The Navigator: 7.16.2020

NOTE:  Due to me preaching a Youth Camp next week, the next Navigator will be published on July 30th.

THIS SUNDAY, 7/19

Regular schedule

 

LOCAL MISSIONS: SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Partner with our Missions Team in blessing both Wester and Williams Elementary Schools.  Bring one or more items from the list below to the Welcome Center between July 19th and August 9th.

  • Kleenex
  • Gallon-sized Ziploc Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towels
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Coffee & Creamer (for the teachers)

 

For a list of Search Team members please see click herePray for them!

Chairman, Michael Dain, will be bringing a report in both worship services this Sunday, July 19th.

Should you have pastoral recommendations, questions, concerns, etc., you can email the Search Team at pastor@baconheights.com.  Your email will be forwarded to chairman, Michael Dain, who will, in turn, communicate your email to the team.

 

CELEBRATING KINGDOM WORK

As often as I am aware, I want to remind you that God is very much at work during this strange season of life here on planet earth.

This past Tuesday at Staff Meeting, Dana Kluzek was sharing how defeated Children’s Ministers around the country feel at the moment with having to cancel VBS, Backyard Bible Clubs, and related summer events.  (It’s easy to get discouraged in ministry.  The devil makes sure of it.)

But then she shared something quite extraordinary.  She said,

A lady who cleans our church building during the week noticed VBS materials on the Children’s Ministry display table just off the Commons. (Dana had made resources available to all who could safely implement them either at home or in their neighborhoods.)  The lady took a kit home for her grandkids and the children in her neighborhood and led a week-long Bible Club in her neighborhood, teaching children about Christ!

Jesus said, “My father is always working…”

 

CREATIVE CHRIST COMMUNITY

Speaking of these strange days, many individuals and/or families are restricted to their homes.  Always be available to help families learn how to have worship in their own home.  Of course, with the advent of modern technology, even people who live alone can enjoy online Christian community.  A building is not the church, the Body is.

 

CHRISTIANITY?  I WOULDN’T BET AGAINST IT

When I see a quasi-conservative article from the ultra-liberal Huffington Post that actually presents the Christian faith in a favorable light I get a little curious. I’m glad I read this one (first published in 2016, updated in 2017.)

Excellent food-for-thought for thinkers like myself who apply brutal honesty to the evidence and rationale from all sides of an argument.

The book referred to in this article is by Michael Rota (PhD, Saint Louis University), associate professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard from 2006-2007, and he is the author of several academic articles in philosophy and philosophical theology.

The article’s author, Keith Hess, misunderstands Pascal’s famous wager, stating the wager is between Christianity and atheism only. He offers an argument stating, should I choose to believe in God, which God do I choose? The God of Christianity? Islam? Judaism? And so on.

But, Hess, along with others who try to pass off Pascal’s wager as flawed, fail to understand the obvious:  Pascal’s wager is more focused. His wager is one’s choosing to embrace the Christian faith (the God of the Bible) vs. all other faith worldviews.

Short article. You can read it here.  nw

 

PRAYING FOR A CURE

Encouraging news.  Read it here.   And here.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon can be viewed here. The Power of Praise

My most recent Table Talk can be viewed here. How I Came to Faith in Christ

 

PRAYERS APPRECIATED

As I noted last week, I will again be preaching at FBC, Kerrville, this coming Sunday, 7/19, in both of their worship services.  However, additionally, I will be preaching their Youth Camp on Monday through Wednesday.  Finally, I will drive to Austin to officiate a wedding on Thursday and Friday before returning to Kerrville to preach again on July 26th.  Only the Holy Spirit can bring life-change.  And that is always my goal when I teach and preach.  I covet your prayers.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

And…

“If you are thinking of being a Christian, I warn you – you are embarking on something that is going to take the whole of you.” – C.S. Lewis

One more? 

Laughing is good exercise.  It’s like jogging on the inside.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I love this photo!  The wonder of a child.  Her face is very much like mine was when Braums opened here in Lubbock.

 

SOUL FOOD:  The Breath of a Buffalo in Wintertime

God has given us one life.  Don’t waste it.  Read my blog here.

 

QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING:  Sunday evening, 7/26; 5pm

MOST RECENT BHBC E-NEWS can be viewed Friday, 7/17, by clicking here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick