The Navigator: 7.3.19

Have a wonderful 4th!  God bless America!

 

THIS SUNDAY, July 7th – ***Combined Summit Groups & Worship Service!***

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  Mark 10:46-52

 

***SCHEDULE & CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS for JULY 7th***

All Summit Groups –  9:15

Worship Service – 10:45

Classroom Assignments: (if you see an issue simply let me know)

108 – Agape

Worship Center – Open Door

110 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined (Note: we’re recommending the combined classes here based on the logic that, if the early class meets at 8am, after class you would have to wait almost 90 minutes before the 10:45 worship service begins.  Of course, the 8am class is certainly free to meet at 8am should you desire to do so, understanding the situation I’ve stated here.)

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults & University

218 – The Mix

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

TIME MAGAZINE:  U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II

Even while gone on vacation, I was contacted by no less than 5 families who have either suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide, or have a loved on the brink of taking their own life.

Certainly, the topic of suicide is central to the Watts family.  But that’s not the only reason I, on occasion, mention articles such as this one. For those who may think otherwise, it’s a heart-breaking fact that suicide is at epidemic levels.  Read the brief article from Time Magazine here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“The veracity of the Christian faith stands or falls with the resurrection of Jesus.”  Mike Licona

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This is one of my favorites… (the televangelist in this photo, Peter Popoff, was exposed years ago with wearing a radio device in his ear so that an employee – his wife – could tell him names of people in the audience as well as maladies they had listed on prayer cards.)

 

GRACE NOTES:  Why Pray?  Does it really make any difference?

This week’s devotional thought includes my response to my daughter as we talked about question above.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 6.13.19

NOTE:  Due to Nick being out, there will be no Navigator E-News the next few weeks.  Next publication will be July 11th.

 

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 16th – Father’s Day

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  1 John 5:13-21

 

TEAM MEMBERS WANTED

I am the Staff Liaison to the Missions Team.  “Missions” can take on different mental & theological images in the mind of a believer.  At its heart, “missions” is “evangelism.”  In the passage above (Acts 1:8), Jesus made it clear that “missions” may happen across the globe or across the street.

We’ve had two people on our team who needed to resign due to other needs in their lives that wouldn’t allow them to devote necessary time to our various evangelistic endeavors.  Do you know of anyone in your class who may enjoy serving on our team?  Simply let me know and I will contact them.  nw

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Visit with your “inter-generational Summit Group leadership partners” by this Sunday, June 16th, to simply get the ball rolling on our effort to de-fragment our Body.
  • July 7thOne Bible-Learning hour at 9:15; One worship service at 10:45.
  • Immediately below is the modified classroom assignments for July 7th.  We have used this model before and it seemed to work well.  Please notify your folks.  And, please let me know if I need to adjust your room in any way. nw

108 – Agape

Worship Center – Open Door

110 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined (Note: we’re recommending the combined classes here based on the logic that, if the early class meets at 8am, after class you would have to wait almost 90 minutes before the 10:45 worship service begins.  Of course, the 8am class is certainly free to meet at 8am should you desire to do so, understanding the situation I’ve stated here.)

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults & University

218 – The Mix

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This one’s for the guys…

And a bonus for us preachers & teachers…

The long-time pastor/professor/theologian, Haddon Robinson, once prayed,

“God, if these people knew about me what you know about me, they wouldn’t listen to a word I said.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Jeb: My dad got those hair implants a few days ago.

Cletus: Really – how’d it go?

Jeb: Well, here’s the funny thing. They were out of human hair so they had to use dog hair.

Cletus: Uh, how’d that work out? Is he ok??

Jeb: He’s great. The only thing is – every time we go somewhere we can’t keep him from sticking his head out the car window.

And a bonus: Universal Laws

1. If you dial a wrong number, someone always answers.

2. The probability of seeing someone you know increases dramatically when you don’t want to be seen.

3. When you try to prove to someone/mechanic/repairman that something won’t work, it will.

4. After your hands are coated with grease, your face will itch and you’ll need to use the restroom.

5. Any tool, nut, bolt or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible location.

6. The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to one’s reach.

7. If you’re driving and need to return a text, you will hit every green light. If you’re running late, you will catch every red light.

8. If you are carrying your groceries – or stuff from work – to the car in your right arm arm, your keys will be in your right pocket. Or vice-versa.

9. If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The God Who Hurts Us

I have no idea why, but a blog I wrote over a year ago was view thousands of time the past couple of weeks.  Perhaps the Holy Spirit is prompting me to re-post it in this e-news.   Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 6.6.19

VBS IS HERE!

Monday – Thursday:  9am – Noon

Thursday Evening Family Night & Concert:  6:30pm

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 9th

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 4:1-6

 

MULTIPLICATION & MOTIVATION

Every Sunday morning Bible-Learning group I’ve ever known tends to have the same reaction when anyone daringly mentions, “Wow, you’re class is huge! Have you ever considered multiplying your class by asking some of your folks to begin a new class?”  That reaction is somewhere between “Never!” and “Maybe. But I really would prefer not to.”  If that’s your initial thought, rest easy – you’re normal. 🙂

I’ve led enough small groups over the years to know the truth: the larger a class becomes, the less they tend to grow. Why? It’s simple, really.  There’s no urgency to invite new people because, frankly, the class has grown so large there’s nowhere to put them.  Over time, the class slowly becomes comfortable with the people they have.  On the contrary, when a class is new there tends to be more focused attention on inviting new people.

Fear not –  I will never come to you and tell you it’s time to start a new class.  Should you and I come to that decision, we’ll come to it together, unified by mutual conviction.  I merely want you to always keep the option a matter of prayer among  your class’s leadership.

In regard to my title above, Multiplication & Motivation, I would like to highlight two of our SUMMIT GROUPS, whose leaders I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with this past week.

The Village is led by Matt & Lisha Flaniken and Justin & Lauren Schoepf.  This is a new class, and it is growing.  The old axiom is true:  anything that is healthy will grow.  Should you like to visit with a BHBC teacher who is presently experiencing the excitement of starting a new class (and help alleviate any fears you may have), consider the Flaniken’s and/or the Schoepf’s.

The Traveler’s is led by Brad Whitaker, James St. Clair and Cheryl Carpenter.  I visited with Brad a while back and asked him to consider the Master Teacher method of teaching.  Simply put, this method involves someone teaching the main content of the lesson for 20-30 minutes, then allowing the class to divide up into small groups to discuss what was just taught.  The large group setting is where the content is learned.  The small groups disseminate, discuss and work through said content.  Since they were introducing a new curriculum that addresses marriage and conflict they decided to give the new teaching method a try.  Not only was it a home run, the class members have asked if they could begin earlier on Sundays!  Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that before. 🙂

 

THE WORD OF GOD: FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING

“I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.”  (Psalm 119:52)

When using the same criteria applied to all ancient literature for the purpose of establishing historical reliability the Bible trounces the competition.  (The Homeric Epics come in at a distant second place.)

Certainly, we believe the Bible is the Word of God by faith – but it’s not blind faith.  God has given us hard, scientific evidence to give us confidence in knowing that what we believe to be true is also scientifically true.

The discovery, and subsequent “virtual unwrapping” of an ancient Old Testament scroll was actually announced a couple of years ago, but it’s making the rounds again on the internet.  Just in case you missed it I certainly want you to be aware of it.

The discovery of the ancient manuscript proves something extraordinary.  Hebrew scholar, Emanuel Tov, sums it up:

[T]he scroll brings the good news that the ancient source of the medieval (Masoretic) text did not change for 2,000 years.”

 

The article includes a fascinating video of how “virtual unwrapping” is accomplished. Read the article here.  For further insight into the ancient manuscripts from which we get our Old Testament, click here.

 

REMINDERS:

  • Visit with your “inter-generational Summit Group leadership partners” by Sunday, June 16th.
  • July 7th – One Bible-Learning hour at 9:15; One worship service at 10:45.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Satan’s Relentless Pursuit to Take Us Out

Life hard for you?  Don’t count on Satan moving on to someone else.  He wants to finish the job.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 5.31.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, June 2nd

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 3:11-24

***Observance of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday

 

VBS! June 10-13

GREAT NEWS:  All volunteer positions have been filled!  Now, pray for our leadership and those children (and their families) who will be attending.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7th – One Summit Group hour & One Worship Service

9:15 – All Summit Groups

10:45 – Combined Worship Service

 

***FRIENDLY REMINDER***


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Our deadline to have contacted the Summit Group with whom I’ve connected you is Father’s Day Sunday, June 16th.  The goal is to simply introduce yourself (if needed), get connected and start the ball rolling.  I’ll follow up the week of the 17th to check on your status.

Should you need to refresh your memory regarding the group with whom you’ve been connected simply look at last week’s Navigator by clicking here.

 

WELL DONE, LOWE’S.  WELL DONE.

When I saw this last Monday I stopped in my tracks.  I learned from a friend of mine in Oklahoma City that this was a company-wide effort to honor the fallen at every store throughout our country.  I took this photo at our Lowe’s here in Lubbock.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

During my grad studies, a fellow classmate offered this parallel between the Orcs of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the insidious patter of severe depression.  As one who suffers from depression, I thought the imagery was brilliant.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Sometimes I see this photos on social media and lament to myself, “And this person is probably registered to vote!”  🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  Spiritual Confusion

When you think to yourself, “God? Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 5.23.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/26 – Memorial Day Weekend

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 2:18-28

 

A MOMENT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE

Below is a photo from the moment Brandon Brits proposed to our daughter, Kelsie, on the Showboat Branson Belle last week while we were there moving my younger daughter, Macy, to Branson to start work.  Weddings (yes, that’s plural) are August 16th in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Branson, MO, on August. 20th.  Here we go! 🙂

 

VBS! June 10-13

Theme:  “In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus”

Can you help?  Contact Dana Kluzek at dkluzek@baconheights.com

 

“OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE…”

It’s a great question:

“What evidence is there – outside of the Bible – for (1) Jesus existing, or (2) performing miracles, or (3) actually being crucified?”

One of my “life purposes” as a pastor is to help equip Christians to be able to have confident, intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned.

That said, the next time you are confronted with this type of honest question kindly produce for them the following historical facts from extrabiblical (outside the Bible) sources.  (This is a wonderful resource to provide for your class members.)

Enjoy the resource here.

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER….


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Below you will find to which class you’ve been connected.  To provide some healthy accountability, please find a time to meet with the leadership of the other class by Father’s Day, June 16th. Discuss ideas as to how to connect regarding fellowship, church attendance and service (and however else you may decide will help accomplish our goal.)

There is absolutely no need to rush it or to “make it happen.”  Don’t force it.  Just do it. What’s important is that we simply start the ball rolling.

I have listed the name of the classes as well as their leader.

Contact me with questions for assistance at any time.  I am here to help set you up for complete success and help alleviate any unforeseen difficulties.

Generations (Bruce Cottrell) & Young Adults (Shawn Coleman)

Duncan A  (Glenna Applewhite) & Basecamp (Isaias Martinez)

Ladies’ (Sandy Smith) & Singles (Mike & Susie Harendt)

Agape’ (Gib Weaver) & Travelers (Brad Whitaker/James St. Clair)

Duncan B (Larry Viaille) & Transitions (Michael Dain)

Open Door (Tom Heath) & The Village (Matt Flaniken & Justin Schoepf)

Wellspring (Laura McGrew) & The Mix  (Mel & Dormye Halbrooks) & Friends of God (Rosie Rodriquez)

University (Shawn Coleman) – Young adults will be involved in helping connect with the University ministry.

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 6th; 6pm; FLC

Prepare to be appreciated. 

 

A solid article about the great people of Lubbock…

The author, Amanda Cargill, lives in Brooklyn, NY.  I suspect this is why she classifies Lubbock as “small town.”  Nonetheless, Cargill does a respectable job of describing the beauty that is Lubbock and surrounding west Texas.  Enjoy the article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Foolish Faith

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 5.9.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/12

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 2:3-11

 

LUNCHEON FOLLOW-UP & COMMENTS

Thank You!  We had tremendous attendance at last week’s assembly.  Thanks to Tami Hines & her team for feeding us well.

  1. Theological Framework:  Hopefully, I was able to clearly communicate the seriousness of your leadership role.  Sure, teaching is both rewarding and fun, but, according to God, this role should be taken very seriously: Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.James 3:1
  2. Shepherding:  For the sake of clarity, the roll sheet I gave to each of you is to serve as a supplement to our present, church-wide system for keeping attendance.  You do not have to use the roll I  distributed if you already have in place an effective strategy for shepherding  your sheep.
  3. Weekly Attendance/Kiosks:  Our present system for keeping careful records where attendance is concerned is making certain everyone registers at a kiosk.  The onus for “banging this drum” falls on our class teachers/leaders to, weekly, make certain/encourage everyone in your class to take the time to check in online.  Help them to understand this is they method we use currently to help us shepherd each individual more responsibly.  If you have folks who are uncomfortable and/or unfamiliar with computers, please assign someone in your class to enter their information for them.  Bottom line: gather their information (somehow) so that we can shepherd them.
  4. Blue Cards:  Please, make certain that you encourage guests to complete a Blue Card.  This allows us to enter them into our system and to begin shepherding them.
  5. Contacting Absentees:  As I visited with a few of our leaders who attended the luncheon, we discussed the task of contacting folks who have been consistently absent.  This is a rudimentary small group leadership skill.  Additionally, it’s a leader’s biblical obligation i.e. shepherd’s care for the sheep to whom they’ve been entrusted.  As I mentioned, I have had conversations with two members, one of whom has moved their membership to another church, who mentioned they had been absent for many months without a single contact from their small group.
  6. Be on Time:  Lastly, as I also mentioned, the very morning of our luncheon, a person showed up for class at 9:15 and found it empty and dark.  I know many classes begin closer to 9:30, but we advertise “9:15.”  We can’t very well tell guests in our worship services “we’ve been expecting you” when our actions tell them otherwise.  So, even if you don’t typically begin until 9:30, please make certain someone is at your door by 9:15.

 


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Below you will find to which class you’ve been connected.  To provide some healthy accountability, please find a time to meet with the leadership of the other class by Father’s Day, June 16th. Discuss ideas as to how to connect regarding fellowship, church attendance and service (and however else you may decide will help accomplish our goal.)

Again, as I stated, this will take time.  There is absolutely no need to rush it or to “make it happen.”  Don’t force it.  Just do it. (Thank you, Nike)  What’s important is that we simply start the ball rolling.

Certainly, every combination below involves people connecting with others of different ages, but an additional blessing of this strategy is that it will aid in the de-fragmentation of the local Body known as BHBC.

I have listed the name of the classes as well as their leader.

Contact me with questions for assistance at any time.  I am here to help set you up for complete success and help alleviate any unforeseen difficulties.

Generations (Bruce Cottrell) & Young Adults (Shawn Coleman)

Duncan A  (Glenna Applewhite) & Basecamp (Isaias Martinez)

Ladies’ (Sandy Smith) & Singles (Mike & Susie Harendt)

Agape’ (Gib Weaver) & Travelers (Brad Whitaker/James St. Clair)

Duncan B (Larry Viaille) & Transitions (Michael Dain)

Open Door (Tom Heath) & The Village (Matt Flaniken & Justin Schoepf)

Wellspring (Laura McGrew) & The Mix  (Mel & Dormye Halbrooks) & Friends of God (Rosie Rodriquez)

University (Shawn Coleman) – Young adults will be involved in helping connect with the University ministry.

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 6th; 6pm; FLC

Prepare to be appreciated. 

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

I saw this quote and thought it was very good where marriage conflict is concerned.  (We men can be hard-headed and find difficulty in making changes in our behavior.)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  The Old Rugged Cross

This is the first time in six years the exact date of my son’s suicide has fallen on the exact day.  It was Monday, May 13th, 2013.  I penned this blog not too long after I found him.  I hope it brings you peace as it has for me.  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 5.2.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/5

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 1:5-10

 

SUMMIT Group Leaders Luncheon – Sunday, May 5th; we’ll be done by 1pm-ish

***Tami tells me RSVP’s are low.  Please make this a priority.  I’ve told you before I’ll never call a meeting unless I have something vital to share.

DEADLINE for RSVP:   TODAY, Thur., 5/2

Please RSVP to Tami Hines at:   tamihns@yahoo.com

***Spouses are welcome***

Agenda:

  1. The pastor’s vision for inter-generational fellowship & ministry.  Without your ideas and questions this will not be successful.
  2. The critical result of shepherding – and not shepherding – your flock.

 

MAY DAYS: SUNDAY EVENTS

5/5Summit Leaders Lunch – Noon to 1:15-ish

5/12 – Mother’s Day

5/19 – High School Graduate Recognition (both services)

5/26 – Memorial Day Weekend (regular schedule)

5/27 – Offices closed for holiday

 

VBS! June 10-13

Theme:  “In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus”

Can you help?  Contact Dana Kluzek at dkluzek@baconheights.com

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Powerful quote about secular leadership.  Let’s translate it to spiritual leadership:

“A Summit Group Teacher has the title.  A Summit Group pastor/shepherd has the people.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

So true…. 🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  Stop Trying to be Good Enough

freedom

It’s illogical.  But it’s the gospel.  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick