THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


March 27, 2007

Number 13



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).


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






Spring Spiritual Emphasis


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. 






You are invited to the Open House and Dedication for the new First Aid Station and Staff Quarters on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.  More information is posted on the bulletin board.

The 10th Annual Camp Inagehi Golf Tournament will be Saturday, April 28 with a 9:00 tee off.  More information is posted on the bulletin board. 



The Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus will be at Cedar Grove on Sunday, April 8 and will have a program for us after the evening assembly.  W will be having a meal for them after the program and there is a list on the Involvement Team bulletin board to sign for helping with the meal.  There is also a list to sign if you are willing to b ea host family for the night. 



Everyone is invited to join us for an egg hunt and cookout on Saturday, April 7 at 11: a.m. at Arlington Christian School .  We will need each family to donate at least one dozen plastic eggs filled with candy.  (It has been suggested that we not fill the eggs with chocolate candy wince it tends to melt when the eggs are hidden in the sun.)  Bring the candy-filled eggs to the church building no later than Wednesday, April 4.  There is a sign up list for food that will be needed on the Involvement Team board.  Please sign up also to let us know if you will be attending and how many people will be in your group.



Murray Kirkland has pneumonia.

Jeri Maddox’ father had to return to the hospital Friday, but he will return to rehab this week.  He needs encouragement.  The address is:

Virgil Mize

Manorcare Room 187B

3001 S. Congress Ave.

Boynton Beach , FL. 33426

Jacquelyn McDowell's brother-in-law and his wife were in a serious car accident last week.  They are both stationed in Germany awaiting their orders to return to the United States .  Their names are Jason and Brandi McDowell.   Jason only has some cuts and bruises but Brandi is still in the hospital with pain in her back.

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

THOSE TO SERVE - April 1, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Lord's Table

*Mike O'Brien


*Dave Hamby


Jimmy Scott


Chris Thompson

Scripture Reading

Jason Ray


Philippians 2:1-4

Closing Prayer

Dick Massey

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Armando Banuelos

Scripture Reading

Jim O'Brien


   Ecclesiastes 11:1-4

Closing Prayer

Jason Ray

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant

Angela Shelley



RECORD 3/25/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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