THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


June 26, 2007

Number 26



Worse Than A Lack Of Rain

The panoramic Bible was mostly written on location, and mostly those locations were in a semi-desert region of the world.

That means droughts were common in the Bible. Common, but still scary. A drought meant death if it went on too long in the simple, agricultural societies of the Old Testament. No water, no crop; no crop, no food; no food, no life. The cycle was simple and understood by all.

So when Jehovah saw the need to discipline his wandering people, drought was an effective tool to convince them to straighten up and show him the proper respect, as this drought-ending prayer in Jeremiah shows:  “Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?  Do the skies themselves send down showers?  No, it is you, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.”

If you need another example, remember that Joseph became a national and even world hero because through God he figured out a way for Egypt and its customers to survive a seven-year drought.

Or the great prophet Elijah, who killed hundreds of pagan priests in a showdown at Carmel, then drove home the point that God was totally in charge by ending the day with a drought-busting rainstorm.

Even if God were no more than just the master of the rains - instead of creator of the universe and all it contains - he’d have been a force to love and fear in the ancient, drought-fearing Middle East.

Of course, that was a long time ago, and a long way from usually moist North Alabama, where this spring the corn is dying and the cotton is shriveled and many of the Bermuda lawns are brown and crackly underfoot and even the mosquitoes are suffering.

Yes, we still have droughts, and yes, they’re still scary.

But besides this temporary lack of rainfall, don’t forget that other forms of drought can wreak longer-lasting damage.

A drought of tenderness to wash away the dust of this parching world can kill a marriage just as dead as a field of corn.

A drought of worship with other believers can dry up a man’s soul just as surely as a year without rain can stifle a mountain stream, so that it has not even a drop left to send into the great river below.

A drought of generosity can leave the reservoir of your life empty and cracked, so that you don’t even remember how good it feels to jump in and serve another person.

I suppose we’ve all got droughts in our lives, long periods without some element that is as essential to the care and feeding of a soul as rainfall is to a farmer.

And if God were no more than just the master of the rains - the literal king of cloud cover, mist, drizzle, sprinkles and gullywashers - we’d all be on our own when it came to surviving these more ethereal forms of spiritual drought.

How fortunate for us that God is much more than the rain master.

In the story of Elijah, a cloud the size of a man’s hand was the first sign that a long drought was about to be broken. It didn’t seem like much, but it was a start that grew and grew until it became a heavy rain.

If your life is in the middle of a spiritual or emotional drought, the first sign that it is about to end could be no bigger than your own hand. Look at it there in front of you, then fold it into the other hand, bow your head over those little hands and pray to God the rainmaker for an end to this dry spell you’ve been going through.

It may seem like a small start, but God has plenty of experience growing small prayers into gullywashers full of blessings.

—Doug Mendenhall, in the Huntsville Times






Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you for the love and support you’ve shown us in the loss of my mother. The flowers you sent were beautiful and the cards and prayers an encouragement to us. Thank you for being the loving family you are. It’s a blessing to us all.

Love, Rhonda Cannon & family


Dear Elders & Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for the financial support you gave me for my Mexico mission trip. I will be leaving July 7th to help with a VBS in Ensenada.  I am so excited! Please keep this effort in your prayers.

In Christ, 

Kathy Burnett




A family church picnic is planned for Saturday, June 30 at the Newnan Utility Park.  We have the pavilion reserved from 8:00 – 12:00.  Come when you like and we will plan to eat about 11:00.  Each family is to bring their own food. We will have to be out of the pavilion at 12:00 but you can stay as long as you like for the children to play. 




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.



Jodi Brinkley had outpatient surgery on Tuesday.

Bill Moore’s surgery to replace his pacemaker was successful.

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 1, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Greg Cannon

Lord's Table

*Romeo Brinkley


*Todd Wisenbaker


Joe Maddox


Bill Moore 

Scripture Reading

Danny Hamby


     1 Peter 1:3-5

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Dick Massey

Scripture Reading

Romeo Brinkley


Psalm 27:7-9

Closing Prayer

Keith Bearden

Communion Preparation

Betty Bearden

Nursery Attendant


Joyce Shelton




RECORD 6/24/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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