5, 2004 Vol 4 #5
am thankful to everyone who sends me
articles and poems for BulletinGold.
I feel blessed that I have "met" each one
of you through this little
newsletter. Today I am especially
grateful to Rick Woodall for his message
"Face to Face" and to Rose Ann Noey for
You see, like everyone living, your editor
makes mistakes. I sin. Last
week, even though I had very good
intentions, I did something so incredibly
foolish and so hurtful that it cost me the
friendship of someone I cherish.
There are no words in the English language
that I can say to tell her how sorry I
am. There is nothing I can do to
make amends. She has cut me out of
her life. She will not talk to me.
I am reminded of the words of the hymn
"Does Jesus Care?" "When for my deep
grief, there is no relief, though my tears
flow all the night long." I have
lost many nights of sleep over this.
I have asked God's forgiveness and
hers. I feel there is nothing else I
can do. Please pray for me and with
me. Please pray that God will soften
her heart so she can forgive me and that
some good will come out of my
Panning for more Gold
Face to Face
preacher's articles this issue
I suppose we are
all accountable of making careless
decisions from time to time in our lives.
We do some particular thing not thinking
of the consequences. The Bible is jam
packed with examples of people who were
looking for God to direct them. They loved
and respected God with all their
hearts. Human tendency will at times
overcome us. We will follow our personal
mind-set instead of looking at the big
picture. When that picture is framed
and before us we come to the realization
that we have made some terrible mistakes.
Usually by the time we attain such
knowledge, we think it is too late. We
stare at the human side of these gridlocks
in life and become very depressed.
There seems to be no place to turn.
You might be experiencing a difficulty in
your personal life. I advise a good
visit with King David. David loved
God so much. I want to share with
you some wonderful words from someone who
has been there.
"Look to the LORD and his strength; seek
his face always." - Psalm 105:4
There are many faces in the crowd. When
you make unintelligent choices, the faces
turn from you. It appears that you
are left all alone. Take your eyes
off that big ugly picture and look at the
face that is making the difference in your
life. Do everything possible to
correct the situation. Pray for
forgiveness and do it now.
presence and have a face to face heart to
heart talk with Him. There is
nothing better than knowing God face to
face. I recollect these words about
Moses. "Since then, no prophet has
risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD
knew face to face, who did all those
miraculous signs and wonders the LORD sent
him to do in Egypt-- to Pharaoh and to all
his officials and to his whole land. For
has ever shown the mighty power or
performed the awesome deeds that Moses did
in the sight of all Israel." Deut
Was Moses perfect? Did he always
make wise decisions? My gift reminds
me that being in a face to face
relationship with the one who loves you
will achieve incredible results.
The light at the end of the tunnel is the
face of God.
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|Faithful to the
He was a
successful Militia Colonel. His
tactics helped to thwart the enemy's
drive to New York City, which would have
divided the colonies. His
leadership in the Battle of Ridgefield,
Connecticut, in April of 1777 won him a
belated promotion to the rank of major
In 1799 he married and squandered all
his money on social living. He
then began a 16-month treasonable
correspondence with the British.
As the commandant at West Point, he
agreed to surrender the fort to the
enemy in exchange for a royal commission
in the British army and a sum of money.
In the beautiful Cadet Chapel at West
Point Academy, one discovers the shields
of noted American soldiers. Along
with these is a shield without a
name. It bears only two dates-the
date of birth and the date of death.
This is the shield of Benedict
Arnold. He was an acknowledged
leader who inspired his men in battle
during many conflicts. He failed
because his country's ideals had not
been sufficiently imbedded within him to
stand the rugged test of life. He
became a traitor. Thus, no name,
just a shield bearing two dates.
Why? Because the final test of
faith in one's country is loyalty to its
The Psalmist writes, "Examine me, O
Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my
heart" (Psalm 26:2). John would
write to the seven churches of Asia, "Be
ye faithful to the end."
Dennis Russell preaches for the Foster
Road Church of Christ in Santa
It was a day
not unlike most. It was a time
when the church would be coming
together. At least that's what I
thought. You see the door was
locked, and the building had been sold.
Then I stopped
and looked at my life. It certainly
had not been what it should be. I
was the one who went from being excited
about coming to services to being one who
I don't remember when it started to
happen. I do remember that there
was so much enthusiasm when we first
started meeting. We had a goodly
number of those who attended. We
had fellowship with each other outside
of our weekly meetings. Everyone
could hardly wait until the next meeting
time. Why we even had campaigns to
invite others. We would go door to
door with invitations. We had
gospel meetings. What a joy when
someone in the community would visit and
an even greater joy when someone was
Then a few of us started missing
services occasionally. No, I don't
mean just going out of town and
worshiping there, but just too tired or
company had come to visit or some other
activity that kept me away from
attending service. The first few
times I was feeling bad, but then I
found out it just got easier and easier
each time to miss.
Today, I came just to see what was going
on. But it was too late. You
see, others started following my example
and stopped attending, too. No,
the preaching was sound (except those
sermons that stepped on my toes
concerning attendance), and what was
taught was right from the Bible.
We just all stopped coming because our
priorities had changed. I never
dreamed this day would come in my
Then I awoke! Had this been nothing
but a dream? No, I had wakened to
eternity and stood with nothing to say
when I was told to go away. Too
What will we say on judgment day?
What will be said to us?
preaches for the Church of Christ in
|The Cross - More
Than a Magic Symbol
The cross has
been the center of focus for the past
month or so for many people. For some
folks it is because of the movie "the
passion", some because of the
preparation for special Easter
celebrations. For far too many though,
the cross is like a good luck charm that
you keep for emergencies, some people
the cross is something you wear on a
chain or tee shirt or carry in your
pocket. For those people the cross is
like the coat hanger in the story below:
John then ran to
a department store a quarter-mile away and
returned with a hanger. After a few
attempts, he got the door open and we
climbed in. As we sat there, soaked
and cold, he stuck the hanger under his
"One rainy evening, my husband, John,
and I emerged from a restaurant only to
find that he had locked the keys in the
car. He insisted he could open the
door with a wire coat hanger, so we went
back to the restaurant to get one.
There were none to be found.
With a smug grin, he said, 'Now if this
ever happens again, I'll have one.'"
It is easy for us to understand the
foolishness of the conclusion of the
husband in the story, yet do we do the
same type of thing ourselves with the
I've spoken with so many people through
the years in the midst of some tragedy
that sit and hold a cross in their hands
like some magic talisman. We keep it
tucked away on a chain around our neck or
in our pocket, maybe hanging on a wall,
until we need it and are disappointed when
we can't get to it or get it to work the
way we thought it would in our time of
emergency. For some it is as if they hope
it will ward off the illness, possibility
of death or impending bad news. But that
is not the purpose of the cross.
For others the cross is used to remind
them of the hope they have no matter what
bad thing may happen to them here on earth
and that is how it should be used. On the
cross the debt of all of mankind's sins
was paid. The cross is where the power of
the resurrection exploded into the world
of men. Without the cross there could have
been no resurrection, the work of
salvation was done there.
The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians
1:18, "For the preaching of the cross is
to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us which are saved it is the power of
God." And in Romans 1:16 he said, "For I
am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believes; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek."
It's interesting to me that in both of
these verses the word, which is translated
from the original Green language, as
"power" is the word "Dunamis", from which
we get the word "Dynamo, and Dynamite".
The power of God comes to mankind through
the cross, but not as a mystical object,
but as a sacrifice of the life of the Son
that we might obtain everlasting life.
on to the cross! Not as a mystical symbol
to ward off evil, but as a symbol of that
which allows us to win over evil no matter
what happens in life. That which is the
key to our living forever with our God!
God Bless, Russ Lawson
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Hearts of Gold
Struggles With Sin
Rose Ann Noey How do I ask
forgiveness when I
Feel that all is lost?
How do I turn around and throw
Myself down at the Cross?
My sinning way keeps coming back
And rears its ugly head.
How do I say "I'm sorry" when my
Sin is far from dead?
I want to love You more, dear Lord,
Enough to just repent.
How do I say "Enough's enough!"
And change my evil bent?
I'll trust You, Lord, to take away
Those spots from off my soul.
And day by day, I'll pray and pray
You'll lift me from this hole.
Each day is new
and with it comes
The chance to start again.
With battles fierce and struggles hard
I know You'll lend a hand.
Please help me walk upon That Road
That's straight with traveler's few,
And to arrive at Jesus' Side,
Sin's mem'ry gone from view.
Rose Ann Noey worships at the church of
Christ at Lincolnway in
Columbia City, Indiana.
|Think On These
and adapted by: Rose Ann Noey
0 - Zero bones broken on that day.
1 - One Savior, who took our sins away.
2 - Two thieves hung on either side.
3 - Three crosses upon the hillside.
4 - Four ways His clothing they divide.
5 - Five wounds: 2 hands, 2 feet,
6 - Six cruel hours our Lord endured.
7 - Seven sayings from His Lips so pure.
|A General Prayer
H. L. Gradowith
Father, Almighty on high,
From Whom nought is hidden: who,
what, when, where, why;
Before Thee we come now with heads bowed
And offer Thee all our pain, trouble and
O, Father, be with us each step of the
As in all things we do our best to obey;
And when we grow weary, from bearing our
Help us to recall Him Who suffered such
Keep ever before us the 'mark for the
And on it please help us fix firmly our
Be with all our loved ones, keep them safe
And watch o'er the seekers and show them
Take care of the preachers in far distant
And help us to be there to hold up their
Lord, be with the sick and those who give
And help the afflicted with the load they
Watch over the leaders of all lands today,
Lord, help them to lead us in a peaceful
And give strength to those who would walk
in the light:
Grant victory to those who fight the good
For all things we give thee the glory and
Now, Father, be with us the rest of our
In all things we pray that Thy Will might
We offer our prayer in the Name of Thy
Bless You as You Study and Obey His
Word. Tim Smith Enon Church of
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& sayings for bulletins and signs
A desire to
have the Scriptures on our side is one
thing, and a
desire to be on the side of the
Scriptures is another.
Every command of God has a promise of
God for its kernel.
Every fact in the Bible is meant to be a
factor in your life.
The more we study, the more we discover
The only way to receive the mind of
Christ is to lose your own.