THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

August 29, 2017

Number 35  

                                                                    

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to School Basics

The beginning of August signals the beginning of back-to-school shopping, or at least back-to-school-shopping commercials. You may not know it, but whether you’re a freshman or senior, you’re going to need more than notebooks, pencils, and a strong book bag.

You need truth. Sure, you’re going to school, willingly or unwillingly, to learn, but there are truths you need before the algebra, literature, and biology. While you should develop good study habits for the new semester, here are some real keys to the classroom you probably won’t find in your syllabus.

1. Thinking may be the most critical thing you ever do.

You’re going to school to learn how to think, not to pass tests. Whatever Christians do with their lives, whether we eat or drink or run a company or teach second grade or develop software or change diapers, we aim to do it to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you’ve tried it, you know it’s rarely simple or obvious how that happens. It requires careful thought and discernment.

John Piper writes, “The well-educated person is the person who has the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what he needs to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of his life — and that would apply to whatever sphere of life he pursues” (Think, 191–192).

If we’re going to apply God’s word to the world, we need to know our world. Every chapter in a history book, every science experiment in the lab, every interaction between classmates is an opportunity to learn about the world God created — the place he especially put us to see him, enjoy him, and help others do the same.

2. The most important book you’ll read is your Bible.

Because of all the assigned pages, you’ll be tempted to sideline your Bible reading until the next test has passed, the next paper is done, or the next break is here. Instead, treat your time in the Bible like you treat your meal plan.

Your time soaking in Scripture will be the most fruitful and shaping time of your education. Nothing can replace the wealth you will find there, and nothing will prepare you better for life, family, vocation, or even your next class.

Again, Piper pleads, “Let us labor to memorize the Word of God — for worship and for warfare. If we don’t wear it, we can’t wield it. If we do not carry it in our heads, we cannot savor it in our hearts or wield it in the Spirit” (Desiring God, 154).

3. Someone younger than you needs you.

As a teenager, it took me several years to appreciate the influence I had over those younger than me. Sixth-graders can’t wait to be eighth-graders, who can’t wait to be freshmen, who can’t wait to be juniors, who can’t wait to be in college.

So someone younger than you is watching you, and probably wants to be like you. Whether you choose to be or not, you will be a role model. Why not model Christ-like faith, joy, generosity, and service?

If you were under the impression 2 Timothy 2:2 stops with elder-types in the church, remember that Jesus calls all his disciples, without distinction, to be making more disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Keep your eyes open for the guy (if you’re a guy) or girl (if you’re a girl) trying to find someone to look up to, and spend some time and energy to consistently point them even further up to Christ. Think creatively about ways you could invest the gospel and your life into them, and eventually show them how they can do the same for others.

4. Comparison in the classroom can be the birthplace of pride.

God opposes the proud (James 4:6). That’s enough to know pride is dangerous, really dangerous. No one opposes God and survives, much less wins. Your pride will defile you (Matthew 7:20-23) and keep you out of the kingdom. Your humility, however, testifies to God’s forgiveness of your sin and his grace at work in you.

The classroom naturally nurtures a culture of comparison. Pride can certainly begin before our education, but school’s grades, awards, and social dynamics seem to breed the wrong kind of competition — a self-seeking kind. And this pride clashes with our Savior’s sacrifice like your dad’s white socks and his favorite sandals.

Your younger years are fertile ground for big dreams. Piper recently encouraged a group of young ambitious dreamers to distinguish between influence and fame. He said it is a good and honorable thing to want to change the world, but it’s wicked to want to be known for it.

Let’s try and be quick to celebrate others (Romans 12:10), slow to speak, especially about our own successes, and slow to think more highly of ourselves than we ought (Romans 12:3). Remember you are a sinner bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20), and that in all your good papers, projects, and tests, it is God working through you for his glory (Philippians 2:13).

5. Only the gospel saves anyone, even A-students.

Whatever the grades may say, none of us really measures up — no, not one (Romans 3:11, 12). Regardless of how hard you work this year, you will fail. You may fail to serve your roommate patiently or steward your time effectively or respect your parents humbly or do your schoolwork faithfully.

Fortunately, every student who trusts in Christ has an advocate before the one with infinitely more power and authority than any teacher, dean, principal, or president (1 John 2:1). God loves you and promises to be with you and help you because his Son died for you, not because of how well you do in school or how many friends you have or how happy your parents are with your performance.

You might have a new computer or a new study partner or an improved living situation or some new resolve to do better, but ultimately your only hope this fall or any fall is the gospel. And that is a really, really strong place to stand and study.

So whether you’re going to walk, drive, or take the bus for the first day of classes, as you pack up, prepare your heart and mind for the work. By God’s merciful, student-loving grace, this year could be a breakthrough in your personal passion for him, your ministry to others on campus, and your readiness for a long life lived with and for Jesus.

 

  

   

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.

  

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Lynn and Jimmy Pulliam and their families.  Jimmy's mother, Zuline Pulliam, passed away Friday, August 25.   The funeral service was conducted Sunday. 

Sympathy is also extended to Alexa and Drew Coggin and their family.  Alexa's grandfather, Mr. Harold Hammond, passed away last week at 97 years of age.  

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Bullington was unable to attend the assembly last Sunday.

Myra White's niece is in hospice care in Johnson City, Tennessee.  

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 35

August 28 – Isaiah 23-25; 1 Corinthians 3

August 29 – Is. 26-29; Psalm 65;  
                    1
Corinthians 4

August 30 – Is. 30-32; 1 Corinthians 5

August 31 – Isaiah 33-35; 1 Corinthians 6

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

Week 36

Sept. 4 – 2 Chronicles 29-31; 1 Corinthians 8

Sept. 5 – 2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chronicles 32;
                Psalm 67;  1 Corinthians 9

Sept. 6 – Isaiah 36-37; Psalm 123; 
               1
Corinthians 10

Sept. 7 – 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38-40; Psalm 68; 
               1 Corinthians 11

Sept. 8 – Isaiah 41-44; 1 Corinthians 12

Week 37

Sept. 11 – Isaiah 45-48; 1 Corinthians 13

Sept. 12 – Isaiah 49-52; Psalm 69; 
                 1 Corinthians 14

Sept. 13 – Isaiah 53-55; Psalm 128; 
                 1 Corinthians 15

Sept. 14 – Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70;
                 1 Cori
nthians. 16 

Sept. 15 – Isaiah 60-63; 2 Corinthians 1

Week 38

Sept. 18 – Isaiah 64-66; 2 Corinthians 2

Sept. 19 – 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; 
                  Psalm 71; 2 Corinthians 3

Sept. 20 – Nahum; Psalm 149; 2 Corinthians 4

Sept. 21 – 2 Kings 22-23; Psalm 73; 
                 2 Cor
inthians

Sept. 22 – 2 Chronicles 34-35; 2 Corinthians 6

Week 39

Sept. 25 – Habakkuk; 2 Corinthians 7

Sept. 26 – Zephaniah; Psalm 74;
                 2 Corinthians 8

Sept. 27 – Jeremiah 1-4; Psalm 130;
                 2 Corinthians 9

Sept. 28 – Jeremiah 5-7; Psalm 75; 
                 2 Corinthians 10 

Sept. 29 – Jeremiah 8-10; 2 Corinthians 11

Read the Bible in Order

September 1  Lamentation 1-5

September 2  Ezekiel 1-3

September 3  Ezekiel 4-6

September 4  Ezekiel 7-9

September 5  Ezekiel 10-12

September 6  Ezekiel 13-15

September 7  Ezekiel 16-18

September 8  Ezekiel 19-21

September 9  Ezekiel 22-24

September 10  Ezekiel 25-27

September 11  Ezekiel 28-30

September 12  Ezekiel 31-33

September 13  Ezekiel 34-36

September 14  Ezekiel 37-39

September 15  Ezekiel 40-42

September 16  Ezekiel 43-45

September 17  Ezekiel 46-48

September 18  Daniel 1-3

September 19  Daniel 4-6

September 20  Daniel 7-9

September 21  Daniel 10-12

September 22  Hosea 1-4

September 23  Hosea 5-8

September 24  Hosea 9-11

September 25  Hosea 12-14

September 26  Joel 1-3

September 27  Amos 1-4

September 28  Amos 5-7

September 29  Amos 8-9

September 30  Catch-up day

 

 

 

 

 

            

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

September   3

Sydney May

September   5

Dick Massey

September   7

Maddox McDowell

September  13

Jimmy Pulliam

September  18

Bill Baker

September  22

Eve Morris

September  24

Rhonda Cannon

September  24

Sandra Caudle

September  26

Clark Coggin

September  27

Hilda Morrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - September 3, 2017

Welcome

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

 Jim May

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Phil Hamby

 

Steve Esler

 

Greg Granberry

Scripture Reading

Larry Simmons

 

Matthew 6:9-13

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

   

Welcome - PM

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

1 John 3:1, 2

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Communion Preparation

Phil & Peggy Hamby

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

Jim May

Jim Warren

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Table – Lead

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

 

Greg Cannon

Joe Minichowski

David White

Greg Cannon

Table – Serve

Greg Granberry

David Grogan

Steve Esler

Jim May

 

Steve Esler

Jim May

Joe Minichowski

Steve Esler

Scripture

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

Eddie Brown

Larry Simmons

Ed Kelly

Morning

September 3

  September 10

September 17

September 24

Call to Worship

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Doyle White

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Scripture

Greg Granberry

Phil Hamby

Ed Kelly

David White

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

David White

David Grogan

           

   

         
 

RECORD 8/27/2017

Bible School

49

Worship AM

82

Worship PM

No assembly

Wednesday Bible Study

30

Contribution

N/A