THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

August 1, 2017

Number 31  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Jim Bill McInteer, the premier preacher and publisher from Nashville, one time wrote an article that asked, "Have you come to watch or worship?"

"As the old saying goes. . . 'sitting in a church house no more makes you a Christian than sitting in a hen house makes you a hen.' It is a fact incontestable that everybody who comes to church does not come for the same purpose. One man has called going to church the 'greatest spectator sport in America.' The pulpit is even sometimes referred to as 'the stage.' It seems timely, then, to ask the question “Why do you go?” The multiple purposes that drive men is not strange to the 20th century; it occurred even in the lifetime of the Lord. One time when He went into the synagogue with other worshippers they had a diverse reaction. 'For they wanted to find something which they could use as a charge against Him' (Mark 3:2). They came not to worship but to watch!

"Super critics can always find in the assembly of the people of God something of which they may make a capital case, and something they can use to justify their own littleness of spirit and being. There aren't very many perfect song leaders; flawless preachers haven't been born; prayer leaders sometimes stumble over words; announcements have a way of growing longer and longer. It is easy to find something to criticize – for man has so many imperfections it is impossible for him to hide them all.

"However, if a person comes to worship, he more than likely will obtain the very thing that brought him there­ namely knowing he has been in the presence of God. Jesus made a promise that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He would be there. If a person has come to worship the Lord, more than likely in His sacred quest he shall find satisfaction. Analyze your own life. Ask yourself the question, 'Have I come to worship, or watch?' 

You can be successful in both – but only one carries the benefit of blessing."

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Ad that Foreshadows the Future

“Coke” is the world’s second most recognized word after “okay.” Coca-Cola is one of the most quintessential American brands. Our family has often visited the World of Coca-Cola, a museum with fascinating displays of historical American culture.

But what we see in the US is apparently not what the rest of the world sees.

A dear friend traveling in Italy alerted me to a deplorable ad playing on television there. It depicts a handsome young man cleaning a backyard pool. An enraptured teenage girl stares at the “pool boy” through a window.

Then the camera pans to her brother, also staring lustfully at the man. Brother and sister race to bring him a bottle of Coca-Cola. But when they arrive, they discover to their consternation that their mother has already given him a bottle of Coke. She stares longingly at the “pool boy,” then shrugs her shoulders at her children.

Coca-Cola clearly thinks its shameless ad will sell its product in Italy, home of the conservative Roman Catholic Church. If immorality sells there, it sells anywhere.

When Americans were debating gay marriage prior to the 2015 Supreme Court decision, many of us warned that same-sex weddings were only the beginning. The next step would be endorsing “polyamory” (“many loves”), followed by zoophilia (sexual relations with animals) and a complete redefinition of marriage and family. Unfortunately, these predictions are coming to pass.

Consider a recent Time magazine article “I Have an Open Marriage and My Relationship Is Better Than Ever.” The writer describes in glowing terms the decision she and her husband made to have sexual relationships with other people.

More and more outlets are running stories praising “polyamory” and other unbiblical relationships. For instance, The New York Times recently asked, “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?” The feature-length article profiles several couples whose relationships are purportedly stronger since they began having sex with other people.

If you think this isn’t a problem where you live, you’re probably mistaken.

I live in Dallas, Texas, which would be a top candidate for “Buckle of the Bible Belt.” D Magazine once asked, “Is Dallas the Most Christian City in the NATION?” Yet a quick Internet search turned up multiple polyamory groups in our city. There’s even a “PolyDallas Millennium” which exists to legitimize such immorality. If polyamory is thriving here, it’s probably thriving in your community as well.

Which brings me to my point: Christians need to declare and defend biblical truth on marriage and sexuality, beginning with our own families and churches. We should not assume that our children and friends believe what the Bible says about these issues.

The cultural flood continues to rise, threatening to carry everything in its wake. If you don’t want to be swept along, now is the time to drive a biblical stake in the ground, reaffirming your commitment to biblical morality. Now is the time to persuade those you love and influence to do the same.

Jude, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus, warned his readers that Sodom and Gomorrah “indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire” (v. 7). Such sins were infecting the culture of his day. That’s why he had to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3).

So must we.

by Jim Denison 

 

  

   

Lessons from Songs

Wednesdays for 2017

Cedar Grove Summer Series

 

May 24        Alfred Donald                It Is Well with My Soul

May 31        Dan Thompson                     Nearer Still Nearer

June  7         Matt Amos                                 Living by Faith

June 14        Bob Staples        God Give Us Christian Homes

June 21        Todd Zeiler                    Have Thine Own Way

June 28        Ben Slocumb                              Trust and Obey

July 12         Harold Savage                Nothing but the Blood

July 19         Mitch Grubb                             Living by Faith

July 26         Scott Franks                                   Just As I Am

August  2     Thomas Tidwell                          I Surrender All

August  9     Ricky Gray          How Deep the Father’s Love

August 16    Herbert Moore                             Seek Ye First

August 23    Charles Thompson Count Your Many Blessings

August 30    Mitch Robison    Bound for the Promised Land

September 6  Ron Edwards

 

 

 

                         

 

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Our partnership with A.I.M. is ongoing.  

Please continue to bring food items -- our next delivery will be soon.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

August 20, 2017

Fayetteville

5:00 p.m.

  

 

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Lynn and Jimmy Pulliam and their families.  Linda Moore, Lynn's aunt, passed away Friday, June 23.   The graveside service was conducted Monday at Holly Hill. 

 

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VBS Trip to Warrenton

Our trip last week to Warrenton could hardly have been more positive! The church there welcomed us and the children were enthusiastic! The high point was 52 children.  

Our team was a model of cooperation and service. We gives thanks to the Lord for his blessings and appreciation to our Cedar Grove family for your support!

 

    

 

   

To Our Cedar Grove Family, 

Our cup is certainly “overflowing!”  Thank you for being the blessing that you are!  Love, Ross

Thanks for funding our trip.  We enjoyed it. Logan

Thank you so much for the love and support that we continually receive.  The opportunity for growth that we had on the trip is much appreciated.     Janine

Thank you for everything you do.  Regan

I enjoy going every year and I hope I can keep doing it.       Love, Amber

Thank you for letting us come on the trip.     Clark

Thank you for letting us go on this trip!  We enjoyed it.      Mason

I had an amazing week teaching the kids about God.  Thank you for making this trip possible.  I will honestly do it again!        Cassidy

We enjoyed it!        Lyla Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean McBride is in the Newnan hospital with the return of congestive heart failure.

Nancy Northcutt continues to recuperate at home  

Jimmy Wellborn has experienced fractured vertebrae and fractures in the pelvis.  

Nancy Kirkland is suffering from shingles.  

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Hilda Morrow, Lanier Richards, and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 31

July  31 – Jonah; Matthew 11

August 1 – 2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chron. 25; 
                   Psalm 53; Matthew 12

August 2 – Amos 1-3; Matthew 13

August 3 – Amos 4-6; Psalm 55; Matt. 14

August 4 – Amos 7-9; Matthew 15

   

Week 32

August  7  – Hosea 1-3; Matthew 16

August  8  – Hosea 4-6; Ps. 58; Matt. 17

August  9  – Hosea 7-10; Matthew 18

August 10 – Hosea 11-13; Matthew 19 

August 11 – Hosea 14; 2 Chron. 26-27; 
                     Psalm 61;
Matthew 20

   

 

Week 33  

August 14 – 2 Kings 15-16; Mathew 21

August 15 – Isaiah 1-3; Psalm 9; Matt. 22

August 16 – Isaiah 4-6; Matthew 23

August 17 – Micah 1-4; Ps. 10; Matt. 24 

August 18 – Micah 5-7; Matthew 25

 

Week 34

August 21 – Isaiah 7-10; Ps. 22; Matt. 26

August 22 – Isaiah 11-13; Ps. 118;  Matthew 27

August 23 – Isaiah 14-16; Ps. 62; Matt. 28

August 24 – Isaiah 17-19; Psalm 62; 1 Cor. 1

August 25 – Isaiah 20-22; 1 Corinthians 2

   

 

Week 35 

August 28 – Isaiah 23-25; 1 Corinthians 3

August 29 – Isaiah 26-29; Psalm 65; 
                    1 Corinthians 4

August 30 – Isaiah 30-32; 1 Corinthians 5

August 31 – Isaiah 33-35; 1 Corinthians 6

September 1 – 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 17; 
                         Psalm 66;
1 Corinthians 7

Read the Bible in Order

August 1  Isaiah 25-27

August 2  Isaiah 28-30

August 3  Isaiah 31-33

August 4  Isaiah 34-36

August 5  Isaiah 37-39

August 6  Isaiah 40-42

August 7  Isaiah 43-45

August 8  Isaiah 46-48

August 9  Isaiah 49-51

August 10  Isaiah 52-54

August 11  Isaiah 55-57

August 12  Isaiah 58-60

August 13  Isaiah 61-63

August 14  Isaiah 64-66

August 15  Jeremiah 1-4

August 16  Jeremiah 5-7

August 17  Jeremiah 8-10

August 18  Jeremiah 11-13

August 19  Jeremiah 14-16

August 20  Jeremiah 17-19

August 21  Jeremiah 20-22

August 22  Jeremiah 23-25

August 23  Jeremiah 26-28

August 24  Jeremiah 29-31

August 25  Jeremiah 32-34

August 26  Jeremiah 35-37

August 27  Jeremiah 38-40

August 28  Jeremiah 41-43

August 29  Jeremiah 44-46

August 30  Jeremiah 47-49

August 31  Jeremiah 50-52

 

 

 

 

 

            

JULY BIRTHDAYS

 

August   2

Janine Esler

August   4

Grace Denton

August   9

Myra White

August  10

Scott Sickler

August  11

Steve Putman

August  12

Leana Bunch

August  18

Amy Turner

August  25

Joyce Robbins

August  25

Betty Smith

August  29

Sally Ray

August  31

Drew Coggin

August  31

Sydney May

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - July 30, 2017

Welcome

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Joe Minichowski

 

Steve Esler

 

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Matthew 6:14, 15

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

David  White

 

1 John 1:5-7

Closing Prayer

David  Grogan

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

Morning

  August 6

      August 13

      August 20

      August 27

Call to Worship

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Greg Granberry

Joe Minichowski

David White

Greg Cannon

Table – Lead

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

 

Jim May

Jim Warren

Greg Cannon

Larry Simmons

Table – Serve

Chris Greenwald

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

Bill Baker

 

Bill Baker

David Grogan

David Grogan

Joe Minichowski

Scripture

Larry Simmons

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Chris Greenwald

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

David White

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

Morning

August 6

  August 13

August 20

 August 27

Call to Worship

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture

Doyle White

Jimmy Pulliam

Ed Kelly

Ed Kelly

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Doyle White

Eddie Brown

Jim May

           

   

         
 

RECORD 7/30/2017

Bible School

35

Worship AM

55

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

40

Contribution

N/A