THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXIX

April 10, 2018

Number 15  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Here's an article I noticed recently.  It's a challenging thought:

They were looking for a lion; He came as a Lamb, and they missed  Him.

They were looking for a warrior; He came as a Peacemaker, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a king; He came as a Servant, and they missed Him.

They were looking for liberation from Rome; He submitted to the Roman stake, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a fit to their mold; He was the mold maker, and they missed Him.

They were looking for their temporal needs to be met; He came to meet their eternal need, and they missed Him.

 

He came as a Lamb to be sacrificed for your sin. Will you miss Him?

 

He came to make peace between God and man. Have you missed Him?

 

He came to model servanthood for all mankind. Have you missed Him?

 

He came that we might have true liberty. Have you missed Him?

 

He came to give you eternal life. Have you missed Him?

 

What are you looking for? Lion? Warrior? King? Liberator?

 

When we submit to the Lamb, we will meet the Lion.

 

When we join with the Peacemaker, we will meet the Warrior.

 

When we work with the Servant, we will meet the King.

 

When we walk with the Submitted, we will meet the Liberator.

 

When we concern ourselves with the Eternal, we will have the temporal.

 

If Jesus is not fitting into the mold you have, then come to the mold maker and get a new one. Submit to His plan for your life, and you will see the eternal need met first; then all other needs will be met as well.

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

 

 

 

 

 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

Consider God . . . 

George Macdonald, said, "How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven."

 

When life knocks us flat on our backs, maybe God then has us right where we need to be – looking up. The prodigal son was slopping the pigs before he "came to his senses" (Luke 5:17). The same is often true of us. We soothe ourselves, amuse ourselves, analyze ourselves and improve ourselves. After all is said and done we're still not satisfied. What promised fulfillment ends up disappointing sorely. So we look for the next sure-fire method of making our lives complete and the cycle continues.

 

God patiently waits for his children to realize that he is willing and able to do everything he said he would. He said he came to give abundant life (John 10:10). He can. He said he would never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). He won't. He says no problem is too big for him to handle (Ephesians 3:20) and no sin is too bad for Him to forgive (Micah 7:19).

 

Maybe you feel like you're at the end of your rope. If you are, look up. He's at the other end. He wants to pull you up. He wants to bless you. He wants to forgive you. He's ready and waiting for you.

 

"He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm" (Psalm 40:2).

-- Brad Fry

 

  

 

                         

 

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"Thank you, Cedar Grove, for delivering the truck load of clothes and food from the congregation.  You always seem to be right on time."  -- Alfred Donald 

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

 

April 15, 2018

Conyers 

5:00 p.m.

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Bible Camp Fundraiser 

Camp Inagehi was founded in 1954 and has provided many years of safe and fun Christian camp experiences.  There is always the need to make improvements for the camp.  February 11 is designated the Heart of the Matter Campaign.  Donations will be used to update the facility and provide scholarships for children who need help. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Cedar Grove Family,

God shows His love through the warmth and the kindness of special people like you.  Thank you and God bless.  

With our love, 

Eddie and Janie Brown

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Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for the prayers.  You all have truly been a blessing. The flowers were unexpected but were beautiful!  

Thank you! 

Rebecca Perry

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Dear To My Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you for all the planning you did to celebrate my 98th birthday after our Sunday evening service.  I appreciate so much the beautiful cake, the gifts, the cards, the delicious food, and the words of fun and encouragement.  Thank you for your presence that made my birthday so special.  

Love, Onie

P.S. You cam to my 98th birthday party; I'm planning to be att yours! prayers.  You all have truly been a blessing. The flowers were unexpected but were

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Brown is returning to the hospital for more knee surgery.  

Phil Hamby is having a procedure on a vein in his leg Friday.  

Tim Bullington continues to undergo medical tests.

Gladys Joy is having cataract surgery Friday.

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Donna Kirk, Dick and Barbara Massey, Jean McBride, Hilda Morrow, Lanier Richards, and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2018

 

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 13

‹        March 26  Deuteronomy 27-31; Luke 12

‹        March 27  Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 13; Luke 13

‹        March 28  Joshua 1-4; Psalm 143;        Luke 14

‹        March 29  Joshua 5-8; Psalm 14; Luke 15

‹        March 30  Joshua 9-13; Luke 16  

Week 14

April 2  Joshua 14-17; Luke 17

April 3  Joshua 18-21; Psalm 15; Luke 18

April 4  Joshua 22-24; Psalm 116; Luke 19

April 5  Judges 1-3; Psalm 16; Luke 20

April 6  Judges 4-6; Luke 21

 

 

Week 15

April  9   Judges 7-8; Luke 22

April 10  Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23

April 11  Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24

April 12  Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1

April 13  Judges 19-21; Acts 2

   

Week 16  

April 16  Ruth 1-2; Acts 3

April 17  Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4

April 18  1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5

April 19  1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6

April 20  1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7

 

 

Week 13 

April 23  1 Samuel 9-10; Acts 8

April 24  1 Samuel 11-13; Psalm 38; Acts 9

April 25  1 Samuel 14; Psalm 124; Acts 10

April 26  1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 1

                Psalm 39; Acts 11

April 27  1 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2; Acts 12

 

Read the Bible in Order

April  1    2 Samuel 1-3

April  2    2 Samuel  4-6

April  3    2 Samuel  7-9

April  4    2 Samuel 10-12

April  5    2 Samuel 13-15

April  6    2 Samuel 16-18

April  7    2 Samuel 19-21

April  8    2 Samuel 22-24

April  9    1 Kings 1-4

April 10   1 Kings 5-7

April 11   1 Kings 8-10

April 12   1 Kings 11-13

April 13   1 Kings 14-16

April 14   1 Kings 17-19

April 15   1 Kings 20-22

April 16   2 Kings 1-4

April 17   2 Kings 5-7

April 18   2 Kings 8-10

April 19   2 Kings 11-13

April 20   2 Kings 14-16

April 21   2 Kings 17-19

April 22   2 Kings 20-22

April 23   2 Kings 23-25

April 24   1 Chronicles   1-4

April 25   1 Chronicles   5-8

April 26   1 Chronicles   9-11

April 27   1 Chronicles 12-14

April 28   1 Chronicles 15-17

April 29   1 Chronicles 18-20

April 30   1 Chronicles 21-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

 

April  9

Alexa Coggin

April 10

Amber May

April 11

Pat Tatum

April 16

Jim May

April 19

Susan May

April 19

Michael Perry

April 30

Devin Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - March 1, 2018

Welcome

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Larry Simmons

Lord's Table

* Jim Warren

 

* Phil Hamby

 

Jim May

 

Devin Hunt

Scripture Reading

Donnie White

 

Luke 10:25-29

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

Greg Cannon

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture Reading

Devin Hunt

 

Luke  12:1-3

Closing Prayer

Jim May

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

Morning

March 4

March 11

March 18

March 25

Call to Worship

Donnie White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

Donnie White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Collins Egwu

David Grogan

Larry Simmons

Table – Lead

David White

Joe Maddox

David White

Jim Warren

 

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Jim May

Greg Cannon

Table – Serve

Devin Hunt

Steve Esler

David Grogan

Devin Hunt

 

Collins Egwu

Devin Hunt

Bill Baker

Jim May

Scripture

Ed Kelly

David Grogan

Jim Warren

Donnie White

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

David White

Donnie White

Collins Egwu

 

Evening

March 4

March 11

March 18

March 25

Call to Worship

Donnie White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Singing

Donnie White

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture

Jimmy Pulliam

Devin Hunt

Doyle White

Devin Hunt

Closing Prayer

Doyle White

David Grogan

Ed Kelly

Jim May

 

 

RECORD 4/8/2018

Bible School

40

Worship AM

54

Worship PM

35

Wednesday Bible Study

35

Contribution

N/A