THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

February 21, 2017

Number 8 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Charles Hodge was for decades a fascinating Texas preacher.  He liked to wear boots to church, but he always gave Scriptural, thought-provoking lessons.  His writing was a style of its own, so you will enjoy this article.  It's titled "Faith Is Only for Now."

“Be thou faithful UNTIL, death (not in, into, unto) . . . “UNTIL.” All agree that salvation is by grace through faith. Few grasp what faith is. To illustrate: (1) Many falsely teach salvation by “faith only.” They cannot grasp a gift has to be received, responded to. They then foolishly conclude, “Once saved, always saved.” Saving faith has now been limited to a split-second years ago (not a life). James says faith without works is dead. This means, to them, when faith is dead then faith saves! Won’t work! (2) At ACC we “preacher boys” used to philosophize about a faithful member of 50 years sinning one sin then getting killed by a Mack truck instantly. Saved or lost? Brethren also falsely pray, “Take us at a time when we are best prepared to meet you in judgment.” Sounds good ­won’t work! The faith is still focused upon us – where we are, what we are doing. This is trying to “die right.” God tells us to “live right.” Faithfulness is “full of faith,” perseverance. It is not perfection. God did not tell us to be successful; He does expect us to be faithful.

The lesson? Faith is always “now,” “today,” “this minute.” A “moment” years ago is no substitute for faith “now.” “In the future I am going to come back to the church and be faithful.” That doesn’t work, “now!” Brethren have always been “wuzzers” and “gonna bees.” We must be “issers”! I am not perfect but I am faithful “right now.”

You see we live “one day at a time.” I am accountable for each day. Jesus said we could only handle “one day at a time” (Mt. 6:33,34). Be faithful TODAY . . . not just yesterday/tomorrow. Live each day faithfully. “Preach the gospel to yourself every day.” Remind yourself who you are and whom you have! Renew your commitment every day. Mates need to do this. Families need to do this. Friends need to do this. I can never live ONE perfect day . . . I can be faithful EVERY day! When you are faithful every day it will not matter what day God comes!

Who is in control of your life today, right now, this very minute? 

“Be faithful until death.”  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attitude

One ship drives east, and another west
with the self-same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sail
and not the gales that decides the way to go.

 

Your "attitude" is your state of mind, your disposition, the way you look at things and the way you deport yourself. Other words often used as synonyms are: "mood, outlook, perspective, viewpoint, feeling or tone."

How important is attitude? Let me begin by sharing some quotes:

·        "Attitude is a little thing that makes all the difference"-Winston Churchill

·        "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes"-William James

·        "You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you"- Brian Tracy

·        "Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done" - Bo Bennett

·        "Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different" - Katherine Mansfield

·        "A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes" - Hugh Downs

We certainly are not surprised to see attitude stressed in God's book!

Consider these passages:

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he"- Proverbs 23:7

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" - Proverbs 4:23

"But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus...be renewed in the spirit of your mind, that you put on the new           man which was created according to God, in truth and holiness"- Ephesians 4:20ff

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus"- Philippians 2:5

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things" ­Philippians 4:8

On more than one occasion I heard my mother say, "Watch your attitude!" Regardless of age or circumstance, we all need to watch our attitude! The Master said, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things" (Matthew 12:35).

Attitude can be one of our most valuable assets. Our attitude toward God should be one of reverence, submission, love, trust, worship and prayerfulness. Our attitude toward others should be one of love, respect, consideration, forgiveness, kindness and unselfishness. Our attitude toward self should be sober, realistic, fair, humble, patient and responsible.

Have a positive attitude! Positive attitudes are contagious. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4: 13). "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).  Guess what? It all starts in our heart!

By Dwight Fuqua

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March.  Please continue to bring food items to help their distribution.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

March 19, 2017

East Point

5:00 p.m.

 

 

  

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

March 7, 2017

March 21, 2017   

 

 

SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Richard Smith.  He passed away January 13.  A memorial was conducted Saturday, January 21.  

 

 

   

 

To My Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful flowers.  It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian family!  I love you all.

Love,

Nancy Kirkland

Dear Cedar Grove Family

Thank you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.  We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.  We give thanks for you all!

Love,

Janie and Eddie Brown

Dear Ladies Class, 

Thank you so much for the beautiful fruit basket!  I really enjoyed it and I appreciate your thinking of me.  

Love, Jean McBride

Dear Cedar Grove Family

The past year has flown quickly – thank you for making it a positive year for the Cedar Grove church and for the Kingdom.  Thank you for your continual encouragement and partnership.  Thank you especially for the gift that was presented to us recently.  We love and appreciate our church family!

Love, Ross & Paula

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Greenwald, Chris' father, has been having a series of tests the past two weeks.

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 5

January 30 Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5

January 31 Exodus 4-6; Galatians 6

February 1 Exodus 7-9; Ps. 105; Ephesians 1

February 2 Exodus 10-12; Ephesians 2

February 3 Exodus 13-15; Psalm 114;
                    Ephesians 3

 

Week 6

February  6  Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4

February  7  Exodus 19-21; Psalm 33; 
                     Ephesians 5

February  8  Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; 
                     Ephesians 6

February  9  Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90;
                     Philippians 1

February 10 Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2

 

Week 7

February 13  Exodus 32-34; Philippians 3

February 14  Exodus 35-37; Philippians 4

February 15  Exodus 38-40; Hebrews 1

February 16  Leviticus. 1-3; Psalm 27;
                      Hebrews 2

February 17  Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3

 

 

Week 8

February 20  Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110;
                      Hebrews 4

February 21  Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111;
                      Hebrews 5

February 22  Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31;
                      Hebrews. 6

February 23  Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7

February 24  Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8

 

 

Week 9  

February 27  Leviticus 24-254; Hebrews 9

February 28  Leviticus 26-27; Psalm 112;
                      Hebrews 10

March 1  Numbers 1-2; Psalm 64; Hebrews 11

March 2  Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12

March 3  Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 1

Read the Bible in Order

February  1  Leviticus  1-3

February  2  Leviticus  4-6

February  3  Leviticus  7-9

February  4  Leviticus 10-12

February  5   Leviticus 13-15

February  6  Leviticus 16-18

February  7  Leviticus 19-21

February  8  Leviticus 22-24

February  9  Leviticus 25-27

February 10  Numbers  1-3

February 11  Numbers  4-6

February 12  Numbers  7-9

February 13  Numbers 10-12

February 14  Numbers 13-15

February 15  Numbers 16-18

February 16  Numbers 19-21

February 17  Numbers 22-24

February 18  Numbers 25-27

February 19  Numbers 28-30

February 20  Numbers 31-33

February 21  Numbers 34-36

February 22  Deuteronomy  1-4

February 23   Deuteronomy  5-7

February 24   Deuteronomy  8-10

February 25  Deuteronomy 11-13

February 26  Deuteronomy 14-16

February 27  Deuteronomy 17-19

February 28  Deuteronomy 20-22

 

 

 

 

            

FEBRUARY  BIRTHDAYS

 

 February   1

Paula Anderson

 February   1

Sandra Wilkins

 February   3

Lisa Sickler

February   3

Greg Granberry

February   3

Ralph White

 February   3

Ja'Michael Morris

 February   4

Hannah Putman

 February   7

Landon Perry

February   8

Larry Simmons

 February   8

Cooper Minichowski

 February  11

Drake McDowell

 February  21

Janie Brown

 February  27

Tucker Corbitt

 February  28

Cassidy May

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - February 26, 2017

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Lord's Table

* Joe Maddox

 

* Jim May

 

Chris Greenwald

 

David Grogan

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

 Romans 10:13-15

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Pulliam

 

Romans 5:1-5

Closing Prayer

Doyle White

Communion Preparation

Pulliams

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

     

Morning

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Joe Minichowski

Table – Lead

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

 

David White

Greg Cannon

Jim May

Jim May

Table – Serve

Steve Esler

Jim May

Chris Greenwald

Chris Greenwald

 

Joe Minichowski

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

David Grogan

Scripture

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Larry Simmons

Greg Granberry

Closing Prayer

Larry Simmons

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown

           

 

Evening

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Jim Warren

Larry Simmons

Scripture

Ed Kelly

David White

Doyle White

Jimmy Pulliam

Closing Prayer

David White

David Grogan

Ed Kelly

Doyle White

           

 

 

               
 

RECORD 2/19/2017

Bible School

41

Worship AM

67

Worship PM

32

Wednesday Bible Study

31

Contribution

$ 2,263.02