The Navigator – 10.31.19

And this Saturday night….

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/3

Preacher:   Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

 

Boxes will be available this Sunday, 11/3, at the north kiosk!

We’re giving everyone two weeks to pack these shoe boxes with items found on the list provided with the box.  The video we will show in both worship services on Sunday powerfully shows how big an impact the love behind these boxes has.

Deadline to return the boxes is Sunday, 11/15.

 

NEW ATTENDANCE SHEETS COMING SUNDAY

Dormye Halbrooks asked that I remind you that new Attendance Sheets will be in your box this Sunday.  Remember that I provide these solely for the purpose of helping you better shepherd your flock/class.   Seeing who’s been missing will help remind you to pass along those names to whoever in your class is responsible for checking up on your folks.

 

April 26th it is! 

Go ahead and mark this date on your 2020 calendar for our Summit Group Leadership Appreciation Dinner.  April 26th is a Sunday.  The banquet will be that evening.  Spouses are invited.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

11/27-28 – Offices closed for Thanksgiving

12/15 – Choir Christmas Musical; One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45.

12/22 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  I See Dead People (Communicating with the Dead)

Another blog especially of interest during the Halloween season.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 10.24.19

THIS SUNDAY, 10/27

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

 

BHBC FALL FESTIVAL – NEXT WED. EVENING, 10/30!

Wed. evening, 10/30, 6-8pm.  If you can help, or would like to, please contact Dana Kluzek.

 

Tell Me  Which Date is Better for You!

April 26th or May 3rd?  (Both are Sunday evenings)

Simply shoot me an email with your preference and I will set the date based on the date most can attend.  If either date is good a reply is not necessary.

Because I so very much want to show my love and appreciation to you, we will not cancel in the Spring.   So, once the date is set it will be a “done deal.”

I will let you know the results next week!

 

2020 is almost here.  And Wednesday nights will look the same, but different.

Jason has had another “vision” (which always scares me) :).   Winter/Spring 2020, we are going to implement an emphasis on engaging better intergenerationally.

First of all, there is no big change on beginning and ending dates of the semester:  Wednesday evening events kick off on January 8th and conclude on April 29th.

What’s different is the number of combined worship services that will be scheduled within the semester.

For example, regular small group studies will take place each week except, on the last Wed. night of each month,  we will all combine (youth through adults) for a special worship service centered around a guest speaker from a local missions organization.

Lastly, during the entire month of February, we will combine in the worship center to hear a guest preacher.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

11/27-28 – Offices closed for Thanksgiving

12/22 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Jesus asks nothing of us without giving us the strength to perform it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

And a bonus.  When I read this I thought, “Whoa – that’s heavy”…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Halloween Humor

Q: Why do witches have to wear name-tags?

A: So they can tell which witch is which.

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

A: Frostbite

And – never drink and fly…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Paranormal Activity

Every time this year – due to the Halloween season – I post this blog that addresses the question, “What does the Bible say about ghosts?”  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.17.19

THIS SUNDAY, 10/20

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Here’s the headline:

China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years

Two weeks ago, I included an article with the headline: “Iran has world’s fastest growing church…”  If you missed it, read the article here.

God is mightily at work, moving the “chess pieces into place”, preparing for his glorious return.  Read the article on the Chinese church here.

 

BHBC FALL FESTIVAL!

Wed., evening, 6-8pm.  If you can help, or would like to, please contact Dana Kluzek.

 

THE INTOLERANCE OF THE “TOLERANT” (an editorial by Nick)

This past week,  KCBD posted a story on their web site that typifies those preaching tolerance and acceptance.  See headline below.

I rarely – if ever – post political commentary on social media.  But, frankly, I don’t consider this topic political.  It’s about an American’s freedom to hold to whatever faith worldview they choose without the fear of being castigated or vilified.  Below is what I posted on social media.  By the way, every single comment I received was in favor of my conviction.

There’s so much bigotry, hypocrisy and intolerance in this mess/article for the following reasons:

First, unlike a privately owned business, this is a public school, paid for by the tax dollars of people representing all worldviews.

Second, the intolerant principal is forcing his worldview on the freedom of every student to choose what they believe.

Third, his speech continues to perpetuate the juvenile, myopic lie that disagreeing with someone means you hate them. He says “be kind” while simultaneously being hateful to Chick-fil-a.

