yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you." -James
May 30, 2017
Smith asks, "Do you look like a Christian?"
he follows with this story:
little old Jewish lady is flying out of New York City on her way to
Miami Beach. She looks at the businessman sitting next to her and
asks him, 'Excuse me sir, but are you Jewish?'
man responds politely, 'No, ma’am, I’m not Jewish.'
a little while she again queries him. 'You’re really Jewish,
he responds, 'No, ma’am, I am not Jewish.'
10 minutes later, the little old lady asks him once more, 'Are you
sure you’re not Jewish?'
which, in exasperation and in a final effort to shut her up, he
replies, 'OK. Yes, ma’am, I am Jewish.'
she says, looking puzzled. 'You don’t look Jewish!'”
someone approached me and asked me, “Are you a Christian?” and I
answered, “Yes”, would they be inclined to say, “Funny, you
don’t look like a Christian”?
not talking about looking like the world’s stereotype of a
Christian—a sour-looking guy with a scowl on his face, not
enjoying life at all. I merely wonder if my Christianity is
something that can be seen by the people who see me every day. I
know what I believe, but is that belief translating into action? Can
are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a
lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
you look like a Christian?
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a
positive word! RA
Griffin and the Trump
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.
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.”
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.
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.
is by no means the first time Griffin has offended
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.)
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.”
that’s true, what does her popularity say about us?
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
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.
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
partnership with A.I.M. is ongoing.
continue to bring food items -- our next delivery will be in
Southside Area Youth
to Bill and Paula Baker! Their granddaughter, Scarlett Milyene was born May
11. She was lb. 9 oz. and 21 inches. Congratulations also to
parents Taylor and Stefani Cleburn.
to Michael and Rebecca Perry! Baby Bryce was born May 8. He was 7
lb. 2 oz. and 19 inches. Congratulations also to Betty Smith, Danice Perry
and big brother Landon!
accepted to help with youth activities
Shower" after the meal
honor of Jamie and Jacquelyn McDowell to prepare for the arrival of baby Rhett
Grove Vacation Bible School
June 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
June 24 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
after Bible School on Saturday
games in the afternoon
Cedar Grove Family,
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.
you for your love, prayers, help and concern during this time!
Susan and Family
Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Cedar Grove
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!
Bobby Ray (Brother-in-law of Sally Ray)
Kathy Ripley is now home as
she continues her recovery.
Wellborn is at the Benton House for therapy.
Steve Perry is at home
recovering from his knee
Dean White, Ralph's son, is having more tests.
Jones was able to return to the assembly last Sunday.
Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan
McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy
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