BulletinGold #104
September 2009   Vol 9 #6
 


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BulletinGold #104
August 2009
Vol. 9 Num. 6
Editors:
David Bragg
Edward Thomason
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In This Issue:
Articles
Nuggets
Poems
Quotes
A Brief Introduction to the Bible, Allen Webster
The Inspiration of Bible, Stefano R. Mugnaini
Who’s To Say What’s Right? By Joe Chesser
Higher Education, Rick Woodall
But the Very Hairs of Your Head Are All Numbered, Tim Smith
What the Prophets Preached, Greg Swango
Bible Brain Twister
No Inspiration From The Bible
Saved by the Bible, Steve Higginbotham
'Tis Not a Work to Obey, Rose Ann Noey
Still He Walked, Carrie McCutcheon
The Defense of Grace, James C. Guy
Handwriting on the Wall
quotes & sayings for bulletins and signs


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Editorial by David Bragg
     Joseph looked up the deep pit into which he had been cast.  His cries for mercy echoed off the jagged walls, muffled by the laughter of his older brothers taunting him.  He was deeply wounded by the depth of their hatred.  Turning to Heaven he pled for deliverance.  Joseph longed for home and for the love of his father.  Surely it was God's will.  But God wanted Joseph to go to Egypt.
    
Success awaited young Joseph in this new land, so strange to him.  But it soon turned to chains.  Joseph looked up the bleak walls of an Egyptian prison-house.  The darkest of the night brought groaning and pain.  Even with the dawn of day the darkness of the prison remained.  Joseph prayed for freedom, he longed for home.  Surely it was God's will that Joseph escape Egypt, break free of this horrible fate.  But God put a wiser Joseph near the throne of Pharaoh.
     Joseph looked down on the prostrated brothers who had brought such misery into his life years before.  All the emotions of the hatred endured, the hardships of trails faced, the pain of separation thrust upon him could now surface as sweet revenge against these sons of Israel.  But Joseph looked up for guidance and God's will brought forth forgiveness.
     Perhaps Joseph would tell us that it is not always easy to determine God's will.  It is often easier to overlook it for our own, or to reject it as unpalatable.  But there is one certain way of identifying God's will, get to know God who has revealed Himself to us through His inspired Word, the Bible.  This issue of BuletinGold focuses on the importance of studying and living the Bible.  The more we come to understand God, the more natural it will be to recognize His will.  And that is the secret of the life of Joseph, he was always looking up!

David Bragg
http://www.davidbragg.org/

Panning for Gold Feature Articles:
A Brief Introduction to the Bible
By Allen Webster
 
     The Bible is the world’s most amazing book.  It has been at the top of the best-seller list for as long as anybody can remember.  It was written over a period of 1600 years by about forty men. The two fundamental sources of human knowledge are: reason and experience.  But they are limited.  The Bible claims to provide this third source of knowledge-revelation.  It describes two forms of revelation: “general” and “special.”  General revelation refers to the evidence of God seen in nature (cf. Psa. 19:1-6, Rom. 1:18,20).  God’s special revelation involves His more direct means of communicating (Heb. 1:1,2) in the pages of Scripture.
     The Bible is the only book which can tell our past, present, and future.
    * Our Past: We were created in the image of a loving God (Gen. 1:27).
    * Our Present: The purpose of life is to praise God (1 Pet. 2:9).
    * Our Future: We can live in heaven with Him (John 14:1,2).
     The Bible is the world’s only divinely inspired book (1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:9-13).  Therefore it is the most powerful book ever written (Heb. 4:12).  Mysteriously, the Scriptures claim to be completely divine and completely human.  There is a parallel here to the God-man, Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man (John 1:14).  God joined with humanity (Mary, Matt. 1:18-25) to produce the sinless living Word, and in a similar sense joined with humanity to produce the inspired written Word.  “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).   The styles, personalities, and vocabularies of the different biblical writers are quite distinct, but their work is nevertheless the Word of God (cf. Mark 7:13; Luke 3:2).  One of the evidences of the divine origin of the Bible is its uniqueness.
     The Bible is unique in its production.  Century after century men added to this book, unaware for the most part of one another’s writings and sometimes in the dark as to the meaning of some of their own words (1 Pet. 1:10-12).  In spite of writing from different places, in different centuries, and even in different languages, they never contradicted one another.  The Bible reads like a continuous, logical work of a genius.  That Genius is God (2 Tim. 3:16,17).
     The Bible is unique in its preservation.  In spite of persecution, perversion, criticism, abuse, and time, the Bible has survived intact.  It is an anvil that has worn out many skeptic hammers (cf. 1 Pet. 1:23).
     The Bible is unique in its proclamation.  Over a quarter of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written, and these prophecies stand alone in their graphic detail, accuracy, and scope (cf. Isa. 41:22,23; Mic. 3:8).
     The Bible is unique in its product.   No other book has so profoundly influenced the culture, thought, and history of the world.  It has molded and dominated the art, music, morality, oratory, law, politics, philosophy, and literature of civilization.

