2009 Vol 9 #1
Preparation for one's life vocation is
very important. Whatever career is
chosen, the Bible discusses a complete
program for a successful life. It
serves as a pattern for all of
humanity. Below is a brief outline
of this training for success.
Every trade demands instruction in the
skills necessary to succeed. To
survive in a trade one must be able to
perform those skills to the satisfaction
of the employer or patrons.
Growth. Maturity is a must to
succeed in the adult world. The
sophisticated business world of today is
no place for the immature and
childish. Strength, stamina and
drive, traits that come with age and
experience, are essential.
To prosper in the marketplace requires a
certain amount of the social
graces. Although manners are not
universally practiced in this sometimes
crude modern world, the successful are
often the well-liked.
Growth. Ethics are still vital in
the professional realm. Often
belittled or scoffed at, the good do not
finish last. Any financial success
is degraded without the high values of
issue of BulletinGold will address
essential qualities needed to succeed
in this modern world while also
enjoying the ultimate success of
divine approval at the final
judgment. Not only must these
traits be personally embraced, they
must also be taught to the children
who will be the leaders of
tomorrow. The Bible offers a
program of training for success that
is tested and proven. It will
succeed because this was the training
of Jesus (Luke 2:52).
Parents, Protect Your Children!
In a beautiful, poetic statement in the
Psalms, we read, “Righteousness and
peace have kissed each other" (85:10).
The thought conveyed is that these
wonderful qualities go together. I
believe that is the nature of God’s
word—such an affinity exists among its
great virtues that one seems to lead
naturally to others on a continuously
This is also true of
evil. We could very well apply this
principle to today—”New Ageism and
postmodernism have kissed each other.”
philosophies are everywhere around us.
They travel well in the same company,
not that they are the same in all their
contents, but they are very much alike
in their basic attitudes toward
the absence of absolute truth, their
centering upon the individual rather
than God as the seat of authority and in
their scorn of a final judgment
according to Holy Scripture.
Parents should be
alert to the powerful thrusts that
various forms of media offer these
“kissing companions.” The film industry,
television, popular magazines and
plethora of books feature these unholy
If you think those
pushing the “New Age” philosophy are
silent, go to a bookstore to see the
abundant choices featuring channeling,
messages from angels, guided imagery,
meditation, the benefits of
hallucinogenic drugs, psychic powers,
works regarding “Mother Earth”” (Gaia),
reincarnation and much more. Better yet,
consult a good source
information about the negative impact
this movement is having, such as Douglas
Groothuis’ Jesus in an Age of
Controversy (Harvest House, 1996).
New Age and
postmodern philosophies are being
propagated through entertainment. Their
“buzz words” have infiltrated our
education system. At a time when
frightened screams accompany any
reference to God, the Bible, or
Christian faith in the public schools,
these religions and philosophies appear
What can parents do
to protect their children from such a
culture that promotes such worldly
views? First, we must realize that we
can count on God blessing our efforts
for good. Second, we must be aware that
the picture I have just painted is not
imaginary—our culture is rapidly
changing as a result of these
influences. In fact, George Barna’s
Index of Leading Spiritual Indicators
(Word Publishing, 1996) shows that:
¨ Almost 25 percent of adults surveyed
believe in a New Age-type god who will
reveal himself through culturally
¨ 11 percent see God as a “state of
¨ 3 percent believe every person
¨ 8 percent see god as the final
consummation of human development;
¨ 8 percent believe that the future can
be seen through astrology.
Parents must educate their children in
the great truths of the Bible—God’s plan
to send Jesus, his incarnation, life,
teaching, redemptive sacrifice for sin
and resurrection. They must teach them
about Christian living, divine help, the
second coming, judgment, heaven and
They should share
their conversion stories.
They must understand that they are
in a life-and-death struggle with Satan
for the destiny of their children and
that there is too much at stake to
depend on Sunday school, Christian
schools, VBS, or summer camp to equip
them for the battle.
Parents must give the
best they have to direct the souls of
their children to the God who created
them and who desires to live with them
- Church & Family, Summer,
2005; Church & Family, Summer, 2005;
via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin
for the Calvert City church of Christ,
Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle
preaches for the congregation. He
may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com
To Live It
At one point during a game, the coach
said to one of his young players,
"Do you understand what cooperation is
and what teamwork is all about?"
The little boy nodded in the
understand that what really matters is
not whether we win or lose, but that we
play together as a team?" The
little boy nodded yes.
coach continued. "And, when a
strike is called, or you're thrown out
at first, you don't argue, curse, attack
the umpire with a bat, or throw dirt in
the opposing team members' faces.
Do you understand all that?"
little boy nodded, "Well, sure,
coach. That's what you taught us."
the coach. "Now, please go over
there and explain all that to your
I've been to a
few Little League games when the above
conversation needed to take place!
It's sad to see parents who act in an
irresponsible manner because you know
that they are teaching their children
(and others' children) to behave in a
God has given
those of us who are parents an awesome
responsibility -- not only to teach our
children what is right, but to live in
such a way that they can see that we are
willing to practice what we've been
teaching them to do.
told the parents of Israel to take the
laws which God had given them and "teach
them diligently to your children...."
(Deut. 6:7). But before telling
parents to do that, he warned
them: "Therefore hear, O Israel,
and be careful to observe it...." (Deut.
Before we can
teach a love of God and others to our
children, it must be in our own
hearts. May God bless those of you
who are parents as you strive to do just
that. May your life be so filled
with a desire to follow God that your
children will be open to hear all that
you have to say to them.
Have a great
- Alan Smith, author of the popular
"Thought For Today," and minister for
the White House church of Christ in
White House, TN, may be contacted at email@example.com
Parents Best Help Their Children to Love
and Worship God?
David P. Brown
Much time and hard work is required to
properly train children. For this
reason many parents are failing in
their duty to help children love and
worship God. For several generations,
parents have not trained their
children. Selfish and lazy parents who
are not willing to put forth the
effort and make the sacrifices
necessary to train children are the
primaryreasons for the sad state of
affairs children find themselves in
today. Parents want their children
“out of their hair” at all costs. Play
and entertainment have replaced a
responsible attitude in the lives of
parents. Lazy parents do not want to
face the conflicts that arise when
proper training procedures of children
take place. An incorrect definition of
grace and love on the part of parents
has also condoned and propagated
power is a glorious gift from God
(Gen. 1:27-28), but it does not
automatically make good parents and
ensure good children. To help children
love and worship God is one of the
greatest challenges parents face. With
this in mind and with the limited
space to answer the question posed by
the title, I will affirm that the
greatest help parents can provide for
their children in loving and
worshiping God is to teach them the
proper attitude toward and response to
spiritual authority (Col. 3:17).
is the ultimate in love and authority
(1 John 4:8; Psa. 47:2; 83:18;
115:31). Parents must first therefore,
be willing to respond to God's love
and commandments in their own lives
before they can be the proper help to
their children in doing the same.
There must first be the proper
standard to guide the home (Rom. 13:1;
2 Tim. 3:15; Deu. 6:6-7; Pro. 22:6).
Again the parents must live by this
standard before they can expect their
children to. Twenty times in 2 Kings
and 2 Chronicles, when kings are
mentioned it is recorded “and his
mother was” or “he walked in the ways
of his father.” Parents must,
therefore, train, nurture, and
admonish their children by the
infallible standard, the Scriptures
(Pro. 1:8; Eph. 6:4; 1 Tim. 1:5). This
is a much neglected principle. Does
the child see his parents studying the
Bible? Do they know the joy of having
their parents talk with them about
what the Bible teaches?
must be taught to respect authority.
This begins with children learning to
obey their parents (Eph. 6:1). Nothing
is much more unbecoming and sinful
than children left to their own way.
The child not taught to obey his
parents will be a problem in every
facet of society. Parents are to see
their children comply with correct
rules and principles. Training
has not taken place unless children
are caused to submit to parental
authority (1 Sam. 3:13; Gen. 18:10;
Jos. 24:15). Discipline, both
preventive and corrective, must be
practiced if godly parents are to have
the respect they deserve. A part of
this discipline is
The following verses should be
diligently studied and obeyed: 1
Samuel 7:14, Proverbs 13:24,49:48,
22:15, Hebrews 12:6-7. If children are
to grow up into responsible,
God-fearing adults, it will be when
parents have helped by training their
children to respond correctly to
properly constituted and scriptural
authority (Psa. 47:2; 83:18; 115:3;
Dan. 4:34-35; Rom. 9:20-21). Paul
commanded, "Let every soul be subject
unto the higher powers. For there is
no power but of God: the powers that
be are ordained of God" (Rom. 13:1).
Parents must note Exodus 20:11,
Deuteronomy 27:16, Proverbs 30:17,
Matthew 15:4, 20:11, Ephesians 6:2-3.
Why should parents expect their
children to love and submit to the
authority of Christ when they were not
trained to love and submit to the
authority of their parents?
- David P.
Brown, Spring, TX; via the Belvedere
Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the
Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere,
SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for
this congregation, and he may be
contacted at their website: http://www.belvederechurchofchrist.org
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A FRIEND OF mine tells of the day he
went with a group of people to a
nursing home, to the ward that cares
for those suffering from
Most of the residents were, to put it
as kindly as possible, no longer
there. Their stares were vacant, their
memory as empty as a Montana prairie.
They remembered nothing, knew no one,
not even themselves. It was a
What could the visitors do? What could
they say? Because they didn’t know
what to talk about, they sang hymns –
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and
“Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.”
And something astonishing happened.
These elderly people began to sing
along! Silver heads perked up,
feathery thin voices were raised in
song. Apparently the earliest
childhood memories are the very last
to go, and these poor victims of this
dreadful disease remembered the songs
they sang in Sunday school. Their
oldest memories, dating to before the
Fireside Chats, before the Waffen SS,
before that street in New York crashed
– these memories still lit these
otherwise dark minds!
And they say that children don’t learn
Of course “they” must have never had a
child. Children are high fidelity
microphones, picking up every breath,
every inflection, every tone they
hear. When parents quarrel, they know;
when ladies use language that once
made sailors blush, they hear; when
voices are raised in honor of an
incomparable God, the sound and the
words lodge deeply in the memory.
Tell an adult that God is right here,
in our midst, and he will scoff. Tell
a child, and he will say, “OK.” Tell
an adult that he should forgive his
brother, and he will set his face in
stone and intone, “Never!” Tell a
child to forgive his brother, and in
moments they will be lost in their
The Teacher said it best: “Let the
little children come to me, and do not
hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these” (Matthew
behave as if children are a barrier to
worship, that their squirming and
shuffling gets in the way of our time
with God. Contrast this attitude with
that of Jesus, who drew them into the
very center of his activities. The
disciples said, “send them away.”
Jesus said, “bring them to me!”
Will you bring your children?
All of which makes me determined that
we will put in our children’s memories
things of substance, pieces of our
spiritual heritage that have stood the
test of time.
You see, the real tragedy is not when
an Alzheimer’s victim forgets his
childhood, but when a society forgets
the little children come to me, and do
not hinder them, for the kingdom of
heaven belongs to such as these”
Mitchell at http://www.forthright.net/
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Heart into it sun”
I used to work with one of the
“countriest” people you could ever
meet. He was a smart and excellent
friend. Although our backgrounds were
completely opposite, we worked
together very well. One Friday, in
late January, he taught me a lesson I
would never forget.
We were working in Nashville
Tennessee. We had to finish our job
before we traveled 2 and ½ hours back
home. It was about 15 degrees outside
and it had been drizzling “freezing
rain” all day. My coveralls were
frozen (literally), my hat had icicles
hanging off the bill, but worst of
all, my feet were cold. I was ready to
“call it quits,” go home, and finish
the job on Monday. One problem, our
boss wanted the job done yesterday (if
you know what I mean). I told my
buddy, “I just cannot go on any
farther, I am cold and I am tired.” He
replied, “put yer heart into it sun,
we aint never gonna go home if you
It was then that I realized I had been
focusing on the obstacles surrounding
me and not on the goal that was set
before me. Sure it was cold, sure I
wanted to go home, but that was not
helping the job at hand, and if I
didn’t “put my heart into it,” I was
never going to win the prize (going
home). It is amazing what we can
accomplish when we “put our hearts
into it.” After I put my heart into
it, and got serious, it wasn’t any
time at all until the job was finished
and I was sitting in the warm truck on
my way home.
have a race to run (Hebrews 12:1-2).
There is only one path (Matthew 7:14),
and only one way to reach the goal
(John 14:6). Will there be obstacles
in our path? You better believe it
(Ephesians 6:16; 1 Peter 4:8). We must
not get side-tracked with any
obstacles that come across our path
(James 4:7). The key is to focus on
the “race set before us,” “put our
hearts into it,” and “look to Jesus”
who is at the finish line cheering us
on to win the prize…going home (John
Robinson preaches for the
congregation. He may be
contacted through the congregation's
misc. goodies this issue
A Prescription For You
If you are
impatient, sit down quietly and talk
If you are strong headed, go see Moses.
If you are getting weak-kneed, take a
good look at Elijah.
If there is no song in your heart,
listen to David.
If you are a policy man, read Daniel.
If you are getting morbid, spend a while
If you are chilly, get the beloved
disciple to put his arms around you.
If your faith is weak, read Paul.
If you are getting lazy, watch James.
If you are losing sight of the future,
climb up the stairs of Revelation and
get a glimpse of the promised land.
- 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
may also visit their website at http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com
Commandments For Teen-Agers
1. Don't let your
parents down, they brought you up
2. Be humble enough to obey, you may
give orders some day (Matthew
3. Choose companions with care; you may
become what they are
4. Choose only a date who would make a
good mate (Colossians 3:1).
5. Guard your thoughts; what you think,
you are (Proverbs 23:7).
6. Be master of your habits, or they
will master you (Romans 6:16).
7. Don't be a show-off when you drive;
drive with safety so you arrive
8. Don't let the crowd pressure
you. Stand for something, or
for anything (Exodus
9. Go to church services faithfully;
make the week's first steps the church
10. To Christ always be true; He gave
His all for you (Titus 2:11-14).
- Selected; - via the weekly
bulletin of the Harrisburg church of
Christ in Harrisburg, IL. You may
visit their website at http://www.harrisburgchurchofchrist.org
My husband, two-month-old daughter and
I were flying to Kansas for a family
wedding and met up with my father on a
connecting flight. He was sitting in
business class and felt guilty because
we were in coach.
compensate, Dad made his way to the
back of the plane after take-off,
bringing with him some first-class
goodies and taking my fidgety daughter
up front with him for a few minutes.
Just then a woman behind me, who had
seen the whole thing, leaned forward
and asked, “Did you just trade that
baby for a couple of packs of pretzels
and some cookies?”
Reader’s Digest, August, 1997, p. 139,
contributed by Jennifer L. Daugherty;
via The Lantern, Highway church of
Christ, Sullivan, IL Visit their
website as http://www.highwaycofc.com
Don’t spoil me. I
know quite well that ought not to have
all that I ask for—I’m only testing you.
Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I
prefer it; it makes me feel more secure.
Don’t let me form bad habits. I
have to relay on you to detect them in
the early stages.
Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. It
only makes me behave stupidly “big.”
Don’t protect me from consequences. I
need to learn the painful way sometimes.
Don’t take too much notice of my small
ailments. Sometimes they get me the
attention I want.
Don’t nag. If you do I shall have to
protect myself by appearing deaf.
Don’t tax my honesty too much. I
am easily frightened into telling
Don’t be inconsistent. That completely
confuses me and makes me lose faith in
Don’t put me off when I ask questions.
If you do you will find that I will stop
asking and seek my information
Don’t forget that I can’t thrive without
lots of understanding and love—but I
don’t need to tell you, do I?
- presented by Harvey Colter,
Sunnybrook Children’s Home; via The
Family Friend, a monthly newsletter
published by the Calvert City church of
Christ, Calvert City, KY. It is an
excellent resource for articles relating
to the family. To learn more
consult the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com
|Hearts of Gold
A teardrop crept
into my eye as I knelt on bended knee;
Next to a gold haired tiny lad whose age
was just past three.
He prayed with such simplicity APlease
make me big and strong,
Just like Daddy, don=t you see? Watch
o=er me all night long.@
AJesus, make me tall and brave, like my
Daddy next to me.@
This simple prayer he prayed tonight
filled my heart with humility.
As I heard his voice so wee and small
offer his prayer to God,
I thought these little footsteps someday
my path may trod!
Oh, Lord, as I turn my eyes above and
guidance ask from Thee;
Keep my walk ever so straight for the
little feet that follow me.
Buoy me when I stumble, and lift me when
Guard this tiny bit of boy as he travels
down life=s trail.
Make me what he thinks I am is my humble
Help me ever be the man this small lad
sees in me!
- James C. Guy, Canal Heights church of
Christ, in Demopolis, Alabama. He
may be contacted at THE BIBLE SAYS
website at: http://biblesays.faithsite.com
Hospitality is being kind,
Hospitality is enjoying people,
Hospitality is sharing,
Hospitality is courage, and
Hospitality is anonymous.
Without hospitality, what have we?
With hospitality, what can we ever lack?
HOSPITALITY IS LOVE!
James E. Laird
My dad and I, long
years ago, were walking down the street,
When suddenly a little dog came yelping
'round our feet.
He snapped and snarled so viciously --
that angry little pup
Appeared to me as though he thought he
could eat us up.
I turned and threw some stones at him,
which always missed the mark,
But when I tried to drive him off, the
louder he would bark.
"Now, my son," my father said to me,
"just plod along your way.
Don't turn your head for yelping dogs.
Remember what I say!
You'll noticed if you pay no heed to him
and hold your peace,
That little dog will soon grow tired and
all his noise will cease.
But every time you stamp your foot and
shout to him; 'Begone,'
you show that he's annoying, and keep
him following on.
"It takes a dog to fight a dog! Post
that above your shelf!
When canines come and snarl at you,
don't be a dog yourself.
And later, when you're older grown, and
petty men attack,
Don't stoop to pick up stones to throw,
don't try to answer back;
Just walk right on and pay no heed to
anything they say,
And soon they'll give it up and turn and
"It is a very ancient dodge those petty
They say that gods first angry make the
man whom they destroy.
And little dogs and little men who snarl
behind your back
Will only snarl the louder if you answer
And they'll have done the very thing
they started out to do;
If, being yellow dogs themselves, they
make one out of you!"
- James E. Laird, via Gospel Digest,
Love is Never Silent
Natalie Hope Rallis
heart, a gentle smile,
a warm and tender touch,
We give so many things in life
but nothing means as much.
A little inspiration
when someone loses hope,
A kind word of encouragement
when they no longer seem to cope.
A simple phrase, " I love you"
when no one else is there,
Taking hold onto a hand
in a little heartfelt prayer.
"Love is Never Silent,"
It has so much to say,
And it is our greatest blessing
when we give it all away.
-- Natalie Hope Rallis; Submitted by
Mark McWhorter. Mark may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
& sayings for bulletins and signs
Never comes mortal
utterance so near to eternity as when a
child utters words of loving praise to a
mother. Every syllable drops into the
jewel box of her memory to be treasured
forever and ever (George B. Lyon).
If you don't laugh at trouble, you won’t
have anything to laugh at when you’re
What you do not understand, treat with
reverence and be patient, and what you
do understand, cherish and keep
(Augustine of Hippo).
You are younger right now than you will be
You can keep folks from having a bad
opinion of you, but you can keep them from
being right about it.
There’s trouble in the home when mother is
a soft voice and father is a soft touch.
more by what we are than by what we say
The cooing may stop when the honeymoon is
over, but the billing will probably go on
- via 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
The sanctity of marriage and the family
relation make the corner-stone of our
American society and civilization (James
Vows made in storms are forgotten in