BulletinGold #17
December 2, 2001   #17
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

As I have previously stated, I am thrilled to publish any church of Christ web address. However, a very important issue has come to my attention. Some of you may use a web host which allows any religious group or denomination to use its services. Indeed, the philosophy from some or our "brotherhood" web providers seems to be an "open door" policy. If you use this type of web provider, you may have banners or advertisements for denominations across your web page or links to denominations in your site. Please do not ask me to publish your website if it contains links to denominations or contains questionable advertising. In the December 16 issue of BulletinGold, I want to list free and low-cost website providers, especially those sponsored only by church of Christ members for churches of Christ. If you know of such a website provider, please write and tell me at Bulletin.Gold@verizon.net. I appreciate your help.

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

HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS...
by Russ Lawson

    Several years ago I discovered the above saying. Actually a good friend of mine, Mike Moore, and I used to joke with one another about any new tools, cars, etc. that we would get that we were one up on each other. I was in a car parts store and saw the poster with the saying on it and bought two, one for Mike and one for myself. Neither one of us took that philosophy of life seriously, but it was a "guy thing" to do.
    That has probably been almost 20 years ago, and this week I finally saw a poster with the rest of the saying. It read, "He who dies with the most toys wins.... but he still dies." Wow! Doesn’t that make you stop and think?
    Jesus told a story that says it all in Luke 12:16-22. "And he spoke a simile unto them, saying, `Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well; 17 and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits? 18 and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things, 19 and I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry. 20 `And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night your soul they shall require from you, and what things you did prepare--to whom shall they be? 21 so is he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.’"
    When you are looking over all you own and thinking about it.... maybe considering that next purchase, that next acquisition. Maybe thinking about how much or how much more you will have at retirement.... just thinking about "my good things." Remember what God said, "this night your soul they shall require from thee, and what things you did prepare--to whom shall they be?"
    May you lay up the truly good and lasting thing, because in the end we all still die.

Russ Lawson, Greenville church of Christ, 
Greenville, OH Email: rlawson@bright.net  

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BY WHOSE AUTHORITY?
by Jay Kelly

    Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20.
    There has been a lot of talk about multi-cultural and multi-religious exchanges lately. One current fad, in light of recent events, is to have Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders praying together to show unity in the face of our current crisis. There are the arguments that we all pray to the same God, which are basically true. All three groups claim the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their own.
    It is on the matter of Jesus Christ that we part company, for Jews and Muslims accept him only as a prophet, at best. In our passage we see him as much more, however. Jesus is the one to whom all authority was given. Upon his return, he, as Lord and Sovereign, will hand over the keys to the kingdom to God himself and only those who are in his kingdom will be among the redeemed.
    Those disciples who have been baptized into the possession of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the same who are in the kingdom. The command to go and make disciples is based on Jesus' authority and given to those who are already disciples.
If we believe in the Lord's authority, then we must make disciples. If we truly know what He has done for us, it isn't really hard. When we understand that Jesus is the only hope any in the world have of escaping an eternal end more horrifying than we may imagine, how hard is telling others about the only way out?
    It is only Christ who can save, and without Him, there is no hope. Will we withhold hope from a dying world?


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

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Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

IMPORTANT WORDS
by Ron Adams

SIX MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: I ADMIT I MADE A MISTAKE
Admitting faults and shortcomings is necessary. James 5:16
It clears way for forgiveness, correction, and the restoring of relationships.

FIVE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: YOU DID A GOOD THING
Recognize the good in others. Philippians 4:14
Positive reinforcement promotes good behavior.

FOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: WHAT DID YOU SAY?
We cannot properly respond without first listening. Proverbs 18:12-13
If one doesn't listen, there is no communication.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: IF YOU PLEASE
Note Philemon 8-14. Gentle requests, not demands.
Favors are acts of kindness, not payments of debt.

TWO MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: THANK YOU

Gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7, 3:15.
When we express thanks we show our appreciation.

ONE MOST IMPORTANT WORD: WE
"We" not "I" is most single important word.
Think in terms of interdependence.

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4

Ron Adams is the minister for the North San Diego Church of Christ. The selection "Important Words" is from his weekly newsletter, "Thursday's Thought.". You may be added to his mailing list by writing him at nsd@san.IT.com.

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YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME JESUS
Author Unknown

To an ARTIST, His is One altogether.
To an ARCHITECT, He is the Chief Cornerstone.
To an ASTRONOMER, He is the Sun of Righteousness.
To a BAKER, He is the Living Bread.
To a BANKER, He is Hidden Treasure.
To a BIOLOGIST, He is Life.
To a CARPENTER, He is the Sure Foundation.
To a DOCTOR, He is the Great Physician.
To an EDUCATOR, He is the Great Physician.
To a FARMER, He is the Sower and Lord of the harvest.
To a FLORIST, He is the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon.
To a GEOLOGIST, He is the Rock of Ages.
To a JEWELER, He is the Pearl of Great Price.
To a PHILOSOPHER, He is the Wisdom of God.
To a CHRISTIAN, He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior and Lord!

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

WHEN HE COMES 
by Sally Harris Cleghorn

What if the Lord came tonight,
And the way I've lived has not been right ~
What would I give to turn back time,
If the way I'd lived was not in line?

If I knew the Savior but left Him behind,
And lived my life as though I were blind ~
What would my fate be in the end,
If I didn't follow Jesus, my devoted Friend?

I'll have to answer for my own fate,
For at the last minute it will be too late ~
If I didn't take time to fully prepare,
And devote my life unto His care.

He's given me time to get it right,
And patiently waited both day and night.
His coming should be my greatest hour ~
As He comes for me in a flash of power.

God help me prepare for that sweet day ~
Just help me stay in the narrow way.
When life gets hard and I want to flee,
I'll strive to be ready when You come for me.

Sally Harris Cleghorn, Secretary, Hazel Park Church of Christ, 
Hazel Park, Michigan

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

Measure your wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money!

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish one's growth without destroying one's roots.

When you were born, you were crying, and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling, and everyone around you is crying.

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