6, 2002 Vol 2 #8
fall is here, and that means Daylight
Savings Time ends Sunday, October
27. Most of need to "fall back" one
hour before going to bed Saturday, October
Second, I want to point your attention to
this issue's "Ray of Hope." (not
included in the archives)
If every Christian who reads this would
ask the members of his congregation to
help this family, they might see some
light at the end of the tunnel.
Better yet, ask the elders of your
congregation if they would consider making
a monthly donation for this good
cause. I plan to ask the elders at
Lincoln & Tunnell in
Third, If you have visited the BulletinGold
website during the past week or two, you
may have noticed a big change - no more
ads at the top! There are no more
ads because Ed Thomason, the editor of PreachToday.com
who has so graciously done the BulletinGold
website, has decided to provide church
members and churches with website space
(with no ads or bad stuff!!) for a small
price. He can also be your internet
service provider for probably less than
half the cost of your current ISP.
If you are interested in having a church
website, personal website, or business
website, take a look at what he is
offering at http://www.mydoghouse.com
Needed: Short original
poems, quotes, short outlines, and very
short articles (one or two short
paragraphs) for BulletinGold.
Thanks to all our current contributors
who do such a wonderful job.
Panning for more Gold
Jesus, Hope for Families
preacher's articles this issue
Even Jesus experienced the sad
condition of his own brothers (Joseph's
and Mary's children, John 7:3-5) not
believing in him. But the conquering of
sin and death by Him in His crucifixion
and resurrection led at last to the
numbering of his family among the
believers (Acts 1:14).
In an amazing revelation we're told that
Jesus counts all who put their faith in
Him as brothers (Hebrews 2:10-13). So
even if family members turn against us
because of Jesus (Matthew 10:36) we are
all brothers in the family of God.
But the very relationship we enjoy in
the family (church) of God gives us
practical ways to have better families
(Ephesians 5:21-6:4). Instead of being
antagonists to each other, we instead
submit to one another. We put our own
selves in second place to the
ever-present need to serve, love,
respect and care for each other. Men are
even told to die (to themselves and
sometimes literally) for their wives.
Women stop trying to control, but
willing submit to the loving leadership
of their husbands. Parents care for and
train (by example and by teaching) their
children to follow the Lord's way. If
you haven't tried it, come join us as we
learn how! It works!
Barr preaches for the Indiana Church of
in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
|We Can Know That
In the past God spoke to our
forefathers through the prophets at many
times and in many various ways, but in
these last days he has spoken to us by
his Son, whom he appointed heir of all
things, and through whom he made the
universe. Hebrews 1:1
The earliest manuscripts of the
Hebrew letter are headed simply "To the
Hebrews," setting the tone of this
letter, rich in Old Testament symbolism
and presenting Jesus as the fulfillment
of God's purpose throughout the ages.
Imagine these Jewish brethren, raised on
the stories of the prophets and their
sometimes graphic preaching. Then there
is the great pomp and circumstance of
the temple and its ceremonies.
Yet, the writer tells these
brethren there is something even
greater. In the past God used these
miracles to reach us, but now He speaks
through Jesus Christ.
We do not need
the latest in experiential worship to know
that God is with us. We may instead read
that we became, by our faith, the children
of God at our baptism into the death of
We don't need burning bushes and dewy
fleece to know the Lord is with us. We
have something better, the completed
work of God recorded in the scriptures.
Brethren, we not only need to understand
that nothing remains to be done for our
salvation, but that God has left a
record, the Holy Scriptures, so that we
might know what He has done for us and
baptized into His death? Do you have
faith? Then you are a child of God,
whether you "feel" like it or not.
You see, we can know, through Jesus and
those He commissioned, that we are saved
by the grace of God and we can know it
Don't let "experience" take that away.
A. Jay Kelley is the evangelist for the
Church of Christ in Colby,
Kansas. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
What Can Help in Times of
goodies this issue
1. Knowing that God can deliver the
godly from temptation - 2 Peter 2:9.
2. Knowing the Lord will come to the aid
of those who are tempted - Hebrews 2:18.
