The Navigator: 3.31.2020

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/3

It’s one of my favorite topics: sharing our faith.  This Sunday, Sammy will bring a message that will help equip our people to share the gospel with others.  And, just in time for Easter, when many hearts are open to listening.

 

MEN’S BREAKFAST – APRIL 10th; 8:15-9am

 

This week’s tip: Courage

“But no one had the courage to speak favorably about [Jesus] in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.” – John 7:13

Thousands of people were attending an annual Jewish celebration in Jerusalem.  And most of them didn’t have the courage to stand up for what they believed.

John records in verse 12 that everyone was talking about Jesus.  But when it came time to speak up for him, no one said a word.

Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38

Remind your class their faith and courage will be tested. 

Be fearless, nw

 

AMAZING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY!

The oldest mention of the tetragrammatton, YHWH? Read the article from the Israeli news site here.

 

MERE CHRISTIANITY – CLARITY in the BASICS

The Triune God (often called the Trinity)

Most often referred to as the Trinity, the doctrine of the Triune Godhead is beyond mere human logic, reason, and intellect. But, the Bible clearly teaches it, and – frankly – when the scriptures are read in context, no other explanation makes sense. Join me as we mine the scriptures to see what the Bible says about the Triune God.

***Also linked below is the previous week’s session on what the Bible says about Angels.  It is extremely important to understand that angels, though terrifyingly powerful, are not the heroes in the story. Should we ever attempt to honor them they would reply, “Stop!  I am here to protect you for one reason: your Savior sent me.”

 

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PLAYER “MEDICALLY RETIRES” DUE TO MENTAL HEALTH

From the outside looking in, Harry Miller was living the dream at Ohio State. In addition to having a 4.0 GPA as an engineering student, the junior was highly regarded as one of college football’s best offensive lineman.

But on March 10, Harry announced he would be “medically retiring” from the game after sharing his mental health struggles.

This interview is powerful.  Just over eight minutes long.  With 47 million adults struggling with mental health in 2021 (this only includes reported cases), it behooves us to educate ourselves on the topic. 

Do struggles with mental health show up in the Bible?  You bet they do.

  • In Psalm 38:10, David perfectly describes having a panic attack.
  • Psalm 88, the writer is consumed with depression, finishing his lament by writing, “Darkness is my closest friend.”

What Miller says about transparency where mental health is concerned is, in my opinion, profound:  “Maybe bravery is just being honest.”

 

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

10 HISTORICAL FACTS about JESUS from NON-CHRISTIAN SOURCES

As professor of New Testament, Jeremiah Johnston, has asserted, “There is more evidence for Jesus than for any other person in ancient history.”

Read the source here.

 

YOUR COSMIC PIC of the WEEK

The Lion in Orion

Located 1300-1500 light years from earth in the constellation Orion.

Just below and left of center is the Horsehead Nebula (sort of looks like the head of a Sea Horse). At bottom left is the Flame Nebula. Finally, orange gases above the Horsehead Nebula are referred to as the Lion in Orion.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“You always know what a fool is thinking, because he’s always telling you.” – Jared Wilson

As a lifetime Youth Pastor, I listen to teens.   Oh, the lessons we can learn from the younger generation.  For example,…

“Empathy is the ability to see a situation, an emotion, an action through Christ’s eyes and through the other person’s heart. When I have empathy, I begin to understand the love Christ has for the hurting and see the situation from their point of view… Empathy is taking on the nature of Christ. It’s the ability to understand and take on yourself the burdens of others.” – Taylor, 19

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Seen on Facebook Marketplace…

For all my friends who’ve been feverishly looking for the bottom half of a stuffed mannequin.

And it ships for only $95.

 

SOUL FOOD:  When you’re accused of being (fill in the blank)-phobic.

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick