Stop and Drop!

[76 words] Christianity is much like an airplane: When you stop — you drop! When you stop praying, you go down. When you stop studying your Bible, you go down. When you stop attending, you go down. When you stop being involved, you go down. No wonder Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). BulletinDigest.com...

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What About Today?

[100 words] You can say a kind word. You can speak about 4800 words per day, why not devote some of them to kindness? You can encourage someone to try again. Expressing confidence in them will provide the emotional support they need to succeed. You can allow God to speak to you. Instead of having a “sound proof’ head, spend some time in careful Bible study. You can be great or you can remain just another insignificant human being. How to be great? Jesus said, “whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). BulletinDigest.com...

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Steadfastness! 

[89 words] A Scottish shepherd dog was left to guard his master’s coat. While the master was gone he fell to his death. The dog was urged to go home yet would not leave his master’s coat for anyone, even those who tried to goad him with food. He died obey-ing his master’s command. Father God left us a mission, not a coat. What shall we do with this mission? If a dog can be faithful to his owner, can we not be faithful to the One Who owns us? Steven Clark Goad Blythe, CA BulletinDigest.com...

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These Things Matter

[66 words] The timely word, the silent prayer, The look of love that’s all too rare, The open heart willing to share — These things matter. A promise kept, the accepting smile, The will to go the extra mile, Desire to forgive and reconcile — These things matter. Eternal life, before we die, On God, by faith, we fully rely, To do his will, and never deny — These things matter. J. Randal Matheny UPLift, randal.us/#UPLift BulletinDigest.com...

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Watered-Down Juice

[184 words] A recent issue of Consumer Reports had a small article about a recent trend in orange juice marketing. It seems that the major orange juice companies are attempting to keep up with the latest “lower carbs” and “fewer calories” fads, so they are manufacturing orange juice with “half the sugar and calories.” So how did they make an orange juice like this? Simple. They watered down the juice. It is funny how things change. Not long ago, fruit juices were being advertised in such a way that we were made to believe that only 100% pure juice should ever be...

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A New Year is Like…

  [206 words] • A day yet to dawn. • A battle yet to be fought. • A mountain yet to be climbed. • A journey yet to be begun. • A chapter yet to be written. • A book yet to be read. • A blank sheet yet to be filled. • A new territory yet to be explored. • A meal yet to be consumed. • A race yet to be run. • A game yet to be played. • A task yet to be undertaken. • A present yet to be opened. • A sea yet to...

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Optimism in Strange Places

[283 words] The stranger approached an elderly lady wearing a faded old dress and sitting under a dimly lit archway. All he knew was that he needed to buy a corsage, and the locals all called her “the flower lady.” While purchasing the flowers he commented, “My, you look happy today.” Her reply was, “I certainly am.” The stranger boldly asked, “Don’t you have some problems in life?” Her reply was classic: “Nobody gets to my age without some problems, but it is a lot like Jesus on Good Friday. Things looked kind of bad, but Sunday was coming.” Part...

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We Are Well Able

[132 words] God instructed Moses to send twelve spies out to survey the Promised Land and report back with their findings. After forty days they returned and reported it to be a land that “flows with milk and honey” (Numbers 13:27). However, ten of the spies gave an unfavorable report (Numbers 13:28-29). The text says, “Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it”’ (Numbers 13:30). Too many times, like the ten spies, we walk by sight and not by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7)....

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Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver

[163 words] • Monthly cell phone bill: $90 • Card and envelope: $4 • US postage stamp: .47¢ • A word of encouragement at the right time? Priceless! Jesus told His disciples, just before His death, when they were afraid, “In this world you will have tribulation (trouble), but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In this world each one of us has trouble, trials, and temptation. We will never be without these things, in this world, and we never know how difficult the next thing we face can be. We cannot remove all the tribulations of...

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Some Christian Resolutions for the New Year

[122 words] During the New Year I will: Like Paul, forget those things which are behind and press forward (Philippians 3:13). Like David, lift up my eyes to the hills from which my help comes (Psalm 121:1). Like Abraham, trust my God implicitly (Hebrews 11:8). Like Enoch, walk in daily fellowship with my heavenly Father (Genesis 5:24). Like Moses, suffer rather than enjoy the pleasure of sin for a time (Hebrews 11:25). Like Job, be patient and faithful in all circumstances (James 5:11). Like Joseph, turn my back on all evil advances (Genesis 39:12). Like Gideon, advance even when my friends are few (Judges 6). Like Andrew, strive...

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Have You Not Read?

[177 words] This was a statement that Jesus made over and over again to those who would question Him. This was nearly always the case when dealing with those who should have known what the Law taught. The priest and the Pharisees who were supposed masters of the law often were put to shame due to their lack of knowledge of the law. I often wonder if many of the assumed religious leaders of today have ever read the Bible; and do they believe it is the word of God? Jesus put it in these words, “in vain do they...

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The Greatest and Foremost

  [168 words] When a lawyer asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus answered: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment.” The second is like it; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22.37-39). In the complexities of life, we can lose sight of these two principles which remain part of the New Covenant. When we are wronged, hurt, maligned, persecuted, treated unfairly or neglected by others, we need to remember these two commandments:...

