The Navigator: 4.16.2021

THIS SUNDAY, 4/18

  • Sammy continues with Pt. 2 of his current series, Family Matters
  • Keep praying over your ‘maps’ and ‘lists.

 

THIS SUNDAY!  Sunday, April 18th; 5pm; Rm 108

  • Please make plans to attend.  I’m asking that all Sunday School/Small Group leadership make this a priority.
  • You have my word that I won’t break the 11th Commandment, ‘Thou Shalt Not Bore.’  I guarantee your teaching skills will be enriched, your heart will be encouraged, and your mind/thinking will be challenged.
  • Plus,…. it’s just going to be downright fun.

 

I was asked last Sunday by Sharon Faber (one of Dana’s assistants in our childrens ministry) if she could stop by this Sunday morning, 4/18, just for a minute and visit with your class about our needs for VBS which is fast approaching in June.  If this doesn’t work for you would you please email me and I will share with Sharon?

 

TOP TWENTY TIPS FOR TURNING CHRISTIAN CHILDREN INTO ATHEIST ADULTS

No’s 11-15. For No’s 6-10 please see last week’s Navigator.

The list comes from Sarah Salviander who possesses a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and raised with an atheistic worldview.  The list can be easily translated into our ministry to adults.

  1. If you insist on studying the Bible as a family, make sure it’s as boring and confusing as possible.
  2. Don’t encourage or teach your children how to study the Bible on their own.
  3. Don’t discuss the basics of Christianity with your children. Assume they picked these up through osmosis.
  4. Assume that a superficial understanding of the Bible is the only thing children need to be prepared for life in a world desperate to turn them away from their faith.
  5. Assume that vacation Bible schools and mission trips alone will prepare your children for the relentless challenges to faith they’ll face in the world.

 

A Nugget of Truth from this week’s time of Learning:  John 21The Restoration of Peter

We started our adventure with John, the eye-witness of Jesus, a year ago.

This week, after reviewing all we’ve learned the past year, we looked at the beautiful and tender restoration of Peter.

Following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples endure a long night of fruitless fishing on the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus appears on the beach, the disciples finally recognize him and hurry to see him.  Jesus has prepared a fire and they all enjoy breakfast together.  Then, Jesus looks at Peter and says, “Let’s take a walk.”  Peter must have been simultaneously filled with joy and shame (for his denial of Christ, three times no less.)

But, Jesus had no intention of lecturing or scolding Peter.  His sole purpose was to restore Peter.  It’s impossible to read this story without being moved emotionally and spiritually.

Have you ever felt you’ve done something so bad God would never forgive you, must less continue to use you?  Nothing could he further from the truth.  You can watch the lesson in its entirety below.

 

THE HEAVENS ARE TELLING…

“This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets, and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.” – Isaac Newton

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. – Isaiah 40:26

 

BY THIS ALL WILL KNOW

It’s not by our vocation, our position in a church, our church attendance, our teaching/preaching skills, our talents, or economic status.  Indeed, Paul wrote,

I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Jesus didn’t mince words when he said,

By this all will know you are my disciples, if you love one another. (italics mine)

***Loving one another in no way equals agreeing with one another on controversial topics. Jesus loved more than anyone in human history, yet vehemently disagreed with many.

It is entirely possible to disagree strongly and, simultaneously, love deeply. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. That said, love one another.

 

PRAYING FOR CELEBRITIES

I have several specific celebrities I pray for that they would place their faith in Christ.

And when I see celebrities who take a bold stance for their faith I thank God for them and ask him to use them mightily.

So, when I stumbled upon these tweets from ‘Mr. T’ I was overjoyed! (Of course, Mr. T is going to be bold among the famous – who’s going to mess with him??)

One of my favorite lines from Rocky 3:

Reporter asking Mr. T about the rematch with Rocky: ‘Do you have a prediction for the rematch?’

Mr. T: ‘Pain’.

Now?

Reporter: ‘Mr. T, what is your prediction for Satan?’

Mr. T: ‘Pain’

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

The devil is able to print in our heart so manifest a lie that we would swear a thousand times that it was an undeniable truth.  – Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians – “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25)

Truth does not mind being questioned.  A lie does not like being challenged.

We don’t need to disagree less, we need to disagree better. – Arthur Brooks

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Priceless advice for all men: The Difference between Complete and Finished…

If you find the right woman – you’re complete.

If you find the wrong womanyou’re finished.

If the right woman finds you with the wrong womanyou’re completely finished.

 

SOUL FOOD:  Psalm 119 – Side B

Most know this grand psalm for Side A.  But Side B is just as important.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick