The Navigator: 5.27.2020


Pastor Search Team Nominations

We received word from our Personnel Team that nominations for our Pastor Search Team will resume on Sunday, June 7th (our first Sunday to resume corporate worship), and conclude on Sunday, June 14th.  At that point, those nominated will be contacted to ask if they accept serving on the team.  Once the team is set, they will begin their search.  Lift these people to the Lord.  God has already chosen our next Pastor.  Our responsibility is to be careful, prayerful listeners.


BHBC/COVID-19 Relaunch Update

In way of reminder from last week’s Update, the following was decided by our leadership for a proposed “Phase 2” relaunch:

June 1-28 (Beginning Sunday, June 7th)

  • 8am Sunday School
  • 9:15 Worship and Sunday School
  • 10:45 Worship and Sunday School
  • No preschool, children, or youth
  • Beginning June 1, BHBC offices will return to pre-COVID-19 operations i.e. all employees reporting for regular office hours.

 

Needs?  Questions/Concerns?

Should there be anything you need to help set you up for success with your class don’t hesitate to contact me.  It is my joy to serve you.

Room Assignments on June 7th:  this is up to your discretion.  Please poll your class and let me know what they’re more comfortable doing: continuing to meet in a larger room?  Or, returning to your normal classroom.

 

Atheists in Praise of Christianity?

Yep.

Everyone from Gandhi to those U.S. Founding Fathers who were not Christians (but, rather “deists”) have had towering respect for Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel, chapters 5-7.

Although not entirely surprised, I read this article with great interest and believe you will find it enlightening as well.  You can read the article here.

 

Encouragement

You can view Pastor Lowrie’s wonderful, most recent message on Romans 8:28 by clicking here.

Pastor Lowrie’s ‘Shepherd’s Heart’ note was sent out after I had already emailed you last week.  Here is that note:

My heart is excited! A date has been set for our first gathering for worship on June 7. My heart has been reminded this week that worship is really all about God. He delights in the worship of His people. And by His Spirit, He enables and energizes our worship. The greatest joy a pastor can ever know is to sense the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart as he tries to open the Word to the people. Thanks for giving me the privilege of experiencing this week by week.

June 7 will be different, but we will assemble together before the Lord our God and worship Him.   Let’s get ready!   Blessings!  D. L.

This past Sunday’s Table Talk seemed to strike a nerve as it’s been viewed now almost 600 times.  The title is “My Name is Gossip.”  Gossip, as you well know, is that sin Christians tend to forget is sin.  On a lighter note, I called one of our senior adults to check on them a couple of days ago and he facetiously quipped, “I watched your Table Talk and I want you to know I’m not gossiping!”  You can view the Table Talk here.

 

Ravi Zacharias

A little over a week ago, one of Christianity’s greatest (and most humble) defender’s of the faith succumbed to cancer and took his first steps in Paradise.  He was 74.

Ravi Zacharias was raised in India before professing his faith in the risen Christ.

I watched his presentation given at Princeton University as he masterfully answered, “Why I’m not a an atheist,” to a packed auditorium of curious academics.  It’s about 40 minutes in length, but riveting in content.

Zacharias’ acumen, intelligence, ability to articulate truth, and overall life experience is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Watch, listen, and grow strong in your faith.

 

Quote of the Week

“Jesus Christ has broken the power of Satan;….and henceforth evil spirits, instead of having power over us, tremble and are [terrified] of every true Christian.” – John Henry Newman, 1801-1890

And,…I thought of this quote as I read of a certain pastor who had to resign due to moral failure…

“Christians are not so much in danger when they are persecuted as when they are admired.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

 

Laughter is Good Medicine

Country people don’t even tell you when you miss your exit.  They just wait until you pass it, then ask, “Where are you going?”

 

Soul Food:  Can a Christian Become a Non-Christian?

The topic of “de-conversion” is as old as Scripture, but in modern times it tends to make big news when associated with a celebrity.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick