Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
December 8, 1955
NUMBER 31, PAGE 10-11a

Reading The Bulletins

Charles A. Holt, Box 365, Franklin, Tennessee

From Here And There

On November 1, Brother Bill Cavender and his family moved from Nocona, Texas to Cooper, Texas, where Brother Cavender will work with the church a second time. Brother Cavender is a faithful and able preacher and did a good work in Nocona .... Brother Aude McKee is now living in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The McKees moved to Crawfordsville recently from Augusta, Georgia, where Brother McKee did an outstanding work with the church. Brother Gene Arnold is moving to Augusta to live and labor with the church . . . . Brother Arthur W. Atkinson, Jr. will soon move to Columbus, Ohio to labor with one of the churches in that city. For over four years he has helped the good Haynes Street church in Dayton Ohio and together they have done a wonderful work in the city. Brethren Louis Lawson, Paul N. Hayes, and Onis Beyer are the elders of the Haynes Street church .... The College Avenue church in Lubbock, Texas, where Brother Grover Stevens is the faithful preacher, is planning to publish a church directory which will carry the picture of every member in addition to the usual information . . . . On January 1 the Academy Street church in Dickson, Tennessee, where Brother Bonds Stocks is the evangelist, is beginning a daily radio program, Monday through Saturday, at 6:15 a.m. It will be heard over the local station — WDKN . . . . Brother J. A. McNutt, who has been preaching for the Berclair church in Memphis, Tennessee for the past few years, has accepted work with the Graggland Circle church in Memphis. The Berclair church had made remarkable progress during Brother McNutt's stay there. Brother Everette Alexander of Huntsville, Alabama is moving to Memphis to work with the Berclair church. Brother Bill Rogers, who labored with the Graggland Circle church is now living in Paducah, Kentucky.

Grider - Chastain Debate:

Brother A. C. Grider, evangelist for the Park Street church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is to meet Mr. Hoyt Chastain, Baptist, in a religious discussion in Somerset, Kentucky, December 19-22. Brother Gilder met Mr. W. E. Sherill, Baptist, in a debate in Somerset last April. The Baptists were disappointed in Sherill's work and shall try to redeem themselves through Chastain's efforts. This should prove to be an interesting debate. Chastain will affirm two nights that salvation is by grace through faith independent of water baptism. And Brother Grider will affirm for two nights that a child of God can go to hell.

The Church Growing In Lawrenceburg:

The Lawrenceburg church in 1951, with a membership of about 800, was averaging about 300 in the classes on Sunday. Under the supervision of faithful men another congregation of about 300 was started the first of October, 1951. The new church averages as many in classes now as the old church in 1951, and the old congregation has also made progress. Last Sunday nearly 700 were present at both churches to study the Word. The attendance at 10:45 has more than doubled. The equivalent of support for two preachers was being spent to spread the gospel, but at the present the gifts are taking care of six or more. We have every reason to give thanks to God!

— The Downtown Worker, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Rufus Clifford, Editor

New Congregation Property:

A suitable piece of property has been selected upon which to locate the meetinghouse for a new congregation. It consists of 175 feet frontage on East Tenth Street and 332 feet on Franklin Road. The purchase price was $9,000. Between now and the time when the building is actually begun, perhaps early next spring, at least $20,000 or $25,000 more must be raised. We have no doubt that this can easily be accomplished. — From The Irvington News, Indianapolis, Indiana. Cecil Willis is the able and faithful preacher for this church. Brother James W. Adams, of Beaumont, Texas, recently assisted the Irvington church in a fine gospel meeting. It is wonderful to read of the growth and progress of this church.

Not A Side Line:

Christianity cannot be successfully practiced as a sideline. Those who try to make it exclusively a "Sunday-go-to-meeting" affair are not under-girded by the faith that will guard against apostasy. The doctrine of Christ must permeate our thinking, choose our language and dictate our conduct.

— Bond Stocks

Interesting Note:

From a member of the Board of Directors of Abilene Christian College, we have this forthright and positive statement: "The support of Christian colleges is to be done by individual Christians and not by congregations."

— John H. Banister Dallas, Texas


At the service of the Charlotte Street church Thursday, October 27, Ralph Holt publicly repudiated Masonry. He will be content from now on to be simply a member of the divine fraternal organization established by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33. Ralph will be persecuted by those who do not understand New Testament Christianity, but he is entitled to the encouragement and support of those who appreciate the all-sufficiency of the Lord's church.

— Academy St. Announcer Dickson, Tennessee

Spice From The Sages:

"It is not enough for a gardener to love flowers; he must also hate weeds." "Keep me ever mindful, 0 Lord, my God, that it is Thy will which needs doing, not mine!"

Real Christians:

Real Christians do not carry their religion; their religion carries them. It is not weight; it is wings. It lifts them up; it sees them over the hard places. It makes the universe seem free, life purposeful, hope real. It sets them free from fear, futility, discouragement, and makes sacrifice worthwhile.

— The Reminder Huntington, Tennessee O. H. Hogue, Editor

Embracing Sin:

We don't go down with a quick hard fall, but we just glide along. Little by little we lighten our load until we can't tell right from wrong. Sin is a monster of such frightful countenance, that to be hated needs but to be seen. But, seen too often, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, and then embrace.

— Alexander Pope