BulletinGold #1
March 7, 2001   #1
 


Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond   

First, a big "thank you" to each and every one of you for joining the BulletinGold mailing list. We start off with 340 subscribers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I hope that this newsletter will enable us to share resources and make doing your church bulletin easier. The only thing I ask of you for this free service is your due diligence in giving proper credit for each article that you use. 

Please allow me just this once to give you a little bit of my background so you can know me better. I grew up the oldest of eight children on a farm in West Virginia. After high school, I attended Ohio Valley College in Parkersburg, West Virginia, then transferred to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Now I live with my husband, Mark, and two sons, Michael, a high school senior, and Jeremy, a high school junior, in Santa Maria, California. I have taught English, mathematics, and special education in public schools in Texas and California. I have also taught English Composition at Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria's community college. I enjoy being a wife and mother, sewing, quilting, cooking, gardening, studying the Bible, and working at church (doing the bulletin, teaching children's Bible classes, and Ladies' Bible Class-- no, not all at the same time!).

Two things have kept me doing our bulletin for the last fifteen years. Being so far from my family has left an empty spot filled by my church  family at the Lincoln and Tunnell congregation here in Santa Maria. Doing the bulletin helps me keep in touch with my church family.

Even better, doing our bulletin gives me another reason to turn to the Bible for scriptures. I'm sure many of you have similar feelings and experiences.

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Panning for more Gold
---- preacher's articles this issue

GO AND SIN NO MORE
by: Mel Martin

These are among the greatest words that any sinner can hear. The woman caught in adultery received these merciful words from Jesus when she had no accusers. Brethren, we have all fallen in the past, but our character is not judged by the sins we have committed, but by how we respond to those sins. If our past holds ugly sins, we may feel devastated and burdened today, but we CAN START AGAIN, washed in the blood of the Lamb. In Colossians 3, Paul is teaching that since we have been risen with Christ, we are to "put off the old man with his deeds." He goes on to say that we "have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." The word "renewed" is translated from the word ANAKAINOO (ANA - back or again; KAINOS - new; not recent, but different). There is a word translated renew which means "new; recent, not different" - NEOS. Paul, however, is not saying that this is a recent man, but that this is a NEW, DIFFERENT man. In the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul said that some of them used to be fornicators, idolaters, effeminate, thieves, drunkards, and the like when he said, "and such were some of you" (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). In contrast, however, they are now "washed," "sanctified," and "justified." GO AND SIN NO MORE!

This and the following three articles were given to me by Mel Martin, who preaches for the Lincoln and Tunnell congregation at 416 North Lincoln in Santa Maria, California, 93455 in the United States 

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SUFFERING FOR FORGIVEN SINS
by Mel Martin

Forgiveness is not a denial of a deed, but a removing of the penalty of sin. At the risk of oversimplification, let us clarify this point. When a person is forgiven, it is not the case that his past actions really never occurred. They did occur. Furthermore, the sins in which we once participated may have lasting consequences. (We may still have to go to jail, not get our job back, or be able to regain our family. Some things may be lost to us.) But we can rest assured that though we may bear the scar of sin for life, we do not have to bear the penalty of sin. We should not equate the physical suffering brought on by our sin with our spiritual relationship with God. It just may be that some will think that God never has really forgiven them because they are still suffering from some lasting consequence of their sin. Because we may have a strong hatred for our past sins, we may want all things to be as if we never committed the sins, but this cannot be. Forgiveness does not erase the past and deny that the action ever took place. Forgiveness admits the sin and then removes the penalty for the sin. We can be bathed in the comforting truth that we can be as clean and pure, having our sins forgiven, with a clean heart, as one who has never sinned. We can hold our heads high and honestly say, "I am not like that any more!" This is not a denial that we were once a sinner, but a denial that we still serve sin.   

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WHAT IS FORGIVENESS ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE?
by: Mel Martin
  • 1. OLD TESTAMENT WORDS.

  • a. MACHAH - to erase; abolish; blot out; wipe away; to remove completely as if never were (Genesis 7:22-23; Nehemiah 4:5; Psalm 51:1; 69:28; Isaiah 43:25; 44:22).

    b. KACAH - to fill up the hollows; to cover; like digging a hole and filling it up so it would be like it was before (Psalm 32:1; 85:2; Prov. 17:9; 28:13).

    c. NASA - to lift; carry away; pardon; to carry away so they would not be in view and there would be no remembrance (Psalm 32:1,5).

  • 2. NEW TESTAMENT WORDS.

  • a. APHIEMI - to let go (scapegoat); to send away; to forgive a debt; to be as if never had them (Matthew 6:12; 9:2; 18:27,32; Mark 2:7; Romans 4:7; James 5:15; 1 John 1:9; 2:12). Not demanding the debt owed to be paid.

    b. APOLUO - to pardon; to release; let loose from (a legal term) (Luke 6:37).

    c. EXALEIPHO - to smear out; blot out; wipe away; removed so as though never committed them (Acts 3:19; Col. 2:14; Revelation 3:5; 7:17; 21:4).

    d. KALUPTO - to cover up; to pardon; sins covered/pardoned and no longer known to the Father (James 5:20; 1 Peter 4:8).

    e. CHARIZOMAI - to bestow a favor unconditionally (2 Corinthians 2:7,10; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 2:13.

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    Quick Riches
    ----misc. goodies this issue

    MAN QUESTIONS - GOD ANSWERS

    1. Am I accountable to God? "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 "For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23

    2. Does God know all about me? "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13

    3. Will God punish sin? "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

    4. Will I perish if I don’t obey God? "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

    5. How can I escape? "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    6. Is He willing to save me? "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." 1 Timothy 1:15

    -- Author Unknown

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    THINGS YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY FOR

    For telling the truth; For living a pure life; For your faith in Christ;  For acknowledging your sins; For doing your best; For thinking before acting; For hearing before judging; For forgiving your enemies; For helping a fallen brother; For being loyal to the church; For standing by your principles; For being courteous and kind; For money given to the Lord's cause; For being honest in business.

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    Hearts of Gold
    ----poetry this issue

    LITTLE THINGS

    He stooped to pat a small dog's head-- 
    A tiny thing to do; 
    And yet the dog, remembering, 
    Was glad the whole day through. 
    He gave a rose into the hand Of one who loved it much; '
    Twas just a rose--but, oh the joy That lay in its soft touch!

    He spoke a word so tenderly-- 
    A word's a wee, small thing; 
    And yet it stirred a weary heart,
    To hope again and sing!

    Author not known, via Morro Bay, CA, bull

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    Gold Mines
    ----quotes & sayings for bulletins and signs this issue

    When it is good versus evil, or right versus wrong, neutrality is a sin.

    Don't compare your goodness with other men's goodness, but with the goodness of the Man from Galilee.

    There are no losers with Christ and no winners with the devil.

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