BulletinGold #43
June 6, 2004   Vol 4 #2
 

Editor's Remarks
----by Donna Richmond

Thanks to all of you, my readers, for allowing me to take three months off.  I pray that God has been with you and that you and yours have prospered. 

 

Many times we make plans, and circumstances don’t enable those plans to come to fruition.  This is what has happened to me during the last three months.  I asked for time off so I could dive into learning to give the tests that determine that a California community college student has a learning disability.  A person must have special training and certification to give these psychoeducational tests.  I had asked a coworker, our learning disabilities specialist where I work, to teach me the tests.  She said she would, but circumstances that neither one of us had any control over prevented her from teaching them to me. 

 

However, I didn’t waste time.  I have done a lot of studying and reading and have decided to take classes that will help me become a learning disabilities specialist.  My coworker has been my teacher and mentor, but she has become much more.  So no, I didn’t get to learn the tests, but God has given me a wonderful friend.  I have been able to turn to her for advice in many areas of my life, and I treasure the time we get to spend together.  My greatest desire is that somehow I can lead her to Christ.  I ask you all to please pray that God will give me that opportunity.  

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

Legislating Morality
by: Steve Higginbotham

 

It seems that whenever immoral practices have been outlawed, those who practice or

support those who practice these immoral activities will inevitably say, "Our government shouldn't legislate morality."

Of late, these words have been spoken with regard to the Texas sodomy laws that the Supreme Court recently declared were unconstitutional. Now, we're hearing the same cry with regard to homosexual marriages. Homosexuals, we're told, should have the same right to marry as heterosexuals. "Our government shouldn't legislate morality!"

Oh really? I don't think people really mean what they say. In fact, I'm sure they don't. I dare say the one who is overheard saying, "Our government shouldn't legislate morality," is glad to know that our government has established laws against cheating, stealing, robbery, rape, battery, and murder, all of which are "moral" issues.

You see, people really don't have a problem with government legislating morality. The fact of the matter is, they are glad it does. The problem comes when the government legislates against an immorality that one particularly enjoys to practice.

Give it some thought.

 

Steve Higginbotham preaches for the South Green Street Church of Christ in Glasgow, Kentucky.  www.glasgow-coc.org  Subscribe to their weekly email bulletin, mercEmail, by sending a blank email to mercEmail-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 

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It's All About God
by: Steven Yeakley

 

Do you ever suffer from “the-world-centers-around-me” syndrome?  We all do at some time or another.  Next time you do, pick up your Bible and read the psalms.  Here’s the kind of thing you will find:

21:1 “the king rejoices in YOUR strength…”

22:9, 10 “Yet YOU brought me out of the womb; YOU made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast…From birth I was cast upon YOU; from my mother’s womb YOU have been my god.”

23:2  “HE makes me lie down…”  “HE leads me.”

23:4 “I will fear no evil for YOU are with me…”

23:5 “YOU prepare a table…”

24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it… for HE founded it upon the seas…”

Realize that the center of the universe does not revolve around you.  It’s all about God.  That’s why David would pen these words in the very next psalm (25:4)  “Show me YOUR ways, O Lord, Teach me YOUR paths.”  Why?  “For YOU are God, my Savior, and my hope in is YOU all day long.”

You can spend time thinking about your accomplishments, or you can think about what God has done in your life to this point.  The first exercise might be kind of fun.  The second one will take you the rest of your life.

 

Steven Yeakley is the Involvement/Outreach minister at the Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas.  www.faithvlg.org 


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Ask Them
by: W. Dwyane Dennis

 

A story is told of the mother of Marshall Field, who gave the University of Chicago a sum of one million dollars.  When the board of directors at Northwestern University (also located in Chicago) heard of the gift, they inquired why a similar gift had not been given to their school.  The important reply came: “Because Northwestern didn’t ask.”

In one of the parables of Jesus, certain ones are asked why they stand idle all the time.  The reply is: “Because no one has hired us” (Matthew 20:7).  Could your neighbor say that he is not a Christian because no one has ever asked him?  Are there those within your circle of influence who do not attend worship or Bible classes because you have never invited them?  Are there children in your block who do not come to Sunday school because they have never been encouraged to do so?  Is there, perhaps, even another member of your own family who needs an invitation from you?

There has been a tendency in the past to think that since we have a church building, have announced our schedule of services, have told people they are welcome and preach the gospel from our pulpit, we have fulfilled our responsibility to our neighbors.  We think, “If they really want to be saved, they’ll come.”  But that often is not true.  They are waiting to be asked and wondering why you have not asked them if you really care about their soul.  There are times when a word fitly spoken is “like an apple of gold in a picture of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

Think back briefly to your own conversion.  Did it not help you to know that someone actually cared whether you were or were not converted?  I am sure there must be many who hesitate simply because we do not show an interest in them.  There are some things we say to people that hurt and are harmful, but it never hurts to extend a kind, thoughtful invitation.

 

Editor’s note:  This wonderful article came from a clipping yellow with age.  I do not know where Brother Dennis is at this time.

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

Thought Whispers
by: Rose Ann Noey

 

Whispers, whispers pop into my brain.

Of what kind?  And of what strain?

Some good, some bad, but 'pon which to dwell?

Do I, the evil thinking quell?

 

Whispers of evil nurtured in the heart

Get planted firmly and thus becomes a part

Of you, but these you need to toss!!

Beware!  Beware!  These thoughts have cost.

 

As man thinks, that's what he'll become -

To sin, that man becomes just numb.

Appeal to Christ the Lord for aid

To help those evil thoughts to fade.

 

Make Christ your Lord, even of your thoughts.

This is a fight worth being fought.

To Jesus' Will if you'll conform,

Your sin-sick soul He will transform.

 

Rose Ann Noey worships with the Lincolnway Church of Christ in Columbia City, Indiana.

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A Word From the Devil
by: H. L. Gradowith

 

Hello, I'm the devil; and I've come for you,

I'll not take you right now -- first I'll let you do

All the things that you like, I'll give you as much

As you desire -- I'll give you the Midas Touch...

We'll party 'til we can't, then party some more,

Oh, the things that for you I'm holding in store...

We'll have a high old time each and ev'ry day,

And don't worry, for there'll be no bill to pay...

Just relax and enjoy the time you have here...

You're thirsty? Sit back and have another beer...

You work very hard and you need to unwind...

You've no time for church; pay that preacher no mind.

All that talk about heaven and Judgment Day

Is just what somebody else told him to say...

Just follow my lead -- you'll be doing all right,

Forget tomorrow, have a good time tonight...

After all, I've been good to you so far, see,

And, besides: Hell's not such a bad place to be...

You've heard some stories about fire and brimstone?

Of pain? Of spending eternity alone?

You've heard that I'm evil? Dastardly and vile?

That while you are suffering I sit and smile???

No, no, no: I'm the prince of good times, you see,

Believe me -- hell's not such a bad place to be...

In hell there's no law, no rules of any kind,

No time card to punch, no alarm clock to wind,

No appointments to keep, and no bills to pay,

Just stay the present course until Judgment Day

And you will be with me through eternity...

Are you with me, friend? Come on now, come with me...

 

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall

send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (II

Thessalonians 2:8-12).

 

H. L. Gradowith (Tim Smith) preaches for the Enon Church of Christ

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

Sometimes one action, one decision, one moment can change everything for you.  So it is when you choose to follow Christ. 

Without the Son, there would be total darkness in the world.

Read the Bible.  It is user-friendly, and we offer tech support here on Sundays and Wednesdays. 

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  
Psalm  118:24

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