BulletinGold #148
April 2013   Vol 13 #2
 

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BulletinGold #148
April 2013
Vol. 13 Num. 2
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
- The Indestructible Bible, by A. G. Freed
- Do Not Despair, by Larry Acuff
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Buy the Truth and Sell It Not, by Don Campbell
- One More Soul in Heaven and One Less Soul in Hell, by Larry Pasley
- Every Good Gift
- Thoughts on Commitment
- The church of Christ
- A Congregation Grows When...
- The Great Eternal God, by Gerald Cowan
- FROM A CHILD I HAVE LEARNED, by J. Randal Matheny
- We'll Wake Up To Sleep No More, by H. L. Gradowith
- What Will Your Answer Be? By Nina F. Thorn
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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
The Indestructible Bible
By A. G. Freed

    The Bible is the oldest book the world has. It antedates the Chinese bible. It has come down to us through the ages. Its enemies have sought to destroy it. Its pages are stained with the blood of martyrs. Empires, kingdoms and states have crumbled around it. How do you account for the Bible surviving the wreck of time? The answer is that God is with it and in it.
     It was Mears who said, "The lyric poetry of the Hebrews was in its golden age nearly a thousand years before the birth of Horace. Deborah sang a model of a triumphant song full five hundred years before Sappho was born. The book of Esther was a venerable fragment of biography, more strange than fiction, at least twelve hundred years old at the dawn of the romantic literature of Europe. The proverbs of Solomon are by eight hundred years more ancient than the writings of Seneca."
     Though it has been exploded, demolished, and made ready for the grave countless times, it goes on its triumphant way, giving light, hope, and salvation to unnumbered millions in many lands and many tongues.
     The Bible lives in spite of men. False theories of religion profess to be built upon it. A relentless war is waged upon it by those who hate it, and friends to it have become lukewarm. Yet the Bible is here. It is the deathless book. It is as eternal as God. "The word of the Lord endureth forever."

- 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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Do Not Despair
By Larry Acuff

“Even the winds and the sea obey him” (Matt. 8:23-27)! That is what the disciples said after the Lord calmed the wind and the sea.

    Storms in our lives threaten us on a regular basis. We think we are about to drown in debt, marital problems, disobedient children, mean bosses, hard to work for companies. Perhaps you’ve been trying to calm the storm by yourself and it’s not working. There is a solution. Awaken the Lord in your life. But, how do we do it?
     Obey Him. Faith (John 8:24), Repentance (Acts 2:38), Confession (Rom. 10:9-10) and in Water Baptism the Lord will wash away your sins (Acts 22:16; 2:38).
     Walk with Him daily. Live according to his word (1 John 1:7). Study, pray, be faithful unto death (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:17; Rev. 2:10).
     Tell others about Him. The woman at the well did so (John 4:29). We can too (Mark 16:15-16).

- 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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Buy the Truth and SelI It Not
By Don Campbell

    “Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Prov 23:23, KJV) These words suggest at least three things:  truth is a rare and precious commodity, truth is a costly commodity, and truth may be traded away at an even greater cost.  These three things certainly apply to the truth of the gospel.  However I believe Solomon had a more everyday thought in mind.  He had just said, “Listen to your father….do not despise your mother” (v. 22).  He follows with: “And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.  Let your father and your mother be glad…” (vv.24-25).
     That truth is a rare and precious commodity is underscored by the work of Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, who says, “Not only do we lie frequently, but we lie without even thinking about it. People lie while they are getting acquainted an average of three times in a 10-minute period. Participants in my studies actually are not aware that they are lying that much until they watch videos of their interactions” (From a 2009 interview in Time).
      There may be many costs involved in buying the truth, but one that comes quickly to my mind is that buying it costs time and effort.  We are bombarded with information claiming to be the truth about this or that person or this or that thing.  It is easy to accept the claim because we like or identify with the person or organization making the claim.  However, any untruth we might embrace becomes a part of us and warps our reality.  There are a number of online sites, some better than others, that devote themselves to debunking some of the more popular and prevalent lies in our society.  However, these “popular” lies may not be as harmful to us as are those we tell ourselves or those we allow friends and family to tell us that we accept without question.
     We sell the truth when we accept information at face value.  This does not mean that we need to be paranoid and go around accusing everyone of lying.  It does mean that we need to think for ourselves.  The Latin phrase fides tamen quin (trust but verify) should be our default mode.  We need to always verify something before we repeat it—or act on it.  The excuse “I was just repeating what I heard,” is really no excuse for peddling prevarications and propaganda.

- Don Campbell preaches for the Puryear Church of Christ in Puryear, TN. He may be contacted through that congregation's website: http://www.wk.net/churchofchrist/


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One More Soul in Heaven and One Less Soul in Hell
By Larry Pasley

When God loved us enough and we loved Him back,
It meant one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (John 3:16)

When we love someone enough it can also mean,
One more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (John 15:12-13)

When we love someone enough to pray for them,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (I John 5:15-17)

When we love someone enough to weep over their lost condition,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (Luke 19:41)

When we love someone enough to take the time to teach them,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (James 5:19-20)

When we love someone enough to help them focus on the spiritual not the material,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (I Timothy 6:6-10)

When we love someone enough to warn them of their doom,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (Galatians 6:1)

When we love someone enough to not be willing for them to perish,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (2 Peter 3:9)

When we love someone enough to snatch them from the fire,
It can mean one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell. (Jude 22-23)

Are you content to leave that soul, you know, doomed to hell?
Or do you love them enough to want, one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell? (Mark 16:15-16)

- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.JacksonStAlex.com


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Every Good Gift

     A poor man was given a loaf of bread. He thanked the baker, but the baker said, “Don’t thank me. Thank the miller who made the flour.” So he thanked the miller, but the miller said, “Don’t thank me. Thank the farmer who planted the wheat.” So he thanked the farmer.
     But the farmer said, “Don’t thank me. Thank the Lord. He gave the sunshine, rain, and fertility to the soil, and that’s why you have bread to eat.”
     Regardless of how sophisticated, how advanced we may be scientifically, we still can’t create; we still can’t make a kernel of wheat.
     That has to come from God. God gives us the things we need in order to live on this planet.
     “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights….” (James 1:17; Acts 17:24).

- via House to House, Heart to Heart


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Thoughts on Commitment
  • There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
  • Commitment in the face of conflict produces character.
  • Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
  • You can have the wrong priorities while doing nothing wrong.
  • Your children need your presence more than your presents.
  • Remember, if you are heading in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!
  • Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped.
- 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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The church of Christ

√ Built by Jesus Christ ...
  • Matthew 16:18
√ Purchased by Jesus Christ
  • Acts 20:28
√ Established on the first Pentecost after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Acts 2:38
  • Acts 2:41
  • Acts 2:47
√ Jesus is the Head
  • Colossians 1:18
√ The Bible is her only doctrine ...
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Jude 3
  • 2 Peter 1:3
√ God adds those being saved to the church
  • Acts 2:47
  • Mark 16:16
√ Jesus will present the church to His Father
  • Ephesians 5:27
√ There is only one church
  • Matthew 16:18
  • Ephesians 4:4
  • Ephesians 1:22-23
- 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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A Congregation Grows When...

• Each member has a deep concern for the lost.
• Each member enters into the worship service with much feeling and enthusiasm.
• Each member is interested in an aggressive Bible School program.
• Each teacher is interested in improving his or her teaching ability.
• Each elder and deacon is dedicated to the work.
• Each member is personally involved in the work.
• Each member is willing to purpose and give as he or she has been prospered.
• Each member lets brotherly love express itself to every other member.
• Each member is willing to truthfully say, “Here am I Lord, send me.”

- 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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Hearts of Gold - poetry
The Great Eternal God
By
Gerald Cowan

Before the hills appeared,
Before the rivers and the seas,
Before the clouds were formed,
Before the stirring of the breeze;
Before a man was born,
Or any other living thing;
Before the rain or snow first fell,
Before the flowers of spring;
Before the paths of earth
By mortal men were trod –
Before it all, from everlasting was
The Great Eternal God.
When everything on earth
Decays and disappears,
As darkness of the night
Dissolves when daylight nears;
When all the starry universe
Burns up and fades away
With nothing left to measure time,
No sense of night or day;
When challengers and skeptics all
Lie dead beneath the sod –
Through everlasting there will be
The Great Eternal God.

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


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FROM A CHILD I HAVE LEARNED
By J. Randal Matheny

From a child I have learned that from heaven God reigns,
And on earth there are whys for our tears and all pains;
As a child I was taught that this world isn't fair,
That the need for the Cross is what all people share.

Early on, parents told me to be true and kind,
That the gems that were best, under rocks I would find;
I should work before play, give each person his due,
Stand up straight, take your licks, to your promise be true.

All the worries today will not change what is past,
But the future's our field, opportunity vast,
Every hour of this life is a door or a seed,
And by God who gives grace in his ways we'll succeed.

- J. Randal Matheny edits and writes UPLift, an inspirational ezine. He
may be contacted here: <http://randalmathenycom/>. When reprinting this
material, please include the following:
Copyright (c) 2013 J. Randal Matheny
All rights reserved. You may forward the
email to friends as is. You may not alter
it in any way or remove any text or
attributions.


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We'll Wake Up To Sleep No More
By
H. L. Gradowith 

All the dead will rise up from their graves that day
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
There'll be no distractions, there'll be no delay
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
Your money won't help you when He sounds the Call
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
In fact nothing else will then matter at all:
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
 
He'll take all His Own to a City on High,
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
 And where He is taking us we'll never die,
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
 There at last from all troubles forever free
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
 Over death and the grave the last Victory:
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
 
 In Heaven no sorrows, no troubles, no pain,
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
 The Heavenly Crown at long last we shall gain:
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
Earthly faith will give way to Heavenly Sight:
    We'll wake up to sleep no more;
 No sun and no moon for the Lord is the Light
    When we wake up to sleep no more!
 
- 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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What Will Your Answer Be?
By
Nina F. Thorn

If God should call you home today,
What would your answer be?
Would you be so happy or would you say,
“I knew not you were coming to take me.”
He gave you the Holy Bible,
To show you the only way.
Do you take time to study it or
Think you don’t have to obey?
God will let you choose,
Where you spend eternity.
Will your choice be heaven,
Or will fire be your destiny.
You can’t live like the world,
And have a life of peace.
Judgement day is coming,
So, what will your answer be?

-
Nina F. Thorn lives in Canton, MS, via Magnolia Messenger, edited by Paul Franks, published by the South Huntington St Church of Christ, Kosciusko, MS, Oct. Dec. 2012, p. 21. You can visit their website at http://magnoliamessenger.com/


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
A hint is something we frequently drop but seldom pick up.

God’s commandments are never multiple choice.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the world ended before man is able to destroy it?

You cannot draw a straight line with a crooked pattern.
- 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

A penny saved is a government oversight.

Kind actions begin with kind thoughts.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.  (George Washington)

Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?
- 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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BulletinGold Extra ---- recent postings on our Blogsite
- Crucified With Christ, by Bruce Stulting
- The Importance of Dignity, by Bob Spurlin
- Against The Wind
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- Where Is The Goal Post? By Ernest Underwood
- Self-Discipline, by Bob Prichard
- Living Proof, by Glenn and David Sargent
- Ponder Before You Post, by Jim Faughn
- Is There a “New” Grace? By John Gipson
- DON’T OVERLOOK THE OBVIOUS, by Larry Pasley
- Lord Give Me a Mountain, by Don Campbell
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