THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

March 13, 2007

Number 11

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

In December 1977, the Arkansas Razorbacks, coached by Lou Holtz, were preparing to play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl. Because of recent suspensions on the Razorback team (and the resulting dissension among players), Arkansas had become a 24 point underdog.

The negative press took its effect on the players as they prepared for the game; it was evident in the way they practiced. They were listless and unfocused, completely lacking confidence.

Holtz called the team together for a meeting. As the players sat slumped in the chairs, staring at the floor, he told them:  Just because the press is writing our obituary doesn't mean that we have to die. We've read all the reasons why we can't win; I want to hear why we can.

The players sat silent. Nobody offered an opinion. Holtz told them plainly, We're not leaving this meeting until I get some answers.”

Slowly the players began speaking up: Even though they had lost some key offensive players, the defense was still intact. They still had the best place-kicker in the country. They had a great quarterback, and on and on. The more the players talked about why they could win, the more their confidence soared, and the more their outlook changed.

If you're a football fan, you know what happened a few days later. The Razorbacks pulled off one of the greatest upsets in bowl history, beating Oklahoma 31-6.

Holtz said, We won that game the moment our players focused  on what  we had  instead of what we lacked.”

Moses faced a similar situation when God called him to lead the people of Israel out of slavery. Moses' response was “What if they don't listen to me? God's response was “What do you have?” Then the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand?’” (Exodus 4:2).

What Moses had was a rod. But it was more than a rod; it symbolized the power of God, and it was all Moses needed.  That rod taught Moses not to look at what he had lacked, but look at what he had:  the power of God in his life.

What do you have? Along with your talent and your determination, you can list the power of God among your assets. And needless to say, it goes at the top of the list.

Randy Kea commented in the Forest Park Newsletter, “The emphasis in the scriptures is today.  We cannot change the past.  We cannot know what the future holds.  The Bible focus is today.”  Here are a few examples:

·        “So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’”(Heb. 3:7, 8).

·        But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness (Heb. 3:13).

·        There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard’” (Mt. 21:28).

·        “As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.’  I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1, 2).

Whatever challenges you are facing -- whatever seemingly insurmountable odds -- remember that the key to victory is focusing on what you have, not on what you lack.  You can accomplish what needs to be done today.

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

 

                          

 

Wisdom That Sticks

Faith has two parts:  one is patience, and the other is gratitude.

Life is short.  Eternity isn’t.

The truly educated never graduate.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. 

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

As my apprentice, you’re never fired. – God

 

 

 

Spring Spiritual Emphasis

at

Cedar Grove

April 20-22, 2007

 

War of the Worlds:  The Story of Two Kingdoms

To Hear or Not to Hear:  The Story of Two Audiences

What Matters Most to You?  The Story of Two Treasures

Where Will You Be When You Get There?  The Story of Two Destinies

 

Fred Strasser from Wynne , Arkansas will be preaching. 

 

 

  

 

    FROM THE MAILBAG

 

Cedar Grove Friends,

Once again, we find ourselves truly overwhelmed by your generosity.

The love offering you all gave us warmed our hearts and brought tears to our eyes.  We can never begin to thank you all for all your love and support.  The many gifts, cards and money that have been given to us through Jeri are so appreciated. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we have a long road ahead.  As you can see, our prayers are helping Heather as her eye is much better.  Now if we can just get her to stop picking at her sores so they can heal!

God bless you all,

Benny, Renee’, Heather & Justin

 

    EGG HUNT

Mark your calendars!  Our egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 7.  More information later.

 

 

    BABY SHOWER

A diaper shower is planned to help Mark and Mandy Noble get ready for their new baby after our evening assembly on March 25.  We will have a finger foods so bring your favorites.  It’s a girl!

   

     OUR SICK

Hilda Morrow is still recovering from pneumonia.

Paula Anderson, Murray Kirkland and Jacob Melton were sick Sunday.

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

THOSE TO SERVE - March 18, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Lord's Table

*Jim Warren

 

*Phil Hamby

 

Brandon Marlow

 

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Pulliam

 

Amos 3:14, 15

Closing Prayer

Joe Maddox

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Steve Putman

Scripture Reading

Joe Minichowski

 

   Psalm 99:2-5

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Communion Preparation

Betty Bearden

Nursery Attendant

Barbara Massey & 

Kayley Goss

 

 

RECORD 3/11/07

Bible School

69

Worship AM

113

Worship PM

78

Wednesday Bible Study

60

Contribution

$ 2,414.06