THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

April 24, 2007

Number 17

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Proverbs 6:16-19 states there are seven things the Lord hates:  (1) haughty eyes, (2) a lying tongue, (3) hands that shed innocent blood, (4) a heart that devises wicked plans, (5) feet that make haste to run to evil, (6) a false witness who breathes out lies, and (7) one who sows discord among brothers

Cecil May suggests that we turn this passage around.  This means there are seven opposite things the Lord would love:

(1)   Humble eyes, poor in spirit, whose request is, Lord be merciful to me, a sinner.”

(2)   A truthful tongue seasoned with kindness.

(3)   Hands that dispense mercy, binding up wounds, pro-viding for the needs of all.

(4)   A heart that is constantly devising ways to serve others and to be a blessing.

(5)   Feet that run to preach to the prospect in the chariot, to do errands for the widow, and to push the mop that cleans up the mess.

(6)   A truthful witness.

(7)   A peacemaker who aids reconciliation of those who are estranged, tears down walls and builds bridges and, by proclaiming the gospel of peace, reconciles men to God.

That’s quite a list!  It’s easier to catalog those traits than to incorporate them into our lives!  But how important they are to our spiritual character.

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

 

                          

 

 

 

Improve Your Relationships:  Learn to Listen

You’re not listening to me!  You never listen to me!  Have you ever been the recipient of one of these statements from a family member, friend, or co-worker?  If so, then you have probably felt the frustration of diligently trying to do something well, in this case listen, only to find out from the speaker that you have failed.  Don’t give up, learn to listen better, it is an art that all of us (yes, even therapist) can improve upon.  Improving your ability to listen is one of the few improvements in life that can have a significantly positive impact on all of your relationships. I guarantee it.

Michael P. Nichols, author and psychologist, published a book in 1995 entitled, The Lost Art of Listening.  Wow, I wish I had come up with that one.  In the book, he suggests that listening is a burden that requires, “suspending memory, desire, and judgment-and, for a few moments at least, existing for the other person.  “I wonder if this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Galatian Christians to, “Carry each other’s burden, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Maybe it is only possible for each of us to really be there for each other, carry each other’s burden, if we are willing to suspend our memory, suspend our desire, and suspend our judgment in that space and time that the other person is speaking.

Wow, I guess listening really is a burden.  It is the burden of the listener to get out of the way in order that she/he might bear witness to what is being communicated rather than being a filter to later interpret what was communicated.  So, the next time someone challenges you with, “You’re not listening to me!”  Don’t be defensive, rather be self-reflective.  Ask yourself, “Have I suspended my memory, suspended my desire, and suspended my judgment so that I exist for you in this moment?”  If your answer is yes, then affirm that to yourself and the person.  If the answer is no, repent and bear the burden.  Listen.

 Major Boglin (North Atlanta Family News)

 

  

 

    FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cradle Roll Bible Class,

Thanks for the movies which I love and have been enjoying.  Thanks also for the activity sets that are really cool.  I’ve never seen any of the stuff you sent.  Thanks for the puzzle, stuffed animals, colors and markers.  I just loved everything!

Love and Prayers!

Heather Moore

P.S. – Thanks for the stuffed animals for my JJ, too.

   

    SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Joe and Jeri Maddox and her family in the death of her father, Virgil Mize, last Sunday. 

Also, sympathy is extended to Marvin Hunt and his family in the death of his uncle, Jack Allen, last week.

 

 

   COMING UP AT CEDAR GROVE

·        Philip Gray will be visiting Cedar Grove next Sunday, April 29.  He will bring us up to date on the “Meso-American Ministries” as he speaks at our 10:00 assembly.

·        Gerald Blackwood with Rainbow Omega will be at Cedar Grove on May 6.  (Rainbow Omega exists for providing residential care and vocational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.)  Several of the residents will be visiting also. 

To welcome the group we want to have a fellowship meal after the morning assembly. 

·        The Douglasville congregation has invited Cedar Grove to participate with them in two events on May 6:

-- A tea for the ladies from Jr. High age up at 3:00 p.m. 

-- Combined worship with the Douglasville church in the evening.  We will forego the assembly at the Cedar Grove building in favor of assembling with the brethren at Douglasville.  Their service will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

·        Harvey Starling will make his annual visit to Cedar Grove on May 20.


     OUR SICK

Sharon O’Brien is recovering from a recent fall.

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 29, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Chris King

Lord's Table

*Dick Massey

 

*Phil Hamby

 

Trent Burnett

 

Chris Thompson

Scripture Reading

Todd Wisenbaker

 

Revelation 5:9, 10

Closing Prayer

Keith Bearden

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White   

Opening Prayer

Greg Cannon

Scripture Reading

Jason Ray

 

   Micah 6:8

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant

 

Susan May, Kim Taylor

 

 

 

RECORD 4/22/07

Bible School

101   

Worship AM

141   

Worship PM

101   

Wednesday Bible Study

56   

Contribution

   $ 3,456.78