The Navigator: 12.13.18

Let’s try this one more time… 🙂

 

THIS SUNDAY, 12/16

Choral Musical Presentation:  “Come and See; Go and Tell”

Both AM worship services – 9:15 & 10:45

Hats off to Glenna Applewhite and all of our instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as our amazing Audio-Visual Team for their hard work (and rescheduling) in preparation to magnify Christ through music.

 

GREAT WORK, SUMMIT LEADERSHIP!

It appears our lines of communication were effective this past weekend as dangerous road conditions forced us to cancel Sunday activities.  Thank you for contacting your classes and helping us avoid any confusion.

 

CONFIDENT IGNORANCE

Mark Twain famously quipped, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

“Confident ignorance” is how I’ve come to describe those who make baseless claims as though they are factual.  This video clip (under 7 minutes) is a perfect example.

Here’s the context:  The young man, a self-proclaimed (and extremely self-assured) scientist and atheist, in preparation for his actual question, makes numerous claims in rapid-fire fashion.  This is common practice for some atheists & skeptics since it squeezes out room for any intelligent response, as well as using their “confident ignorance” as a tool to intimidate timid believers into believing that what they are spouting off is actually true.

The wise believer simply waits for the nonsense to stop and offers an intelligent response, which is what Ravi Zacharias does here in respectful, yet devastating, fashion.

 

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, 12/23 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

Sunday, 12/23 – Christmas Eve Service (one day early); 6pm

12/24 – Office open 9-Noon

12/25 – Offices closed for Christmas holiday.

12/26-12/31 – Office will be open 9-Noon.

Sunday, 12/30 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years holiday.

 

FROM DONNA LOCK – FOR DONATIONS TO BE COUNTED TOWARD 2018:

  1. must be postmarked no later than 12-31-18,
  2. donated thru PushPay by 12-31-18 cut-off or
  3. brought to the office by 12 noon on the 28th to be included in their EOY statement for IRS purposes?

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Here’s a side to the Christmas story that isn’t often told:  those soft little hands, fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, were made so that nails might be driven through them…..Jesus was born to die.”  John MacArthur, God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Christmas & Brueghel’s “Procession to Calvary”

A picture really does say a thousand words.  Read the blog here.

 

Merry Christmas, St. Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 12.6.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 12/9

Choral Musical Presentation:  “Come and See; Go and Tell”

Hats off to Glenna Applewhite and all of our instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as our amazing Audio-Visual Team for their hard work in preparation to magnify Christ through music.

Both AM worship services – 9:15 & 10:45

 

All SUMMIT Group Leaders:

Clearly, we don’t know if the forecast winter weather this weekend will be severe or mild.  (We’ve all experienced the frantic meteorologist warning of 10 inches of snow and ice only to wake up and the roads are clear and it’s 60 degrees.)

What we do know is that we will be watching it closely.  Should it end up severe enough to necessitate the altering or cancelling of Sunday’s normal schedule we will let you know asap.

Please keep an eye on KCBD Channel 11, our BHBC web site, and this e-news.

Hopefully, all will be clear and safe for us to gather together and worship Christ this Sunday morning.  Nevertheless, be safe in your travels.

 

We presently have two families available for (and in need of) adoption.

If your SUMMIT Group would like to adopt a family and purchase gifts, simply contact the church office at 795-5261, or email Mike Lewis.

 

NOEL

I led the song last week in the 9:15am service.  I love it.  A lot.  Enjoy… (by the way, the word “noel” simply means “Christmas.”)

 

I GOT MARRIED.  AGAIN.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I followed through with a lesson I’ve learned over time:  it’s never too late to do the right thing.  I had never actually proposed to Michelle – until a few weeks ago.  You can read all about it here.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SARAJEVO

This Sunday morning, weather permitting, the Praise Team and I will be performing Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve Sarajevo.  Performing this song at Christmas time has become somewhat of a tradition for us.

Below is a video I took with my phone when I attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert here in Lubbock at the Spirit Arena a year ago.  We don’t have the lighting resources they have, and we won’t be using the pyrotechnics they use at the end. 🙂  (Pardon the people walking in front of me at the beginning.)

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE ANGEL-TOPPER ON YOUR TREE

In a single afternoon during a long ago late December…

Several of Santa’s elves got sick slowing toy production to a crawl and Santa began feeling that pre-Christmas-pressure.

A few minutes later, Mrs. Claus broke the news to Santa that her mother was coming to visit.

To blow off some steam and cool off, he went to the stables to harness the reindeer only to discover three of them had gotten out, nowhere to be found.

When he began to load the sleigh one of the floorboards cracked and the toy bag fell to the ground, scattering all the toys.

Having reached his emotional limit, Santa retreated to his workshop for a warm glass of cider to calm his nerves. That’s when he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider. To make matters worse he dropped his glass, shattering it into a million pieces.

Just then, there was a knock on his workshop door.

Angry, frustrated and “up to here” with everything that had gone wrong, he swung open the door to find a smiling angel who cheerfully said, “Merry Christmas, Santa! Isn’t it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree here for you. Where would you like me to stick it?”

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

CHRISTMAS TRUTH

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My favorite Far Side Christmas cartoon…

And a bonus…

A teacher was finishing up a lesson on the joys of discovery and the importance of curiosity. “Where would we be today,” she asked, “if no one had ever been curious?” One child innocently replied, “In the Garden of Eden?”

 

GRACE NOTES:   The Gospel According to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, St. Nick

Navigator E-News: X-tra!

NOTE: a new edition of the Navigator is coming your way this week with updated info, inspiration & humor.  In addition, Mike Lewis asked me to pass along the following info to you regarding our mission/evangelism endeavor we know as Fostering Hope:

 

FROM MIKE:  Families from Nat Williams have provided us with wish lists and are ready to be sponsored.  If your SUMMIT Group would like to adopt a family and purchase gifts, simply contact the church office at 795-5261.

nick

 

The Navigator: 11.16.18

 

NOTE:  No Navigator E-news next week (Thanksgiving Week).  Offices close at noon on Wed., 11/21.

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/18:

Preacher:  Leighton Flowers – Guest preacher; Oversees BGCT Evangelism & Apologetics

 

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS FOR “SINGLE HOUR” SUMMIT GROUPS SUNDAYS

On “holiday season” Sundays –  11/25; 12/23 & 12/30 – our SUMMIT groups will meet at 9:15am (just as we did on Building Dedication Sunday), with one, combined Worship Service to follow at 10:45am.

Here are your room assignments for those Sundays:

Agape:  108

Ladies (Smith):  109

Wellspring:  110

Duncan:  208

Travelers:  209

Singles:  211

The Mix:  212

Base Camp:  215

Generations:  216

Young Adult:  217

University:  218

Dain/White:  219

Open Door:  Bergstrom

 

Picture1I wanted to make certain you saw this powerful article from FOX News, published on Nov. 4th.  Read the article here.

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON RE-CAP

Thank you to all who were able to join me this past Sunday as we looked at “The Art of Welcoming.”

1. If you were unable to attend and have not yet picked up your free copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s More Than a Carpenter, please holler at me and get your copy.  It’s a powerful recourse for both, sharing  your faith, as well as growing stronger in it.

2. With fear & trepidation, I handed out “comment cards” containing two simple questions:  (1) What are we doing well?, and (2) What can we do better?  The responses have been very helpful.  If you’d like to contribute, just email me your answers to those two questions.

 

NOTICE:  All boxes are due no later than this coming Sunday, 11/18.

 

FOR ALL RED RAIDER FANS

FYI – This is a wonderfully written article from ESPN about our former Red Raider, Patrick Mahomes.   Guns Up!   Read the article here.

 

MISSION “REVELATION STUDY”:  ACCOMPLISHED

So, after 22 Wed nights, 22 chapters, verse by verse, we finished our adventure through the biblical book of Revelation. It was awesome (not the teaching necessarily – but the experience )

Waylon Jennings has always been one of my favorites. And I’ll never forget the first time I listened to his song, Revelation, when I was a kid (song linked below.)

The song captures the imagination when trying to picture that moment when Christ returns to planet earth.

Having “the hell scared out of you” (the last line of the song) isn’t what the Bible says saves our souls – (faith in Christ does that). But it’s a darn good place to start. Waylon gets his point across. There’s a reason the Bible repeatedly says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

 

 

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

One of my favorites from Lewis that I’ll be using this Saturday during our [Un]Apologetics Conference

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:    Where are the other Nine?

I post this blog every Thanksgiving season.   My heart is pierced each time I read this passage of scripture.  May we remember to stop and say “thank you” not just one day of the year, but every day.  I am thankful for each of you.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 11.8.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/11

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 2:9-12

 

SUMMIT TEAM LEADERSHIP LUNCH & TRAINING:  Sunday, Nov. 11th; noon; FLC

There is one thing that most churches do poorly.  It’s not intentional.  We just forget.  And that’s what I want to visit with you about.  I need you there.  Join me.

Spouses are invited!

At the conclusion of the meeting I will be giving you all a copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s seminal apologetic, More Than a Carpenter.

 

NOVEMBER 17th; 9am-4pm; BHBC

When I began learning how logical and reasonable the Christian faith truly is, my faith deepened dramatically. As a result, I felt like I had been “set free” to engage in intelligent, non-defensive dialogue where Christianity is concerned with even the most skeptical of skeptics.

I had professed my faith in Christ at 11 years old. But, for well over a decade, had anyone asked me to “give a logical defense” of my faith (as Peter instructs in 1 Peter 3:15) I wouldn’t have really known what to say other than, “The Bible says it – I believe it.”

That cliche’ may work with a few, but not with the vast majority of mankind.

During one of the Breakout Sessions, I will present my talk titled, “How Atheism Failed Me.” For some, atheism works. For me, it failed miserably. After studying historical atheists like Nietzsche, Hume and Russell, along with contemporary atheists like Harris, Gray and Nagel, I, like former atheist, Alister McGrath (who holds a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and teaches at Oxford), concluded the Bible presents the worldview that makes most sense of the world.

During my session, I will tell my story of how I came back to faith in Christ after finding my 19 year old son in his bedroom after he had taken his own life. I so wanted to believe there couldn’t possibly be a God. What I found in my effort to *dis*prove God was evidence so overwhelming for his existence that, I, like Peter, found myself confessing to Christ, “Where else could I go? You have the words of eternal life.”

The command from Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 is just that: a command – not a suggestion.

ENCOURAGE YOUR CLASS TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW. 

 

 

Boxes will also be available inside the new east entrance this Sunday.  All boxes are due no later than Sunday, 11/18.

 

FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION

It’s hard to believe that, after 21 weeks, we finally arrive next week at chapter 22.

As we walked, verse by verse, through chapter 21, we, through John’s eyes, saw the “new heaven and the new earth.”  Regarding our glorified bodies, the 17th century, Puritan pastor, Richard Baxter, wrote:

 

VIEWED OVER 42 MILLION TIMES…

Be encouraged as you watch this powerful performance of the timeless hymn, Amazing Grace.

 

 

FROM USA TODAY:  PHOTOS OF AMAZING ART & ARCHITECTURE

This is called “land art” – it’s completely flat, painted on grass field.  Photo is taken from high above.  Location: Geneva, Switzerland.

The “Golden Bridge” just outside Da Nang, Vietnam.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I completely agree…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Finding Our Way

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It’s tough to find our way around in the dark.  Read the brief blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 11.1.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/4

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  1 Timothy 6:3-19

 

Don’t forget that this weekend is “Fall Back” time.  If you forget, you’ll be an hour early to church on Sunday. 🙂

 

NOVEMBER 17th; 9am-4pm; BHBC

ENCOURAGE YOUR CLASS TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW. 

The following video will be presented on Sunday in both worship services.  Following the video I will make an impassioned comment regarding the event.

My good friend, Leighton Flowers (who will be here for the event), will be preaching in both worship services on Nov. 18th.  Leighton is over the Apologetics Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

 

All registration is handled online through the BGCT.

 

SUMMIT TEAM LEADERSHIP LUNCH & TRAINING:  Sunday, Nov. 11th; noon; FLC

Please set this date aside and join me for a quick lunch and meeting. 

NOTE:  As I told you when I met with you individually, I don’t call for meetings unless it is vitally important.

There is one thing that most churches do poorly.  It’s not intentional.  We just forget.  And that’s what I want to visit with you about.  I need you there.  Join me.

Should you require childcare simply let me know and I’ll pass your info along to Janyth.

 

The display is “up and running” in the Commons, west of the fireplace.  All boxes are due no later than Sunday, 11/18.

 

FYI: ON THE HORIZON

  • Pray for the Student Ministry D-Now weekend coming up on Nov. 16-18.  They will also be participating in the [Un]Apologetics Conference.
  • Sr. Adult Lunch:  11/19; 11:30; FLC
  • Final week of our mid-week Community Connection Classes:  11/28

 

BHBC HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

  • Offices close at noon on 11/21, and are closed on 11/22-11/23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Sunday, 11/25 – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • Sunday, 12/2 – Fostering Hope
  • Sunday, 12/9 – Adult Choir Christmas Presentation in both AM worship services.
  • Sunday, 12/23 – AM – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • Sunday, 12/23 – PM – Combined Christmas Service; 6pm; NOTE: this will serve as our Christmas Eve service.  No services on the evening of 12/24.
  • Sunday, 12/30 – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • 12/24-1/31 – Offices open from 9am-Noon.
  • Tuesday, 12/25 – Offices closed for Christmas.
  • Tuesday, 1/1 – Offices closed for New Year holiday.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Bible – Our True North

We are a culture in desperate need of being able to tell what is true from what isn’t.  (Especially during election years.) 🙂  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 10.27.18

THIS SUNDAY, 10/28

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 6:9-13 (The “Lord’s Prayer”)

 

This Wed., Oct. 31st; 6-8pm; BHBC; Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

The display is located in the Commons, just west of the fireplace. 

Boxes are available this Sunday, 10/28.  Instructions are attached and inside.

 

New handrails are up!

We know we’ve had a couple of “missteps” since occupying the new building.  Hopefully, these handrails will alleviate any further safety concerns. 🙂

You’ll see in the pics below that rails are located not only directly in front of the new entrance, but to both sides as well.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9am-4pm.

I cannot overstate how rare an opportunity this is for our church and believers throughout our region.

Christ has provided for us the best of the best for our keynote speakers.  And, except for me :), outstanding breakout session leaders.

A copy of the flier below is in this Sunday’s box.  Please distribute one to every member of your class.  All registration is handled online through the BGCT.

Even if you can’t attend due to a conflict, your excitement will ignite excitement in your class.

 

NOTE:  The next two items were included in last week’s Navigator.  I include them this week simply as a friendly reminder. 🙂

PLEASE MAKE THESE TWO ITEMS A WEEKLY PART OF YOUR CLASS

1 . Brief “welcome” to all guests.  We pray for hurting and searching people to join us.  So, every single week – just as we do in “big church” – we need to devote just a minute to welcoming guests and encouraging them to complete a blue Connect Card (see pic below).  The biblical term “pastor” means “shepherd.”  As a class leader you are also a shepherd of the flock entrusted to you by God. Our staff contacts these guests every single week and then we funnel names to respective class leadership.  Make sure guests know there is no “pressure” to complete a card.  But that it helps us better shepherd them.

2 . The Gospel.  Here’s what I mean: This past week I visited with a man whose faithfully attended our church for decades.  He told me his story of how, for years, he attended Sunday School while having never once professed his faith in Christ until another church member finally asked him about it.  My point is this:  never assume that, just because a person attends a small group, they’re saved.  A simple statement like the following – or something similar – could change someone’s life: “You’ll make no greater decision in your life than to trust Christ as your Savior. If you’ve never done that please talk to me or one of our leaders after class.”

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PRESENCE IS COMING…

Virtually everyone finds the information they’re looking for nowadays online. 

I am in conversations with our web master about creating an attractive, informative and simple-to-navigate SUMMIT Group web page located within the main BHBC web site.  Here is what I’ll soon be soon asking from you:

1. A photo

2. A 4 or 5 sentence blurb about you and what your class is presently studying.

I will then include start-times, room assignments in both list and map views, as well as web links pertinent to biblical teaching and learning.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Paranormal Activity

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I like to post this blog I wrote (a few years ago) the week before Halloween.  Ghosts, goblins & witches are all on display this week!  And it’s all in fun, right?  There are no such thing as ghosts.  Right?  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick