THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

January 23, 2007

Number  4

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Two local ministers were fishing on the side of the road, when an idea came to them.  They thoughtfully made a sign saying, “THE END IS NEAR! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” They showed it to each passing car. One driver who drove by didn’t appreciate the sign and shouted at them: “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!”

All of a sudden they heard a big splash and looked at each other.  One preacher said to the other, “Do you think we should just put up a sign that says ‘Bridge Out’ instead?’”

This amusing story was handed to me by Jim O’Brien.  It’s a timely reminder that God gives warnings to humans, and it’s a good idea to pay attention! Here are a few examples: 

“Do not grumble, as some of them did — and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as ex-mples and were written down as warnings for us” (1 Cor. 10:10).

“Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning” (1 Tim. 5:20).

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?” (Heb. 12:25).

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book”  (Rev. 22:18).

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Another thoughtful statement was actually written on a tombstone!  It was given to me by Everett Hayes:

Remember, Friend, as you pass by, as you are now so once was I.

As I am now, you will be – so be prepared to follow me.

Under that, in black crayon, was written: 

To follow you I am not content – until I learn which way you went!

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Paula sent me the poem above, and it certainly delivers good advice!  I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a positive word!                                                                                                                 RA

   

                          

 

 

CLEANING HOUSE FOR 2007


 
Last week I threw out Worrying,

It was getting old and in the way.

It kept me from being me; 

I couldn't do things God's way.


 
I threw out a book on MY PAST 

(Didn't have time to read it anyway).

Replaced it with NEW GOALS, 

Started reading it today.


 
I threw out hate and bad memories.

(Remember how I treasured them so?)

Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY, too, 

Threw out the one from long ago.


 
Brought in some new books too, 

Called I CAN, I WILL, AND I MUST.

Threw out I MIGHT, I THINK and I OUGHT. 

Wow, you should have seen the dust.


 
I ran across an OLD FRIEND, 

Hadn’t talked to in a while.

His name is GOD the Father, 

And I really like His style.


 
He helped me to do some cleaning 

And added some things Himself,

Like PRAYER, HOPE, FAITH, and LOVE.

Yes I placed them right on the shelf.


 
I picked up this special thing 

And placed it at the front door.

I FOUND IT – it’s called PEACE.

Nothing gets me down anymore.


 
Yes, I've got my house looking nice.

Looks good around the place.

For things like Worry and Trouble 

There just isn't any space.


 
It's good to do a little house cleaning, 

Get rid of the things on the shelf.

It sure makes things brighter;

Maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF.

 

 

  

 

     FROM THE MAILBAG

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow.  Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered by the family of Vivian Raines.

The Raines Family

 

Dear Ladies,

Thanks so much for the very nice fruit basket again this year. I appreciate it!

In Christian Love,

Mildred Harbin

(Mother of Jean Davis)

 

Dear Brethren:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the sixty-seven special folks that live and work here at Rainbow Omega, I want to express my thanks to the Cedar Grove church for the $200 support you have determined to provide each month.  Your help is invaluable for us as we strive to glorify God through serving these special folks.  Your generosity helps us provide a quality of life in a Christian environment where developmentally disabled adults can reach their maximum potential.

May the Lord continue to bless you richly.  Please know that you have an open invitation to come visit us at any time. 

Sincerely,

Stentson Carpenter

Board Chairman and CEO

 

 

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     OUR SICK

Nell Peters’ eye surgery was postponed until this Thursday.

Kay Buckner, Marvin Hunt and Murray Kirkland were sick Sunday.

Update on Heather Moore, Joe and Jeri’s niece:  The news Monday was discouraging.  The doctor was pleased with how the chemo and radiation have gone so far, but he feels like they need to be more aggressive with the chemotherapy at this time. He told them that because the cancer was in the bone marrow originally that there is a 0-40% chance of survival.  In addition, the chances of the cancer returning are much higher.

The insurance company has suggested sending Heather to St. Jude’s in Memphis , Tennessee .  St. Jude’s specializes in rhapdomyosacoma.  The family said, “We ask that you all please continue to pray for Heather.  We do appreciate your diligence in doing so over these past few months.”

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

THOSE TO SERVE - JANUARY 28, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Lord's Table

*Mike O'Brien

 

*Todd Wisenbaker

 

Trent Burnett

 

Joe Minichowski

Scripture Reading

Joe Maddox

 

John 18:4-8

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Dave Hamby

 

Psalm 33:18-22

Closing Prayer

Steve Putman

Communion Preparation

Peggy Hamby

Nursery Attendant

Shannon Greenwald & 

Angela Shelley

 

 

RECORD 1/21/07

Bible School

83

Worship AM

124

Worship PM

66

Wednesday Bible Study

50

Contribution

$ 2,764.75