3, 2002 #20
|To all of you who have sent
articles and poems this past month, you
once again have my thanks and gratitude.
Some of you send every week or even
twice a week. Rest assured that I try to
read all articles. You may not always
see your article published in BulletinGold, but you
are deeply appreciated. Many times
articles which you send hit home to me
personally and lift me up in the Lord. I
share many with friends. Thank you all
for your continued help.
Panning for more Gold
VENOM AND THE CURE
preacher's articles this issue
daughter first introduced me to Steve
Irwin. When Sandy and I were visiting
with her last year, she turned the
television to a channel that featured
this seemingly crazed man who had a
passion for snakes. His name is Steve
Irwin, and he is also known as the
"Crocodile Hunter." He has stared into
the mouth of a yawning crocodile,
jumping back out of harm's way just as
the creature lunges at him. He will
'toy' with venomous snakes, risking
being bitten by them and having their
venom injected into him. He is a risk
are many people today who seemingly
are willing to take the risk of being
the victim of a venomous attack. Not
by animals, but by Satan. The evil
that is around us is strong enough to
cripple and to kill. Although there is
much evil, I have frequently heard
preachers narrow the evil down to what
is referred to as the "Seven Deadly
for a few moments the sin of envy. It
has the ability to linger and rob us
of seeing the blessings that we have
been given year after year.
about the sin of selfishness? It has
the tendency to cause us to become
unruffled in our life. We retreat into
the refuge of our own cocoon and
neglect to see the needs of the world
Maybe the sin most
prevalent in your life is that of
despair. I am not referring to
depression. I am speaking about
getting such a dose of reality that
we find ourselves experiencing
physical symptoms that urge us to
want to simply curl up and die.
could spend more time speaking about
pride, lust, laziness and/or greed,
but space does not allow.
have all been infected at one time
or another by the venom of sin.
Romans 3:23 reports that "all have
sinned and have fallen short of the
glory of God." We have all been
stung. It wasn't a deadly dose of
venom we received, because Jesus
came into this world to neutralize
its effects. Jesus came into this
world to be stung. His ministry
brought renewal of life to the sick,
the poor, the oppressed, and the
possessed. He took the sin of the
world on Himself when He went to the
cross. As a result, we are free to
join Him in enjoying eternal life
one thing to be bitten by a
poisonous spider, snake, lizard, or
be stung by a bee. It is a different
thing to be stung by sin. I will let
Steve Irwin and others like him get
bitten by animals. But if some
critter does bite me, I will get the
necessary medical attention to
regain my health. If I get infected
with the poison of sin, I will take
that to Jesus Christ. Only He can
render that venom powerless.
Russell is the minister for the
Foster Road Church of Christ
in Santa Maria, CA.
|THE PROBLEM OF
talk about patience. Most of us have
heard the old saying, "Lord give me
patience and I want it right now!" But
have you ever thought about what
"patience" really means? The
dictionary definition is: "1. Quality
or habit of enduring without
complaint. 2. The exercise of
sustained endurance and preservation.
3. Forbearance toward the faults or
infirmities of others. 4. Tranquil
waiting or expectation. 5 Ability to
await events without being perturbed
disquieted or upset. (Funk &
after looking up the definition I
almost felt pretty good about myself….
almost….. I actually do pretty well
with most of those definitions until
you read number five. "The ability to
await events without being perturbed,
disquieted or upset." To some of you
this may come as a surprise, but
perhaps not to others. You see one of
my major problems is that I don’t wait
very well. I hate waiting in lines and
geting in them and only with a strong
self discipline can stay in them. I
almost completely refuse go to a drive
through line of any kind waiting for
someone else to do something. I hate
to sit around and wait in offices. I
have an extreme problem with sitting
and waiting and doing nothing. I take
books with me almost everyplace I go,
not because I am so caught up in the
book, but it drives me crazy to do
The ability to await events without
being perturbed, disquieted or upset."
I like to think that I am better than
I was at dealing with this problem. My
wife assures me that I am, but also
that I still have a long way to go.
Why consider patience now? Because I
have been dealing with a new life
lesson in the subject…. The past few
weeks I have not felt too well and of
course I kept on pushing myself
anyway. You guessed it, it got worse
rather than better, ended up with
doctor’s appointments, an emergence
room visit, bunches of tests, etc.
Ended up with the doctor telling me to
stay in the house and do nothing but
rest for the next week, come see him
again and we’d see if I could do
anything. "Stay in the house and do
nothing but rest…" Sounds nice doesn’t
it, but for someone like me it is one
of the hardest things you could tell
me to do. I told someone that I was
under "house arrest," and that’s kind
of what it feels like…. but, I’m
working on it….
does all of this have to do with
anything? One of my all time favorite
scriptures is Isaiah 40:31, "But they
that wait upon the LORD shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint." I think I am slowly,
(very slowly) learning to wait with
out being perturbed, disquieted or
upset. Paul writes in Romans 5:3-4,
"And not only so, but we glory in
tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation (difficulties) worketh
patience; And patience, experience;
and experience, hope:"
Perhaps you have heard the
song, "He’s still working on me." That’s
true of all of us isn’t it? I have a
long way to go, but these difficulties
are strengthening my patience and giving
me experience, which is my hope for
Be careful if you ask the Lord for
patience; you may not find the life
lesson easy to deal with.
Lawson, Greenville Church of Christ,
keeps His promises. Joshua 1:3 "Every
place that the sole of your foot shall
tread upon, that have I given unto
you, as I said unto Moses."
