The Navigator: 9.11.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 9/13

Preacher:  D.L. Lowrie

***Ingathering Day – both morning worship services

The Offering: Two Sundays ago 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.  This Sunday, 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.  This will be a celebration.

Concert of Prayer:  Sunday evening, 6pm – We are asking our people to return to the Worship Center Sunday 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 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 this coming Sunday.  “If my people,…will pray…”

 

THANK YOU, JORDAN MORALES

As I mentioned a few weeks back, our Youth Pastor, Jordan Morales, resigned to take a teaching position at Southcrest Christian School here in Lubbock.  Her last Sunday is Sep. 27th.  Let’s say thank you that morning in between, and after, our morning worship services by bringing thank you notes and/or gift cards.  The reception will be in the Commons.

 

One principle from this past Wed’s time of learning:

Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” – John 5:8

Brief context: Jesus is in Jerusalem and sees a number of people lame, blind and otherwise ill and incapacitated.  He walks up to one man who, the scriptures tell us, had been in his crippled state for 38 years.  Let that sink in:  thirty. eight. years.  Jesus simply looks at him and says, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”  This man hasn’t walked in 38 years.  His ligaments are non-existent.  His muscles are all atrophied.  He must be thinking, “That’s impossible.”

Biblical Principle:  God often asks us to do the seeming impossible.  He whispers to us, “I want you to forgive (that person who hurt or betrayed you.)”  “I want you to attempt to reconcile your relationship (with your estranged friend/relative.)”  “I want you to trust me with (your devastating disappointment.)”  “I want you to share your faith (with an acquaintance you suspect is resistant, or even hostile, toward the Christian faith.)” And so on.

A frightened and very young Mary replied to the angel, Gabriel, “How can this be, [how can I be pregnant], since I am a virgin?”  Gabriel replied, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

Paul wrote,

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

By the way, the crippled man got up, rolled up his mat, and, for the first time in almost 4 decades, walked away.  We get up each morning like every other morning, but we never know what a day may bring.

In way of celebration & excitement – you know my heart so, hopefully, I don’t need to qualify the following with making certain you understand I don’t share this in way of boasting. (There’s no one less impressed with themselves than me.)  Further, I will not mention this often.  I simply want you to know how Christ is working in our midst.  In addition to the crowd we are having on Wed. evenings, this past message was viewed Wed evening by over 300 people on Facebook Live.  Soli Deo Gloria

 

PARKRIDGE ANNUAL BANQUET: Can you join me?

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 still looking for four people who might like to attend with me, Michelle, and D.L. & Alice Lowrie.  The meal is wonderful and the guest speaker, Bob Goff, is outstanding.  The only cost for the evening is your time.  Help me fill up our table!

 

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

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

View Pastor Lowrie’s most recent message here.

 

QUOTES of the WEEK

And…

Sometimes Satan’s strongest attacks come after a victory. ‘So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall.’ 1 Cor 10:12

One more…

“The gospel is complex enough to keep theologians and philosophers busy writing learned tomes for years, and yet simple enough for a child to grasp the essentials.” – Francis Schaeffer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD: Is Christianity Anti-Science?

Read the blog here.

Solus Christus, Nick