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