The Navigator: 8.10.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 8/11

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Hebrews 10:23-25

 

What is the PRAY FOR ME campaign?

It’s a church-wide emphasis on intercessory prayer.  We are asking our people to go to the BHBC web site and sign up to help us know you would like to participate.  After signing up you will be partnered with another family or individual.  Deadline to sign-up and be partnered with someone is the 18th.

To provide an opportunity for people to get to know they’re prayer partners, food trucks will be on site on the 25th so you can get something to eat and eat lunch together in the FLC.

You can sign up by clicking here.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for WESTER & NAT WILLIAMS

I am married to a school teacher.  Every summer, as we walk through a store that is stocked up on school supplies, Michelle will start piling pencils and folders in our basket for the sole purpose of handing them out to children whose families have a difficult time purchasing these items on their own.

This Sunday, you will find in your tray a list of supplies needed by August 12th.  Each class has been assigned specific items.  Would you please encourage your class to help?  Thank you so much.

 

FALL MID-WEEK OPPORTUNITIES for SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Classes begin August 21st; 6:30pm

Nick Watts – Galatians & James: The Balance Between Grace & Works; Rm 108

Drew Flores – Philippians; Rm 109

Tom Heath – GriefShare; Rm 209

Isaias & Sony Martinez – DivorceCare; Rm 211

Michael Dain – Doctrines; Rm 219

Wellspring – TBA

 

LUBBOCK IMPACT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

For those classes looking for mission projects either solely for your class, or for your inter-generational emphasis, look no further than Lubbock Impact.

Our Missions Team chairman, Matt Henson, contacted Impact director, Rory Thomas, and received the following reply:  “It would be a God send”.  Everything from cooking together for casserole fundraiser to cleaning a never ending project.

Simply contact Rory at 806-799-4329 and she can offer options and details.  For further information, see Lubbock Impact’s web site here.

 

WATTS WEDDING(S) ITINERARY

I’ve been asked to print the itinerary listing the dates & times of the events in the Watts family the next two weeks as we travel the planet and back.  Here you go:

***First of all, Johannesburg is 7 hours ahead of us.***

South Africa:  We depart DFW Sunday, 8/11, at 6:10pm. Layover in Qatar. Arrive Johannesburg Tuesday, 8/13, at 9:50am (all South Africa times are local). Wedding is 3:00pm on Friday, 8/16, in Johannesburg. We depart Johannesburg the next day, Sat, 8/17, at 1:45pm, layover again in Qatar, and arrive back at DFW on Sunday, 8/18, at 3:30pm (God’s time). After going through customs, fetching our luggage and vehicles, we’ll drive straight to Branson.

USA:  Branson wedding is Tuesday, 8/20, at 6:30pm. Michelle and I depart Branson the next morning, 8/21. I am dropping her off at the airport in Tulsa where she’s catching a plane the rest of the way home so she can be at work on Thur morning (FISD begins classes on 8/19). I will then head south to just north of Dallas to officiate a former youth’s wedding on Friday, 8/23. I will finally drive back to Lubbock on 8/24. So it shall be written – so it shall be done. nw

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE:

I thought you might enjoy reading these two news items.  With so much bad news in the world it’s nice to read about the good news once in a while. 🙂

FOX News:  Richest man in Singapore gets saved. Read the article here.

FOX News:  Church of the Apostles Discovered Near Sea of Galilee.  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Helping Hurry God Along (Hint: that’s a horrible idea)

All of us, at one time or another, have thought God was working way too slow.  My advice:  don’t interfere.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 7.25.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 7/28

Preacher:  Jason (Jason begins a new series this Sunday on the family.)

Primary Text:  Mark 3:31-35

 

MARY SATTERWHITE

I presume you all know by now that beloved, long-time BHBC member and servant-leader, Mary Satterwhite, passed away this past week.

Visitation: Lakeridge Chapel, Friday, 7/26, 7-9pm

Memorial Service:  Sat., 7/27; BHBC; 11am

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for WESTER & NAT WILLIAMS

I am married to a school teacher.  Every summer, as we walk through a store that is stocked up on school supplies, Michelle will start piling pencils and folders in our basket for the sole purpose of handing them out to children whose families have a difficult time purchasing these items on their own.

This Sunday, you will find in your tray a list of supplies needed by August 12th.  Each class has been assigned specific items.  Would you please encourage your class to help?  Thank you so much.

 

FALL MID-WEEK OPPORTUNITIES for SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Classes begin August 21st; 6:30pm

Nick Watts – Galatians & James: The Balance Between Grace & Works; Rm 108

Drew Flores – Philippians; Rm 109

Tom Heath – GriefShare; Rm 209

Isaias & Sony Martinez – DivorceCare; Rm 211

Michael Dain – Doctrines; Rm 219

Wellspring – TBA

 

LUBBOCK IMPACT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

For those classes looking for mission projects either solely for your class, or for your inter-generational emphasis, look no further than Lubbock Impact.

Our Missions Team chairman, Matt Hensen, contacted Impact director, Rory Thomas, and received the following reply:  “It would be a God send”.  Everything from cooking together for casserole fundraiser to cleaning a never ending project.

Simply contact Rory at 806-799-4329 and she can offer options and details.  For further information, see Lubbock Impact’s web site here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The mercy and grace of God through Christ isn’t fair.

Thank God it isn’t fair.

From my favorite author…

“Jesus forgave a thief dangling on a cross, knowing full well the thief had converted out of plain fear.  That thief would never study the Bible, never attend synagogue or church, and never make amends to those he had wronged.  He simply said, “Jesus, remember me,” and Jesus promised, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”  It was another shocking reminder that grace does not depend on what we have done for God, but rather what God has done for us.”  Philip Yancey

 

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“Ever wish you were as fat as the first time you thought you were getting fat?”

And a bonus…

One day a blonde (no offense to blondes; i was blonde – once) was putting together a puzzle. She was stumped and very frustrated and decided to ask her husband for help. He told her to look at the picture on the box since puzzle boxes always put a pic of the finished puzzle on the lid. She hollered, “It’s supposed to be a tiger!” Her husband came to help her and said, “Honey, put the Frosted Flakes back in the box.”

How about one more bonus?…

Heard on a low-budget airline: “Ladies & gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of our flight attendants.”

 

 

GRACE NOTES:  For Those Who Laugh at the Thought of a Real Devil

You can’t fight an enemy you either don’t know – or refuse to know – exists.  And Satan knows this.  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

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