THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

August 8, 2017

Number 32  

                                                                    

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wag the Dog

"Wag the Dog” was a 1998 film written by Larry Beinhart and directed by Barry Levinson. The movie plot was of a president who was up for re-election, but a scandal was about to be revealed that would most likely cost him the election. In order to divert attention away from the scandal, the president’s “spin doctor” (Robert De Niro) hires a film director (Dustin Hoffman) to create a fake war with Albania. The war is presented to the American public as a real event.

That was a fictional story about a fictional president producing a fictional news event in an attempt to cover up a “true” scandal.

The name of the film comes from a cliche that says, “Instead of the dog wagging the tail, the tail is wagging the dog.”

Why write about this? Why should we care about such fictional story lines? It is an illustration of how the line between truth and fiction is being blurred in our world to­day.

A few years back the catch phrase in the news was “spin.” News reporters and political pundits put their own “spin” on the facts for the purpose of supporting a particu­lar agenda. The catch phrase for today is “Fake News.” Our nation is headed toward chaos because of the difficulty of distinguishing between truth and fiction.

The generation that is coming up is being raised on video games and fictional shows called “reality shows.” News reporters and commentators are discovered to be overtly spinning and even altering the news to fit their own agendas. What is real? Who can you trust?

Now consider this.  The generation that is coming up is being told that Jesus Christ is a fictional character. They are being told that the events recorded in the Bible were the tales of the “spin doctors” of their day, and that it was “fake news” generated by some who wanted to make a name for themselves. The Bible, it is said, has good morals, but you can’t trust your life to a book that tells of people walking on water, casting out demons and raising the dead.

While modern media is not necessarily evil in and of itself, it is of grave importance that we do not allow such things to “wag the dog.” It is essential that Christians be reminded that God, not man, is in charge. We must remember that the Bible provides the morals, principles and teaching we need for this life and for the life to come. We must live according to the fact that on the Day of Judgment, the Bible is the only truth that will matter. Jesus Christ is the only Savior. The fog of fiction will be lifted and all “spin” and “fake news” will vanish, and each one will be judged according to his or her deeds (2 Corinthians 5:10). This is truth to live by.

In the movie, Wag the Dog, the film director wanted to go public and take credit for the president’s re-election. The president’s “spin doctor,” in order to protect the lie they had created, had the film director killed. Such is the case when we allow the tail to wag the dog.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10).

by Steve Vice 

 

  

   

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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August 12 at 3:00 p.m.

At the home of David White

Everyone is welcome!

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

            

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 13, 2017

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Joe Minichowski 

Lord's Table

* Jim Warren

 

* Joe Maddox

 

Steve Esler

 

David  Grogan

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Matthew 6:14, 15

Closing Prayer

David White

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Pulliam

 

1 John 2:12-14

Closing Prayer

Doyle  White

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 8/6/2017

Bible School

50

Worship AM

80

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

40

Contribution

$ 2,119.00