BulletinGold #142
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BulletinGold #142
October 2012
Vol. 11 Num. 08
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- Hide Behind the Cross, Bob Spurlin
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God is on the Throne Not on Stage, Dalton Key
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Our One Hope, Larry Acuff
-
How to be Sound, H. M. Phillips
- Whose Hand It Is In, Paul Ciniraj
- Some Things I've Learned
- “A Merry Heart”
- A Good Dad
- Let Us Be The Saints of God, Gerald Cowan
- “Faith of Our Mothers,” Arthur P. Patten
- Never Did a Human Hope, J. Randal Matheny
- Most Blessed, H. L. Gradowith
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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Hide Behind the Cross
By Bob Spurlin

    As a child, I fondly recall hearing faithful brethren pray in the assembly, “Father, be with our speaker that he may hide himself behind the cross of Christ.” This sentiment expresses the importance of those preaching the gospel to do so humbly, exalting Christ and His Word. Many that stand in our pulpits will often preach to exalt themselves by using human eloquence and their personal charisma to sway the audience.
     Since the gospel is “God’s power unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16), it behooves all that preach to do so in a manner, which gives tribute to the author of our redemption. Paul states, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake” (2 Cor. 4:5). All who preach the unsearchable riches of Christ must never forget to hide themselves behind the cross. The only way God’s power will be realized is through the faithful proclamation of the gospel. Preachers, who introduce human wisdom as a substitute for declaring Christ and Him crucified, have failed to hide behind the cross (I Cor. 1:23).
     All too often congregations disperse at the conclusion of the worship service, asking, “What was the aim of the preacher’s discourse this morning? Paul, the apostle, wrote the words: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I “preach” not the gospel” (I Cor. 9: 16).

- Bob Spurlin, the "horizontal" preacher, has been bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis for a number of years, yet continues to faithfully serve his Lord through a number of avenues, most notably his writing.  Bob can be contacted through his website, http://www.bobspurlin.com  (©2000-2006 BOB SPURLIN).


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God is on the Throne, Not on Stage
By Dalton Key

    THE GOD WE serve is an august, spiritual being both deserving and desirous of our deepest respect...
    Though described in Scripture as a friend to man (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23), He is not some sort of "good buddy" to joke with or about.
    Our God is still on the throne (Psalm 45:6), His ways remain higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9), and His authoritative Word still promises to judge us in the Last Day (Revelation 20:12).
    No measure of self-appointed, flippant familiarity with the God of heaven detracts one bit or whit from His inherent majesty.  Our God is eminently worthy of our reverence, thus we must serve Him "acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28).  Truly, reverence is the "very first element of religion."
    Moreover, our periods of public worship should express this spirit of reverence.  "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all about Him" (Psalm 89:7).  Worship performed "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24) suggests a demeanor of awe and reverence.
   We agree that our worship services should be permeated with expressions of joy and thanksgiving - they should not come to resemble a congregational visit to the dentist; but neither should the reverent worship of our heavenly Father be confused for a carnival or rock concert.  Whether our worship is that offered during a Sunday morning service, that which involves a lectureship assembly, or that which is engaged in by a zealous throng of your people attending a youth rally - regardless where, when or by whom the worship is performed - it must be characterized by reverence and decorum.  "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).
   The worship assembly is not the proper setting for screaming, whistling, clapping, and stomping the feet in response to a speaker's message.  We do not gather to pay homage to men, but to worship God.  We do not come together as a football game or a stage-band concert, we come to worship God.  We do not assemble with the intent of being entertained or sensually excited; we come to worship God.  Any assembly of saints with the intent of worshiping and praising the God of heaven should reject that which emphasizes the carnal emotions and minimizes the spiritual man.  An outsider should be able to attend one of our Sunday assemblies, or one of our many youth gatherings, and see a marked difference between the worship of God and the Jay Leno show.
   In the realm of worship, "zeal without knowledge" paves a dangerous road toward pagan, flesh-oriented, and riotous assemblies.  Most of our denominational neighbors have long gone this route, with services geared more toward entertaining man than worshiping God.  May we learn to temper our joy in Christ with a Christ-like reverence for things holy.  And may we teach our children so.
   Remember, our God is on the throne - not on stage.

- Dalton Key; via KneEmail, Mike Benson editor. To subscribe, send ANY message to: kneemail-subscribe@welovegod.org  Mike may be contacted atmlbenson@wowway.com


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Our One Hope
By Larry Acuff

     Anyone who reads the newspaper or views television knows that things in our world seem to be a mess. The Bible says, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). We know that many live in darkness outside of Christ (John 3:19). There is turmoil on every hand: war, crime, immorality —you name it! There are a group of people that lived in the same conditions at one time. They were called Gentiles. They were without God, without Christ and had no hope (Eph. 2:11-12), but all that changed with the death of Christ. The writer of Ephesians said: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).
     There is hope! There is hope for the world! More importantly, there is hope for you! Christ
is the answer. Read the following, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). Christ is our hope. He is the answer. Paul later wrote that he knew in whom he had believed and was persuaded that Christ was able to keep that which he had committed (2 Tim. 1:12).
     Will you put your hope in Christ? Will you follow Him? Got problems? Marriage going bad? Children rebellious? Not enough money to pay your bills? Search the scriptures (John 5:39). Christ is our hope. He is the answer.

- Larry Acuff; 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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How to be Sound
By H. M. Phillips

     It is not enough to condemn the rotten, but the sound teaching must be presented and then lived before others that they may see your good works and glorify God (Matt. 5:16). That preacher who received $300.00 a month and preached a sound sermon on giving, and then gave $1.00 on the Lord's day, surely was not a sound preacher in practice.
    It has a better effect to see the act and then preach it than just to preach it and not practice it.
    Jesus went about doing good and teaching (Acts 10:38). The Bible puts the doing good first. A straightforward preacher with a questionable life is not sound enough. A hollow tree is not sound, yet if you hit it, about all you get is sound. I wonder if some preachers are not somewhat similar.
    "What do you mean by 'soundness?' " Well, I would think it to be true to the Book in spirit and word, teaching as it is written, doing this in a firm yet kind way, and living true to that teaching. Lord, give us more such sound preachers, for it seems that we are in need of them.

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


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Whose Hand It Is In
 By Paul Ciniraj

   You place a basketball in my hand and we can play a pickup game of basketball.
   You place a basketball in Michael Jordan’s hand and you get six NBA championship rings.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place a football in my hand and I can toss it to my grandson.  You place a football in Peyton Manning’s hand and you get a $19 million dollar contract.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place a mathematical formula in my hand and you get confusion.  You place a mathematical formula in Albert Einstein’s hand and you get the laws of relativity.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place a rod in my hand and I can beat an angry dog away from me.  You place a rod in Moses’ hand and he will part the Red Sea .  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place a stone and a slingshot in my hand and you get a kid’s toy.  You place a stone and a slingshot in David’s hand and you slay a giant.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place two fish and five loaves of bread in my hand, and you get a couple of sandwiches.  You place them in Jesus’ hand and 5,000 men are fed.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.
   You place some nails in my hand and you might get a birdhouse.  You place nails in Jesus’ hand and you get the forgiveness of sins.  It just depends on whose hand it’s in.

- Paul Ciniraj, 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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Some Things I've Learned

    I've learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.
    I've learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
    I've learned that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
    I've learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with him or her.
    I've learned that life is tough, but in Christ I am tougher.

– Anonymous; 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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“A Merry Heart”

A house painter agreed to paint the local church for a nominal fee. To keep expenses at a minimum, he diluted the water-based paint a little too much. He was clinging to the steeple when a sudden thunderstorm washed all the paint off the surface he had completed. From out of the dark clouds, amid the thunder and lightning, came a booming voice: "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"

- via The Contender, the weekly bulletin published by the Walnut Grove Church of Christ in Benton, KY.  Kevin Williams preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the church's website: http://walnutgrovechurchofchrist.org/


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A Good Dad

     A good dad loves and obeys God with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind. He serves the Lord with gladness providing an example of what it means to be a Christian - a child of God. Lk. 10:27, Tit. 2:1:8, I Jn. 4:7-11
     A good dad loves his wife as he loves his own body and as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it...providing an example of what it means to be a loving Christian husband. Eph. 5:25-30
     A good dad is faithful to his wife...providing an example of what it means to be faithful and to honor commitments. Prov. 5:15
     A good dad loves his children and raises them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord...providing an example of what it means to be a Christian parent. Eph. 6:4
     A good dad provides for his family...providing a good example of what it means to be a good provider, a hard worker, and to have a good work ethic. I Tim. 5:8
     A good dad spends time with his children and teaches them about God, Christ, the church, and the hope that lies within us...providing a good example of what it means to be a good student of God’s word and how to teach others. Deut. 6
     A good dad is patient and kind… providing a good example of what God, our Father, is to us, His children. I Cor. 13:4
     A good dad instructs and gives advice when needed...providing a good example of one who is wise and seeks wisdom. Prov. 13:1
     A good dad loves his neighbor as himself...providing a good example of one who helps others. Lk. 10:27

- 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
Let Us Be The Saints of God
By Gerald Cowan

I stand in awe of the saints of God,
Patient and brave and true,
Who lived and worked and fought and died
For the Lord they loved and knew.
In life and death they were saints of God,
And I mean to be one too.
They loved the Christ, their own dear Lord,
And his love made them strong.
They followed the right, for Jesus’ sake
Their whole lives, short or long.
There is no reason I can’t be a saint
And join in their victory song.

Saints lived not only in ages past,
There are multitudes of them still
Who qualify, now, to be called saints
By God’s love and mercy filled,
By grace you can be one of them too,
Just faithfully do God’s will.

The life of a saint is not one of ease.
The world may resist you and frown
At your efforts to spread faith to them.
To stay up they must put you down.
What makes the life a saint worthwhile
Is a wondrous eternal crown.

God calls this treasure a crown of life,
Reserved for those who are true
To His calling, and kept by their faith
For heaven when life is through.
I know I am called to be a saint.
I hope that you are called too

- Gerald Cowan preaches for the Dongola Church of Christ in Dongola, IL.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com


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“Faith of Our Mothers”
By Arthur P. Patten

Faith of our mothers, living yet
In cradle song and bedtime prayer,
In nursery love and fireside lore,
Thy presence still pervades the air.
Faith of our mother, living faith,
We will be true to thee till death.
 
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
For youthful longings—youthful doubts,
How blurred our vision, blind our way,
Thy providential care without.
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
We will be true to thee till death.
 
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
In truth beyond our man-made creeds,
Still serve the home and save the church,
And breathe thy spirit through our deeds.
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

- 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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Never Did a Human Hope
By J. Randal Matheny

Never did a human hope
  Take quicker wing to headier heights,
Nor did a hand reach greater scope
  Or covetous eyes see grander flights,

Than Eve before the Knowledge Tree
  Of good and evil in Eden’s midst—
No harm so deep to humanity,
  That fruit in her rebellious fist

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Most Blessed
By H. L. Gradowith

Chorus:
And the windows of Heaven were opened wide
He poured from the bountiful blessings inside
And bestowed on me all of His very best:
Thus making me of all men surely most blessed!

I found my cup empty, my prospects were dim,
With no one to turn to I called upon Him:
Beyond expectations He answered my call:
My need to Him miniscule: He met it all!

Chorus:
And the windows of Heaven were opened wide
He poured from the bountiful blessings inside
And bestowed on me all of His very best:
Thus making me of all men surely most blessed!

I thought my plight hopeless: to great to o'ercome,
Great fear welled within me, so dark, wearisome;
Then Heavenward I looked and called on my Friend
And just like that my need had come to an end!

Chorus:
And the windows of Heaven were opened wide
He poured from the bountiful blessings inside
And bestowed on me all of His very best:
Thus making me of all men surely most blessed!

His Providence led me to His faithful few,
The ones who were willing His bidding to do;
In their place they stood and through them His will done:
Things worked as they should and my need was o'ercome!

Chorus:
And the windows of Heaven were opened wide
He poured from the bountiful blessings inside
And bestowed on me all of His very best:

- Dedicated to those who "...stood in their place..."; 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
I saw a man lose his temper, and I prayed he would never find it.

- 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

Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing him again.

- 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

“Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.”   Adlai Steverson

- via The Lantern, Highway Church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  Ron Thomas serves as preacher and an elder for the congregation and you may visit their website as http://www.highwaycofc.com

"Robert Hutchins, late president of the University of Chicago, reportedly said, "Anytime I have the slightest inclination to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.""

- Dennis Loyd, Physical Exercise and Godliness, Gospel Advocate, August 2011, 3.



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