THE HEIGHTENER                                  

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you."  -James 4:10


Volume XXVIII

October 3, 2006

Number 40

                                                                    

 VIEWPOINT

 

Environment has such a powerful influence on our lives.  Jesus commented on this in a brief but very strong statement:  “Remember Lot ’s wife” (Lk. 17:32). 

According to Genesis 13:12, Lot “pitched his tents near Sodom .”  That was probably one of the saddest days of his life.  Sodom , of course, is famous because of its ungodly population so evil that God’s wrath was poured out in destructive judgment. 

Eventually, Lot lost his wife and his two daughters, as well as his daughter’s intended husbands.  And it all started the day he looked over those well, watered plains of Jordan .

When we think about the environment in which we live, we must not overlook one of the most potent forces ever to confront mankind — the environment of television.  A professor from the University of Miami said, “Probably no cultural force has a greater influence on teenagers than their peers except for the entertainment industry.  Tele-vision captures the attentions of small children when they are most impressionable.  And the entertainment industry attracts teenagers in a period when they are unwilling to listen to parents.” The National Education Foundation says by the time a child reaches 15 he or she will have observed 13,000 violent deaths on television.  We are grad-ually telling our children that human life is not sacred.  We need to remember Lot ’s wife and how environment impacts our lives.

Bible  School  Emphasis at Cedar Grove is just one of many efforts to cultivate a more wholesome “environment” for our spiritual nourishment. 

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Take Two:  Since we were speaking about spiritual disciplines Sunday let me share a quotation that will continue that theme.  It may help us cultivate better spiritual habits:  “It occurred to me one day that though I often worry about whether or not I sense the presence of God, I give little thought to whether God senses the presence of me.  When I come to God in prayer, do I have the deepest, most hidden parts of myself?  Only when I do so will I discover myself as I truly am, for nothing short of God’s light can reveal that.  I feel stripped before that light, seeing a person far different from the image I cultivate for myself and for everyone around me. . . .  Prayer invites me to bring my whole life into God’s presence for cleansing and restoration. Self-exposure is never easy, but when I do it I learn that underneath the layers of grime lies a damaged work of art that God longs to repair. . . .  Somehow, in a way I can only trust and not understand, presenting to God the intimate details of my life gives God pleasure.”

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Here’s something to think about:  “A resurrection power that endures is rarely demonstrated by those who believe that Jesus’ main mission on earth was to provide materialistic life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“When we use the phrase the power of the resurrection in our churches, let us remember that His power is not given to us to make our life easier. It is given to us to carry His light to a blind world. Those who carry their cross, in the act of following him, will suffer. But this is an additional opportunity to prove His overcoming power by loving a hostile world, regardless of the traps they attempt to set before us” (From Voice of the Martyrs).

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I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a positive word!                                                                                                                                                RA

 

                          

   

Evening Prayer


 
A mother I know has a different way of asking the same question.  As she tucks her 
children into bed each night, she asks them a question:  “Where did you meet God 
today?”  And they tell here, one by one:  A teacher helped me; there was a homeless
 person in the park; I saw a tree with lots of flowers in it.  She tells them where she met 
God, too.  Before the children drop off to sleep, the stuff of the day has become the 
substance of their prayer.  (Dorothy C. Bass)

 

  

       

       FROM THE MAILBAG

 Dear Brethren,

Your check for $1,000 was received by Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc. and was greatly appreciated.  Our work could not continue without financial support from you and others. 

Yours in Christ,

Joe L. Dudney

 

Dear Cedar Grove Friends,

I want to say “thank you” again for the help you gave me when I was struggling so much earlier in the year.  I don’t know where I would be without your assistance, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

Your Sister,

Drena Poole

 

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you all for the prayers and love you have shown to Ralph and me during the time of sorrow for my mother.  Thanks to all of you who provided food and comfort for us.  You fed about 50 people!  I thank all of you for your prayers, cards, calls and visits.

We love you,

            Ralph and Geneva

Take a Look!

Our tract racks are full of attractive folders and teaching material.  Thanks to Keith and Betty Bearden, up to date, colorful tracts have replaced the tired, shop-worn items. Feel free to use them! 

 

 

     

OUR SICK

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. and Vivian Raines, Richard & Joyce Smith and Geneva White.

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - OCTOBER 8, 2006

Welcome

 

Song Leader

 

Opening Prayer

 

Lord's Table

 

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Scripture Reading

 

Closing Prayer

 

Welcome -PM

 

Song Leader

  

Opening Prayer

 

Scripture Reading

 

 

Closing Prayer

 

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant

 

RECORD 10/01/06

Bible School

86

Worship AM

127

Worship PM

58

Wednesday Bible Study

68

Contribution

N/A