THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

February 7, 2017

Number 6 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

One of life's most persistent questions is "Why?"  Why do we have to endure what we do throughout life?  

Event though there isn't a direct answer in Scripture, there are a number of pointers.  Here's a helpful article by Shea Oakley.  It appeared in DISCIPLE Magazine.  

"Experiencing pain is hard, but the result of avoiding pain is much harder. The pain I speak of is necessary pain. This is the discomfort involved in confronting that within us, which is both the result of what we have done to others and the result of what has been done to us. It is the pain that precedes repentance and it is the pain that precedes healing Allowing ourselves to experience both kinds are unavoidable if we hope to live an authentic Christian life.

"But avoid them we do.

"I’ve never known a true masochist, an individual who consciously derives pleasure from pain. Most of us are all about avoiding it. God does not begrudge us that desire in and of itself. The myriad aches we today experience as human beings were not part of the original plan. Adam and Eve knew no pain in Eden until the moment they choose to disobey the only demand their Creator gave them, to not eat of the Tree of Good and Evil. Pain was, and is, the necessary consequence of our rebellion against a just God. We need not have experienced it as a race had we had remained obedient to the One who deserved no disobedience from us. That we do know pain in this life is the greatest evidence that the biblical account of the fall is true.

"God takes no pleasure in misery for its own sake. If He did He would be a cosmic sadist and the God of the cross could not possibly be that. He looks at the afflictions of humankind as the necessary result of transgression against him, but he does not enjoy it. If He did Jesus would never have been sent to us.

"So all of the sons and daughters of Adam must know pain in this world. It is part of a just curse upon a fallen race. However, for the blood-bought son or daughter of God, pain has a particular role to play. This role is two-fold, to show us our need for healing and to show us our need for Godly sorrow over what we have done to cause others to need healing. Without this kind of pain we would forever remain wounded and wounding. Without it we would not know something is terribly wrong in our souls.

"Physically it is better to feel the agony of a second-degree burn than the numbness of a third-degree burn. Why? Because the pain of the former indicates that the affected nerves and tissues are still capable of healing, the lack of feeling in the latter means that both nerve and tissue have been completely destroyed. Pain is nature’s (and by extension God’s) way of sounding the alarm that something is not as it should or could be. It tells us we need to do something about a problem.

"Whether that problem stems from what we have done, or what has been done to us, pain is often what brings it to our attention. But we have an option when such a feeling begins to make itself known. We can choose the path of avoidance.

"Every mood-altering substance, action or possession known to human beings is potentially an enabler for such avoidance. Alcohol, sex and money are respective examples of each. Drunkenness, promiscuity and compulsive shopping are all pain-avoiders. All seem to promise an easy alternative to experiencing the hurt that is endemic to our existence. This is a cruel illusion. Most of those who do not know God will, to one degree or another, take this route. It is, for them, a dead-end. The pain they avoid is exchanged for greater pain latter on, compounded by the sinful activity’s destructive effects on their bodies and souls.

"Those who know God can choose this route as well; and I daresay that every Christian has chosen to detour down it at some point. We are not immune to the siren-call of avoidant behavior either. But in the power of the Spirit living within us we can choose to go another way. We can embrace our pain and ask God to use our experience of that pain to change us for the better. When we do this in sincerity He will honor our willingness to trust Him and the pain we then enter into and endure will be profoundly redemptive. It will result in the purification and growth of our hearts and prepare us for the Godly joys God wants all his children to know, the greatest of which is a deeper intimacy with Him.

"When pain seems unavoidable it probably is. Our best reaction is to accept it after asking our Lord to use it to bring about His loving plan for our lives. Learning to react to pain in this way is one of the most important lessons of the Christian life.

"It is not easily accepted, and we should not expect it to be so, but once we have learned this lesson we will ultimately be taken beyond the hurt we experience to a place of blessing that will make that hurt pale by comparison.

"Then the pain will have been worth it beyond what we ever could have imagined."

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diary Of A Bible

JANUARY:  A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now.

FEBRUARY: Clean-up time. I was dusted yesterday and put in my place.  My owner did use me for a few minutes last week.  He had been in an argument and was looking up some references to prove he was right.

MARCH:  Had a busy day first of the month. My owner was elected president of the PTA and used me to prepare a speech.

APRIL:  Grandpa visited us this month.  He kept me on his lap for an hour reading from 1 Peter 5:5-7.  He seems to think more of me than do some people in my own household.

MAY:  I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring flowers were pressed in my pages.

JUNE:  I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full of newspaper clippings – one of the girls got married.

JULY:  They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on vacation.  I wish I could stay home; I know I'll be closed up in this thing for at least two weeks.

AUGUST:  Still in the suitcase.

SEPTEMBER:  Back home at last and in my old familiar place.  I have a lot of company.  Two women's magazines and four comic books are stacked on top of me.  I wish I could be read as much as they are.

OCTOBER:  They read me a little bit today.  One of them is very sick.  Right now I am sitting in the center of the coffee table.  I think the minister is coming by for a visit.

NOVEMBER:  Back in my old place.  Somebody asked today if I were a scrapbook.

DECEMBER:  The family is busy getting ready for the holidays.  I guess I'll be covered up under wrapping paper and packages again . . . just as I am every Christmas.

 

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

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:  

February 19, 2017

Atlanta Airport Church

5:00 p.m.

 

 

  

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

February 7, 2017

February 14, 2017   

 

February 11, 20176

9:00 a.m.

 

 

Ladies' Area Brunch

February 18

9:30 a.m.

Speaker:  Paula Anderson

 

 

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

 

NOTES from YOUTH EXPOSURE:

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity you gave us to attend the Exposure Youth Conference.  It was such an uplifting and spiritual time that we really needed and it would not have been possible without Cedar Grove's gracious help.  

We love you all and are truly thankful to be a part of the Cedar Grove church family.

Susan May

 

Thank you got helping us attend Exposure!  I had so much fun, made new friends and learned about Jesus!  The classes and sermons touched my heart and some brought me to tears!  The singing was amazing and I would totally go back next year!  Thank you so much.  I love you! 

Love, Cassidy

 

Thank you for the opportunity to recharge my spiritual batteries at Exposure.  It was a wonderful event and I truly appreciated it.  I hope we can attend with more youth next year!  

    Much love,  Janine Esler

 

Thank you for letting us go to EYC.  I had a lot of fun, the singing was awesome, and the lessons were even better.  But best of all I grew as a Christian and I hope we can go again next year.   

With much love, Regan

 

 

 

 

Joey Tatum is scheduled for surgery this Thursday, Feb. 9.

Rose Stiles, Sally Ray's mother, is in the hospital.

Jimmy Wellborn has another fracture and is preparing for the repair procedure.

Janie Brown is suffering from a broken arm.  She is also having laser treatments on her eyes.  

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 Boucher

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 12, 2017

Welcome

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Joe Minichowski

 

Jim May

 

Steve Esler

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

1 Peter 4:12-14

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

David White

 

Proverbs 3:5-8

Closing Prayer

David Grogan

Communion Preparation

Myra White

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 2/5/2017

Bible School

40

Worship AM

69

Worship PM

38

Wednesday Bible Study

35

Contribution

$ 2,593.78