THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


October 30, 2007

Number 44




The devastation of the California fires has brought horrible
 tragedy to thousands of people.  Many of those have insurance 
and will have the ability to make some recovery of basic goods—
of course pictures, keepsakes, pets, heirlooms, and other sorts 
of priceless items can never be replaced and the loss of life 
can never be compensated.  Many have no safety net in this hour 
of crisis.
Some of the early relief has simply been to get water into the 
hands of displaced people. This reminds us of Jesus’ statement, 
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these 
little ones who is known to be my disciple, truly I tell you, 
that person will certainly be rewarded” (Mt. 10:42 TNIV).
You may be wondering how to help relieve the suffering of those 
who are facing hardship.  One way is by keeping up your contributions 
to the Cedar Grove congregation.  Part of our church budget goes to 
the Disaster Relief organization, and they are equipped to help with 
exactly these types of emergencies.  In addition, we have information 
available about churches close to the scene in southern California if
 you’re interested.  

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence.  One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me.   One

for you, one for me,” said one boy.

Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. 

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle.  As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery.

He slowed down to investigate.  Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me.  One for you, one for me.”

He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off.  Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

“Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard!  Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”

The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.”  When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the cemetery.  Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me . . .”

The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ the truth.  Let’s see if we can see the Lord himself.”  Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything.

The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all.

Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”

They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the boy on the bike.


Columnist Bill Muehlenberg has one of the best quotes recently:  “A lot of open minds need to be closed for repairs.”  I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a positive word!                                                           RA




Good Enough

I think that many of us, when Christ has enabled us to overcome one or two sins that were an obvious nuisance, are inclined to feel (though we do not put it into words) that we are now good enough.  He has done all we wanted him to do, and we should be obliged if he would leave us alone.  But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what he intended us to be when he made us...

Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on.  You knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.

But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.  What on earth is he up to?  The explanation is that he is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.

You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but he is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.                                                                                              (C. S. Lewis)





Winners for October 28 were:

·         Cradle Roll – Brodie Burnett and Houtson Hamby

·         Pre-School – Dean Wisenbaker

·         Kindergarten & 1st –Sophie Brinkley

·         Elementary – Reagan Brinkley

·         Teens – Hanna Putman

·         Adults – Auditorium – 4 way tie

·         Adults – Fellowship Room – 9 way tie



A diaper shower is planned to help Joe and Sharon Minichowski get ready for their baby on Sunday, November 4.  We will have finger foods after the evening assembly.  It’s a girl!






All ladies are encouraged to attend the Ladies’ Class on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room.







Don’t forget to set your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.  Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time resumes.  





Congratualtions to Richard and Joyce Smith who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 4. 







We want to give special thanks to Bobby Elam for taking on a large and involved project.  He has installed new filtering and circulation equipment for our baptistry.

Thanks also to Doyle White for repairing the vinyl on our front overhang last Saturday. 

Thanks to Jim and Willie Mae Warren for getting the Fellowship Room prepared for the meal Sunday. 

Three men have taken care of our lawn this fall:  Phil Hamby, Tom Raines and Joe Maddox have each taken time to do the yard work.  Thanks!




Bessie Moore is recovering at home after being in the hospital overnight last week for the placement of a heart stent.

Tom Hopkins is scheduled for surgery on October 3`1 at Southern Regional Hospital.

Sally Ray’s mother, Rose Stiles, will have angioplasty Wednesday. 

Paul Smith, and Gracie and Hayden Thompson were sick Sunday.Jacquelyn McDowell was sick Sunday.

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

Geneva White.



THOSE TO SERVE - November 4, 2007


Chris King

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Lord's Table

*Jim Warren


*Todd Wisenbaker


Armando Banuelos


Dick Massey

Scripture Reading

Chris Thompson


     Psalm 27:3-5

Closing Prayer

Steve Putman

Welcome -PM

Chris King

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Keith Bearden

Scripture Reading

Joe Minichowski


            Proverbs 22:22-29

Closing Prayer

Greg Cannon

Communion Preparation


Myra White

Nursery Attendant

Anne Raines, Heather Thompson




RECORD 10/28/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study