THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

July 24, 2007

Number 30

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

In December 2006 a 7’ 9” Mongolian man was called into Orlando, Florida to save a dolphin.  Why?  The dolphin had swallowed some plastic trash that was choking it, and the Mongolian man had arms long enough to reach in and remove the trash.

Dr. James Herriot, the famous veterinarian turned author, told a story about a goat who plucked his owner’s shorts off the clothesline.  It had little trouble with the cotton material, but choked on the elastic waistband.  We have to be careful with our trash – innocent animals can’t tell the difference between trash and treats.

That principle is also true with children.  If we forget about their presence, they will swallow our half-truths, rude comments, bitter words, poisonous vocabulary and vulgar language. 

I was reminded of this lesson quite vividly while our grandson, Logan, was visiting us.  He’s quite capable of “repeating what I shouldn’t have said, word for word.”  Even if I made com-ments that were teasing or joking, I frequently had to correct myself to avoid making poor impressions on his mind.

When the youngsters have ingested our bad opinions and ugly attitudes, they may choke on the word of God.  Then we’re surprised that they resist our efforts to give them nourishing spiritual food!  Trash is haz-ardous to children.

“Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be  better  for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:5, 6).

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As a matter of fact, thinking about our language and the attitudes reflected by our words is a good habit no matter what age our company happens to be.  The Scripture says, Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (Eph. 4:15).  Phil Ware recently commented on this verse in Heartlight: 

Our goal as believers is to mature into the full presence of Jesus Christ in the world by being his unified Body of believers. This challenging goal can only be accomplished if we speak the truth – God's Spirit-inspired message – and do so with an attitude of love. How can we expect to convey the message of God’s love which sent Jesus if we don't live that love ourselves?

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

     

                          

POWERFUL PROVERBS

Proverbs is truly a remarkable book.  The divine wisdom set forth in this book covers a wide range of subjects.

Truth: “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding”(Proverbs 23:23).

Temptation:  “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Proverbs 1:10).

Honesty:  “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight”(Proverbs 11:1).

Pride:  “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Friendship:  “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”( Proverbs 18:24).

Adultery: “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent” (Proverbs 6:27-29).

Work: “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor”(Proverbs 21:25).

The Home: “The house of the righteous shall stand” (Proverbs 12:7).  “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction” (Proverbs 13:1).

Speech:  “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

This is just a sampling of the wide range of topics discussed in this Old Testament book.         (Randy Kea, Forest Park Newsletter)

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Friends,

We wanted to thank you all so much for the help you gave us during my Mom’s last days and funeral.  The calls, cards, flowers, prayers and child care helped us so much and allowed us to do what we needed to do for her.

We feel truly blessed.

                                    With love,

Joe, Sharon, Riley, Cooper and Mason

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Thanks for the great work on the second day of work on our new building:  Jim O’Brien, Doyle White, Everett Hayes, Armando Banuelos, Keith and Betty Bearden

   

   

 

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

Lynda Hopkins had to receive medical treatment at the Emergency Room Sunday; she was experiencing an allergic reaction to medication.

Susan Carson is beginning a new treatment for MS this Wednesday. 

Jeri Maddox will have foot surgery August 2.

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

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - July 29, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Craig Hodges

Lord's Table

*Keith Bearden

 

*Phil Hamby

 

Dick Massey

 

Jim May 

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

     John 17:3

Closing Prayer

Greg Cannon

Welcome -PM

Merritt Eagling

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Jim O'Brien

Scripture Reading

James Elliott III

 

Luke 6:37, 38

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant

 

Volunteers needed

 

 

 

RECORD 7/22/07

Bible School

63   

Worship AM

88   

Worship PM

65   

Wednesday Bible Study

67   

Contribution

$ 2,620.00