THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


May 1, 2007

Number 18



William James said, “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast us.”

The overwhelming majority of things we do during the day are profoundly temporary. Driving here or there.  Having a meal.  Watching TV.  Even in our work situations, what we do is more often about fixing yesterday’s problems than realizing tomorrow’s dreams.

So how do we bring a sense of the eternal into each day? How do we ensure we spend our lives building something that will outlast our time here on earth?

Steve May commented, “The only two things that last forever are the Word of God and people.  If you want to build something in your life that will last, look for ways to connect these two.”

Look for ways to speak God’s word into the lives of others.  This involves more than quoting Bible verses.  It involves bring-ing the presence of God into every conversation.

Paul said, “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encourage-ment and comfort.” (1 Corinthians 14:3)

This kind of speaking doesn’t require a microphone or a lectern. In fact, it’s most effectively done one-on-one.

Try this today.  In every conversation, ask yourself, “How can I help this person experience more of God’s strength?  How can I encourage him or her to keep pressing on? What words can I use to help them feel the comfort of God’s Spirit?”

It may take only a sentence or two,  but  every  time  you do this you’ll be building something that will last for all eternity.


TAKE TWO:  I certainly appreciated the way James Elliott presented our lesson Sunday evening.  He reminded us that “God is able” (Daniel 2:17).  God is able because of these qualities:

1.      God is LOVE.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8). But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

2.      God is POWER.  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Romans 1:16).

3.      God is PEACE.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus  (Philippians 4:7).

4.      God brings SALVATION.  God our Savior . . . wants all men to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4).

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






Rainbow Omega, Inc., a non-profit organization, was incorporated in Alabama for the purpose of providing residential care and vocational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Rainbow Omega has experienced steady growth since it began in 1991 with one paid consultant, an annual budget of less than $25,000, and no tangible assets. In ten years, Rainbow Omega has increased to sixty-seven residents, fifty-six employees.  The organization now has an annual operating budget of $2.4 million, and current assets of more than $3.1 million.

The mission of Rainbow Omega, Inc. is to glorify God.  This goal guides the agency in its commitment to meet the special needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; to provide care in a safe, stable and Christian environment; and to facilitate the achievement of their maximum, individual potential for independence, productivity, and interaction with the community.


Our Cedar Grove Bible study for ladies will be on Thursday, May 3.  The ladies are having a “salad supper,” so the time will be moved up to 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite salad and enjoy a time of learning and fellowship. 



Gerald Blackwood with Rainbow Omega will be at Cedar Grove on May 6.  Several of the residents will be visiting also.  You can learn more about this ministry on our front page. 




   To welcome the group from Rainbow Omega we want to have a fellowship meal after the morning assembly.



   Harvey Starling will make his annual visit to Cedar Grove on May 20.



  There are two weeks left in our Georgia AGAPE fundraiser (the last day to make donations is May 13).  This is also

  the last week to commit to a “hole sponsorship” for the golf tournament. 

  Our children are helping by bringing money to Bible class.  There is a special incentive for them:  the children’s class

  that donates the most will get a doughnut party! 





Best wishes to Tom Raines on his retirement from the Atlanta newspaper



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 - May 6, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Bobby Mitchell

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Lord's Table

*Keith Bearden


*Jim O'Brien


Jame Elliott III


Danny Hamby

Scripture Reading

Doyle White


Luke 14:12-14

Closing Prayer

Joe Maddox

Welcome -PM


Song Leader


Opening Prayer


Scripture Reading




Closing Prayer


Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant


Heather Thompson, 

Anne Raines




RECORD 4/29/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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