A Shortage of Ninjas

  [188 words] Apparently Japan is running out of ninjas. In the small city of Iga, the birthplace of the ancient ninja warriors, officials cannot find enough martial artists to perform for tourists, even though the job can pay up to $85,000 per year. Part of the problem is that the city’s young people are moving to larger cities, and there are just not enough candidates available who are willing to go through the intensive training, even for the great paycheck. Isn’t that similar to the situation we have in the Lord’s church? The ancient practice of Christianity is often...

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Still Can’t Beat God!

[153 words] Around 1970, a fellow named Gordon Moore originated a computer technology maxim which has been termed “Moore’s Law.” Simply stated, the law says that computer processing power will double every two years.   Since that time, the rule has proven true. Personal computers are tremendously fast and powerful, and capable of amazing things, and researchers continue to expand computing power. However, they still can’t touch God’s creation of the human brain. The living computer God designed is capable of performing 38 thousand trillion operations per second. In order to even get close to this, a man-made supercomputer requires...

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Are You Helping this Church to Grow?

  [210 words] It Is Easy For The Church To Grow When We… Have a deep concern for the lost. Enter the worship with preparation and enthusiasm. Are interested in intense Bible study. Work together on church projects. Encourage those who are serving the Lord. Dedicate ourselves to keeping our lives pure. Express brotherly love to all church members. Get along, are at peace, and harmonious. Help others in the name of Jesus. Are willing to be teachers. Commit all our ways to the Lord. Demand preaching the whole counsel of God with love. Are optimistic. It Is Difficult For...

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The Right Words at the Right Time

  [277 words] I recently read about an interesting series of questions to ask yourself before saying anything to another person. The idea is to make sure that you speak properly at the proper time. The three questions to ask are: Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said by me? Does this need to be said by me, right now? The idea is to ask them in your mind in succession. If at any point the answer is “No” then you should not say anything. I like this concept and am going to try to...

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I Am the New Year

  [116 words] I AM THE NEW YEAR. I am unused, unspotted, without blemish. I stretch before you three hundred and sixty-five days long. I will present each day in its turn, a new leaf in the book of life for you to place upon it your imprint. I AM THE NEW YEAR. Each hour of every day, I will give you sixty minutes that have never known the use of man. White and pure I present them. It remains for you to fill them with sixty jeweled seconds of love, hope, endeavor, patience and trust in God. I AM...

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The Power of God’s Word

  [449 words] “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). Passages of Scripture like these are good reminders of just how powerful the word of God really is. As a new year begins, this is a great time to renew our commitment to knowing...

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Foul Language Is Foul

  [312 words] I recently watched a nationally televised athletic event where literally millions of people viewed the same game. During the game, the main camera showed one of the coaches being very upset and using verbally abusive foul language regarding calls made by the officials! What I observed disturbed me. Then I realized how many other people saw what I saw.  I am not naïve, and I understand foul language is used by the most of the population. We are to the point in our culture that most people in leadership positions in government, athletics, education, management and all...

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Happy New Year

  [279 words] “Happy New Year” is an expression that we throw about. But do we really mean it? As you enter the new year, is your life filled with Joy?  As a Christian, you have many reasons to be joyful. May I mention a few?  All your sins have been forgiven. When you came up from the waters of baptism complete and total forgiveness was yours (Acts 2:38). If you have remained faithful all your sins are constantly washed clean by Jesus’ blood (1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:2).  All your prayers are being answered (1 John 5:14-15). Sometimes...

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What Are You Making?

  [241 words] While on a trip to Switzerland, an American businessman was watching a Swiss clockmaker carving the case of an ornate cuckoo clock. As the businessman watched the clockmaker carve out the case, he was astounded at his slow rate of progress. The businessman finally said, ”My good man, you’ll never make much money that way.” “Sir,” the clockmaker replied, “I’m not making money; I’m making cuckoo clocks.” It is easy at times to forget what our real task is. The world is so interested in the bottom line and efficiency, they forget the real value of workmanship...

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Refreshing the Hearts of the Saints

  [151 words] One of my all-time favorite passages of scripture is found in Philemon 7. There, the apostle Paul commended Philemon “because the hearts of the Saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that could honestly be said of every member of the church? Every Christian could be like that with a little work on the matter of “attitude.” Unfortunately, some who profess to be Christians just never seem to “get it” concerning the importance of having a Christ-like spirit and spend most of their lives “out of sorts,” disgruntled and unhappy. Isn’t there...

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Nothing or Everything?

  [148 words] Her luggage was destroyed. Her purse disappeared. She had to exit the plane, not through an enclosed ramp, but directly into pouring rain. She would have been furious under normal conditions, but she had just survived the crash of Flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Later, as this lady reflected, she said, “When I walked off that plane, I walked off that plane, I walked off with nothing. Then, I stopped and thought, I have everything.”  Would we agree that life is more important than a suitcase? Or, a purse? Why does it take a near death...

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It Doesn’t Take Much

  [88 words] Years ago a little girl handed me a piece of paper with a brief note scribbled on it. I don’t remember the girl’s name, but I remember the message: “To you from _______. I love you.”  It was simple. It was direct. And, it was appreciated. What does it take to brighten someone’s day? It may be just a brief phone call. It could be just a short note of encouragement. Is there someone you could help? Do you need to do it today? Remember, it doesn’t take much. Allen Hahn Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg,...

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When the Rooster Crows

  [416 words] Have you ever heard a rooster crow? Some of you with a little gray hair probably have. I would guess that some of our young people have not. A few years back, most of our grandparents or even our parents lived on a farm. If they had chickens, they also had a rooster or two. Roosters crow every morning about sunrise. Why? They let everyone know that a new day has arrived. In the first four books of the New Testament, each author records the betrayal of Jesus. In Luke 2:31, we are told about a rooster....

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Six Sources of Joy

  [299 words] First, it was taught by Jesus. “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23). When we are persecuted because of our belief in Christ, Jesus said “We will have a reward in heaven.” Second, it comes from the Holy Spirit, not our own efforts or imagination or family upbringing. “But the fruit of...

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They Just Won’t Listen

  [388 words] “Then He said to me: ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and...

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No Other Way

  [251 words] The words are unbending. Most people would even call them dogmatic. But they are truth and come from the very lips of the Lord Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus allows for no possibility of misunderstanding. His language is clear, concise, and altogether unmistakable in meaning. According to His own words He is the way—and the only way at that—to the Father. His disciples got the point. Not long after Jesus had ascended back to heaven, Peter boldly proclaimed, “Neither is...

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Characteristics of Jesus’ Ministry

  [299 words] There has never been a greater example on this earth of what we ought to strive for than Jesus the Christ. He has done all things well (Mark 7:37), and Christians desire to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29). So as we seek to minister to the world around us, what characteristics of Christ’s ministry should we seek to imitate? Jesus taught: Repentance. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance (Matthew 4:17; 9:13). Repentance means a change of mind followed by a change of action. We must conform our thoughts to God’s, and conform our actions...

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Thank God For Little Things

  [66 words] Thank You, God, for little things That often come our way The things we take for granted But don’t mention when we pray.  The unexpected courtesy, The thoughtful, kindly deed A hand reached out to help us In the time of sudden need. Oh, make us more aware, dear God, Of little daily graces That come to us with sweet surprise From never-dreamed-of places. via Church of Christ Scottsboro, AL...

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Church Shutdown

  [261 words] If you follow national news, you know that from time to time our leaders and representatives in Washington cannot come to terms on how to fund federal operations. This can sometimes lead to a “government shutdown,” which means many federal agencies stop performing their functions and services. Why does this happen? Usually it is because of differences of opinions, disagreements, and sometimes even spite. The greater good for the country is often overlooked for political and personal agendas, and the whole nation suffers. Sadly, this can happen in the church, as well. Leaders and members can sometimes...

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Children Need Instruction

  [98 words] Proverbs shows the need for children to pay attention to instruction. Solomon admonishes his son to pay attention to his parents (Prov. 1:8-9), and to recognize the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7). Children also need to be shown how to put those things into practice. The Bible says to acknowledge the Lord in all your ways (Prov. 3:6), which means everything we do should be shaped by the wisdom of God. If parents live this way, it will be more likely that our children will do the same.  Matt Clifton BulletinDigest.com...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On the Lighter Side (January 2019)

  [ 216 words] Valentine’s Humor Q: How did the telephone propose to his girlfriend? A: He gave her a ring. Q: What did the octopus say to his girlfriend when he proposed? A: Can I have your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand in marriage? What Every Girl Wants for Valentine’s Day Jim asked his friend, Tony, whether he had bought his wife anything for Valentine’s Day. “Yes,” came the answer from Tony, “I bought her a belt and a bag.” “That was very kind of you,” Jim added, “I hope she appreciated the thought.” Tony smiled...

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