THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

August 15, 2017

Number 33  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Jim Bill McInteer, the premier preacher and publisher, 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Doesn't Care

But wait! The Scripture says, “Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

That’s true! But it’s also true that God doesn’t care about some things — some of the very things about which we care. Recently Brett Petrillo wrote about some things concerning which God doesn’t care. Here is part of his list: 

God doesn’t care how many Facebook friends you have. His concern is that we are Jesus’ friends. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). 

God doesn’t care how many Twitter followers we have. He only cares that we ourselves take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). 

God doesn’t care about the minutes on our cell phone plans. He cares about the minutes we spend talking with Him (1 Thessalonians. 5:17; Eph. 6:18). 

God doesn’t care about the important celebrities and athletes we know. His primary concern is that we know Him and the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). 

God doesn’t care that we have the fanciest watch. He wants us to watch the use of our time (Eph. 5:16). 

God doesn’t care if we wear the latest fashion or best clothes. He wants us to be clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). 

God doesn’t care about the size of our homes or how much money we have. He wants us to realize that material things don’t last, so we need to lay up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:17-19). 

God doesn’t care what work we do. He wants us to do all things in His service (Colossians 3:23-24). 

God doesn’t care about the color of our skin. He cares about the content of our character (Galatians 5:22-23).

God doesn’t care about a lot of things that we care about! But God does care about us! He cares about us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins that we might have forgiveness of our sins. We are just as guilty of being too concerned with appearances. Too often we are more concerned with what others think of us than of what God thinks of us.

 

  

Text Box:    

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.

  

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Perry experienced a heart attack and had surgery last Friday, August 11.  He's recovering at home now

Zuline Pulliam has gone to the Benton House for therapy after having a pacemaker installed.  

Onice Fields continue to suffer from her recent fall.  

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

 

 

 

 

 

            

AUGUST 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 - August 20, 2017

Welcome

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David White

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Greg Granberry

 

Bill Baker

 

David  Grogan

Scripture Reading

Jim Warren

 

2 Chronicles 29:10, 11

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

1 John 2:20-22

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

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 8/13/2017

Bible School

50

Worship AM

63

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

34

Contribution

$ 3,435.00