THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

August 22, 2017

Number 34  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Karen Gaffney has participated in a relay swim of the English Channel. She has swum across Lake Tahoe, Boston Harbor, and San Francisco Bay (sixteen times). She has a college degree and an honorary doctorate.

She also has Down syndrome.

According to the CDC, approximately one in every seven hundred babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. About six thousand Down syndrome babies are born in the US each year.

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels. No one knows what causes the chromosomal condition that produces it, though the chances increase with the mother’s age. Since many couples are having children later in life, the incidence of Down syndrome conceptions is expected to rise.

With recent advancements in clinical treatment such as corrective heart surgery, as many as 80 percent of adults with Down syndrome reach the age of sixty. Many live even longer. Studies show that 99 percent of people with Down syndrome are happy with their lives; 97 percent like who they are; and 96 percent like how they look.

Why am I writing about Down syndrome today? Because the lives of these precious people are more endangered than ever before.

In Iceland, doctors are required to notify women about prenatal screening for Down syndrome. Eighty to 85 percent of pregnant women then take the test. Nearly 100 percent of those who receive a positive result terminate their pregnancy. Iceland isn’t alone—the termination rate in the United Kingdom is 90 percent and at least 67 percent in the United States.

At Landspitali University Hospital in Iceland, Helga Sol Olafsdottir counsels women who have a pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality. What does she tell them? “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication . . . preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”

No, it’s not.

A baby with Down syndrome is either aborted or allowed to live. He or she is not a “thing.” Every child is a person created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).

Iceland is not eradicating Down syndrome — it’s eradicating people.

Where do we stop? Prenatal screening can detect physical defects such as a cleft lip and palate, a malformed heart, a limb with a part missing, and spina bifida. It can also reveal genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

Should all babies with these conditions be aborted?

In addition, prenatal screening can be wrong 50 percent of the time. How many babies are dying because of wrong information.

You can watch Karen Gaffney’s amazing TED talk  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwxjoBQdn0s) and her claim that “all lives matter.” We should then ask ourselves whether she  should have been aborted. Then we can thank the Lord that our mothers gave us life. And pray for expectant mothers to give their children the same gift their mothers gave them.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does the Eclipse Matter?

Fred Espenak is known as “Mr. Eclipse.” The retired NASA astrophysicist has traveled all over the world to see twenty-seven total solar eclipses.

Today, for the first time in thirty-eight years, he can stay in America.

The last total eclipse in the United States was in 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was June 8, 1918.

Today, as Newsweek explains, the moon will block the sun, casting us into “a short-lived night in the middle of the day.” The “path of totality,” where the full eclipse will be visible, crosses fourteen states from Madras, Oregon, to Columbia, South Carolina. People not on this path will see a partial eclipse if they live in North America and even parts of Africa, Europe, and South America.

Some have found ways to turn the event into entertainment:  there are “eclipse parties” across the country. Some have been in full swing for days. For instance, Nashville has been hosting the “Howl at the Moon Music Festival” since Saturday.

People didn’t always treat today’s event so lightly.

In ancient China, people would bang drums and pots and shout to scare away the dragon that was eating the sun. When royal astronomers failed to predict the eclipse of 2134 BC, Emperor Chung K’ang had them beheaded.

Greek poet Archilochus wrote of the 647 BC eclipse, “There is nothing beyond hope, nothing that can be sworn impossible” since “Zeus, father of the Olympians, made night from mid-day, hiding the light of the shining Sun, and sore fear came upon men.”

Archilochus was more right than he knew.

Our secular culture is convinced that science has rendered faith irrelevant, that we don’t need God to give our lives meaning and purpose. But today’s eclipse teaches us that we are not the masters of our world. All the accumulated power of our planet’s most powerful nation cannot prevent this blackening of our sky. For a few minutes, we will be shown that we are creatures, not Creator, that this world is not of our making or within our control.

And when night becomes day once more, we will be reminded that every moment of light and life is a gift from the One who “makes his sun rise” (Matthew 5:45) and “gives to all mankind life and breath” (Acts 17:25).

Let’s respond to God’s grandeur and our finitude by making Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s prayer our own:

Thou wilt not leave us in the dust:
Thou madest man, he knows not why,
He thinks he was not made to die;
And thou hast made him: thou art just.

by Jim Denison at the Forum for Truth and Culture

 

  

   

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:  

September 17, 2017

Shannon

6:00 p.m.

  

MAGI

The mission of this project is to Make A Godly Impact on children in Honduras, Dominican Republic, Romania, and Mexico.  It is a box filled with a simple message of God’s love.  The program allows Christians to experience the blessing of giving, while partnering with local churches and enhancing opportunities in their communities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

22,500 boxes were delivered in 2016. 

 

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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!

 

 

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family, 

It is with a great deal of love and appreciation that I humbly acknowledge your powerful words of prayer, your loving cards and kindness, as I travel through this storm of discomfort.  please continue to pray for me as I for you.  

In brotherly love,

Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuline Pulliam is in the Newnan hospital suffering from pneumonia.  

Nevaeh Brown has been in Children's Hospital since Friday with bronchitis.  

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 27, 2017

Welcome

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Greg Cannon

Lord's Table

* Jim Warren

 

* Larry Simmons

 

Bill Baker

 

Joe Minichowski

Scripture Reading

Chris Greenwald

 

Matthew 6:22, 23

Closing Prayer

Greg Granberry

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

1 John 2:20-22

Closing Prayer

Jim May

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 8/20/2017

Bible School

52

Worship AM

72

Worship PM

30

Wednesday Bible Study

25

Contribution

N/A