BulletinGold #29
November 3, 2002   Vol 2, #9
  


Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

Once again, thanks to all those who send me articles and poems. BulletinGold could not exist without your help.  If you write articles for your bulletin, I would love to have one to publish. Perhaps you haven't sent me one because you are afraid it won't be good enough or will have punctuation or grammatical errors.  Well, if that's the case, those little things can be easily fixed, so go ahead and send your article.  
I appreciate everyone who sends me things, but I'm always eager to hear from brethren who haven't been published. 

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

Letting Jesus Into My Heart
by: Bill Brandstatter

I was at a local gas station recently.  I noticed the cashier talking to a man.  While I was pumping gas they were engaged in conversion.  When I went to pay for the gas, the cashier announced to me,"  I just let Jesus into my heart."  Of course, what she was implying was that she was saved.  No doubt the man talking to her was talking about Christ.

The message this woman received is the type of message many today feel will save.  The message about the good news of Jesus, accompanied by a quick confession, repentance, and maybe a sinner's prayer is all that  it takes, according to some.

However, accepting Jesus involves more than just an emotional experience.  I fully realize that a person can hear a gospel message for the first time and obey it.  That is what happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  The Ethiopian eunuch did that in Acts 8.  Lydia, and the jailer also heard the gospel message for the first time in Acts 16. Also, individuals in Ephesus did in Acts 19. In all of these cases, these individuals were baptized for the remission of sins.  The Bible never records an incident where an individual heard the gospel, was convicted in their heart, and then was saved without being baptized.

The Bible also teaches that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17).  If any one speaks he should speak as God directs (1 Pet. 4:11).  A message about the gospel that does not include baptism is not a message that will save.  We must be willing to talk to our friends and religious neighbors about what the Bible says and does not say.  The ultimate authority in all religious matters is the Bible. What Jesus said will judge us in the last day (Jno. 12:48).  Letting Jesus into my heart according to the Bible would mean obeying Christ and putting Him on in baptism. Anything else will not save.  

Bill Brandstatter worships with the Church of Christ in Vienna, IL .

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What Can I Do?
by: Charlie Thomason


Sometimes in the church we know of people who are hurting with loss or loneliness, or we discover that there is an individual or a family who really has a need, and we ask ourselves, "What can I do to help?"  Here are some ideas.

Make a telephone call.  Write a note.  Send an email.  Drop by for a visit.  Pray for them.  Pray with them.  Quietly listen.  Say something encouraging.  Refrain from saying anything that would be discouraging.  Take them to lunch.  Invite them over for dinner. Give them a gift.  Give them a hug.  Offer to baby-sit.  Compliment them. send flowers.  Make a special dish or dessert and drop it off at their home.  Point them to professional help (if needed).  Give them a good book that would be helpful.

I'm sure you could add your own ideas to the list.  The important thing is that we do something.  The apostle John wrote: "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."  (1 John 3: 17, 18)

As we do, God will bless.  "But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does."  (James 1:25)

Let us live in ways that God will bless.

Charlie Thomason preaches for the Faith Village Church of Christ in
Wichita Falls, Texas.

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He is the Glue
by: Russ Lawson

In response to my article about "surprising myself," I received a note from our cousin Darrel this week with a great comment in it and wanted to share it with you.  Darrel wrote, "Give people food and affection and make them feel secure, and for the most part they are fine.  But sometimes they realize that something else is missing, but they just can't quite put their finger on it.  Of course we know that believing in God is the final and most important part.  He is the "Glue" that holds us together, both part and parcel. He gives us the final ingredient to our lives, the best part that enriches us and feeds the greatest hunger."

I thought Darrel's comments were fantastic.  "He (God) is the glue that holds us together."  Paul said it this way in Ephesians 4: 15-16, "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."

In Colossians 2:18-19 Paul writes, "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God."

The Greek here for the words "Knit Together" is literally: " to cause to coalesce, to join together, put together, to unite or knit together."  That is exactly what glue does.  Who is the glue of our lives?  God!

We sometimes hear people say, "I just can't seem to get it together," or "My life is falling apart."  We know the secret that far too many don't.  It you want to get it together and keep it together, then add the "Glue of God" to your life.  He is what makes it all work; he is the original "super glue."

May our God continue to bless you and help you keep it together everyday of your life! Preach on.

Russ Lawson preaches for the Greenville Church of Christ, Greenville,
Ohio. rlawson@bright.net  Click here for life and health: http://www.integrisdream.com/rlawson

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KneEmail (Sent 10/24/02)
Mike Benson, editor; Matt Gehlhausen, managing editor

An article by: Steve Higginbotham,

One of yesterday's more interesting news stories which has stirred a great deal of excitement among many biblical archaeologists is the possible discovery of an ossuary (a burial box) which at one time, would have contained the remains of James, the brother of Jesus... 

Engraved on this stone box is the inscription in Aramaic, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."  According to the scholars, from all appearances, this box seems to be genuine.  The greatest criticism is that "Joseph," "James," and "Jesus" were fairly common names in the first century like "Tom," "Dick," and "Harry."  However, naming the brother as well as the father on an ossuary is very unusual.  In fact, there's only one other known example of this in Aramaic.  Thus, it is likely that this "Jesus" must have had some unusual role or fame for him to be included in the inscription.
 
Now here's the point of this writing.  Suppose it can be proven that this is indeed is an ancient artifact verifying the life of Jesus, and the testimony of Scripture (Matthew 13:55).  Do you think that suddenly churches will be filled to overflowing with people clamoring to surrender their lives to Jesus?  Or what about the highly publicized searches for Noah's ark?  Suppose it did survive the centuries and was discovered. Would preachers' hands be puckered from baptizing so many people?  I think not. 
 
The Bible was written to make believers (John 20:30-31).  It contains sufficient evidence to convince one of the genuineness of Jesus' claims.  If God's word can't prick the heart and bring about conviction, an ancient relic isn't going to do the job either.  The power of conversion and the basis for faith is the Word of God, not the artifacts of the past.  Keep preaching the Word, for it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) 

[Steve Higginbotham, South Green Street church of Christ, Glasgow, KY, www.glasgow-coc.org.]

KneEmail #321: "And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name" (John 20:30-31.)

***If you are interested in reading more about this discovery, you can visit Biblical Archaeology Review's website at: http://www.bibarch.org/bswb_BAR/bswbbar2806f1.html

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Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

We Need Spiritual Growth if. . .

It is very evident that we need spiritual growth when:

It is easier to work than to worship.
It is easier to read a novel than the Bible.
It is easier to support the club we joined than the church.
It is easier to condemn people than to pray for their salvation.
It is easier to hold grudges than to forgive.

Author unknown.  We could all add situations to this list. 

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

I Do Not Understand
by: H. L. Gradowith


Precious little we know of the future, friend,
Why, we barely perceive the past;
In this life our ignorance will never end,
We so remain until the last.

For example, why have we such blessings known
As have so often come our way?
Have we never reaped the seeds by others sown?
Been blessed though we had gone astray?

And what about the times that we really tried
To do what we knew to be right
Only to the righteous reward be denied
And find ourselves faced with a fight?

Have we never seen other Christians bowed down
With tribulation and sorrow?
Have not they been faced with trouble all around
And no relief could they borrow?

And what of the wicked who prosper and gain?
How can that be considered fair?
They seem to have nothing of which to complain,
They live each day without a care.

I
have stood at the bedside of those who have sought
To do what the Lord commanded,
Despite the good fight that they faithfully fought
Their lives from them were demanded.

I have seen the wicked stand and smugly smile
When the faithful were mistreated,
Though they devote themselves to evil and guile
"Good" from them has not retreated.

I do not understand how things seem to be,
I confess: the "why" I don't know;
But I still believe that He's watching for me
And that to Him someday I'll go.

I believe that He knows what He's doing here,
And that some where's a better land;
I believe on That Day He'll dry ev'ry tear,
And that by Him I'll take my stand.

And so, until the day when I reach that shore,
I'll be ever faithful and true;
For there the righteous won't suffer any more
And the wicked will get their due.

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

It isn't necessary to blow out the other person's light to let your own shine.

Some people know how to live everyone's life but their own.

One doesn't find life worth living; he must make it that way.

Nothing is more often opened by mistake than the mouth!

A bee is not making honey when it is stinging.

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