BulletinGold #13
October 7, 2001   #13
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

What?? You haven't had an article published in BulletinGold??? Why, what's this world coming to? Seriously, brethren, BulletinGold is a wonderful way to let others know about your ministry, the church you attend, and your website.
  It's also a great way to extend your ministry to others just by sharing a great article you have written. The church is blessed with many godly men who know the Word. I thank God for you and all those whom I have met through BulletinGold. I thank God for the articles you send and your willingness to help me and others who subscribe to BulletinGold. Please continue to send those great articles and poems.

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

ONE NATION UNDER GOD
by Bill Stanley

    "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14 
    I know that this was written to a different people at a different time, but the words keep going through my mind since the tragic events of September 11th. As a nation, we do need healing in our land, but also need to turn from our wicked ways and seek His face. In my lifetime I have witnessed increased sex, violence, and profanity in the media, legalized abortion, legalized gambling, and many have state-run lotteries. Prayers has been banned from schools, and homosexuality is heavily promoted as an "alternate lifestyle." All of this has taken place without regard for what God's Word teaches. 
    You could not watch the tireless efforts of many volunteers without realizing that there is still a lot that is good about America, but if we really want to call upon God to bless us because we are a nation that honors Him, we need to take a look back to see how far we have drifted from the ideal of "One Nation Under God."
    Let us continue to pray for our Nation, but let us also pray for and work for a Nation that truly is a godly nation.  

Bill Stanley is an elder at the Faith Village Church of Christ, Wichita Falls, Texas.

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EACH OTHER
by Lawrence Barr

    The mutuality of our care and concern for one another is one of the most important principles in the New Testament that stems from the command to love one another and makes our being in one body effective in strengthening each member. This is one of the most attractive features of being a Christian. When seen in the lives of members of the body of Christ, others will be encouraged to listen to the Gospel. Consider how you can put these admonitions into play in your life:

Be at peace with each other Mark 9:50 
Be kind to each other 1 Thess. 5:15 
Be mutually encouraged by each other's faith Rom. 1:12 
Bear with each other Col. 3:13 Build each other up 1 Thess. 5:11 
Carry each other's burden Gal. 6:2 
Confess your sins to each other James 5:16 
Do not lie to each other Col. 3:9 
Do not provoke or envy each other Gal. 5:26 
Don't grumble against each other Jas. 5:9 
Encourage each other 1 Thess. 4:18 
Forgive each other Eph. 4:32 
Have equal concern for each other 1 Cor. 12:25 
Keep on loving each other Heb. 13:1 
Live in peace with each other 1 Thess. 5:13
Love each other as I have loved you John 15:12 
Love each other deeply 1 Pet. 1:21; 4:
Pray for each other Jas. 5:16 
Wait for each other (when eating Lord's supper)1 Cor. 11:33 

Lawrence Barr preaches for the Indiana Church of Christ, 225 East Pike, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701.

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ALREADY PAID
by Jay Kelley

    "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25 
    Have you ever been put on hold? I am told that 9-1-1 centers in some large metropolitan areas where people can be put on hold when emergency calls overwhelm the system. Can you imagine being put on hold while someone is breaking your door down, trying to get into your home and harm your family? Thankfully, God isn't like that. 
    He is always around and we only need one of him. In fact, the writer here is comparing the excellency of Christ to the shadow of the Levitical priesthood. Under the mosaical covenant, the high priest was a fallible man, subject to sin and to physical death. He first had to make atonement for his own sins before he could atone for the peoples, and he was subject to eventually die and be replaced. Under the covenant of Christ, we have only one high priest, and he is all we will ever need. He is able to save us because he offered the perfect sacrifice, himself. He is also able to save us because he never dies. He never gets old or tired. H e is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow, to paraphrase the same author. 
    Jesus' resurrection was forever, the beginning of an eternal kingdom. After his death, burial and resurrection, the Lord took his place at the right hand of God, ever interceding for us. John says Jesus is our advocate, using the same term used for a defense lawyer. With God as the judge, Satan as the prosecutor, and the scriptures as jury, Jesus defends us. Not in the sense that he tries to "get us off." His defense is much more than that, for he simply tells the judge, "The penalty has been paid."

Jay Kelley preaches for the church of Christ in Colby, Kan. His e-mail is jkelley@nwkansas.com

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Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

FIVE FIRSTS TO SUCCESS

1. Give God the first hour of the day. 
2. Give God the first day of the week. 
3. Give God the first portion of your pay. 
4. Give God the first consideration in every decision. 
5. Give God the first place in your heart

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

CHARITY

It's silence when your words would hurt. 
It's patience when your neighbor's curt.
It's deafness when the scandal flows.
It's thoughtfulness for another's woes. 
It's promptness when stern duty calls. 
It's courage when misfortune falls.

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OUR DAY IS NOT FOR NAUGHT
Author Unknown 

Sometimes our day doesn't go just as we planned. 
Some would bury their head in the sand. 
Others themselves might reprimand. 
Could it be that we rely on our own demand? 
Maybe we should rethink our command. 
Rather than with our inner man duel, 
And think ourself a fool, 
Why not look at our standard of rule? 
What guide do we use as a tool? 
When we have thought our day is for naught, 
Let us know when God we have truly sought, 
And found in His Word we have been bought, 
In obedience we won't be caught In Satan's onslaught. 
Though battles we've fought, 
We'll know our day is not for naught!

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

Your religion is the life you live, not the words you profess. 

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

The best vitamin for a Christian is B1

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