THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

June 13, 2017

Number 24  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

The story is told of a young man named Peter who attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. An art-student friend of his asked if he could paint Peter’s portrait for a class assignment. Peter agreed, and the art student painted and submitted the portrait, only to receive a C minus (C-).

The art student approached the professor to ask why the grade was so poor.

The teacher told him that the proportions in the painting were incorrect. The head is too big,” the professor explained. “The shoulders are too wide, and the feet are enormous.”

The next day, the art student brought Peter to see the professor. He took one look at my Peter and said, “Okay, I’ll change your grade to an A minus (A-).”

Art students know the importance of keeping things proportioned properly.

It’s also a challenge to those of us trying to live the Christian life. Jesus was the master at keeping everything balanced in his life, but most of us struggle with it. It doesn’t help that the world will always see our values as being way out of proportion, because they don’t understand that we are modeling our lives after someone with values unlike their own.

”He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked” (I John 2:6).  We want to seek daily to model our lives (and proportion our priorities) after Jesus Christ.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jamaica Patois Wisdom

The Jamaican Patois dialect is colorful, unique and humorous.  It is my desire to share some of the philosophy shown in this mix of colorful phrases that are witty as well as thought-provoking.  I hope the readers both profit and enjoy.  In my quarter-century of teaching there.  I have come to appreciate some things about their culture.  Here's an example:

Patois: Every likkle mek a muckle

English: Every little bit adds up to much

Meaning: If you begin to save small amounts it will lead to big savings

Adam Clarke says “the ant, is a remarkable creature for foresight, industry, and economy.” Evidently God also thinks the ant is pretty smart, for he inspired Solomon to write about the ant. “Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest. How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? ‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest’—your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:6-11).

Clarke’s comment indicates that ants plan for the future, work hard, and are careful to save. What a great lesson for  the larger inhabitants of the earth — people. It seems that a welfare class has been created that expects to live off of the labor of others. I saw a man interviewed on TV the other day. This was an able-bodied young man in his 20’s, who enjoys a life of surfing, drinking, partying, playing music, etc. He expressed no interest in getting a job to provide for his needs. He gets a regular government welfare check, borrows from friends, and makes his bed in different friends’ homes from night to night.

Even Job 12:7 has a lesson for us: “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.” They also make provisions for themselves.

Evidently slothfulness is not a new problem, for Paul had to address the matter in his letter to Thessalonica. “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).

Labor is honorable, for it is ordained of God, as God told Adam that he must labor “by the sweat of his face” (Genesis 3:19). There is honor even in a menial job. Others may not honor a ditch-digger or a ham-burger flipper, but God will give honor. I know that jobs are sometimes not plentiful, but that’s where persistence comes in. When I was 18 and out of high school in the small town of Lufkin, Texas, I went to 33 different places before finding a job working the night shift in a foundry. It was hard, dirty work for not much pay. But I had a job! I was doing honest labor. I was preparing for my future.

But back to the Patois saying. You may not make much money, but if you save even a little bit from every paycheck, it will add up over time. Saving just $10 a week for five years will amount to $2,600. That’s a good sum of money that can be used for a sizeable purchase, and you won’t even have to pay interest because you have not borrowed the money. My father urged me to take even a small sum out of every paycheck and put it aside. That was good advice in 1950, and it is still good advice today. The savings for some might come from just giving up two cups of Starbucks coffee a week.

If you will do this, you will not only show wisdom in providing for your own needs, but it will help you to be a blessing to others. “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:10). Remember: “Every likkle mek a muckle.”

-- Jefferson David Tant

 

  

   

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.

  

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Congratulations to Jamie and Jacquelyn McDowell!  Baby Rhett was born June 9.  He was 6 lb. 15 oz. and 19¼  inches.  Congratulations also to Joe and Jeri Maddox, as well as both big brothers Drake and Maddox!

 

 

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 improving.

Kathy Ripley is improving and was able to come to church Sunday evening.

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 18, 2017

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Joe Minichowski

Lord's Table

* Joe Maddox

 

* Jim Warren

 

David Grogan

 

Steve Esler

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry 

 

Ephesians 2:17-19

Closing Prayer

David White

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Pulliam

 

Romans 12:1, 2

Closing Prayer

Doyle White

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 6/11/2017

Bible School

32

Worship AM

52

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

38

Contribution

$ 1,758.00