THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

July 25, 2017

Number 30  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

William Owens has been a leader in the battle to preserve Biblical morality in our society.  He sent a message commenting on the Texas Privacy Act (known as the bathroom bill).  

Then Mr. Owens continued with comments that you will find insightful:

 “What we are witnessing is a spirit of perversion that has permeated our culture. It's the plain truth. The radical LGBTQ agenda seeks to normalize that which will NEVER be normal. They are indoctrinating our children and grandchildren. Anyone who disagrees with their agenda is persecuted, ridiculed and run out of business. As Christians and people of faith, we have a duty to tell the truth. I recently came across the following statistics: 

·    The Austin school district has recently begun to advance, often without notifying parents, a curriculum that would teach children to accept homosexuality as a normal and positive lifestyle, and that children as young as four can choose whether to be a boy or a girl;

·    The Fort Worth school district, as wells as Dripping Springs and some others across the state, have recently attempted to maintain or mandate a transgender bathroom policy in their schools, allowing boys to enter girls restrooms and locker rooms if they are confused about their gender;

·    "Big Brother is Ready to Raid Your Home and Steal Your Child," reads the title of a June 6 article from The Stream. "The Canadian province Ontario just passed a law permitting the government to take children from their homes if their parents do not affirm their gender identity," alerts the article, whose subtitle is this: "Canada is just one step ahead of the United States."

·    "Days of Lot: New Survey Finds That Evangelical Christian Support for Gay Marriage Has More Than Doubled" is the title of a June 28, 2017 article in Charisma News.  A new Pew Research Survey has found that support for gay marriage is particularly growing among Christian young people. Meanwhile, the article points out that religious liberty dies in proportion to the advance of the gay agenda.  

·    One final, sobering statistic comes from the American Family Association's June, 2017 newsletter, quoting data from a Harris Interactive survey:"Millennials (ages 18-34) are almost three times more likely than the Boomer generation (20% compared to 7%) to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ). Even more disturbing, the Harris poll also revealed that 12% of Millennials self-identified as 'transgender or gender non-conforming.' That's double the percentage of the previous generation, Generation X (ages 35-51)."

Concluding the article, Owens asks, “Are you aware that gay leaders put their plans in writing? Yes, they have a manifesto that provides details on how they plan on changing our culture.”  I

f you want to learn more about these shocking statements, send me a message and I’ll send you the link. 

        

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking the Lost

A golfer, playing a round by himself, is about to tee off, and a greasy little salesman runs up to him, and yells, “Wait! Before you tee off, I have something really amazing to show you!”

The golfer, annoyed, says, “What is it?”

”It’s a special golf ball,” says the salesman. “You can never lose it!”

”Whattaya mean,” scoffs the golfer, “you can never lose it? What if you hit it into the water?”

”No problem,” says the salesman. “It floats, and it detects where the shore is, and spins towards it.”

”Well, what if you hit it into the woods?”

”Easy,” says the salesman. “It emits a beeping sound, and you can find it with your eyes closed.”

”Okay,” says the golfer, impressed. “But what if your round goes late and it gets dark?”

”No problem, sir, this golf ball glows in the dark! I’m telling you, you can never lose this golf ball!”

The golfer buys it at once. “Just one question,” he says to the salesman. “Where did you get it?”

”I found it!”

Maybe someday someone will invent a golf ball that can never be lost, but until then we will all have to deal with losing things—golf balls, car keys, glasses, etc. We also have to deal with a lost humanity. I find it interesting that the one term Jesus used most often to describe those who are outside of Christ is the word “lost”.

In Luke 15, Jesus elaborated on this idea by telling three parables—the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the lost (prodigal) son. The point has often been made that those three parables demonstrate three different ways of being lost—through unintentional wandering (the sheep), through the negligence of someone else (the coin), or through willful disobedience (the son).

