BulletinGold #149
May 2013   Vol 13 #3

May 2013
BG# 149   Vol. 13   Issue 3

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- Mom, How Do You Fill in the Blank? By Adam Faughn
- Mothers Are Special, by Edd Sterchi
- Thank You Mom, by Rick Woodall
- God's Memorial Day, by Travis L. Quertermous
- A Mother’s Influence, by Andre Maurois
- Taking Turns, by Dennis Lynn
- Happy Mother’s Day!
- Mother’s Day Humorous (but oh-so-true) One-liners
- Graduation Day, by J. Randal Matheny
- Love, by John Oxenham
A Rosebud
- Mother’s Love
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Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
Mom, How Do You Fill in the Blank?
By Adam Faughn

     We are a nation of adjectives. We cannot just say something; we have to add descriptive words to make sure we get just the right sense of meaning in all that we are talking about.
     That seems to be especially true when it comes to describing people. One person is good, while another is friendly. Someone is kindhearted, while another is cruel. We are always describing people.
     Today, we are celebrating mothers on the day set aside by our nation to honor them. It is always interesting to me to hear how people describe their mother. Nearly every time, there is a description.
           "She was a wonderful mother."
          "She is a mother who is always there for us."
          "She is a sweet lady."
          "She is always thinking of others first."
     And on and on it goes. We almost never simply say, "She's my mom!" We constantly add something to honor her.
     Knowing that, moms need to ask how they are living their lives! What kind of description would others say about you? The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 had children who "rise up and call her blessed" (v. 28), because she lived the right kind of life before them.
     Moms, if your children were to write out what they think of you and leave blanks where the descriptive words go, how would you fill in those blanks? Your life will answer that question.

- Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the Lebanon Road Church of Christ in Nashville, TN.  He may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: http://www.lebanonroadchurchofchrist.org
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Mothers Are Special
By Edd Sterchi

    When God made mothers He made a very special creature indeed.
    The unconditional love God gave mothers for their children is probably the closest thing on earth to His incredible love for us.
    The gentle tenderness a mother expresses in handling her newborn child is so reminiscent of the tender loving care God promises to the faithful.
    The sincere sympathy mothers show for hurt elbows and hurt hearts is not unlike the compassion God has for us.
    The sacrificial unselfishness mothers demonstrate time and time again towards their children reminds us of how benevolent God has been to us.
    The soft special kisses and the always sweet smiles that mothers so generously give can help us to understand and appreciate the joy God has designed for families in the here and now and for Christians forevermore.
    God bless loving mothers for showing us many important things about God.

- 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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Thank You Mom
By Rick Woodall
"Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." - Eph 6:2-3
     In a little town in Taylor County West Virginia Anna Jarvis in 1907 began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day.  The special day would fall on the anniversary of her mother’s death. So on May 10, 1908 the day was observed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where Jarvis had recently moved. It wasn’t until 1914 that president Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement to the nation that every 2nd Sunday of May would be a national day of observance.
     Mother’s Day is a special day in which we take a moment to honor the women who make a difference in our lives. It is not very often we hear good news these days about the Mother’s who as my gift reminds me “rock the cradle that rules the world.”
     In my years of Christian service I had the privilege of interviewing senior statesmen, great community leaders and church leaders who are making a difference in all of our lives. In our first few weeks after moving to Logansport Indiana I was given a personal invitation to meet with Mayor Michael Fincher. Mayor Fincher impressed me as he spoke in tears about his mother. I am convinced that the world is a better place because of all mothers’ that were readers, teachers and fitting examples. Dedicated mothers produce determined children. We all know that it takes a considerable amount of determination to make a difference in today’s world.
     So take some time this Mother’s Day to remember Mom. The apostle Paul reminds his “son in the faith” (Timothy) where his personal faith originated. “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”  – 2 Tim 1:5
     This Life Thoughts is dedicated to my Mom who has made many sacrifices and uttered many prayers that have made a tremendous difference in many of my major decisions in life. Thank you Mom.
- Rick Woodall is the minister for the Yorktown Road Church of Christ in Logansport Indiana. His weekly devotional message, Life Thoughts, can be found through this address:  http://mysite.verizon.net/yorktownroadchurchofchrist/
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God's Memorial Day
By Travis L. Quertermous

     The last Monday of every May is Memorial Day, a holiday celebrated to honor the soldiers who gave their lives to defend our nation. It is certainly right and proper that we give these brave Americans such an honor as they have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.
     But did you know God also has a memorial day in honor of His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life to save us from sin and hell? It comes not just once a year, but every Sunday in honor of the resurrection of our Savior. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus arose from the dead on the first day of the week (Matt. 28:1). On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ established the Lord's Supper for Christians to remember His atoning death on their behalf. In Luke 22:19, Christ taught we "do this in remembrance of me." According to Acts 20:6-7, the early church observed the Lord's Supper every Sunday and only on Sunday. We observe communion in memory of Christ's death on the day of His resurrection. There is a vital spiritual connection between the Lord's Day and the Lord's Supper.
     Sunday, then, is God's Memorial Day in honor of the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The church gathers for worship every Sunday to honor God and His Son through the Lord's Supper. If it is right to honor those who gave their lives for our country, is it even more right to honor Jesus Christ who gave His life to save us from hell? Will you be at church this Sunday (and every Sunday) to observe God's Memorial Day?

- Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the Church of Christ in Dexter, MO.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.dexterchurchofchrist.com/
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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
A Mother’s Influence
By Andre Maurois

     A woman who runs her house well is both its queen and its subject. She is the one who makes work possible for her husband and children; she protects them from worries, feeds them, and cares for them. She is Minister of Finance and, thanks to her, the household budget is balanced. She is Minister of Fine Arts, and it is to her doing if the house or the apartment has charm. She is Minister of Family Education and responsible for the boy’s entry into school and college and the girl’s cleverness and cultivation. A woman should be as proud of her success in making her house into a perfect little world as the greatest statesman of his in organizing a nation’s affairs.

- Andre Maurois in The Art of Living; 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
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Taking Turns
By Dennis Lynn

     There is a tender story told about an ailing mother who was resting in her bed when her nine-year-old daughter walked in. The daughter quietly unfolded a blanket and tucked it around her mother.
     “You know, “ the mother said, “It hasn’t been that long since I was tucking you in, and now here you are covering me up.” The little girl smiled, kissed her on the cheek, whispered, “We take turns,” and then skipped out of the room.
     That little girl, with innocence and insight, stated a truth for our time. “We take turns” in the family of God when we love each other, serve each other, and encourage each other. Let’s not miss the opportunities.
    Let’s not let them slip by. Let’s keep our eyes and hearts open. Let’s remember: we take turns!

- 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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Happy Mother’s Day!

     Since the spoiled little boy seldom left his mother’s side in all his five years, his parents were naturally concerned when he came home from his first day of school.
     “Tell me,” cried the mother as she hugged him.  “Did you cry at school today?”
     “No,” said the little terror, “but the teacher did!”
- Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune; 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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Mother’s Day Humorous (but oh-so-true) One-liners:

    A Mother's love will go with her son whether he goes to the governor's chair or the electric chair.
  •  The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
  •  God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
  •  A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
  •  There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
  •  Sometimes the poorest woman leaves her children the richest inheritance.
  •  A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have.
  •  A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
Happy Mother's Day!

- 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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Hearts of Gold - poetry
Graduation Day
By J. Randal Matheny

For Joel and Valerie

Your stately steps across the stage
  Mark your success of goals attained,
With tassels turned, another page
  Of inner strength and wisdom gained,
Prepared at last to come of age.
  Hold high your heads! You've finished school
  And in it earned a useful tool.

- 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:
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By John Oxenham
Love ever gives,
Forgives, outlives.
And ever stands
With open hands.
And while it stands,
It gives.
For this is love’s prerogative—
It gives, and gives, and gives.

- 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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A Rosebud

    A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older preacher for some advice. The older preacher walked up to a rose bush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing any of the petals. The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry. But, because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try and unfold the rosebud while keeping every petal intact. It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.  Noticing the young preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older preacher began to recite the following poem:

It is only a tiny rosebud
'Tis a flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
Then, in my hands, they die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
The flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So, I'll trust in Him for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the Pilgrim's way.
The pathway that lies before me
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

- 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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Mother’s Love

A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away...
It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking...
It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems...
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
and it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation...
A many-splendored miracle man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence of God’s tender guiding hand.

-- 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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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages

    Some men were discussing the various versions of the Bible.  After they were finished giving the pros and cons of each Bible, a man who had been silent spoke up and said, “The best version of the Bible is the one my mother lived!”
    A godly mother will point her children to God by the force of her example as much as by the power of her words.
    Mother’s hands: “What can be said of mother’s hands can also not be said, for who can count the vast drudgeries performed each day—and who can surmise if drudgeries are really joys, because it is their price….  And they also minister kindness.

- 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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