yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you." -James
February 28, 2017
I recently read a story about a
young boy in elementary school and wondered if we, adults, care as much
about people as we sometimes do "things."
"An elementary school was
engaged in a major fundraising drive to purchase plants and flowers to
beautify its grounds. After collecting $400, it scheduled a Saturday for
a special planting celebration and sought the help of kids and their
parents. One of the students a girl I'll call Karen
announced she and her parents would not be participating in the planting
because her father had lost his job and they had been evicted from their
apartment. She said she would have to move to another school. Chris, a
fourth-grader, made a motion to donate all the money they had collected
for plants to Karen's family so she could stay in the school.
"If we're a CHARACTER COUNTS
school," he said, "caring is more important than
"'plants." The motion passed unanimously. When the faculty
heard about '~!he gesture, they decided to match the $400. When word
reached the local newspaper,
the community got involved. Money was contributed, and Karen's
father was offered a job. Karen was able to stay at the school and
By the way, Dr. Smith
added, the school was beautifully landscaped with plants and flowers,
donated by members of the community, all because of the character of one
I couldn't help but think about the
man found in Luke 5 that was so sick he had to be brought to Jesus by
his friends on a bed. Because of the great crowds they couldn't reach
Him so they proceeded to take the sick man to the rooftop and lower him
into the room where Jesus was speaking. I can only imagine the rope bums
the men received on their hands trying to lower their friend down to
Jesus. For them, it was a small price to pay for their friend to be
healed. When you have a few minutes take a look at your hands. Have you
had any rope bums lately?
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a
positive word! RA
I've been a city boy all my life, as a kid I spent much of many
summers on my Uncle Jake's dairy farm in central Ohio. During,
these summers, the truism of one common epigram became all too
obvious, "If you want milk, you've gotta put up with the
manure." The cats that hung around the barn knew what that
meant. In their quest for any stray milk, they were adept at
avoiding the inevitable "plop" and maneuvering around
the steamy piles of manure. If you spent any time on a farm with
cows, you know what I mean.
you want milk, you've gotta put up with the manure." This
life lesson is taught over and over. For Noah to have the safety
of the ark, he had to endure the noise and smell inside the ark.
If you're going to catch fish on the Sea of Galilee, you have to
stay up all night. If you want the championship ring, you have
to work and sweat in practice until your head rings. Every good
thing in this life has a price that has to be paid.
The reward is worth the
temporary unpleasantness. Remember: Moses chose to be mistreated
along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures
of sin for a short time. Several years ago, the School of
Business at Harding University had an acronymic motto: TINSTAAFL.
This stood for "There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.'
Nothing of value
the old auto maintenance commercial that coined the phrase,
"Pay me now or pay me later." Is there any part of
life that is exempt from this rule? It is an axiom that reaches
from here to hereafter. Nothing good comes without a price tag.
Nothing good comes without a sacrifice not even an eternity
we love milk, the manure is not a burden. When we love safety,
the unpleasantness of the ark is not a burden. When we love
fish, the nightly toil is not a burden. When we love the
victory, the practice is not a burden. When we love God, His
commands are not a burden (1 John 5:3).
I guess whether you're in
the barn or in life, you just have to watch where you step!
Michael E. Weimer
next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March. Please
continue to bring food items to help their
Southside Area Youth
2017 Progressive is being conducted February 26-March 2 with Eric Thornton
speaking. The Thursday night session is at the Shannon congregation, so
that is a splendid opportunity for us at Cedar Grove to support the
sympathy of the congregation is extended to Betty Smith and all her family.
Her brother-in-law, Ray Eanes, passed away a few days ago. The
funeral was February 18 in Tennessee.
Friends at Cedar Grove
you very much for beautiful plant you sent to our dad's funeral.
Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.
and Ricky Wright
and Dennie Knight
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for flowers you sent while I have been suffering with my
back. They really brightened by room! Thank you also to the many who
send cards and notes -- it is such a help to know someone is thinking
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful
It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian
family! I love you all.
Cedar Grove Family
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!
and Eddie Brown
you so much for the beautiful fruit basket!
I really enjoyed it and I appreciate your thinking of me.
Cedar Grove Family
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!
Ross & Paula
Greenwald, Chris' father, has been having a series of tests the past two
Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan
McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy
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