However, the point of those three parables is not so much about our lostness as they are about the fact that our God is willing to search for us and bring us back into a relationship with Him. If we will truly see the world around us as “lost”, it will change our perspective as well. Think about the last time you knew of a child that was missing. When a child is lost, we don’t ask what race the child is. It doesn’t matter—the child is lost! We don’t ask the child’s economic status. It doesn’t matter—the child is lost! We don’t ask what the child may or may not have done wrong. It doesn’t matter—the child is lost! All that matters is that we find that child and bring him/her home safely.

Seeing a world around us as “lost” will change the way we see them. The scribes and Pharisees looked at the tax collectors and sinners and saw terrible, ugly people. Jesus saw people who were lost. All that mattered to him was that he bring them home safely.

”For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Father, thank you for diligently searching for me and for bringing me home to you. Fill me with your love so that I may care enough to seek out those around me who are lost. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thought for Today by Alan Smith

 

  

   

Lessons from Songs

Wednesdays for 2017

Cedar Grove Summer Series

 

May 24        Alfred Donald                It Is Well with My Soul

May 31        Dan Thompson                     Nearer Still Nearer

June  7         Matt Amos                                 Living by Faith

June 14        Bob Staples        God Give Us Christian Homes

June 21        Todd Zeiler                    Have Thine Own Way

June 28        Ben Slocumb                              Trust and Obey

July 12         Harold Savage                Nothing but the Blood

July 19         Mitch Grubb                             Living by Faith

July 26         Scott Franks                                   Just As I Am

August  2     Thomas Tidwell                          I Surrender All

August  9     Ricky Gray          How Deep the Father’s Love

August 16    Herbert Moore                             Seek Ye First

August 23    Charles Thompson Count Your Many Blessings

August 30    Mitch Robison    Bound for the Promised Land

September 6  Ron Edwards

 

 

 

                         

 

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Our partnership with A.I.M. is ongoing.  

Please continue to bring food items -- our next delivery will be in July.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

August 20, 2017

Fayetteville

5:00 p.m.

  

 

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Lynn and Jimmy Pulliam and their families.  Linda Moore, Lynn's aunt, passed away Friday, June 23.   The graveside service was conducted Monday at Holly Hill. 

 

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VBS Trip to Warrenton

Our trip last week to Warrenton could hardly have been more positive! The church there welcomed us and the children were enthusiastic! The high point was 52 children.  

Our team was a model of cooperation and service. We gives thanks to the Lord for his blessings and appreciation to our Cedar Grove family for your support!

 

    

 

   

To Our Cedar Grove Family, 

Our cup is certainly “overflowing!”  Thank you for being the blessing that you are!  Love, Ross

Thanks for funding our trip.  We enjoyed it. Logan

Thank you so much for the love and support that we continually receive.  The opportunity for growth that we had on the trip is much appreciated.     Janine

Thank you for everything you do.  Regan

I enjoy going every year and I hope I can keep doing it.       Love, Amber

Thank you for letting us come on the trip.     Clark

Thank you for letting us go on this trip!  We enjoyed it.      Mason

I had an amazing week teaching the kids about God.  Thank you for making this trip possible.  I will honestly do it again!        Cassidy

We enjoyed it!        Lyla Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Northcutt is recuperating from her surgery last week.  

Jimmy Wellborn has experienced fractured vertebrae and fractures in the pelvis.  

Nancy Kirkland is suffering from shingles.  

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Hilda Morrow, Lanier Richards, and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 27

July 3 – 1 Kings 10-11; 
              2 Chronicles 9; 1 Timothy 6

July 4 – Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; 
              2 Timothy 1

July 5 – Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 125;
              2 Timothy 2

July 6 – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Psalm 46; 
              2 Timothy 3

July 7 – Ecclesiastes 10-12; 
              2 Timothy 4

   

Week 28

July 10 – 1 Kings 12; 
                2 Chronicles 10-11; Titus 1

July 11 – 1 Kings 13-14; 2 Chron. 12; 
                Psalm 47; Titus 2

July 12 – 1 Kings 15; 
                2 Chronicles 13-14; Titus 3

July 13 – 2 Chronicles 15-16; 
                1 Kings 16; Philemon

July 14 – 1 Kings 17-18; Psalm 119;
                Jude

   

 

Week 29  

July 17 – 1 Kings 19-21; 2 Chron. 17;
                Psalm 129; Mathew 1

July 18 – 1 Kings 22; 
                2 Chronicles 18; Matthew 2

July 19 – 2 Chron. 19-20; 2 Kings 1;
                Psalm 20; Matthew 3

July 20 – 2 Kings 2-3; Psalm 48;
                Matthew 4

July 21 – 2 Kings 4-6; Matthew 5

 

Week 30

July 24 – 2 Kings 7-8; 
                2 Chronicles 21; Matthew 6

July 25 – 2 Kings 9-10; Psalm 49;
                Matthew 7

July 26 – 2 Chron. 22-23; 2 Kings 11;
                Psalm 131; Matthew 8

July 27 – 2 Chron. 24; 2 Kings 12;
                Psalm 50; Matthew 9

July 28 – Joel; Matthew 10

   

 

Week 31 

July 31 – Jonah; Matthew 11

Aug. 1 –  2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chron. 25;
                Psalm 53; Matthew 12

Aug. 2 –  Amos 1-3; Matthew 13

Aug. 3 –  Amos 4-6; Psalm 55;
                Matthew 14

Aug. 4 –  Amos 7-9; Matthew 15

Read the Bible in Order

July 1  Psalm 116-120

July 2  Psalm 121-125

July 3  Psalm 126-130

July 4  Psalm 131-135

July 5  Psalm 136-140

July 6  Psalm 141-145

July 7  Psalm 146-150

July 8  Proverbs 1-4

July 9  Proverbs 5-7

July 10  Proverbs 8-10

July 11  Proverbs 11-13

July 12  Proverbs 14-16

July 13  Proverbs 17-19

July 14  Proverbs 20-22

July 15  Proverbs 23-25

July 16  Proverbs 26-28

July 17  Proverbs 29-31

July 18  Ecclesiastes 1-3

July 19  Ecclesiastes 4-6

July 20  Ecclesiastes 7-9

July 21  Ecclesiastes 10-12

July 22  Song of Solomon 1-4

July 23  Song of Solomon 5-8

July 24  Isaiah 1-3

July 25  Isaiah 4-6

July 26  Isaiah 7-9

July 27  Isaiah 10-12

July 28  Isaiah 13-15

July 29  Isaiah 16-18

July 30  Isaiah 19-21

July 31  Isaiah 22-24

 

 

 

 

 

            

JULY BIRTHDAYS

 

July 4

Paula Baker

July 4

Shannon Greenwald

July 5 

Nancy Kirkland

July 7

Jacquelyn McDowell 

July 8  

Phil Hamby

July 12

Chris Greenwald

July 17

Eddie Brown

July 19

Rebecca Perry

July 28

Joyce Shelton

July 28      

Jim Warren

July 28               

Geneva White

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - July 30, 2017

Welcome

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Joe Minichowski

 

Steve Esler

 

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Matthew 6:14, 15

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

Doyle  White

Song Leader

Doyle  White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

David  White

 

1 John 1:5-7

Closing Prayer

David  Grogan

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

Morning

July  2

July 9

July 16

July 23  

July 30

Call to Worship

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Jim May

Jim Warren

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Table – Lead

Jim Warren

Jimmy Pulliam

Joe Maddox

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

 

Greg Cannon

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

David White

Greg Cannon

Table – Serve

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

David Grogan

Steve Esler

Jim May

 

Joe Minichowski

Greg Granberry

Jim May

Joe Minichowski

Steve Esler

Scripture

Chris Greenwald

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Closing Prayer

Greg Granberry

James Elliott

David White

Larry Simmons

Ed Kelly

Evening

July  2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

Call to Worship

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

David White

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Eddie Brown

Doyle White

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Scripture

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

Phil Hamby

Ed Kelly

David White

Closing Prayer

Jim May

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

David White

David Grogan

           

   

         
 

RECORD 7/23/2017

Bible School

35

Worship AM

55

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

40

Contribution

N/A