THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

May 29 2007

Number 22

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Four royal brothers from ancient India decided each to master a special ability. According to the fable, time went by, and the brothers met to reveal what they had learned.

“I have mastered a science,” said the first, “by which I can take but a bone of some creature and create the flesh that goes with it.”

“I,” said the second, “know how to grow that creature’s skin and hair if there is flesh on its bones.”

The third said, “I am able to create its limbs if I have flesh, the skin, and the hair.”

“And I,” concluded the fourth, “know how to give life to that creature if its form is complete.”

Thereupon the brothers went into the jungle to find a bone so they could demonstrate their specialties.  As fate would have it, the bone they found was a lion’s.  One added flesh to the bone, the second grew hide and hair, the third completed it with matching limbs, and the fourth gave the lion life.  Shaking its mane, the ferocious beast arose and jumped on his creators.  He killed them all and vanished contentedly into the jungle.

It seems that we also have the capacity to create what can devour us.  Goals and dreams can consume us.  Possessions and property can turn and destroy us — unless we first seek God’s kingdom and righteousness. We must allow Him to shape and direct what we make of life.

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That very theme was our emphasis Sunday evening as Chris King challenged our graduates.  He quoted Moses:  Be careful, or  you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.  Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you (Dt. 11:16, 17).

The Israelites faced the idols of the Canaanites; we face the idols of American culture.  What are those idols?

  • The God of Economic Success.  One of the slogans of today’s world is “Get a better education so you can get a better job so you can get a bigger paycheck.”  The real purpose for learning, however, is to honor the Creator with the gifts He has provided.  We’re not just units to make money and drive the economic engine of the nation.

  • The God of Consumerism.  Between 5 and 18 years of age, young people watch 500,000 commercials on television.  Again, the message of the “cultural god” is that life consists in the accumulation of the best, latest and most elaborate collection of stuff.  However, the real purpose of life is more about the continual process of learning and growing, especially as we develop a life that honors God (cf. Col. 1:9, 10).

  • The God of Technology.  We have harnessed the capacity of our world to perform many tasks for us.  If we aren’t careful, though, technology becomes a distraction and we lose sight of our goal of discipleship.  It’s all too easy to minimize the real purpose of technology (or any other tool):  that of enhancing our service to Jesus Christ. 

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Well done!  The contribution for Worldwide Evangelism last week was tremendous!  About $4,600 was collected during the day;  with some help from the Cedar Grove treasury, Harvey Starling left with a total of $6,000.  (See 2 Corinthians 9:3.)  I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a smile, a Bible and a positive word!               RA

 

 

                          

 

IF NOTHING CHANGES,

        NOTHING CHANGES

Remember, it’s easier . . .

ü To settle for average than strive for achievement

ü To be saturated with complacency than stirred with compassion

ü To be skeptical than successful

ü To question than conquer

ü To rationalize your disappointments than realize your dreams

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for your love, support, prayers and cards for our family during my dad’s illness and his passing.  We really appreciate the donations that were made for Heather in memory of my dad.  Dad would always say don’t spend your money on him but he would be pleased to know that it was going to care for a precious child.  He held a special place in his heart for all children.

Joe and I are so grateful for our Cedar Grove family.  This has been a very difficult year for us; having your love and support has made it easier for us to get through the sadness.  It really meant a lot to us that our Cedar Grove family was at my dad’s memorial service to support us.  We thank you for letting us share our memories and dad’s accomplishments.  We are very blessed to have such a wonderful church family.

Love

Joe, Jeri & Kyle Maddox

Jamie & Jacquelyn McDowell

      ASKED FOR PRAYERS

Tom Hopkins asked for prayer, saying, that has “strayed away from God for a while.”  He also asked for prayer for himself as well as Lynda I their physical condition.

 

   

  CAMP INAGEHI

  If you are interested in Camp Inagehi this summer, ask for applications in the church office.

 

 

 BIBLE CLASS MATERIAL

Bible class books and supplements are here for the summer quarter.  Teachers may pick them up in the supply room.

 

HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

The Hillcrest church invites you to its 63rd Homecoming Celebration June 9-10.  The theme is “moving Onward and Upward.”  More

information is posted on the bulletin board. 

 

 OUR SICK

Joyce Robbins is recovering at following surgery last week.

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 - June 3, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

*Keith Bearden

 

*Greg Cannon

 

Romeo Brinkley

 

Danny Hamby

Scripture Reading

Trent Burnett

 

      Luke 18::31-34

Closing Prayer

Dave Hamby

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam  

Opening Prayer

Todd Wisenbaker

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Psalm 119:57-60

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

Communion Preparation

Willie Mae Warren

Nursery Attendant

 

Lynn Pulliam & Shannon Greenwald

 

 

 

RECORD 5/27/07

Bible School

78    

Worship AM

116   

Worship PM

96   

Wednesday Bible Study

56   

Contribution

$ 2,959.94