December 16, 2001 #18
|In the last issue of BulletinGold,
I asked you to send me addresses of
website providers that offer a free or
low-cost website which members of the
church can use. I am looking for website
providers with ties to the church which
are free of denominational links and
worldly advertisements. If you know of
such a website provider, please tell me
far, the only such website provider of
which I am aware is http://www.church-of-christ.org.
Brother Garcia offers not only low-cost
websites, but includes helps for
building websites. Church-of-christ.org
contains the world-wide directory of the
churches of Christ, links to ministries,
brotherhood publications, schools,
bulletin board, discussion groups, and
many other helps. Indeed, it is the most
complete website in existence for
members of the church. If you have never
been there, check it out.
Let me take this
opportunity to wish all of you and
your families a safe and happy
Panning for more Gold
preacher's articles this issue
NO ROOM IN THE INN
by Roy A. Crutcher
And it came about that while
they were there, the days were completed
for her to give birth. And she gave
birth to her first-born son; and she
wrapped Him in cloths, and laid him in a
manger, because there was no room for
them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
Read Luke 2:1-7. Did you ever wonder why
there was no room in the inn? Did you
ever wonder why the inn keeper did not
make room for Joseph and Mary?
I think it would be safe to assume,
based upon verses 1 and 3 of our text,
that there was a great influx of people
into the city at that time. Just
visualize a convention in some small
town where all the motels are filled. If
you have ever been to Disney World/Epcot
during vacation season, you know what I
mean. Many of the motels read, "NO
VACANCY." We can all relate to this. It
is understandable, then, why there was
"no room in the inn." Also it is
understandable that the inn keeper was
not aware of whom he had turned away
when he had to say to Joseph and Mary,
"Sorry, no vacancy." Had he known that
Mary was to give birth to the Savior of
the world, I feel quite sure that he
would have made available the very best
But the real question is not why same
uninformed Inn keeper of 2,000 years ago
had "no room in the inn." The burning
question is, WHY IS IT THAT SO MANY
INFORMED PEOPLE, 2,000 YEARS LATER,
CONTINUE TO DENY THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
ROOM IN THEIR HEARTS?
Permit me to suggest a few reasons:
 MANY ARE TRUSTING IN THEIR OWN
GOODNESS [Romans 10:I-3]. Like those of
whom the apostle Paul writes, there are
many who are ignorant of God's
righteousness and seek to establish a
righteousness of their own. They believe
that their own moral excellence
[according to their standards], is going
to save them; therefore, they have no
room in their hearts for Jesus.
 MANY ARE TRUSTING IN THEIR OWN
SUFFICIENCY but Paul says that "our
sufficiency is from God." [II Cor. 3:5].
So long as a man trusts in his own
sufficiency, there will be no room for
the Lord In his heart.
 SOME TRUST IN THEIR OWN WISDOM [I
Cor. 1:22-23], but like
self-sufficiency, wisdom, when it comes
from man, cannot give man that which he
has need of. Those who trust in the
wisdom of men have so room for Jesus In
 SOME REFUSE ROOM FOR JESUS BECAUSE
OF THEIR LOVE FOR THE WORLD ll Tim. 3:4;
4:10. Many are the lives that are
overcrowded with the wrong things. These
lives are cluttered with "stuff" rather
than being filled with things spiritual.
These people have made no room for Jesus
in their hearts.
HOW ABOUT YOU? DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR
A. Crutcher preaches for the Broadview
church of Christ in North Lauderdale,
Florida. He also serves as host of the
TV program, CHALLENGE THE TRUTH, a
production of the Broadview church and
OCTN [the One Church Television
Network]. He may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Truth TV Program
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A
LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!
by Lawrence Barr
get excited this time of year! Though
the warm weather lately has seemed a
bit strange, there is still a festive
air around us. Though I grew up in a
home where Christ was often spoken of,
we still did not observe a "religious
holiday" on December 25. We did
thank God for all the good food we had
and we were cognizant that the idea of
giving to others first came from God.
He is the Great Giver.
the years I have observed the
practices and teachings of others
concerning Christmas. Though the date
and many of the trappings come from a
pagan origin, I am sure that people do
not intend any of the pagan
ramifications as they remember the
birth of Jesus on that day. Factually,
we do not know the date (nor even the
year) of Jesus’ birth. The date,
December 25, has a 1/365 chance of
being the right date. So we would be
wrong to teach that date as the actual
birth date of our Lord.
would we be wrong to remember His
birth on that date? Well…. would we be
wrong to remember his birth on any
other date? Of course not! His birth
is a major event recorded in
scripture. His birth is important
because to be the Divine Son of God
and human at the same time would
require that He be born in the way the
Bible tells us He was. God never gave
a command, though, about birthdays.
There are many parts of the world
today where the anniversary of one’s
birth is never remembered. Birthdays
are a cultural matter.
So what do we do about people
observing December 25 as a special day
unto the Lord? In the words of Romans
14:5, 6, "One man considers one day
more sacred than another; another man
considers every day alike. Each one
should be fully convinced in his own
mind. He who regards one day as
special, does so to the Lord. He who
eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he
gives thanks to God; and he who
abstains, does so to the Lord and
gives thanks to God." So, we
rejoice that people observe a special
day, or that they observe all days as
the same, unto the Lord. And we
will talk to our neighbors on this
special day and observe to them how
thankful we are that Jesus was born (and
died, was buried and raised from the
TRACES LEFT BEHIND
by David Bragg
what it was Luke did not choose to
confide, but through it a courage is
clearly shown unlike anything natural
to these Galilean fisherman. The Jews
took note. Peter and John possessed
something that reached beyond formal
education. These were not skills
gained by training. Woven into their
very character were clear traces of
Jesus (Acts 4:13).
these be the same fishermen who just
weeks before cowered in fear at their
master's midnight arrest? Where was
their courage as Jesus suffered such
indignity at the hands of Pilate? In a
shroud of shame and silence from His
apostolic camp, Jesus alone faced
public humiliation and rejection. The
Master died with hardly a trace of His
As the tomb was closed and sealed, it
appeared the cause had been crushed.
The disciples lingered nearby. The
tomb was watched, ironically, more
closely by His foes than by friends
(Mat. 27:62-66). Beating within the
heart of that tomb was the pulse of a
great cause that could never die - the
heartbeat of divine love and the
nucleus of obedience. With these the
power of death would soon be broken,
and God's Son would arise. With these
Christ's church will survive the ages
of unbelief because of just a
comparative few who continue to bear
in their lives the same traces of
Bragg is the minister of the Cape Church
of Christ, 328 S. West End Blvd., Cape
Girardeau, MO 63703; phone:
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goodies this issue
by Mel Martin
2 Timothy 3:16 -- "All
scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness."
2 Peter 1:21 -- "For the prophecy came
not in old time by the will of man:
but holy men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost."
Psalm 119:105 -- "Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet, and a light unto my
2 Timothy 3:16,17 -- "All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in
righteousness: that the man of God may
be perfect, throughly furnished unto
all good works."
John 20:31 -- "But these things are
written that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
and that believing ye might have life
through his name."
Matthew 24:35 -- "Heaven and earth
shall pass away, but my words shall
not pass away."
1 Peter 1:25 -- "But the word of the
Lord endureth forever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached
Revelation 22:18, 19 -- "for I
testify unto every man that heareth
the words of the prophecy of this
book, if any man shall add unto
these things, God shall add unto him
the plagues that are written in this
book: and if any man shall take away
from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his
part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the
things which are written in this
Martin preaches for the Church of Christ
at Lincoln and Tunnell
in Santa Maria, California.
Hearts of Gold
by Rose Ann Noey
Lord, upon Your Path, My feeble steps,
At times, these trembling steps I take
Are all that I can muster.
I need Your help to get me through;
Without You, Lord, I stumble.
I tried to do it on my own, But, Lord,
I took a tumble.
Now, I'm back upon my feet. I've
set my destination.
Lord, hold my hand and guide me on,
Forgive my hesitation.
I'll lean on You the best I can.
Sweet Lord, I need You so!
With You to help my feeble steps, I'll
make it now, I know!
Ann Noey lives in Logansport, Indiana,
and attends the Yorktown Road Church of
Christ at 406 Yorktown Road, Logansport,
MUD PUDDLES AND DANDELIONS
When I look at a patch of
dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that
are going to take over my yard. My kids
see flowers for Mom and blowing white
fluff you can wish on.
When I look at an old drunk and he
smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty
person who probably wants money and I
look away. My kids see someone smiling
at them and they smile back.
When I hear music I love, I know I can't
carry a tune and don't have much rhythm
so I sit self-consciously and listen. My
kids feel the beat and move to it. They
sing out the words. If they don't know
them, they make up their own.
When I feel wind on my face, I brace
myself against it. I feel it messing up
my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
My kids close their eyes, spread their
arms and fly with it, until they fall to
the ground laughing.
When I pray, I say thee and thou and
grant me this, give me that. My kids
say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my
friends. Please keep the bad dreams away
tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to
Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and
When I see a mud puddle I step around
it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.
My kids sit in it. They see dams to
build, rivers to cross and worms to play
I wonder if we are given kids to teach
or to learn from? (And Grandchildren)
No wonder God loves the little
"Enjoy the little things in life, for
one day you may look back and realize
they were the big things."
contributed by Russ Lawson, Greenville
Church of Christ, Greenville, Ohio.
Take time to live.
Killing time is suicide.
Take time to work. It is the price of
Take time to be friendly. It is the road
Take time to laugh. It is the music of
Take time to play with children. It is
the joy of joys.
Take time to be with your Christian
family. It is a source of encouragement.
Take time to read God’s Word. It is a
guide for your soul.
Take time to pray. God is your source of
help and strength.
Take time to live for God. It is the
road to heaven.
"See then that ye walk
circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise, Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil. Wherefore be ye not
unwise, but understanding what the will
of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17
I went out to find a friend,
But could not find one there.
I went out to be a friend
And friends were everywhere.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
When Christians work
together, they divide the effort and
multiply the effect.
your faults on your nature does not
change the nature of your faults!
of pride seldom causes indigestion.