THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

March 21, 2017

Number 12  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Maybe you’ve heard the story of a good citizen who was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy street. Suddenly, the light at the intersection just in front of them turned yellow. The good citizen did the right thing by stopping at the crosswalk – even though he could have beaten the red light by gunning it.

The tailgating woman hit the roof – and her horn. She was screaming in frustration because she had missed her chance to get through the intersection. As she was still in mid-rant – alternately pounding the steering wheel and making an ugly hand gesture to the fellow in front of her – she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with hands up. He put handcuffs on her. He took her to the police station, where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a police captain approached the cell and opened the door.

The woman was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for my mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cursing a blue streak. Then I noticed the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ bumper sticker, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”

Ouch! Somewhere through the centuries, an idea has gained currency that says we can be Christians in the same way most people are Democrats and Republicans, Rotarians and Lions Club members. We show up for meetings, pay our dues, and wear the insignia. For the most part, however, it is acceptable to be “just like everybody else.” We’re devout Christians on Sunday, but we curse or cheat or tell racist jokes the other six and a half days of the week.

We have so institutionalized the Christian faith that church membership has come to count for conversion!  

It isn’t just Vito Corleone of “Godfather” fame who could live as a criminal so long as he attended Mass and gave gifts to his church. 

If our faith is anything more than self-delusion, it must inform our lives in all the routine and ordinary events of life. Even at traffic lights.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Will of God

When we study the “will of God” we find several contrasting perspectives:

·        Some view the will of God as domination.  This would assert that God is in complete control and totally manages all events in our lives.  Humans are little more than puppets, with every action predetermined by God’s governance.

·        Some view the will of God as “hands off.”  God has started everything in motion and is now just watching it unfold.  This allows little or nothing to occur providentially.

·        Some view the will of God as a legislative code.  God has given us guidelines for life.  If we disobey those laws, He takes action.  Bible examples would be the consequences for the Israelites after worshipping the golden calf.  Likewise, Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead when they “lied to the Holy Spirit.”

Seems to me that a better view of “God’s will” would be to see it as a journey of faith.  Shouldn’t we take into account what the Scripture says about transformation and growth?

Obviously, God has told us what to do and how to live a life that pleases him.  Human beings, however, don’t follow those directions completely.  Jesus acknowledged that his own band of 12 would fall away, but he restored them and motivated them to go forward in the kingdom. 

So God expects us to fail at times, but promises to forgive and strengthen us when we do.  He has a plan.  Jesus fulfills that plan.  God has told us that His word is complete and it is our guide through life.  Jesus tells us that the Spirit, our comforter, will help us at all times, both good and bad. 

I believe that God can act at any time in any way He wishes in our daily lives.  I believe He does act in ways we may not recognize.  We can in no way understand totally how   God works.  We can know that He does work, though.  Scripture tells us over and over that God has our back if we’ll just trust him.  “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5).  

When we viewed the movie, Is Genesis History? I noticed that a major point was made on presuppositions.  Our study and beliefs are biased by the paradigm we hold to.  I think the study of God’s will is like that.  I think we must believe that God is working in our lives and hears our prayers and knows our hearts.  Without that belief it seems to me that prayer would be a waste of time.  That’s my paradigm – I believe that He is active in our lives and His word should guide our choices and actions.  

by Jimmy Pulliam

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March 25.  Please continue to bring food items to help their distribution.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

April 16, 2017

Conyers

6:00 p.m.

 

 

  

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

 

April 4, 2017

 April 18, 2017   

 

 

 

SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Chris and Shannon Greenwald as well as Chris' family.  His father, Gary Greenwald, passed March 9.   A memorial will be conducted later.  

 

 

   

 

Dear Friends at Cedar Grove

Thank you very much for beautiful plant you sent to our dad's funeral.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dawn and Ricky Wright

Kellye and Dennie Knight

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you very much for flowers you sent while I have been suffering with my back.  They really brightened by room! Thank you also to the many who send cards and notes -- it is such a help to know someone is thinking about me!

Love,

Jean McBride

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

 

 

 

 

 

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 9

February 27  Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81
                     
Hebrews 9

February 28  Leviticus 26-27; Ps. 112;
                     
Hebrews 10

March  1  Numbers 1-2; Ps. 64, Hebrews 11

March  2  Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12

March  3  Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 13

 

Week 10

March  6  Numbers 8-11; Colossians 1

March  7  Numbers 12-14; Psalm 28;
                 Colossians
2

March  8  Numbers 15-18; Psalm 113;
                 Colossians 3

March  9  Numbers 19-21; Colossians 4

March 10 Numbers 22-25; Luke 1

 

Week 11

March 13  Numbers 26-29; Luke 2

March 14  Numbers 30-33; Psalm 35; Luke 3

March 15  Numbers 34-36; Luke 4

March 16  Deuteronomy 1-3; Psalm 36; 
                  Luke 5

March 17  Deuteronomy 1-3; Luke 6

 

 

Week 12

March 20  Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7

March 21  Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5;
                  Luke
8

March 22  Deuteronomy 15-18; Luke 9

March 23  Deuteronomy 19-22; Psalm 6; 
                  Luke 10

March 24  Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

 

 

Week 13 

March 27  Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7

March 28  Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5; 
                  Luke
8

March 29  Deuteronomy 15-18; Luke 9

March 30  Deuteronomy 19-22; Psalm 6; 
                 
Luke 10

March 31  Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

Read the Bible in Order

March  1   Deuteronomy 23-25

March  2   Deuteronomy 26-28

March  3   Deuteronomy 29-31

March  4   Deuteronomy 32-34

March  5   Joshua 1-3

March  6   Joshua 4-6

March  7   Joshua. 7-9

March  8   Joshua 10-12

March  9   Joshua 13-15

March 10   Joshua 16-18

March 11   Joshua 19-21

March 12   Joshua 22-24

March 13   Judges 1-3

March 14   Judges 4-6

March 15   Judges 7-9

March 16   Judges 10-12

March 17   Judges 13-15

March 18   Judges 16-18

March 19   Judges 19-21

March 20   Ruth 1-4

March 21   1 Samuel 1-4

March 22   1 Samuel 5-7

March 23   1 Samuel 8-10

March 24   1 Samuel 11-13

March 25   1 Samuel 14-16

March 26   1 Samuel 17-19

March 27   1 Samuel 20-22

March 28   1 Samuel 23-25

March 29   1 Samuel 26-28

March 30   1 Samuel 29-31

March 31  Catch-up Day

 

 

 

 

            

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

 

 March   1

Riley Minichowski

 March   5

Greg Cannon

 March   6

Sharon Hodges

March   9

James Elliott

 March   9

David Grogan

 March  14

Doyle White

 March  20

Amanda Owens

 March  28

Onice Fields

 March  29

Ed Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - March 26, 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

 

Colossians 1:27, 28

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Doyle  White

Scripture Reading

Phil Hamby

 

Romans15:22-24

Closing Prayer

Greg Granberry

Communion Preparation

Sheila Mixon

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

     

Morning

March 5

March 12

  March 19

  March 26

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

David White

Larry Simmons

Jim May

Jim Warren

Table – Lead

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Greg Cannon

Joe Maddox

 

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Table – Serve

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

David Grogan

 

Bill Baker

Joe Minichowski

Greg Granberry

Jim May

Scripture

Jim Warren

Chris Greenwald

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

James Elliott

Eddie Brown

           

 

Evening

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

Call to Worship

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

Greg Granberry

           

 

 

               
 

RECORD 3/19/2017

Bible School

41

Worship AM

61

Worship PM

31

Wednesday Bible Study

29

Contribution

$ 2,561.00