THIS SUNDAY, 9/6
Preacher: DL Lowrie
NOTE: OFFICES CLOSED for Labor Day
INGATHERING DAY: 9/13 – both morning worship services
This past Sunday I presented the biblical framework behind the “special offering” to inaugurate our new giving campaign to retire the debt incurred from our most recent construction. On Sunday morning, 9/13, just prior to the sermon, we will ask the people to leave their seats and make their way to the front (this will be an organized procedure) and place their Pledge Card and/or special offering in a basket located on the Communion Table.
To ensure no one feels awkward for not choosing to participate, we will communicate to the people they should remain seated if (1) they have already turned in their Pledge Card, (2) are not physically able to join the procession, or (3) they are still praying about what God would have them give.
I can promise you this will be extremely exciting and celebratory. Personally, I cannot wait to be a part of it.
Concert of Prayer: Sunday evening, 9/13; 6pm
We are asking our people to return to the Worship Center that evening at 6pm for a time of celebration and intentional prayer. There will be music, testimony, scripture, and, of course, prayer. Afterward, we will move to the FLC for fellowship and a light snack. It will be good to restore more fellowship among our people.
Between Now and 9/13
As I stated this past Sunday morning, I am asking you – the shepherds of our small group flocks – to enter into intentional periods of prayer with your class as we quickly approach Ingathering Day on the 13th. “If my people,…will pray…”
SPEAKING OF PRAYER…
I have a few books of centuries-old prayers that I read through from time to time. The Bible is replete with recorded prayers. The Psalms, alone, contain 150 of them. You’ll find the longest recorded prayer in Nehemiah 9. When people ask me to help them learn how to pray I encourage them to begin by reading through prayers already given to us by God in His Word. Below is a prayer from a book of prayer I have titled, The Valley of Vision. From the 18th century.
Lord, your departure (ascension following your resurrection) was not a token of separation, but a pledge of your return.
On that day, this corruptible shall put on incorruption. This mortal, immortality. This natural body, a glorious body. This weak body, a body of power.
Beyond the grave is resurrection, judgment, acquittal, dominion. Every event and circumstance of my life will be dealt with – the sins of my youth, my secret sins, the sins of abusing your name, of disobeying your Word – all will be judged.
Yet, that day is not a horror to me. For your death has redeemed me, your Spirit fills me, your love animates me, your Word governs me.
I have trusted you and you have not betrayed my trust. O God, keep me in this faith, and ever looking for Christ’s return.
KCBD WEEKEND METEOROLOGIST, KELLY PLASKER
By now, many of you have read or watched the story of Kelly Plasker’s taking of her own life this past Sunday. Her story has not only been widely covered locally, but also covered nationally by the Today Show and Fox News.
About two years ago, Kelly’s son, Thomas, took his own life. He was 19. Due to my own history with my son, Jordan, a mutual friend connected me to Kelly. And, over the past two years, we have had a number of visits as I counseled and encouraged her how to survive the suicide of a child. Alas, Kelly lost that psychological battle last Sunday.
Kelly leaves behind two teenage children. Her daughter called me on Monday and asked me to preach her mom’s funeral. (I met with Kelly’s children today.) The service is Saturday morning, 10am, at Lake Ridge Chapel, and will be broadcast all over. You can read details regarding the service here.
Would you please lift this precious family to Jesus? Would you please pray for me as I prepare to offer them, and all those watching, hope in the Cross of Christ?
PARKRIDGE ANNUAL BANQUET
The annual Parkridge Pregnancy Center Banquet is Thursday evening, 9/17, at the Lubbock Civic Center. BHBC has reserved a table for 8. I am looking for four people who might like to attend with me, Michelle, and D.L. & Alice Lowrie.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
Our mid-week times of learning have been strongly attended and heavily viewed on BHBC’s Facebook page. To God be all glory.
Here’s a nugget of truth from this past Wed. evening from John 4. Jesus has kept his divine appointment with an outcast, immoral Samaritan women at the site of Jacob’s Well near Sychar, en route with his disciples to Galilee from Judah.
Unlike Nicodemus in chapter 3, the woman immediately believes in and puts her faith in Jesus. What happened next in this woman can only be described as a rhapsodical eruption of joy and freedom. Let’s pick up the story with vss 28 and following:
Then the woman left her water jar, and went into the city and began telling the people, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done! Can this be the Christ?” So the people left the city and were coming to Him… Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said…
She was so excited she forgot to take her water jar back to town with her! The one evangelized immediately becomes the evangelist! And she does this without any concern about what people knew of her former way of life. Why should she? In a matter of seconds her spirit was quickened/awakened to the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. She no longer was carrying the crippling weight of shame and guilt. She was a new creation! All the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. In a nutshell, she leaves behind the water jar as she now carries in herself the Living Water.
O God, ignite this kind of passion in us that we might boldly and lovingly share our faith. Amen
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS GOD IS JEALOUS?
It’s a part of the 2nd of the 10 Commandments. And Moses makes it clear later on:
“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Ex. 34:14)
I heard a celebrity once say condescendingly, “I just can’t respect a God who says he’s jealous.”
At face value, I would agree with the celebrity.
But that is the mistake we make when we are irresponsible in our study of scripture.
God’s jealousy is nothing like human jealousy.
I could go on. But this brief quote from philosophy professor, Paul Copan, Ph.D., from his book Is God a Moral Monster? is a solid, concise explanation. Peace, nw
For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please see click here. Pray for them!
To view my message on John 4 from this past Wed. evening simply go to Bacon Heights’ Facebook page, scroll down and click on the video.
QUOTES of the WEEK
“For too long, we’ve called unbelievers to ‘invite Jesus into your life.’ Jesus doesn’t want to be in your life. Your life’s a wreck. Jesus calls you into His life. And His life isn’t boring or purposeless or static. It’s wild and exhilarating and unpredictable.” – Russell Moore
Very good to remember: [Jesus said], “Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. (Matthew 18:7)
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
Also… Deep Thoughts:
1) When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.
2) Cop: Please step out of the car. Driver: I’m too drunk. You get in.
3) If you’re sitting in a public place and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and whisper, “Did you bring the money?”
SOUL FOOD: American Idol
Idols come in all shapes, sizes and forms. And many of us – even Christians – can still be guilty of worshiping them. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick