3, 2003 Vol 3 #3
the past two weeks, I have worked
furiously to get my son ready
to go to college at the University of
California at Santa Barbara.
UCSB is a great school, and he will be
transferring there as a
junior. The most difficult part of
the whole process is finding him
a place to live in an area where an
ordinary three-bedroom home costs
over $700,000! He applied to live in
an on-campus dorm, but he did
not make their lottery. He is #81 on
their waiting list for a room
shared with another student. Being
#81 means no luck. He is #3 on
the waiting list for an off-campus dorm
room. They told us #3
means "not a chance." The price for
both types of dorms is $1,200
right now plus $930 the first of every
month, beginning in September,
even though classes don't start until
September 19. We have been
looking for a room in a private
home. One family converted their
car garage into a room, divided the space
into two rooms, and is
charging $700 a month with a $700 security
deposit. You guessed it:
start paying right now just to hold the
room. We're still looking.
All this has made me think of John 14:2:
"In my Father's house are
many mansions.I go to prepare a place for
you." When we get to
heaven, we will not have to pay rent, for
Jesus paid it for us. And
yes, the price was very high, more than
you and I can
pay. "Forasmuch as you know that you
were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold,
.but with the precious blood
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot." 1 Peter
1:18, 19 That mansion, heaven, is
the Christian's hope. It is the
rest God has promised to each one of us,
and we must continue to
fight Satan so we can enter into that
rest. Hebrews 4:1
Panning for more Gold
Do We Have A Choice?
preacher's articles this issue
One of the
beliefs that has crept into our culture
is one whereby we
tend to deny responsibility for our own
actions. While we understand
clearly that if one sits behind the
wheel of a car and drives it at
60 miles per hour into a tree he will
die, we deny the same law of
cause and effect in the area of moral
responsibility. So we give
credibility to the fiction that a rapist
is such because his father
or his mother did something to him that
made him that way.
There's also a popular theology that
believes that God has so set the
name and number of all who will be saved
or lost, that no one can do
anything about it. So, when the gospel
of Christ is preached, people
see no reason to respond to it, since
their response cannot change
the outcome of God's choice.
The facts are otherwise. 2 Peter 3:9
says that God does not wish for
any to perish. The same Peter preached
in Acts 2:40 earnestly
pleading for people to be saved. They
had a choice. God, who's
choices will not be thwarted, chose to
give mankind that choice. On
that day, 3,000 believed and were
baptized. Actions have
consequences. What will you choose to
Lawrence Barr preaches for the church of
Christ in Indiana,
in all circumstances, for this is God's
will for you in
1 Thessalonians 5:18
How can we improve our attitude of
gratitude? I recently heard Bob
Russell give this illustration: "I
could change your attitude from
ungrateful to extremely grateful in just
24 hours without ever really
changing your circumstances.
Here's how I'd do it."
"First," says Russell, "I'd have a
lawyer call you and say you were
being sued for everything you
have. Then I'd have your doctor
and say that he had been reviewing your
X-rays from your last visit,
and you have a terminal illness.
I'd have a friend call and tell you
that four of your closest friends had
passed away within a few days
time. Then I'd have a preacher
whom you highly respect call and tell
you that the Bible is a hoax and that
there is absolutely no hope of
"Then," Russell adds, "24 hours later I
would call you and tell you
that none of those things were
true. And after the shock wore off
(and after you punched me out!) you
would be ecstatic about your
When life seems difficult, we still have
so much we should be
Charlie Thomason preaches for the Faith
Village Church of Christ in
Wichita Falls, Texas.
|What Will the
Future Be Without the Past?
happen to the church when the aged,
those who have been
tried in the faith, those who have
sacrificed, labored, rejoiced and
cried, pass from the scene?
What happened to God's people after the
death of Joshua? As long as
Joshua led the children of Israel, they
served God. But what
happened after both he and those who had
seen the mighty works of God
died? Let's see:
Joshua 24:31 "And Israel served
the LORD all the days of Joshua, and
all the days of the elders that
overlived Joshua, and which had known
all the works of the LORD, that he had
done for Israel."
Judges 2:9-10 "And they buried him
(Joshua) in the border of his
inheritance in Timnathheres, in the
mount of Ephraim, on the north
side of the hill Gaash. And also
all that generation were gathered
unto their fathers: and there arose
another generation after them,
which knew not the LORD, nor yet the
works which he had don for
Judges 2:11 "And the children of
Israel did evil in the sight of the
LORD, and served Baalim."
The repetition of this phenomenon is
striking in the succession of
kings which would eventually guide
Israel. It is a fearful thing
when a good king dies, for the salvation
of all Israel is at stake.
The old ones in a congregation are the
Joshuas, and they are that
generation which have seen the mighty
works of God. Will there arise
another generation after them which will
not know God? There is a
great responsibility upon the aged in
Mel Martin preaches for the Lincoln and
Tunnell Church of Christ in
Santa Maria, California.
Hearts of Gold
True Faith Submits
Rose Ann Noey
submits, oh can that be
When all around say "Faith Only?"
Your way to heav'n you cannot work,
But from some work you cannot shirk.
The Lord, Himself, said from His Lips,
The saved is he who obediently dips
Into That Water but first repents
And turns away from evil bent.
True Faith submits.
True Love obeys our Heavenly Lord -
Whatever's written in His Word.
How dare dismiss a clear command
And say God's Love allows that stand.
A corrupting lie the devil brays
That mere belief is all it takes.
Yet one who loves God's Son is he
Who hears command and bows the knee.
True love obeys.
Do you love the Saviour dear?
His Wisdom, only, will you hear?
Throw off all the man-made ways.
True Faith submits! True Love
Rose Ann Noey worships with the church
of Christ at Lincolnway in
Columbia City, Indiana. Her email
|A Happy Song
H. L. Gradowith
So you'd like
to hear a happy song from me, you say,
One that celebrates the pleasant things
along life's way;
I'll admit sometimes I get bogged down
with all the gloom,
The dark clouds looming near make me
think only of doom.
Well, now, let's see if I can still sing
a happy song:
Thinking of things RIGHT with life and
not only the wrong.
Somewhere out there someone is now busy
Somewhere someone's children are
behaving as they should,
Somewhere out there someone is now
coming to the Lord,
Somewhere someone's faithfully wielding
the Spirit's Sword,
Somewhere out there someone is lending a
Somewhere out there someone is helping
the weary stand,
Somewhere out there someone is drying
Somewhere out there someone is calming
Somewhere out there someone is showing
how much they care,
Somewhere out there someone is helping
by being there,
Somewhere out there someone is praying
Somewhere out there someone is saving a
Somewhere out there someone is waking up
Somewhere out there someone is glad that
the rent is paid,
Somewhere out there someone is happy to
Somewhere out there someone is not
struggling to survive,
Somewhere out there someone is just
learning how to smile,
Somewhere out there someone has been
smiling all the while,
Somewhere out there people are living
and loving too,
My prayer for you is that one of those
someone's is you.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
A lot of
kneeling will keep you in good standing.
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
Take a look at what God wants you to
become and keep growing in that
If we knew what a bountiful harvest can
spring from seeds of
kindness, we would plant them more
Better soil your hands than your
Small deeds done are better than great