BulletinGold #21
March 3, 2002   Vol 2 #
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Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

This issue of BulletinGold marks the beginning of our second year of publication. I am so grateful for everything all of you have done to help. We have nearly 500 subscribers. The BulletinGold Website, put up and maintained by Ed Thomason, minister of the New Madrid, Missouri, church of Christ, has had nearly 2,000 visitors! I am extremely grateful to all of you who share your weekly bulletin articles with me. Please don't stop sending them, along with the church, city, and state where you preach. When your article is published in BulletinGold, please check it both in the ezine and on our website and let us know if you find an error so we can correct it.

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

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!

Ron Thomas worships with the church of Christ in Sullivan, Illinois

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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 workshop.

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
works.

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 are saved.

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.

Jay Kelley

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Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

POWER - PACKED POIGNANT POINTS
by Ron Adams
from Thursday's Thought - Feb 6, 2002

The milk of human kindness never curdles.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3:3

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.
Galatians 6:10

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.
Romans 12:17

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 understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Fault-finding is an exercise in futility.
When finished, nothing of value has been accomplished.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
1Peter 4:8-9

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KneEmail ". . . At the name of Jesus every knee should bow. . ." (Philippians 2:10)
by: Mike Benson, editor, Matt Gehlhausen, managing editor

Maybe 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!"

THOUGHT: Some things should never be compromised. That's especially true when it comes to our MORALS.

KneEmail # 177: "Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, and GODLY in the present age" Titus 2:12

Daily Bible Reading for 2.6.02: Leviticus 14-15; opt. Mark 10

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JESUS THROUGH THE EYES OF A BLIND MAN
by Jim Bullington 

Message #34 - "Jesus through the Eyes of" series 

Today's Little Lift - Feb 6, 2002

The 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).

John 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!

Round 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 9:24-29).

"They 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!"

Mark 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)

WRITTEN BY JIM BULLINGTON . Unless otherwise stated, all scripture quotations are from the New King James Bible, (c) 1983, Thomas Nelson, Inc. To be removed from distribution or to add another, send email to info@wings-hope.com

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

A HEAVENLY SURPRISE
Dedicated to our Widows at the Metro Church of Christ.
Composed by - Rick Woodall - May 25, 2001

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 of Galilee?
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 now renowned.

Rick Woodall is the associate minister for the Metro Church of Christ, Sterling Heights, MI. Check out their website for links to great brotherhood sites and to send scripture- filled postcards. http://www.qix.net/~metrococ/index.html

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DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY?
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!

Sally Harris Cleghorn is the secretary and does the bulletin for the
Hazel Park Church of Christ in Hazel Park, Michigan.

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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 depart. 
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 need. 
Make Christ your Lord today!

Rose Ann Noey worships with the Yorktown Road Church of Christ in
Logansport, Indiana.

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

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.

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