THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


October 2, 2007

Number 40




Didn’t we enjoy a terrific Fifth Sunday on September 30?  It’s always gratifying to receive Robert and Mary Martin.  That was especially true this time with Mary beginning her recovery from cancer surgery.  Robert emphasized getting the seed of God’s word out of the barn, into the ground, and patiently nurturing the crop as we wait for God’s harvest.  Robert and Mary have been “sowing the seed” for over 34 years in the Pacific Islands.  They have taught the gospel in 17 island countries and established 31 congregations as well as the Pacific Islands Bible College.  We have a wonderful fellowship with the Martins, and that made it a stimulating assembly.

Our special Sunday evening program was no less rewarding.  Jimmy Pulliam organized his lesson around some of the important aspects of life we sometimes take for granted.  His thoughts centered on the Lord’s church, our personal families, our opportunity for prayer, and the salvation that is in Christ.  Onice Fields said it best as she commented, “He certainly made you think!”  It was also helpful to have our other shepherds – Jim Warren, Phil Hamby, and Keith Bearden – lead prayer for each of those categories. 


One of the interesting aspects of Jimmy’s lesson was his emphasis on spiritual development in children.  He reminded us that at age 3, children have learned 60% of their vocabulary.  By age 5, they have developed 80% of their character. At age 7, 90 % of the personality is in place.   It  was a very strong reminder of the responsibility involved in launching a child toward eternity!

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



Just for Today


·   I will not strike back. If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in that way (Romans 12:19).

·   I will ask God to bless my enemy. If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual (Matthew 5:44). I understand my enemy could be a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a stranger.

·   I will be careful about what I say. I will carefully choose and guard my words, being certain that I do not spread gossip (James 3:1–6).

·   I will go the second mile. I will find ways to help share the burden of another person (Matthew 5:41).

·   I will forgive. I will forgive those who hurt me (Luke 23:34).

·   I will secretly do something kind for someone. I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another (Ephesians 4:32).

·   I will treat others the way I wish to be treated. I will practice “the Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12). I will do unto others as I would have them do to me, with everyone I encounter.

·   I will raise the spirits of someone who is discouraged. My smile, my words, my expressions of concern and support can make a difference to someone facing a challenge (Romans 14:19).

·   I will take care of my body. I will eat less . . . I will eat healthier . . . I will exercise . . . I will be thankful . . . My body will be a fitting temple for Him who dwells in me (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).

·   I will grow spiritually.   will spend more time in study, prayer, and meditation. I will retreat from life’s pressures and distractions and seek to learn God’s will (2 Peter 3:18).  (From House to House, Heart to Heart)





It’s time to prepare for the Magi Project for this year.  Through the Magi Project more than 63,000 needy children have experienced the joy of Christmas. Suggestions for your boxes are on the back of today’s program.    Remember to return your gifts to church no later than October 21, 2007.






The Mount Dora Children’s Home is presently looking for the right Christian couple or individual to fill the position of full time Relief Houseparent.  This position is available immediately.  More information is posted on the bulletin board. 





The church of Christ in Jackson, Georgia will have a gospel meeting October 14-16.  More information is posted on the bulletin board.





The church of Christ in Jackson, Georgia will have a gospel meeting October 14-16.  More information is posted on the bulletin board.




We extend the deepest sympathy of the congregation to Benny and Renee Moore.  Their daughter, Heather, passed away early Tuesday morning.  (We also extend sympathy to the entire family of Joe and Jeri Maddox, since Benny is Joe’s brother.) Heather was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on September 29, 2006 and she bravely endured the year of treatment.  The chief source of comfort is found in the words of Jesus, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16).




Congratulations to Keith and Betty Bearden who will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on October 6.  We thank them for giving us such a strong example of a Christian home.




Cooper Minichowski was sick Sunday.

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



THOSE TO SERVE - October 7, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Keith Bearden

Lord's Table

*Dave Hamby


*Joe Maddox


Jimmy Scott


Jim O'Brien

Scripture Reading

Jason Ray


     Romans 12:6-8

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Scripture Reading

Joe Minichowski


Psalm 119:54-56

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant



Melanie King, 

Donna Putman



RECORD 9/30/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study