THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

July 10, 2007

Number 28

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

I haven’t watched a great deal of women’s college softball since Shannon Greenwald finished school.  However, the success of the Lady Vols this year combined with my love of anything orange compelled me to tune in last month. 

The prospect of the team winning the Women’s College World Series was exciting!  They won the first game of the best of three series on June 4 and I just knew that they would win the whole thing.  All they needed to do was win one of the remaining two games.

In the second game, they lost in the 10th inning.  Then came the final game – another defeat that meant losing the national championship series.

What should the players and coaches do?  Should they think of all the lost opportunities and spend their time wallowing in sadness?

The truth is that in all our lives there will be disappointments. These some-times occur because of our own mistakes and errors, but they sometimes happen because of the negligence of others.  When trials hit us out of nowhere and our dreams go down the tube, what will we do?

The best way to keep going is with contentment in our souls. Content with doing the best we can with what we have.  Content with realizing that we are not perfect and mistakes are part of the human experience.  Content with the gifts God has given us.

Joy is not found in how much we can achieve, but in being content regardless of the circumstance.  Good or bad, we all are doing better than we deserve.

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

                                           

                                                                               RA      

 

                          

 

Where’s Your Focus?

Statisticians tell us that the average life span is now around 75 years. If you are under 30 then you think that is a long time. If you are around my age, you are beginning to realize that is not really very long at all. A few years ago, someone went to the trouble to research what people do with their time. If we live to be 75, most of us will have spent

·   3 years, 24 hours a day, acquiring an education — grade school, high school, college.

·   7 years eating, 24 hours a day — some more, some less, obviously.

·   14 years, day and night, working.

·   5 years riding in automobiles or airplanes.

·   5 years talking with each other — again some more and some less.

·   1 year sick or recovering from sickness.

·   24 years of our life sleeping!

·   3 years reading books, magazines, and newspapers.

·   12 years amusing ourselves — watching TV, going to the movies, fishing, etc.

That totals to 75 years. As I looked at these statistics, I began thinking. Let us suppose that you spent every Sunday of your life, for 75 years — through infancy, childhood, adulthood, old age — worshipping during two church services each Lord’s day.  Now if you did, how much time would you have spent worshipping God? Figure it out — the answer is less than 11 months.

Let’s double it because you have always attended two Bible classes a week.  If you have never missed a Bible class in all your life, that just totals 22 months.

Think about that — 5 years in an automobile and just 22 months in church!  Twelve years amusing ourselves in front of a TV, and just 22 months in church.  And that is if you have always attended and never missed!

That tells us a little bit about the brevity of time and our priorities in life.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cedar Grove Members,

Nell was so appreciative of her gifts and time spent I fellowship celebrating her 90th birthday.  This truly meant a lot to her.  She has mentioned time after time that the Cedar Grove church of Christ is a very special family and holds a special place in her heart.  Many thanks to all.

                                    Love,

The Peters Family

   

SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Joe and Sharon Minichowski in the passing of Joe’s mother, Cecelia Minichowski, last Thursday.  Funeral services will be onTuesday in Pennsylvania . 

Sympathy is also extended to Billie Bates, a former Cedar Grove member.  Her brother, J. T. McCullough, passed away June 26.

   

   

 BARN RAISING

A workday is scheduled for July 14.  All the plans are in place to construct our storage building behind the main church building.  There are a number of ways to help.  Volunteer sheets are posted on the bulletin board.  Or talk with Bobby Elam about what is needed. 

 

 

 OUR SICK

Tom Hopkins will have cataract surgery on Tuesday.

Jean Davis’ mother, Mildred Harbin, is now at home after being hospitalized recently. 

 

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 - July 15, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Todd Wisenbaker

Lord's Table

*Doyle White

 

*Jim Warren

 

Steve Putman

 

Jim O'Brien 

Scripture Reading

Phil Hamby

 

     Psalm 28:1, 2

Closing Prayer

Armando Banuelos

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon   

Opening Prayer

Chris King

Scripture Reading

Merritt Eagling

 

Psalm 138:7, 8

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

Communion Preparation

Myra White

Nursery Attendant

 

Donna Putman, 

Cheryl Putman

 

 

 

RECORD 7/08/07

Bible School

78   

Worship AM

110   

Worship PM

74   

Wednesday Bible Study

34   

Contribution

$ 2,316.18