THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


June 5, 2007

Number 23




Do you start each day thinking about the problems or the possibilities?  It seems that our human nature often tends to focus on problems first thing in the morning. As soon as we open our eyes, before our feet hit the floor were thinking about the difficulties that have to be dealt with today.  The tempter reminds us of all the things that can go wrong and all the ways we can be incompetent!

This is not the best way to get things started!  Problems are temporary.  They get solved and go away, and like a revolving door, new ones come along to take their place.

Of course, they must solved, but this is best accomplished by changing our approach.  We’ll enjoy more success by directing our first thoughts of the day not to the problems themselves, but to the one who empowers us to live in victory.  Our focus needs to be on God, not the giant that’s waiting to be slain.

David said, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 59:16).

No matter what struggles you’re facing right now, don’t let yourself get out of the habit of getting into God’s presence as quickly as possible at the beginning of each new day. Rejoice in his love, draw on his strength, let him fill you with the faith and determination you need to stay in the battle.


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





I could tell by their actions that they were Christians.

Mother had been driving her old car for 20 years, and it had become to her like a child’s security blanket.  She could have gotten a new car, but she might have sacrificed one of her children before parting with that pile of junk.  She wrecked it a number of times, but she would patch it up and keep driving it.  She drove it about two months without a hood until an embarrassed family member found a hood in a junkyard and installed it for her. 

Sometimes when I drove it home for her after an accident I could hear pieces falling off and hitting the street.  Fortunately she never ventured far from home, so I didn’t have far to go when I was always called to the “crime scene.”

One of her accidents happened one Sunday afternoon when I was about ready to leave for church.  After I got to the scene 

and before the ambulance arrived to take occupants of the other car to the hospital, the considerate police officer offered to let Mother sit in the police car.  Then he suggested 

she might be more comfortable if I sat with her.  That was fine until I started to get out of the car.  There was no handle on the door!  I couldn’t get out.  All I could do was pray that none of my church family would come by and see me sitting in that police car.

Another time she ran into an elderly couple in a nice car, and when I got to the scene Mother was fast approaching a state of hysteria.  The elderly lady, however, and her husband didn’t seem the least bit upset about the situation.  Their car was damaged, but Mother’s didn’t have an additional dent in it.  That lady and her husband were patient, kind, forgiving, polite, peaceful, not easily upset, gentle.  Their actions told to whom they belonged.  I looked at the couple and said, “You people are Christians, aren’t you?”  They answered that they were, and I replied, “I can tell by your actions that you are Christians.”

Let us be sure our conduct is such that people can say about us, “I can tell by your actions that you are a Christian.”

—Edna M. Walling

Newsletter Editor for DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT





Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for the plethora of cards and gifts you gave me at last week’s church graduation dinner.  The longer I attend here, the more I am amazed by your love and generosity.  I will miss this church family when I leave for college this fall.  Thanks again for your support..


Blake Mitchell


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.   



Jana Kato’s best friend’s brother passed away yesterday from an unexpected heart attack.  Rob Hammond was an associate minister and youth minister at a church in Louisburg , North Caroline, and was only 35 years old with a wife and daughter.  Please remember their family.  


There is an updated one page membership list available on the table in the vestibule.



Georgia AGAPE had an immediate job opening for a social services professional whose primary responsibilities will be working with the agency’s maternity and adoption programs.  This individual will provide our birth parent counseling and adoption placement services.  An individual with a Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related human services field is preferred.  This is a full-time position which comes with a competitive salary and a full array of benefits.  For information, contact Doug Mead or Charles Hampton at the AGAPE office, (770) 432-9995.



A family church picnic at the Newnan Utility Park is planned for June 30 from 10:00-12:00.   Details later. 



Joyce Robbins continues to recover from surgery.

Betty Smith’s niece, Dawn Wright, is scheduled for foot surgery in Nashville .

Rhonda Cannon’s mother, Doris Phillippi, is now in 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 - June10, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Keith Bearden

Lord's Table

*Phil Hamby


*Jim O'Brien


Merritt Eagling


Jimmy Scott

Scripture Reading

Greg Cannon


   1 Peter 1:7, 8

Closing Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Scripture Reading

Todd Wisenbaker


1 Chronicles 16:8-11

Closing Prayer

Keith Bearden

Communion Preparation

Willie Mae Warren

Nursery Attendant


Willie Mae Warren




RECORD 6/3/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study