BulletinGold #33
February 2, 2003   Vol 3 #1
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

This March starts our third year of publication. BulletinGold would not have succeeded without the help and support of all of you who have sent your articles and poems for publication.  Thank you for all your help. Please keep sending those great contributions.  Also, please let me know of anyone whom we can help through "Ray of Hope."

I want to start two new BulletinGold features.  The first is a column for contributions from our sisters in Christ.  Some suggestions include short, Bible based articles, with scriptures, from a woman's viewpoint; Bible school teaching tips; short poems (no more than 40 lines); and articles to help women with problems and everyday living.  Please keep your articles short-no more than 400 words. Also, please do not send your article as an attachment, but send it in the body of your email.  Always include the name, city, and state of the church where you worship. Send your articles to me at Bulletin.Gold@verizon.net  If you do not have a computer and email, send them to my address, which is the last thing in each issue of
BulletinGold. 

Our second new feature will be ads.  If you have something to sell, a business to advertise, a website for profit that you want others to know about, put it in BulletinGold for only $5.00.  Ads should be no more than four lines long with 80 characters and spaces per line. They should include some means of contacting you, whether it be by phone number, email address, your home/business address, or your url.  Send your ad to me at Bulletin.Gold@verizon.net  Each issue of BulletinGold will include no more than four ads, which will be published on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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

Arabian Horses
by: Kevin Rayner

Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink.

Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse. We must accept God's training and obey Him. 

Kevin Rayner preaches for the Oak Tree Church of Christ in Rochester,
Minnesota. http://www.geocities.com/otchurch  Check out his "Off-the-church-
walls" humor at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/off-the-church-walls

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What Did Not Save Saul?
by: Mel Martin

1.  A good, clear conscience (Acts 23:1; 26:9; 2 Corinthians 1:12)

2.  A fantastic religious experience (Acts 9:3-9).  How often will people say, "I know what I have experienced"?  Saul saw the risen Jesus and heard His voice.  Even though this was true, he was still lost.  Seeing Jesus did not save him.

3.  Fasting and prayer (Acts 9:9-11; 22:16).  Prayer is essential, but it does not assure salvation.

4.  A healing (Acts 22:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:14).  It is not the case that sick people lose their souls, while healthy people go to heaven.  A healing is not a calling. 

5.  Being a preacher (But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."
1 Corinthians 9:27;  See also 2 Timothy 4:1-8). 

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What Sign Would You Like to See?
by: Mike Baker

It happens from time to time.  A person in a discussion on religion will say, "If I could only see a miracle or a special sign to know what is really true, then I'd follow it."  Perhaps you've never heard someone say that in person, but I have.

In the 20th chapter of John we read the account of Thomas and his famous statement doubting that Jesus had appeared to the others while he was absent.  He says in verse 25, ".Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."  Now that's a pretty strong statement to make as one who had spent the past three years with Jesus.  Thomas had been present at many of the miracles and wonders that Jesus had done.  These were done for the very purpose of showing that He was God's Son.  And now Thomas is requiring a sign before he will believe.

It is the rest of the chapter that helps us to reconsider our demands for a personal display of a miracle, etc., before we believe.  Verses 26-29 tell of the interaction between Thomas and Jesus.  "And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"  Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side.  Do not be unbelieving, but believing."  And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"  Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

So Thomas believed when he saw Jesus, but Jesus knows that many will believe without ever having seen Him at all.  Now, notice the remaining two verses of this chapter.  "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."

Those concluding verses should be very helpful for those who would demand a sign before they submit their lives to God.  God has provided many signs, miracles and wonders to show that Jesus is His Son, and to compel us to come to Him.  If you find yourself looking for a special sign today, please, take up your Bible and read of all the evidence that God has already provided.  If you do, you will likely reach the same conclusion as Thomas regarding Jesus. "My Lord and my God."     

Mike Baker preaches for the 7th & College Church of Christ in
Mayfield, Kentucky. www.seventhandcollege.com

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Jesus, Hope for Families
by: Lawrence Barr

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!

Lawrence Barr preaches for the Indiana Church of Christ in Indiana,
Pennsylvania Indianacoc@winbeam.com

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Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

March Gladness
by: Rick Woodall

Here we are in the first week of March already. This winter has just passed by so fast. I am ready for the snow to melt and cheer on the spring.

With all the talk of war being heard in the background of all our discussions lets take a moment to just be refreshed with the idea of Spring coming.

It's wonderful and we appreciate the changes so much as the day's get longer and the air gets warmer. We find it refreshing. We watch as the earth renews itself in the design of God almighty. Along with the wonders that are taking place in nature we're moved to praise God. Somewhere in every nation on earth the springtime brings forth holy praises.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. Isa 61:11

My gift reminds me that springtime is a witness of precious promises. These Promises are pure and sure. God reveals himself to us though His ultimate design. The long dark days are over and we will now be re-energized. True believers have no problem being aware of this fact.

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3

Take some time this week on your commute to work to focus on the birth of spring and make sure to see God renewing the earth and refreshing your soul.

Life Thoughts is a weekly devotional message brought your way by Rick Woodall, Associate Minister for the Metro Church of Christ in beautiful Sterling Heights Michigan. Listen to our web broadcast of "Life Thoughts" by clicking here:
http://www.qix.net/~metrococ/page5.html You can write Rick by clicking here:
rneverland@comcast.net

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

Repentance is Renewal
by: Rose Ann Noey

As we go from day to day,
As we walk along the way,
We sin.
 
Tell me, Lord, what can I do?
How can I my soul renew? -
My life to mend?
 
Can I toss those sins so grim
And submit my life to Him?
 
For forgiveness, I would ask,
Then set my mind onto the task.
Forgive me, Lord!
 
Set my mind, my precious Lord,
Set my heart and purpose t'ward
Your Ways.
 
As we walk in His Light,
We can put our sins to flight -
Walk day by day.

Rose Ann Noey worships with the church of Christ at Lincolnway in
Columbia City, Indiana.  Her email is enoey@earthlink.net

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His Wonderful, Saving Grace
by: H. L. Gradowith


I do not deserve the gift He gave to me,
Yet, but for it I could not hope to be free;
My sins His blood washed away,
All my debt He fully paid;
And now on the Judgment Day
I'll not have to be afraid.
All because of His wonderful, saving grace,
In heaven someday I will look on His Face.

If I had to take from Him my rightful due,
My hopes for redemption would fail, I tell you,
But because of Calvary
All my guilt is washed away;
From my sin I've been set free
And that is why I can say,
"All because of His wonderful, saving grace,
In heaven someday I will look on His Face."

The soul-saving word of the Lord I received,
And in each word of it I fully believed,
I turned away from all sin,
And His lovely Name confessed;
And I was baptized, and then
With salvation I was blessed:
All because of His wonderful, saving grace,
In heaven someday I will look on His Face.


He said, "Be thou faithful to the point of death..."
And how can I but do whatever He saith?
He took all my sins away!
Before Him someday I'll stand!
His word I'll trust and obey!
Till I've reached the Promised Land!
All because of His wonderful, saving grace,
In heaven someday I will look on His Face.

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

Peace is the presence of God in our lives, not the absence of trouble.

Think less of the power of things over you and more of the power of Christ in you.

Truth is not determined by how many people believe it.

The best exercise program is to walk with God!

To be almost saved is to be totally lost!

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