Here’s a link to a PDF of a bulletin from a sister congregation in a neighboring county.
The bulletin contains three articles with titles: Well-Scrubbed Individuals, Who Are Our Real Heroes, and The Tongue is Ugly….
All three of these articles are doctrinally sound, they are very practical in nature, and to top it off they are manageable in length. So in other words, the articles hit the “bulletin-trifecta” as far as I am concerned. All of them work great for personal edification, for sharing with others, or for devotional thoughts/sermon ideas (that last one is for those of you who can use one of those every now and then).
Hope you find these articles to be as beneficial as I did.
I thought it would be good to share this poem which was published in the latest Bulletin Gold.
The poem was written by Edd Sterchi, who preaches for the church in Kentucky.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
The Ironies of Calvary
By Edd Sterchi
Man of sorrows, Prince of Peace,
Son of Joy, Man of griefs,
Wounded healer, Rejected King,
Earth’s disdain, Salvation’s wing.
Friend of sinners, Friendless One,
Men charge sin to the Holy Son,
Innocent, yet judged with guilt,
Had no home, but mansions built.
The irony Christ was and gave,
Buried, yet o’ercame the grave,
The irony Christ makes in you,
Buried in Him, you’ll rise anew.
You may have seen this before, but it was new to me and I thought it was worth passing along.
I read it in the email bulletin sent out by the Wise church of Christ.
AN ATHEIST’S VIEW ON LIFE
I will live my life according to these beliefs
God does not exist.
It is just foolish to think
That there is a God with a cosmic plan
That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world
Is a comforting thought,
Is only wishful thinking.
People can do as they please without eternal consequences.
The idea that
I am deserving of Hell
Because of sin
Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power
“The more you have, the happier you will be.”
Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose
In a world with no God
There is freedom to be who I want to be
But with God
Everything is fine.
It is ridiculous to think
I am lost and in need of saving
A CHRISTIAN’S VIEW ON LIFE
(reread from bottom to top)
Here’s a link to a short but very good article that makes an important point about the worship we offer to the one and living God of Heaven by describing the meaning of a Greek word that had its roots in what possibly would have been a well-known character to a Hellenistic culture…or any culture today that enjoys doing a word-study on Bible words.
Because of the content and size, the article would make a great fit in any bulletin.
A sermon, in many churches, is just a word of encouragement relative to the daily struggles in life. It is the opinion of some that since people struggle with various things throughout the week, the last thing one wants to hear is an exhortation to shaping one’s life in accordance with godly standards. This sounds too hard, and enough negativity has already occurred for the saints, that another negative is not desired, much less will it be heard. This, I suggest, was why Israel departed from the Lord’s way many years ago. Consider Deuteronomy 28. There are 68 verses in the chapter, and only 14 can be considered positive, or encouraging. Why did the Lord put this kind of “out of balance” on His exhortations? It was a warning, but it was also a prophecy (31:29). Godly sermons are to focus on godly exhortations that have both a positive and negative quality to them. When the Lord said something about marriage and divorce, the saints are to hear what the Lord said and be warned. When the Lord said something about the promise of heaven, the saints are to hear and be encouraged. Let us preach and insist on only biblical sermons.