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June 2013
BG# 150   Vol. 13   Issue 04

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ARTICLES
NUGGETS
POEMS
QUOTES
- Could It Happen Here? (2 Chronicles 7:14), by Bill McCormick
- That’s So Hokey! By Johnny Hester
- Patience, by David G. Rogne
- Butterflies, by Charlie Gamble
- Rattled, by Wade Webster
- A Warning From the Past, by F. B. Srygley
- How Do We Hear? By James W. Boyd
- 8 Things Worse Than Dying, by Owen Clopton
- Kind Words Can Never Die
- What Makes a Dad
- A Word From God, by J. Randal Matheny
- The Time to Love is Now, by Gerald Cowan
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Could It Happen Here? (2 Chronicles 7:14)
By Bill McCormick

    In the spring of 1991, I went with a mission group to Gorlovka, Ukraine to teach in a university and share the Gospel with the people of that city. We stayed in a dormitory and had nightly devotionals and Bible studies. During one of these sessions, the students were offered the opportunity to read the texts for the evening. The student whom the others chose to read was a young girl of 16, an honor student who due to her academic abilities entered the university early. She read haltingly at first, then began reading more strongly. She finished the text (Matthew 18:1-6) and looked at me with a most beautiful smile and said, “that was wonderful. I am sorry that I did not read so well, but I have never read a Bible before.” Through tears, we completed the study and sang “Jesus Loves Me.”
     I have shared this story with many since that time. Russia had just come out of 72 years of religious oppression in which it was illegal to have a Bible. Is it possible that someday a missionary could return to his home in Ukraine and tell the same story about his missionary trip to a country called America ? It happened there.
     I believe that the only thing to prevent that   occurrence here is what has been set before us by the elders in this great challenge. We must not just hold our faith, but share it, yea even implore those about us.

- 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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That’s So Hokey!
By Johnny Hester

    Are you familiar with the term “hokey”? No, it has nothing to do with a child’s dance in which “you put your right foot in, you take your right foot out…” Hokey is a word sometimes used to describe something that is considered to be old-fashioned, corny, and valueless to the “uninformed modern mind.” Growing up among “simple country folks” I heard scads of proverbs offered by an older generation that I considered pure hogwash, hokum; you know, just old meaningless expressions of hackneyed hillbilly philosophy that I could poke fun at. It has taken years of life experience for me to finally see the wisdom conveyed by so many of these well-worn adages:
    “Curiosity killed the cat.” (Well, I never liked cats.) The meaning: People should mind their own business.
    “The early bird catches the worm.” (I’d rather have a hamburger.) The meaning: To achieve a goal, get an early start.
    “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” (You want MORE flies?) The meaning: People are won through gentle persuasion and kind, well-chosen words.
    “You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip.” (Makes the rutabaga sound even more appetizing, doesn’t it?) The meaning: You can only get from people what they are willing and able to give.
    “April showers bring May flowers.” (And Mayflowers bring pilgrims.) The meaning: Some unpleasant occurrences bring about better things.
      My point? Do not quickly dismiss the advice offered by the previous generation. In fact, I would strongly urge that you get to know some older men and women who have lived, and are living, godly lives. Listen to their words and consider them carefully. It will bless you! Soak in this inspired truth:
“A wise man will hear and increase learning.
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
-          Proverbs 1:5-7
    Thank God for those who are older and wiser! Listening to them is the first step in becoming more like them. And .. that’s a good thing!

- Johnny Hester preaches for the Shady Acres Church of Christ, in Sikeston, MO.  He may be contacted through the church's website at http://www.shadyacreschurch.com
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Patience
By David G. Rogne

    People grow and mature at different rates. Thomas Edison’s teacher said he could never amount to anything and advised his mother to take him out of school. Winston Churchill was admitted to school in the lowest level classes, and never moved out of the lowest group in all the years he attended Harrow. Albert Einstein seemed so slow and dull that his parents feared that he was mentally deficient. One observer has said, “Great minds and high talent, in most cases, cannot be hurried and, like healthy plants, grow slowly.”
    It is so with God’s kingdom. We scatter the seed, but we are not ultimately responsible for its growth. We cannot make things happen. The process by which those in this world become the kingdom of God proceeds very slowly, and it exasperates us. But, at the same time, if we have faithfully scattered the seed, we are not to blame for its failure to appear in its fullness. We are being cautioned in the words of Jesus to be patient.
“Bring forth fruit with patience”-Luke 8:15

- 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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Butterflies
By Charlie Gamble

    Have you ever seen a butterfly trying to go against the wind?  They are pretty much at the mercy of even the slightest breeze. Sadly there are some Christians that are the same way. They go wherever the winds are blowing. Paul addressed this in the Ephesian letter, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--(Eph 4:14-15 (NKJV)).
    We often find ourselves going against the prevailing winds of the religious world. But just because the majority is blowing a certain way does not make it right. Paul says that we are to speak the truth in love. We must do the right thing regardless of what others are doing. We are Christians not butterflies.

