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THE BEACON - Electronic Edition - 4/28/2009
“I‟m Pregnant, Again!”
     A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: ‟Doctor, I have a serious problem and
desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I‟m pregnant again. I don‟t want
kids so close together.‟
     So the doctor said: „Ok, and what do you want me to do?‟
     She said: „I want you to end my pregnancy, and I‟m counting on your help with this.‟
     The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‟I think I have a
better solution for your problem. It‟s less dangerous for you, too.‟
     She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request. Then he continued:
„You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let‟s kill the one in
your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we‟re going to kill one
of them, it doesn‟t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the
one in your arms.‟
     The lady was horrified and said: „No doctor! How terrible! It‟s a crime to kill a child!‟
     ‟I agree‟, the doctor replied. „But you seemed to be ok with it, so I thought maybe that was the
best solution.‟ The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.
     He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that‟s already been born
and one that‟s still in the womb. The crime is the same!
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Glory to God
     The majesty of the soaring eagle or the gaudy splendor of a peacock assuredly declares the
glory of their creator. What about the old black, baldheaded buzzard? He is ugly and repulsive.
Does he glorify God? Beware! Do not confuse glamour and glorifying God. The buzzard‟s wide
wings allow him to soar effortlessly over the countryside. His keen eye misses nothing on the
ground. He is powerfully equipped with claw to hold and beak to tear. His demanding appetite
drives him and he cleans the land of all carrion. The old buzzard lacks glamour, but he
magnificently does his job. He glorifies his creator.
     A woman appears on a TV talk show. She glides gracefully across the floor in a dress
shockingly split up the sides and down the front. Soft curls fall across her bare shoulders and
back. She talks of love nests, and jokes of her many lovers. She confides her scandalous
indiscretion. She admits coyly to being a sex-idol. Glamorous she may be, but she perverts God‟s
good design for woman. “Glorify God in your body and your spirit” (lCor.6:20), but the body is not
for fornication (ver.13) -- nor for lasciviousness. God is not glorified.
     Look at another scene. The woman is wearing her old clothes and her hair is tied with a
bandanna. She is working hard at cleaning her house and washing clothes. She stops for a
moment as a crying baby demands his dirty diaper be changed. Neither the woman nor her work
is glamorous, but she glorifies God. She is doing the work God assigned wives and mothers, God
is glorified.
     There are two considerations for a creation to glorify its creator. First, it must have a
worthwhile purpose. A machine has an impressive array of wheels, pulleys, belts, and chains.
Lights flash; bells ring. It is impressive. “What is this machine supposed to do?” “Well, nothing.”
The designer is not glorified. Second, it must function dependably. If the machine repeatedly fails
to run or if it simply will not do what it is designed to do, the designer is not glorified.
     We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them (Eph.2:10). We are designed as Christians to have a
worthwhile purpose --unto good works. It is decreed that we should walk -- manner of life, habit --
in good works. That “they may see your good works and glorify the father...” (Mt. 5:l6). Thus
when we are “fruitful in every good work” (Col. 1:10), God is glorified in all things (l Pet. 4:11).
     Elders teach, encourage, and watch for souls (Heb.l3:l7). No glamour. They may never be
mistaken for corporate presidents, but they do a very good work (1 Tim. 3:1). They should be
honored in their diligence (1 Tim.5:17). And God is glorified. A local church worships, teaches,
edifies, shows compassion on their weak and destitute. They may never make the news, but men
are developing the stature of Christ (Eph.4:13). God‟s wisdom is displayed (3:10), and God is
glorified through the church (3:21).
                                                                                         - by Joe Fitch
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“I Study My Bible Like I Plow My Field”
         A farmer explained: “I study my Bible like I plow my field. Oftentimes when I‟m plowing or
breaking new ground, my plow will get hung under a root, and if I‟m going at a pretty good clip it
will really jar me. But I don‟t get mad and beat my mule and burn my plow. No, I just back up a
little, ease over the root and get on with my plowing. Next time around I‟ll probably hit that root
again and it still shakes me up, but I don‟t quit farming. I just back up, ease over the root and
keep on working. Pretty soon I have hit that root so many times that it‟s loose and the first thing
you know I plow right through it and don‟t even notice it. I‟ve got it shook loose. That‟s the way I
study the Bible. When I come upon a hard passage, it might shake me up a little bit, but I don‟t
throw away my Bible and quit the Lord on that account. I just ease over it and keep on studying.
The next time I read that passage I jar it a little bit more. I keep on doing this until finally, because
of information that I have gathered from other parts of the Bible I am able to jar the passage
loose. I understand it.”
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Faith Healers or „Fake‟ Healers?
So-called “faith healers” continue to claim great abilities for healing various ailments of the
physical body. While we steadfastly believe in all the miracles of the Bible, including the many
instances of miraculous divine healing, we are equally as strong in our denial that these modern
“healers” have any God-given power in this realm. (The scriptures teach that the age of miracles
has ended - 1 Cor. 13:8-13.)

A personal trip to a „faith healing revival‟ served to illustrate the great discrepancy between the
claims of a modern healer and the genuine healings recorded in the Bible. Some of the ailments
that were „healed‟ by this person included:
    - “swimmer‟s ear”
    - a sore thumb
    - a root-canal problem in the teeth
    - anxiety attacks
    - a pulled muscle in the leg
    - a dry eye socket
Notice that all of these claimed ailments could not be verified or confirmed by those observing the
supposed „healings.‟

Please contrast these with a partial list of the healings performed by Jesus:
   - raised the dead (Jn. 11:1-54)
   - gave sight to the blind (Jn. 9)
   - healed lepers (Lk. 17:11-19)
   - caused the lame to walk (Mt. 9:1-8)
   - restored a severed ear (Lk. 22:49-51)

The significant difference is that Jesus performed miracles that could be easily verified by any
interested person. Even unbelievers were forced to admit his miracle working ability (Jn. 11:47).
This is obviously not so in regards to the „fake‟ healers in the religious world today.
                                                                                      - by Greg Gwin
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Trends . . .
A recent survey showed that of the adult population in the U.S.; 1.4% are Mormons; 3.5% are
Pentecostals; 1.2% are Jewish,.6% are Muslims.

                                                 - via American Religious Identification Survey

2 Peter 2:1-3 "There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false
teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that
bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious
ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness
shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time
lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
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Some quotes worth pondering . . .
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
Matthew 23:11-12 "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. and whosoever shall
exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
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News from Collegevue . . .
April 19, 2009
    Given the choices you had this morning, you have clearly “chosen that good part” (Lk. 11:42),
and we commend you for this. Keep up the good work! We extend a special welcome to all of
our visitors.
    BAPTISM: We rejoice to report that Aimee Holt was baptized into Christ on Thursday.
Please pray for her as she begins her new life in Him.
    Continue to pray for the sick, including: LeAnn Shelton, Joan Lindsey, Jerry Riggins, Norma
Goodman (in Centennial Hospital at this writing), Twila Dozier, Libby Tate, and others including
the ailing parents and relatives of Kelly Gwin, Judy Counts, Joyce Calahan, Rebecca Vernon,
Kris Johnson, Sara Toombs, Gordon Meade, Greg Gwin, & Twila Dozier.
    Our thanks to Arthur Hanes, Jack Coleman, Joe Richards, and Monty Overton for preaching
and teaching while Greg is in a gospel meeting in Ohio this week. Thanks, too, to Tom Goodall
who will be preparing the bulletin for next Sunday.
This Week:
   Children‟s Bible drill this evening at 5:40 (Gordon Meade will be teaching)
   Group 3 will meet after services this evening
   Wednesday night Bible study at 7pm
   „The Virtual Bible Study‟ on the Internet, Thurs, 8pm.

Figures for the week of 4/12/09: Bstudy, 133; AM, 149; PM, 124; Wed., 119; Contrib., $2703
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"The Beacon - Electronic Edition" is sent out weekly from Columbia, TN, and contains articles
and information taken from the most recent "paper" bulletin of the Collegevue Church of Christ.
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