THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


August 21, 2007

Number 34




Furor has been raging over Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s alleged involvement in dog fighting.  He’s accused of participating in the training and brutal killing of the animals. 

Jeanine Pirro, a New York lawyer and prosecutor, said last month, “These are innocents. . . . These dogs are bred in silence and raised to tear one another apart.  These dogs cannot lie; the facts speak for themselves.”

In the past seven days, approximately 10,500 unborn, defenseless children have been murdered by abortionists. I would suggest that children are bred to be loved and nurtured, not sucked out of wombs or burned to death in them, and those facts do not lie either.

Columnist Mychal Massie, writing in WorldNet Daily, asks, “Where is the outrage, as over 40,000 children a month are ripped apart in what should be their most sacred sanctuary?  It has been said that Vick’s image will be alongside ‘vicious, vile images’ of dog fighting.  Where is the outrage over the image of Margaret Sanger, the patron saint of genocide who, out of contempt for the poor, the black poor specifically, advocated the murder of innocent black children under the guise of a woman’s right to choose?”

Massie continues, “The priorities of America are wrong. The nation and animal-rights groups are beside themselves because a few dogs have been mistreated and destroyed, yet these same people and activist groups support and advocate the slaughter of unborn children. Even worse, if possible, they ad-vocate  the  breeding  of innocent human life for scientific experiments, vis-à-vis embryonic stem cell research.”

By the way, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been invigorated by the allegations against Vick, all the way to their cash registers.  Their indignation is frantically reported in all kinds of media.  But nowhere is it mentioned that from 1998 through 2000, PETA killed over 14,400 dogs, cats and “companion animals.”  They stored the dead animals in a walk-in freezer, while contracting with a Virginia Beach company to cremate them. In 2005, they euthanized 90.7 percent of the animals they received.

Yet these and others are the ones now castigating Vick.  Perhaps we should run commercials showing pictures of the fragmented baby parts, beside pictures of the dead dogs allegedly belonging to Vick.  Maybe we should show the faces of women who have had their internal organs irreparably injured by abortionists alongside the canines.  Or perhaps we should show the children who were aborted alive and living today alongside one of Vick’s dogs.

I love dogs and detest all kinds of cruelty.  But when will we learn that people, made in God’s image, count most?  One final quote:  “Abortion is indeed the very personification of the darkness that shadows our society.” 


We’ve been “enjoying” record-breaking temperatures this month!  With 16 days above 95 degrees and eight days at 100 or more, this has become the hottest August on record.  Pets, crops, gardens and people are all suffering.  Anyone who is out in the sun for a prolonged period feels the effects quickly. 

Sometimes Christians experience the same feeling of being “drained” in our spiritual lives if we go too long without the cool refreshment of communing with God and his people.  Consider the converse from Scripture:  “Blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Psalm. 1:1-3).

The psalm then contrasts the spiritual man with the wicked who are “like chaff that the wind blows away.”  If you are feeling a little withered in your spiritual walk, take the advice of the Psalmist and plant yourself close to the stream of God’s replenishing waters. 

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




Fall Spiritual Emphasis

Friday, September 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15– 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon

Sunday, September 16 – 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.



The Hillcrest church of Christ invites you to their 2007 Evangelism Seminar and Gospel Meeting August 25-30.  More information is on the bulletin board.

The Hillcrest church will also be hosting its 1st Annual College Prep Forum on Saturday, September 8.  More information is on the bulletin board.

The West End church invites you to their Fall Gospel Meeting with Dr. W. F. Washington on September 8-13.  More information is on the bulletin board.   

The Riverdale church of Christ will be having their 2nd Annual Ladies’ Inspiration Day on September 15.  You will need to RSVP by September 8.  More information is on the bulletin board. 



The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Jill Marlow and her family in the death of her aunt last week. 



J. C. Enlow, representing 21st Century Global Evangelism will be visiting Cedar Grove this Sunday, August 26.  He has been instrumental in establishing training schools in several countries and he will be telling us about their progress in his presentation. 



After the Sunday morning assembly Gary Kato expressed his desire to be baptized into Christ.  A small group was on hand to witness his immersion and we welcome him as a new brother. 



Bill Moore is scheduled for eye surgery Tuesday.

Betty Smith had a biopsy recently and is waiting for results.

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



THOSE TO SERVE - August 26, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Dick Massey

Lord's Table

*Chris King


*Steve Putman


Merritt Eagling


Todd Wisenbaker

Scripture Reading

Josh May


     2 Timothy 2:1-4

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture Reading

Everett Hayes


Jeremiah 20:13

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant


Alexa Coggin, Melanie King




RECORD 8/19/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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