THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

January 24, 2017

Number 4 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

A group of young students were asked by their school teacher to make a list of what they thought were the present-day Seven Wonders of the World. Although there were some disagreements, the following seven things received the most votes:

The Great Pyramids of Egypt
2. The Taj Mahal
3. The Grand Canyon
4. The Panama Canal
5. The Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student had not turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she were having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have – read your list and maybe we can help.” Hesitantly, shyly, the girl stood up and then read her paper out loud to the class. She said, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

1. to be able to see
2. to be able to hear
3. to be able to touch
4. to be able to feel
5. to be able to taste
6. to be able to laugh
7. to be able to love.”

The room was so quiet when she finished that you could have heard a pin drop. Isn’t it amazing how we overlook and take for granted the gifts that God has given us? We become so captivated by man-made things that we sometimes forget the astounding generosity of God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us and we are his. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE AT WAR!

EPHESIANS 6:10-20

 

The servants of the almighty God are at war with Satan today and have been since the beginning of time. This war is real. The fight is for the souls of men made in the image of God.

There can be no compromise with the host of hell. The battle rages today and some would say the battle cannot be won. They add that we lack the manpower, the finances and the will to fight to the death. This may be true for some as they linger in indecision, put their trust in human wisdom and intellect and seek to be friends with a world who hates the way of God.

It must be said that we cannot give up nor will we give in. Millions of our fellowmen want to hear the clear simple message of the kingdom of God while seemingly some in a great brotherhood have turned to popular programs of the moment, a play on numbers and the moving message of healing the body and not the soul.

The goal must be to use the zeal and ability of a wonderful brotherhood to make great plans by local churches. Then we must have the will with patience to stay the course in planting the seed of God's kingdom building great churches in every nation on earth.

The numbers were few in the first century but God went before them to take the saving message to a lost world. Today there is the same God and the same gospel and many are committed to fight the battle with the assurance victory will come now and in eternity.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28: 18-20)

Harvey M. Starling

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

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:  

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:

February 7, 2017

February 14, 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.  

 

 

   

 

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

 

 

 

 

Stan Caudle  has returned home. 

Janie Brown is suffering from a broken arm.   

Jimmy Wellborn is recovering from his back procedure at his home.  

Jean McBride is also having a procedure to repair compression fractures next Monday.  

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 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 29, 2017

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Lord's Table

* Joe Maddox

 

* Joe Minichowski

 

David Grogan

 

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

Closing Prayer

David White

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Scripture Reading

Mason Minichowski

 

Exodus 8:8-11

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 1/22/2017

Bible School

34

Worship AM

70

Worship PM

32

Wednesday Bible Study

35

Contribution

$ 2,887.00