THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

March 20, 2007

Number 12

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Vann Conwell wrote about attending a major “church growth” conference.  A “mega-church” was hosting the event. Here are some of his comments:

“Most of the five thousand seats were already filled with leaders from churches across the country.  I marveled at the technology, architecture and significant slice of evangelical leadership on display in this vast room.

“The keynote speaker was the senior minister of a mammoth mega-church.  Flashing a smile backed by a set of brilliant white teeth, the speaker opened with a few humorous comments about his family.  Switching to his message, the keynoter indicated that he intended to share wisdom drawn from many years of successful ministry.  I sensed the mass of assembled church-going humanity leaning forward in anticipation of the words about to be spoken.

“And this is what was spoken:  ‘If we could just find a way to get rid of the kooks in the church, things would be a lot better.’ I couldn’t believe my ears!  He had to be joking, but this was no joke.  He was serious!

“Turning to my wife, Susan, I mouthed, ‘Did we just hear what I think we heard?’ She nodded.  Improve your church by getting rid of the kooks! I could tell by the way Susan looked at me that she knew I’d be one of the first to go.  Suddenly, I felt very out of place at this conference. The keynote speaker continued to share wisdom drawn from his years of experience . . . but reverberating in my ears was, ‘Get rid of the kooks!’

“Who decides who the kooks are? Have some of us who call ourselves Christ-followers become so desirous of sanitized, polished, efficient  church  that  we  want  to boot out the people that Jesus loves the most?

“The truth is – we’re all kooks.  The church family that I’m part of and love deeply is full of kooks.  Jesus called as his first disciples a ragged assemblage of kooks.  Jesus hung out with kooks.  He sought out kooks. Jesus died for kooks.

“The keynoter was still going strong as Susan and I slipped out of the auditorium.  We walked without speaking to our car. As I slid behind the wheel, I turned to Susan and said, ‘I should have stood up in there and said, We’ll take all of your kooks at my church!’  Gripping the steering wheel, I felt anger and frustration wash over me . . . and then God gave me something to laugh about.  That senior minister who wanted to get rid of the kooks was a kook! He just didn’t see it.

“As Susan and I drove out of the parking lot of that mega-church, I thanked our good and gracious God for the mercy He shows to all of us kooks.”

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:5-17).

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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 has served as minister for the Wynne Church of Christ for over 20 years.  He has three degrees from Harding University .  He and his wife, Rebecca, have been married for 25 years, and they have four sons. 

 

Friday, April 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21– 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon

Sunday, April 22 – 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. 

 

 

  

 

    FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED

When AGAPE receives a call for the placement of a child in foster care, saying “yes” depends upon the number of foster families ready and willing to take a child into their home.  AGAPE needs foster families for children of all ages, especially families who can care for sibling groups of 2 or more children.  AGAPE is praying that your heart will be touched for the many brothers and sisters who want to stay together when they come into foster care.

Part of becoming a foster parent is receiving the required pre-service training.  AGAPE’s next orientation and training class is now forming and will begin in April.  AGAPE is now offering two options for completing the pre-service training.  One is a more time-condensed process which will occur over three weekends and then there is the traditional format of a longer time period.  Please call Jayne Osburn for more information at (770) 452-9995.

 

    JOB OPENING

The Raintree Village Children’s Home, located in Dasher, Georgia, is seeking a quality person to serve as their fulltime secretary.  This position required good public relations and communication skills, computer knowledge, and basic bookkeeping.  The person hired will be expected to work every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All applicants will need to undergo a criminal records background check. 

If interested, please call the Raintree Village office at (229) 559-5944 and speak with Missy or Kenny.  Or email your resume to kenny@raintreevillage.org.

 

    EGG HUNT

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

 

 

    BUILDING LOCKING

If you are willing to take a turn at locking the building after services, please be prepared to add your name to the “Lock up” list. 

 

    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!  

 

    INVOLVMENT TEAMS

The new Involvement Teams have been posted on the bulletin board.  Check to see which team you are on. 

   

     OUR SICK

Jim May’s mother, Sue May, is scheduled for eye surgery on Tuesday, March 20.  Her address is 207 Brandon Lane, Newnan GA 30265.

Hilda Morrow is still recovering from pneumonia.

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

THOSE TO SERVE - March 25, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Todd Wisenbaker

Lord's Table

*Greg Cannon

 

*Doyle White

 

Joe Maddox

 

Bill Moore

Scripture Reading

Steve Putman

 

Psalm 96:1-6

Closing Prayer

Brandon Marlow

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

James Elliott

Scripture Reading

Bill Moore

 

   Psalm 28:6-9

Closing Prayer

Merritt Eagling

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant

Heather Thompson & 

Anne Raines

 

 

RECORD 3/18/07

Bible School

94

Worship AM

125

Worship PM

69

Wednesday Bible Study

63

Contribution

$ 3,121.90