THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

June 6, 2017

Number 23  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

James Merritt commented, “Everything has to be turned back in. Sooner or later, everything we enjoy on earth has to be returned to the owner.”

There is a difference between owning a car and leasing a car. If you buy a car, once the payments are up you own it; but at the end of a lease you have to turn the car back in; you can’t keep it.

Likewise, every one of us has a lease on life. When the lease is up, whether you want to or not, you’ve got to turn everything back in. You don’t get to keep anything. I have done a lot of funerals and followed a lot of hearses to the graveyard; I have yet to see a hearse with a U-haul behind it.

When the new Volkswagen Beetle was introduced, one of the features that received significant attention was that it was burglarproof-Volkswagen bragged there was no way anybody could steal their car. Well to demonstrate their point, VW hired a professional burglar and called a major news conference. The thief was challenged to break into the car in front of the press to validate the carmaker’s claim. With reporters watching, and camera’s rolling, the burglar looked at the car and circled it for about ten minutes without ever touching it. Then after looking it over from every angle, he went to the front of the car, and with one swift kick he hammered the bumper and in a split second the airbags exploded, the door locks popped up, and the doors flew open.

You may have your money invested in Blue chip stocks; you may have your cash in a state of the art vault, in a government-backed bank, or you may have it invested in the finest real estate in the world. Regardless of the security, however, either it can be taken away from you, or you can be taken away from it.

I heard about a miserly millionaire that called a family conference. He said, “I’m placing a box of money up in the attic. When I die I intend to grab it on my way up. Make sure nobody touches it until it’s my time to go.” The man’s wife said, “I think you’re wasting your time.” But the man said, “Nonsense, you just make sure no one touches it until after I am gone.” Well, the family respected his wishes.

After he died, and the funeral was over, the millionaire’s wife and children ran up into the attic and the box of money was still there. She looked at her children and said, “Your father was a fool. I told him he should have put it in the basement.”

That’s why the Lord Jesus goes on to instruct us: “...but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20). You see, you can invest your money basically in one of two places; you can either invest it in earth, or you can invest it in eternity. You know moths can’t eat the robes of redemption; rust can’t corrode the crown of righteousness; thieves cannot steal the rewards of a resurrection.

But the whole point Jesus was making was this: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). If you’ll give me your checkbook, I’ll show you where y our heart is. The reason why most people in this church give very generously to this church is because their heart is fully invested in this church.  Anyone whose heart gets into the church puts his treasure into the church.

You know it is true that you can’t take it with you. But you can send it on ahead. You give money to gospel-preaching and soul-winning efforts, you are investing your money for eternity; you’re laying up treasure in heaven. When we talk about “real estate” we think of buildings and land. I’ve got news for you. Real “real estate” is that which neither moth nor rust can corrupt, and thieves cannot steal.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Griffin and the Trump Photo

Oscar Wilde claimed that “there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” I’m not sure Kathy Griffin would agree.

The comedienne has made headlines with a photo in which she proudly held up a model of the decapitated head of Donald Trump. Widespread criticism ensued. She responded by tweeting, “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the mocker in chief.”

Outrage continued to escalate. President Trump tweeted, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Chelsea Clinton called the picture “vile and wrong.” CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, who hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve broadcast with her, called the photo “clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” CNN fired her as co-host of the program.

Griffin eventually posted another tweet saying, “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.” She added that she would ask the photographer to take down the image, although it has already spread across the Internet.

This is by no means the first time Griffin has offended people. For instance, in her acceptance speech for an Emmy Award in 2007, she said, “Now, a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you all to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit. . . . So all I can say is . . . this award is my God now!” (I’ve deleted the parts that were even more blasphemous.)

Griffin’s latest controversy is not surprising since her career has been built on insults and slander. And yet, according to her website biography, she is a #1 New York Times best-selling author who starred in “an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials — more than any comedian in history.” Her bio adds that “hundreds of thousands of people flock to see her perform sold out shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.” It calls her “a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing.”

If that’s true, what does her popularity say about us?

Philosopher William Irvine connects insults to “our participation in the social hierarchy game.” He believes that humans constantly compete for social status. We insult our competitors as a way of depreciating them and elevating ourselves.

We can extend Irvine’s theory to insult comedy: when a comic insults a successful person, we laugh at the person being ridiculed and vicariously feel superior to them. Kathy Griffin’s popularity shows the appeal of this shortcut to self-esteem, no matter how counterfeit and damaging its result.

The real path to significance lies elsewhere. The God who made us loves us passionately and unconditionally. Jesus could demonstrate that love by washing his disciples’ feet because he knew that “he had come from God and was going back to God” (John 13:3). He based his identity on what his Father thought of him, not what his culture said about him.

Let’s do the same.

-- Jim Denison at the Forum for Truth and Culture

 

  

   

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

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:  

June 25, 2017

Middle Fayette

5:00 p.m.

  

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Jeremy and Britney Pulliam and their families.  Britney's mother, Janice Smith, passed away Thursday, June 1.  

Sympathy is also extended to Grace Denton.  Her sister-in-law, Dee Moreland, passed away last week after a very extended illness.  

Sympathy is extended to Chris and Renee Hodges.  Chris' father passes away last week after a brief illness.  

