The Navigator: 10.29.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 11/1

Preacher: DL Lowrie

 

This Sunday, 11/1, boxes will be available.  The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 1 – Boxes will be available for pick up

Nov. 15 – Boxes, filled with supplies, are due at BHBC

 

THE BIBLE 101

There is no greater Christian priority than the study and application of God’s Word.  It is our sole source for right and wrong.  It is sufficient for all matters of life – and the life to come.

It answers better than any other source the basic questions that must be asked about any worldview:

  1. Where did we come from?
  2. What went wrong?
  3. What’s the solution?
  4. How do things end?

Paul quoted the prophet, Habakkuk:

“The righteous (that’s Christians) shall live by faith.”

Where does faith come from?

“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Satan knows this.  And that is why biblical illiteracy is at an embarrassing level among Christians.

We are without excuse for biblical ignorance.  Bookshelves bend under the weight of available resources for studying and knowing the scriptures.

Linked here for you is an article that contains 9 basic facts about the Bible.  Most facts are trivial (as “when was the Bible first divided into chapters and verses?”), while No. 8 helps you answer questions about various approaches to different English translations of the Bible.  I will include more in-depth resources in the coming weeks.

Read the article here.

 

POLITICS (Oh, I’m walking a tightrope now. 🙂 )

I don’t post my political convictions publicly because I have neither the time nor the interest in arguing with people who have no interest in civil discourse (this would comprise 99.999% of those on social media.)

However, I did post the blog linked below because I considered it very solid food-for-thought.  Written by philosopher and defender of the Christian faith, Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.  (pronounced “Groo-tise”; second syllable rhymes with ice.)

I love this quote by Bono,  the lead singer of U2:

The Left mocks the Right.  The Right knows it’s right.  Two ugly traits.  How far should we go to try to  understand each other’s point of view?  Maybe the distance grace covered on the cross is a clue.

Read the brief blog here.  And don’t forget to vote.

 

FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE

A friend sent me this haunting melodic piece of music recently.  Enjoy.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Fear does not stop death. It stops life.  And worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles.  It takes away today’s peace.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  I’ve Failed as a Parent

If you have children, at some point in life you’ve, no doubt, thought this.  We all have.  Read the blog here.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 10.22.2020

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/25

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

 

It’s that time of year again!

This Sunday, 10/25, we will begin promoting this endearing ministry.  The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 1 – Boxes will be available for pick up

Nov. 15 – Boxes, filled with supplies, are due at BHBC

 

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

I am truly astounded that this wasn’t headline news on every news outlet known to mankind.  2020 has been a painful year.  But, there are signs all around us that remind us that God is mightily at work.

Below are social media posts from two Middle Eastern media outlets regarding the, previously unthinkable, improvement in relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Why do I include this for you?  Because Israel is, according to the Bible, still God’s chosen nation.  As tiny as it is on our globe, it remains the world’s geo-political center.  When something this momentous takes place, Christians should take note.

The Arabs hate Israel.  This is a miracle of biblical proportions.

Read more about the story here and here.

 

A Brief Biblical Principle from this Past Wed. Evening’s Time of Learning:

Amidst the scene of “the woman caught in adultery”, John records,

“They made her stand in front of [the crowd].” 8:3

The religious leaders caught the woman “in the very act” of adultery but conveniently excused the man (some scholars speculate the man was a fellow Pharisee.)  Nevertheless, they had already violated the very Old Testament law with which they were using to attempt to trap Jesus.  But I digress.

My point is this:  Who shamed and humiliated the woman?

The church people.

Chuck Swindoll once lamented,

If I were not a Christian, the reason I would choose not to become a Christian is because of the words and actions of Christians toward one another.

The 19th century philosopher and professed atheist, Friedrich Nietzsche, offered this stinging indictment:

I would believe in their Savior if they acted more like they have been saved.

Paul warned,

“Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things”

I have long lost count of how many people I have counseled who’ve been hurt by the church.

Author, Philip Yancey, wrote,

Sadly, to a world desperate for this grace the church sometimes presents one more form of un-grace.

Did Jesus’ grace and mercy for the woman excuse her sin?  As Paul wrote, “May it never be!”  I covered that in my session.  My point in this brief devotional thought is simple:

Too often we more resemble the Pharisees than Jesus.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon, as of this posting, has not yet been posted on our web site.  Check our web site for updates.

To view this Wed’s exposition of John 7:53-8:11, click here.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  Availability over Ability

Read the very brief blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 10.15.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 10/18

Preacher: DL Lowrie

 

It’s that time of year again!

On Oct. 25th, we will begin promoting this endearing ministry.  The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 1 – Boxes will be available for pick up

Nov. 15 – Boxes, filled with supplies, are due at BHBC

 

A Brief Biblical Principle from this Past Wed. Evening’s Time of Learning:

John 7:45-47 tells us…

45 Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you?” 46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 Then the Pharisees answered, “You haven’t been deceived too, have you?

Previously, the religious leaders had sent the Temple police to go and arrest Jesus.  Above, you can see how that went.

What I want to draw your attention to here is the condescending, judgmental, pompous treatment of the Temple police by the religious leaders.  They are saying, in essence, “Are you that stupid?  Has this psychopath fooled you too? You’re an uneducated dimwit!”

Culture changes, but people never do.  This type of bullying is just as present today as it was then.  Just try expressing your conservative opinion on social media.  See how that goes for you.

But, Jesus didn’t shrink back from the bullies.  When the truth is on your side there is nothing – and no one – to fear.

Mark Twain once said,

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain –

Use big words, sound academic, attack their character, insinuate they are stupid, use intimidation tactics, and, by all means, don’t lower yourself to having intelligent, civil discourse with someone with whom you disagree.  (You might actually learn something.) This is defined as “confident ignorance.”  This is called bullying.

Richard Dawkins, the brilliant biologist, atheist and author of the best-selling, The God Delusion, opined,

“Religion is a fairy-tale dreamt up by people afraid of the dark.”

In response, the brilliant scientist and Oxford professor, John Lennox, countered,

Atheism is a fairy-tale dreamt up by people afraid of the light.”

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE?

13 Principles for Addressing the Present Social Unrest

Dr. Douglass Groothuis is a brilliant theologian, philosopher, critical thinker and defender of the Christian faith.  Last month, he posted a very brief, simple food-for-thought blog on the topic of responding to the present social unrest.  I thought it was solid enough to pass along.  NOTE:  No’s 12 & 13 can appear confusing as he is referring to ideologies.  Read the article here.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie was out of town last week.  For my message, ‘Hell: a truth discovered too late,” click here.

To view this Wed’s exposition of John 7:37-52, click here.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

When life seems too gnarled to be unraveled, remember that God is able to untie the biggest knot.

And…

Obedience is easy when God’s Word fits into our plans. But our love for him is tested when his plans are contrary to ours.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  Bitter or Better?  (It’s up to you.)

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 10.8.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 10/11

Preacher:  Nick Watts; John 7:25-36

First Grade Bible Presentation:  During this Sunday’s 10:45 worship service, Dana Kluzek will present our 1st graders with the most precious gift: the Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

 

CHRIST AT WORK

News from 2020 is not all bad.  Jesus said he is always at work.

  1. This past Saturday, our deacon body cleaned up two of our church-owned homes as well as winterized the cars of 14 single moms & widows.
  2. My dear friend, Jerry Ramirez, at FBC, Lubbock, spear-headed an effort to feed some 3000 people at UMC this past week.  Several people from BHBC were able to join the effort.

 

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN CHRIST’S RESURRECTION?

When responsibly investigating historical events, historians commonly assert, “anything is possible, but we look closely at the evidence for what is most plausible.”

The resurrection of Christ is the epicenter of the Christian faith.  Without the resurrection there is no Christianity.  Therefore, every believer should be able to engage in intelligent dialogue on this topic.

The facts presented in this 6-minute video don’t prove Jesus’ resurrection (no one can disprove it either).  What these facts do is present evidence that makes any explanation other than Jesus bodily rose from the dead implausible.

 

CHRISTIAN HISTORY – OUR ENGLISH BIBLE

The vast majority of Christians have no clue as to the price that was paid (by many) for us to have a Bible translated into English (as well as other “languages of the people.”)  I have a number of books on this topic.  I would highly recommend reading  A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Best-Selling Book.

This past Tuesday, October 6, I was mindful of the anniversary of what took place in 1536, when William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the Bible into the English language. His last words: “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” For Tyndale, the Bible “for the people” meant that all could drink from the truth itself, without pressure or pretext. Two years after Tyndale’s death, King Henry authorized the distribution of the Matthew bible, much of it Tyndale’s work.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

For Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon, click here.

NOTE:  Pastor Lowrie is doing extremely well after being taken to the ER last Sunday.  In fact, he was back at our offices on Monday morning as good as new.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

This is absolutely profound:

And,…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  Moving at the Pace of God

Ever try to hurry God up?  That’s always a bad decision.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 10.1.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 10/4

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

 

THIS SATURDAY, 10/3: Winterizing Cars & Annex Clean-up

After a brief meeting at 8am, our Deacon Body will be winterizing cars from 9am-Noon in our parking lot. Additionally, we will be cleaning out garages in our church-owned homes that perimeter our church.

 

Don’t ever forget these 6 fundamentals:

  1. You can’t give what you don’t have. Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time involving biblical study and prayer – even if it’s just for a few minutes. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Additionally, if your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, let your pastor know.
  2. Be a disciplined and responsible student of scripture.  And, know why you believe what you believe. Study context. Take time to think and work through hard passages. When you stop learning, you stop leading. Think deeply. One theologian wisely wrote in regard to studying a passage of scripture:  “If we can know the author, the audience, and the purpose the author had in mind, this goes a long way in understanding what God is saying to us in that passage.” (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15)
  3. Lead with love. Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Your class may not always remember what you taught them, but they will always remember how you treated them.
  4. Lead by example. Jesus said – and modeled – “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) Sheep are led, not driven.  Be on time to class.  Always show up prepared.  Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.
  5. Approach teaching as seriously as God does. James wrote, “Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1) Prepare well, and leave the results to God.
  6. Regularly share the gospel with your class for two reasons. (1) Never assume everyone who attends is a Christian, and (2) it will remind and equip your class to share their faith as well.

 

This Sunday, 10/4, in both worship services, our former pastor, Jerry Joplin, will be giving us a testimony as to how BHBC’s monetary investment in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom through the Lubbock Baptist Association is making a difference.

 

A Brief Biblical Principle from this Past Wed. Evening’s Time of Learning:

In chapter 7, as all Jews were preparing to attend the Festival of Shelters in Jerusalem, Jesus informed his brothers he was not going to Jerusalem with them.  They countered, quite strongly, that he should not only go with them, but also put his miracles on display for all to see.

John records:

So Jesus replied, “My time has not yet arrived, but you are ready at any opportunity!

What we see here is Jesus’ avoidance of the wrong time in God’s sovereign plan, and Jesus’ perfect obedience to the right time in God’s sovereign plan.

The scene hearkens back to John 2, where, at a wedding in Cana, Jesus’ mother appealed to him to help (miraculously) with the depleted wine.  Jesus replied to her,

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

Mankind hurries about life often forgetting that God’s Timetable is not random.  Search the gospels and you will find that Jesus was never in a hurry, nor was he ever late.  God’s timing is always impeccable.

Jesus’ brothers were thinking in terms of mere human logic.  Jesus knew better.

Don’t rush God.  That’s never a good idea.  Wait for him.  His timing is always best.

 

THREE SWIVEL STOOLS AVAILABLE

Should you like to have a swivel stool to sit on while teaching simply let me know.  We have three that are available.  See pic below.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

For Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon, click here.

For Pastor Lowrie’s online leading in the Lord’s Supper, click here.

For my lesson on John 7:1-24 this past Wed evening, click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD: Life Is Short, Don’t Miss It

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick