The Navigator: 2.14.2021

THIS SUNDAY, 2/14

Welcome Sammy & Anita Elliot!

See above for news related to this Sunday’s activities.

Rationale for cancellation of activities this Sunday: 

  1. The threat of inclement weather is probable.  Making a plan now allows people to go ahead and make their own plans to remain safely at home and join us for worship online.
  2. It eliminates the “should I try to risk the road conditions and make it to church, or not” decision.  We’ve made your decision for you.  Stay home and stay safe.

To be clear, the cancellation includes all Sunday School/Small Groups in addition to corporate worship services.  Emails have been sent to all membership but feel free to forward this information to your class if you desire.

Caveat: Of course, we could all get up on Sunday and find it sunny and 60 degrees (although I doubt this since temperatures aren’t scheduled to get above freezing for another week).  I remember when twelve inches of snow was predicted one year when I was helping host a regional youth event on the TTU campus.  So we cancelled.  How much snow did Lubbock get? None.  Alas, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

 

A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW PASTOR, SAMMY ELLIOT

(He recorded this before we knew we were cancelling on-campus activities.)

 

***While you’re attempting to stay warm at home, here are some resources to strengthen your faith and equip you to have intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned:

QUESTIONS ATHEISTS LOVE TO ASK

Sarah Salviander has a Ph.D. in Astrophyics.  You can read more about her here.

Salviander shares that she is commonly asked the same questions by atheists and skeptics so she published “Frequently Asked Questions by Atheists” on her web page.  It is outstanding.  Her intelligence is razor-blade sharp. Read her article here.

 

 

A Nugget of Truth from this week’s time of Learning:  John 12 – Dangerous Faith

John, the disciple and eye-witness of Jesus, records:

10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

 Translation:  Because of his passion for telling others about Christ, Lazarus’ faith had become dangerous to Satan’s kingdom.  And the Jewish leaders wanted to murder him.

Does your faith concern Satan?

In North America, we know little to nothing of persecution for our faith.  Persecution in the west pales in comparison to Christians who are being slaughtered in Muslim and Communist areas around our globe.

The life-threatening global persecution notwithstanding, potential consequences of dangerous faith are mentioned by Princeton philosopher, Robert P. George, who wrote in Touchstone Magazine,

“The days of comfortable Christianity are past [in the West]…To be a witness to the gospel today [has the very real potential] to make oneself a marked man or woman. To unashamedly proclaim the gospel in its fullness is to place in jeopardy one’s security, one’s personal ambitions, one’s standing in society. One may, in consequence of one’s public witness, be discriminated against and denied educational opportunities, or may lose valuable opportunities for employment and professional advancement…It may produce familial discord and even alienation from family members…There are costs to discipleship. Heavy costs.”

Yes, the day is coming when the line will be drawn and our faith will cost us more than ever before. I can promise you that.  Jesus promised us that.

But the truth is on our side.  Further, those around us are desperate to see Christians who, rather than nominal and casual in their faith, are brave enough to not only die for our faith, but live for it.  Every day.

I used to tell students (and still do when I speak at youth events), “Your friends are never going to be drawn to a plastic, milk-toast level of Christian faith.”

The 20th century preacher, A.W. Tozer, rightly said,

“I believe the time is coming when we will not be able to take our Christianity as casually as we do now. A scared world needs a fearless church.”

May Satan consider you dangerous, nw

 

WHY THE COVID VACCINE CAN BE A RUDE AWAKENING

NOTE: the article linked below has nothing to do with conspiracy theories, but everything to do with why some people have such strong reactions to the shots, particularly the second shot.  Get ready to be educated.

This article falls under the category of practical rather than theological.  Yet, I thought it was extremely well written and informative.  After I posted it on my Facebook page it was shared 30 times to other pages.  As such, I felt it might perhaps be of interest to you.  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“Apathy is a bigger problem than atheism for Christianity.” – Tim Keller

And,…

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – unknown

One more,…

“I have had many items in my hand and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hand I still possess.” – 16th century German Reformer, Martin Luther

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets irritated? But when you take him in your car he sticks his head out the window?” – Steve Bluestone

“I’m desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.” – Dave Edison

“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.” – Johnny Carson

“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I’m halfway through my fish burger and i realize, ‘Oh no – I could be eating a slow learner.” – Lynda Montgomery

 

SOUL FOOD:  The 23rd Psalm

Charles Spurgeon’s description of this psalm is the most powerfully accurate I’ve ever read.  Read the blog here.

Solus Christus, Nick