The Navigator: 9.19.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/22

Preacher:  Jason

Primary text:  Acts 17:16-34

 

CLEMSON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, DABO SWINNEY & HIS FAITH IN CHRIST

This article addresses a debate I’ve had with friends of mine.  And there are times when the issue has gotten muddied in the water.

But my friend from way back, Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, has a way here of stating the law clearly and succinctly.

Jesus never once imposed the gospel on a single person. And neither has Coach Swinney.  Clemson is the reigning College Football Champion.

Read the brief article here.

 

DOES GOD EXIST? IF SO, WHAT EVIDENCE DO WE HAVE FOR HIS EXISTENCE?

Two solid videos here to arm you with confidence and, once again, strengthen your faith as you are reminded that the evidence for the existence of God is overwhelming.  Both videos include Eric Metaxas, a brilliant NYT best-selling author and a devoted follower of Christ.

The first video is his latest video clip from Prager U.  Mathematical physicist, Eric Weinstein, tweeted he disagrees with this argument for God’s existence. I would like to hear his reasons.  The video is only 5 minutes.  View the video on the Prager U website here.

This second video (below) is from 2015.  I’ve have in my library – and have read – the book to which Metaxas refers in this interview – his most recent book at the time titled, “Miracles.”  The interview is only 3 minutes long.

Remember: every worldview, including atheism, requires a leap of faith.  Enjoy, nw

 

QUICK SERVING OF SOUL FOOD:

On the book of Job, chapters 1-2…

In his book, The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey writes:

“Nowhere else in the Bible are we more clearly informed of a realm beyond our own – one we cannot see but, nonetheless, exists.

“Like Job, we live in ignorance of what is going on ‘behind the curtains.’ Job reminds us that the small history of mankind on this earth takes place within the large drama of the history of the universe. We are foot-soldiers in a spiritual battle with cosmic significance.

“In the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘There is no neutral ground in the universe – every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.”

Perhaps you’ve never had the unfortunate opportunity to develop a relationship with a narcissist.  Consider yourself blessed.

I worked with a textbook narcissist once.  To borrow a line I once heard in a movie, he was “so oily you could fry chicken on him.”

I thought this article was very solid.

Read the article here.

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info in next week’s Navigator.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

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 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES: He’s Not a Tame Lion

We think of Jesus as a meek and mild gentleman sitting down petting a lamb and telling sweet stories to children.  The Bible sets things straight.

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 9.12.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/15

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Acts 4:32-37

 

HOPE & HELP FOR THOSE CONSIDERING SUICIDE

Immediately below is the video from the community-wide event at which I spoke this past Tuesday.  (Crestview Baptist Church in Midland is Jason Atchley’s home church.)

The reason I am including it here is because I had no idea they were videoing my presentation.

That said, I am sharing with you the link.  Although the video doesn’t include my slides or two video clips I used, all the information and tools for helping those who are at-risk are included.

If you are severely depressed and/or suicidal (or if you know someone who may be) please watch this.

I stand today to tell you the truth: there is hope and help in abundance. You are loved. You are not alone. Talk to someone. Your loss would be devastating. You are going to make it.

The pastor who hosted the event texted me as I was driving home from Midland and wrote, “My phone is blowing up with people thanking us for offering this event.  The video has already been viewed 215 times.”  That was an hour after we concluded.  Once again, Christ was mightily at work.

A brief video of a woman who lost her son to suicide begins at the 12 minute mark. The woman in the video is one of the Admin. Asst’s at the church that hosted this event. Her son took his life April 1, 2018.

I begin speaking immediately after her story.  For Narnia.  For Jordan.

 

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info to come as the event nears.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

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 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

NEED A “HAPPY BREAK?”  THIS IS MIND-BLOWING.

World class pianist Ed Clute came to tune the piano at Hudson Manor this morning and played a little “Sweet Georgia Brown” when he finished. Imagine if he had warmed up a little first! Oh, did I mention he is blind?

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of [us]. [We] are as much alone with him as if [we] were the only being he had ever created.” – C.S. Lewis   (“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…” (Psalm 139:17-18)

And a bonus…

“We may be, in part, products of our past: but if the gospel is true, we do not need to be prisoners of it.” Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This so incredibly random.  But I laughed out loud when I saw it.

And a bonus… (posted on my FB page a couple of years ago)

 

GRACE NOTES:  Discouraged?  You’re in Good Biblical Company.

One of the many things I love about the Bible is that it’s unsanitized, unedited. It covers the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

Just know that many “heroes of the faith” suffered from discouragement and depression. We have an entire Old Testament book titled, “Lamentations.”

What is critical is that, in the pain & darkness, we, by faith, focus on what is true: the Word of God.

For the sad & discouraged… Discouragement is one of the enemy’s most powerful and effective weapons.

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you.”  Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭NLT

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator – 9.5.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/8

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Titus 3:8-11

 

THIS SUNDAY EVENING, 9/8 – 5pm

Ordination Service for Mike Lewis & Tom Heath

What does it mean to be ordained?  (Good question)

The official definition is:  to invest officially with ministerial authority.

Translation:  to affirm and celebrate, as a local church, the ministry assignment clearly given to an individual.

Mike & Tom would be no less pastors if they were never ordained by a local church.  This service merely invites Bacon Heights to affirm the call from God that is clear upon their lives and celebrate with them that call.

Lastly, closely associated with this affirmation is the phrase “laying on of hands.”  Taken from both Old & New Testament passages, this act was used to confer upon a individual a blessing and affirmation of God’s call on their life.

A reception will follow.

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PAGE

Several have emailed me updates to their small group information.  Please, if you haven’t yet, check out your class’s information by clicking here and let me know if anything needs to be adjusted.  Thank you!

ALSO, please mark Sunday evening, Oct. 20th, on your calendar for our very first Summit Leadership Appreciation Banquet.  Spouses are invited! Childcare is provided – we need to know asap who needs childcare.

 

OCTOBER 13th: MINISTRY FAIR!

I am the staff liaison to our Missions Team.  We’ve discussed the number of ministries within Bacon Heights that, most likely, the majority of our people don’t know about.

On Oct. 13th, Food Trucks will, again, be stationed in our south parking lot so our folks can conveniently grab a bite and visit tables throughout our FLC that have information about everything from Friends of God to Summit Groups to Elevate to Aspire to GriefShare to… well, you get the picture.

Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info to come as the event nears.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

HAS SCIENCE DISCOVERED GOD?

Many will never face up to the overwhelming evidence for the existence of God.  But, even the former giant of the atheistic world, Antony Flew, after finally conceding the existence of God, said, “I must abide by Plato’s Socrates who said, ‘We must follow the evidence wherever it leads.”  That evidence led Flew to the only logical conclusion:  God exists.

Below are two 5-minute video clips. 

The first clip explores on the logic of 17th century German scientist, Gottfried Leibniz, a prominent German polymath and one of the most important logicians, mathematicians and natural philosophers of the Enlightenment.

The second clip is contemporary, but a little harder to grasp.  Additionally, the host talks a little fast and is sometimes difficult to understand.  Don’t hesitate to watch it a couple of times (it’s only 5 minutes.)  This clip is based on the hard science of MIT grad, Gerald Schroeder, a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As is my practice, my goal is to provide you with resourced information to help you grow deep in your faith, as well as be able to more confidently engage in intelligent dialogue where Christianity is concerned. 

Has science discovered God?  No. God desires us to ultimately come to him by faith.  Ravi Zacharias brilliantly put it this way:

“God has put enough into this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone. Faith and reason must always work together in that plausible blend.”

What science has done is discovered overwhelming evidence of his existence so that the most jaded of skeptics is without excuse.  Enjoy, nw

 

WE NEVER KNOW…

We put our best faces on at church.  And that’s why I often mention something similar to the quote below during our greeting time on Sunday mornings.  The person struggling this week may be you.  Never forget, you are not alone.  “The battle is the Lord’s.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.  Not only a prolific author, but an Oxford don and, as a former atheist, a consummate defender of the Christian faith.  Below is not only one of my favorite Lewis quotes, but also a wonderful food-for-thought for lost or seeking friends and/or members of your class.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our True North: the Word of God

When your lost, confused or your world turns upside down there’s only one true guide to what’s true.  That’s where we must focus.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 8.29.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/1

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Romans 12:1-10

***Regular Schedule for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Throughout scripture, God “bangs the drum” to remind his people of the fundamental basics of following him.  As you know, this applies to any life-skill.  Whether it was sports or music, my coaches and professors routinely began every session with the fundamentals.

Every now and then, please allow me to simply remind you of the critical, yet often forgotten, basics of small-group shepherding:

1. You can’t give what you don’t have.  Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time.  Jesus warned, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” If your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, simply let me know.

2. Know why you believe what you believe.  Be a disciplined and responsible student of scripture.  Take time to think and work through hard passages.  When you stop learning, you stop leading.  Think deeply.

3. Lead with love.  Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.”  And, “the greatest among you shall be your servant.”

4. Lead by example.  Sheep are led, not driven.  Be on time to class.  Always show up prepared.  Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.

5. Approach teaching as seriously as God does.  James wrote, Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”  Prepare well, and leave the results to God.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

FALL MID-WEEK OPPORTUNITIES for SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Classes are underway! 6:30pm

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

Philippians; Rm 109 – Drew Flores

Strength to Love; Rm. 208 – Camille Johnston & Dormye Halbrooks

GriefShare; Rm 209 – Tom Heath

DivorceCare; Rm 211 – Isaias & Sony Martinez

Doctrines; Rm 219 – Michael Dain

Wellspring – TBA

 

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 20th; 6pm; FLC (note : this event has been rescheduled from the original date of 10/6)

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

GOD IS JEALOUS.  BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A quick insight from Wed. evening’s class on Galatians.

It’s a part of the 2nd of the 10 Commandments. And Moses makes it clear later on:

“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Ex. 34:14)

I heard a celebrity once say condescendingly, “I just can’t respect a God who says he’s jealous.”  At face value, I would agree with the celebrity.

But that is the mistake we make when we are irresponsible and/or hasty in our study of scripture.

God’s jealousy is nothing like human jealousy.

I could go on. But this brief quote from philosophy professor, Paul Copan, Ph.D., from his book “Is God a Moral Monster?” offers solid, concise insight.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK  (good advice from Linus)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Wanting a Nice Jesus

For this week’s devotional, I direct your attention to a recent article in the Babylon Bee.

NOTE: The Babylon Bee is satire. They make their points by using humor. But that humor always comes with a barb, or sting, of truth.

As Mike Yaconelli used to often say, “People today want a ‘nice’ Jesus. Not the Jesus of the Bible.”

This article is spot-on.  Read it here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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