6, 2006 Vol 6 #6
the general populace of Rome it didn't
matter how one chose to live. It
didn't matter which god one revered, if
any (Romans 1:23). They freely
worshipped stars, birds, and all of nature
Low moral standards were perpetuated
because it didn't matter where one slept
or with whom (verse 27).
Fornication, adultery, promiscuity and
homosexuality were not even "acceptable
alternative lifestyles," they were the
Roman society was beginning to come apart
at the seams. Yet they were
frantically telling each other it didn't
matter what you do or to whom you do it
(verses 19-ff). They talked behind
each other's back and schemed to cheat,
deceive and kill their fellow man.
The foundations of parental respect had
been replaced with arrogance, strife and
hatred because virtue didn't matter.
Sin was ripping through the lives of a
society convinced it didn't matter how one
lives. From the darkness of their
despair, the shambles of broken lives, we
learn that it did.
Three times Paul warned the Romans that
God had given them up to sin because it
does matter who receives the praise of
man. The Apostle offered them the
sound morality of the Christian faith
because God's plan for the home does
matter. He called for
repentance. He urged their
acceptance of the renewing hope of
baptism. Paul preached Christ to the
Romans because it does matter.
The articles in this month's issue of
BulletinGold reflect our belief that it
does matter how one lives and for whom one
lives. The Bible, as God's inspired
instructions of what we are to believe,
how we are expected to live, and why all
of this really matters in our lives, is
key to our success in effectively serving
God in this world, and being acceptable to
Him in the eternity. It does matter
but, for many people, only eternity will
reveal how much.
David Bragg, co-editor
The One Message of the Bible
by: David R. Ferguson
The Bible has one message, not
5 or 10 or 100. From Genesis all the way
through Revelation the Bible reveals
many great truths that all fit together
like a glove to reveal the glory and
plan of God in His creation, His
redemption of mankind and the
glorification of His people. It has one
coherent, dovetailing message that links
the truths of the Old Covenant with
those of the New Covenant. The former,
with its sacrificial system being made
year after year, was but a shadow of the
New. The Old Covenant could not make the
people perfect: "For the law having a
shadow of the good things to come, not
the very image of the things, can never
with the same sacrifices year by year,
which they offer continually, make
perfect them that draw nigh." (Hebrews
10:1) With the Old Covenant the sins of
the people were remembered year after
year, "because it was impossible for the
blood of bulls and goats to take away
our sins" (Hebrews 10:3-4). With Jesus
Christ, the perfect sacrifice, the
sacrifice was made once and for all
(Hebrews 10:10). Our faith in that shed
blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us:
"Christ Jesus: whom God set forth to be
a propitiation, through faith, in His
blood, to show His righteousness because
of the passing over of the sins done
aforetime, in the forbearance of God…."
Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the
Old Covenant: "Think not that I came to
destroy the law or the prophets: I came
not to destroy, but to fulfill. For
verily I say unto you, till heaven and
earth pass away, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass away from the law,
till all things be accomplished."
(Matthew 5:17-18) He has ushered in the
New Covenant by His fulfilling of the
Old: "For He is our peace, who made both
one, and brake down the middle wall of
partition, having abolished in the flesh
the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; that He might
create in himself of the two one new
man, so making peace…having blotted out
the bond written in ordinances that was
against us, which was contrary to us:
and he hath taken it out that way,
nailing it to the cross…." (Ephesians
2:14-15; Colossians 2:14) Jesus Christ,
our perfect sacrifice, now acts as
mediator of the New Covenant: "And for
this cause He is the mediator of a new
covenant, that a death having taken
place for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first
covenant, they that have been called may
receive the promise of the eternal
inheritance. For where a testament is,
there must of necessity be the death of
him that made it." (Hebrews 9:15-16)
Jesus offered Himself freely as our
Redeemer. He understands what we go
through while living in this world.
Because He understands, Jesus became
that perfect sacrifice by living a
sinless life: "For we have not a high
priest that cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but one that
hath been in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews
4:15) Today, through our Mediator
and Redeemer, we may "…draw near with
boldness unto the throne of grace…."
(Hebrews 4:16) May we do so now!
-- David R. Ferguson preaches for the
Lakeland church of Christ in Mattoon,
IL. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sell It Not!
23:23 "Buy the truth, and sell it not;
also wisdom, and instruction, and
In today's society, and even more
tragically, in the Lord's church,
"truth" is sold without a second
thought. Self satisfaction is easily
obtained at the expense of truth by
millions every day. The world engages in
these transactions every minute without
batting an eye. They sell their souls
for pleasures and self seeking goals to
the Devil's delight. Many of the sins of
the day are grounded in selfishness such
as abortion, cheating, divorce,
fornication, gossiping, lying, stealing,
and the list goes on. It's all about
What is really disheartening though, is
when this attitude rears its ugly head
among God's people. The world at least
might have some excuse (though ignorance
will not save them). God's people have
absolutely NO excuse and will be held to
a higher standard and stricter judgment
(2 Pet. 2:21). God's Word is truth (John
17:17). There is no getting around that.
It means what it says. We must obey it
at EVERY expense to ourselves. SELL IT
NOT! If it says that God created
everything in six days, believe it -
sell it not! Science changes its
theories more than an actor changes his
outfits. God's Word never changes (1
Pet. 1:23). If it says that their was a
flood that covered the whole earth,
believe it - sell it not! If it says
Jesus is the Son of God, believe it -
sell it not! If it says Jesus died for
your sins, believe it - sell it not! If
God's Word says you must repent and be
baptized for salvation, believe it -
sell it not! If it says you must live
faithfully day by day, believe it - sell
it not! Take heed dear brethren, and do
not take God's Word lightly, for one day
we must all give an account to God on
how we responded to His Word in this
life (John 12:48). A good thing to
remember is that when you sell the
truth, you sell your soul! Think about
2 Cor. 13:5a "Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith; prove your
Mike Sullivan lives in Winfield Pa
(central Pennsylvania) and attends the
Susquehanna Valley church of Christ. He
may be contacted at email@example.com
A Letter From God?
sent to a church can be very
interesting, indeed. Regularly, there
are bulletins, bills, and newsletters.
Many times there are requests for
support of mission work. Then, every
once in while, comes something truly
different. Such was the case earlier
this week, when a letter was opened that
bore the following words: “A MESSAGE TO
THE CHURCHES OF THE WORLD FROM THE MOST
HIGH GOD.” It is certainly not every day
that you see a letter claiming to come
As for the letter itself, it contained
very condemnatory language. It warned of
impending judgment upon the world for
the current sinful state of affairs. It
threatened mass destruction (including
nuclear warfare) upon all mankind, but
especially the United States of America.
The violence on TV, drugs, defiled sex,
drugs, and abortion were all given as
reasons for the sure and imminent
judgment of America and the world. The
whole letter, in fact, was a call to
repentance. The closing line made it
clear the message was to be seen as
originating from God himself: “I am Your
Father in Heaven, yea Jehovah, Most High
God.” It was, indeed, a very troubling
I believe God is displeased
with the current
atmosphere of evil (1 Corinthians
6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21). I believe
God is going to judge the world
(including America) for their deeds
(Acts 17: 30, 31; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
However, I believe these things because
of God’s clear Word, the Bible, not
because they were written in a letter
that signs His name. In fact, I do not
believe the letter came from God.
The prophets of God had credentials.
Isaiah saw a vision of God (Isaiah 6:1);
Jeremiah was given words by God
(Jeremiah 1:9); Paul saw Jesus (Acts 9).
These men were clearly sent by God and
could back up their claim. We have their
writings and can easily work our way
through the evidence that they are
from God. However, the letter above came
from a ministry that has no such
credentials. (By the way, no Scripture
was quoted in the letter).
What troubles me most, is that sin does
need to be rebuked and people do need to
be warned of judgment. Yet, some people
will see letters like this and
automatically conclude that all who
claim to speak for God (including those
of us who strive to use the Bible
properly) are religious zealots who
speak for God without authority.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the sprits to see whether they
are from God, because many false
prophets are gone out into the
world” (1 John 4:1, NASBU).
- Lance Cordle preaches for the Calvert
City church of Christ in Calvert city,
KY. He may be contacted at Lance@calvertchurchofchrist.com
The Bible is Full of Mistakes
There are many critics of
Christianity and the Bible. They claim
the Bible is just another book filled
with mistakes and discrepancies and
therefore it must be unreliable and
cannot possibly be the inspired Word of
God. We know that to be
untrue. The Bible is the inspired
Word of God, written by 40 men over a
period of about 1600 years unified in
theme and purpose without
contradiction. Having said that, I
do believe there are mistakes in the
Bible. Here are just a few that
come to mind:
- Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3)
- Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4)
- Moses struck the rock (Numbers 20)
- David committed adultery and murder (2
- Peter denied Christ (Matthew 26)
When we make mistakes there are
consequences. Adam and Eve were
sent out of the Garden, Cain was a
wanderer that would have great trouble
growing food, Moses was not allowed to
enter Canaan, David's family would
self-destruct, and Peter was exposed as
a big-mouth who was weak in a clutch
moment. The Bible has mistake
after mistake, but the Bible contains
the greatest answer for those mistakes:
There seems to be numerous people who
shy away from Christianity because they
believe it is impossible to live the
perfect life, therefore they refuse to
try. The truth is, it is
impossible to live perfectly (only Jesus
was able to complete that task), and
because of that we should all be
drawn to Christ. Our sins are
deadly (Romans 6.23), but Jesus gives us
life. When I see all those who
sinned in the Bible, I see the need for
Christ's coming and dying for every
person. Jesus' blood washes
our mistakes away when we turn to
Him. Jesus' purpose was to
save us from our sins (Mt. 1.21).
We should live each day with that in
mind. Let our confidence never
waiver in God's love for us, and may
that serve as an encouragement for us as
we live each day.
-- Craig Evans is the youth minister for
the Calvert City church of Christ in
Calvert city, KY. He may be
contacted at Craig@calvertchurchofchrist.com
The Resume of Jesus Christ
James C. Guy
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ,
Lord, Savior and Jesus
Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ.
Many call me Lord! I've sent you my
resume because I'm seeking the top
management position in your heart.
Please consider my accomplishments as
set forth in my resume.
I founded the earth and
established the heavens, (See Proverbs
I formed man from the dust of the
ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of
life, (See Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the
law, (See Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic
Covenant comes upon your life through
me, (See Galatians 3:14)
I've only had one employer,
(See Luke 2:49).
I've never been tardy, absent,
disobedient, slothful or
My employer has nothing but rave
reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)
Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work
experiences include: empowering the
poor to be poor no more, healing the
brokenhearted, setting the captives
free, healing the sick, restoring
sight to the blind and setting at
liberty them that are bruised, (See
I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See
Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me
shall dwell safely and shall not fear
evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
Most importantly, I have the
authority, ability and power to
cleanse you of your sins, (See I John
I encompass the entire
breadth and length of knowledge,
wisdom and understanding, (See
In me are hid all of the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians
My Word is so powerful; it has been
described as being a lamp unto your
feet and a light unto your path, (See
I can even tell you all of the secrets
of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
I was an active participant
in the greatest Summit Meeting of all
times, (See Genesis 1:26).
I laid down my life so that you may
live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).
I defeated the archenemy of God and
mankind and made a show of them
openly, (See Colossians 2:15).
I've miraculously fed the poor, healed
the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major
accomplishments, to many to mention
here. You can read them on my website,
which is located at: www dot - the
BIBLE. You don't need an Internet
connection or computer to access my
Believers and followers
worldwide will testify to my divine
healings, salvation, deliverance,
miracles, restoration and supernatural
Now that you've read my resume, I'm
confident that I'm the only candidate
uniquely qualified to fill this vital
position in your heart.
In summation, I will properly direct
your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and
lead you into everlasting life, (See
When can I start?
Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews
- James C. Guy is the minister of the
Canal Heights church of Christ and THE
BIBLE SAYS website at: http://biblesays.faithsite.com
|The Authority of
The Bible is the authoritative
Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the
word of God is living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword." When
God says something, it is going to
happen. Nothing can stop it. Not only is
the Word of God living and powerful, but
it will last forever. 1 Peter 1:23
says, "the word of God lives and abides
forever." The Word of God will follow us
The Bible is God’s instruction to us on
what we must do so we can go to heaven.
Jesus says in John 8:32, "And you shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free." Only by knowing and following
God’s Word can anyone be saved and go to
heaven. If one doesn’t know and obey
God’s Word, he will spend eternity in
the burning fires of hell. This will be
a horrible place to be.
God’s Word is the authority or standard
by which all people will be judged on
Judgment Day. Jesus says in John 12:48,
"He who rejects Me, and does not receive
My words, has that which judges him, the
word that I have spoken will judge him
in the last day." People may ignore
God’s Word now, but on Judgment Day they
will not be able to ignore it.
God does not intend for His
authoritative Word to be changed by man.
We read in Revelation 22:18-19, "If
anyone adds to these things, God will
add to him the plagues that are written
in this book, and if anyone takes from
the word of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part from the
Book of Life." Either way he will be
lost. People are not taking God
seriously. Even though the world
may neglect it, we must not neglect to
follow God’s authoritative Word if we
want to go to heaven. Hebrews 2:3 says,
"How shall we escape if we neglect so
great salvation, which at first began to
be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed
to us by those who heard Him."
There is no escape if one neglects to
obey God’s authoritative Word.
-- Ron Boatwright Conway,
AR; via Belvedere Beacon, the
weekly bulletin for the
Belvedere church of Christ,
Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley, who
serves as their evangelist, may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
misc. goodies this issue
The Story of the Bible
What's the Bible all about?
What's its major theme? If you were to
write a "Cliff Notes" on the Bible, and
be as brief as possible, what would you
say about it?
Well, at least one concise way to sum up
the story of the Bible requires only
five words. They are:
Three Gardens And Three Trees.
Think about it.
The Garden of Eden & The
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
(The Fall of Man)
The Garden of Gethsemane & The
Cross of Christ (The Sacrifice for
The Garden of God (Heaven) & The
Tree of Life (The Eternal Salvation
for Faithful Men)
This concise summary hits the beginning,
middle, and end of human history;
addresses its most pivotal moments.
Three gardens and three trees ... that's
the story of the Bible in a nutshell.
- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the
South Green Street church of Christ,
Glasgow, KY. He is also the editor
of the e-mail based MercEmail. He
may be contacted at email@example.com
© 2006, South Green Street church of
Olny Srmat Poelpe Can
following was sent to me on the
Internet. Read through it quickly,
without dwelling on each individual
word, and you'll surprise
yourself. I believe it is an
illustration of how wonderfully God has
designed the human brain. We are,
indeed, "fearfully and wonderfully made"
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- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of
the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL.
Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and
editor, may be contacted a firstname.lastname@example.org
A Traveler's Guide To
ACCOMMODATIONS: Arrangements for
accommodation must be made in advance
PASSPORTS: Persons seeking entry will not
be permitted past the gates without having
proper credentials and having their names
registered with the ruling authority
DEPARTURE TIME: The exact date of
departure has not been announced.
Travelers are advised to be prepared to
leave at short notice (1 Corinthians
TICKETS: Your ticket was purchased by a
Friend named Jesus. It should be claimed
and its promises kept firmly in hand (John
5:24: Hebrews 5:8-9).
LUGGAGE: No luggage whatsoever can be
taken (1 Timothy 6:7).
IMMIGRATION: All passengers are classified
as immigrants, since they are taking up
permanent residence in a new country. The
quota is unlimited (Hebrews 11:16).
AIR PASSAGE: Travelers going directly by
air are advised to watch daily for
indications of imminent departure (1
VACCINATION/INOCULATIONS: Injections are
not needed, as there are no illnesses or
diseases there (Revelation 21:4).
CURRENCY: Supplies of "treasures" may be
forwarded to await passenger's arrival.
Make deposits as large as possible
CLOTHING: A complete and appropriate new
wardrobe is provided for each traveler
RESERVATIONS: Booking is now open. Since
departure time is unknown, you should
apply at once. If you wait, it may be too
late (2 Corinthians 6:2).
To learn more, please consult real
traveler's guide - the Bible.
- Selected; via the weekly bulletin of
the Harrisburg church of Christ,
Harrisburg, IL. Edd Sterchi,
preacher and bulletin editor, may be
contacted at email@example.com
|Hearts of Gold
A body filled with pain,
A spirit worn and tired,
A life that's lived in vain,
The best years long expired.
A world that's cold and dark,
Friends nowhere to be found,
A life that leaves no mark,
A voice that makes no sound.
A heart that feels no love,
A dream that time has killed,
Neck arched to look above,
All hope has long been stilled.
A longing to embrace,
And, O! to laugh once more!
No smile upon this face,
No loving arms in store.
Someday all this will pass,
Someday, indeed, someday,
Then ease will come at last,
But why the long delay?
- H. L. Gradowith For more
information on H. L. Gradowith and
GRADOWITH POEMS e‑mail group visit http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/
‑ the website of Tim Smith, minister of
the Enon church of Christ in Webb,
A Student's Prayer
whose covenant grace
a thousand generations praise,
give us, and students ev'rywhere
your Spirit's help, that we may dare
to stand in life with open eyes,
discerning between truth and lies.
Dear Father, guide us by your Word
which we so many times have heard;
let Christ our only refuge be,
to whom in faith we ever flee.
Lord, keep us healthy, safe, secure,
our walk upright, our life-style pure.
Teach us with joy our way to go,
say, "yes", to you, to Satan, "no";
to seek your praise with all our life,
to falter not when others strive
your rule, your law-word to disclaim;
with boldness to confess your Name.
O, Lord, in Jesus Name we ask:
prepare us for a worthwhile task
of service which, in all we do,
helps humans, and gives praise to you.
"Amen", we sing now without fear,
for you, our covenant God, will hear.
Amos R. Wells
When I am
tired, the Bible is my bed;
Or in the dark, the Bible is my light;
When I am hungry, it is vital bread;
Or fearful, it is armour for the fight;
When I am sick, 'tis healing medicine;
Or lonely, thronging friends I find
If I would work, the Bible is my tool;
Or play, it is a harp of happy sound.
If I am ignorant, it is my school;
If I am sinking, it is solid ground.
If I am cold, the Bible is my fire;
And wings, if boldly I aspire.
Should I be lost, the Bible is my guide;
Or naked, it is raiment, rich and warm.
Am I imprisoned, it is ranges wide;
Or tempest-tossed, a shelter from the
Would I adventure, 'tis a gallant sea;
Or would I rest, it is a flowery lea.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
"THE BIBLE is
the chief moral cause for all that is
good, the best corrector of all that
is evil in human society; the best
book for regulating the temporal
concerns of man and the only book that
can serve as an infallible guide for
future felicit" (Noah Webster,
"It's not dying for a faith that's so
hard; 'tis the living up to it that is
A prayer to be prayed more often:
"Dear Lord, please keep your arm
around my shoulder, and your hand over
"Lord, thank you for this beautiful
day! Please help me to see the beauty
in every day, and help others to see
the beauty in your wonders.
Guide me through perils toward your
brilliant light. Amen" (Kate E.
Ritger, Prayer in All Things).
- via THE SOWER,
a weekly publication of the Arthur
church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron
Bartanen, who serves as minister and
editor, may be contacted a firstname.lastname@example.org
comes from experience. Experience
comes from bad judgment" (Jim
“And in the end it’s not the years
in your life that count. It’s the
life in your years” (Abraham
-- Via the
Mathis Messenger, the weekly
bulletin of the Mathis church of
Christ, Mathis, TX. They may
be contacted at MathisCofC@stx.rr.com
Dignity is one
thing that cannot be preserved in
- Via The
Lantern, the weekly bulletin of the
Highway church of Christ, Sullivan,
IL. Ron Thomas serves the
congregation as minister and
bulletin editor and may be contacted