 

 

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Cedar Grove Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 24 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Cookout after Bible School on Saturday

Water games in the afternoon  

 

    

 

   

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family, 

Thank you so much for the money that was sent to help us after the fire to our home.  We’ve always known that God moves in mysterious ways.  I feel that the house burning might be His way of letting us get a new house.  This house hopefully will be made more accessible to my needs.  It’s going to turn out to be a blessing in disguise.  

Thank you for your love, prayers, help and concern during this time!

  Love, Susan and Family

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Cedar Grove

Thank you so very much for your prayers during my illness.  By God’s loving grace and with your prayers, I am on my way to a speedy recovery.  God bless each of you!

Sincerely, Bobby Ray (Brother-in-law of Sally Ray)

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanette Bullington is suffering from a bacterial infection.

Kathy Ripley is now home as she continues her recovery.

Jimmy Wellborn is at the Benton House for therapy.  

Steve Perry is at home recovering from his knee surgery.

Stephen Dean White, Ralph's son, is having more tests. 

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

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 22

May 29 - 1 Chronicles 22-25, Psalm 78;
                Romans 5

May 30 - 1 Kings 1; 1 Chronicles 26-28;
                Romans 6

May 31 - 1 Kings 2; 1 Chronicles 29; 
                Romans 7

June  1  - 1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 42;
                Romans 8

June  2  - 1 Kings 4; Proverbs 1, 2; Psalm 43;
                Romans 9

   

Week 23

June 5 – Proverbs 3-5; Romans 10

June 6 – Proverbs 6-7; Psalm 7; Romans 11

June 7 – Proverbs 8-10; Ps. 144; Romans 12

June 8 – Proverbs 11-13; Psalm 8; Romans 13

June 9 – Proverbs 14-15; Romans 14  

 

Week 24  

June 12 – Proverbs 16-18; Romans 15

June 13 – Proverbs 19-21; Psalm 40;
                Romans 16

June 14 – Proverbs 22-23; Psalm 117; 
                1 Thessalonians 1

June 15 – Proverbs 24-25; Psalm 41; 
                1 Thessalonians 2

June 16 – Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3

 

 

Week 25

June 19 – Proverbs 29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4

June 20 – Song of Solomon 1-3; Psalm 72; 
                 1 Thessalonians 5

June 21 – Song of Solomon 4-6; 
                 2 Thessalonians 1

June 22 – Song of Sol. 7-8; Psalm 127;
                 2 Thessalonians 2

June 23 – 1 Kings 5; 2 Chronicles 2;
                 2 Thessalonians 3

   

 

Week 22 

June 26 – 1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 3; 
                 1 Timothy 1

June 27 – 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44;
                 1 Timothy 2

June 28 – 1 Kings 8; Psalm 30; 1 Timothy 3

June 29 – 2 Chronicles 5-7; Psalm 121; 
                 1 Timothy 4

 

Read the Bible in Order

May 29  Job 13-15

May 30  Job 16-18

May 31  Job 19-21

June  1  Job 22-24

June  2  Job 25-27

June  3  Job 28-30

June  4  Job 31-33

June  5  Job 34-36

June  6  Job 37-39

June  7  Job 40-42

June  8  Psalm 1-5

June  9  Psalm 6-10

June 10  Psalm 11-15

June 11  Psalm 16-20

June 12  Psalm 21-25

June 13  Psalm  26-30

June 14  Psalm 31-35

June 15  Psalm 36-40

June 16  Psalm 41-45

June 17  Psalm 46-50

June 18  Psalm 51-55

June 19  Psalm 56-60

June 20  Psalm 61-65

June 21  Psalm 66-70

June 22  Psalm 71-75

June 23  Psalm 76-80

June 24  Psalm 81-85

June 25  Psalm 86-90

June 26  Psalm 91-95

June 27  Psalm  96-100

June 28  Psalm 101-105

June 29  Psalm 106-110

June 30  Psalm 111-115

 

 

 

 

 

            

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

 

June 2

Mason Minichowski

June 5

Willie Mae Warren

June 29

Bryan Owens

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - June 11, 2017

Welcome

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Greg Granberry 

Lord's Table

* Phil Hamby 

 

* Jim May

 

Chris Greenwald 

 

Bill Baker

Scripture Reading

Larry Simmons

 

Matthew 6:9-13

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren 

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Ephesians 5:15-18

Closing Prayer

Phil Hamby

Communion Preparation

Myra White

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

Morning

June  4

June 11

June 18

June 25

Call to Worship

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Singing

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Joe Minichowski

David White

Table – Lead

Joe Minichowski

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

 

Greg Cannon

Jim May

Jim Warren

Greg Cannon

Table – Serve

Jim May

Chris Greenwald

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

 

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

David Grogan

David Grogan

Scripture

Greg Granberry

Larry Simmons

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Closing Prayer

David Grogan

Eddie Brown

David White

Ed Kelly

Evening

June  4

June 11

June 18

June 25

Call to Worship

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Singing

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Jim Warren

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Scripture

David White

Doyle White

Jimmy Pulliam

Ed Kelly

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Phil Hamby

Doyle White

Eddie Brown

           

   

         
 

RECORD 6/4/2017

Bible School

38

Worship AM

58

Worship PM

44

Wednesday Bible Study

38

Contribution

N/A