The Navigator: 8.29.19



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




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



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.



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)




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



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.



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.



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



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.



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



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.






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