THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

July 3, 2007

Number 27

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Columnist Cal Thomas made these comments:  “With chips on their shoulders, grievances in their hearts and weapons in their hands, students who should be planning for life instead plot death.

“They wound and kill fellow students for reasons known only to demons.  Are these cries for help from the abused, neglected and abandoned generation or is this the price we continue to pay for believing we could live as we wish, laugh at morality and imagine judgment day would never come?

“Why should young people take life seriously when their overworked, aborting, day-care, euthanasia culture does not?  Life is so cheap, relationships are so meaningless – children get the message.

“We await the psychiatrists’ explanation, but don’t we secretly know what it is?  When you mix the ingredients for a cake, you get a cake.  When you mix the volatile ingredients of corrupted culture, vulgar entertainment and broken, loveless families, you get child-killers.  OK, so these are rare, but their rarity is small comfort when you are the victim or the parents of a dead child.”

Those comments are striking; but when were they penned?  Not earlier this year, but about eight years ago.  The column was Thomas’ observations after the string of high school shootings in the late ’90s. 

He concludes, “It’s not all the parents’ fault.  Teens are free moral agents.  But too many don’t spend enough quality and quantity time with their children, nor do enough pray with and for them or tell them how much they are loved and appreciated.

“Government officials are making predictable statements.  Politicians are powerless; parents are not.  Parents have the best chance of curtailing violence in the heart before it reaches the head and the hands.” 

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We want to express deep appreciation to the many people who helped us prepare for our wedding and also for everyone who helped us restore the church building after the event.  We certainly couldn’t have done it without you!  As always, our Cedar Grove family came through with flying colors!

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

 

                          

 

Powerful Promises from Psalms

 

  God blesses those who trust His word.

Blessed is the man
       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
       or stand in the way of sinners
       or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1, 2)

 

·   God uses His followers to accomplish His purpose.

Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
       the LORD will hear when I call to him.          (Psalm 4:3)

 

·   God promises ultimate satisfaction for his people.

For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
       you surround them with your favor as with a shield.      (Psalm 5:12)

 

·   God provides spiritual security for those who trust Him.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
      a stronghold in times of trouble.

Those who know your name will trust in you,
      for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.  (Psalm 9:9, 10)

 

·         God loves those who pursue righteousness because it reflects His character.

For the LORD is righteous,  he loves justice;

       upright men will see his face (Psalm 11:7).

 

—Chris King

 

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for your loving kindness!  Your calls, cards, food and prayers are always a blessing.  I am thankful that my recovery has been speedy, but I am most thankful for you, my precious brothers and sisters in Christ.

Love Always,

Jodi Brinkley

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you for your prayers, cards and telephone calls.

Love,

Bill & Bessie Moore

   

  GUEST SPEAKER NEXT SUNDAY

Doug Mendenhall is a graduate of Abilene Christian University who for 25 years has made his career working for newspapers in Texas, Tennessee and Alabama.  For the past seven years he has written a weekly column for The Huntsville (Ala.) Times called Soul Food that tries to make readers think afresh about important Christian principles.  Last fall, Doug published a book called “How Jesus Ended Up in the Food Court” that collects 77 of his favorite columns.  Doug and his wife, Janet — another ACU graduate and also another preacher's kid — are raising their five children in Decatur, Ala., where Doug is a deacon at the Beltline Church of Christ.  After speaking at Cedar Grove, Doug and Janet will head to Atlanta for the annual convention of the International Christian Retailers Association, a meeting of Christian booksellers and other retailers who gather to see what new products are available for their stores in the coming year.

   

   

 BRIDAL SHOWER

All ladies of the congregation are invited to a Bridal Shower for Ashley Wernersbach on Sunday, July 8 at 3:00 in the fellowship room.  

 

ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to Jim and Hilda Morrow.  They are celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary on July 9.  

 

 OUR SICK

Joe Minichowski’s mother is in critical condition in the hospital in Florida.

Sophie Brinkley was sick Sunday.

Nancy Kirkland has injured her shoulder.

Anne Raines’ daughter Lynn Gray is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.

J. T. McCullough, brother of former Cedar Grove member Billie Bates, has gone into hospice care. 

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 8, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Lord's Table

*Keith Bearden

 

*Steve Putman

 

Todd Wisenbaker

 

Tom Raines 

Scripture Reading

Dave Hamby

 

     Luke 1:49-53

Closing Prayer

Joe Maddox

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Trent Burnett

 

Psalm 20:6-8

Closing Prayer

Greg Cannon

Communion Preparation

Betty Bearden

Nursery Attendant

 

Heather Thompson

 

 

 

RECORD 7/01/07

Bible School

73   

Worship AM

102   

Worship PM

52   

Wednesday Bible Study

48   

Contribution

$ 3,320.43