THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

April 25, 2017

Number 17  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

Does it pay to be nice?  Is their a reward for human kindness?  The Forum for Truth and Culture addresses that question:

"The old cliché that nice guys finish last is commonly thrown around when it seems like the world has treated us unfairly. Perhaps part of the reason that saying has stuck around through the years is that experience would seem to back it up. But does that mean that it really is in our best interest to go through life as selfish, mean, and ruthless people?

"Fortunately, it does not. New research from Dr. Mitch Prinstein, a professor and director of clinical psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, demonstrates that nice guys (and girls) don’t have to finish last. We just buy into that idea because it’s often true in one of our most formative periods of life. As Sarah Maslin Nir writes for the New York Times, the kinds of qualities that make one popular early in life and in adulthood—sharing, kindness, openness, etc—simply aren’t prized in adolescence. There, “status born of power and even notorious behavior” reign supreme.

"As Dr. Prinstein found, however, “Those who were highest in status in high school, as well as those least liked in elementary school, are ‘most likely to engage in dangerous and risky behavior.'” Essentially, if your teens are the best years of your life, it might not speak well about who you are as an adult.

"Conversely, the study also found that the kind of life that leads to being liked outside those adolescent years “creates opportunities for learning and for new kinds of life experiences that help somebody gain an advantage.” It turns out that being nice to others isn’t just a byproduct of an easier life but can actually help to create that better life.

"If that’s true, though, then why does it so often seem like we’re penalized for being kind to others? Part of it is simply the fact that we live in a fallen world where everyone goes through times of hardships and persecution to some extent. Jesus was clear that following him would not save us from such a fate (John 15:18–21) and that we shouldn’t be surprised when those trials come.

"I think an equally important reason, however, is that we tend to remember the times that we feel as though we were wronged far more clearly than the times where the opposite was true. As a result, our interpretation of the world around us will be consistently skewed towards the negative unless we actively try to view things from a more positive perspective. If you doubt that’s true, just think back to the last time you felt like you were treated unfairly. Now try and remember a time where you were given the credit you deserved. Which memory is more vivid and emotionally charged? For me, at least, the negative experiences have always stood out much more clearly than the positive.

"Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. John Green could have been writing from the depths of my soul when he stated “The degree to which I am blessed staggers me . . . the degree to which I take that for granted shames me.” The cure to the belief that kindness is never rewarded in this life is to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” and allow him to grant us the perspective we so desperately need (2 Corinthians 10:5).

"As Richelle E. Goodrich quipped, “You can add up your blessings or add up your troubles. Either way, you’ll find you have an abundance.” So let God help you focus on the blessings instead of the troubles, remembering that the latter don’t have to outweigh the former. When we do, it will go a long way towards helping us live as the sort of kind and compassionate people his word calls us to be (Ephesians 4:23). Will that describe you today?"

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIX LITTLE STORIES

1.  Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

 That's FAITH.

 2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That's TRUST.

3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of waking up the next morning, but still we set the alarm clock to wake up.

That's HOPE.

4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

That's CONFIDENCE.

5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That's LOVE.

6. On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.'

That's ATTITUDE.

Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories. 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our partnership with A.I.M. is ongoing.  It's time to start bringing food items for the next delivery.  

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Our "Egg Hunt" was quite successful.     

Thank you to the many who helped with the event!

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

 May 2, 2017   

May 16, 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 Myra and Doyle White.  Myra's brother-in-law, Ed Yonkey passed away Wednesday.  A memorial service will be Friday in Johnson City, Tennessee.  

 

The sympathy of the congregation is also 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

 

 

 

 

Stan Caudle is now home from the hospital. 

Kathy Ripley is schedule for surgical procedure next week, April 28.

Steve Perry scheduled for knee surgery on May 9.

Ed and Randi Kelly’s grandson, Will Welles has a condition that may be psoriatic arthritis.  The family is going to travel to Duke this Friday for more studies.  

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 30, 2017

Welcome

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David White

Lord's Table

*Greg Granberry

 

*Greg Cannon

 

Bill Baker

 

David Grogan

Scripture Reading

Jim Warren

 

Matthew 5:27-30

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Matthew 6:6-8

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

Communion Preparation

 

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 4/23/2017

Bible School

33

Worship AM

52

Worship PM

25

Wednesday Bible Study

22

Contribution

$ 2,201.90