 - 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
Rattled
By Wade Webster
 
   A certain young man worked in a factory where heavy machinery rattled the entire building.  Not liking the jarring, he brought a rubber mat to the factory and stood on it.  The vibrations no longer bothered him as they once had. However, after several days, someone stole his mat.  He responded by getting two pieces of rubber and nailing them to his heels.  He now had two little rubber mats that no one could steal and that went with him everywhere.  The name of the young man was O’Sullivan, the inventor of rubber heels.  Like this young man, we as Christians have that which protects us against the jarring of the world.  It is called prayer, and it goes with us everywhere.

- Wade Webster, cf. Stephen R. Covey, Everyday Greatness; 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 Warning From the Past
By F. B. Srygley

      “Fighting for the truth is almost a lost art. Men who are enjoying the benefits of the gospel unmixed with human error, are enjoying these benefits because our fathers fought for the truth. Every inch of ground from that mysterious way of being saved, which was better felt than told, to the plain conditions of pardon as taught in the New Testament, was fought out for us by our fathers.
     If someone before us had not fought for the truth, most of us might yet be in the fog of
denominational teaching. This is not the time to temporize or make friends with error.”

 - 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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How Do We Hear?
By James W. Boyd

     We are warned in Scripture to take heed what we hear (Mark 4:24) and how we hear (Luke 8:18). We may not always be able to control everything that might fall on our ears, but much of it we can. And, whatever we do hear we can take care how we hear, that is, what effect it might have on us. We can use self-control and self-discipline regarding our reactions to such things. But do we hear any better than the next fellow?
     What I am asking is whether we pay any attention to what we hear more than others even when we hear the Gospel truth of Jesus Christ? Do we respond any more favorably before God than those who reject His Word altogether?
     Yes, most would say they hear better when it comes to hearing God’s Word. We often criticize those in religious error for just not paying real attention to the revealed truth. This criticism is justly given. But when I hear the command to “assemble faithfully” being taught, and see brothers and sisters act as if such a command was never given, it does make one wonder how we hear.

- 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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8 Things Worse Than Dying
By Owen Clopton

1. Spending your enre life worrying about dying.
2. Living a sinful life knowing the consequences.
3. Living a life of hypocrisy.
4. Knowing your influence has caused another soul to be lost.
5. Living a life of constant cynicism and negavism.
6. Living a life without friends.
7. Living a life without love.
8. Turning your back on God.

- 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
Kind Words Can Never Die

Kind words can never die;
Cherished and blest,
God knows how deep they lie
Lodged in the breast.
Like childhood's simple rhymes,
Said o'er a thousand times,
Through all the years and climes,
The heart they cheer.

Sweet thoughts can never die,
Though, like the flowers,
Their brightest hues may fly
In wintry hours.
But when the gentle dew
Gives them their charms anew,
With many an added hue,
They bloom again.

 - Submitted by Mark McWhorter.  Mark may be contacted at mtmcvb@concentric.net
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What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,
He called it ... Dad

- Author Unknown; 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 Word From God
By J. Randal Matheny

A word from God to quench my thirst,
  A mighty working to transform;
To Scripture always I turn first,
  For calm and courage in the storm.

Your law's my constant friend and guide,
  My heart delights to hear and obey;
What joy, your statutes at my side!
  At your command, there's no delay.

This holy Book by God inspired,
  Conducts us all before his throne;
What all our lives we e'er desired:
  To know Him fully and be known.

            — ‹‹ @@ ›› —

The Bible is a special book, unique, and in it a person discovers all that's needed for a full and purposeful life.

- 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) 2012 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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The Time to Love is Now
By Gerald Cowan

I wonder if you love me,
Though I really hope you do.
I wonder, if you told me so
Would I think it really true.
Actions overshadow words,
Whenever they are bad, not good.
Unless the words and actions match
They both can be misunderstood.

I hope that if you love me
You’ll find a way to let me know
So I can have the feelings
Which from true affection flow
Now, while I am living.
Do not wait until I’m gone
To speak your words to others,
Or have them cut in polished stone.

If you wait until I’m sleeping,
Never more in life to wake,
With silent death between us,
There’s no comfort we can take.
Even when we both are dead,
Love’s joy that might have been
But was not properly expressed
Cannot really bless us then.

And so I say again to you,
If you love me, please say it,
Tell me now while I am living
So I can know and treasure it.
And since I know you also need
To hear about my love for you,
I’m going to tell it to you now:
I love you. I do love you.

- Gerald Cowan preaches for the Dongola Church of Christ in Dongola, IL.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com 
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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." --John Quincy Adams

"Man's problems have arisen because his material progress has outstripped his spiritual development." --Mattie Storms Miller

“You cannot control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth.”  –D.S. Shuller

None of us is responsible for all things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.

- 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

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself.” —Benjamin Franklin

Something to Think About….
…The man that puts God first in money matters usually puts him first in every matter. The rich are not always Godly...but the Godly are always rich.

- 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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