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