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Year ‘Round Gifts!

  [159 words] THE GIFT OF PRAISE — Appropriate mention right in front of the other fellow, of superior qualities or of jobs and deeds well done. THE GIFT OF CONSIDERATION — Putting yourself in the other’s shoes, providing genuine understanding of his side of the case. THE GIFT OF CONCESSION — Humbly saying at just the right point, “I am sorry, you are right, and l am wrong.” THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE — Never forgetting to say “thank you,” and never failing to mean it. THE GIFT OF ATTENTION — When the other fellow speaks listen attentively. If directed to...

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Snowbound

[237 words] December 14, 2016, in Albany, Oregon, a homeowner went outside after a winter storm to an unwelcome surprise. Lying on his driveway, was a fellow whose description sounded a lot like me. He was about my height and weight and age. He even had a beard like mine. He had some cash on him but no I.D. The fellow was dead. A layer of snow and ice covered him. There were no signs of foul play. He just died…in a stranger’s driveway. There was no abandoned car nearby and no one seemed to know who he was or...

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Contentment

[129 words] “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). We clamor for happiness. And usually happiness is dependent upon certain desires within us. A new car might make some happy. Or a new puppy. Or dress. Or house. Or mate. Happiness is a circumstantial matter. If the conditions are right we feel happy. But there is something far greater to be grasped than this. Contentment has nothing to do with our circumstances. Paul was shivering and hungry. Yet he found contentment in his faith. He had plenty at one time. You see, our joy does not depend on...

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A Thief With Standards

[397 words] In 1992, Dennis Lee Curtis was arrested for armed robbery in Rapid City, South Dakota. In his wallet, police found a list of rules Curtis had written for himself—guidelines for his robberies. For example, he wrote: • “I will not kill anyone unless I have to.” • “I will take cash and food stamps—no checks.” • “I will not rob mini-marts.” • “If I get chased by cops on foot, I will get away. If chased by vehicle, I will not put the lives of innocent civilians on the line.” • “I will rob only seven months out...

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The Power of God’s Word

  [383 words] How often have you been sitting in a worship assembly and listening to the sermon when suddenly a point that is being made from the Bible makes you wonder, “How did he know?” Something was said that really hit home. You are struggling with a temptation, a difficulty, or a Bible question and it was addressed as though the preacher was talking to you! But the preacher had no way of knowing about it. That has happened to this writer both as a listener and as a preacher, time and time again. That is a demonstration of...

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Clock

Ready or Not…2017

  [259 words] Can you believe another year is in the books? Time marches relentlessly onward without asking for either our consent or approval. 2016 isn’t even cold yet and 2017 is already relentlessly marching forward. Nothing you and I can do will ever get that time back. With each passing day we creep closer towards time’s end. But, as always, with Jesus there is good news. • 2017 will bring with it days of defeat and success. • 2017 will bring with it both sadness and great joy. • 2017 will bring days of suffering balanced with days of...

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Consider Your Ways

[371 words] The beginning of a new year is a good time to pause and consider the direction of our lives. It is easy to get into ruts and routines (even extremely hectic ones) and thus never stop to consider where we are going or where we should be going. After the children of Israel had returned home from Babylonian captivity, the people soon became careless in their faith and devotion to Almighty God. Their focus shifted from God to self. So God sent them a prophet by the name of Haggai with a stinging rebuke and warning. Two times...

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Review, Reflect, Reset

  [311 words] Before we plan for 2017, can we look back at 2016? We apply this strategy with most anything in our lives. It would behoove us to apply this thinking with our spiritual lives as well. Let’s Review! First Cor. 10:12-13 says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able...

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Resolutions for a New Year

  [195 words] I have heard people say that they do not like to call them “New Year Resolutions,” but a “To-Do List” for the new year. I am sure we can all agree that we are great at making resolutions, but we are horrible at following through with them. Decision-making is easy. It is easy to start a new diet. It is easy to decide to pay off all of one’s loans. Once we have decided to put our hand to something, that is the easy part. What is not always easy is following through with your decision. Likewise,...

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Putting The Fun Back In Funeral

[221 words] Would you rather go to a party or to a funeral? Pretty easy choice you might think. Now before you answer let us consider the scriptures. Ecclesiastes 7:2-5 says, “It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house...

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Are We a Friendly Congregation?

[400 words] While we must be concerned with doing what we do in worship according to Christ’s expressed will, we must also be sure to reflect His love to strangers, newcomers, outsiders, and otherwise unfamiliar faces. To improve upon our friendliness, we should consider the following principles: We must stop expecting that others will represent us in friendliness. Maybe we look at those few members of the congregation that “go after” our visitors and conclude that they are covering the bases for the rest of us. They cannot reach everybody, but even if they can their friendliness does not let us off...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On the Lighter Side (January 2017)

Sign of Middle Age Middle age is when you finally get your head together and your body starts to fall apart. Time for a Visit Pete and Larry had not seen each other in many years. Now they had a long talk trying to fill in the gap of those years by telling about their lives. Finally Pete invited Larry to visit him in his new apartment. “I have a wife and three kids and I’d love to have you visit us.” “Great. Where do you live?” “Here’s the address. And there’s plenty of parking behind the apartment. Park and...

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