December 2, 2001 #17
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.
Panning for more Gold
preacher's articles this issue
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST
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
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.
Greenville church of Christ,
Greenville, OH Email: email@example.com
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
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
It is only Christ who
can save, and without Him, there is no
hope. Will we withhold hope from a dying
Jay Kelley is the
evangelist for the church of Christ in
Kansas. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
goodies this issue
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
MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: YOU DID A GOOD THING
Recognize the good in others.
promotes good behavior.
MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: WHAT DID YOU SAY?
We cannot properly respond
without first listening. Proverbs
If one doesn't listen, there
is no communication.
MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: IF YOU PLEASE
Note Philemon 8-14. Gentle
requests, not demands.
Favors are acts of kindness,
not payments of debt.
MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: THANK YOU
Colossians 2:6-7, 3:15.
When we express thanks we show
MOST IMPORTANT WORD: WE
"We" not "I" is most single important
Think in terms of
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."
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.
CALL HIS NAME JESUS
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!
Hearts of Gold
WHEN HE COMES
by Sally Harris Cleghorn
What if the Lord
And the way I've lived has not been
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
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
I'll have to answer for my own fate,
For at the last minute it will be too
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
Cleghorn, Secretary, Hazel Park Church
Hazel Park, Michigan
& sayings for bulletins and signs
wealth not by the things you have, but
by the things you have for which you
would not take money!
like rain, should be gentle enough to
nourish one's growth without destroying
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