BulletinGold #83 
November 2007   Vol 7 #9
 

Editorial
----by David Bragg
The men of Jabesh walked all night, making the trip northward to Beth Shan, ten miles, to retrieve the bodies of Saul and his sons (1 Sam. 31:11-13).  Braving the Philistine enemy, their plans included the removal of their bodies from the city wall, returning home to Jabesh and conducting a proper burial.  Afterward, they would conduct the customary week long fast to mourn the loss of the first king of Israel.

The reaction of Jabesh seems unusual in light of the fact that much of the nation was relieved, if not ecstatic, to see Saul go.  His treatment of David was an embarrassment.  His ill temper and lapses into insanity were widely told.  The great stature of Saul that appealed to the people seemed to diminish as his sins pulled him down (1 Sam. 9:2).  The humility he once possessed had lately been replaced with pride and jealousy (1 Sam. 15:17).  He was forsaken by Samuel and rejected by God.  With Saul's death David could take his rightful place as anointed king and the broken nation could begin to heal.

Jabesh looked at this differently because of what they remembered.  As a new king Saul's first royal act was to deliver a small city threatened by the Ammonites.  When others would let them perish, Saul called together an army of 330,000 and marched all night to rescue his helpless subjects (1 Sam. 11:1-11).  Jabesh could never forget what Saul had done.  Forty years later Saul's body was laid to re
st in Jabesh-Gilead as a testimony of humble thanksgiving.  Jabesh remembered!

Indeed, thanksgiving really is appreciative remembrance.  As this year's national holiday of thanksgiving draws near many minds may be drawn, if only momentarily, to their ceaseless debt of gratitude for the measureless blessings extended towards them by God.  Perhaps some of their hearts can be touched to the point that they will be moved to render obedience to His will for their lives through the teaching, both spoken and written, of Christ's church.  Many of the items in this issue of BulletinGold will address this important theme of thanksgiving.

David Bragg, co-editor
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Panning for Gold
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Satisfied
by: Tim Smith

What does it take to satisfy you? I mean, think about it: Are you satisfied with doing things His way, or do you need some of your own way mixed in for flavor? Are you satisfied with the five God-authorized acts of worship in the God-authorized assembly? Are you satisfied with the God-authorized work of the church? Are you satisfied with a sound sermon, or do you require some “good words and fair speeches” mixed in? What does it take to satisfy you?

And he said unto me, Son of man, stand, upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me. Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them. Thus saith the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand -was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. Moreover he said unto me. Son of man, eat that thou find-est; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.  So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me.  Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.  Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me.  Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.  For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted (Eze. 2:1-3:7).

- Tim Smith preaches for the Enon church of Christ in Webb, AL.  He may be contacted through his website:
http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/                              

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Thanksgiving
by: Rick Woodall

This is the season to be thankful. Our Nation pauses for a day to reflect on all the wonderful blessings that are ours. The simplicity of Thanksgiving Day is what makes it so special. My gift reminds me that being grateful is one of the true pleasures of living. What if we lived in a world where no one was ever appreciative of the good things received?

Recently I was with a group of people who were starting over.  All of them cluttered their lives with bewilderment and obsession. They came to the crossroad and needed direction. Through the awkwardness of broken relationships, the excessive lifestyle was calling for change. While standing at the junction a few heard the voice within them to change course. I was encouraged by the attitude of this unique group. Some of these people had no earthly possessions, just the clothes on their backs. Yet, as I talked to each of them I was amazed at how thankful they were. I was amazed by the simplicity of their thankfulness.

To each of us that have possessions, friends and confident plans let me remind you that Thanksgiving is more than a football game and some delicious turkey. It is a time to reflect and hopefully encourage a thankful outlook each and every day of our lives. It is no secret where true direction that leads to thanksgiving comes from.

"Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Phil 4:5‑7

Have a happy Thanksgiving.

- Rick 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:
http://mysite.verizon.net/yorktownroadchurchofchrist/                               

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Being Thankful in Everything and Anxious for Nothing
by: David R. Ferguson

Paul wrote, "In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Surely Paul could not mean what he wrote here, could he? How can we be expected to be thankful for everything, and anxious for nothing? Didn’t Paul know that I was looking forward to mowing my lawn today, and planting some flowers in my garden? How could I be thankful that all my plans are now ruined because of this incessant rain and unseasonably cold weather?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-34, "Be not therefore anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ Or, ‘What shall we drink?’ Or, ‘Wherewithal shall we be clothed?’ For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first His kingdom, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

One’s attitude, it seems, is the key. It is a matter of one’s perspective. If one chooses to be unhappy and miserable when life’s arrows are shot our way, then one will be just that. But if one chooses to be happy, grateful and thankful, then one will be content, no matter how Satan buffets us.

What about the person who has just been robbed? Could this individual be thankful, too? Matthew Henry, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator (1662-1714), was robbed one night. After this dreadful encounter, he went back and wrote in his diary, "I want to first thank God that I was never robbed before. Second, I thank God that they took my wallet and not my life. Third, because, although they took everything I had, it was not much. And fourth, because it was I who was robbed and it was not I who robbed."

Now this is being thankful in all circumstances and being anxious for nothing! This is surely making lemonade when life gives us lemons!

May God bless you today and always!

- David R. Ferguson preaches for the Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon, IL.  He may be contacted at
davidferguson61@yahoo.com                               

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Is It Possible to Live Consistently?
by: Lance Cordle

A man known for his conservative stance is seen to be guilty of the very acts which he has publicly condemned. It has happened at least three  times in the last few months (a preacher and two congressmen) and I am  not so  naïve as to think it won’t happen again. What’s more is that the instances  were not one-time lapses of judgment, but cases of men who had patterns of behavior that were  direct contradictions of the men’s public professions.

Unfortunately, it appears that the American public is about to become   extremely cynical (actually, they already are) and assume that most conservative thinkers and religious people are hypocrites. While you may rightly say such an assumption is unfair, do not be surprised to see this trend continue. Some praise those who blatantly live in sin for not being hypocritical. While we may “appreciate” the consistency of someone who does not   pretend to be something they are not, we should never admire a sinner for sinning.

There is another problem as well. You and I see ourselves and know that there are areas in our lives in which we struggle. We may thus feel reluctant to speak out about sin, fearful that someone might bring our shortcomings to light—even if those shortcomings are not patterns of willful behavior. We ask ourselves, “How can I live in such a way as to be consistent with my profession of faith in God?” Here are some answers:

Humble yourself before God and pray that you will be kept from a spirit of pride (James 4:10). Remember that pride precedes destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

   Beware of  saying things like “I would never…” or “No one in my family would ever…” Peter told Jesus that he would never deny him (Matthew 26:35), yet just a few hours later, he did.  None of us know what we might do in a moment of weakness. We would like to think we would not give in to temptation, but we cannot say for sure that we would not. Our best course of action would be to avoid situations that we know would exploit our weaknesses and to get out of them as quickly as possible if we inadvertently stumble into them.

If you correct someone, do so in a spirit of humility (Galatians 6:1,2) letting them know that you are not “above” them, but one who is trying to help them. In condemnation of behavior, let the Bible speak and let your    behavior reflect the Bible (2 Peter 3:11, 12). “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

Remember that consistent living is not perfection, but a pattern of godliness. We can live faithfully (Revelation 2:10) before God.

 - Lance Cordle preaches for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com

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"Kindness Pays"
by: Kyle Moses

ONE DAY, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.  However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.  He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied,  "Mother has taught us never to accept payment for a kindness."  He s a i d... "Then I thank you from my heart."  As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her.  He recognized her at once.  He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.  After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.  Finally, she looked, and something caught; her attention on the side as she read these words...

"Paid in full with one glass of milk ."

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy f looded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank you,God that your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands." Has any one ever done any thing kind to you? Can you think of a time when someone has done something for you that you just cannot help but remember? Maybe this person brought a meal to you when you were sick; maybe this person cut your grass without you asking them to. Whatever this person did for you, it has stuck with you. The question is this: did you ever return the favor?  Maybe not to the person who acted in a kind manner to you first, but maybe toward someone else.

There i s an old saying that my dad always told me : "What goes around comes around."  Have you allowed that kindness to come back around to someone else? Please think about that this holiday season as we all know people who will not have much this Christmas.

- via The Mathis Messenger, the weekly bulletin of   Kyle Moses preaches for the Mathis church of Christ, Mathis, Texas.  He may be contacted by email at 
MathisCofC@stx.rr.com or via their website: www.mathiscofc.org                             

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Looking for the Good in Others
by: Dennis Gulledge

    In John 12:4-8 we find the occasion when Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with ointment.  Judas condemned her for what he perceived as waste.  Jesus applauded her for the meaning which her act had in preparation for His death.  Guy N. Woods notes, “Taught here with great emphasis is the blessedness of looking for that which is good in another, as Jesus did, rather than searching for faults as Judas did.”

    It is easy to be a faultfinder if one wants to be.  It should be just as easy to find the good in people.  It is easy to hear a sermon for the express purpose of picking it apart.  It is easy to read books or articles with the same intent.  Some are never so comfortable as when they are setting someone else straight.  In most cases, where one can find something to condemn, he can also find something to commend.  (See Rev. 2 and 3)

    If one is searching for fault he can usually find it without much difficulty.  Jesus was not a faultfinder, but neither did he hesitate to point out fault (sin) when He found it.  To look for the good in people does not mean that one should be oblivious to error.  Balance would demand that we deal with error openly and honestly and applaud the good in people when we find it.

--Dennis Gulledge, Bulletin Digest; 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 -
ron33dor@yahoo.com  You may also visit their website at www.arthurchurchofchrist.com                              

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Nuggets and Quick Riches
-    misc. goodies this issue


Thanksgiving
by: Ken Chumbley

The other night, I was watching as two of my grandchildren lay sleeping.  It was a night or two before Thanksgiving. As I watched, I began to think, what will this country, what will the world be like by the time these two are grown and out in the world on there own? When I was there age, the world was still recovering from the effects of World War II. Times were hard, we did not have many of the things that we so often take for granted today, but we were safe.  However, with the blessings that we enjoy today, we realize that the world is not as safe as it once was. If we thought we were safe 9/ 11, the subway bombings in London etc. have shown us how vulnerable we are to terrorist attack. Recently, we have heard about the 18 year old who shot and killed his 14 year old girl friend’s parents because they demanded he ceased seeing their daughter. Then just this past week, right here in our “own backyard” the shootings that occurred outside of the fast food restaurants leaving two injured and one dead and a gunman on the loose. Schools in the area were on “lock- down” for most of the day.

Then, additionally, we see the breakdown in moral values. The demands for homosexual rights and “same sex marriage,” living together without marriage, divorce and remarriage for any or no reason, children born out of wedlock, abortion on demand. We have see God taken out of the public schools, and demands to remove “in God we trust” from coins, “one nation under God” from the pledge of allegiance etc. etc. Then we find that discipline in the home and school is, in many instances, a thing of the past.

When it comes to the church, we are seeing many changes taking place as we see congregations abandoning the Biblical pattern, allowing the world into the church. There are preachers and others who have abandoned Bible doctrine on marriage and divorce, the role of women in the church, instrumental music in the worship, the eldership and on we could go. Some that once were known as “sound” in the faith are compromising the truth and supporting false teachers rather than jeopardize, they think, their pet projects because they need the support of brethren.

We have a lot, but we have lost a lot. Where will it end? What will things be like in ten, twenty years time? What will we bequeath to the next generation? If we do nothing, then things will only get worse. What can we do about it?

Brethren, there is much that we can do. We must take a stand, even when it is not popular. If it is right, if it is God=s way, then we must stand, at all costs. The next generation needs to see that we are willing to pay the price for our faith. Remember, the church in the first century faced a more hostile environment than we face today, yet they “stayed the course” and the church grew. At the end of the 19th century, many congregations had been lost to liberalism but those that remained “stayed the course” and the church grew in the 20th century. Today, one hundred years later, the church is again faced with liberalism. The faithful need to “stand fast in the faith” (I Corinthians 16: 13) and “stand fast in the Lord” (Philippians 4: 1; I Thessalonians 3: 8) and be “faithful unto death” (Revelation 2: 10). In the long term, it matters not what man thinks of us but what God thinks of us. When it comes to the judgment, we will be judged by the word of Christ, not man (John 12: 48). We will hear “Well done thou good, and faithful servant” (Matthew 25: 21) or “I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7: 23).

What kind of world, church will we leave to our children and grandchildren? It depends on how faithful we are today in doing the Lord's will. May God give us the strength to be His and His alone, despite the cost.

- Ken Chumbley preaches for the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC.  He may be contacted at their website
: www.belvederechurchofchrist.org or e-mail: church@belvederechurchofchrist.org                          

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George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
(issued on October 3, 1789)

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor; and "Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness;"

"Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our service and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of his providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which he has been pleased to confer upon us."

"And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best"

- via The Lantern, Highway church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  Visit their website at
www.highwaycofc.com                              

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Ironside's Rebuke on Not Giving Thanks

In his book Folk Psalms Of Faith, Ray Stedman tells of an experience H.A. Ironside had in a crowded restaurant. Just as Ironside was about to begin his meal, a man approached and asked if he could join him. Ironside invited his to have a seat. Then, as was his custom, Ironside bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes, the other man asked, "Do you have a headache?" Ironside replied, "No, I don't." The other man asked, Well, is there something wrong with your food?" Ironside replied, "No, I was simply thanking God as I always do before I eat." The man said, "Oh, you're one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow and I don't have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in!" Ironside said, "Yes, you're just like my dog. That's what he does too!"

- Source unknown; via The Lantern, Highway church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  Visit their website at
www.highwaycofc.com                               

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What Thanksgiving is About
by: James C. Guy

Thanksgiving is not about turkey and dressing, family and football. Thanksgiving is simply being thankful for what we have been given. It's so easy to focus on all the things we DON'T have. Thanksgiving is to appreciate what we do have. It is not to worry about the future, but to appreciate the present. It is not regretting the losses of the past, but remembering the memories in the present. If things are going wrong, ask God to make it right, and thank Him for being there for you. Sure, it could always be better. But then, it could always be worse. God blesses us more than we realize, and often more than we take the time to thank Him for. Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God"

- James C. Guy preaches for the Canal Heights church of Christ, in Demopolis, Alabama.  He may be contacted at THE BIBLE SAYS website at:
http://biblesays.faithsite.com  Copyright 8 2002  All rights reserved.
*Permission granted to reprint for church or ministry use in free material (i.e. church bulletins, classes, sermons, etc.)

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue

A Grateful Heart
by: Grace E. Easley

Give me a grateful heart, Lord,
For each small favor granted.
As years unfold, may I behold
Life still through eyes enchanted.
Let me find beauty in all things,
Nor be too blind to see
The goodness in my fellowman,
That he would find in me.

Grant that my ears remain attuned
To hear the smallest sigh,
And may I lend a gentle touch
To those less sure than I.
Let me remember lessons learned,
And profit from the past,
And may I build a bridge of dreams,
That shall forever last.

Let me rejoice in simple things
I need no wealth to buy
The scent of pine upon the wind,
A burnished copper sky.
Scarlet roses on the fence,
Sunrise through the trees,
Lord grant that I may not outgrow
Affinity with these.

Give me a grateful heart, Lord,
Let me be satisfied,
When days are less than sunny
And plans lie at low tide.
For life's a sweet adventure,
That leads to who knows where,
And love was made for sharing,
And hearts were made to care.

- Via Bill Williams, who preaches for the Summitville church of Christ in Manchester, TN.  He may be contacted through their webiste, http://www.summitvillechurchofchrist.com or his weblog (blog): http://mrgoodhammer.iblogs.com/

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Give Thanks

For sharp, cold air of wintry days,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For wind that makes our faces sting and glow,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For frost that covers our window-panes with rare and beautiful patterns,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For skates and sleds and fun in the snow,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For our homes filled with warmth and light,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For hot food to eat when we are cold and hungry after play,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.
For all the joys that winter brings,
Give thanks to God for his goodness.

- From Thoughts of God for Boys and Girls edited by Edith Frances Welker and Aimee Angus Barber, 1948, p.9.

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We thank Thee, Lord
by: Lois Tiffany

We thank Thee, Lord, for waiting years
Though every hope be touched with fears,
Though in the past lie broken dreams,
Yet in the future, now, it seems
As if a Hand will point the way
Our feet should travel day by day --

We thank Thee, Lord, for love today,
For willing hands, for hearts that pray,
And though it be a thorny road
O'er which we trudge with heavy load,
Yet by the roadside we may find
The handshake of a comrade kind --

We thank Thee, Lord, for beating rain
Through which the sun shines clear again.
We thank Thee for the blinding heat
Of desert over which our feet
Must go, and though our eyes be wet,
And though our hearts be burdened, yet --

We thank Thee, Lord, for Jesus Christ
Who, through Thy love, was sacrificed;
Help us to know that He will share
The heavy burdens we may bear;
And as we labor here, to pray
Our lips may swiftly learn to say --
"We thank Thee, Lord."

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True Thanksgiving
by: Gerald Cowan

For so many blessings we owe a great debt.
The trouble with us is we quickly forget.
The trouble may be that we just do not know
The cost of our comfort, and how much we owe
To others for benefits freely received.
We spend time complaining and  feel greatly grieved
When we do not get what we think we deserve.
We ought to be looking for ways we can serve,
Expecting no praise, but content just to "Do
Unto others what you want done to you."
The one who has much must be willing to share
With those who have little. We must learn to care!
The Lord proved His love by living and dying
For us. Our love for others means trying
To be like the Lord and to give as He gives,
To prove by our lives that the Savior still lives.
By living for Him we acknowledge the debt
We can never repay and must never forget.
                             
- Gerald Cowan preaches for the Dongola church of Christ in Dongola, IL.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com

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

"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature." (Benjamin Franklin)

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!" (Patrick Henry)

- 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 - ron33dor@yahoo.com  You may also visit their website at www.arthurchurchofchrist.com

"A person who thinks he knows everything really irritates those of us who do."

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” (Bibesco)

"Easy street is not a shortcut to any thing worthwhile."

"It is easier to tell someone what you would do in his place than to do what you ought to do in your own place."

- Gerald Cowan preaches for the Dongola church of Christ in Dongola, IL.  He may be contacted at Geraldcowan1931@aol.com

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." (Vincent T. Lombardi)

- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Harrisburg church of Christ in Harrisburg, IL.  He may be contacted at sterchi@midwest.net

"Mercy imitates God, and disappoints Satan" (John Chrysostom).

"The heart benevolent and kind; The most resembles God" (Robt. Burns).

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