3. God will not allow His child to be
tempted beyond his capability to endure
1 Cor. 10:13.
4. God strengthens in temptation - Psalm
5. Prayer is important - Matthew 6:13;
6. Offer resistance to the attacks -
Ephesians 6:16; James 4:7.
7. Develop a stronger faith - Romans
8. Do not flirt with, but flee from
temptation - Proverbs 6:27-28.
9. Be determined to "stand firm"
(Ephesians 6:13) and not consent to
10. Self-control (discipline) must be
practiced - 1 Corinthians 9:27.
11. We must be alert to the various
approaches of the devil - 2 Peter 3:17.
12. In overcoming temptation, an
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
Paul tells us
to "avoid all appearance (every form) of
evil" (1Thessalonians 5:22).
13. In addition to this, he tells us
something positive that we should be
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest,
whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure,
.lovely.of good report; if
there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on
14. YIELD NOT! "Each victory will
help you some other to win.
15. Look to Jesus!"
Mel Martin preaches for the Lincoln
& Tunnell Church of Christ in
Santa Maria, California.
|The Best of...
seen the music albums, book collections
that they are making now titled, "The
Best of ." and then some artist is
named. This is supposed to be an album
or collection where they have compiled
the best music, the best stories (or
whatever) that this person has
thinking about that concept the other
night and wondering how that might apply
to my own life (or maybe yours). What if
we were asked to recount the "Best of
our lives?" Now stop and think for a
minute about that question. Just what
would you list as the best things you
have done in your life? For me I'm not
sure just what that would be, but I know
it would not be the times I lost my
temper, the times I lost patience with
someone. It would not be the times my
faith was weak or my example even
weaker. I like to think that "The best
of my life" would be the times I was
most like Christ (as few as they may
be). Paul writes that we are to "have
the mind of Christ," Philippians 2:5.
Paul goes on to recount the unselfish
nature of Christ's life here on earth,
His willingness to give up everything so
that mankind might be saved.
Let me encourage you this week, not to
worry about doing some great deed, or
what might have been the best of your
life in the past, but what will be your
best today, each day. Live one day at a
time for Christ and your life will all
be "The Best of."
Paul also said in Philippians 3:13-14
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet
to have taken hold of it. But one thing
I do: Forgetting what is behind and
straining toward what is ahead, I press
on toward the goal to win the prize for
which God has called me heavenward in
You see, you might be tempted to dwell
on "The Worst of ." your life. But God
doesn't want us to do that. The writer
of Hebrews 12:2 gives us an idea of how
refrain from doing this, when he talks
of, "Looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith." So this week,
look to Jesus and you will be the best
you can be.
May God make all of your days, "The
H. L. Gradowith
Last night I dreamed of that wonderful
Prepared by the Savior for me,
I've never seen a more beautiful sight
As that beyond the Crystal Sea!
I saw the sainted faithful of all ages --
They were happy as they could be,
For they were dwelling in the blessed
Of the One Whose blood set them free.
There were no temptations up in that city,
And no one there turned from the Way;
There was a contentment like this world
In that Land of eternal day.
On each face was a look of satisfaction
And no lives were in disarray;
For they at last reached that Wonderful
Whence no one will e'er go astray.
I thought how different things were in
Than they are in this world of sin:
No tribulations, pain, trouble or
And no sinful, unholy men;
Indeed: there were blessings on
And the peace of God dwelt within.
How happy was I as I stood there watching
But at last much to my chagrin
I felt myself slipping away from that
For which my heart still aches and yearns;
The peaceful contentment I saw was soon
My heart filled once more with concern,
It was quite enough to make me stop and
And from my sins it helped me turn;
I've been to that Wonderful City on high
And I plan, someday, to return.
God Bless You as You Study and Obey His
Word. Tim Smith
Enon Church of Christ http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/
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God works -
in me, with me, through me, for me.
He who holds the stars in space will not
let go of His promises to us.
When it comes to prayer, don't hang up
Our greatest weakness may be our failure
to ask for God's strength.