- Allen Webster; via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg church of Christ in Harrisburg, IL.  You may visit their website at http://www.harrisburgchurchofchrist.org


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The Inspiration of the Bible
By Stefano R. Mugnaini

     We live in a day where everyone from the atheist to the professed believer questions whether the Bible is really of Divine origin.  The Catholic Church is soon to release a document that discounts the inerrancy of the Bible regarding all matters other than salvation.  Some of our own brethren have espoused this same view. Several professors from Abilene Christian, in a book called “God’s Holy Fire,” made the statement that inerrancy does not apply to minor details, and is unimportant anyway.  With the Bible under attack from all sides, it is increasingly important that we take a stand on this issue.  If God’s Word is inaccurate, self-contradictory or wrong on any point, than it contains numerous lies because it claims to be the Law and the Word of a perfect being.  The Biblical writers claimed that they were “Moved by God” and that their words were “God-Breathed.”  If this is true, as God is, by definition, infallible, then His Word would be inerrant as well.  If God’s Word is wrong about creation, location, History or Geography, then why not about Satan, Sin, or Salvation?  In truth, the Word of God stands or falls as a whole.  And as a whole, we can be confident that it stands, because we can be confident that it is from God.
     Consider the words of B.C. Goodpasture: “The nature and contents of the Bible are such that the rank and file of its readers in all generations have recognized God as its author. Man would not have written such a book, if he could; and could not, if he would…Its thoughts are not the thoughts of men.”  That statement articulates one of the strongest arguments for the Bible as a revelation from God.  Man WOULD NOT produce such a book. I believe that the motivation of many is to reject the Bible on the basis that it does not agree with their choice of lifestyle.  Even among other “holy” books, such as the Quran, there is no elevation of meekness, humility, or a peaceful response to persecution.  Among the broader scope of Human literature, this is likewise uncommon.  Obviously, just disagreeing or disliking an idea does not make it untrue: I wish cheesecake wouldn’t make me fat; but that doesn’t change the nature of cheesecake. Man’s rejection of the Bible doesn’t compromise its accuracy; indeed, it is perhaps the greatest evidence of its Divine origin.  If the Bible were a product of man, it would agree with his ideas.
     The second part of Goodpasture’s statement makes the point that man COULD NOT have produced the Bible. Again, look at other religious literature.  The Book of Mormon and the Quran are full of contradictions and errors.  The book of Mormon claims to be a companion volume to the Bible, yet contradicts it, and itself, on numerous doctrines such as marital issues, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.  The Quran approves and yet condemns violence against non Muslims.  It expressly condemns and yet endorses polygamy.  There are no such contradictions in the Bible.  There are no errors in Historical or Scientific fact.  This shows it to be above man’s capacity to create.  In these few words, I have undoubtedly made grammatical or spelling errors, yet 1500 years and 40+ authors were able to produce a perfect document?  There have been volumes written on factual errors in the Bible, and volumes written refuting these.  Had one succeeded, would it not have made the front page of every paper?  Only God could create a perfect book. And He did.  And the task is before each of us who believe to be “set for the defense of the Gospel.”

- Stefano R. Mugnaini preaches for the Cairo church of Christ in Cairo, GA, He may be contacted at ssmugnaini@syrupcity.net


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Who’s To Say What’s Right?
By Joe Chesser
 
     We live in a land of freedom.  We have the freedom of religion, the right of free speech and the right to bear arms.  We have the right to a speedy trial and protection against cruel and unusual punishment.  These, among other things, are specified in our nation’s Bill of Rights.  We are an independent people.  We have the right, within reason and law, to do whatever we want whenever we want to do it.  As Americans, we can believe what we choose, vote the way we choose, and live the way we choose.
     Unfortunately, many have allowed these freedoms to permeate the way they view God and the Bible.  Many have put themselves in the place of God to determine what is right and what is not.  The freedom to choose how we live as citizens of the United States has, for many, become the same standard used in deciding how we are to live as citizens of God’s kingdom.
     For example, let’s consider sexual morality.  In America, anything is OK as long as it is right for you and doesn’t harm kids or pets.  If teenagers want to have sex, who’s to say that it’s wrong for them to do so?  If people want to live together outside of marriage, who has the right to say that they shouldn’t?  If people want to marry others of their own gender, who has the right to oppose it?  If people want to get a divorce because they don’t like their spouse any more, who’s to say that’s wrong?  In fact, those decisions may actually be very good ones, they may be the best choice under the circumstances – at least from a human perspective.
     But, is what we think is good and right necessarily what God thinks is good and right?  Many have become so accustomed to making their own choices that they have come to believe that whatever they think must also be what God thinks. They have, in effect, imposed their views upon God.  They have decided that if they think something is good (i.e. sex outside of marriage) then God must also think that it is good.  How can God condemn something that is good?
     Cunningly Satan has persuaded us to become our own god.  We have begun to judge God by our own goodness rather than judging ourselves by God’s standard – his Son Jesus and the words of Jesus, the Bible.  God is our standard.  His word is our only way of determining right and wrong.  Let’s not get sucked in to the way of thinking of those around us.  Let’s not judge God by ourselves, but ourselves by God.  Let’s take on the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5).

- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland church of Christ, Fruitland, MO.  He may be contacted at joeandareva@yahoo.com


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Higher Education
By Rick Woodall
 
“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  - Gal 1:9-12
 
     The apostle Paul took his preaching very seriously. He did not enter the pulpit to win the approval of the listener.  His personal preaching technique was not overshadowed with procedures of church politics and captivating a personal fan club. A superior supplier handed down the teaching he received.  Paul knew that he must teach what had been received - nothing more nothing less.
     Paul realized these teachings would not always win the approval of people. In fact, this was not the reason to be preaching the gospel in the first place. Paul was a well-educated man. He did not let his extraordinary knowledge stand in conflict with the truth. He respectfully acknowledged the fact that he was not smarter than the blueprint.  He also made it very clear that those who did not proclaim the certified gospel were going to have to answer for it. Paul was looking far beyond his earthly estimation of past teaching. His conversion carried him to a higher vocation of wisdom. The tuition price was paid on the cross. So this partnership was with God not in gratifying individuals with what they wanted to hear.  
 
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” - Col 2:6-8
 
     My gift reminds me that brand names do not determine who is a good preacher.  It is strongly determined by following Jesus.  Not on competition or favoritism of people. 
 
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith  - Heb 12:2   
 
- 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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“But the Very Hairs of Your Head Are All Numbered”
By Tim Smith

     How many hairs do you have on your head? I do not know how many hairs I have on my head, and I doubt that you know how many hairs you have on yours, but someone does. It is not your spouse or your barber/hair dresser or doctor or parents or children—it is God. He knows how many hairs are on your head (Mat. 10:30). And He knows many more important things about you too.
     He knows how you feel when you are lonely. He was all by Himself (in more ways than one) in Gethsemane. He was often all by Himself in prayer to His Father—even spending the entire night praying alone. He faced His accusers and judge all alone. He knows.
     He knows how you feel when a close friend betrays you. It was Judas, one of His twelve closest associates, whose kiss delivered Him into the hands of His enemies. It was the remainder of that special twelve that deserted Him in His hour of greatest need. Three of them, having been taken a little farther along than the others in Gethsemane, failed even to remain awake while He was praying and sweating drops like blood. He knows.
     He knows how you feel when you are tired and weary. Having been up all night being falsely accused and beaten, He was made to carry a part of His cross up to Calvary. The cumulative effect of physical and mental exhaustion reached a crescendo when He fell beneath the load. He knows.
     He knows how you feel when you lose a loved one. Lazarus, His dear friend, died and in the shortest verse in the Bible His response is recorded—Jesus wept. He felt the pain of loss. When we consider that He knew that He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead even as He wept, I think it gives added beauty to the fellowship we have with Him at such times. He knows.
     Whatever it is that we face, we know that He faced it also. He was in all points tempted like as we are. He experienced to the full the human experience. He bids us come to Him and find in Him the foundation and motivation and strength we need to be the kind of people we should be. He knows—and He wants to help you. Will you come to Him?

- Tim Smith, Webb, AL; 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: church@belvederechurchofchrist.org


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Nuggets & Quick Riches - misc. goodies
What the Prophets Preached
By Greg Swango

   The Old Testament prophets were powerful preachers.  They spoke of the coming of the Messiah and the kingdom that He would establish.  But the main thrust of their message was to their people.  They preached against the immorality and unspiritual living of that day.  They spoke against materialism, sexual gratification, humanism and compromise. 
   Wait! Those topics are still relevant today! Our society is committing the same errors as did Israel many years ago.  It would seem that human nature has changed very little.  Rejecting the messages of the prophets may, in effect, be rejecting God.

- Greg Swango, minister and elder for the Sunny Side church of Christ in Decatur, IL.  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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Bible Brain Twister

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for facts, and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books are not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others, it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of the 17, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are the names of 17 books of the Bible in these sentences.  One preacher found 16 books in 20 minutes. It took him three weeks to find the seventeenth one.

- Submitted to The Mathis Messenger, weekly bulletin of the church of Christ in Mathis, Texas.  Kyle Moses preaches for this congregation and he may be contacted at MathisCofC@stx.rr.com


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No Inspiration From The Bible

     One fellow remarked to a minister that he received no inspiration from the Bible even though he had “gone through it several times.”
     “Let it go through you once,” his preacher replied, “then you will tell a different story!”


- via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg church of Christ in Harrisburg, IL.  You may visit their website at http://www.harrisburgchurchofchrist.org


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Saved By The Bible
By Steve Higginbotham
 
   Pfc. Brendon Schweigart, 22, was on a mission to recover a tank that had broken down in Baghdad, Iraq.  Upon reaching the tank, he was struck in the chest by a sniper’s bullet.  Fortunately for Schweigart, the bullet became embedded in a Bible he carried in his shirt pocket.  The Word of God had quite literally saved his life!
   Mr. Schweigart’s experience reminds me of a passage in the Bible: “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
   Pfc. Brendon Schweigart learned that keeping a Bible near your heart can literally save your life.  But more important than that, by keeping a Bible near your “heart” you will also be able to stop the attacks of the devil and will save your soul.

- Steve Higginbotham, 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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Hearts of Gold - poetry
'Tis Not a Work to Obey
By Rose Ann Noey
 
Praise God, our Lord in mercy rich
Saw us in sins so dead, dead, dead
And lifted us from that deep ditch
When once we did the words He said.
 
'Tis not a work to thus obey
But only shows that trust, trust, trust
That causes us our hearts to lay
Before our Lord - and trust we must!
 
Repentance' change will needs come first -
Your life must truly turn, turn, turn!
Then in the wat'ry grave immersed;
Submissive to God's Words we've learned.
 
But that's not all!  Your task's not done!
All worldly wisdom toss, toss, toss.
Keep on That Path you've once begun.
The Savour said pick up your cross!
 
'Tis not a work to thus obey
That you, yourself, have done, done, done.
The Grace to choose to thus obey
He gives by His Submissive Son!

- Rose Ann Noey attends the church of Christ at Lincolnway, in Columbia City, IN


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"Still He Walked"
By Carrie McCutcheon
 
He could hear the crowds screaming "crucify," "crucify". . .
He could hear the hatred in their voices,
These were His chosen people. He loved them,
And they were going to crucify Him.
He was beaten, bleeding and weakened . . . His heart was broken,
But still He walked.
He could see the crowd as He came from the palace.
He knew each of the faces so well. He had created them.
He knew every smile, laugh, and shed tear,
But now they were contorted with rage and anger . . . His heart broke,
But still He walked.
His disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed Him.
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few.
Then He turned His eyes to the only One that mattered
And He knew that He would never be alone.
He looked back at the crowd,
At the people who were spitting at Him,
Throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him, and He knew
That because of Him, they would never be alone.
So for them, He walked.
The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through the crowd.
The sounds of His cries echoed even louder,
The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet
Were nailed to the cross, intensified with each blow.
Loudest of all was the still small voice
Inside His heart that whispered "I am with You, My Son",
And God's heart broke.
He had let His Son walk.
Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering,
But instead He asked God to forgive;
Not to forgive Him,
But to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him.
As He hung on that cross, dying an unimaginable death,
He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd,
But also, the face of every person yet to be,
And His heart filled with love.
As His body was dying, His heart was alive.
Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of us.
That is why He walked.
When I forget how much my God loves me,
I remember His walk.
When I wonder if I can be forgiven,
I remember His walk.
When I need reminder of how to live like Christ,
I think of His walk.
And to show Him how much I love Him,
I wake up each morning, turn my eyes to Him,
And I walk.


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The Defense of Grace
 
A man stood in judgment
on that Great Day.
His garment was tattered.
His life hardened clay.
 
The Great Judge then asked him
what defense he did offer.
He replied in great sorrow,
"Forgive me, I’ve faltered."
 
The Judge asked again
what could cover his sin.
He replied, "Have I nothing
save the blood of the Lamb."
 
- 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


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Handwriting on the Wall

A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her eight-year-old son,
Eager to relate what his younger brother had done.
"While I was out playing and Dad was on call,
T..J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!
It's on the new paper you just hung in the den.
I told him you'd be mad at having to do it again."
She let out a moan and furrowed her brow.
"Where's your little brother right now?"
She emptied her arms with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.
She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear - he knew that meant doom!
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wall paper and how she had saved.
Stressed over all the work it would take to repair,
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally dis-traught.
She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her heart with a dart.
It said, "I love you, Mommy," surrounded by a heart.
Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall!!

- Author Unknown

— 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


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Gold Mines ---- quotes, sayings & sign messages
THINK ABOUT IT—
 
     “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”  (Aristotle)
 
     “The man who is not permitted to own—is owned.”
 
     “Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice: it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions.  Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.”   (Friedrich Mayek, Nobel Prize Winning Economist)                                                  --Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 12-10-‘08
 
ABRAHAM LINCOLN said: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.  You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.  You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by tearing down the wage payer.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do themselves.”             --Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 11-19-‘08

- 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 Bible stored on the shelf needs to be stored in the mind if you expect it to do you any good (Psalm 119:11).

The Bible survives the ignorance of its friends and the hatred of its enemies.

The distance from earth to heaven is not so much a matter of altitude as it is of attitude.

- 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

“It isn’t the things that go in one ear and out the other that hurt as much as the things that go in one ear; get all mixed up and then slip out of the mouth.”         —Bulletin Digest

- 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

"The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope" (Victor Hugo)


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