THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

July 17, 2007

Number 29

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

Building a Temple for the King

 

Using volunteer labor from the Cedar Grove family to construct our storage building was a great adventure.  I was impressed with the energy and skill that our men demonstrated.  It also reminded me that the Scripture says quite a bit about spiritual building projects.  For example, “Each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work” (1 Cor. 3:10-13).  Our workday last Saturday might have several spiritual applications.

Foundation

Every construction project begins with the foundation because the foundation is the key to the building’s stability.  Our building has been constructed on a concrete slab, but it also has footings much deeper than the minimum requirements.  Just as the foundation is important to a building’s long-term sustainability and strength, the foundation of our faith is equally important to the viability and quality of our soul.  Even though we may be teachers, accountants, firefighters, lawyers, or machinists, in the spiritual arena we are all builders.  Each of us is involved in a life-long construction project building a temple for the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ and His Gospel are our spiritual foundation.  The basic message of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God came to save sinners like us.  When we obey the instructions of the gospel in faith, repentance and baptism, God places us in his “building” (1 Cor. 3:9).  Once we allow God to begin construction, he can build upon this foundation (Eph. 2:21).  As we mature in the faith additional levels can be added to the foundation.

People in the world have other foundations for their lives. There are those who place their belief in science or in man’s ability to solve his own problems.  Still others place their trust in the government or their own abilities.  All people who have built their lives on a foundation other than Jesus Christ are doomed to failure because all worldly values, systems, and ideologies are imperfect.  Only God is perfect, eternal, and capable of satisfying the desires of our body, mind, and spirit.  We can only develop our faith if Jesus Christ and His Gospel are our foundation. Any other foundation will crumble under the pressures of the world – only Jesus Christ can hold firm.

Building Materials

No building can be built without proper materials.  We have been fortunate to have men drawing the plans for our building and obtaining the correct supplies. 

People can be unwise builders of their temples if they use sub-par materials.  Our first building material should be the knowledge of Holy Scripture. Without a keen awareness of God’s commandments and an idea of what is expected from us we cannot progress in the faith.  Scripture also gives us examples of holy men and women who lived virtuous lives that we can imitate.  A heart of willing service will also help us build on our foundation. A soul that dedicates itself to unconditionally serving God radiates inner beauty and it can successfully withstand temptations. 

Building Inspector

Even though they are exasperating at times, local governments have building codes so that homeowners and commercial business owners can have reasonable assurance that their building will not cave in on them or catch on fire due to negligence.  The ultimate building inspector, God, will evaluate both the quality of the materials and the workmanship. At the end of our lives, the temple of our soul will be tested to see if it can withstand the “fire test.”  Work that passes the test will be rewarded. On the other hand, if a person’s temple is burned to the foundation, it indicates that a person did not live up to potential.

Construction Workers

Through the skill of the workers, the materials are fused to construct a functional building.  Unfortunately, not all workers are the same. The better construction workers are diligent, use the best materials, are skilled in their trade, and get the job done on time. In our project, we found that some were experienced and capable; others just tried to carry lumber and hold ladders.  Working together, however, we succeeded in getting the project done. 

   

                          

 

 

GREAT PARTICIPATION

THANK YOU to all who participated in our “barn raising”:  Jim O’Brien, Tom Raines, Steve Putman, Bobby Elam, Todd Wisenbaker, Chris Thompson, Chris King, Melanie King, Ralph White, Doyle White, Garner White, Greg Cannon, Rhonda Cannon, Dick Massey, Phil Hamby, Everett Hayes, Jim Warren, Keith Bearden, Betty Bearden, Craig Hodges, Linda Elam, Sheila Mixon, , Barbara Massey

ASKED FOR PRAYER

James Elliott asked for prayer in his personal strength and also for his physical disabilities.

Tom Hopkins expressed thanks for the interest following his eye surgery and asked for continued prayer for himself and Lynda. 

   

   

 CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Keith and Betty Bearden who welcomed a new great-grandson and a great-granddaughter to their family last week.

 

WEDDING RECEPTION

You are invited to attend the wedding reception for Lindsay and Will Adamack on Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar GroveChurch of Christ.  Lindsay Hodges and Will Adamack were marriedon June 27 in Jamaica . 

 

 

 

 OUR SICK

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 22, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Lord's Table

*Armando Banuelos

 

*Joe Maddox

 

Kyle Maddox

 

Adam Banuelos 

Scripture Reading

Everett Hayes

 

     Psalm 28:1, 2

Closing Prayer

Trent Burnett

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Keith Bearden

Scripture Reading

Todd Wisenbaker

 

Jeremiah 20:18

Closing Prayer

Tom Hopkins

Communion Preparation

Myra White

Nursery Attendant

 

Volunteers needed

 

 

 

RECORD 7/15/07

Bible School

76   

Worship AM

118   

Worship PM

59    

Wednesday Bible Study

46   

Contribution

$ 3,740.37