The Navigator: 1.28.22

**NOTE:  There will be no Navigator E-News published next week.   I’ll be out all week moving my daughter, Macy, to Nashville, TN. 

 

THIS SUNDAY, 1/30

  • Regular Schedule; Sammy continues his present sermon series

 

WEDNESDAY, 2/2

  • 6:30pm – Quarterly Business Meeting; Worship Center

 

SUNDAY, 2/6

  • Noon: Ambassador (Greeter) Luncheon & Training; for more information contact Mike Lewis.
  • 5pm – Prayer Service in Worship Center.

 

414 MINISTRY

Would you consider asking your class if they would like to minister to the faculty at Nat Williams Elementary in March, April or May?  The Generations class is taking the Feb. date.  You can do something as minimal as purchasing a snack-sized candy with a note of encouragement attached to be put in their boxes, or something as involved as provide lunch for them.  There’s no effort to little.  Let me know if you want to take part.

 

MERE CHRISTIANITY: Clarity in the Basics

As I considered teaching the doctrine of Jesus Christ it occurred to me that not once have I ever heard a sermon/lesson on the humanity of Christ.  I’ve heard countless sermons on his deity, but never his humanity.  The Holy Spirit convicted me strongly to help people understand that Jesus, although 100% God, was also 100% human.

Jesus (a common name of the time) grew up a “blue collar,” working man in a backwater town in northern Palestine.  There’s a reason Nathanael asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” 

Jesus was the proverbial “kid from down the street” who, all of a sudden, began making himself equal to God.  So, it begins to make sense why his family thought he was out of his mind. 

Appreciating his humanity will deepen one’s awe at his deity.  Only then can we appreciate what it took for Jesus, the man, to withstand Satan in the desert and live as a man “tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.”

  • Pt 1 – Jesus: Just like you and me.
  • Pt 2 – Jesus: Nothing like you and me.

In Part One, below, I resonate with author, Philip Yancey, who wrote about Jesus,

[The more I studied the Bible, the more I discovered Jesus] “is very different from the Jesus I learned about in Sunday School. In some ways he is more comforting; in some ways more terrifying.”

 

“I CAN’T LOVE MY ENEMIES”

I mentioned last week that this particular social media post was shared from my page alone over 100 times.   Perhaps, the Holy Spirit can use it in your life, or in the life of someone in your class.  You will find it in this week’s Soul Food Blog below.

 

**Equipping ourselves to be able to engage in intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned.

When someone claims only science can discover truth consider this statement by Andy Bannister:

“The claim ‘only science can discover truth’ is self-refuting, as the statement itself cannot be verified using science.”

 

YOUR COSMIC PIC of the WEEK

An exciting article about the new NASA Webb Space Telescope can be viewed here.

This is Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, and the  largest and most massive moon in the solar system. In fact, it’s about 26% larger than the planet Mercury. It’s also the only moon known to have a magnetic field. There are 79 known moons around Jupiter at this time. Eight of these satellites, including the 4 Galilean moons, are relatively large and spherical. The rest are small and irregular, and were likely captured by Jupiter from the solar system.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“I know of no other practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened, your witnessing sharper…your faith will be solidified.” –  Chuck Swindoll

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  I Can’t Love my Enemies

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick