4, 2004 Vol 3 #8
Old and the New
Every week I receive articles from
faithful brethren all over the United
States. Thank you all so much for
your help in making BulletinGold
profitable for others. This past week I
was cleaning out file drawers and found a
collection of clippings from bulletins
written perhaps thirty years ago. As
I read through them, I found many great
articles, but alas, many did not have the
author's name nor the name of the bulletin
from which they came.
However, I liked some of the articles so
much that I decided to use them in this
issue, right beside the new articles just
sent to me. There is no way to know
where these brethren are today or if they
are still alive. If you know Frank
L. Cox, W. P. Dennis, or Stanley A.
Sayers, please let me know how to get in
touch with them if
As Paul said, I "do not cease to pray for
you, and to desire that you might be
filled with the knowledge of his will in
all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That you might walk worthy of the Lord
unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every
good work, and increasing in the knowledge
of God; Strengthened with all might,
according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and
longsuffering with joyfulness; giving
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us
meet to be partakers of the inheritance of
the saints in light" Colossians
1:9-12. I wish all of my readers a
year 2004 filled with blessings from God
and a closer walk with Him. Please
keep your articles and poems coming my
Panning for more Gold
A New Year to Use
preacher's articles this issue
What are you
planning for this new year? I want to
suggest something that will help us to
use it better. The idea is that we are
all parts of one body, and none of us is
alone! Since we have become a part of
Christ, we partake of His nature. He
very clearly said, "I and the Father are
one." The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
have no selfish agendas. They are truly
one in purpose, care, joy and sorrow.
That is how we should be, and must be,
if we belong to the Lord! Each one of us
is a member of the other. When my little
toe hurts, the rest of my body does not
ignore it. That toe is me. My head knows
it and my hand knows it. So with all my
parts I care for that sore toe.
When something good or bad happens to a
member of the body of Christ, that thing
is happening to the entire body. In a
way, when I try to comfort or help
another part of the body, I am helping
my other self. So think "body" this
year. Think of the whole to which we all
belong. We belong to each other. Let us
be as connected to one another as the
parts of our physical bodies are
connected. Then we will fulfill the
prayer of Jesus, "that all of them may
be one, Father, just as you are in me
and I am in you. May they also be in us
so that the world may believe that you
have sent me" (John 17:21, NIV).
Henceforth let us resolve we shall no
more look at a brother or sister
thinking what that person owes us or
ought to do for us. Instead let us build
one another up. Then, and only then,
will we find all our individual needs
Lawrence Barr preaches for the Church of
Christ in Indiana,
"KneEmail," Mike Benson, editor, Matt
Gehilhausen, managing editor
A weatherman boasts, "I'm right 90
percent of the time..."
By contrast, the Bible's prophetic
record is right 100 percent of the
Jesus was born in the
city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) of a
virgin (Isa. 7:14; cf. Matt. 1:25)
at the time specified.
Infants in Bethlehem were
massacred as prophesied (Jer.
31:15; cf. Matt. 2:16-17).
Jesus went down into
Egypt and returned (Hos. 11:1; cf.
Isaiah foretold of
Christ's ministry in Galilee (Isa.
9:1-2; cf. Matt. 4:13-16).
Zechariah predicted His
triumphal entry into Jerusalem on
a colt (Zech. 9:9; cf. Matt.
21:4-5) and His betrayal for 30
pieces of silver (11:12-13; cf.
David had never seen a
Roman crucifixion, yet in Psalm
22, under Divine inspiration, he
penned a graphic portrayal of
Isaiah 53 gives a
detailed picture of our Lord's
rejection, mistreatment, death,
These few prophecies (and there are MANY
more) should impress us with the
reliability of the Bible. Since
these predictions have all been
fulfilled, let us also accept with
confidence what the Bible says about the
future. Remember, we have a book
of prophecy that is right--100 percent
of the time (Richard De Haan).
KneEmail #539, December 26, 2003:
"The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, not
willing that any should perish but
that all should come to
repentance. But the day of the
Lord will come as a thief in the
night..." (2 Pet. 3:9-10a).
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goodies this issue
Frank L. Cox
To be about
my Father's business.
To keep a pure heart, a clear head, and
a hand willing to do good.
To set my affections on things above.
To keep myself from idols-those things
which hinder me in service to God.
To fear nothing but sin and the danger
of displeasing my Father.
To forget and forgive all injuries
To be more intent in finding good than
evil in others.
To refrain my tongue from evil.
To be my brother's keeper, lifting him
up when he falls, supporting when he is
weak, and restoring him when he strays.
|Let us Negotiate!
raised his rifle and took careful aim at
a large bear. When he was about to
pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a
soft, soothing voice, "Isn't it better
to talk than to shoot? What do you
want? Let us negotiate the
Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied,
"I want a fur coat." The bear
said, "Good, that is a negotiable
question. I want a full stomach,
so let us negotiate." After a
time, the bear walked away alone.
The negotiations had been
successful. The bear had a full
stomach, and the hunter had a fur coat.
Satan says, "Let's negotiate."
However, there are some things that
cannot be compromised. If we
try to negotiate with sin, we are
deceiving ourselves and will fall into a
trap that will destroy us.
|God Hath Spoken
W. P. Dennis
In Hebrews 1:1, we are told that God has
spoken at many times and in many
different ways. He spoke directly
to Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden. He spoke to Moses from a
burning bush. God does not speak
today as in times past, for He "hath in
these last times spoken unto us by His
God has revealed His word so all can
understand. It would be
unreasonable to think that God has made
the knowledge of His word essential to
our salvation and yet made it require
miraculous aid to understand it.
This would make God responsible for
every person lost. This would also
be in conflict with the basic teaching
When men fail to obey, it is because of
man's own disposition and
attitude. It is not the fault of
God. We are told in 2 Thess. 2:10
that "Some will not receive the love of
the truth that they might be
saved." Sometimes we wonder why
people do not obey the plan of salvation
when it is made so plain. Here is
a big part of the
answer: they do not love the truth.
Paul goes on to speak of some who "Take
pleasure in unrighteousness."
Since God's commandments are God's
righteousness, this means they enjoy
refusing to do what God has said.
What God has said in His word is well
within the mental grasp of every
responsible person. The alien
sinner must believe (Heb. 11:6), repent
(Luke 13:3), confess (Rom. 10:9, 10),
and be baptized (Mark 16:16). We
are not to add to nor take from this
Stanley A. Sayers
all rejoice when any come forward to be
baptized into Jesus, confess faults,
rededicate an unfruitful life, or
identify with the local
congregation. But so often the
common usage of words becomes hackneyed
and near meaningless. "Were there
any responses Sunday?" What do we
mean, really by RESPONSES?
Can you imagine a dialogue such as
this? "Last Lord's day we saw the
greatest number of responses in the
history of this congregation, yet NOT
ONE PERSON CAME DOWN THE AISLE."
Brother A was so moved by the sermon
that he went home following worship and,
closing his door, got down on his knees
and prayed as never before.
Brother B was so moved by the entire
service that he got on the phone,
addressing every absentee in the
Brother C was so pricked by conscience
that before eating his noon meal, he
went straight to a brother with whom he
had harsh words, asked forgiveness, and
together they prayed and then went out
Sister D, during the morning prayer,
silently asked God to help her worship
Him with a newness of spirit. The
entire worship was such an inspiration
that brethren didn't want to rush home,
but rather warmly embraced one another
and talked about Heaven! Responses
continue, for Sunday evening attendance
has now equaled that of Sunday morning,
and mid-week service has grown
fantastically beyond the fondest
But greatest of all, the entire
community is talking about "that
friendly church on the corner" where
spiritual vitality has seized the entire
membership and people hasten to be among
them, for Jesus is there."
Hearts of Gold
A Beautiful Life
If men in
Follow the truth
And live by the Golden Rule;
If they give their all
To the Master's call
Making His word their school:
If they only speak
The things that are meek
And never become too proud;
If they hold their tongue
To those they're among
And never talk too loud:
If they shelter the cold
And comfort the old,
Those that are bad and good;
If they watch and pray
For those that stray,
Helping them as they should:
Then when they grow old
As their bodies are cold
And placed beneath the sod;
Their spirit shall rest
With those that are blest,
For they shall return to God.
And if there be some
That ask how they won
A rest from their toil and strife,
It's because they have done
The commands of the Son,
The author of the Beautiful Life.
Editor's note: Jewell (Joe)
Gastineau passed away in 2000.
He was a lifetime member of the
Lincoln and Tunnell Church of
Christ. He was an avid Bible
scholar who taught many Bible classes
and wrote lessons for World Bible
School. He truly lived the
Read then, but first thyself prepare
read with zeal and mark with care:
And when thou readest what here is writ,
Let thy best practice second it:
So twice each precept read should be;
First in the Book and next in thee.
|All Are Welcome
We gladly welcome you to our
congregation, trusting that if you are
seeking Christ you will find Him
here. If sorrowing you will
receive comfort, if troubled in spirit
you will gain the blessing of peace, if
discouraged you will rejoice in hope, if
friendless you will find companionship
and Christian love. That these and
other blessings may
be yours is our prayer.
Editor's note: This was sent to me
by a friend who had clipped it
from a bulletin many years ago.
Although the author's name was not
on the clipping, I am including it because
I think the message is
& sayings for bulletins and signs
quick! Count your blessings.
No one is poor who can by prayer open
the storehouse of God.
The Bible that is falling apart usually
belongs to someone who is not.
God promised us a safe landing, not a
Opportunity may knock only once, but
temptation bangs on your door