6, 2003 Vol 3 #2
Three months can
sure fly! I thank you for
the rest. In the last
three months I have finished my class,
finished up my work until August 1,
and had gall bladder surgery June 24
(the quick and easy kind where one is
in the pre-op room one minute, then
home six hours later). I’m
sure that my surgery was much, much
easier than the old “cut and slash.” However,
it was no picnic, and I am still
regaining my energy.
The number of
new websites and resources created by
members of the church is growing by
leaps and bounds. This
BulletinGold contains a few new ones. Our
poetry section also introduces you to
two new brotherhood poets. I
thank all of you who send me articles
and poems. I am still
looking for short articles from our
Christian sisters. Please
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Faith, Hope, and Love in the
Life of Joshua
preacher's articles this issue
sometimes make dramatic comebacks in
the standings; sometimes, as they say,
they go from “worst to first.” Joshua
made a dramatic comeback, but the
stakes were not trophies and rings;
the stakes were righteousness and
and Caleb reported that the land of
Canaan was a fair land that could be
taken through the power of God, the
congregation rebelled against Moses
and said, “Let us select a leader and
return to Egypt.” (Numbers 13.4). Joshua
and Caleb addressed the rebellious
crowd, once again urging them to trust
God and go forward fearlessly into the
land that flowed with milk and honey
(Numbers 14.6-9). Notice
the reaction of the congregation to
their future leader: “And all the
congregation said to stone them with
stones.” (Numbers 14.10).
depicts Joshua almost at absolute and
total odds with the rest of Israel;
only a handful of folks believed as he
that they should take the land as God
had said. From a political
standpoint Joshua was at the bottom of
the ratings; only Aaron and Moses
ranked lower. As
a mental exercise, fast-forward the
clock about 38 years or so and meet
Joshua again; the circumstances being
radically changed. Shortly
before dying, Moses had laid his hands
on Joshua (Deuteronomy 34.9)
consequently, the record says that
Joshua was full of the spirit of
wisdom and the people heeded him. Joshua
had gone, as the saying goes from
worst to first!
Now watch the
first official act of Joshua as the
leader of Israel: “Pass
through the camp and command the
people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions
for yourselves, for within three days
you will cross over this Jordan, to go
in to possess the land which the LORD
your God is giving you to possess.’”
(Joshua 1.11). Hundreds
of years of slavery and forty years of
wanderings were about to come to an
end; the land of Canaan lay just ahead
and only obedient faith was required
to proceed. From the past
deeds of Joshua and Caleb, one can see
that God had made the right choice of
a leader. Joshua was
unafraid, obedient, and determined. Under
his hand, the people would go forward
and ultimately conquer the land of
The life of
Joshua shows once and for all that it
truly isn’t over until it’s over. When
others might have counted him out,
Joshua’s service was just beginning. We
shouldn’t find this entirely strange
since the same could be said of Joseph
and Moses; Joseph rose to power from a
prison cell and Moses inherited the
reins of Israel from a land of refuge!
Faith was a
central and fundamental part of
Joshua’s character. When
others did not believe God, Joshua
took the Lord at His word; he looked
at things through the eyes of faith. Going
from worst to first demands faith. Going
from worst to first means never giving
is an elder at the Chestnut Mountain
Church of Christ in Chestnut Mountain,
Georgia. This article is
the June 10, 2003 issue of “Today’s
Little Lift.” You
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|Things of Which
We Can Be Certain
unalienable love of God – Romans
in affliction – Psalm 73:26; Luke
4:18; 2 Cor. 4:8-10, 16-18.
in death – Psalm 23
is coming again.
John 14:2,3 – “I go to prepare
a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come
Thessalonians 1:8,9 – “In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that
know not God, and that obey
not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the
presence of the
Lord, and from the glory
of his power.”
glorious resurrection – Philippians
3:21; 1 John 3:2.
wicked will be punished – 2
Thessalonians 1:8,9; Romans 12:19.
righteous will be rewarded –
Revelation 19:9 – “…blessed are they
called unto the marriage
supper of the Lamb.”
preaches for the Lincoln & Tunnell
Church of Christ in Santa Maria,
His wife said
to him, "Are you still holding on to
your integrity? Curse God and die!"
He replied, "You are talking like a
foolish woman. Shall we accept good
from God, and not trouble?" In all
this, Job did not sin in what he
said. Job 2:9-10
Anderson had a hit with a song
called “I Never Promised You a
Rose Garden” many years ago. In
the song, a wife was reminding her
husband that not everything goes
right all the time and that
relationship had to be able to
weather the storms as well as the
good times. There is an Arab
proverb that sums up that feeling
quite well. It says, “All sunshine
makes a desert.” That would seem
to sum up what Job told his wife
as well. We need to understand
that Job was far from perfect and
his wife was probably not as evil
as we make her out to be from this
verse. How many times have we had
the same reaction as Job’s wife to
times have we wanted to give up?
How many times have we told
ourselves or others that this is
just too hard? How many times
has Satan tempted us to quit
Some of us have
given in from time to time and
Satan is using that failure to
incite us to give up again.
We need to be like Job. No,
he was not the paragon of
virtuous understanding we
sometimes think him to be.
He failed to understand all
the reasons for God’s
allowance to Satan, but so
do we. Is there really
anyone reading this who
claims to understand all of
why God does what he does?
We don’t need to always
understand, just believe.
We can understand it
We’ll have all
A. Jay Kelley
is the evangelist for the church of
Christ in Colby, Kansas. His e-mail is
|A Long, Long
Some men in a
pickup truck drove into a lumberyard.
One of the men walked in the office
and said, "We need some four-by-twos."
The clerk said, "You mean
two-by-fours, don't you?" The man
said, "I'll go check," and went back
to the truck. He returned in a
minute and said, "Yeah, I meant
long do you need them?" The
customer paused for a minute and
said, "I'd better go check." After
awhile, he returned to the office
and said, "A long time. We're
gonna build a house."
relative isn’t it? What I mean is it
depends upon the context of what you
are saying as to what “time” means. I
liked the story about the little
fellow who wanted his dad to do
something with him. The dad said,
‘Just a minute and I’ll be with you.”
The little fellow piped up, “is that a
‘real minute’ or a ‘wait-a-minute’?
Tell any little child that all time is
the same and they will think your are
just a ‘crazy adult’.
In the 23rd
Psalm the writer talks about how long
God will care for his people who serve
him. Notice what the writer says,
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow
me all the days of my life, and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord
FOREVER.” The apostle Paul trying to
encourage people to remain faithful
wrote these words in 1 Thessalonians
4:17 about Christ’s returning for his
people. “After that, we who are still
alive and are left will be caught up
together with them in the clouds to
meet the Lord in the air. And so we
will be with the Lord forever.”
look at it; “forever” is a long, long
time…. Yet, knowing that, are you
preparing for “forever”? You see, this
is going to be a real forever, not
just a pretend forever where God will
change his mind sometime.
My prayer is
that God will give each of us the
motivation to prepare for “forever,”
while there is still time.
Greenville Church of Christ,
Marriage Under Attack
goodies this issue
God-ordained institution of marriage is
under attack in courts across the
nation, and your help is needed to save
it before the one man-one woman
definition of marriage is completely and
radically redefined. Homosexual marriage
will soon be a reality if you fail to
get involved! Go to www.nogaymarriage.com
and sign the petition supporting a
federal marriage amendment.
Angie and her four-year-old brother
Joel were sitting
church. Joel giggled, sang, and
talked out loud. Finally, his big
sister had had enough.
not supposed to talk out loud in
going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the
church and said, "See those two
standing by the door?
, Rochester, MN
Hearts of Gold
flows within my mind,
Leaving a reflective past behind.
Water flowing over stones
Purifying as it goes.
Only the river
All the stories it bestows.
But all that’s heard at the waters
Is the whisper of rapids from
The river was
born from the flood.
Cutting through the rocks and mud.
What a story the river could tell,
Of those who drifted under the
Life is a
river starting at the spring,
Pouring from God’s wonder rain.
Flowing down His chosen trail
Through the mountains, hills and
flows into the sea.
Who knows the destiny of you and me?
Only God knows our fate.
As we wonder, as we wait.
It’s best to
let the river flow
Rick Woodall 5/28/03. Rick serves as the
Associate Minister for the Metro Church
of Christ in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Listen to their “Life Thoughts” web
broadcast here: http://www.qix.net/~metrococ/page5.html
Knowing it’s under Gods control
By faith He’s with us to the end,
The sea waits around the bend.
|God, Let me be...
David L. White
God, let me
Not the Self that I would be
But the one You are looking for,
The one who praises and adores
One who puts You First and
The one who reverences the
LORD of Hosts!
God, let me
By Thy Grace, a Better me
A soul so possessed by Thy Spirit,
That others can see and hear it
As manifest by Thy holy
And stabilized by Thy
God, let me
One of Dependability
One whose faith is seen in action,
One who makes Christ his
One who lets his light e'er
For the Glory to be all
David L. White
preaches for the Bearden Church of
Christ in Bearden, Arkansas. His
website is http://poetrypoem.com/poetry1021
copyright ©2000-2002 by the author.
reserved by author.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
The person who
sows seeds of kindness enjoys a
A face that
cannot smile is like a bud that cannot
It dries up on the stalk.
He who sows
righteousness reaps a sure reward. Proverbs
Sow a thought
and you reap an act. Sow
an act and you reap a habit. Sow
a habit and you reap character. Sow
character and you reap a destiny.