THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

September 4, 2007

Number 36

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

Our Fall Spiritual Emphasis meeting is about a week away.  We’ve been stressing the importance of participating in the weekend meeting.  Why are we making it so prominent?

·         We need everyone here for the encouragement it provides.  None of us is living so spiritually that we don’t need continual development (2 Pet. 3:18).  But when members of the church family disregard the opportunities, it’s a dis-couragement to the entire body.  We are instructed to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24).  Neglected assem-blies, however, mean fewer words of fellowship, fewer handshakes, and fewer smiles for each other.

·         We need everyone here for singing.  Smaller assemblies mean fewer voices singing and fewer hearts making melody to the Lord.

·         We need everyone here for prayer.  We need more of our family to approach God with petition and thanksgiving.

·         We need everyone here to remember what God has done for us.

·         We need everyone here to prevent our hearts from becoming hardened.  We need everyone to focus on Jesus. 

·         We need everyone here to help the church stay strong against the culture of the world. 

·         We   need   everyone  here  to maintain our spiritual enthusiasm and to satisfy our spiritual appetite

·         We need everyone here to set a positive example for both young and old.

Are we making “too big of a deal” out  of our meeting?    Not at all!  I am expecting the weekend to be an unqualified success.

As we think about the conflict between a culture of indifference and genuine commitment to Christ and his church, the following comments may be though provoking. 

Steve Parish is a minister in Chell Heath, England and he is the author of an article, “The Farce of Infant Baptism.”  (By the way, he is a member of a denomination that practices infant baptism.)  Despite very low church attendance, about one third of the people in Great Britain still take their babies to the church to be baptized.  Parish calls this phenomenon “four-wheeler Christianity” and characterizes it this way:  “Four-wheeler Christianity is alive and well. You come to church in your pram, wedding coach, and hearse.” These rites are the last vestiges of what he calls “Christianity as a folk religion” in England (and, increasingly in America , too).  “Only for the middle of these (four-wheeler Christianity – the wedding)” writes Parish, “is there a chance to explain to the stars of the service something of the Christian faith, and the concern then is more about flowers and the video than the prayers and the sermon.”

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

 

                            

Renew Your Courage

About three hundred fifty years ago, a shipload of pioneers landed on the northeast coast of America .  The first year, they established a town.  The next year, they elected a town government.  During the third year, the town government revealed plans to build a road five miles west into the wilderness.

In the fourth year, the people tried to impeach their government because they thought it a waste of public money to construct a road five miles westward into an unknown territory.  United, they voiced the opinion, “Why go there?”

These people once had no trouble envisioning their own travel across three thousand miles of ocean or setting their minds on overcoming the great hardships they knew such a voyage and new life would entail.  But in four short years, they could not see five miles out of town!  They had lost their pioneering spirit and their vision for what might be achieved.

We lose heart any time we allow a difficult situation to rob us of our God-given vision to see a better tomorrow, to see a fallen person regroup, to see a task becoming easier, or to see talent emerging from a quiet and withdrawn person.

Ask God to renew your vision and your courage.  Loosen your grip on things that bring only temporary satisfaction.

The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

 

 

 

Fall Spiritual Emphasis

September 14-16, 2007

 

War of the Worlds:

The Story of Two Kingdoms

To Hear or Not to Hear:

The Story of Two Audiences

What Matters Most to You?

The Story of Two Treasures

Where Will You Be When You Get There?

The Story of Two Destinies

 

Friday, Sept. 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15– 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Sunday, Sept. 16 – 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT

A golf tournament to benefit Georgia AGAPE is being held on Friday, September 21.  It is called the Larry Newnan Golf Challenge.  It will be held at the Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in Flowery Branch.  The entry fee is $60.00 for an individual and $240 for a foursome.  Proceeds from this tournament go directly to Georgia AGAPE.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to call Todd Newnan at (404) 405-8001 or e-mail him at Newnantpak@bellsouth.net

There is a flyer with all information on the bulletin board.

 

CELEBRATION BANQUET

Georgia AGAPE had another terrific evening planned for their Celebration Banquet scheduled for Saturday evening, September 29.  If you’re interested in AGAPE, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!  These banquets are always filled with touching presentations, great fellowship, delicious food and a fun and inspirational program!  The Banquet will be held at the beautiful Cobb Galleria Center .  It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end about 8:30 p.m.  The cost is @47.50 per person (AGAPE’s cost).  Everyone is encouraged to come!  To order your tickets, call the AGAPE office at (770) 452-9995.

 OUR SICK

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

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - September 9, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Lord's Table

*Jason Ray

 

*Todd Wisenbaker

 

Chris Greenwald

 

Chris Thompson

Scripture Reading

Bill Moore

 

     1 Timothy 6:17-19

Closing Prayer

Dave Hamby

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

Dick Massey

Scripture Reading

Chris King

 

Isaiah 42:1-4

Closing Prayer

Jim May

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant

 

Jana Kato, Sandy Wisenbaker

 

 

 

RECORD 9/2/07

Bible School

79  

Worship AM

106 

Worship PM

65  

Wednesday Bible Study

54 

Contribution

$ 3,209.44