THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

November 21, 2017

Number 46  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Juanita White was the mother of Ralph, David and Doyle White (and the rest of their clan).  She was a talented person with an enduring influence.  One of her gifts was that of expressing thoughts poetically.  This is Mrs. White's "Ode to Autumn." 

 

The Showing of the Trees

Before our eyes a magic scene These
wooded hills so lately green
       Have been transformed to bright array
Autumn presents her Rare Bouquet.
       With purest paints that glow and gleam
a wondrous Artist passed unseen
       and with a masterstroke He makes a masterpiece
with no mistake!

       From tiny tints to tones so bold
Sun-beige, amber, flaming gold!
       No fairy kingdom could compare, with this
our hillside glory fair.
       Some lands rich gems and sculptors prize
In some impressive building rise.
       We're blessed above such things as these.
Our regal Showing of the Trees!

       Created as our Master wills
Designed with grace upon our hills.
       The Painter royal -- hands Divine
Displayed for common eyes like mine!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an hour of safe silence, the doors must . . .

The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before him,” I grew up singing.

“Keep silence.

“Keep silence.

“Keep silence before him.”

With those lyrics from Habakkuk we quieted ourselves for an hour in the pews of the holy temple – we boisterous children who preferred rollicking songs with hand motions, like “This Little Light of Mine.”

I also grew up, though, learning that the temple is in the heart of a believer, not in an edifice of marble, sandstone or whitewashed boards.

I was taught that the church was the people, but I was taught just as often to hush myself in the church building.

I suspect many Christians this week have pondered that double teaching.

The assault on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs is not a first, but its death toll is heavier than the combined weight of all of these killed in the past decade:

·         One at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Tennessee.

·         One at Holy Ghost Tabernacle in New Jersey.

·         One at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Ohio.

·         Three at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Maryland.

·         Nine at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

·         One at Reformation Lutheran Church in Kansas.

·         Two in the parking lot of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in California.

·         Two at the Youth with a Mission Center in Colorado, and …

·         Five more nearby at New Life Church just a few hours later.

 

Those who gather in church buildings have a right to ponder their response to those who burst into the worshipful silence before the Living God with gunfire and death.

Some churches are talking about security measures, about arming their members, about locking the doors to maintain silence and safety.

I understand, for that death toll weighs heavy. Expect the discussion to be intense over whether it is best for a church to be open to the elements or locked like a mighty fortress.

Is it possible to have holy silence unless you keep at bay the threats of an unholy world?

Or is it possible to have holiness at all if the members stay locked away from the unholy world?

I ask that because of two other teachings with which I grew up:

First, to be holy is to be “set apart.”

Second, Jesus calls us to be “in” the world, but not “of” the world.

Therefore, I am to be set apart from the noisy, dangerous world by my calling and purpose, but not by walls, doors, bars and distance that merely keep the world pushed away, so that I do not have to hear it and it does not have to hear me.

Even if my church mates weigh and pray and finally decide that they have no choice but to reinforce the doors of the church building so that Satan himself will not be able to break into the worship services – even then, the more important decision will come when those services are over.

Will I, a true temple of the Lord, have the strength to stride from the silence into the noisy world?

Will I find a dark corner in which to shine my little light?

Will I hide it under a bushel? No Will I hide it behind a barricade? No, for a light kept safe behind strong doors is no light at all.

 

By Doug Mendenhall

 

  

 

                         

 

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Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. (Isaiah 58:10)

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

December 17 2017

Tara

5:00 p.m.

  

 

M.A.G.I. Project

The mission of this project is to Make A Godly Impact on children in Honduras, Dominican Republic, Romania, and Mexico.  

Congratulations! 33 boxes were delivered from Cedar Grove! 

 

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November 5, 2017

Our Friend Day was quite successful with attendance of 109!

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Cedar Grove 

Bailie’s sister, Isabella, wants to say thank you to the brothers and sisters that sent her SmileGrams.  They really brought a smile to her face.  She’s also thankful for all the prayers.

Love,

Bailie and Isabella Odom

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Susan is recovering from her knee surgery last Tuesday.

Gloria Simmons was involved in an accident last week.  Her injuries are painful but not life threatening.  

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 44

October 30 – Ezek. 16-18; John 6

October 31 – Ezek. 19-21; Ps. 84; John 7

November 1 – Ezek. 22-24; Ps. 134; John 8

November 2 – Ezek. 25-27; Ps. 85; John 9

November 3 – Ezek. 28-30; John 10

 

Week 45

November 6 – Ezek. 31-33; John 11

November 7 – Ezek. 34-36; Ps. 86; John 12

November 8 – Ezek. 37-39; Ps. 87; John 13

November 11 – Ezek. 40-42; John 14

November 10 – Ez. 43-45; Ps. 135; John 15

 

Week 46

November 13 – Ezek. 46-48; John 16

November 14 – Daniel 1-3; Ps. 88; John 17

November 15 – Daniel 4-6; John 18

November 16 – Daniel 7-9; Ps. 91; John 19

November 17 – Daniel 10-12; John 20

Week 47

November 20 – Ezra 1-2; John 21

November 21 – Ezra 3-4; Ps. 92; 1 John 1

November 22 – Haggai; Zechariah 1; Ps. 138;

1 John 2

November 23 – Zech. 2-5; Ps. 93 1 John 3

November 24 – Zechariah 6-8; 1 John 4

 

Week 48

November 27 – Zechariah 9-11; 1 John 5

November 28 – Zech. 12-14; Ps. 93: 2 John

November 29 – Ezra 5-6; Ps. 95 3 John

November 30 – Esther 1-3; Ps. 139 Rev. 1

December 1 – Esther 4-6; Revelation 2  

 

 

Read the Bible in Order

November 1  Luke 13-15

November 2  Luke 16-18

November 3  Luke 19-21

November 4  Luke 22-24

November 5  John 1-3

November 6  John 4-6

November 7  John 7-9

November 8  John 10-12

November 9  John 13-15

November 10  John 16-18

November 11  John 19-21

November 12  Acts 1-4

November 13  Acts 5-7

November 14  Acts 8-10

November 15  Acts 11-13

November 16  Acts 14-16

November 17  Acts 17-19

November 18  Acts 20-22

November 19  Acts 23-25

November 20  Acts 26-28

November 21  Romans 1-4

November 22  Romans 5-8

November 23  Romans 9-12

November 24  Romans 13-16

November 25  1 Corinthians 1-46

November 26  1 Corinthians 5-8

November 27  1 Corinthians 9-12

November 28  1 Corinthians 13-16

November 29  Catch-up day

November 30  Catch-up day

 

 

 

            

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

November   1

Randi Kelly

November   4

Regan Esler

November   5

Barbara Massey

November   5

Miriam Granberry

November   9

Susan Carson

November  12

Joe Minichowski

November  13

Lyla Grace Coggin

November  19

Sheila Mixon

November  21

Jeri Maddox

November  23

Jason Greenwald

November  29

Ivy Minichowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - November 26, 2017

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Lord's Table

* Joe Maddox

 

* Larry Simmons

 

Jim May

 

David Grogan

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Matthew 7:24-27

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Scripture Reading

Phil Hamby

 

2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

    Morning

      November 5

     November 12

       November 19

      November 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

Jimmy Pulliam

Joe Maddox

 

Greg Cannon

Phil Hamby

Greg Cannon

Larry Simmons

Table – Serve

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

David Grogan

 

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

Greg Granberry

Jim May

Scripture

Jim Warren

Chris Greenwald

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

James Elliott

David White

Morning

   November 5

     November 12

    November 19

November 26

Call to Worship

No Assembly

Doyle White

David White  

Greg Cannon

Singing

Doyle White  

David White  

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Eddie Brown

Doyle White

Scripture

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

Phil Hamby

Closing Prayer

Jim May

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

           

   

         
 

RECORD 11/5/2017

Bible School

58

Worship AM

109

Worship PM

No Assembly

Wednesday Bible Study

34

Contribution

N/A