The Navigator: 12.3.2020

 

STAY THE COURSE

With the spike in COVID cases all churches are dealing with decreased attendance.  Please make a point to stay in contact with your people.  Faithfully shepherd your flock.  We were created by God not for isolation but for community.  In short, we need one another.  Thank you for humbly serving Christ.

 

GLENNA APPLEWHITE – RESIGNATION

Glenna contacted me on Monday evening with the news that she has chosen to resign as our choral director.  She explained her decision was due to the ongoing COVID crisis, as well as her dad having moved in with her and Marc so they can take care of him.  Below is my note to the choir:

  1. First and foremost, when Glenna informed me of her conviction to resign I was heartbroken.  She has been a delight to serve alongside.  Her personality and sense of humor light up my day.  When COVID is over we will have a huge “thank you” party for her.
  2. Speaking of COVID, due to the extreme spike in cases here in the Lubbock area, we will continue to have no choir until further notice – and this may extend until a vaccine is available.  We will unapologetically err on the side of caution.
  3. Lastly, God already has a successor to direct the choir.  God gives wisdom.  God is wisdom.  He will lead us to that person.
  4. One more thing:  I love you all.  Grace & peace, Nick

When you see Glenna tell her ‘thank you’ and give her a virtual hug.

 

FOSTERING HOPE (with modifications due to COVID)

 

‘TIS THE SEASON

The song goes like this:  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

But, somewhere along the way, it’s become (for many people) the most stressful time of the year.  Traffic, long lines at the stores, the pressure and cost associated with buying gifts, etc.  And, this year, COVID simply exacerbates it all.

So, recently I posted ‘Wisdom from God’s Word regarding anger.’  I am posting it for you here:

“Short-tempered people do foolish things…” (Prov. 14:17)

“…a hot temper shows great foolishness.” (Prov. 14:29)

“Better to be patient than powerful,…Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;…” (Prov. 16:32; 17:28)

“Sensible people control their temper,…”  (Prov. 19:11)

Mark Twain rightly asserted:

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

We’re never weaker than when we’re angry.  Peace, nw

 

TABLE TALKS RETURN FOR DECEMBER

Although we’ve completed our Fall semester, numerous requests have necessitated the continuation of me teaching on Wed. evenings, which I am thrilled to do.

Topics & dates are as follows:

Wed., 12/2 – What are the odds? (a look at the inexplicable, remarkable fulfillment of centuries-old prophecies surrounding Christ’s birth)

Wed, 12/9 – I Didn’t See That Coming! (The scandal, the suspense, the danger: God’s strange way of saving the world)

Wed, 12/16 – The Visited Planet (God becomes flesh)

Jesus fulfilled 333 Old Testament prophecies.  What are the odds of Christ fulfilling only 8?  It’s humanly incomprehensible.  Be encouraged by being reminded of what we already know:  that baby in the manger is the promised Messiah prophesied about in our Old Testament.

 

SATURN & JUPITER WILL ALIGN FOR THE ‘CHRISTMAS STAR’ THIS MONTH

From the article:

This will be the closest conjunction since 1623 and will officially take place on Dec. 21, although the “Christmas Star” will be visible the entire fourth week of the month.

Read the article here.

 

SLEIGH RIDE

Since our daughter, Macy, works on Thanksgiving day, we had to make the trip to Branson, MO, to spend the holiday there.  While there, we visited Silver Dollar City (where Macy performs).  Upon entering the park you are met by a 6-story Christmas tree that is a sight to behold.  I submit for you here a magical light display to the beloved ‘Sleigh Ride.’  I posted it on my Facebook page and it’s been viewed well over 1.3 thousand times.  I thought, in light of the season, you might enjoy viewing it as well.  St. Nick

 

QUOTE(s)

“Satan bombards our minds with false thoughts of unworthiness and unrighteousness. ‘How could you do that and call yourself a Christian?’, Satan hisses. But Satan is not your judge; his is merely your accuser. When Satan’s accusations of unworthiness attack you, don’t pay attention to them. Instead, say to yourself, ‘I have put my trust in Christ. I have been rescued by God from judgment, and He has declared me righteous.’ Satan cannot determine a verdict or pronounce a sentence. He can only accuse. Don’t buy it.” – Neil Anderson

And,…

When I ask people when they really grew spiritually I have never had anyone describe a time that was easy.  Never. – Chuck Swindoll

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

The man’s sister didn’t believe he could build a car out of spaghetti.  He said, “You should’ve seen the look on her face when I drove pasta.”  (moan….)

A bonus,…

This 90-second clip has made the rounds.  I can’t explain the man playing the soprano sax other than him being tone-deaf.  It is curious that the other musicians didn’t know that prior to this train-wreck.  That said, although the clip is painful to watch, it is fun watching the other two musicians who, it looks like, just want it to end quickly. Enjoy this “worship service”.

 

SOUL FOOD: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

The story behind the song will inspire you with hope.  At the end of the blog is a beautiful rendition of the song by Zach & Melissa Walker from BHBC.   Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick