The Navigator: 1.23.20

THIS SUNDAY: 1/26/20 – “The Greatest Story Rarely Told”

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  Acts 1:8

 

My friends, as you know, there have been adjustments these past few weeks.  But, believe me when I say:  I sincerely believe God is preparing us for something extraordinary.

In his outstanding testimony, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, said to his church early on in his ministry:

From this day on, prayer will be the barometer of this church.  Prayer will be the measure by which God blesses us.

Our staff gathers regularly inside the main offices and calls out to the Lord on behalf of our people and one another.  There is great refreshing going on among us.

Our Personnel Team has given our church some needs for which to pray.  Each week, I’ll include new requests.  Here are the first two:

  1. that BHBC will become a house of prayer.  (Matthew 21:13)
  2. for revival and spiritual awakening.  (Psalm 85:6)

Also, continue to pray for our Personnel Team.  Those members are:

Cindy Andrews

LaDonna Barker

Richard Clark

Melba Crutcher

Debbie Heberly

Clint Hutcheson (chairman)

Fred Satterwhite

Brad Whitaker

Dedra Wood

**Remaining on the Team for a season are:  Jim Barber & Cindi Cobb

 

CHRIST IS TOUCHING & CHANGING LIVES – THROUGH YOU

I simply want to remind you of something volunteer leadership commonly forget:  the Lord is using  you mightily to help people learn the Truth, find peace, and rediscover hope.  Never – ever – think for a moment your tireless, weekly preparation does not go unnoticed by Christ.  He is changing lives.  And he’s using you to do it.

 

MID-WEEK CLASS, GOSPEL of JOHN, ROOM-CHANGE

Due to being forced to bring in extra chairs to Rm. 108 this past Wed. evening, we are moving my class to the Worship Center, effective immediately.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The Good News of Jesus in a nutshell…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Prayer in the Face of Christ’s Return

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 1.9.20

THIS SUNDAY, 1/12

Preacher:  Nick

Title & Primary Text:  Bewitched; Galatians 3:1-3

 

LEAD PASTOR RESIGNATION

In the event that you missed my email announcement to you yesterday please click here.

It is important for you to know that Jason has not only resigned, but also turned in his keys and cleaned out his office.  He is no longer employed at BHBC.

When you, and others, hear this for the first time, you will progress through the same range of emotion every single other person, including myself, have progressed through.

What is of utmost importance is for you to know that you can trust our staff and our leadership teams.   But, more important still – Christ is ever on his throne.

From my devotional time this morning:

“In a world of created, changeable things, Christ and his Word alone remain unshaken.”

 

WED. EVENING STUDIES RETURN TO ORIGINAL SCHEDULE

Late last Fall, a change was made to this semester’s Wed. evening studies that included “everyone together” events in the Worship Center throughout the month of February.

After discussion, we have decided to return to the original schedule which we agree helps us better attain our goal of effective learning through consistency.

In sum, you will attend your individual, regularly-scheduled Wed. evening study each Wed. evening during the semester except for when classes dismiss for Spring Break.

Once again, mid-week opportunities for biblical learning are listed below:

108 – An Eye-Witness Account of the Life of Jesus: the Gospel of John – Nick Watts

209 – GriefShare – Tom Heath

210 – Strength to Love – Cam Johnson & Dormye Halbrooks

211 – Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez

218 – Psalm 23 – Wellspring – Laura McGrew

219 – New American Religions – Michael Dain

 

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

Dear friends, this is my regular reminder that you never know if someone may be sitting in your class who has never truly professed their faith in the risen Christ.  Perhaps, even after attending church for years, they still don’t have a firm grasp on what being “saved” really means – but they’ve been attending for so long they’re now feel embarrassed to ask.

From time to time, preach the gospel and preach it boldly.  Even offering an opportunity to respond, if led to do so.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Someone didn’t think this through before they installed it.

 

GRACE NOTES: Co-exists Doesn’t Mean Co-Agree

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: Special Announcement

LEAD PASTOR RESIGNATION

What follows, should you not already be aware, is what we are releasing to our respective leadership teams this week so you are not blind-sided on Sunday.  Please help us by using similar verbiage when asked about this topic.

This past week, our lead pastor, Jason Atchley, submitted his resignation.  This was his decision.  Jason visited with, both, Personnel and the deacon body this past Sunday, Jan. 5th.

The Personnel Team has already met twice and are doing an outstanding job of making certain we don’t miss a beat.

Personnel has asked myself, Mike Lewis & Dana Kluzek to “fulfill the duties of the pastor” regarding daily operations.  Please know that the office is in excellent hands and functioning perfectly.  We are galvanized in our friendships and ministry.

This Sunday, Jan. 12th, Clint Hutcheson, chairman of Personnel, will make the announcement at the conclusion of both worship services.

Should you desire to know more please attend this Sunday.

Please do not ask me questions at this point as I do not have permission to share any further information.

Nick

The Navigator: 1.4.20

THIS SUNDAY, 1/5

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  John 16:33

 

BACK TO REGULAR SCHEDULE on 1/5

Tomorrow (Jan. 5th) we return to our regularly scheduled start-and-end times for Small Groups and Worship Services.

 

MID-WEEK STUDIES BEGIN THIS WEEK, 1/8 – 6:30pm

108 – An Eye-Witness Account of the Life of Jesus: the Gospel of John – Nick Watts

209 – GriefShare – Tom Heath

210 – Psalm 23 – Wellspring – Laura McGrew

211 – Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez

219 – New American Religions – Michael Dain

Off Campus – Strength to Love – Cam Johnson & Dormye Halbrooks

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING MEALS OFFERED BEGINNING 1/8

  1. Meal time:  5:30pm
  2. Cost is $10 per meal
  3. Reservations must be made by noon the preceding Monday.
  4. No refunds
  5. Location: FLC
  6. This week’s caterer:  Chick-Fil-A

 

FYI – DEACON’s MEETING:  1/5; 5pm

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Sometimes, God removes people from your life for a good reason.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Spiritual Confusion

Sometimes, life is really hard to figure out.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 12.19.19

***NOTE:  Due to the Christmas holidays, there will be no Navigator E-News next  week.  Next E-News will be published on January 2nd.  For your convenience, a reminder of “which class meets where on combined Sundays” is at the bottom of this E-News.  nw

A PERSONAL WORD FROM ME & MICHELLE:   Only in heaven will you know how much we love you.  Your tireless work to pour yourselves into others inspires us on a weekly basis.  Never, ever forget:  what you’re doing matters; you are making a difference, even when you can’t tell that you are.  We wish you the merriest of Christmases.  Much love, St. Nick & Michelle

THIS SUNDAY, 12/22

Preacher:  Jason

Primary TextIsaiah 61:1-3 – Joy to the World

 

TSO – THIS SUNDAY, 12/22

This Sunday! 12/22 – we will close the worship service with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve Sarajevo.”

The Lord has blessed BHBC with extraordinary musicians. We’ve added a gifted violinist this year. My (and everyone else’s) hands rarely move faster than when we play this song.

Happy Christmas! St. Nick

 

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

This is a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the beloved carol.  I hope to have it ready to perform live next year.

 

NASA MAKES ENTIRE MEDIA LIBRARY AVAILABLE & COPYRIGHT FREE

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I’ve mentioned before I have a great love for astronomy and cosmogony.  For those who may also have some interest in, as well as fascination with, the cosmos, you will find this news delightful.  “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”

Read the NASA article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Often a work of God comes with two edges: great joy and great pain. And, in that matter-of-fact response, Mary (the mother of Jesus) embraced both. She was the very first person to accept Jesus on His own terms, regardless of the personal cost.” – Philip Yancey

And a bonus,…

“The gospel is complex enough to keep theologians and philosophers busy writing learned tomes for years, and yet simple enough for a child to grasp the essentials.” – Francis Schaeffer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My favorite “Far Side” Christmas cartoon.

And a bonus,…

Actual Answers from Contestants on the Game Show, “Family Feud”:

Name something a blind person might use: a sword

Name a bird with a long neck: a penguin

Name an occupation where you need a torch: a burglar

Name a famous brother and sister: Bonnie & Clyde

Name an item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers: a horse

Name a number you have to memorize: 7

Name something you might be allergic to: skiing

Name a continent: Italy

Name something slippery: a con man

Name a domestic animal: leopard

Name a part of the body beginning with “N”: knee

Name something that flies that doesn’t have an engine: dishes

 

 

GRACE NOTES:  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

The lyrics of most beloved hymns and carols boil down to this:  those lyrics are someone’s story to put music.  The story behind this song will bring you great encouragement and hope.  Read the blog here.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

12/22One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 6:30

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

Dec. 15th – One Bible Study Hour – One Combined Worship Service

Below is the information I sent you via e-mail earlier in the week.

Class assignments for the next three Sundays, 12/15, 12/22, and 12/29.

As in the past, it is up to Glenna Applewhite and the 8am class as to whether to combine with the later Duncan class, or go ahead and meet at 8am.  Please contact me should you see a problem and I will address it immediately.

108 – Agape

109 – Open Door

110 – Ladies’ Class

208 – Duncan

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults

218 – University

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

The Navigator: 12.12.19

THIS SUNDAY: 12.15.19

Choral Christmas Musical

Brief Devotional Thought:  Nick Watts

 

Dec. 15th – One Bible Study Hour – One Combined Worship Service

Below is the information I sent you via e-mail earlier in the week.

Class assignments for the next three Sundays, 12/15, 12/22, and 12/29.

As in the past, it is up to Glenna Applewhite and the 8am class as to whether to combine with the later Duncan class, or go ahead and meet at 8am.  Please contact me should you see a problem and I will address it immediately.

108 – Agape

109 – Open Door

110 – Ladies’ Class

208 – Duncan

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults

218 – University

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

WHAT, EXACTLY, DOES THE WORD “GOSPEL” MEAN?

We preachers & teachers can be guilty of throwing around what I call “Bible words or phrases” without remembering it’s likely that many of our listeners or readers have little or no idea what the word or phrase means.

The word we use most is the word “gospel.” It was a common Greek word in the Roman Empire meaning “good news”. But Jesus, both, deepened and widened its meaning with the good news of mankind having the opportunity to be reconciled to God through Christ.

Here is a wonderful, short clip by author and defender of the Christian faith, Gregory Koukl (pronounced “COKE-el”), as he succinctly explains the biblical meaning of the word “gospel.”   Hopefully, this helps you offer clarity of the term to your students.

 

AND SPEAKING OF THE GOSPEL…

I thought this was profound.  Nancy Pearcey was one of my professors at HBU during my grad work in Christian Apologetics.  She actually studied under the renowned philosopher, Francis Shaeffer.  She writes,

“One of Francis Shaeffer’s most memorable sayings was that Christianity does not start with ‘Jesus saves you from your sins.’ It starts with ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’ Shaeffer’s point was that Christianity cannot be reduced to a tract or a technique for getting ‘saved.’ It is a comprehensive account of the structure of reality, a rational and real-world account of the history of the universe, a verifiable storyline of the unfolding of the cosmos.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The old saying is “You’re only as old as you feel.”

I know some younger people who live like they’re ancient. And some older folks who live life with such adventure and joy you would swear they were in their 20’s.

This quote sums up this topic better than any I’ve ever seen. Shared years ago by my dear friend, Jim Hardwicke, who happens to be our guest speaker at next April’s Appreciation Banquet.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

The story behind one particular Christmas tradition.  Enjoy.

In a single afternoon during a long ago late December…

Several of Santa’s elves got sick. This slowed toy production to a crawl and Santa began feeling that pre-Christmas-pressure.

A few minutes later, Mrs. Claus broke the news to Santa that her mother was coming to visit.

To blow off some steam and cool off, he went to the stables to harness the reindeer only to discover three of them had gotten out, nowhere to be found.

When he began to load the sleigh one of the floorboards cracked and the toy bag fell to the ground, scattering all the toys.

Having reached his emotional limit, Santa retreated to his workshop for a warm glass of cider to calm his nerves. That’s when he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider. To make matters worse he dropped his favorite mug, shattering it into a million pieces.

Just then, there was a knock on his workshop door.

Angry, frustrated and “up to here” with everything that had gone wrong, he swung open the door to find a smiling angel who cheerfully said, “Merry Christmas, Santa! Isn’t it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree here for you. Where would you like me to stick it?”

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

 

And, a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Angels Among Us – Part 1

There is a heightened interest in angels this time of year.  But, what does the Bible say about these supernatural messengers?   There is a link in the blog to Part 2.  Read the blog(s) here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

12/15 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/22One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 6:30

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

The Navigator: 12.4.19

THIS SUNDAY, 12/8

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Isaiah 26:3-4

 

CHORAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – DECEMBER 15th

We will combine for a single worship service on Dec. 15 (see Holiday Schedule below) to enjoy the musical, His Name is Jesus. Pray for Glenna Applewhite, accompanists and choir as they work to make final preparations.  And, by all means, invite a friend to join you.

 

Doctor Ask Terminally Ill Kids What Really Matters In Life

Here Are Their Answers

I saw this posted on social media recently.  As they say, “Out of the mouth of babes…”  In this case, these are dying babes.  Such wisdom.  Brief article.  Read it here.

 

DARWINIAN EVOLUTIONARY THEORY:  HAS IT BEEN PROVEN YET?

Last month marked the 160th anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin’s  On the Origin of Species.  So, what is the state of Darwinism today?

Below is a quote from atheist NYU philosophy professor, Thomas Nagel.  Below Nagel’s quote is a solid interview with molecular biologist, Douglas Axe, on this topic.

“…no viable [scientifically-supported] account, even a purely speculative one, seems to be available of how a system as staggeringly functionally complex and information-rich as a self-reproducing cell, controlled by DNA, RNA, or some predecessor, could have arisen by chemical evolution alone from a dead environment.” – NYU atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, positing questions for the origination of human consciousness, cognition, value, and reason.

You can read the interview with Dr. Axe here.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

12/15 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/22One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 6:30

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” – British theologian, John Stott. (In 2005, Time magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world.)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I don’t know if this falls under “laughter” or “idiocy”.  Regardless, don’t try this at home.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Tell Me About Your Jesus

If a friend (or a stranger) approached you one day and said, “Tell me about your Jesus”, how would you respond.  This is how I would respond.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick