2007 Vol 7 #2
Beedle was born into a wealthy family on
April 17, 1918 in O'Fallon,
Illinois. Pursuing one of his
great loves, William, after changing his
last name, became an actor. Over
his life he starred in seventy-one films
and won an Academy Award for his role in
Stalag 17. Leonard Maltin wrote of
him, "There are very few "over night"
stars in Hollywood history ... but
William Holden beat the odds by
achieving instant stardom with his first
"fifteen good years" had evaporated into a
handful of lonely days and lonely
nights. His plans and dreams for the
next 5,475 days were forever
abandoned. The life of privilege and
popularity of this successful actor is
today a startling reminder of the brevity
of life and the importance of each and
every day (James 4:13-17). It is
that thought that becomes the theme of
this month's BulletinGold. I greatly
appreciate the many authors who contribute
their work for us to share with you.
Thanks also to each of our subscribers who
utilize the combined efforts of so many by
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popular leading man, best man in his
friend Ronald Reagan's wedding, William
Holden's own marriage did not
last. He had a public reputation
of being infatuated with his current
leading actress. Maltin, referring
to Bob Thomas' biography on Holden,
stated, "The handsome, self-assured
actor so admired by men and women alike
on screen was in fact a man fraught with
insecurity who essentially drank himself
to an early grave."
1981 the 63-year-old actor, accompanied
by his current lady friend, rode a
motorcycle to a scenic southern
California mountain. It was here
that he remarked to her as he reflected
on his life and career, "As I see it I
have about fifteen more good years, and
I'd like to spend them with you."
However, just a few days later the actor
fell in his apartment severely cutting
his forehead. The injury could
have easily been treated at the nearest
hospital emergency room but the drunken
actor did not think it to be that
serious. It was five days before
he was discovered. Alone with his
alcohol, William Holden had bled to
Written in Heaven
Gene T. Rowe, Jr.
times I believe members of the Lord's
church take for granted the blessings of
being Christians. It is not like
being part of a club, or any other
organization in this world. There
was a very popular credit card
slogan a few years ago that said,
"membership has its
privileges." It is high time for
members of the church of Christ to
realize what awesome blessings,
responsibilities, and access to
privileges we enjoy because of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God.
an individual has rendered obedience to
the gospel call, and is baptized for the
remission of their sins the Lord himself
adds them to the church of
Christ. (Mark 16:15-16; Acts
2:38-47) Being added to the church
also results in each member having
access to "all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
The heavenly place in Christ Jesus here
on Earth is the church of Christ.
Hebrews 12:23 states "to the general
assembly and church of the first
born, which are written in
Heaven." The general assembly can
be defined in the Greek as the
"ekklesia," which literally means the
assembly of called out believers.
Members of the church were called out of
the world and darkness by the preaching
of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we obeyed that gospel call the Lord
added us to the church, which is his
spiritual kingdom here on Earth.
(Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 2:44; Mark 9:1; II
Thessalonians 2:14; Colossians
1:13; Matthew 16:18-19) The church
of the firstborn can have
reference to no one else but
Christ. The scriptures
describe Christ as the first born of
every creature, and as the firstborn
from the dead because he is the only one
to ever die, be buried in the grave, and
be resurrected to never die again.(Col.
1:13-18; Rev. 1:5-18) Thus
the church of the firstborn is the
church of Christ.
place where the church of the firstborn
are written in Heaven is the Lamb's book
of life. (Rev. 21: 23-27) You
might ask just who is the
Lamb? John the baptist
described Jesus Christ as "the lamb of
God, which taketh away the sin of the
world." (John 1:29; 35-36)
souls (the saved of the nations) who
will enjoy eternity in Heaven will be
found written in the Lamb's book of
life. (Rev. 21:27) So please
don't take your membership in the church
of the firstborn lightly, nor for
granted. BE YE THANKFUL, AND TRY
TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE BECOME A MEMBER OF
THE LORD'S CHURCH!
- Gene Rowe, Jr. is the minister of the
church of Christ (Westward Ave.), Texas
City, Texas. He may be contacted
Help For Those Who Mourn
death of a young child is one of the
most difficult pains in life to bear.
Young children bring so much joy and
blessing into a home. They help a home
to burst at the seams with enthusiasm
and joy. When a young child dies, the
entire family atmosphere is altered and
never quite feels the same again.
you are not sure what to say during
times such as this, the wisest course of
action would be to say nothing at all.
There is nothing wrong with that! But do
not be afraid to give your grieving
friends a hug. Cry with them, if that is
all you can do (Romans 12:15)!
are a few things that I believe we can
say that can be very beneficial for
those who mourn. Remind the grieving
parents that out of all the billions of
people in the world, God chose them to
be the ones who would be able to provide
the love and care this child so
desperately needed, even if it was for
only a short time! Jesus had special
regard for children as He demonstrated
in Matthew 18, and this little innocent
one is with the Father now.
David in the Old Testament faced the
tragic grief of having a newborn infant
become very sick unto death. The Bible
tells us, "...David fasted and went in
and lay all night on the ground. So the
elders of his house arose and went to
him, to raise him up from the ground.
But he would not, nor did he eat food
with them." (2 Samuel 12:16-17) After
seven days of tears, prayers and
fasting, this child of David and
Bathsheba died. When David found out
that the child was gone, "…he arose from
the ground, washed and anointed himself,
and changed his clothes; and he went
into the house of the Lord and
worshipped..." (2 Samuel 12:20)
knew he could someday be with his child
for he said later, "... he is dead; why
should I fast? Can I bring him back
again? I shall go to him, but he shall
not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:23)
- David R. Ferguson preaches for the
Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon,
IL. He may be contacted at email@example.com
by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness
of the pew where I sat. I was at the
funeral of my dearest friend - my
mother. She finally had lost her long
battle with cancer. The hurt was so
intense; I found it hard to breathe at
times. Always supportive, Mother clapped
loudest at my school plays, held a box
of tissues while listening to my first
heartbreak, comforted me at my father's
death, encouraged me in college, and
prayed for me my entire life. When
Mother's illness was diagnosed, my
sister had a new baby and my brother had
recently married his childhood
sweetheart, so it fell on me, the
27-year-old middle child without
entanglements, to take care of her. I
counted it an honor. "What now, Lord?" I
asked sitting in church. My life
stretched out before me as an empty
abyss. My brother sat stoically with his
face toward the cross while clutching
his wife's hand. My sister sat slumped
against her husband's shoulder, his arms
around her as she cradled their child.
All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I
place had been with our mother,
preparing her meals, helping her walk,
taking her to the doctor, seeing to her
medication, reading the Bible together.
Now she was with the Lord. My work was
finished, and I was alone. I heard a
door open and slam shut at the back of
the church. Quick footsteps hurried
along the carpeted floor. An exasperated
young man looked around briefly and then
sat next to me. He folded his hands and
placed them on his lap. His eyes were
brimming with tears. He began to
sniffle. "I'm late," he explained,
though no explanation was necessary.
After several eulogies, he leaned over
and commented, "Why do they keep calling
Mary by the name of 'Margaret'?"
"Because that was her name, Margaret.
Never Mary. No one called her 'Mary,'" I
wondered why this person couldn't have
sat on the other side of the church. He
interrupted my grieving with his tears
and fidgeting. Who was this stranger
anyway? "No, that isn't correct," he
insisted, as several people glanced over
at us whispering, "Her name is Mary,
Mary Peters." "That isn't who this is."
"Isn't this the Lutheran church?" "No,
the Lutheran church is across the
believe you're at the wrong funeral,
Sir." The solemnness of the occasion
mixed with the realization of the man's
mistake bubbled up inside me and came
out as laughter. I cupped my hands over
my face, hoping it would be interpreted
as sobs. The creaking pew gave me away.
Sharp looks from other mourners only
made the situation seem more hilarious.
I peeked at the bewildered, misguided
man seated beside me. He was laughing,
too, as he glanced around, deciding it
was too late for an uneventful exit. I
imagined mother laughing.
final "Amen," we darted out a door and
into the parking lot. "I do believe
we'll be the talk of the town," he
smiled. He said his name was Rick and
since he had missed his aunt's funeral,
asked me out for a cup of coffee. That
afternoon began a lifelong journey for
me with this man who attended the wrong
funeral, but was in the right place. A
year after our meeting, we were married
at a country church where he was the
assistant minister. This time we both
arrived at the same church, right on
time. In my time of sorrow, God gave me
laughter. In place of loneliness, God
gave me love. This past June we
celebrated our twenty-second wedding
anniversary. Whenever anyone asks us how
we met, Rick tells them, "Her mother and
my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it's
truly a match made in heaven."You think
- via Kevin Rayner preaches
for the church of Christ in Tecumseh,
OK. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or
through this website: http://www.geocities.com/otchurch/index.html
Vaccination Against Death
In the late eighteenth
century, hundreds of people were dying
in England of smallpox. The disease
ravaged the country and seemed
unstoppable. There was little hope for
anyone who became infected with the
Jenner noticed that very few
milk-maids in England were susceptible
to the disease and, in fact, seemed
immune to it. Further investigation
revealed that their immunity was
developed by having been sick with
what was called "cowpox", a disease
found in cattle and sometimes
contracted by humans who were in close
contact with infected animals. Cowpox
was a milder virus that made people
sick for a while, but was seldom
knowledge in mind, Dr. Jenner, in
1796, courageously injected live
cowpox virus into an eight-year-old
boy named Jamie Phipps. Six weeks
later, he took an unbelievable risk by
injecting Jamie with live smallpox
virus. Jamie was unaffected by the
virus and the rest is history. By 1979
the World Health Organization declared
smallpox completely eradicated from
the world! Inoculation against
smallpox was indeed a "vaccination
come to understand the difference
between right and wrong and that we
are ALL infected with the "deadly
disease" of sin, we find ourselves in
need of a vaccination against death.
Paul wrote in Romans 3:23 – "for ALL
have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God." Then in chapter 6 and
verse 23, he wrote – "For the wages of
sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is
-ETERNAL LIFE- in Christ Jesus our
provided a vaccination to protect US
from -ETERNAL DEATH- because of SIN.
To be made immune to that "second
death" (Revelation 20:6), we must
believe in Jesus, God’s Son who died
to atone for the sins of the whole
world. (John 8:24). We must
acknowledge our faith in Him before
men. (Matthew 10:32-33). Then, we must
repent of sin and turn away from it,
(Luke 13:3,5). Finally, by being
baptized (immersed) for the
forgiveness of our sins, we can be
saved from the deadly "disease" of sin
which would otherwise bring us
-ETERNAL DEATH- (Mark 16:16; Acts
availed yourself of this wonderful,
free gift of -ETERNAL LIFE- and
freedom from certain -ETERNAL DEATH-
because of sin?
Glenn Sargent writing in "Living
Water," a series of devotionals
presented by the church of Christ at
Creekwood, Mobile, Alabama.
Please visit their Web site,www.creekwoodcc.org AND share
a drink of "Living Water" with a
David A. Sargent
Jimmy Cox writes: "My
great-great-grandfather was a medical
doctor, who also owned a large
plantation in Virginia . When his son,
Henry, was 16 years old, he told him,
'I'm putting you in charge of
supervising my farm employees, so that
I will have more time for my medical
practice.' But Henry had other plans –
he was going West to seek his fortune.
He went to lots of places and did lots
of different kinds of work, but he
never achieved the kind of success
like that of his father. When his
father died, Henry even refused to
accept the large inheritance his
father left him. Many of his
descendants said, 'That was a bad
today, many people make a far worse
decision when they REFUSE or NEGLECT
to "qualify" for an eternal
inheritance that has been offered by
our heavenly Father." How VERY tragic
TO GOD. . . by right of creation! God
created us in His own image (Genesis
1:26-27). But all of us, as we grow
and mature, separate ourselves from
God by sin (Romans 3:23; Isaiah
59:1-2). But God sent His Son, Jesus,
as a sin offering. Jesus shed His
blood and died so that we might be
reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20).
God wants you to BECOME His
child. He wants to bless you with
spiritual blessings that are far
greater than anything this world has
to offer. He wants to give you an
eternal inheritance "that can never
perish, spoil, or fade… [that is]
reserved in heaven" for His children
(1 Peter 1:4).
"qualify" for this inheritance, you
must BECOME a child of God. . . The
process of becoming a child of God
(and heir) is called a "new birth"
(John 3:1-5). Since Jesus shed His
blood to redeem us from sin, YOU can
be "born" into His family if you will
believe in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31),
repent of your sins (Acts 17:30),
confess Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) –
"BORN of the WATER and the SPIRIT"
(John 3:5) – for the forgiveness of
sins (Acts 2:38).
have been BORN into His family. . .
God wants you to continue to live
faithfully to Him in ALL things (Rev
2:10). When we do so, "the Spirit
Himself bears witness with our spirit
that we ARE CHILDREN of God, and IF
children, THEN heirs; heirs of God and
joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we
suffer with Him, that we may also be
glorified together" (Romans 8:16-17).
So many people have lonely
lives searching for riches and
pleasures of this world while the love
of God is unnoticed and an ETERNAL
inheritance is unclaimed. . . . An
inheritance reserved for YOU!
made this offer available to YOU
through His Son. Won't YOU accept His
offer through your faithful obedience?
David A. Sargent, minister for the
church of Christ at Creekwood in
Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of
an electronic devotional entitled
Living Water." To learn more
about this excellent resource contact
David via their website: www.creekwoodcc.org
[Jimmy W. Cox wrote: " I wrote this
article about four years ago to print
in The Columbian-Progress in Columbia,
MS. I don't know just how the
Creekwood Church of Christ (in Mobile,
AL) received it, but I am glad they
have printed this in their weekly
bulletin, so that the message may be
shared by many more people. He
may be contacted at email@example.com]
misc. goodies this issue
Growing Through Grief: 10 Suggestions
That Often Help
Talk about it.
if you feel like it.
Challenge your negative, irrational
Read good books including the Bible,
especially the Psalms.
Force yourself to get back into
Allow others to help you.
something constructive in memory of
your loved one (scholarship, library
books, city park.)
of service to others.
Keep a journal. Process your thoughts
Deepen your relationship to
God—church, prayer, Bible
A" from the book, Restoring My
Soul, by Bill Flatt as appearing in
The Family Friend, a monthly
newsletter of the Calvert City church
of Christ, Calvert City, KY. The
church may be contacted at Office@calvertchurchofchrist.com
Lessons Learned in Hades (Luke
If the dead could communicate
with the living, what might they say?
tell us nothing we are not told in the
scripture. Even those who died and
were brought to life again did not
tell the living anything about the
place of the dead. If they remembered
anything God would apparently not
allow them to tell it.
men who died and went to hades, in the
story Jesus told (Luke 16), represent
two classes or categories of people.
The rich man represents those who are
not faithful to God. The beggar
Lazarus represents righteous persons
who are faithful to God.
We are suggesting ten lessons
the story teaches. Each of them is
found in other parts of the scripture
Death is no respecter of persons.
Death separates one from the physical
world but does not end one's
doctrine of universal salvation is not
Life in the body determines the nature
of life after death.
child of God can fall from grace.
There is no second chance for
salvation after death.
only way to salvation is by hearing
and obeying the word of God.
living may come to death unprepared,
but the dead can do nothing to warn
Nothing can alter the prospects of the
Hades is not eternal.
The Encourager, the weekly bulletin
for the Dongola church of Christ,
Dongola, IL. Gerald Cowan serves
the congregation as minister. He
may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com
Death! You will die!
that those that die in favor with God
in and through the life and work of
Jesus Christ go to be with the Lord
when they die.
condition after the death of the body
has been called "the intermediate
state". This is a useful phrase. It
doesn't matter where they are or who
they're with-they're in a disembodied
state. Before they die they're
embodied beings, after the
resurrection they're embodied beings,
but in between now and then they're in
"the intermediate" and not their
Even while they are with
Christ in the "after life" they are
"robbed" by death of their full human
experience. Death affects the entire
person. To destroy the body is not to
destroy the soul (spirit) but it is to
render the person "bodiless" and that
is not God's purpose for humans. So
the body will be redeemed in the
resurrection and the redeemed person
will experience death never more!
Death will exist no more for them even
as it exists no more for Jesus Christ.
and in and through Jesus we can, gain
not just "life after death" but the
destruction of death through a
glorious resurrection to immortality.
McGuiggan, via The Sower, THE SOWER, a
weekly publication of the Arthur
church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron
Bartanen, who serves as minister and
editor, may be contacted at - ron33dor@one-eleven
Visit the church's website at www.arthurchurchofchrist.com [Of this
articel Ron adds: "It reminds us that
death loses its sting as we have come
to know Jesus Christ as Savior and
Lord in our lives. While only in
the most dire circumstances of our
lives would we desire death, yet what
the Lord has promised on the other
side of death provides great comfort
to our hearts. Read it, and
thank God for "the blessed hope."]
Our church was saddened to learn
this week of the death of one of our
most valued members, Someone Else.
Someone's passing creates a
vacancy that will be difficult to fill.
Else has been with us for many years and
for every one of those years, Someone
did far more than a normal person's
share of the work.
Whenever there was a job to do,
a class to teach, or a meeting to
attend, one name was on everyone's list,
"Let Someone Else do it." Whenever
leadership was mentioned, this wonderful
person was looked to for inspiration as
well as results; "Someone
Else can work with that group." It was
common knowledge that Someone Else
was among the most liberal givers in our
church. Whenever there was a financial
need, everyone just assumed Someone Else
would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful
person; sometimes appearing superhuman.
Were the truth known, everybody expected
too much of Someone Else. Now Someone
Else is gone! We wonder what we are
going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful
example to follow, but who is going to
follow it? Who is going to do the things
Someone Else did? When you are asked to
help this year, remember - we can't
depend on Someone Else anymore.
May you always have
Love to share,
Health to spare
And friends that care.
The Lantern, Highway church of Christ,
Sullivan, IL Visit their website
|Hearts of Gold
When Words Begin to Fail You
words begin to fail you,
simple hug will do
lighten someone's burden
give them hope anew.
often leave us speechless
nothing wise to say.
"being there" speaks volumes
friends can save the day.
can cry with those in mourning
hold each other tight,
joy comes in the morning
make it thru the night.
shared are not as bitter
teardrops cried alone,
friendships' soil is fertile
seeds of kindness sown.
can expedite a healing,
And faith can light the way...
When words begin to fail you,
God taught us how to pray!
submitted by Mark McWhorter, who may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
fret because you cannot control,
in life - that stir your soul.
hearts - as the sea in the storm,
us weary with its scorn.
to the sandy shore,
of change make them roar.
stand and watch as they burst and
control, like an ambush.
raging waters in the inner self,
the soul of precious wealth.
smashes onto the deck,
becomes a bitter wreck.
ship begins to toss and turn,
on yet more concern.
must drop. Pull the ropes,
are all the dashing hopes.
just when you think all is gone,
comes before the dawn.
rise and thank Him with all your
controlling the stern and sketching
the ship can be so hard,
please, don’t let down your guard.
you have done all you can do,
forget who will get you through.
stands with you against the waves.
He has the power to save.
face stands strong against the wind.
Captain Jesus who is my friend.
he said to them, "Why are you afraid,
you of little faith?" Then he got up
and rebuked the winds and the sea; and
there was a dead calm. They were
amazed, saying, "What sort of man is
this, that even the winds and the sea
obey him?" - Matthew 8:26-27
Woodall is the minister for the
Yorktown Road Church of Christ in
Logansport Indiana. His weekly
devotional message, Life Thoughts, can
be found through this address:
Life's Little Surprises
little surprises come on butterfly
sunshine and laughter till the heart
little surprises come out of the blue,
courage and hope and joy, Lord, from
little surprises that can do so much,
ours to give as a caring touch!
lift a heart that is full of pain,
it strength to go on again!
little surprises seem to float from the
laughter to hearts, dispelling the
little surprises that God sends our way
stepping-stones to a brighter day!
is preparing such wondrous things,
surpass even butterfly wings.
Ready To Leave?
an old man, though my years don't
H. L. Gradowith
lived a hard life but I guess I chose
always done my best and God knows it
getting ready to leave.
knows what the future may or may not
lives are a tale that has not yet been
people die young and some live to be
one thing is true of us all: we shall
waste your time guessing how, when or
bad, rich or poor: from this world well
be sure you're ready to leave.
us lives and does the things that we do
when we die all our doing is through;
have suffered others have suffered, too
broken heart? Do you think its the
lots a hard one Do you think its the
aches and pains? In hurting you're well
think these are reasons to leave?
someone dear and spend your time
tired of the lies, the constant
these offer us reason for leaving
not measured by days, weeks, months or
the outcome known when at first it
laugh a few laughs and you'll shed a few
someday from here you'll leave.
you'll win a few fights and you'll lose
you'll likely grow weary before you're
It doesn't just happen to you
didn't choose to enter this world, you
don't get to choose just when you will
things happen to us while here below
which we find ourselves without power,
make us happy, some bitter or sour,
all work to fit us for that hour
before our Savior in judgment we'll
given, or not, a home in that land --
the great truth evryone must understand!
matters is not how you may feel today,
that matter, even what others say,
matters? Are you ready for Judgment Day?
getting ready to leave?
- 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, AL.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
church sign: Heaven: An Eternity
Without Sunset -- Hell: An Eternity
asked C. S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous
suffer?" "Why not?" he replied,
"They are the only one's who can take
via the Main Street Monitor, the weekly
bulletin for the Main Street church of
Christ in Manchester, TN. They may
be contacted via their website: www.mainstreetcofc.org
who are afraid of death are usually
uncertain about the life they are
The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for
the Dongola church of Christ, Dongola,
IL. Gerald Cowan serves the
congregation as minister. He may
be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com
us go to our graves with our music still
inside of us."
careful about reading health books. You
may die of a misprint" (Mark Twain).
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 at - email@example.com
after toil, port after stormy seas, ease
after war, death after life does greatly
please." (Edmund Spenser, 1590)
is no matter of chance. It is a
matter of choice: it is not a thing to
be waited for, it is a thing to be
achieved" (William Jennings Bryan).