THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

October 10, 2017

Number 41  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Enterprises and its chief ideological incarnation, died on Thursday at age 91 at the Playboy Mansion, immersed in the fantasy he created. He will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, Playboy’s inaugural centerfold.

In 1953, Hefner pulled pornography out of the seedy back cultural alleys, dressed it up in sophisticated costume and speech, gave it a stylish, debonair set, made it look liberating and libertine, and pushed it into the mainstream as Playboy Magazine. He was not so much a revolutionary as a man who understood his times. He knew the “right side of history” when he saw it. He saw the weakness in the flank, struck shrewdly (and lewdly), and won the cultural battle: the old sexual mores have been decisively thrown down and pornography is pervasive. But at what cost?

Seeing People as Roles, Not Souls

Playboy (and the flood of increasingly explicit material that has followed it through the break it made in the cultural dam) is not an enterprise that exists to celebrate the beauty of the human body or the wonder of human sexuality. It is an enterprise aimed at financially capitalizing on the fallen human bent toward objectifying others for our own selfish ends. It encourages both men and women in codependent ways to view embodied souls as embodied roles in the private virtual reality show we call fantasy.

Hefner and many others have become very rich by objectifying women and turning them into virtual prostitutes — mere bodily images to be used by millions of men who care nothing about them, who ravage them in their imaginations for selfish pleasure and then toss them in the trash. Hefner gave these women the fun name of “playmates,” a wicked mockery of both a person and play, adding a terrible insult to horrible injury.

We call this wicked, for it is. But in calling it wicked, we must confront our own wicked proneness to objectify others and resolve all the more to war against it. We humans have a horrible, sinful tendency to view others as roles — too often expendable “extras” — in the epic moving picture of our story, not souls in the real epic of God’s story.

The fallen human nature, unhinged from God’s reality, seeks to construct its own preferred reality. And it uses other people to do it. (Taken from Desiring God)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is God Silent?

“We’re going to find our island destroyed.” That’s how an official in Puerto Rico describes the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has climbed to at least 237 as of this morning.

The Bible claims that God “rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:28). Where is he in Puerto Rico and Mexico today?

Natural disasters are a consequence of the Fall (Romans 8:22). But God sometimes intervenes to calm the storm (Matthew 8:23-27) or stop the flood (Joshua 3:14-17). When he doesn’t, we are left to ask why.

And when no explanation seems forthcoming, we are left to wonder if God is who we think he is. Perhaps he doesn’t truly love us or have the power to help us. It’s only natural to ask such questions when natural disasters strike.

Consider three options.

One: God has spoken, but we don’t want to hear what he says.

The Lord warned Pharaoh before the plagues (cf. Exodus 7:1-7); Jesus warned Jerusalem before it was destroyed (Matthew 24:1, 2). However, I’m not aware of any prophetic warnings before the earthquake in Mexico or the hurricanes that have devastated the Caribbean.

Two: He will not answer questions asked in pride.

When Job charged God with wrongdoing, the Lord responded: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2). Rather than explain himself, God revealed Job’s fallenness and finitude to him. And Job responded in repentance (Job 42:1-6).

C. S. Lewis: “The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man, the roles are quite reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock [the witness stand]. He is quite a kindly judge; if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty, and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that man is on the bench and God is in the dock.”

However, our Father will not honor or promote such pride. If we demand answers from the Sovereign of the universe, we may be waiting a very long time.

Three: God cannot explain what we cannot understand.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). A doctor cannot explain surgery to a preschooler. There are times when our Father would explain why he permits suffering, but we would not understand his revelation.

Here’s what I know: after we ask our questions, God wants us to be part of the answer. Survivors of Hurricane Maria and the Mexico earthquake desperately need our intercession and financial support. Those working to rebuild Houston and Florida need our ongoing help.

Dwight Moody: “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” What sermon will you preach today?      

by Jim Denison

 

  

 

                         

 

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Thank you!

Our delivery was received with appreciation. 

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

October 22, 2017

Forest Park

5:00 p.m.

  

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Myra and Doyle White.  Myra's niece, Vivian Yonkey, passed away October 12.   The funeral service will be in Tennessee. 

 

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! Please remember to give $7 per box (for shipping) to Lynn Pulliam if you haven’t done so.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Cedar Grove family,

I so appreciate the cards, calls, and concerns over the past two months. It is such a blessing to be a part of this awesome family of God.

Love, Nancy Northcutt

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Cedar Grove Church Members,

We want to thank you so for the love shown our family recently.

The delicious meal that was organized, prepared, transported and served to our family after Mrs. Pulliam’s funeral service – all done with such love and truly appreciated by all.

Your kindness meant so much to us! Our love,

Chris, Kim, Kelly and Greg Pulliam

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Dear Cedar Grove family,

Words seem so inadequate right now. There are no words to let ya’ll know just how we feel. We are so thankful that we are a part of such a wonderful loving group of folks. You have loved us so much thru the years. Saying “Thank You” just doesn’t seem enough. We say thanks to folks that hold doors for us or pick up something we dropped. When a waitress fills our glass we say thanks. As we go through life it seems that things just drain our glasses so to speak. Our glasses are neither half full nor half empty. They just need filling. You all have been filling our glasses over and over with your love, calls, notes, visits to our family members, and especially your prayers. I can’t imagine going thru life without a loving Church family. Lynn and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. At home we have a quote about marriage that says “Though we have 2 hearts, they beat as one”. That could be said about Cedar Grove. We have many hearts, but in a sense, they do beat as one. I think about that when I hear the song “Bless Be the Tie That Binds”. May God continue to bless each of you special people.     

                               Love, Jimmy and Lynn

PS-- Last Sunday afternoon my glass was full and running over with deviled eggs. It was great. There’s a lot of love in a plate of deviled eggs. 

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Dear Cedar Grove,

Thank you so much for your continuous flow of cards and for the beautiful plant!  Your words and prayers meant so much to Janice and me.  For folks who didn't even know us, your love and support meant so much to us.  Thank you for helping us along the path.  God bless you.

 Don Smith (Jeremy Pulliam's father-in-law)

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Dear Cedar Grove Family,

I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for all you continue to do for my parents, Dick and Barbara.  Your bringing meals to them each week has been so very helpful!  The time that you take out of your lives to bring food, take them to appointments, send cards, and pray for them is an enormous blessing!  My family and I truly appreciate all you have done and continue to do.  May God bless you as you have blessed us.

         Love, Kim Goss

   

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Massey is out of the hospital and taking therapy at Health South.  She'll stay there about a week.  

Jeanette Bullington is suffering from a "C-diff" infection.  

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 40

October 2 – Jeremiah 11-13; 2 Corinthians 12

October 2 – Jeremiah 14-16; Psalm 76; 
                    2 Corinthians 13

October 4 – Jeremiah 17-20; James 1

October 5 – Jeremiah 22, 23, 26; Psalm 77;
                     James 2

October 6 – Jeremiah 25, 35, 36, 45; 

                     Psalm 133; James 3

Week 41

October  9 – Jeremiah 27, 28, 29, 24; James 4

October 10 – Jeremiah 37, 21, 34; Psalm 79;

                       James 5

October 11 – Jeremiah 30-33; 1 Peter 1

October 12 – Jeremiah 38, 39, 52; 1 Peter 2

October 13 – 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36;

                       Psalm 126; 1 Peter 3

 

Week 42

October 16 – Lamentations; Psalm 137;

                      1 Peter 4

October 17 – Obadiah; Jeremiah40-42;
                       Psalm 147;
1 Peter 5

October 18 – Jeremiah 43, 44, 46; 2 Peter 1

October 19 – Jeremiah 47, 48, 49; Psalm 80;

                      2 Peter 2

October 20 – Jeremiah 50-51; 2 Peter 3

Week 43

October 23 – Ezekiel 1-3; John 1

October 24 – Ezekiel 4-6; Psalm 82; John 2

October 25 – Ezekiel 7-9; John 3

October 26 – Ezekiel 10-12; Ps. 83; John 4

October 27 – Ezekiel 13-15; Ps. 136; John 5

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible in Order

October 1  Obadiah

October 2  Jonah 1-4

October 3  Micah 1-4

October 4  Micah 5-7

October 5  Nahum 1-3

October 6  Habakkuk 1-3

October 7  Zephaniah 1-3

October 8   Haggai 1-2;

                    Zechariah 1-2

October 9   Zechariah 3-5

October 10  Zechariah 6-8

October 11  Zechariah 9-11

October 12  Zechariah 12-14

October 13  Malachi 1-4

October 14  Matthew 1-4

October 15  Matthew 5-7

October 16  Matthew 8-10

October 17  Matthew 11-13

October 18  Matthew 14-16

October 19  Matthew 17-19

October 20  Matthew 20-22

October 21  Matthew 23-25

October 22  Matthew 26-28

October 23  Mark 1-4

October 24  Mark 5-7

October 25  Mark 8-10

October 26  Mark  11-13

October 27  Mark 14-16

October 28  Luke 1-3

October 29  Luke 4-6

October 30  Luke 7-9

October 31  Luke 10-12

 

 

 

 

 

            

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

 

October  12

Steve Perry

October  17

Sheila Hunt

October  18

Tim Bullington

October  21

Lynn Pulliam

October  21

Faith Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - October 15, 2017

Welcome

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Lord's Table

* Jim Warren

 

* Greg Cannon

 

Steve Esler

 

Jim May

Scripture Reading

Greg Granberry

 

Psalm 68:4-6

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

   

Welcome - PM

David White

Song Leader

David White

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

 1 John 5:10-12

Closing Prayer

David Grogan

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

Morning

  October 1

   October 8

  October 15

  October 22

  October 29

Call to Worship

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Joe Minichowski

Table – Lead

Joe Maddox

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

 

Joe Minichowski

David White

Greg Cannon

Jim May

Jim May

Table – Serve

David Grogan

Steve Esler

Jim May

Chris Greenwald

Chris Greenwald

 

Jim May

Joe Minichowski

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

David Grogan

Scripture

Doyle White

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Larry Simmons

Greg Granberry

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

Larry Simmons

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown

Evening

October 1

October 8

October 15

October 22

October 29

Call to Worship

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Jim Warren

Larry Simmons

Scripture

Phil Hamby

Ed Kelly

David White

Doyle White

Jimmy Pulliam

Closing Prayer

Greg Granberry

David White

David Grogan

Ed Kelly

Doyle White

           

   

         
 

RECORD 10/8/2017

Bible School

35

Worship AM

55

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

30

Contribution

N/A