The Navigator: 8.20.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 8/23

Preacher: DL Lowrie

Primary Text:  Zechariah 4:6

 

FOR THE KINGDOM:  HIS KINGDOM, HIS POWER, HIS GLORY

  • I met with our Deacon Body this past Sunday evening and explained in more detail the theological framework behind our For the Kingdom debt-retirement campaign.  This Sunday in both worship services I will share part of what I shared with them.  I share this with you here so you can share it with your class.  Clear communication is paramount.
  • Prayer – God forbid that we proceed with any endeavor without calling on God for wisdom, strength and courage.  I am asking you to do one of two things:  either dedicate a portion of your Sunday morning class time to prayer dedicated to ‘For the Kingdom’, or develop a strategy for some other outside-of-class effort to pray together (or both).  My friends, I cannot convey to you how important this is.  We will be dedicating time in our worship services to pray for this as well.

 

IS YOUR BHBC WEB SITE INFO CORRECT?

Last week, I had asked you to let me know if your information on our church web site was current.  For those who were unable to reply, Dormye Halbrooks graciously contacted you on my behalf.  Please check the site to make certain all is accurate.  The present generation clicks on a web site to gather information. As such, it is critical our information is succinct and accurate.  Click here to make certain all information is correct and current.

 

Michael Dain, Chairman of our Search Team, will give the team’s monthly report this Sunday in both worship services.

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please see click herePray for them!

 

Learning resumes next Wednesday, 8/25!  6:30pm

The Gospel of John – Nick Watts – worship center

GriefShare – Tom & Diane Heath – 209

DivorceCare – Isaias & Sonya Martinez – 215

Strength to Love – Cam Johnston – 109

***Youth & Childrens Ministries resume this Sunday, 8/23, but they will NOT host mid-week activities until data can be observed from local school districts as they resume face-to-face classes.

 

THANK YOU, JORDAN MORALES

For those who were unable to attend this past Sunday, our Youth Pastor, Jordan Morales, submitted her resignation to take a full-time teaching job at Southcrest Christian School.   Her last day of full-time responsibilities at BHBC will be Sunday, Aug. 30th.  Then, to help with the transition, the Personnel Team has asked her to help on Sundays only throughout September (she agreed), making her final day associated with BHBC employment September 27th.

Next Steps:  Mike Lewis, Dana Kluzek, and I, along with two representatives from Personnel, Clint Hutcheson and Brad Whitaker, met with Jordan last Sunday.  Mike, Dana and I will meet with all of the Youth Worker Volunteers, as well as Tina Findley, the Youth Ministry Admin. Asst., this Sunday during lunch to get our bearings and begin developing a plan for a continued strong and healthy ministry.  Having 25 years experience in full-time youth ministry, and still having a great love for teens, Personnel has asked that I serve as Tina Findley’s immediate supervisor so as to do all I can to set her and that ministry up for success during the interim.  Our Youth Ministry is blessed with wonderful, capable volunteers who love the Lord and teenagers deeply.  We are in good hands.

It is the consensus that we not pursue a new Youth Pastor until we first call our next Lead Pastor.  I strongly support this decision.

 

A ‘SHORTER SUMMA’

I’m currently reading Thomas Aquinas’ ’Shorter Summa’ which is his own concise version of his tome, ‘Summa Theologica.’  Aquinas was a brilliant 13th century theologian.

He writes incisively:

“To restore man, who had been laid low by sin, to the heights of divine glory, the Word of the eternal Father, though containing all things within his immensity, willed to become small.” (“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14) “This he did, not by putting aside his greatness, but by taking to himself our littleness.”

This is unique to the Christian faith.  No other religious worldview holds to a God who becomes man, taking on their guilt so that they may be set free. That’s the gospel.

 

RAVI ZACHARIAS on ATHEISTIC EVOLUTION

Zacharias’ five-minute story here is brilliant.  May you be, both, encouraged in your faith as well as better equipped to defend it.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

To watch Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon click here.

To watch my most recent Table Talk click hereWhat the Bible Says About Hell, Part 2

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“[When we] fight the Lord’s battles with the devil’s weapons, if we cut our own fingers we must not be surprised.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  Consequences

Just because we ignore consequences doesn’t make them go away.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick