BulletinGold #102
 
June 2009   Vol 9 #4
 

Editorial
----by David Bragg
    The sense of national pride, patriotism, is a quality many modern Americans seek to instill in the subsequent generations, was strangely absent in the days of Jesus.  The Jews held the Roman government, and any who would represent it, in derision and sought every opportunity to undermine its influence.
     Expectations were running naturally high, then, among the chosen people of God for the Messianic arrival.  The Christ, it was supposed, would set the record straight by putting the Romans in their place.  Thoughts of revolution ran rampant.  Visions of a world-wide empire revolving around Jerusalem were cherished in the mind of every loyal Jew.
     However, the Messianic kingdom of the anxious populace anticipated would share little resemblance to the "Golden Age" of their dreams.  It was something much better that God had prepared for them.  For that kingdom was built not on wealth and military strategy but on love and forgiveness.  The stark difference between their dreams and the reality might have begun to dawn on some because of a coin.
     Jesus requested a coin when someone asked about the controversial subject of paying taxes to the Roman government.  He pointed out that this coin bore the image of Caesar who issued it.  The image and inscription declared its proper ownership and allegiance.  His point, although unpopular, was nevertheless undeniable.
     The darkest hour of Israel in the New Testament came in the failure of these people to grasp the inescapable conclusion made by the Lord on that day.  They failed to see, indelibly stamped upon their hearts, the image of God marking them as His own.  They failed to express towards God the allegiance due Him.
    
Patriotism will be stirred in the hearts of many Americans with the coming of summer.  Our nations just recently celebrated Memorial Day, and Independence Day is fast approaching.  These are fitting reminders of the high price that has been paid in blood, sweat, and tears.  But an even greater price has been paid for us to enjoy citizenship in God’s Heavenly Kingdom (Philippians 3:20).  Where have you placed the supreme patriotism of which Jesus spoke in Luke 20:25?

David Bragg, co-editor
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A Service Greater Than to the President

by: Tim Childs


    With the inauguration of our new President, we have had another glimpse into the inner workings of the Executive branch of our Federal Government. Including the services of Air Force 1, there are thousands of individuals who, with admirable distinction, serving at the will and pleasure of the President. Upon greeting the President at the beginning of a new day, the aide will ask, “What can I do for you today, Mr. President?” Each staff member, each aide is prepared to give his or her greatest efforts in faithfully executing the orders of the President. For the Secret Service, no effort is counted too great, no expense is too costly to protect and secure the President and his family.
    What if you and I approached our service to the Prince of Peace, the prince of the kings of the earth, with even equal determination, diligence and care? Isn’t the person who wears the name above all others (Philippians 2:9) worthy of greater loyalty and loving obedience? In the person of Jesus, the Christ, we serve a higher calling with a greater, nobler purpose. Suppose we began our new day, everyday, asking the Lord of lords, and King of kings, “What can I do for you today, my Lord?”
    With due respect to our Commander in Chief, what so many of us apparently fail to realize is that everything about Jesus, the Son of God, transcends every facet of the person and the power vested in “the leader of the free world.” For instance, Jesus’ message overshadows any message formulated by the President and his speech writers, although it is delivered with precision and the greatest oratorical skill. Jesus’ message of peace through righteousness, hope and deliverance is a universal message that transforms lives and makes all the difference both now and in eternity. Jesus declared, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, KJV). Jesus’ message of sanctifying truth, the gospel, is the seed that germinates, breaking forth into life eternal.
    Our Lord, and Master, has great work for you and me. The nations and kingdoms of men may rise, fall and return to dust, but the kingdom of heaven endures forever. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44). Discouraged, down and depressed, we have hidden with Elijah in the cave long enough (1 Kings 19).  God is asking still, “What are you doing here?” With a renewed mind and higher sense of purpose, it is now time to spring forth in haste and diligence with the everlasting gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace is counting on you.

- Tim Childs preaches for the Hillcrest church of Christ in Baldwyn, MS.  He may be contacted at  hillcrestchurcho@bellsouth.net, or through the congregation’s website: http://www.thelordsway.com/hillcrestms

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A Prayer for President Obama
by: Adam Faughn

Father,

    We are grateful for the honor of living in the United States of America. We are thankful that you have blessed us with the privilege of electing our officials at all levels of government. May we never take this lightly.
    This week, we will say goodbye to President George W. Bush and we will welcome President Barak Obama. We are grateful that each of these men has given his life to public service, and we respect the rise to the “top” of our system each has made. Thank you, Father, for the good President Bush has done. Though not a perfect man, we are grateful he has served us to the best of his ability.
    Now we ask you to be with our new President and each one who will aid him. President Obama needs Your help, and we pray that he will seek You daily. Though he has stood for some things that are against your Holy Word in the past, we know that even kings can be moved by your power (cf. Proverbs 21:1). Mold Barak Obama into the kind of man who will stand with You and who will stand for Christians.
    Be with us, Father, that we may support him where he is right, and may lovingly but boldly oppose him where he opposes You.  Keep us vigilant, and keep us respectful of the office to which he has attained.
    Finally, help President Obama and us understand that You are ultimately in control. Guide this country toward righteousness again, and use us to help bring the USA back to You.
Through Christ, Amen.

- Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, TN.  He may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: http://www.lebanonroadchurchofchrist.org

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Longing For Something Better
by: Joe Chesser

    It’s about this time of year that many people begin longing for spring.  After an especially long, cold, icy, and snowy winter, springtime sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?  According to Punxsutawney Phil there are still at least five more weeks of winter, but that doesn’t keep us from hoping he’s wrong.  Right now memories of the sunny mid-70s, dogwoods and forsythias give us hope that warmer weather will come.  For most of us, spring can’t come too soon.
    Longings are a natural part of humanity. God has given us this ability to long for things, to hope and to wish and to dream.  An interesting fact about longings is that they rarely occur when our circumstances are good, when we are satisfied with things the way they are.  But when times are tough, when we are not happy with things the way they are, our hearts can be stirred for something better.  If you love the cold, icy winter, you are probably not longing for spring.  If you are happy with your current job, you are probably not thinking about a better one.  But, if you hate winter or are afraid of a layoff, then you are more likely to long and dream for something better.
    Almost from the time Moses promised that God would raise up a leader like himself, the Jews longed for the Messiah to come and re-establish the Israelite nation.  Even after Jesus’ death and resurrection you can sense the hope in Peter’s question, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)  Jews of old “were longing for a better country – a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16). Paul wrote to people who were facing difficult times, even death, and said of them that they were “longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling” (2 Cor. 5:2).  It was David who said, “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands” (Psalm 119:131).
    For what is your heart deeply longing?  A stimulus package?  Warmer weather?  A basketball championship?  There’s nothing wrong with hoping for things like these, but are they your deep longings?  Or, do you long for God to rule in the hearts of men (Rom. 10:1)?  Do you long to be clothed with the power and purity of Jesus?  Do you long for a better country, a heavenly one?  Do you long for the word of God to satisfy your thirst like a deer pants for water (Psalm 42:1)?  Do you long for the company of your fellow Christians (Phil. 2:26)? Do you long to be in the presence of God?
    Let your longing for spring stir your longing for spiritual renewal.

- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland church of Christ, Fruitland, MO.  He may be contacted at joeandareva@yahoo.com of the congregation's website: http://www.cofcfruitland.com/

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Righteousness Exalts A Nation
by: David R. Ferguson

    Proverbs 14:34 makes the point that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."  If there is such a thing as righteousness, then Someone sovereign must determine what it is.  Humankind has a varied idea of what constitutes righteousness.  We could never in a million years agree on what is righteous and what is unrighteous.   God, however, is an authority on righteousness, and fortunately for us, God tells us what righteousness means in His holy word.  Psalm 71:19 says, "Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, Who has done great things: O God, Who is like unto You!"  "All Your commandments are righteousness," says the psalmist in Psalm 119:172.  Psalm 98:2 adds, "The Lord has made known His salvation: His righteousness has He openly showed in the sight of the heathen."
    It is a mark of a nation in decline that calls evil good and good evil.  As Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"  The "bad guy" is now the norm; the "good guy" is the potential hypocrite who bears watching and extreme scrutiny.
    "Sin is a reproach to any people."  What is sin?  Again, the Bible defines it: "Sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4).
    Our society is in trouble because God's laws are just as real as the physical laws of science.  They are just as real as the law of gravity.  A society that is lying and cheating and stealing and promoting what God clearly has called a sin, homosexuality, as a civil right, then that nation is sowing the seeds of disruption and the seeds of its own destruction of everything in it that is solid and that is real.  For Jesus Christ is the ultimate arbiter of what is right, what is wrong, and what is true, for He said to Pilate in John 18:37, "You say that I am a king.  To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Everyone that is of the truth hears My voice."  He also stated earlier in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes unto the Father, but by Me."
     The Bible tells us, "By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked."  (Proverbs 11:11)  "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"  (Psalm 11:3)  What we can do is turn to God as a people, and trust in Him.  God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
    May the Lord bless you, and may He continue to bless us as a people as long as we are a nation turned to Him!

- David R. Ferguson preaches for the Lakeland church of Christ in Mattoon, IL.  He may be contacted at davidferguson61@yahoo.com   You may also want to visit the congregation's website at http://lakelandchurchofchrist.web.officelive.com/default.aspx

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The Pursuit of Happiness
by: Mark Ray

    The Declaration of Independence states that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This phrase, likely a derivative of John Locke’s philosophy of the protection of life, liberty and estate, reminds each of us as Americans of the rights and responsibilities we have today. The problem with happiness is that it is elusive when it’s pursued. In other words happiness is really a byproduct of doing something else. In fact, if we have to temporarily be unhappy in order to ultimately find greater happiness, this is a wise decision. The wisdom of delayed gratification rings true in love, finances and especially religion. God has always been interested in our ultimate personal happiness (John 10:10). Here are some practical suggestions on how each of us can find happiness today:
    1. Learn to enjoy life. Happiness is connected to the journey, not the destination. Until we can enjoy the daily experiences of life, we will never enter a state of happiness.
    2. Be responsible for your own happiness. If we shift the responsibility of our happiness to someone other than ourselves, we’ll end up disappointed and frustrated. I cannot ultimately be responsible for my spouse’s happiness. She must be responsible for her own happiness. I will do everything I can to contribute to her happiness, but I can’t make her a happy person. This might be the reason why so many relationships fail. People want others to make them happy. That’s immature and unfair. I’m happy because I choose to be that way. I’m happy because I choose to serve God and others. Too much self-indulgence leads one away from true happiness.
    3. Associate with happy people. The Bible says, “Bad company corrupts good morals” (I Corinthians 15:33). We become like the people we associate with in life. If you’re feeling miserable, pessimistic, and cynical about life, you might need to seek out people who are optimistic, joyful, and grateful. It is important that we stay around people who teach the right doctrine and have the right attitude about life (John 4:24).
    God wants you to be happy. The ultimate pursuit is not the fading happiness that this world offers, but the true and eternal joy that we find in a good relationship with Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:27.

- Mark Ray; 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

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Nuggets and Quick Riches
-    misc. goodies this issue


Liberty!
by: Ron Thomas

     The Declaration of Independence, in my opinion, is one of the greatest documents man has ever produced in the history of this world (not withstanding its corruption with strange ideologies now existing).  As great as that piece of work is, it cannot compare to the liberty declared by God to all His creation that humbly submit to His authority.
     The colonies were in “bondage” to Great Britain; man is in bondage to sin.  As the peoples of the colonies recognized the mother country’s yoke, they sought to get out from underneath its hold.  As people begin to recognize the yoke placed on them by Satan, they begin the process of getting out from his hold.  His hold, however, can only be broken by One greater than he.  That One is Jesus.
     The Declaration of Independence, man’s greatest production for a civilized government.  The Lord Jesus, man’s only Savior.  To borrow the words of a great man in history, “Free at last, free at last.  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”       

- Ron Thomas serves as preacher and an elder for the Highway church of Christ, Sullivan, IL  Visit their website as http://www.highwaycofc.com

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Total and Unconditional Surrender
by: Derek McNamara

    A young man went in to a jewelry store and asked the jeweler, "Please engrave this engagement ring, `From Tim to Cindy.'" The Jeweler replied, "Take some advice, son, and just have `From Tim.'" The point is clear: “From Tim” allows for a change of plan.
    Too many people want to receive the benefits of Christ’s awesome work, and yet they want to allow for a change of plan; they want to keep their options open. However, Jesus taught that it is impossible to do so.
    To be a disciple of Christ means to be a "student of Christ." Not a "follower," not a "believer," not a "churchgoer"; rather, a student. The most important lesson every disciple of Christ must learn is the cost of being a disciple.  Jesus plainly taught that if any one wants to be His disciple, he must follow Jesus’ example of dying. Remember that to take up your cross means that you must die to yourself so Christ can live in you. To take up your cross does not mean that you must bear a burden. It means that you must die.
    To be a true disciple of Christ we must die to ourselves, our way of thinking, our way of living because our thinking and living are efforts in futility and, paradoxically, they bring death. So to truly live now and to live eternally with God, we must die to ourselves.
    To live we must die. This is the call of being a disciple.  The cost of being a disciple is not total commitment (that puts the emphasis on us), but total and unconditional surrender of ourselves to God.

- Derek McNamara preaches for the Silver Spring church of Christ in Silver Spring, MD.  He may be contacted through the church’s website:  http://www.silverspringchurchofchrist.org/index.php

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Our Republic Depends on Christianity?

    Much disagreement exists regarding the foundations of civil government and the perpetuation of civilization and society.  The current “politically correct” viewpoint insists that the strength of America lies in its pluralism—the acceptance and celebration of differing religions, ideologies and philosophies. The widespread attempt to sanitize American schools, courts, and government by eradicating all references to God, Christ, and the Bible are a manifestation of this belief.  The thought is that the stability and continuance of the nation lies in its willingness to embrace diversity, toleration and acceptance.  In stark contrast, the architects of American civilization stated just the opposite.
    Jedidiah Morse was born in Woodstock, Connecticut on August 23, 1761, the son of a Congregationalism minister.  After being homeschooled, he graduated from Yale in 1783-the year the Revolutionary War ended.  Morse published the first American textbook on geography: Geography Made Easy, in 1784.  His work in that field earned for him the title, “Father of American Geography.”  His works were adopted widely in schools, colleges, and libraries and were used in thousands of homes.  His eldest son, Samuel F.B. Morse, became a famous inventor, even developing the Morse Code” (“Morse, Jedidiah,” 2007, Encyclopedia of Britannica [on line]).
    In an election sermon given at Charlestown, Massachusetts on April 25, 1799, this American patriot offered the following chilling warning—an observation not unlike many of the founders:
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys.  In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions: in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom and approximate the miseries of complete despotism.  All efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.  Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them” (1799, p. 9, emp. Added).
    If Morse was correct, America is in a dire predicament—literally entering on the brink of national disaster and destruction.  “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalms 33:12).

– Reason & Revelation, July 2007; 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 http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com

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How Poor Are We?

     One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.
     They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.  On their return from the trip, the father asked his son,  “How was the trip?”
      “It was great, Dad.”
      “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
      “Oh yeah,” said the son.
      “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
     The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.  Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.  We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.  We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us and they have friends to protect them.”
     With this, the boy’s father was speechless.
     Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
     Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have.  What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession.  It is all based on one’s perspective.
     Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks to God for all the bounty we have been provided by Him instead of worrying about wanting more.
     May God bless each and every one of you. Take joy in all that He has given us, especially our Friends and Family.
     Friends are angels who lifts us to our feet when our wings forget how to.

- Arthur Unknown

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Hearts of Gold
----poetry this issue


Freedom is Not Free

by: Cadet Maj. Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert.
He'd stand out in any crowd

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom is not free.

I heard sound of taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered must how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom is not free.

- Cadet Maj. Kelly Strong, Air Force Junior ROTC, Homestead Senior High School, Homestead, FL, 1988.

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A Song For War
by: J. Randal Matheny

Of all the costly wars of men, both righteous and unjust,
Waged for freedom or for power by the scourge of human lust,
Rages war for souls in heaven after armies turn to dust,
Our God is marching on.

We for battle have been armored with the Spirit's sword and shield,
Wearing righteousness for breastplates on the world's wide muddy field,
With our weapons out and flashing, Satan's fate forever's sealed,
For God is marching on.

Though we're human, we do not conduct our war the carnal way,
Weapons are not tanks and rockets, but the Spirit's mighty sway,
By the word of God for Christ we capture every thought to obey,
While truth is marching on.

Let the light shine out in darkness and the Word be given rein,
Sing the song for war and justice, let His grace be our refrain,
While one soul still dwells in bondage, on the field we will remain,
Our Lord is marching on.

Comes the Lord again in clouds to gather all His saints alive,
He'll seek faithfulness in Christians when angelic hosts arrive,
From the grave the sleeping dead of ages past He will revive,
His time is marching on.

- J. Randal Matheny edits and writes UPLift, an inspirational ezine. He may be contacted here: <http://randalmathenycom/>. When reprinting this material, please include the following:  Copyright (c) 2009 J. Randal Matheny. All rights reserved.

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It’s Not What We Eat

        It is not what we eat
           but what we digest
           that makes us strong;
 
        It is not what we gain
           but what we save
           that make us rich;
 
        It is not what we read
           but what we remember
           that makes us learned;
 
        And it is not what we profess
           but what we practice
           that makes us Christians.

                   -- Author unknown

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It Is The Soldier
by: Charles M. Province

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

"It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

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

SOME VIEWS OF GOVERNMENT
     “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” (Winston Churchill)
     “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” (George Bernard Shaw)
     “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”  (Frederic Bastiat, French Economist, 1801-1850)
     “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” (P.J. O’Rourke)
     “Talk is cheap—except when Congress does it.”  (Unknown)
     “I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.”  (Will Rogers) -Submitted by Don Henwood

"Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." (George Washington from his Farewell Address to the nation.)

Don’t give God instructions—just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

The will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

OBSERVATIONS—
“Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns the press.”
“Someone has said that freedom is like a handful of sand.  The second you relax any of your fingers, it starts slipping away from you."

IN THE BALANCE:
“It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance, and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.” (Ronald Reagan)
 
THINK ABOUT IT—
   “It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.” (Goethe)
   “Taxation has become an instrument for the transfer of power, freedoms and treasure from the people to the government.”

Abraham Lincoln once said: “It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty, for yourselves, and not for me…. I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you, and not with politicians and office-seekers, but with you is the question, ‘Shall the Union and the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation?’” - Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune  
 
POLITICIAN: A person who stays in office, not by solving problems, but by subsidizing them.

A NOTABLE QUOTE: "It is an infallible reminder that our greatest hope and faith rests upon two mighty symbols-the cross and the flag; the one based upon those immutable teachings which provide the spiritual strength to persevere along the course which is just and right-the other based upon the invincible will that human freedom shall not perish from the earth." --Gen. Douglas Macarthur

“The riches that are in the heart cannot be stole” (Russian Proverb)
- 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 http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com


“The principal objective of American government at every level should be to see that children are born into intact families and that they remain so.” (Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

- 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

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. (Aristotle, 384 -322 BC)

Diplomacy is the art of making your guests feel at home when you wish they were.

- 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


Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. (George Jean Nathan; 1882 - 1958)

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. (Jean Giraudoux)

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