5, 2002 Vol 2 #3
many of you know, Ed Thomason, the
preacher for the New Madrid Church of
Christ in New Madrid, Missouri, is the web
master for BulletinGold and hosts it on
his website. I had not visited Ed's
website for some time. Last week I was
working on our bulletin and needed some
ideas, so I went to http://www.PreachToday.com.
I was surprised at all the new resources
Ed has added to his site. He has many
sermon ideas and helps for preachers, as
well as Bible study resources,
commentaries, online bible studies, youth
resources, devotionals, and helpful
bulletin resources. Check it out for
Panning for more Gold
preacher's articles this issue
The Church and
we see many churches seeking to follow
the lead of the Restoration Movement.
I admire their tenacity in seeking
nondenominational Christianity, but
they are misunderstanding the nature
of the thrust. What many today are
attempting to pass off as
"nondenominational Christianity" is
Christianity." A good dictionary is
helpful in an understanding of the two
with, one must understand the term
"Denomination." It means, "a large
group of religious congregations
united under a common faith and name
and organized under a single
administrative and legal hierarchy.
One of a series of kinds, values, or
sizes, as in a system of currency or
weights. A name or designation,
especially for a class or group."
(American Heritage Dictionary) The
term "Non" simply means "not". (AHD)
Therefore, nondenominational simply
means, "not a denomination." In other
words, not of a group which is divided
from and only part of the whole. Jesus
prayed for unity (John 17:21), and
Paul described the basis of that unity
in Ephesians 4:4-6. Jesus never wanted
His body divided into many different
parts by groups. We are not members of
the whole by groups, but as
confusion of the world today
Christianity is that they are seeking
for their denomination to be a
denomination of the whole. Therefore,
what they really seek is
The term "Inter" means, "between,
among, in the midst of, within, mutual
or reciprocal." (AHD) It is another
name for "ecumenical" - "of worldwide
scope or applicability, universal. Of
or relating to the worldwide Christian
church. Concerned with establishing or
promoting unity among churches or
only one way to establish unity among
believers, and that is to follow God's
word and it only. Therefore, all
manmade creeds and doctrines which
cause the division must be discarded,
and God's word must have the final
authority in matters of both faith and
its resulting practice. When that is
done, then and only then, can men say
they are "nondenominational."
when seeking a church to which you
desire to belong, you must determine
the nature of that church. Do you seek
a nondenominational church or an
interdenominational church? Do you
seek to serve man's law or God's law
exclusively? "As for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord." (Joshua
be deceived by the desires of man. If
Jesus prayed for unity, we should seek
it. If Paul told us the basis upon
which that unity is founded, we can
then achieve it. This unity can and
does become a reality among men who
deny themselves and take up His cross
(as their own) and follow Him!
their desire for unity. But every
denomination believes it is either the
only true church or the best
expression of the true church. If not,
it has no purpose for existing other
than division. None of us want to be
guilty of willful division. There is
no biblical precedent for a divided
theology; therefore, there is no
theological basis for denominations.
Unity must be based upon God's word,
not upon man's.
Berthold preaches for the Chadbourne
North Church of Christ at 3216 North
Chadbourne in San Angelo, Texas 76903.
"I have made many changes to our home
page and put in study links on the Links
Page. If you haven't been there in a
while, please take a look. And as
always, if you know of a church or Bible
study link I should add, please let me
know. Frank " http://members.aol.com/FBERT0038/index.html
|The Law of Love
A. Jay Kelly
if someone is caught in a sin, you who
are spiritual should restore him
gently. But watch yourself, or you
also may be tempted. Carry each
other's burdens, and in this way you
will fulfill the law of Christ.
been said the problem with
understanding this verse isn't that we
don't understand the need to restore
the sinner, but that we can't decide
who is spiritual!
context of Galatians is legalism, so
it would make sense that this passage
would at least have something to do
believe the warning here concerns
those teaching false doctrines,
although one could make an application
there. The warning is for those who
would seek to root out the faults of
others and "fix them."
recognize the "quick-draw" who is
ready to withdraw from anyone who is
sinning, drawing an ever tighter
circle until they finally withdraw
from themselves. But, what about the
one who "just wants to help" by
involving the entire church in what
may be a very embarrassing situation
for the one they are "helping"?
Sometimes, in the process of helping
our brethren, we find out things that
would ruin them if the wrong people
found out. Some of those things may be
so far in the past as to have even
happened before they were Christians.
Some may simply be personal struggles
with which they have either asked us
for help, or which we have become
misunderstand; unrepented sin needs to
be dealt with, many times publicly.
There are also situations we may not
be emotionally or spiritually equipped
to handle and that need to be turned
over to someone better equipped. But
how would we feel if, already burdened
by the load of a sinful situation in
which we were struggling, the one
person we thought would help broadcast
our weakness far and wide?
never "fixed" anybody. He just
restored relationships. Maybe that's
our mission, too.
Jay Kelley is the evangelist for the
church of Christ in Colby, Kansas. His
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
|He Had Compassion
Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he
had compassion on them and healed
their sick" (Matthew 14:14). While
Jesus came to this earth to save men
from their sins, he often healed the
sick and exercised the power of God in
other miraculous ways. These deeds are
called "signs" or sometimes
"miraculous signs" because they show
him to be approved of God. But that is
not the whole story; the gospel
writers tell us that He did those
miracles out of compassion!
before coming to die for us, He loved
us. We need to keep that thought
before us at all times. When we are
sick with sin or disease, when we are
down, we need to know that Jesus cares
because He loves us.
follow Him as he preaches and sees the
crowds hungry and tells his disciples
to provide food. On one occasion 5,000
men (besides women and children) were
fed. On another, 4,000 were fed.
do you suppose He wants us to learn
from this compassion of His? Certainly
we should be reassured when we are ill
or troubled that He cares! But beyond
that, He wants us to care about
others. One evidence to a sick and sad
world that the Christ is God in the
flesh is the works of service that
Jesus’ followers do all around the
want to be like Jesus? Look for works
of service, ways to show love to other
people. Every one of us has some
ability to help others. Whatever that
ability might be, it is sanctified in
service to others in the name of
Jesus. Not only so, but knowing that
people are lost is inseparable from
doing something to relieve their
physical and emotional suffering. Have
compassion! Jesus did.
Barr preaches for the Indiana Church
of Christ at 225 East Pike, Indiana,
unkindly of the mistakes and failures
(sins) of others without considering
their own sins is a practice all too
common among the public in general and
Christians in particular. While such
as it occurs in the world is
unacceptable, it should be totally
unspeakable among Christians.
has rightly said, "People who live in
glass houses should not throw stones."
This adage speaks volumes to the
hypocrisy of those who forget that
they, too, are human, and that God
does not categorize sin on a continuum
from large to small. Sin is the
transgression of God's law (John 3:4).
Pharisees, intent upon tempting the
Lord, brought a woman before him whom
they accused of being taken in the act
of adultery. "Now Moses in the law
commanded us, that such should be
stoned: but what sayest thou?" (John
8:5). It is true that Moses so
commanded (Deut. 17:7); however, they
forgot a major element in that
command: the witnesses who brought the
sinner forth were to be the first to
stone him. Jesus, knowing the hearts
of these deceitful Pharisees, added a
most significant requirement before
which they could not stand: "...He
that is without sin among you, let him
first cast a stone" (John 8:7). These
self-righteous Pharisees were
convicted of their own consciences and
so departed "...beginning at the
eldest, even unto the last...." (v.9).
Jesus did not condone the sins of the
adulterous woman, nor did he justify
the self-righteousness of the
Pharisees who departed convicted of
their own consciences, and no doubt,
taught another potent lesson similar
to that of "casting stones." It is
another regarding the self-righteous
magnifying the sins of others while
they refuse to reflect upon their own
sin. This is the case of the mote and
the beam. "...And why beholdest the
mote that is in thy brother's eye, but
considerest not the beam that is in
thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to
thy brother, Let me pull out the mote
out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam
is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite,
first cast out the beam out of thine
own eye; and then shalt thou see
clearly to cast out the mote out of
thy brother's eye" (Matthew 7:3-5).
Burton Coffman makes this observation
in his commentary on Matthew: "One who
judges others is compared to a person
presuming to cast a splinter out of
his brother's eye while a plank is in
his own eye! This is a vivid picture
of a person who ignores his own
grievous sins while trying to correct
the relatively minor shortcomings of
another. The mote and the beam
represent the disparity between that
which is tiny, insignificant, almost
invisible, and that which is obvious,
flagrant, and obtrusive. The mote
hunter is the nitpicker, the
specialist in fine, disputed points,
who focuses on the most minute
deviations while ignoring far more
basic and important considerations."
should forgive the trespasses of
brothers (Matthew 6:14-15). They
should help bear the burdens of their
brothers (Gal. 6:2). They should love
one another with pure hearts (I Peter
1:22). By doing these things, they
will not be engaged in "throwing
Quinn preaches for the Church of
Christ in Celeste, Texas.
Weathering the Storms of Life
goodies this issue
you know that an eagle knows when a
storm is approaching long before it
eagle will fly to some high spot and
wait for the winds to come. When the
storm hits, it sets its wings so that
the wind will pick it up and lift it
above the storm. While the storm rages
below, the eagle is soaring above it.
The eagle does not escape the storm.
simply uses the storm to lift it
higher. It rises on the winds that
bring the storm.
by: Roy Crutcher who preaches at the
Broadview Church of Christ in North
Lauderdale, Florida. He also hosts the
Challenge The Truth TV Program, which is
sponsored by the Broadview church. http://hometown.aol.com/ChallengeTruth/TV.html
|Great Mothers and
moms express appreciation (Colossians
3:15, Philippians 4:6).
moms realize that little thing do make
a difference, even if they are taken
for granted. It is encouraging for a
child to see constant reminders in
little things that say "I love you."
moms have an innate willingness to
forgive (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians
3:12, 13). There is the realization
that no child is perfect, but all have
weaknesses and need forgiveness.
moms give emotional support. They weep
when a child weeps and rejoice over
even the most trivial of victories.
The child knows that someone cares,
believes in him, is there for him, and
wants what is best for him.
moms have a sense of humor. They do
not laugh at their child, but with
their child. They are not afraid to
laugh at themselves.
moms handle disagreements and
conflicts in love. They are fair even
when their child does not know what
moms change, tolerate change, and
accept the unchangeable.
moms keep secrets. Moms like to talk
about their children, but they know
that some thing are only for them to
know. They never betray a trust.
moms pray for their children. They
pray not so much for worldly success,
but that their children's souls may be
saved in the day of judgment.
Great moms become friends. It is true
that great moms are moms for life; but
really, they are much more than moms.
Great moms share their faith and
values. (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy
6:7). The bonds of mutual faith and
values will last through the years.
Great moms die with dignity with their
children calling them blessed. There
is nothing so precious as a mother who
has faithfully fulfilled her duty and
died in the Lord.
preaches for the Lincoln & Tunnell
Church of Christ in Santa Maria, CA.
|You Know You're a
count the sprinkles on each child's
cupcake to make sure they're equal.
can't bear to give away your
children's baby clothes. It's so
hear your mother's voice coming out of
your mouth when you say, "Not in your
stop criticizing the way your mother
hire a sitter because you haven't been
out with your husband in ages, then
spend half the night checking on the
say at least once a day, "I'm not cut
out for this job!" You know you
wouldn't trade it for anything.
cry when you take them to the first
day of kindergarten and when they
graduate from high school.
boy said to a playmate: "When I get
older, I want to wear glasses just
like grandma wears. She must have a
special kind because she can see much
more than most people."
see when folks are hungry or tired or
sorry, and she can even see what will
make them feel better. She can see how
to fix a lot of things to have fun
with, and she can see what I meant to
do, even if I didn't do it right. She
can see when I am about to cry, and
she knows what to do to make him feel
her one day how she could see so good,
and she said it was the way she
learned to look at things as she got
older. So when I get older, I want a
pair of glasses just like Grandma's so
I can see good, too."
Unknown, borrowed and adapted.
Hearts of Gold
Precious Than A Rose
I sat on
the park bench just the other day,
And watched as the little children
came to play.
Each child had a mother who
was tagging along,
To make sure they played safely, that
nothing went wrong.
Each time a child fell they
would run to her arms,
And know the assurances that her
loving voice charms.
For a child can look in their
mom's wondrous eyes
And see love outpouring and feel safe
as she sighs.
Then I thought about mothers
whose children are grown
And realized that loving assurance is
still the best known.
For even children who are
older need love now and then,
To remember they are special and that
they can win.
For mothers don't give up
even when we make mistakes,
They're still right there loving no
matter what it takes.
God gave us flowers to
brighten our days
To help us see beauty as we go on our
But he gave each of us a
Mother and everyone knows
That this gift is more precious than even the
Hoover preaches for the Comanche
Church of Christ in Comanche, Oklahoma
73529. He has written over 200 poems
on most Bible characters or events. If
you need a poem for your bulletin or
to illustrate a sermon, you can email
Scott at email@example.com,
and he will send you one
to some soul today" we sang
And all week long that message rang.
my head and heart, I prayed
"Lord who can I reach for you today?"
that moment my neighbor walked by
And I said to myself, "Okay, I'll try.
first I need time to study and
To make sure I know book, chapter and
armed with my proof texts and Bible
I approached her to study and she
said, "That's fine."
verses poured out in a steady stream,
'Doctrinal Purity' was my theme.
many claim to follow Christ
But they do it man's way, thinking
that will suffice.
after the session was nearly through,
I said, "Have you questions?" She
said, "Just a few.
obvious you know your Bible quite
You've talked about Heaven and touched
even shown proofs that the Bible is
But you've not yet told me what Christ
means to you.
your life different? How do you cope?
Is there any real joy or any real
at my outlines, then put them away.
And I changed and shared gently the
Man called 'The Way.'
simple old story began to shine
My friend came to Jesus, not the what,
but the Who.
note: I found this poem at http://members.aol.com/FBERT0038/index.html
Frank Berthold said it was
given to him some years ago
and had a big impact on him.
|The Upward Move
Sally Harris Cleghorn
a move coming up that I long for,
When this life reaches the end;
It will be to a better neighborhood,
And there will be no fences to mend.
Lord has built me a mansion,
And where the streets are of purest
It is a beautiful place called heaven,
Where no one will ever grow old.
neighbors will all be happy,
We'll never know sadness or pain;
Earthly cares will all be forgotten,
And our Savior forever will reign.
that hindered our happiness,
And was tempting us night and day;
Will never again dwell among us,
Even the memory will be wiped away.
happy to get to my mansion,
I'll trade in my sorrow and tears;
This place is not just a dream for me,
I've been reading about it for years;
Harris Cleghorn does the bulletin for
the Hazel Park Church of Christ, 1123
East Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel
Park, Michigan 48030.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
The path of a good woman
is indeed strewn with flowers, but
they rise behind her steps, not before
Some parents could do
more for their children by not doing
so much for them.
Children seldom misquote
you. They repeat what you shouldn't
have said word for word.
Church growth does not
consist of counting those present, but
in caring for those absent.
God often prepares us
for victory by a taste of despair.