1, 2004 Vol 3 #9
a single parent who is trying to work full
time, keep up with everything around the
house, and keep food prepared, I think I
do pretty well. However, I no longer
cook our food from scratch, but rely on
pre-cooked frozen foods from the grocer,
meals from fast-food restaurants, and
sometimes, because of a lack of time,
cheese and crackers and canned soup. I
also got into the habit of having a ten
o-clock cookie or candy snack at work. The
results of my poor eating habits were my
having a lack of energy, pounds of extra
body weight, and a susceptibility to every
cold that came along.
Three weeks ago I found a wonderful new
nutritional supplement. Taken as a
liquid, its nourishment quickly reaches
cells in every part of my body because it
absorbs quickly and completely. I
have much more energy and no longer need a
mid-morning snack. I sleep much
better and am refreshed and ready to begin
my day when I wake up. I feel like I
have taken a huge step to better health.
Now before you think your editor has lost
her marbles and turned BulletinGold into
an advertisement, let me explain.
Sometimes we don't realize it, but
we get into bad habits when it comes to
our spirituality. Our reading
materials are the newspaper, our favorite
magazine or book, or paperwork at our
jobs. Like quick foods and junk
foods, they fill a void, but they do not
We need a good dose of the Word of God
every day to keep us spiritually fit and
sin free. God's Word can do so
many things for us. It shall make us
free (John 8:32). It is able to
build us up and to give us an inheritance
among all them which are sanctified (Acts
20:32). It gives us faith (Romans
10:17). It renews our mind (Romans
12:2) and gives us learning, that we might
have hope (Romans 15:4). It is able
to make us wise unto salvation and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, and for instruction in
righteousness (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It
is our life (John 6:63). Let us,
like newborn babes, desire the sincere
milk of the word, that we may
grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
Panning for more Gold
Your Can't Ride God's Fence
preacher's articles this issue
A. Jay Kelly
He sent back this answer: "Do not think
that because you are in the king's house
you alone of all the Jews will
escape? For if you remain silent at
this time, relief and deliverance for the
Jews will arise from another place, but
you and your father's family will
perish. And who knows but that you
have come to royal position for such a
time as this?" Esther 4:13-14.
One can sympathize with Esther's plight.
Hand-picked in a royal beauty contest to
replace a queen whose virtue got her
banished, she was understandably afraid of
breaking one of the immutable laws of the
Medo-Persian Empire. Namely that whoever
entered the throne room without permission
did so on pain of death should the king be
displeased at the interruption.
There is more here at stake than one
person's life, however. The fate of an
entire race rests in the hands of this
young lady, for without her intercession
Haman will surely have his way and the
Jews will all die.
The fate of the world rests in her hands
as well. Without the Jews, there is no
Judah and no Law-Giver. Without the
Messiah, there is no hope; man will be
Of course, we know the rest of the story.
Esther went in and not only destroyed
Haman, but saved her people resulting in
the coming of Jesus of Nazareth and
salvation to all some 400 years later.
Our choice is no different today.
Salvation will come to all. No, not all
will be saved, for not all will obey the
message, but the gospel will be preached.
It is up
to us whether we will be a part of the
greatest undertaking in the history of the
world. In fact, it has been going on since
before man was created. That great
undertaking is the preaching of the
We can choose either to ignore our
commission or not. Either way the gospel
will be preached, but what will happen to
us if we refuse?
Jay Kelley is
the evangelist for the church of Christ
in Colby, Kan.
His e-mail is email@example.com
|Christian Point of
4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing, but
in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus."
When Paul wrote the words of this text,
he was in a Roman prison. From the
standpoint of the world, he had ample
reason to be discouraged and
pessimistic. He did not, of
course, know what might happen to
him. The Roman authorities did not
know and honor God as he did, and they
were not interested in serving
Him. He might have to linger in
the prison for many years, or his life
might be taken from him at any
But Paul was not thinking in terms of
the world. He had long since
learned to trust in the Lord (2 Timothy
1:12); and he had every reason to
believe that whatever happened to him
would result in God's glory and his good
(Philippians 1:12; Romans 8:28).
With this confidence, he could urge his
brethren in Philippi to rejoice in the
Lord always. So let all men know
about the gentle disposition which
Christians possess under the most trying
circumstances. It was in this
spirit that Paul wrote Philippians
Mel Martin preaches for the Lincoln and
Tunnell Church of Christ in Santa Maria,
For What Will The Church Be
goodies this issue
* For its
love of selves or its love of lost souls
(1 Thess. 2:8)?
* For its spreading gossip or its
spreading the gospel (Mark 16:15)?
* For its rudderless drifting or its
strong leadership (1 Pet. 5:1-4)?
* For its low ideals or its lofty goals
(Phil. 3:14; Col. 3:2)?
* For its knowledge of the world or its
knowledge of the Bible (Acts 17:11; 2
* For its financial limitations or its
generous giving (2 Cor. 8:1-6)?
* For its comatose Christians or its
many active members (Eph. 4:16)?
* For its selfish pursuits or its
selfless serving (Gal. 5:13; Heb.
* For its internal strife or its
brotherly love (John 13:34-35)?
* For its indifferent positions or its
defense of the truth? (1 Pet. 3:15)?
* For its cold shoulders or its warm
fellowship (1 Pet. 1:22)?
* For its living below God's
expectations or its living above the
world (1 John 3:3-6)?
* For its helping itself or its helping
the needy (2 Cor. 9:12-13)?
* For its passionless "praise" or its
spiritual and truthful worship (John
* For its accolade of men or its
glorifying of God (Eph. 3:21)?
* For its stagnation or its vibrancy (2
For what will this church be
known? For what will you be
known? If you are a member of this
church, then this church will be known
for these as you are known for these
(good or bad).
Edd Sterchi is the minister of the
Harrisburg Church of Christ in
|Gossip Wounds Deep
from gossip are so deep because everyone
connected with it gets hurt. The
people gossiped about are hurt, and
though they do not realize it, the
people who gossip are hurt.
Remember that he who gossips to you will
gossip about you to someone else.
Two things are needed to put an end to
gossip. First, the gossiper needs
to close his mouth. Second, the
intended listeners need to close their
If the gossipers have no one to listen
to them, they will have to cease their
destructive work. Remember these
things the next time you are tempted to
gossip, or someone comes running to you
with a juicy piece of gossip.
Hearts of Gold
Parent to Teacher
I bring to
you my little child;
Till now he had been wholly mine.
I must recede and share with you,
In teaching him - a task divine.
If I should over-anxious seem,
Forgive me - for I love him so;
And `tis my very life to me
The things that bring him weal or
Till now the things I said and did
Were held by him as right and true.
Now he will look to you for help,
And quote to me the things you do.
I know that you can teach him books,
No thought of that I need to give.
But answer me this question please;
"O will you teach him how to live?
brought to me your little child,
And from this time he's partly mine.
Twill ease my task if you have taught
The love of God and truth divine.
But if the way I teach seems wrong,
And I in error seem to be;
Speak well of me before the child,
Then come and reason it with me.
I hope that you will find in me,
A friend who lives the truth.
I would not have him lose his faith,
Nor disappoint his eager youth.
If in the days that are to come,
Some evil thing our child should do;
Remember that `twould pain my heart,
And I'd be just as sad as you.
True worth is
in being, not seeming;
In doing, each day that goes by,
Some little good--not in the dreaming
Of great things to do by and by.
For, whatever men say in blindness
And spite of the fancies of youth,
There' nothing so kingly as kindness
And nothing so royal as truth.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
get caught in their own mouthtraps.
It is better to be with God in trouble
than out of trouble without Him.
Happiness can be thought, taught, and
caught, but not bought.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm