THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

November 27, 2007

Number 48

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

Recently, during an interview on a talk radio station, I heard a local politician declare that “change is inedible.”  She then paused and said, “I always have a hard time saying that word.”  Obviously, with the march of progress in mind, her declaration meant to say, “change is inevitable.”

But, you know, she might have been right with her first comment. Sometimes, change is “inedible.”  I think even Rachel Ray would admit that sometimes in the kitchen you do things a certain way just because they’ve always been done that way.  We’ve all heard the story of the young bride who cut the end off her ham before cooking it.  When her husband asked why, she confessed that her mother always did it that way.  When she asked her mother why she cut the end of the ham off, the mother paused and said that Granny always did it that way.  Finally, when the aged matriarch was queried about the ham cutting habit, she smiled and said, “I had to; my baking pan was too small”

Sometimes, though, change is just hard to swallow – it’s “inedible.” We have a comfort zone that desires the familiar, even if the familiar is uncomfortable. Remember the Israelites in the wilderness.  They longed for the cucumbers and onions of their captivity rather than the promised abundance in the land of milk and honey (Num. 11:5).

Even though change is often resisted, it is an axiom of our human condition that there can be no growth without change.  Growth requires change.  From clothes that become too small to childish thoughts that reveal their foolishness, God designed us to outgrow what we used to be like; He designed us to change.  Paul told the Corinthians that God makes things grow.  Therefore, we are to “grow in grace and knowledge” and “grow up in our salvation.” In fact, we are to “grow up into Christ.”  This kind of growth means that old things no longer fit.  Thoughts, behaviors, eating habits – all these are intended to change as one grows into being like Jesus.  Isn’t this what is meant by repentance?  Core to the gospel is the recognition that needed change is coupled to the commitment to change.  Like Paul, we are to “put away childish things” when we grow up.

As I am on the threshold of official eligibility for AARP, sometimes I’m an example that “growing old” does not necessarily mean “growing up.”  I still have too many hungers that distract me from being like Jesus.  Like a child refusing to try anything new, I sit at a banquet table covered with delicious new treats and still I wonder if I can stop at McDonalds on the way home. Yes, sometimes change is “inedible” because I just don’t want to give up my old eating habits.

I guess you could say that the battle in my life is a battle between the “Golden Arches” and the “Pearly Gates.”  Content to stay the same as I’ve always been, I can continue to grub away at the “come as you are” fast food restaurant; while, all the while, a full course gourmet meal is waiting for me at the 5-star heavenly banquet.  But one has to “dress up” for that dinner.  It means I have to change my clothes.

Lucky for me though, I have an invitation to that banquet because “all who have been baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ” (Gal. 3:27).

   

 

            

                

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

“Thank you” for the canned goods and cash you gave us for “Thanksgiving Dinner!”  Words cannot express enough our gratitude. 

God bless all,

Tom and Lynda Hopkins

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY PARTY

There will be a Holiday Party for the children on Sunday, December 2 after the morning assembly.  There is a sing-up sheet on the Involvement Team bulletin board.  Please be sure to indicate how many in your family will be attending.  We will have a special guest visiting us, pizza for lunch, crafts, Bible stories, and cookie decorating!

 

 

 

ADULT HOLIDAY PARTY 

Our Holiday Party this year will be Saturday, December 8.  There is a list on the Involvement Team bulletin board to indicate if you will be attending.

·         We will be asking each family to donate $5 to help prepare for the dinner party.  Give the money to Sheila Mixon or Jana Hamby.

·         We will be having an ornament exchange.  Everyone needs to bring a wrapped ornament.

·         Anyone who cannot attend because of childcare issues, please see Jana Hamby as soon as possible.

·         If you have empty coffee cans, chip cans or anything similar, please give to Sheila Mixon or Jana Hamby as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

FOOD COLLECTION

In order to help some families at the holiday time, we are continuing the food drive for the next few weeks.  This will extend into December to help with Christmas as well.  Remember, our children like to be involved so they can bring their contributions to Bible class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

      

December 5                          Jacob O’Brien

                                                Shannon Scott

December 6                          Jordan Cannon

December 7                          Amanda Hunt

December 9                          Merritt Eagling

                                                Nancy Northcutt

December 10                        Ashley Wernersbach

December 15                        Holly Shelley

December 22                        Donna Putman

December 26                        Tristan Wernersbach

 

 

 

 OUR SICK

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

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - December 2, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Chris King

Lord's Table

*Keith Bearden

 

*Doyle White

 

Romeo Brinkley

 

Joe Maddox

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Scott

 

     Psalm 47:5-7

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam  

Opening Prayer

Todd Wisenbaker

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Scott

 

Psalm 46:1-34

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

Communion Preparation

 

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant

Volunteer Needed 

 

 

 

RECORD 11/18/07

Bible School

81

Worship AM

126

Worship PM

54

Wednesday Bible Study

62

Contribution

$ 2,621.00