The Navigator: 4.7.2021

THIS SUNDAY, 4/10

  • The Lord’s Supper in both worship services.

 

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

 

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING @ 6:30

  • Join us in the Worship Center as Sammy leads us in a Holy Week service.  This will go a long way to helping our people prepare their hearts for Easter Sunday on the 17th.

 

This week’s tip: “Put your phone down and take a look around.”

We’ve never been more connected.  And we’ve never been lonelier.  Friends today tend to be virtual rather than physical.  But the truth remains:  we need each other.

As you teach each week, always remind your class of the importance of looking up from their phone every now and then and taking inventory of what’s going on around them.  This is the only way we can be available and willing to help those around us who may be hurting.

Jesus once told a story about being available and willing to help our neighbor.  You can read it in Luke 10:25-37.

An expert in Old Testament Law was actually trying to trap Jesus with a question about salvation.  Of course, Jesus saw through the man’s scheme.  But, what I notice is this:  Rather than scorch the religious leader with a rebuke, Jesus begins a  conversation by kindly and calmly asking him questions, which eventually leads to a beloved – and convicting – story.

It’s an often-told story, with even many non-Christians familiar with the phrase, “good Samaritan.”

In short, a man is on a deserted road heading to his destination when he is ambushed by thugs who beat him severely, rob him, and leave him for dead.

Two church-leaders eventually walk by (each at a different time) and all but ignore the dying man.  Finally, a Samaritan sees him. Driven by compassion, he tends the man’s wounds, carries him to his donkey, sets him on it, and takes him to an inn where the man can rest and heal. Finally, he informs the inn keeper to charge the man’s bill to him.

Don’t miss this:

  • To the expert in Old Testament Law – the wounded man was a subject to be discussed.
  • To the thugs – the wounded man was someone to beat and rob.
  • To the religious leaders – the wounded man was a problem to be avoided.
  • To the inn keeper – the wounded man was a customer.
  • To the Samaritan – the wounded man was a human being to be loved and cared for, of great value and worth.
  • To Jesus – all of them were worth dying for.

 

MERE CHRISTIANITY – CLARITY in the BASICS

The Crucifixion – a Medical Account.

It’s graphic.  It’s real.  It happened.  It’s difficult to understand the power of the resurrection until we first understand the cost Christ paid.

 

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

One reason to believe we rarely consider is this:  Jesus dared his accusers to prove his claims to be wrong.  A social media post of mine this past week:

In John’s biography of Jesus he recorded many instances of people accusing Jesus of being a sinner or all the way to being demon-possessed.

In one such story Jesus confronted his accusers:

“When I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin?  And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?”

In a number of places, Jesus intentionally challenged his listeners to test him. He welcomed those who wanted to question his claims and character (he still does) as long as they were willing to follow through on what they discovered.

Jesus’ challenge then – and now – exposes the two most frequent reasons why people refuse to believe in him: (1) they don’t accept his challenge to test him to begin with, or (2) they test him but are not willing to believe what they discover. 

The former bastion of atheism, British philosopher, Antony Flew, decided to take God’s challenge. Rather than enter his inquiry with bias, he honestly investigated the possibility that there could actually be a God.

What he discovered sent repercussions throughout the atheistic world.

“There is a God,” Flew found himself confessing. The evidence was indisputable.

In his book, There is a God: How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his Mind, Flew writes,

“I must abide by Plato’s Socrates and follow the argument where it leads.”

The philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, said,

“[Christianity] is prepared to face the consequences of being proved false and say with Paul: If you find the body of Christ, the discussion is finished, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. It leaves absolutely no room for a romantic answer.”

The Almighty Christ is offering a kind, generous, and patient invitation to all who who’ve never placed their faith in him. “Examine me. Test me. What you discover will change your life.”

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRAD RECOGNITION – April 24th; both worship services

 

YOUR COSMIC PIC of the WEEK

This is mind-blowing.
S5 0014+81 is the largest known supermassive black hole. Here is its size compared to our solar system (the tiny dot in the middle.)  To be clear – that tiny dot is not earth – it’s our entire Solar System.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  The Devil’s Delusion

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick