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