BulletinGold #160
April 2014   Vol 14 #2

April 2014          BG# 160         Vol. 14         Issue 02
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- The Bible is Right! By Bart Warren
- This Do In Remembrance Of Me, by Kimball Crum
- Turn It Around, by David Pharr
- Love Demands Everything That God Commands, by Gerald Cowan
- Believe God and Believe IN Him
- Comparing, by Ron Adams
- Closing For The Summer, by Charlie Gamble
- The Wicked and Prayer of the Good, by Ron Thomas
- God Hasn’t Moved, by Clifton Angel
- Overheard In An Orchard, by Elizabeth Cheney
- The House Where Love Is
- This is a Home Where Children Live
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The Bible is Right!
By Bart Warren

     The late brother Marshall Keeble (1878-1968) was well known and much loved for many reasons. His influence lives on even today (cf. Heb. 11:4). One phrase he uttered a countless number of times was, “The Bible is right!” It dos not matter what some university professor says . . . the Bible is right. It does not matter what some scientist says . . . the Bible is right. It does not matter what some politician says. . .the Bible is right. I think you get the point.
     It would serve us well to remember these words from brother Keeble today. With all the amazing discoveries being made . . . with all of the modern scientific and technological advances being revealed . . . let us remember that no discovery shall be made that will compromise, belittle, or change the authority and supremacy of the Word of God—the Bible.
     Shall we fear discoveries like the Higg boson (the “God Particle”)? On the contrary! We should embrace it and celebrate!   Information such as this only strengthens the case for an Almighty Creator. It is further proof that this amazing world in which we live is intricately designed. And, as we all know, design demands a designer.
     Enjoy once again this telling statement from the founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Robert Jastrow:
“for the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls him- self over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” (from the book God and the Astronomers)
     Whatever the discovery. . .whatever the situation. . .the Bible is right. Trust it. Live it. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)       

- 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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This Do In Remembrance Of Me
By Kimball Crum

     On the front of most communion tables it reads, “This do in remembrance of me”.  Remembrance, of course, means:  to recall to mind, to remember.   The more you do things the easier it is to remember them.  This is why I feel it is important to observe the Lord’s Supper every week and not just quarterly or yearly as many others do.  Do you easily forget things?  I certainly do and it’s getting worse with age.  I use lists, notes and mnemonics to try to remember things.   Mnemonics are aids to help you remember.
     A couple of types of mnemonics are acronyms and bacronyms.  An acronym is… an abbreviation consisting of letters that form a word.   An example is NATO which is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  But a bacronym is a reverse acronym.  It is a phrase specially constructed so that an acronym fits an existing word.  For example, as a kid we sang the song “J.O.Y” and the word JOY can stand for Jesus, Others and Yourself.    Some other well-known bacronyms include the word “BIBLE” which can stand for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”  Or the word “God” can mean “Great. Omnipotent. Deity”.  If your “EGO” is causing a problem in your life it could be because you are “Edging God Out”.  So you probably should “Pray” about it which could mean “praise, repent, ask, yield”.  Bacronyms help people remember words and their meaning.
     We have all heard the good news or GOSPEL which the bacronym for Gospel could be “God Offers Sinful People Eternal Life”.  God did this by offering his son JESUS which could stand for (Jehovah’s Eternal Salvation unto Sinners) to DIE (Depart into Eternity) upon the CROSS (Christ Relieves Our Sin Shame).  This event where Jesus died upon the cross, was buried and arose again, gives us HOPE (He Offers Peace Everyday).  Through FAITH (For All I Trust Him) and baptism we are given GRACE (God’s Reward at Christ’s Expense) so we can enjoy a home with Him.  So get rid of all FEAR (False Expectation Appearing Real), and Trust (Totally Reliant upon Savior’s Timing) in Christ and realize he is your friend (Fully Reliable in Each New Difficulty).
     Hopefully, during the week when you see some of these words that have bacronyms, you will be able to recall what they can stand for and remind you of Christ (Certainly His Resurrection is Supreme Truth) and his sacrifice for us.  We need to remember daily what he has done for us, not just on Sunday.

- Kimball Crum lives in Desloge, Missouri, and attends the Flat River Church of Christ where he serves as a deacon. He may be contacted at krcrum@yahoo.com

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Turn It Around
By David Pharr

     “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country!”  This challenge, made famous during the Kennedy presidency, suggests a like principle which should guide every Christian’s attitude toward the church.  We should be less concerned about what is being done for US and more attentive to what we are doing for others.
      Ask not, therefore...
...whether this is a good congregation to be a member of, but ask whether I am a good member of the congregation.
...how much I am loved, but how much love have I shown.
...how many get well cards I received, but how many I have sent to others.
...who visited me, but who have I visited.
...how much I get out of classes, but how much I contribute to make the classes interesting and edifying.
...whether I was remembered in prayer, but whether I faithfully prayed for others.
...who did or did not speak to me, but how many others I greeted.
...whether my good work is recognized, but whether I have given honor to whom honor is due.
...how many of my prayer requests God has granted, but how grateful have I been for His innumerable blessings.
...to what extent my deeds have profited me now, but how my life will be remembered when I am gone.

“Look not every man on his own thing, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” who “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Phil. 2:4-5; Matt. 20:28).

- David Pharr; via the weekly bulletin of the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. Edd Sterchi preaches for the congregation and may be contacted at eddsterchi@comcast.net
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Love Demands Everything That God Commands
By Gerald Cowan

A new commandment I give to you: Love each other as I have loved you.    – John 13:34

    Love is not blind. It cannot afford to be. It cannot ignore the truth, whitewash sin, weaken the gospel, or minimize the difference between Christians and non-Christians. Love cannot support peaceful co-existence of the followers of Christ with followers of Satan. The reason is obvious: the goals of love and peace and salvation, the ultimate good for everyone. There is no fellowship, no common ground, no agreement, and no peace between God and the ungodly (2 Cor. 6:14-16). There is no salvation for those who are at odds with God (2 cor. 6:17). It may be difficult for some to understand, but God and His people demand righteousness, exhort to temperance, warn of judgment, and deny fellowship to some without any loss of love and with no contradiction of love.
    Keep in mind as we continue here that the love we have for each other is patterned after the love God has for us (1 John 4:8-10, John 13:34). We are not permitted to define love to suit ourselves and then expect God to approve us just because we are true to our own code or creed (see 2 Cor.10:12, 18). Here are a few aspects of the love of God which we are commanded to follow in our relationships with each other.
■ This love is not emotional. It is not the syrupy sentiment often called love. For a definition of the kind of love God requires and commands, read 1 Cor. 13:4-13. It is greater than faith, greater than hope because it is of the essence  of God (1 John 4:8). We cannot say “God is faith, or God is hope” but we can say “God is love.”
■ Love does not hide or overlook the flaws and imperfections of others. Instead it is painfully aware of those things. True love seeks perfect awareness of both strengths and weaknesses in the beloved. Not in order to condemn but in order to be of help in correcting and compensating for flaws and to capitalize and utilize the strengths in the best interests of everyone – to help, not to hinder; to make acceptable, not to find excuses for rejecting. Heb. 4:12-16, 1 Peter 4:8, James 5:20
■ Love is critical, both positively and negatively. It seeks truth, not error (1 Cor. 13:6), but it recognizes error and calls attention to it when it is found (Gal. 6:1-2).  It sees things as they are and then tries to change them into what they should be.
■ Love does not requires indiscriminate acceptance and approval of all person. God himself does not accept  those who refuse to obey Him (2 Thess. 1:7-9). God continues to love all people and desire their salvation (2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Tim. 2:4). But He accepts and saves only those who seek Him and do His will. Heb. 5:9 and 11:6, Mt. 7:21-23.
■ Love is selective and discriminating. This is not the same thing as prejudice or partiality. Love is devoted first to God and then to others by the will of God (2 Cor. 8:5). It does not require us to accept in fellowship those who are opposed to God or will not abide by the will of God (2 Thess. 3:6, 3:14-15).  Love does not require or even allow us to accept what God rejects.
    This kind of love allows one to acknowledge the true spiritual condition of every person without any loss of concern or appreciation for the person. This kind of love is truly Christian.

- Gerald Cowan, a longtime preacher and missionary, is retired from full-time pulpit preaching. He is available for Gospel Meetings and he may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com
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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
Believe God and Believe IN Him
   “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness, and he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).
    There is a big difference between believing in God and believing God.  Abraham did both.  God gave him the gift of righteousness, and they were friends.  Imagine a human being a friend of the Almighty.  Imagine no more, because Jesus has made it a reality for all of us.  We have a friend in Jesus, and that connects us to His Father when we keep His commands.  He told us that in John 15.  Now, with Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we all can be called a friend of God.  Believe in God and believe 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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By Ron Adams

     If you compare yourself with someone who is smarter, more talented, or more physically attractive, you look inferior. If you compare yourself with someone who is less intelligent, less talented and less attractive, you feel superior.
     If you compare yourself with yourself, you feel good. Yet you are the same person in all of the comparisons.
     If you want to have a true measure of yourself, measure yourself by the true standard: the Word of God.
     Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:1-4
     For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.  2 Corinthians 10:12

- Ron Adams authors a monthly publication entitled F.Y.C. Back issues are archived at http://ra10ar.com All rights reserved. © 2014
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Closing For The Summer
By Charlie Gamble

    Last week I stopped by the local bowling alley. While there, I asked if they were hiring. They told me that due to lowered use in the summer the bowling alley would be closing for some weeks. I am so thankful that the church doesn’t have that way of thinking.
    Of course there are vacations that will cause attendance to vary. While our numbers may drop a bit, the numbers near vacation spots will rise. Some locations will have meetings were nearly everyone is a visitor. At my last congregation there were denominational visitors that came every Sunday. They asked to be included in our email bulletin listing in order to keep up with the church when they went back home.
    Our love of God isn’t regulated by the seasons. I am fully confident that our traveling members will seek out the church wherever they are on the first day of the week. Many times this will be a highlight of the vacation.  Travel safely and may God bless you

- Charlie Gamble preaches for the Brunswick Church of Christ in Southport, NC. He may be contacted at cgamble64@gmail.com
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The Wicked and Prayer of the Good
By Ron Thomas

    In Psalm 36, the psalmist reflects on the thinking and doing of one pursuing a life without God. One who lives without God is living as an atheist; that is, he live as if there is no God to who one will give an account. He also flatters himself when confronted with his sinful behavior with perverse talk and mischievous plans.
    On the other hand, God’s glory encourages the thoughtful saint to put emphasis on Him, and not on human fallibility. God is merciful and firm in His judgments. Those who rely on Him find that He is also the preserver of life; a man will find his life preserved when he finds happiness in God’s wisdom. In truth he can’t help but to be satisfied and happy!
    Loneliness is a miserable experience! Though there may be times when one insists on being alone, loneliness is more than just being alone; it is the feeling of emptiness and failure. God’s saint, however, is never alone; he seeks God’s peace (comfort), presence, and prosperity (favor). Those who stand opposed to God’s saint, God gives protection, and when prayer is offered it is answered.

- Ron Thomas serves as preacher and an elder for the Highway Church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.highwaycofc.com
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Hearts of Gold - poetry
God Hasn’t Moved
By Clifton Angel

You may look for His face, and stare into space,
And begin to think that God has left this place;
But God hasn’t moved.

Going through trials, and enduring long whiles,
You begin to think He’s separated by miles;
But God hasn’t moved.

Loved ones are lost, through whirlwinds you’re tossed,
You begin to cry, “Where’s the One from the cross?”
But God hasn’t moved.

Temptations are strong, but for purity you long,
You’ve done it again, you know you’ve done wrong;
But God hasn’t moved.

Money is tight, you worry all night,
Wondering, “Is doing good worth it?”
“Is following God right?”
But God hasn’t moved.

Listen, my friend, when with Christ you begin,
Trust, persevere, and be faithful ‘til the end;
Because God hasn’t moved.

When you feel all alone, and just want to go
Home, Get on your knees, not the phone;
And remember, God hasn’t moved.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:24–27).

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

God hasn’t moved, have you?

- 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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Overheard In An Orchard
By Elizabeth Cheney

Said the robin to the sparrow, 
“I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so?”  

Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend, I think that it must be
They have no heavenly Father
such as cares for you and 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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The House Where Love Is
Give me a house where love is--
That’s the best of all.
Give me a house where love is—
Where praises fill its halls.
Give me a house where love is—
You can have all the rest.
Give me a house where love is—
Where all can feel real blessed.
Give me a house where love is—
You can have the gold.
Give me a house where love is—
This house will never be sold.
Give me a house where love is—
Hearts focus on the treasure.
Give me a house where love is—
Jesus gives us pleasure.
Give me a house where love is—
Where everything is old and worn.
Give me a house where love is—
We are all reborn.

- 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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This is a Home Where Children Live

You may not find things all in place,
Friend, when you enter here,
But, we’re a home where children live,
We hold them very dear.

And you may find small fingerprints,
And smudges on the wall,
When the kids are gone,
We’ll clean them up;  right now
We’re playing ball.

For there’s one thing of which we’re sure,
These children are on loan.
One day they’re always underfoot,
Next thing you know they’re gone.

That’s when we’ll have a spotless house,
When they’re off on their own.
Right now, this is where children live:
A loving, lived in home.   

- Author Unknown; 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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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
There's a new and improved computer available. It combines a word processor and a food processor. It is really helpful for those times when you have to eat your words.

Prejudice is being down on things you are not really up on.

By being patient and quiet in one moment of anger you may escape many days of sorrow and regret.
Biting the dog that bit you is not wise. Why not just muzzle the dog?

Those who love bring their children up. Others let theirs down.

Those who love people try to build them up. Others tear them down.

Those who love the church, the gospel, and the Lord try to build them up.

What seems essential today may not even be important tomorrow.

What would you say about those who do not build them up but actually hinder them even if they do not actively and purposefully tear them down?
- via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Dongola Church of Christ, Dongola, IL.

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

A RECENT STUDY  has revealed that a hot temper can make a person three-times more likely to have a heart attack than someone who remains relatively calm.  Researchers discovered the higher risk after studying nearly 13,000 people in four American communities for six years. [Nigel Hawks, Science Editor, Times Newspapers Ltd.

it seems that every family tree has some sap in it.”

People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did.  But people will never forget how you made them feel.

You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”
- 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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