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CLOTHED AND IN
HIS RIGHT MIND
by Ron Thomas
Well, it is that time of the year when
warm weather "springs" upon us. Our days
will be mixed between the warm and the
cool. Our dress will also fluctuate with
the weather. So, let me remind each of
us of Who it is that we are to dress. As
Christians our first and foremost
responsibility is to bring glory to God.
We are not to bring unnecessary
attention to ourselves.
The way in which we can bring glory to
God, of course, is by what is in our
hearts. But, what is in our hearts can
be (and often is) reflected in what we
wear. Dressing conservatively is a good
rule of thumb; it does not mean we
cannot wear a dress, it does not mean we
cannot wear shorts, and it does not mean
that we have to wear clothes from the
nineteenth century. But it does mean
that we are not to dress as some dress
today. Every Christian is to be governed
by the rule of modesty. Modesty only has
to be explained to a person that is a
child in demeanor (i.e., a teenager).
Parents and adults are to reflect the
glory of God, not the vanity of self!
Thomas worships with the church of
Christ in Sullivan, Illinois
FREE FOR WHAT?
By A. Jay Kelley
"You, my brothers, were called to be
free. But do not use your freedom to
indulge the sinful nature; rather serve
one another in love." Galatians 5:13.
There are three things that jump out at
me in this passage. First, Christians
are called for freedom, not bondage.
Second, grace is not a license to sin.
Finally, idle hands are the devil's
Many of the brethren do not understand
that Christ has called us out of the
penalties of sin and into a state of
grace that exists, not because of our
performance, but his. In other words, to
doubt one's salvation is to doubt one's
Savior. Man's performance has nothing to
do with salvation; the salvation was
brought by God. I know; faith without
works is dead, but it still isn't the
works God is looking at, it's the faith
that produces the
Some argue both for and against
the former proposition based on the idea
that we would therefore be free to sin.
That is precisely the argument that Paul
addresses in both Galatians and Romans.
Freedom from sin's penalty is not a
get-out-of-jail-free card; however, it
is far from it. The grace of God makes
man responsible for his own destiny. No,
I don't mean we can earn salvation, but
it is certainly our choice whether we
want God's grace or not! God's grace
will not cover the presumption that we
are free to do as we please because we
Some are probably wondering where that
third point came from. Paul places a
live of service in direct opposition to
carnality. He does so in other letters
when he encourages industry as a
prevention for gossip. If we want to
avoid all sorts of sin, we need to be
busy doing what is right. But it's more
than just being busy. We need to be busy
about the Lord's work. Any work can help
avoid boredom, but only God's work can
help avoid sin.
POWER - PACKED POIGNANT POINTS
goodies this issue
by Ron Adams
Thought - Feb 6, 2002
The milk of human
kindness never curdles.
Do not let kindness and truth leave
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your
The only people you
should try to get even with are those
who helped you.
So then, while we have opportunity,
let us do good to all men,
and especially to those who are of the
household of the faith.
Never pay back evil for
evil to anyone.
Do all you can and trust
in God to do what you cannot.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And
He will make your paths straight.
Fault-finding is an
exercise in futility.
When finished, nothing of value has
Above all, keep fervent in your love
for one another,
because love covers a multitude of
Be hospitable to one another without
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you've heard about the family that
became fed up with life in the big
city, so they decided to move to the
country and try their hand at living
in the wide open spaces. Intending to
raise beef cattle, the family
purchased a large, western ranch.
About a month later, some friends came
to visit and inquired as to what they
had named the ranch. The husband said,
"Well, I was partial to the Flying-W.
My wife wanted to call it the Suzie-Q.
One of our sons liked the Bar-J and
the other suggested the Lazy-Y. So we
compromised and now we call it the
Flying-W, Suzy-Q, Bar-J, Lazy-Y
Ranch." When one of the friends asked,
"Where are all of your cattle?" The
man replied, "Uh...we don't have any.
None of them survived the branding!"
Some things should never be
compromised. That's especially true
when it comes to our MORALS.
# 177: "Teaching us that denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY,
and GODLY in the present age" Titus
Bible Reading for 2.6.02: Leviticus
14-15; opt. Mark 10
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THE EYES OF A BLIND MAN
Message #34 - "Jesus through the Eyes
Today's Little Lift - Feb 6, 2002
Pharisee’s failed to get the answers
they wanted from the blind man, so
they called for his parents. Hear the
sarcasm in their voices as they say, "Is
this your son, who you say was born
blind? How then does he now see?"
Listen to their calm but less than
candid response – "We know that
this is our son, and that he was
born blind; but by what means he now
sees we do not know, or who opened
his eyes we do not know. He is of
age; ask him. He will speak for
himself." (John 9:19-21).
adds a detail that sheds light on the
rest of the story. He says that the
Jews had already agreed that if anyone
confessed that He [Jesus] was Christ,
he would be put out of the synagogue
(v 22). The jury had reached their
verdict; it was just a matter of
finding the right witnesses!
three of questioning! "So they again
called the man who was blind, and said
to him, ‘Give God the glory! We know
that this Man [Jesus] is a sinner.’ He
answered and said, ‘Whether He is a
sinner or not I do not know. One thing
I know: that though I was blind, now I
see.’ Then they said to him again,
‘What did He do to you? How did He
open your eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I
told you already, and you did not
listen. Why do you want to hear it
again? Do you also want to become His
disciples?’ Then they reviled him and
said, ‘You are His disciple, but we
are Moses’ disciples. We know that God
spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we
do not know where He is from." (John
reviled him!" What an ungodly scene!
Joy and thanksgiving should have been
the emotional order of the day;
rather, ugly and demeaning comments
were the result. Once again, the
former blind man drops back to what he
knows. There are no preconceived ideas
that he has to support so he can see
clearly. In contrast, the Pharisees
felt compelled to support their
conclusions and their eyes were
clouded with doubt and suspicion. The
man must have thought to himself, "If
this is what seeing is all about,
strike me blind!"
well his cutting response – "Why,
this is a marvelous thing, that you
do not know where He is from; yet He
has opened my eyes!" (v 30). A
blind man could see and those who
could see were blind! (continued)
BY JIM BULLINGTON .
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Hearts of Gold
Dedicated to our Widows at the Metro
Church of Christ.
Composed by - Rick Woodall - May 25,
I lived my life the best
I could and faced the pearly gate.
What a picture my eyes beheld knowing
not my fate.
I wondered in my thoughts this time,
whom would I get to see?
Would I see Abraham or Moses? The Sea
Would Paul speak and smile or would I
see old John?
Which took me back to yesterday to
years that are past and gone.
Is there a room for the gospel greats
the best of the very best?
Would I see Baxter, Keeble or another
who passed the test?
They would all be gathered from room
to room - the hall so full of glee.
There would even be a reception room
for greats with big degrees.
With carpet of gold and silver window
frames my mind was thinking fast.
When all the sudden an angel came and
took away my past.
"Come," he said and took my hand and
we walked through heaven's woods.
To a simple shack - I viewed as closer
we came and stood.
A sign above the door - the
description in gold leaf read.
"Here reside the gospel greats who now
on earth are dead."
The old door creaked as we walked in
and there to my surprise-
Were widows from my church making
quilts of different size.
One was for the little boy who needed
to stay warm.
One was for the infant girl brought
home in winter's storm.
One was for the nursing home to
comfort a dear old friend.
Another for a grand ole man too weak
to raise his head.
The angel and I just stood there and
tears swelled in our eyes.
For all of God's Gospel greats had
caught me in surprise.
In heaven there's a grand ole song
that's ringing through the town.
Through dedicated widows' lips who are
Woodall is the associate minister for
the Metro Church of Christ, Sterling
Heights, MI. Check out their website for
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DID YOU EVER
By Sally Harris Cleghorn
WHEN HEARTACHES COME TO SOME FOLKS ~
DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY,
THEY SEEM TO BE SO STRONG
AND THEY NEVER SEEM TO CRY?
SOMETIMES THEY HURT AS MUCH AS WE ~
BUT NEVER SHOW THE PAIN.
BUT EVERYONE HAS TROUBLES,
WITH SUNSHINE AS WELL AS RAIN.
AN OPTIMISTIC SPIRIT ~
IS A WONDERFUL SIGHT TO SEE.
I LIKE TO HAVE IT HANG AROUND
SO IT RUBS OFF ON ME!
A SAD AND CRANKY ATTITUDE ~
IS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.
WE NEED TO WORK ON ISSUES
THAT KEEP US SO UP TIGHT.
THE OTHER SIDE OF BEING SICK ~
IS THAT WE DIDN'T SURVIVE.
BE GRATEFUL FOR AN ACHE OR TWO,
AT LEAST WE ARE ALIVE!
LET'S PUT OUR FOCUS ON OUR SAVIOR ~
AS HE HUNG UPON THAT TREE;
OF HOW HE SACRIFICED FOR US,
SO OUR SOUL COULD BE SET FREE!
Harris Cleghorn is the secretary and
does the bulletin for the
Hazel Park Church of Christ in Hazel
COMPLETE IN CHRIST
By Rose Ann Noey
We're 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
Mystics throw a poison dart!
And we're not safe amid them.
Studying 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 to contemplate
God's Word, we need to concentrate
Upon its truths and separate
God's truth from mankind's wisdom.
Complete in Christ, He'll make us free,
Open our eyes to help us see
How He's our life's one true deep
Make Christ your Lord today!
Ann Noey worships with the Yorktown Road
Church of Christ in
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The best way
to get even is to forget.
To forgive is to set the prisoner free,
and then discover the
prisoner was you.
You are richer today if you have
laughed, given, or forgiven.
A successful marriage isn't just finding
the right person. It's
being the right person.
Words are windows to the heart.