THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


April 3, 2007

Number 14



Dr. Peter Hirsch suggests that there is one “powerful and profound” question which, when asked, reveals our deepest needs and values.  That question is simply, “Are you happy?”  He says that the fastest way to get to know someone on a deeper level is to ask them this question and to really listen to the answer.  Something about this question, “Are you happy?” touches the deepest part of who we are and what we want out of life.

What would you say if asked?  Are you happy?

Some people will answer quickly, “Of course I’m happy. Can’t you see everything I have?”  But it isn’t always about being successful.  Are you happy?

“Of course I’m happy.  Can’t you see my beautiful family?  Who could help but be happy with a spouse and children like these?”  Having a great family is one of life’s tremendous gifts, but are you happy?

“Look, I’ve been a Christian all my life. My parents brought me up to be in church every time the doors are open. How dare you ask if I am happy!”  I didn’t ask you if you are religious.  If we are candid, we may admit that religion doesn’t always produce happiness.  Some of the most miserable people on earth are deeply religious. Are you happy?

Life as a relationship with Jesus takes us far past mere religion and into “abundance” (Jn. 10:10).  A high quality existence includes a philosophy of life that is satisfying and responsible.  Some people, when it comes to religion, feel that they must park their brains at the door in this post-modern world, the word philosophy has come into disfavor.  Nevertheless, there are some issues you need to settle in your own mind and heart.  Issues about the universe and God. Issues like the goodness and the steadfastness of God. Even when things are going badly, as things always do from time to time, can you turn them over to God with the assurance that in the end everything will turn out all right?

Barbara L. Frederickson, Ph.D., has spent fifteen years studying happiness, and she has reached the conclusion that happiness comes from finding positive meaning in the things that happen to us.  You get a flat tire on the way to work.  Bad experience. You have a great conversation with the mechanic who comes to fix your flat.  Good experience.  Your presentation at work didn’t wow your colleagues as much as you had hoped it would. Bad experience. You learn valuable lessons from your failure that you can use in making your next presentation.  Good experience.  People who find positive meaning, even in bad experiences, are happier and more resilient than are people who only focus on their bad experiences

A young man named Mike Riley dearly loved his new silver turbo-charged Porsche. When someone stole the sports car, he was dismayed. By the time police tracked it down, the vehicle had been stripped and gutted.  Mike felt terrible, but on the way to the junkyard he got an idea.  Instead of just dumping his beloved wreck there, he had them crush the vehicle into a two-by-three-foot cube.  It now serves as a coffee table in his living room, and he serves drinks from his custom hubcaps.  As one of his friends put it:  “Mike’s root beer may taste a bit greasy, but he teaches us something important about troubles.  Turn them into something else!  Turn the car wreck into a coffee table.”


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






Wisdom That Sticks

Faith has two parts:  one is patience, and the other is gratitude.

Life is short.  Eternity isn’t.

The truly educated never graduate.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

As my apprentice, you’re never fired. – God





Our egg hunt and cookout for the children will be on Saturday, April 7 at 11: a.m. at Arlington Christian School.  There is a sign up list for food that will be needed on the Involvement Team board.  Please sign up also to let us know if you will be attending and how many people will be in your group.




The Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus will be at Cedar Grove on Sunday, April 8 and will have a program for us after the evening assembly.  W will be having a meal for them after the program and there is a list on the Involvement Team bulletin board to sign for helping with the meal.  There is also a list to sign if you are willing to b ea host family for the night. 



David, Kim, Matthew and Alex Taylor have asked to place membership with the congregation.  We welcome them to our Cedar Grove family.  Their address is available in the church office.  



David, Kim, Matthew and Alex Taylor have asked to place membership with the congregation.  We welcome them to our Cedar Grove family.  Their address is available in the church office.  



Murray and Nancy Kirkland, Amanda Elliott, Mike O’Brien and Chris and Hayden Thompson were sick Sunday.  

Jeri Maddox’ father, Virgil Mize, had to return to the hospital last week. 

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

THOSE TO SERVE - April 8, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Lord's Table

*Romeo Brinkley


*Todd Wisenbaker


Joe Minichowski


Chris Greenwald

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Scott


2 Peter 1:3-5

Closing Prayer

Trent Burnett

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Dave Hamby

Scripture Reading

Mike O'Brien


   Psalm 28:6-9

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Communion Preparation

Peggy Hamby

Nursery Attendant

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