won!
And negativity you'd bind.
If you were busy being kind.

- Selected; via the Family Matters, weekly bulletin of the Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson, MO. Edd Sterchi preaches for the congregation, and he may be contacted through their website at http://www.jacksonchurchofchrist.net


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
“Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” (Betty Freidan)

“I need no inspiration other then Nature's. She has never failed me yet. She mystifies me, bewilders me, sends me into ecstasies. Besides God's handiwork, does not man's fade into insignificance?” (Mohandas Ghandi)

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” (Dave Gardner)
- 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/

"PROPERTY is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.  The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." (John Adams)

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.”

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.
- 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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