BulletinGold #40
January 4, 2004   Vol 3 #8
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

The 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
possible. 

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 way.

__________________________via BulletinGold

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

A New Year to Use
By Lawrence Barr

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 met!

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

__________________________via BulletinGold

100%
from "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 time.  

Note:

  • 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. Matt. 1:13-15). 

  • 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. Matt. 26:14-16).

  • David had never seen a Roman crucifixion, yet in Psalm 22, under Divine inspiration, he penned a graphic portrayal of Jesus' death.

  • Isaiah 53 gives a detailed picture of our Lord's rejection, mistreatment, death, and burial.

THOUGHTS:  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).

To Subscribe/Unsubscribe, visit us on the web at http://www.oakhillcoc.org
Be a missionary!  Forward KneEmail to a friend, loved one or co-worker today.
Graphics are licensed from http://www.animationfactory.com and are not for redistribution.

__________________________via BulletinGold

Quick Riches
----misc. goodies this issue

Resolved
by: 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 rendered me.
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.

__________________________via BulletinGold

Let us Negotiate!
A
uthor Unknown

A hunter 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 matter."

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. 

__________________________via BulletinGold

God Hath Spoken
by: 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 Son."

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 of the
Bible. 

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 divine plan.

__________________________via BulletinGold

Any Responses Sunday?
by: Stanley A. Sayers

 

We 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 membership.


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 to lunch.

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 expectation!

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."  

__________________________via BulletinGold

Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

A Beautiful Life
by: Jewell Gastineau

If men in their youth
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 Beautiful Life

__________________________via BulletinGold

The Bible
author unknown


Read then, but first thyself prepare

To 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.

__________________________via BulletinGold

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
beautiful. 

__________________________via BulletinGold

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

Get rich 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 calm passage.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on your door constantly.

__________________________via BulletinGold