This Sunday: 9/16
Text: 2 Samuel 15:32-37 (new series: “Friend-ology: the study of friendships”)
INTRODUCING OUR FACILITIES TEAM
Last week I included the Guidelines voted upon by the Facilities Team regarding the use of the new classrooms. This week I would like to let you know who is on that team:
Chris Gscheidle (Chairman), Shannon Beeles, Jack Clark, Mel Halbrooks, Cliff Jones, Beverly McBeath, Randy Rogers, Alice Smith, Roy Strange. Staff Liaison is Mike Lewis
As stated in last week’s E-News, should you desire to decorate using items that are dear to your class and/or that support your current teaching series, simply schedule a meeting with these folks.
WHEN CAN WE MOVE IN TO OUR NEW CLASSROOMS?
The only thing we’re waiting on is the Certificate of Occupancy from the Fire Marshall. While we’ve been given permission to move furniture, we still cannot legally begin using the space until we receive that little piece of paper. I am told we’re expecting that certificate any day now. I’ll keep you posted!
CLASSROOM TEACHING AIDS – UPDATE
New 55 inch television monitors and large white-boards are presently being mounted in classrooms. (Five rooms will have mounted tv monitors – this includes all 1st floor classrooms. Other rooms, upon request, will use monitors on carts.) Upon moving into your room, should you have any teaching/learning needs simply let me know.
SIGNIFICANT BIBLICAL DISCOVERY
This kind of story is the type that usually flies under the mainstream radar. But even FOX and the Washington Post picked this story up. It’s a couple of years old but so significant I wanted to pass it along to you. It involves a discovery of an Old Testament scroll (the discovery was actually made in the 1970’s). The scroll was burned in a fire around 600 A.D. Scientists guess the scroll dates to 300 A.D. or earlier. How they were able to read the contents of a scroll that was burned that long ago is fascinating. Here are two news articles about the discovery and how scientists accomplished reading the scroll.
Biblical food-for-thought. From this past Wednesday evening’s study:
God’s wrath is just as real as his love. His wrath upon sin was absorbed by Jesus that day outside Jerusalem 20 centuries ago. When we stop, take inventory of what that means, and really think it through, we begin to understand and appreciate what the biblical term “saved” really means.
The Bible is clear – the final and devastating wrath of God upon sin is coming…
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. (Colossians 3:5-6)
Paul reminded the Thessalonians how we are saved from this coming wrath…
…[your reputation is that you] serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath… For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 5:9-10)
Paul sums up our being saved from the wrath of God in his letter to the Romans…
Since we have now been justified by [Christ’s] blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5:9)
See the August 23rd Navigator for all the info regarding the fast upcoming start of class for B.H. Carroll. Registration is now open. Class begins Oct. 2nd.
ON THE HORIZON:
Thursday evening, Sep. 27th – Singing Men Concert. 70 men from the West Texas and Panhandle regions will present a concert in the BHBC Worship Center. 7pm. Free.
Sunday evening, Sep. 30th – Movie Night: “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend. This movie portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.
Sunday, Oct. 7th – New Building Dedication: Summit Groups will meet at 8am & 9:15 (10:45 classes will need to adjust; more on these logistics soon) One combined celebration service at 10:45am.
Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm
Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT). For Info and Registration click here.
QUOTE of the WEEK
I love this. While store bookshelves are weighted down with books under the category of “Christian Living,” the No. 1 resource for spiritual growth is still the Bible. Note Lee Strobel’s reply to the question asked him below.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
I thought this was pretty darn funny…
GRACE NOTES: Bewitched
The most prevalent use of religious bondage, both now and historically, is legalism/works-based religion. While Paul refuted and corrected this insidious satanic lie throughout his letters, he used laser-like words with the Galatians. Do you know people who still believe they have to be “good enough” to be loved and accepted by God? Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick