THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

April 17, 2007

Number 16

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

On January 12 the Washington Post con-ducted an experiment:  what would happen if a world class musician performed elegant classical music on a priceless instrument in the Metro station of a major American city?

The city was Washington D.C. The musician was Joshua Bell, who can earn upwards of $50,000 for an evening’s performance.  The instrument was a 300 year-old Stradivarius valued at $3.5 million.  The music included the works of Bach and other masters.

The experiment was captured on hidden camera.  How did people respond?

During Mr. Bell’s 45 minute performance, 1097 people passed by.  27 dropped spare change into his open violin case, for a total of $35. And seven of them stopped what they were doing to listen for at least one minute. The other 1070 people hurried past – oblivious, uninterested, unmoved.

I wonder how many times a day  something like this happens to you or me?  How many times do we encounter truth, beauty, and excellence, without giving it a second look?  How many messages of hope do we ignore? How many demonstrations of grace do we disregard?

Ezra wrote these words: “But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes” (Ezra 9:8 NASV).

Let’s make an effort to recognize and fully experience those brief moments of grace God sends  our  way.  There will be at least a few today. Will you see them?

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.         RA

 

                          

 

 

 

What is Your God’s Sleeve Length?

In a dress shirt, I wear a 151/2 - 35 shirt.  I can wear a 34-inch sleeve, but I prefer the way a 35-inch sleeve covers my’ wrist.  I can remember during fast growing younger years, my shirt sleeves often resembled my “high water” pants.  They just couldn’t keep up with rapidly extending limbs. One good thing about my lengthening arms, though, was that my 5’ 2” mom found me useful for retrieving items from upper shelves.  It was fun being needed by my more vertically challenged mother!

But too often my arms are too short. Now that my mom and I live in different states, I can’t reach her shelves.  And sometimes a daughter is too far away to be able to reach out and wipe away a tear.  Sometimes a dear friend is too distant to share an encouraging hug.  Sometimes my arms are too short to give a helping hand to someone who refuses to accept the help.  Sometimes my own arms are not long enough to pick myself up by the “boot straps”. Sometimes my arms are just too short.

I have a special friend named Ross.  Ross is 6’6”.  Ross has long arms.  On countless occasions, he has made his long arms available to me for a variety of overhead tasks. Tasks that were difficult at best and sometimes even impossible found easy resolution with Ross’ long arms.  Those long arms have changed many bulbs bringing light into my life in many ways.  Additionally, those long arms have hugged me dearly through happy times and sad.  Those long arms have lifted me in prayer to our God.  Many times I have found myself depending on my long-armed friend.  But now that we are separated by 395 miles, even my friend’s extra long arms are too short.

Having arms that are too short seems to be a problem humans have.  My arms are too short.  Even Ross’ longer arms don’t reach far enough.

Here’s the point for this bulletin article:  I wonder if I have re-created God in my own image.  I wonder - Do I think God’s arms are too short?  Do I think my problems and concerns are on a shelf too high for God to reach?  Is heaven too many miles away for a hug?  Has my spiritual pride kept me from taking hold of God’s outstretched hand?

One time in the midst of the grumbling, 40 years in the wilderness wanderings, Moses questioned God’s ability to solve some problems.  To Moses’ tired and frustrated complaint, God questioned, “Is the LORD’s arm too short?” (Numbers 11:22).  Then our God showed His servant Moses that our God is a God who keeps His promises.  No shelf of problems is too high for God to reach.

Isaiah 59:1 says, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”  Thank you for being a long-armed God!                    Michael E. Weimer

 

  

 

    BRIDAL SHOWER

All ladies of the congregation are invited to a shower honoring Heather An­derson on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 in the fellowship room.

   

    AREA EVENTS

April 22 - 26 - Spring Gospel Meeting at the Bremen church of Christ.

April 27 - Area wide singing at the Lithia Springs church of Christ .

May 6-10 – Gospel Meeting and Homecoming at the South Cobb church of  Christ.

More information on these events is posted on the bulletin board.

 

   LOOKING AHEAD

April 28 - Building clean up day starting at 9:00 am.

May 6- Guest Speaker

May 6-Ladies are invited to a Tea at the Douglasville Church of Christ at 3:00.

May 14- AGAPE Golf Marathon

May 20- Guest Speaker - Harvey Starling.

Beginning May 6

Children's Bible Hour

Ages 3-5

Bible Class for Children during Morning Preaching

   HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to Everett and Martha Hayes on their 59th wedding anniversary on April 17. We thank them for giving us such a strong example of a Christian home.

 

  INVOLVEMENT TEAMS

The new Involvement Teams have been posted on the bulletin board.  Check to see which team you are on. 

     

Spring Spiritual Emphasis

 Fred Strasser's mother-in-law has passed away. We will schedule our weekend series for a later time.

 

     OUR SICK

Keith and Betty Bearden's son, Bob, is recovering from surgery.

Sharon O'Brien had a fall last week and wasn't able to be out Sunday.

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. Raines, Richard and Joyce Smith, Geneva White, Virgil Mize and Heather Moore.

THOSE TO SERVE - April 22, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Lord's Table

*Armando Banuelos

 

*Brandon Marlow

 

Adam Banuelos

 

Blake Mitchell

Scripture Reading

Jim Warren

 

Ephesians 3:20,21

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

Todd Wisenbaker

Scripture Reading

Steve Putman

 

   Psalm 143:9,10

Closing Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant

Building Locking

Mary & Jillian Mitchell

 

David Taylor

 

RECORD 4/15/07

Bible School

 

Worship AM

 

Worship PM

 

Wednesday Bible Study

 

Contribution