THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


September 25, 2007

Number 39




Leroy Brownlow, in his book, Today is Mine, tells a thought-provoking story.

“How gloomy you look,” said one bucket to another as they were being carried to a well.

“Ah!” replied the second bucket, “I was thinking how useless this all is; for no matter how full we go away, we always come back empty.”

Then the first bucket com-mented:  “What a strange way to look at it. I have always been thankful and happy that, however empty we come, we always go away full.”

Both were filled alike. The difference was in them.

What kind of bucket are we? What is it you see in life?  Is it a bucket that always comes back empty or a bucket that always goes away full?  It really does depend on the way you look at life.  Some seem to always see the rain while others always see the rainbow.  Some will only see the thorns while others see the beautiful rose.

The Psalmist said, “The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron” (Psalm 115:12). Isn’t that a wonderful concept!  The Lord has been mindful of us. He understands! He has been here! He went to the cross for you and me. 

Though our Lord shed tears of sorrow, He also attended a wedding feast! Now, how’s your bucket? Make your life a bucket that is always going away full. When you do, you will cause others to have full buckets as well.

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



In a single sentence, the man of Macedonia is introduced on the pages of Acts (Acts 16:9, 10).  The call is a call to all Christians of all ages.  The call is far-reaching and everlastingly important.  Four questions were to be answered by Paul then, arid the same four (4) questions must be answered by Christians NOW!

WHERE?  “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9).  Each Christian should pray for God’s guidance or help in finding the proper “WHERE” of service. Somewhere an “OPEN DOOR” awaits each of us (2 Corinthians 2:12). We must find that “open door” and fill our place of service.

WHEN?  In Acts 16:10 Paul said, “Immediately we sought to go to Macedonia.”  This world is full of people who would have done something yesterday or who might be able to do something tomorrow, but the Lord needs most of all, those who are ready to do something NOW!  David’s battle with Goliath was characterized by immediate action.  Giants are yet to be slain, but the temptation is to wait and see if they will go away.  In John 9:4 Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”  We need to have the attitude of Jesus about work for the Father.  In John 4:35, Jesus said, “Look at the fields, for they are already white to harvest!”

HOW?  “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:10).  With trust and confidence, Paul went toward Macedonia, not knowing what would happen to him there.  In Acts 18:9,10 the Lord said to Paul, “I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you.”  In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, “I am with you always.”

WHY? Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9).  “HELP US” was the “WHY” of Paul’s journey.  A jailer waited with a midnight question of eternal importance (Acts 16).  A woman of Thyatira waited by the riverside to be taught and baptized (Acts 16).  A congregation waited to be planted/established and built up in the most holy faith.  The same “WHY” applies in our generation.

We will go to practically any extreme to save a person’s life.  The Harvard Medical school letter of May 1983 told of a badly burned man at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Over a period of thirty-five days, he required constant monitoring.  He used five hundred pints of blood and had six operations, each requiring two teams of surgeons and skilled personal. Yet at the end of the thirty-five days he died. According to the surgeon, the care of that one patient stretched the resources of the hospital to its extremity.  To what limit will we go to “save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins?”

  —Robert H. Martin





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.




We would like to thank all those who took home the flannel graph sheets to cut out.  If you have not returned the cutouts to us, please do so at your earliest convenience so we can start using them in our classes. 



A big thank you to all those who helped with the flannel graph cutouts.  We appreciate the time you spent on this project.

Also, thank to those men who helped with the roof last Saturday.  Those helping were:  Bobby Elam, Merritt Eagling, Jim O’Brien, Jimmy Pulliam, Steve Putman, Tom Raines, Doyle White and Ralph White. 




All ladies are encouraged to attend Sister Act on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 in the Fellowship Room.



Our sympathy is extended to Wanda and Dave Grogan in the passing of Wanda’s father, Mr. David Floyd.  The funeral was Saturday in Alabama.



Robert Martin will be at Cedar Grove this Sunday, September 20 to discuss Pacific Islands mission work



Devin Hunt, Sheila Hunt, and Nancy Kirkland were sick Sunday.

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



THOSE TO SERVE - September 30, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim O'Brien

Lord's Table

*Armando Banuelos


*Steve Putman


Romeo Brinkley


Joe Maddox

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Pulliam


     3 John 5-8

Closing Prayer

Dick Massey

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon   

Opening Prayer

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Joe Minichowski


Psalm 75:1-4

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant



Heather Thompson, 

Sandy Wisenbaker



RECORD 9/23/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study