THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

April 11, 2017

Number 15  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Passover begins this week at sundown on April 10 and continues for one week.  Jewish people will remember Israel's redemption from slavery in Egypt as they celebrate Passover.  From the days of Moses Passover was a distinct festival directed by God for Israel to celebrate each year.  Jesus' “last supper” was in fact a Passover celebration and that during this Passover observance He instituted the Lord's Supper This most precious Jewish festival finds its ultimate meaning, however, in our Jewish Savior.

In his wisdom, God wove into the very fabric of Passover the picture of the greatest redemption of all.  It is a redemption not just for Israel but for all people.  There is a direct parallel between Passover and the Passion; when it comes to redemption, we are saved through the blood of the Lamb not just a lamb. 

There are many links between the Passover and Jesus, but consider these in particular:

·        Deliverance is always from God.  The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt, and they of themselves were powerless to change things.  We were slaves to sin, and we of ourselves were powerless to change things.  Were it not for God's actions, we both would have remained slaves.  Only God could end the slavery. 

  •     The price of deliverance always includes blood.  For God to pass over an Israelite family, there had to be blood on the door posts and lintel – that blood was essential if God was to pass over.  For God to justify us, to forgive us of our sins, Jesus' blood must be on our hearts. Passover was destined to be fulfilled in the person of Jesus, who is the Lamb of God.  His story does not diminish the significance of the original redemption celebration; His story fulfills and completes the significance.

Though not born into the Jewish race, we Christians can affirm our Jewish roots (Rom. 2:28, 29).  When we are spiritually born again, we are placed into the body of Messiah and belong to the family of God in Him.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Resurrection Business

The University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore is considered by some to be the best in the world. The unit treats some 7,000 patients each year, including victims of gunshot wounds and car wrecks; 97 percent of which survive. Top surgical residents come from around the world to train at the center.

Center director, Dr. Thomas Scalea, often works 100 hours a week. He said: "It's as close to being a "resurrector" as you can get. We take people who are arguably dead and make them alive."

I am very grateful for the marvels of medical science and for the tremendous efforts that are made by caring people to help the sick, the injured, and the dying. But, I hope that all of us realize that our bodies are slowly going downhill and that we are all heading for the grave. I sometimes imagine the human race as "standing in line" for our turn to come; the only unknown factor is that none of us knows his exact position in the line.

Every patient that Dr. Scalea has "brought back to life" will die one day. That's why our hope must be put in Jesus Christ who was truly raised from the dead and who offers permanent victory over death (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-24). Jesus told Martha: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25, 26).

And as Christians, you and I are in the resurrection business. We have the privilege and the opportunity of sharing the message of eternal life with people who are destined for eternal death.

When the Lord called Saul, He told him: "I am sending you to the gentiles, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me" (Acts 28:17, 18).

When you and I share the saving message of Jesus with our friends we are proclaiming the word of life (see 1 John 1:1).

Dr. Scalea happily works 100 hours a week because he knows that what he is doing is really significant. What could be more exciting or more satisfying than bringing people back from the dead? What could be more fulfilling than telling someone about Jesus and seeing their life be transformed here and now, and know that they have found eternal life in Him?

Have you forgotten that as disciples of Christ we are in the resurrection business?

Have you become sidetracked, spending your time doing other things of lesser value?

Who can you help today?

We are all surrounded by people who are dying. Let's use our time and our energies to proclaim the good news of life in Jesus our Lord!

 

by Larry Zinck in Heartlight

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March 25.  Please continue to bring food items to help their distribution.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

May 21, 2017

Peachtree City

5:00 p.m.

  

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May 7, 2017

After Evening Assembly

Donations accepted to help with youth activities

 

April 14, 2017

Egg hunt  at 6:00 p.m.

Cookout to follow 

Please bring candy filled eggs

Also, "sign up" for the cookout

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

April 18, 2017 

 May 2, 2017   

 

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April 30, 2017

In honor of Josh May 

and Morgan Robinette

 

 

 

SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Chris and Shannon Greenwald as well as Chris' family.  His father, Gary Greenwald, passed away March 9.   A memorial will be conducted later.  

 

 

   

 

Dear Cedar Grove

I want to thank the entire Cedar Grove congregation for the support of my family over the past year as my dad has been sick, and over the last few weeks in particular, with his passing. The cards, letters, hugs and calls are an indication of the love for our family and the impact that dad had on others. The Cedar Grove family has always been there for Shannon and myself. I just wanted to thank you for the ongoing support.  Sincerely,

Chris Greenwald

 

 

 

My Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you very for making my 97th birthday so wonderful with the fudge, young folks' dinner, birthday cake, cards, flowers, and gifts! 

You are very special to me!  

Love,

Onice Fields

To My Cedar Grove Family, 

Thank you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful flowers.  It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian family!  I love you all.

Love,

Nancy Kirkland

Dear Cedar Grove Family

Thank you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.  We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.  We give thanks for you all!

Love,

Janie and Eddie Brown

 

 

 

 

Pat Tatum has been suffering with bronchitis.

Willie Mae Warren is having trouble with vertigo.

Matilda Jones is confined due to shingles.  

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 13

March 27  Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7

March 28  Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5; 
                  Luke
8

March 29  Deuteronomy 15-18; Luke 9

March 30  Deuteronomy 19-22; Psalm 6; 
                 
Luke 10

March 31  Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

   

Week 14

April 3  Joshua 14-17; Luke 17

April 4  Joshua 18-21; Psalm 15; Luke 18

April 5  Joshua 22-24; Psalm 116; Luke 19

April 6  Judges 1-3; Psalm 16; Luke 20

April 7  Judges 4-6; Luke 21

 

 

Week 15

April 10  Judges 7-8; Luke 22

April 11  Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23

April 12  Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24

April 13  Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1

April 14  Judges 19-21; Acts 2

   

Week 16  

April 17  Ruth 1-2; Acts 3

April 18  Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4

April 19  1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5

April 20  1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6

April 21  1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7

 

 

Week 13 

April 24  1 Samuel 9-10; Acts 8

April 25  1 Samuel 11-13; Psalm 38; Acts 9

April 26  1 Samuel 14; Psalm 124; Acts 10

April 27  1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 1

                Psalm 39; Acts 11

April 28  1 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2; Acts 12

 

Read the Bible in Order

April  1    2 Samuel 1-3

April  2    2 Samuel  4-6

April  3    2 Samuel  7-9

April  4    2 Samuel 10-12

April  5    2 Samuel 13-15

April  6    2 Samuel 16-18

April  7    2 Samuel 19-21

April  8    2 Samuel 22-24

April  9    1 Kings 1-4

April 10   1 Kings 5-7

April 11   1 Kings 8-10

April 12   1 Kings 11-13

April 13   1 Kings 14-16

April 14   1 Kings 17-19

April 15   1 Kings 20-22

April 16   2 Kings 1-4

April 17   2 Kings 5-7

April 18   2 Kings 8-10

April 19   2 Kings 11-13

April 20   2 Kings 14-16

April 21   2 Kings 17-19

April 22   2 Kings 20-22

April 23   2 Kings 23-25

April 24   1 Chronicles   1-4

April 25   1 Chronicles   5-8

April 26   1 Chronicles   9-11

April 27   1 Chronicles 12-14

April 28   1 Chronicles 15-17

April 29   1 Chronicles 18-20

April 30   1 Chronicles 21-23

 

 

 

            

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

 

April  9

Alexa Coggin

April 10

Amber May

April 10

Katy Robison

April 11

Pat Tatum

April 16

Jim May

April 19

Susan May

April 19

Michael Perry

April 30

Cheryl Putman

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - April 16, 2017

Welcome

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Greg Granberry

Lord's Table

* Phil Hamby

 

* Jim May

 

Chris Greenwald

 

Bill Baker

Scripture Reading

Larry Simmons

 

Matthew 28:5-7

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Psalm 25:8-10

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Communion Preparation

Nancy Northcutt

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

     

Morning

April 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Joe Minichowski

David White

Table – Lead

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

 

David White

Greg Cannon

Jim May

Jim May

Greg Cannon

Table – Serve

Steve Esler

Jim May

Chris Greenwald

Chris Greenwald

David Grogan

 

Joe Minichowski

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Scripture

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Larry Simmons

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Closing Prayer

Larry Simmons

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown

Ed Kelly

           

 

Evening

April 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Jim Warren

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Scripture

Ed Kelly

David White

Doyle White

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Closing Prayer

David White

David Grogan

Ed Kelly

Doyle White

Eddie Brown

           

 

 

               
 

RECORD 4/9/2017

Bible School

41

Worship AM

51

Worship PM

41

Wednesday Bible Study

28

Contribution

$ 2,972.00