THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

January 17, 2017

Number 3 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Do you know anyone who suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia?

That’s the technical term for “fear of Friday the 13th.”  But don't expect me to pronounce it out loud in a sermon!  2017 has two months with a Friday on the 13th – this week and again in October. 

The name for fear of Friday the 13th is a word derived from two Greek words:  Paraskeví (Friday) and dekatreís (thirteen), attached to phobia (fear). Some people are so paralyzed by paraskevidekatriaphobia that they avoid normal activities, and some refuse to travel on that day.

Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th.  Franklin D. Roosevelt was influenced by the superstition – he wouldn’t go anywhere if Friday was on the 13th and he disliked starting a trip on any Friday.  The stock market crashed on October 13, 1989. 

Friday the 13th  is thought to be a day of unlucky events, although the origins of such ideas are unclear. Consequently, several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. Combining two unlucky elements into one day would make it all the more fearsome, and so it has become. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners since Jesus was arrested and crucified after the Passover meal He shared with His twelve disciples (Matthew 26–27). The fact that He was crucified on a Friday also adds credence to this theory.

Other theories regarding the origin of Friday the 13th include a Norse myth involving Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility, whose name means “Friday.” When Christianity came to her country, Frigga was denounced as a witch and banished to the mountains where, it was believed, she convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil on Fridays to plot revenge and ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as “Witches' Sabbath.”

Another theory about the origin of the superstition traces the event to the arrest of the legendary Knights Templar, a monastic military order founded in Jerusalem in A.D. 1119, whose mission was to protect Christian pilgrims during the Crusades. Because the Knights Templar had amassed wealth and power, French King Philip IV secretly ordered the arrest of all the Knights Templar in France on Friday, October 13, 1307. The connection between the superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.

Fear of Friday the 13th is based on superstition, and as such it has no place in the mind or heart of Christians. No day or date is to be feared by those who belong to God through Jesus Christ. Everything that happens is under the control of our sovereign God who rules every event in the universe and never allows superstitions or the schemes of men to thwart His divine will and plan (Isaiah 46:11). Furthermore, attending to superstitions and old wives’ tales and planning our lives around them can provide an opening for Satan who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

 -------------------------

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Most Important Decision

Marcus Aurelius said, "The most important things in life are the thoughts you to choose to think."

If this is true, then the most important decision you'll make today is what to think about.

You can think thoughts of faith or thoughts of doubt, thoughts of hope or thoughts of despair, thoughts of love or thoughts of hate. These thoughts will find their way into your words and your actions as the day wears on.

"Thoughts should be tested before they're transmitted," said William Arthur Ward. "If our thoughts taste unkind, critical or unfair, we should refuse to release them into the dangerous world of words."

Every temptation begins with a thought. So does every act of goodness. That's why Paul said . . .

"Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think" (Romans 12:2).

Today, let thoughts of faith, hope and love fill your mind.

Make a choice to believe the best about the future God has planned for you. That's faith.

Make a choice to expect the best in each situation, because God is at work in the details. That's hope.

Make a choice to give the best to those around you, because this is what he has called you to. That's love.

Your life will become what your thoughts make it.

Be transformed, then, by the renewing of your mind.

—Steve May

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our delivery was a good success -- thank you for your generous giving!

Thanks to Steve, Janine and Regan Esler for making the trip to A.I.M.

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

January 29, 2017

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

5:00 p.m.

 

 

  

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

January 17, 2017

February 7, 2017   

 

  

 

 

   

 

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

 

 

 

 

Richard Smith has suffered a major stroke.  He is now at the Westbury Rehab in Jackson.  

Nancy Kirkland was hospitalized earlier this week.  

Stan Caudle is has returned home.  

Hilda Morrow has not been well for several weeks.  

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

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 1

January 2 Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19; Mark 1

January 3 Genesis 3-5; Mark 2

January 4 Genesis 6-8; Psalm 104; Mark 3

January 5 Genesis 9-11; Mark 4

January 6 Genesis 12-15; Ps.148; Mark 5

 

Week 2

January   9 Genesis 16-18; Mark 6

January 10 Genesis 19-20; Psalm 1; Mark 7

January 11 Genesis 21-23; Ps. 107; Mark 8

January 12 Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9

January 13 Genesis 26-27; Mark 10

 

Week 3

January 16 Genesis 28-29; Mark 11

January 17 Genesis 30-31; Ps.11; Mark 12

January 18 Genesis 32-34; Ps.145; Mark 13

January 19 Genesis 35-37; Ps. 12; Mark 14;

January 20 Genesis 38-40; Mark 15

 

 

Week 4

January 23 Genesis 41-42; Mark 16

January 24 Genesis 43-44; Ps.24; Galatians 1

January 25 Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108;
                   Galatians 2

January 26 Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25;
                    Galatians 3

January 27 Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4

 

 

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

Read the Bible in Order

January  1 Genesis 1-4

January  2 Genesis 5-8

January  3 Genesis 9-11

January  4 Genesis 12-14

January  5 Genesis 15-17

January  6 Genesis 18-20

January  7 Genesis 21-23

January  8 Genesis 24-26

January  9 Genesis 27-29

January 10 Genesis 30-32

January 11 Genesis 33-35

January 12 Genesis 36-38

January 13 Genesis 39-41

January 14 Genesis 42-44

January 15 Genesis 45-47

January 16 Genesis 48-50

January 17 Exodus 1-4

January 18 Exodus 5-7

January 19 Exodus 8-10

January 20 Exodus 11-13

January 21 Exodus 14-16

January 22 Exodus 17-19

January 23 Exodus 20-22

January 24 Exodus 23-25

January 25 Exodus 26-28

January 26 Exodus 29-31

January 27 Exodus 32-34

January 28 Exodus 35-37

January 29 Exodus 38-40

January 30 Catch-up day

January 31 Catch-up day

 

 

 

 

            

JANUARY  BIRTHDAYS

 

January    2

Alex Greenwald

January  14

Cole Denton

January  15

Richard Smith

January 16

Stan Caudle

January 16

Ross Anderson

January 17

Craig Hodges

January  18

Danice Perry

January  19

Tammy Ward

January  24

 Harrison Hamby

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - January 22, 2017

Welcome

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Jim May

Lord's Table

* Jimmy Pulliam

 

* Phil Hamby

 

Greg Granberry

 

Steve Esler

Scripture Reading

Larry Simmons

 

Ephesians 6:10-12

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle White

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Eddie Brown

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Colossians 1:10, 11

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Communion Preparation

Steve and Janine Esler

Nursery Attendant

Joyce Shelton

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

   

Morning

January 1

January 8

January 15

January 22

January 29

Call to Worship

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Joe Minichowski

David White

Larry Simmons

Jim May

Jim Warren

Table – Lead

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Jimmy Pulliam

Joe Maddox

 

Jim May

Greg Cannon

Greg Cannon

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Table – Serve

Chris Greenwald

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

David Grogan

 

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Joe Minichowski

Greg Granberry

Jim May

Scripture

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Chris Greenwald

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

James Elliott

David White

             

 

 

Evening

January 1

January 8

January 15

 January 22

  January 29

Call to Worship

No Assembly

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

 

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

 

Phil Hamby

Jimmy Pulliam

Eddie Brown

Doyle White

Scripture

 

Doyle White

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

Phil Hamby

Closing Prayer

 

Eddie Brown

Jim May

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

               
 

RECORD 1/15/2017

Bible School

32

Worship AM

46

Worship PM

39

Wednesday Bible Study

37

Contribution

$ 2,597.10