THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

April 4, 2017

Number 14  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Andrew Bonar, a well-known minister from an earlier generation, brought home a brick from his travels in the area of ancient Babylon. One Sunday he showed it to his congregation. He said that every brick in the temple from which it was taken bore the name of the king who was reigning at the time the structure was built. Making the application, Bonar said, “We must let everything we do bear the name of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Some time later, a woman came to the minister and exclaimed, “Those bricks. Oh, those bricks of Babylon!”

Sensing the implication of her statement, he asked, “Did you find them while sweeping the floors?”

 “No,” she said, “I found them while making the beds. You remember you said that everything we did should bear the name of our Savior. Well, shortly after that, I had to change the beds, a job I thoroughly dislike. So I said, ‘I will do this in the name of Jesus and for His glory!’”

It isn't too hard to honor Jesus when the sun is shining and most everything is going our way.  But when we face difficult tasks or unpleasant situations with the attitude of Jesus, then we bear the name of our king with glory. 

As we search ourselves before God’s Word, perhaps we all need to be asking, “Oh God, does the way I treat my wife, raise my children, do my work, make my contribution, serve others -- does it open doors for You, advance Your Kingdom? Am I raising up Christ before other people?"

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Will of God

When we study the “will of God” we find several contrasting perspectives:

·        Some view the will of God as domination.  This would assert that God is in complete control and totally manages all events in our lives.  Humans are little more than puppets, with every action predetermined by God’s governance.

·        Some view the will of God as “hands off.”  God has started everything in motion and is now just watching it unfold.  This allows little or nothing to occur providentially.

·        Some view the will of God as a legislative code.  God has given us guidelines for life.  If we disobey those laws, He takes action.  Bible examples would be the consequences for the Israelites after worshipping the golden calf.  Likewise, Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead when they “lied to the Holy Spirit.”

Seems to me that a better view of “God’s will” would be to see it as a journey of faith.  Shouldn’t we take into account what the Scripture says about transformation and growth?

Obviously, God has told us what to do and how to live a life that pleases him.  Human beings, however, don’t follow those directions completely.  Jesus acknowledged that his own band of 12 would fall away, but he restored them and motivated them to go forward in the kingdom. 

So God expects us to fail at times, but promises to forgive and strengthen us when we do.  He has a plan.  Jesus fulfills that plan.  God has told us that His word is complete and it is our guide through life.  Jesus tells us that the Spirit, our comforter, will help us at all times, both good and bad. 

I believe that God can act at any time in any way He wishes in our daily lives.  I believe He does act in ways we may not recognize.  We can in no way understand totally how   God works.  We can know that He does work, though.  Scripture tells us over and over that God has our back if we’ll just trust him.  “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5).  

When we viewed the movie, Is Genesis History? I noticed that a major point was made on presuppositions.  Our study and beliefs are biased by the paradigm we hold to.  I think the study of God’s will is like that.  I think we must believe that God is working in our lives and hears our prayers and knows our hearts.  Without that belief it seems to me that prayer would be a waste of time.  That’s my paradigm – I believe that He is active in our lives and His word should guide our choices and actions.  

by Jimmy Pulliam

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

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:  

April 9, 2017

Conyers

5:00 p.m.

  

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April 9, 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 4, 2017 -- cancelled due to spring break

 April 18, 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 Friends at Cedar Grove

Thank you very much for beautiful plant you sent to our dad's funeral.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dawn and Ricky Wright

Kellye and Dennie Knight

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you very much for flowers you sent while I have been suffering with my back.  They really brightened by room! Thank you also to the many who send cards and notes -- it is such a help to know someone is thinking about me!

Love,

Jean McBride

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.

Eddie Brown was home sick last Sunday.  

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 9, 2017

Welcome

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

* Joe Minichowski

 

* Greg Cannon

 

Jim May

 

Steve Esler

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Joshua 5:9-12

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

David  White

 

Psalm 73:12-14

Closing Prayer

David  Grogan

Communion Preparation

Sheila Mixon

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 4/2/2017

Bible School

40

Worship AM

51

Worship PM

30

Wednesday Bible Study

30

Contribution

$ 2,024.00