Prepare for success by determining
God's will from God's word. Joshua
1:7-8 "Only be thou strong and very
courageous, that thou mayest observe
to do according to all the law, which
Moses my servant commanded thee: turn
not from it to the right hand or to
the left, that thou mayest prosper
whithersoever thou goest. This book of
the law shall not depart out of thy
mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein
day and night, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all that is
written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou
shalt have good success."
Difficulties that are faced seem
overwhelming when God's power is
forgotten. The walls of Jericho must
have looked insurmountable.
gives His children victory over their
challenges of life call for dependence
upon God. Joshua 1:9 "Have not I
commanded thee? Be strong and of a
good courage; be not afraid, neither
be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God
is with thee whithersoever thou
had given all the land to Israel, but
they were responsible for going in to
preaches for the church of Christ and
Lincoln & Tunnell Streets
in Santa Maria, CA.
|VICTORY IN JESUS
A. Jay Kelley
committed no sin, and no deceit was
found in his mouth." When they hurled
their insults at him, he did not
retaliate; when he suffered, he made
no threats. Instead he entrusted
himself to him who judges justly. He
himself bore our sins in his body on
the tree, so that we might die to sins
and live for righteousness; by his
wounds you have been healed. I Peter
The quote at the beginning comes from
Isaiah 53:9, from the beautiful
"suffering servant" chapter of that
book that emphasizes the meekness of
our Lord. Meekness is a much
misunderstood and maligned quality
today. Many think meekness arises out
of weakness, but that is far from the
There is no virtue in
submitting to hardship or unjust
treatment under duress. Nor is there
any in refusing to speak or act where
God has demanded speech or action.
The virtue of meekness lies in the
submission to the will of God,
regardless of personal cost and that
was the Lord's example. The insults
and bruises suffered by our Lord were
caused both by his own righteousness
and the lack of that quality in the
world around him.
Peter will go on, especially in
chapter 3, to encourage us to live
according to the example of the Lord. He
will also warn us that doing so will
create ill-will among the worldly. The
Lord's example, along with other meek
men in the Bible (remember
Moses?) will not allow a "go along to
get along" attitude either. He never
denied God or backed up from his
purpose, even when that purpose put him
on a Roman cross. I don't know about
you, but I'm thankful for that.
Jay Kelley is the evangelist for the
church of Christ
in Colby, Kansas. His e-mail is email@example.com
WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE
goodies this issue
make this statement in anger and
confusion, trying to make sense of
some wrong that they feel has been
burdened upon them. When I make this
statement, I make it in wonder and
I do to deserve the grace and love
that God shows to me with each breath
I take? Why does he listen when I pray
and ask for his help? He knows me. He
knows that I will trip and make the
same mistake over again. He knows that
although I don't mean to, I will again
fall and need His hand to guide me.
So why…What did I do to deserve this?
I believe! I believe that this world
was not just created by a big bang,
but by a loving hand. I believe that
the sun didn't just rise this morning
but that He willed it to be another
day. I believe that He has interceded
in my behalf more times than I can
remember. I believe He gives us
obstacles so that we may learn from
them, and perhaps He is testing our
faith in Him. He is wanting us to call
believe that He loved us so much that
he sent His Son to die for a world of
people who are amazed and don't know
what they did to deserve Him.
Merrill, Bulletin Editor, Sixth Street
Church of Christ,
Pompano Beach, Florida
Hearts of Gold
GOING HOME Luke 15
believe I've done it,
guess I thought
that I could do so well.
I was sure I didn't need dear old
know why I fell.
now I'm wallowing in the slop,
closest thing I have to a friend is a
All my bravado has left me with
nothing to eat,
even a date or a tiny little fig.
As long as I
friends who were ever ready to share.
The problem is that the money ran out
there was no one left to care.
minute, where is my brain?
go home, even our servants have plenty
I'm sure that even where I messed it
would let me serve, at least I'd have
this, I'm headed home.
can't wait to see my father's face.
I'm just hoping he'll forgive me for the
fool I've been,
he'll show me grace.
more little hill I have to climb
be able to see our place.
I climbed this hill so long ago
I was running away from Dad's face.
believe the sight I see,
waiting for me and watching with longing
on his face.
He's running to meet me with his arms
hardly wait to feel that loving embrace.
My father has
wiped the tears from my eyes.
deserve it but he loves me so.
My fear kept me away for so
needed was to swallow my pride and go.
Dad wiped the slate
clean so I could start afresh,
undeserved I needed it so.
He was willing to forget the
that has caused him so much pain, I
you left for a more noble
time to be away, a time for you to
But I promise you this wherever you
no greater feeling than the one of going
|COMPLETE IN CHRIST
Rose Ann Noey
complete in Christ; we do not need
Ouija boards or astrology.
Who needs worldly philosophy?
Your trust in Christ should lay.
Put the Lord
first in your heart,
Then from man's gods you will depart.
Mystics throw a poison dart!
And we're not safe amid them.
angels with our time;
Weak devotions fill our minds.
We don't seek and we don't find!
Can we grow this way?
To study and
God's Word, we need to concentrate
Upon its truths and separate
God's truth from mankind's wisdom.
Christ, He'll make us free,
Open our eyes to help us see
How He's our life's one true deep need.
Make Christ your Lord today!
Rose Ann Noey lives in
Logansport, Indiana, and
attends the Yorktown Road
church of Christ at 406
Yorktown Road, Logansport, Indiana.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
Children have more need
of models than of critics.
When weighing the faults
of others, be careful not to put your
thumb on the scale!
Correcting faults is
like tying a necktie. We can do it
more easily on ourselves than on
The Bible will keep you
from sin, and sin will keep you from