BulletinGold #35
August 3, 2003   Vol 3 #3
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

For 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 two-
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

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

Do We Have A Choice?
by: Lawrence Barr

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 do?


Lawrence Barr preaches for the church of Christ in Indiana,
Pennsylvania.

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Giving Thanks
by: Charlie Thomason

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in
Christ Jesus." 
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 call
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
eternal life."

"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
current circumstances."

When life seems difficult, we still have so much we should be
grateful for.

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

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What Will the Future Be Without the Past?
by: Mel Martin

What will 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
Israel."

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 every congregation.

Mel Martin preaches for the Lincoln and Tunnell Church of Christ in
Santa Maria, California.

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

True Faith Submits
by: Rose Ann Noey

True Faith 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 obeys!

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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A Happy Song
by: 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 doing good,
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 helping hand,
Somewhere out there someone is helping the weary stand,
Somewhere out there someone is drying another's tear,
Somewhere out there someone is calming another's fear,
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 for another,
Somewhere out there someone is saving a lost brother,
Somewhere out there someone is waking up unafraid,
Somewhere out there someone is glad that the rent is paid,
Somewhere out there someone is happy to be alive,
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.

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

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
direction.

If we knew what a bountiful harvest can spring from seeds of
kindness, we would plant them more often.

Better soil your hands than your character.

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned

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