Rather than teach students to think for themselves, he is saying, “you should think like me.” This is not education.  It’s indoctrination. Once again, those preaching tolerance and “kindness” are saying, “I want to hear your opinion, as long as it’s my opinion coming out of your mouth.”

I hold to a biblical worldview.  But, if the LBGTQ wanted to serve me lunch I would humbly thank them for their kindness and compassion and then, not only eat the lunch, but invite them to join me.

I have many gay friends.  I’ve had them in my home.  I’ve taken them to dinner.  I even told one young gay man I wish he were my son.  Do I believe the Bible calls homosexuality sin?  Yes.  Does this affect my love and compassion for homosexuals?  Not one bit.

To those who are preaching “tolerance” – start practicing what you preach.

The principal should be fired. (You can read the brief KCBD article here.)

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Jesus asks nothing of us without giving us the strength to perform it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Why don’t they give us things we can actually use? I don’t need a thinner phone. You know what I need? A tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole.

And a bonus…

At a marriage conference, a man, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, was asked to share some insights into the secrets behind such a long and healthy marriage. He shared, “Well, I’ve tried to treat her nicely and spend money on her. But, best of all, on our 10th wedding anniversary I took her to Italy.” The host said, “You are an inspiration to all the husbands here. Please tell us what you are planning for your 50th wedding anniversary.” The man replied, “I’m going to go to Italy and get her.”

 

GRACE NOTES:  Atheism Failed Me – Part 2

Is the Christian faith rational?  (You bet it is.)  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 10.10.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/13 (New sermon series!)

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

 

Summit Leadership Appreciation Banquet: Rescheduled!

About half of our small group faculty are available on Oct. 20th.  While not minimizing the value of those people, I very much want to schedule our first Appreciation Banquet when almost everyone can attend.

I will be looking at the Spring calendar with the ministry staff and, soon, present to you the new date.  nw

 

 

On Oct. 13thIt’s here!

If you could help me host the Biblical Learning table (half hour slots) shoot me an email or text.

Below is a list of the ministries that will be represented (in alphabetical order):

  1. Ambassadors
  2. Aspire-Special Friends – First Friday
  3. Biblical Learning: Summit Groups, Wed. Evening Classes & BH Carrol
  4. Children
  5. Missions – Operation CC; Lubbock Impact, Elevate, etc
  6. Preschool
  7. Senior Adults – flower ministry, Women who Pray, Sonshiner choir, Game Day, Prayer for the Nations; etc
  8. Students (youth)
  9. University
  10. Women’s ministry
  11. Worship – Choir, Praise Team, Sound Tech

Official time of Fair is 11:30-2:00.  Food trucks will be on site to make grabbing lunch easy.  Whether you get your lunch on site or somewhere else, please make a point to swing back by the FLC to familiarize yourself with all Christ is doing in our midst.

 

THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

The story and video clip of the young man forgiving the Dallas cop who mistakenly killed his brother has gone viral.  (See video below)

I suspect that every Sunday morning church crowds are peppered with hurting people who’ve never forgiven someone who has hurt them deeply.

Keep in mind that forgiveness and trust are two completely different things. You can forgive someone without ever associating with them again.  Forgiveness is not about changing them – it’s about changing us.

All of that said, may I offer you my story of forgiving my dad?  You can read my story here(My story here will also serve as this week’s Grace Notes devotional thought.)

Next to my profession of faith in Christ, forgiving him was the most life-changing decision I ever made. It was brutal. But it saved me on a number of levels.

Should you be where I once was, perhaps my story will help.

Love to you all, Nick

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

From the incomparable Bob Hope…

On Presidents: “I have performed for twelve presidents and entertained only six.”

On his six brothers: “That’s how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.”

On his family’s early poverty: “Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw in another brother.”

And a bonus…

Carol Burnett & Tim Conway

 

GRACE NOTES:  How I Forgave My Dad (see introduction above under “Life-changing power of forgiveness.)  For your convenience, the link is provided for you again here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.3.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/6

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  1 Samuel 17

 

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

You have most likely read or heard about the Dallas cop who inadvertently entered the wrong apartment after her shift and shot who she believed was a burglar.  The shot was fatal.  Worse, it wasn’t her apartment.  The cop has been tried and convicted and will spend years in prison.

Different people have different opinions about this story.  Put those opinions aside for a moment.  You can read one of the many articles about this story of forgiveness here.  Below is the video of the victim’s brother telling his killer, “I forgive you.”  Grab a tissue.

 

CLASS BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY, 10/8.

As of 10/3, twenty-seven people have registered for this wonderful study.

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; FLC (room is changed due to large enrollment)

It’s never been easier to learn.

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!

Below is a list of the ministries that will be represented:

  1. Ambassadors
  2. BH Carroll
  3. Aspire-Special Friends – First Friday
  4. Missions – Operation CC; Lubbock Impact, Elevate, etc
  5. Wednesday night Community Classes:  Grief Share, Divorce Care, Strength to Love; other studies
  6. Worship – Choir, Praise Team, Sound Tech
  7. Students
  8. Children
  9. Biblical Learning: Summit Groups, Wed. Evening Classes & BH Carrol
  10. Senior Adults – flower ministry, Women who Pray, Sonshiner choir, Game Day, Prayer for the Nations; etc
  11. University
  12. Preschool – includes ministry safe information
  13. Women’s ministry – game night; brunch; retreat; Wed. nite study (not currently, but coming soon?) – Wed. morning study??
  14. Fall Festival

Food trucks will be on site to make grabbing lunch easy.  Whether you get your lunch on site or somewhere else, please make a point to swing back by the FLC to familiarize yourself with all Christ is doing in our midst.

 

IT’S TIME TO RSVP.

our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner.

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.

Childcare:  please make your reservations for childcare no later than Oct. 13th so Janyth Brannon has plenty of time to make arrangements.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

THREE DECADES AGO, AMERICA LOST ITS RELIGION.  WHY?

A Vermont friend of mine from grad school posted this article this past week from The Atlantic.  I submit the article here for you only because it is an interesting and intelligent article that prompts the reader to engage in careful thought.  Read the article here.

Of note:  the article attempts to argue for a dramatic increase in atheism in North America.  This must be taken with a grain of salt.  Philosophy professor, Paul Copan, cites:

“The number of atheists in America in recent history has remained fairly consistent. According to Gallup polls, 4 percent of Americans were atheists back in 2007—the same percentage as in 1944! Rumors of God’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”

Immediately below are my thoughts I shared on my friend’s Facebook page regarding the article.

Excellent. Balanced. Intelligent. A powerful quote: “Religion has lost its halo effect in the past three decades, not because science drove God from the public square, but rather because politics did.” This is precisely why, when teaching, I will occasionally remind people, “Jesus was neither a republican nor white.” Sadly, some are startled to hear that. :))

I well remember the “greed is good 80’s.” American transformed during that decade, giving way to the “Christian celebrity.” Christian music artists and pastors were, all of a sudden, idolized, with the more celebrated pastors marketing themselves through books and other media while purchasing jets and enormous homes. Contrast that with the life of Jesus.

I read a book once titled, “They Like Jesus But Not the Church.” The author, a Southern California pastor, got to know the people in the coffee shop at which he often studied. He began to ask them, “What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Jesus?” Every single person, regardless of their worldview, replied with words and phrases like “loving, caring for the poor, wise teacher, etc.”. He then asked a second question: “What do you think of when you hear the word ‘church?” He records that their countenance would immediately change. Their responses were filled with words like “hypocritical, judgmental, self-righteous, or even boring.”

Last thought: I once sat in a classroom listening to a talk by sociologist, Tony Campolo. He made a statement I’ve never forgotten, and completely agree with. He said, “America is not a Christian (religious) nation. But America is a deeply spiritual nation.”

I don’t know that I have an overriding point to my rambling here. The article just got me thinking.

 

While people in Americans may be complacent about their faith, check out what God is doing in other parts of the world…

 

IRAN HAS WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING CHURCH

Read the fascinating FOX News article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus…

An elderly cattleman from Texas once told a young female neighbor that the secret to living a long life was sprinkling a pinch of gun-powder on your oatmeal each morning.

This she did. And lived to the ripe old age of 103.

Upon her death, she left behind 9 children, 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grand children, 5 great-great grandchildren, and a 40 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Maranatha

Three times in the last chapter of our Bible Jesus says, “I’m on my way.”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick