THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

January 31, 2017

Number 5 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Even if those of us not interested in politics are affected by current events.  One such decision is the makeup of the United States Supreme Court.  

Here are some thoughts by Jim Denison at the "Forum for Truth and Culture."

"Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated last night by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Antonin Scalia’s untimely death last February. At forty-nine years of age, he is the youngest nominee in twenty-five years. The New York Times notes that Judge Gorsuch’s “conservative bent and originalist philosophy fit the mold of the man he would succeed.”

"Ed Whelan, a former law clerk for Justice Scalia, calls Judge Gorsuch “an eminently worthy successor to the great justice.” According to Whelan, “Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist and dedicated originalist and textualist. He thinks through issues deeply. He writes with clarity, force, and verve. And his many talents promise to give him an outsized influence on future generations of lawyers.”

"The judge’s story is quite interesting. He grew up in Denver, where one of his grandfathers worked his way through law school as a streetcar conductor. Both his parents were lawyers; his mother became President Reagan’s first head of the EPA. In his youth, Gorsuch worked shoveling snow, moving furniture, and staffing the front desk at a Howard Johnson’s hotel.

"He attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School, graduating from both with honors. He then achieved a PhD in legal philosophy from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Tenth Circuit in 2006 and was affirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate.

"What do we know about his theological convictions?

"Judge Gorsuch has written several books opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide. He wrote a concurrence in the Tenth Circuit Hobby Lobby case that supported the company in its fight not to pay for abortion-causing drugs for employees. The Supreme Court later came to the same decision.

"He has written several First Amendment opinions that would allow for more public displays of religion than are currently permitted under Supreme Court precedent. This morning’s Wall Street Journal applauds his strong defense of religious freedom at a time when “so many progressives want to subjugate religious practice to the will of the state.” At the same time, he is a collegial judge who favors “respecting your colleagues and trying to reach unanimity where possible.”

"As the president’s nomination moves forward, it is vital that Christians not lose sight of what matters most. At stake is not just Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation or rejection by the US Senate. The larger issue concerns the millions of lives touched daily by the United States Supreme Court.

"Debates on abortion, euthanasia, genetic medicine, and religious liberty will loom large in coming years. While I seek to avoid partisan positions in my Daily Article and larger ministry, I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. I also embrace the urgent priority of religious liberty as the freedom upon which all our other freedoms stand.

"I therefore applaud the president for his nomination of Neil Gorsuch and am praying for a successful confirmation process. And I am praying that Judge Gorsuch will be faithful to the supreme Judge of the universe.

"Ponder this fact: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Being ready is our most urgent priority. You and I are one day closer to eternity than ever before."

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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:  

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.

 

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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 5, 2017

Welcome

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Lord's Table

* Phil Hamby

 

* David White

 

Joe Minichowski

 

Steve Esler

Scripture Reading

Greg Cannon

 

1 Peter 4:12-14

Closing Prayer

Larry Simmons

   

Welcome - PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

Proverbs 3:5-8

Closing Prayer

David White

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 1/29/2017

Bible School

40

Worship AM

73

Worship PM

48

Wednesday Bible Study

35

Contribution

$ 2,792.00