The Navigator – 2.21.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 2/24

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Peter 1:1-2 (Jason begins a new series this Sunday titled, Stand Firm)

 

WE’RE SOOOOOO CLOSE…

I still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:

BASE CAMP – Isaias Martinez

UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH” – Michael Dain, Gail White

OPEN DOOR – Tom Heath

 

FOOD-FOR-BIBLICAL-THOUGHT

I read and study quite a bit.  And when space allows, I enjoy including here what I consider powerful quotes & truths for you to consider.  Enjoy…

“When Christ came, the people of the Old Covenant denied him, but the devils confessed him.” (Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th century A.D.)

Ouch

Mankind scoffs at, and denies that Jesus is God in the flesh, the Messiah, the long-awaited Savior of the world.

Even the demons aren’t that foolish.

“Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at [Jesus’] command, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.” (Luke 4:41)

 

 

FYI – NEW  SUMMIT GROUP!

The Village (yes, the attendees are the Village People) began this past Sunday, 2/17, in Rm. 212.  Meet time is 9:15.

Leaders/Teachers are:  Justin & Lauren Schoepf and Matt & Lisha Flaniken

Age Range:  Median Adult

 

Registration is now open!

And it appears we’re going to field a solid number of students.  Join us!  Theological learning has never been easier.

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

This is meaty content for equipping all believers as well as teachers.

Please promote this among your respective classes. BHBC members can attend for ZERO dollars. It’s never been easier to receive graduate level training.

Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.

 

A DIGITAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

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Have you accessed our Online Church Directory?

1. Click here and establish an “ACS Login”.

2. Download the Church Life App for your mobile device.

3. Log in using the ACS email and password you created.

4. Make any preferred changes to  your profile and/or add a photo.

Don’t have an email in our system?

Complete the Connect Card in your Worship Guide on Sunday and either place it in the offering plate during the service or in the gray box in our Commons.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Obadiah and the Hard Truth of Love

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 2.14.19

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THIS SUNDAY, 2/17/19

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 25:14-31  (last sermon in Jason’s series on “generosity.”)

 

SUMMIT GROUP BIO’s!

We’re sooooo close to getting this wrapped up.

I still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:

BASE CAMP – Isaias Martinez

UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH” – Michael Dain, Gail White

OPEN DOOR – Tom Heath

THE MIX – Mel & Dormye Halbrooks

 

BACON-FEST REPORT

Don Baldwin expressed great thanks.  The student ministry brought in just under $4000.  Don says it is twice as much as they raised last year.

Thank you for your generosity!

 

MINOR PROPHETS with a MAJOR MESSAGE

This past Wed., we mined the message of Amos.

One of the reasons God sent Amos to the northern kingdom of Israel was to rebuke them for disregard for genuine worship of God.

It is easy to skim over the biblical passages citing God’s abhorrence of fake, ritualistic worship. But we should heed them with great fear.  In Amos 5:21, God thunders,

I hate, I despise all your pretense – the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.

One scholar offered commentary on why God used both “hate” and “despise” describing his disgust for pretentious worship.  He states:

Two Hebrew words here combine to express the attitude more forcefully than either could by itself.  The result can be translated, “I reject with utter hatred.”

May our worship of the Almighty be always sincere.  nw

 

A DIGITAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

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Have you accessed our Online Church Directory?

1. Click here and establish an “ACS Login”.

2. Download the Church Life App for your mobile device.

3. Log in using the ACS email and password you created.

4. Make any preferred changes to  your profile and/or add a photo.

Don’t have an email in our system?

Complete the Connect Card in your Worship Guide on Sunday and either place it in the offering plate during the service or in the gray box in our Commons.

 

 

Registration is now open!

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

This is meaty content for equipping all believers as well as teachers.

Please promote this among your respective classes. BHBC members can attend for ZERO dollars. It’s never been easier to receive graduate level training.

Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Church.  Does it really matter?

An entry from last week’s Navigator dove-tailed into a blog I wrote a couple of days later.  It must be a topic of great debate and interest because the blog created quite a bit of online activity.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 2.7.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 2/10

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 6:1-4

 

HEEEEEYYYY! 

THANK YOU to all who have gotten me your info regarding your class.  Please know I am not going to launch the SUMMIT Group Web page until I receive all class info I’ve requested.   PLEASE help me succeed. 🙂

I still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:

ROYCE WILLIAMS (A)  – Glenna Applewhite

SINGLES – Mike & Susie Harendt

BASE CAMP – Isaias Martinez

UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH” – Michael Dain, Gail White

OPEN DOOR – Tom Heath

THE MIX – Mel & Dormye Halbrooks

 

WHY SATAN HATES YOUR SMALL GROUP

I stumbled across the quote below on my Twitter feed.  19th century British preacher, Charles Spurgeon, is one of my favorites.  Note his words here as to the vital spiritual nature of community and fellowship within the Body.  Where do people find community and fellowship?  Not “big church”.

They find true believers fellowship (koinonia: κοινωνία, cf. Acts 2:42) in the small group.

That’s where they connect with people on a deeper level.

That’s where they begin to open up and feel safe.

It’s the relationships they make within the context of the small group that keeps them coming back. nw

 

BACON FEST: THIS SUNDAY, 2/10; 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location:  FLC

500 flapjacks! (gluten free cakes available) 100 Lbs of bacon!

What is “Bacon Fest?”  a Student Ministry Fund-Raiser to help offset costs of the following 2019 events:  (no cost; donations only): 

Winter Retreat – Telluride, CO;

Mission Trip: Washington, DC;

Middle School Camp: Capitan, NM;

High School Camp: Windermere, MO

 

MINOR PROPHETS with a MAJOR MESSAGE

This past Wed., we mined the message of Joel.

Following a devastating locust invasion – unprecedented in its amount of damage – God instructed Joel to use the locusts as a living illustration of the judgment to come on Judah if they did not repent of their luke-warm, indifferent approach to God.

One passage we camped out on for a few minutes was 2:25, in which God says to Judah,

“I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten.”

This is an extraordinary statement because God doesn’t say he’ll restore “stuff”, but “years”.

Can God actually restore joy to our lives that pain and heartache have stolen from us over time?  What about the broken spouse who’s just ended a 20 year marriage?  Or, the guilt-ridden addict who, after spending most of their adult life in chemical bondage, has finally decided to get clean?  Or, the grieving family whose son took his own life after losing his battle with depression?

Can God “restore” the “life” we’ve lost.

God says, emphatically, “I not only can – I will.”

From the moment we put our trust and faith in Christ, the “restoration” is put in motion.  Some of us see tangible evidence of “restoration” here on planet earth.  (Job’s livestock and wealth were restored to him twofold on earth.) Others of us won’t see restoration until we leave this planet. (Job’s children who were  lost in 1:18-19 were restored to him in heaven.) But the promise of restoration remains – and is in effect.

Because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb, our redemption and restoration is now possible.  The risen Jesus Christ was our preview of the restoration to come.

Hallelujah!

 

MIGHTY CROSS

New song I’ll be leading this week in the early service.  The lyrics are so powerful.  Enjoy.

 

 

Registration opens ‪February 11.  (That’s Monday!)

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

This is meaty content for equipping all believers as well as teachers.

Please promote this among your respective classes. BHBC members can attend for ZERO dollars. It’s never been easier to receive graduate level training.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“The problem with modern disrespect is simple: Kids today don’t know the fear of hearing leather rapidly being removed through 7 Wrangler belt loops.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Why is there Something Instead of Nothing?

Thinking deeply about the argument for the existence of God.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 1.31.19

 

This Sunday, 2/3

Preacher:  Jason

Topic & Text:  GenerosityActs 20:17-38

 

SUMMIT GROUP PHOTOS & BIOS:

Okay folks, the deadline is this Sunday, Feb. 3rd. (Just let me know if you need more time – I’m a nice guy.) 🙂

I have received what I need from the following classes:

Agape

Special Friends

Travelers (still need photo & bio of Dr. St. Clair!)

I still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:

ROYCE WILLIAMS (A)  – Glenna Applewhite

WELLSPRING – Vicki Blundell, Laura McGrew, Beth Honeycutt

SINGLES – Mike & Susie Harendt

BASECAMP – Isaias Martinez

GENERATIONS – Danny Broyles, Bruce Cottrell, Wayne Dickerson, John Gardner, Paxton Rautis, Randy Rogers (Bruce promised me your stuff this Sunday!)

UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH” – Michael Dain, Gail White

OPEN DOOR – Tom Heath

ROYCE WILLIAMS (B) – Larry Vialle

THE MIX – Mel & Dormye Halbrooks

 

MINOR PROPHETS with a MAJOR MESSAGE

Each week I’ll include a snippet from the past Wed evening’s lesson on the minor prophets.  This week we mined the message of Hosea.

Hosea beautifully – and frighteningly – describes God’s loyal/covenant love for a stubborn, rebellious people.

Like any parent who loves their child more than anything, God uses Hosea to warn Israel of punishment to come so as to protect them from horrible pain. They refused to listen.

Below is a beautiful quote I used from the 5th century theologian, Theodoret of Cyrrhus. Keep this in mind: even God’s judgment is driven by his love to get us to snap out of our prideful behavior and return to his love and protection.

 

THE RELIABILITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Below this entry is a reminder of the upcoming BH Carroll class on the Gospels.  I visited with professor Matt Baird this past week.  (Matt will be teaching, in person as opposed to remotely, each Tuesday evening.) Please consider attending.  It’s absolutely free to BHBC members.

Biblical illiteracy is embarrassingly high among Christians.  But so is a lack of knowledge as to the evidenced reliability of how we got the Gospels. If the Bible is our sole authoritative resource, shouldn’t we be able to confidently defend its reliability when it’s challenged?  Yes, we should.

Here is Dr. Mike Licona.  Dr. Licona was a professor of mine during my graduate studies at HBU.  This video is 19 minutes long.  I’m asking you to simply watch the first 6 minutes.  I commonly show this clip while teaching on the reliability of the New Testament.  Dr. Licona is a brilliant historian and debater.  One of the books I was assigned to read was his 700 page tome, The Resurrection of Jesus.  Enjoy.

 

Registration opens ‪February 11.

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

This is meaty content for equipping all believers as well as teachers.

Please promote this among your respective classes. BHBC members can attend for ZERO dollars. It’s never been easier to receive graduate level training.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Doubting God (It’s ok to doubt)

I was asked just this past week, “How do you help someone who’s doubting their faith in God?”  Read my blog on the topic here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick