The Navigator: 12.4.19

THIS SUNDAY, 12/8

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Isaiah 26:3-4

 

CHORAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – DECEMBER 15th

We will combine for a single worship service on Dec. 15 (see Holiday Schedule below) to enjoy the musical, His Name is Jesus. Pray for Glenna Applewhite, accompanists and choir as they work to make final preparations.  And, by all means, invite a friend to join you.

 

Doctor Ask Terminally Ill Kids What Really Matters In Life

Here Are Their Answers

I saw this posted on social media recently.  As they say, “Out of the mouth of babes…”  In this case, these are dying babes.  Such wisdom.  Brief article.  Read it here.

 

DARWINIAN EVOLUTIONARY THEORY:  HAS IT BEEN PROVEN YET?

Last month marked the 160th anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin’s  On the Origin of Species.  So, what is the state of Darwinism today?

Below is a quote from atheist NYU philosophy professor, Thomas Nagel.  Below Nagel’s quote is a solid interview with molecular biologist, Douglas Axe, on this topic.

“…no viable [scientifically-supported] account, even a purely speculative one, seems to be available of how a system as staggeringly functionally complex and information-rich as a self-reproducing cell, controlled by DNA, RNA, or some predecessor, could have arisen by chemical evolution alone from a dead environment.” – NYU atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, positing questions for the origination of human consciousness, cognition, value, and reason.

You can read the interview with Dr. Axe here.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

12/15 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/22One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 6:30

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” – British theologian, John Stott. (In 2005, Time magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world.)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I don’t know if this falls under “laughter” or “idiocy”.  Regardless, don’t try this at home.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Tell Me About Your Jesus

If a friend (or a stranger) approached you one day and said, “Tell me about your Jesus”, how would you respond.  This is how I would respond.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 11.21.19

***No Navigator E-News next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  That said, I am including a few extra moving and inspirational articles in this week’s Navigator that you can read in your spare time over the holidays.  As is my goal, these articles will, both, strengthen your faith as well as arm you with confidence as you engage in intelligent dialogue about the Christian faith.  Love to you all, Nick

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/24

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Luke 14:1-14

 

This weekend, 11/22-24, is the BHBC Student Ministry’s Disciple Now, or D-Now.  Over 50 students will dive into the deep end of intense Bible learning and intense fun.  Pray for Jordan Morales and her team, along with all the Host Families and those helping with meals.

 

100 YEAR OLD CHIEFS FAN & PATRICK MAHOMES

Because one of Lubbock’s favorite sons, former TTU quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is a part of this story I thought you would enjoy reading about it.

The story is heart-warming and has made the rounds on the internet.  By all means, don’t miss watching the video at the end of the article.  Have a kleenex ready. 🙂

Read the article here.

 

A SCIENTIST’S JOURNEY FROM ATHEISM TO FAITH

Sy Garte, a biologist and former atheist, explains what led him to make the choice to reject atheism and embrace the risen  Christ.  Read his story here.

 

FOUR REASONS FROM SCIENCE TO BELIEVE IN GOD

Dr. Michael Strauss is a friend and professor of physics at the University of Oklahoma.  The man is brilliant and a leader in physics-related academia.

In his most recent blog, he gives four reasons why science gives evidence of the existence of God.

Read the blog here.

 

NFL QUARTERBACK, NICK FOLES, PREACHES THE GOSPEL DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

This is powerful…

 

HOW TO TEACH YOUR TEEN TO STUDY (AND LOVE) THE BIBLE

This article is outstanding.

Parents, the saying is true: you teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.

Want your child (or grandchild) to develop a love for the Word of God? Lead the way.

And don’t let Satan shame you or make you feel guilty for not knowing the Bible yourself. Learn with your child – together. 🙂

This article here is brief with clear and simple steps to begin falling in love with the Bible with your most precious possession: your child (or grandchild.)  Read the article here.

 

A THEOLOGY OF WORK (last Sunday’s message in the late service)

 

ONE SUMMIT GROUP HOUR w/COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE ON THESE DATES

Dec. 15th, 22nd and 29th

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

And this gem from C.S. Lewis’ book, Miracles:

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

A guy said to his buddy: “My wife thinks I put football before marriage, even though we just celebrated our third season together.”

And a bonus…

Martha Stewart’s Tips for Rednecks

RELIGION

It’s considered tacky to take a cooler to church.

ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME

A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one’s OWN truck keys.

DATING (OUTSIDE THE FAMILY)

Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10pm. Others might say “Monday”. If the latter is the answer, it is the man’s responsibility to get her to school on time.

THEATER ETIQUETTE

Refrain from talking to, or yelling at, characters on the screen. Tests have proven they can’t hear you.

WEDDINGS

For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Every Christian is a Theologian

Read the very brief blog here.

The Navigator: 11.14.19

THIS SUNDAY, 11/17

Preacher(s):  9:15 – Jason;  10:45 – Nick

Primary Text:  2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

 

SUMMIT GROUP LEADERSHIP APPRECIATION BANQUET ANNOUNCEMENT!

On July 15, 1980, at the age of 16, I committed my life to vocational ministry.   I had no idea what that would look like.  I just knew that Christ had called my name.  This was a result of a three year journey of being loved and taught by a humble, godly man named Jim Hardwicke.

Jim went on to pastor a church in Missouri, eventually earning his Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.   Presently, he and his sweet wife, Michelle, live in Springfield, MO, where he teaches online for Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Seminary) as Associate Professor of Theology.

There are few people I know who have a more passionate, genuine love for seeing people grow in the knowledge of grace of Jesus than Jim.   Even now, I listen to Jim’s online seminary lectures.  The Lord used him in my teens.  He continues to use him now.

All of that said, I am thrilled to announce that Jim (along with Michelle) will be joining us on April 26th, for our Summit Group Leadership Appreciation Banquet serving as our keynote speaker.

Prepare to be lovingly inspired.

 

Deadline to return the boxes is this Sunday, 11/15.

 

COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Reminder from last week’s Navigator.  (See last week’s enews for further info.)

This evening, Nov. 14th, our own Joyce Rowe will be speaking on “coping with grief during the holidays” at Lake Ridge Chapel, located at 82nd & Iola.  Should you, or someone you know, need this – I simply wanted you to be aware of the resource.

grief

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING STUDIES CONCLUDE NEXT WEEK

Our Fall semester of Wednesday evening classes conclude next Wed., 11/20.

Classes resume for our Winter/Spring semester on January 8th.

 

MORE EVIDENCE OF BIBLICAL RELIABILITY FROM ARCHAEOLOGY

Last week, I provided for you an article written a few years ago.  This one was published two months ago and corroborates Jesus’ miracle of multiplying the fish and loaves.  Enjoy the article here.

 

AMAZING GRACE – BOOGIE WOOGIE STYLE

This video’s been viewed almost 7 million times.  Enjoy…

 

CHORAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – DECEMBER 15th

We will combine for a single worship service (see next article) on Dec. 15 to enjoy the musical, “His Name is Jesus.”  Pray for Glenna Applewhite, accompanists and choir as they work to make final preparations.  And, by all means, invite a friend to join you.

 

ONE SUMMIT GROUP HOUR w/COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE ON THESE DATES

Dec. 15th, 22nd and 29th

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This past week (Nov. 11th), was the anniversary of the death of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th century Danish philosopher/theologian who passed away in 1855, at the age of 42. Here are a couple of his quotes:

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.”

“What precisely is profound in Christianity is that Christ is both our atoner and our judge, not that one is our atoner and another our judge, for then we would nevertheless come to be judged, but that the atoner and the judge are the same.” (To simplify – our Judge is also our Defense Attorney, our Defense Attorney accepting our Death Sentence, but then conquering death. This is unique to the Christian faith.)

 

 LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Gary Larson’s “Far Side” cartoon never goes out of style.  Enjoy…

 

GRACE NOTES:  How to Respond to Pastoral/Church Abuse

After reading a USA Today article on this topic, I felt convicted to offer my thoughts.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 11.7.19

THIS SUNDAY, 11/10

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  2 Thessalonians 1:8-12

 

FURTHER EVIDENCE FOR THE RELIABILITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

Over and over again, archaeology has proven the Bible to be true.  Of course, evidence of every ancient city and person mentioned in scriptures has not been discovered.  But, this we know to be true:  of all discoveries – and there are myriads of them to date – not a single one has contradicted the claims of the Bible. 

The article I’ve linked here for you centers around the discovery of the site where Jesus cast out the demoniac we know as “Legion.”

This article from Christianity Today is not new (it was first published in 2015) but I include it here to simply strengthen your faith and make you better prepared to engage in intelligent dialogue with skeptics and seekers where the Christian faith is concerned.

You can read the brief article here.

 

Each Fall, the BHBC Student Ministry produces a weekend of intense discipleship for our students.  The event is called Disciple Now, or D-Now, and is scheduled for November 22-24, the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.

The students are housed Fri & Sat evenings in Host Homes.  Students bring their own bedding and sleep on the floor.  Church vans help transport the students. All meals are provided by, and held at, BHBC, while the small group studies take place in the more intimate context of the Host Home.  An adult guest leader leads the studies and discussions.  All the Host Home does is provide the location.

Our new student pastor, Jordan Morales, sent an email out today asking if we may know anyone who may have room to host 7th grade boys.  Sadly, 7th grade boys tend to be chosen last because – well – they’re 7th grade boys i.e. full of energy, sweaty, typically lagging behind the girls in maturity, etc. (I can say this because I once was a 7th grade boy.)  But, I can tell you they are precious.

In all my years of Student Ministry I rarely saw more lasting spiritual growth in our students than that which was produced during D-Now events.

If you are interested in helping, or you know someone who may be interested, please give Jordan a call here at the office.  Or email her at:  jordaniellemo02@gmail.com

 

Boxes are available NOW at the north kiosk. (not many left)

Deadline to return the boxes is Sunday, 11/15.

 

COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Most of you know Joyce Rowe.  She is a precious lady.  Charter member of BHBC. Plays keyboard in our early service.  Humble.  Funny.  A joy to be around.

Did you also know she’s lost a son to suicide, a son who was killed by a drunk driver, and a husband to alzheimer’s?

A week from today on Nov. 14th, she will be speaking on “coping with grief during the holidays” at Lake Ridge Chapel, located at 82nd & Iola.  Should you, or someone you know, need this – I simply wanted you to be aware of the resource.

grief

 

Categorize this under “let’s try it and see if it works.”

As an FYI – There has been discussion of whether or not offering a Wed. evening meal would help working families be better able to attend mid-week activities.  After said discussion, the following was decided.

Wed. Evening Meals begin:  1/8

Time:  5:30-6:30pm  (for those already done eating, Jason will be leading a brief prayer service in the Worship Center at 6pm)

Where:  FLC

Deadline for weekly reservations:  Monday, noon.

Meal will be catered by local restaurants.

Cost:  $10 per meal.  So as to be responsible, reservations will not be taken until payment is made.  No refunds for cancellations.

I am told, if it works we’ll keep it.  If not, we’ll stop it.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I know you could add words and phrases to this list.  Stay with it until No. 10 – that one would be really funny if it wasn’t so true.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Self-Correcting Property of being Thankful

Of course, thanksgiving is not, for a Christian, a discipline to be practiced once every November.  It should characterize us throughout life.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator – 10.31.19

And this Saturday night….

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/3

Preacher:   Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

 

Boxes will be available this Sunday, 11/3, at the north kiosk!

We’re giving everyone two weeks to pack these shoe boxes with items found on the list provided with the box.  The video we will show in both worship services on Sunday powerfully shows how big an impact the love behind these boxes has.

Deadline to return the boxes is Sunday, 11/15.

 

NEW ATTENDANCE SHEETS COMING SUNDAY

Dormye Halbrooks asked that I remind you that new Attendance Sheets will be in your box this Sunday.  Remember that I provide these solely for the purpose of helping you better shepherd your flock/class.   Seeing who’s been missing will help remind you to pass along those names to whoever in your class is responsible for checking up on your folks.

 

April 26th it is! 

Go ahead and mark this date on your 2020 calendar for our Summit Group Leadership Appreciation Dinner.  April 26th is a Sunday.  The banquet will be that evening.  Spouses are invited.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

11/27-28 – Offices closed for Thanksgiving

12/15 – Choir Christmas Musical; One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45.

12/22 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  I See Dead People (Communicating with the Dead)

Another blog especially of interest during the Halloween season.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 10.24.19

THIS SUNDAY, 10/27

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

 

BHBC FALL FESTIVAL – NEXT WED. EVENING, 10/30!

Wed. evening, 10/30, 6-8pm.  If you can help, or would like to, please contact Dana Kluzek.

 

Tell Me  Which Date is Better for You!

April 26th or May 3rd?  (Both are Sunday evenings)

Simply shoot me an email with your preference and I will set the date based on the date most can attend.  If either date is good a reply is not necessary.

Because I so very much want to show my love and appreciation to you, we will not cancel in the Spring.   So, once the date is set it will be a “done deal.”

I will let you know the results next week!

 

2020 is almost here.  And Wednesday nights will look the same, but different.

Jason has had another “vision” (which always scares me) :).   Winter/Spring 2020, we are going to implement an emphasis on engaging better intergenerationally.

First of all, there is no big change on beginning and ending dates of the semester:  Wednesday evening events kick off on January 8th and conclude on April 29th.

What’s different is the number of combined worship services that will be scheduled within the semester.

For example, regular small group studies will take place each week except, on the last Wed. night of each month,  we will all combine (youth through adults) for a special worship service centered around a guest speaker from a local missions organization.

Lastly, during the entire month of February, we will combine in the worship center to hear a guest preacher.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

11/27-28 – Offices closed for Thanksgiving

12/22 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

12/24 – Christmas Eve Service

12/24-25 – Offices closed for Christmas

12/23-31 – Offices open 8:30-noon (closed 12/24-25)

12/29 – One Summit Group hour at 9:15; combined worship service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years Day

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Jesus asks nothing of us without giving us the strength to perform it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

And a bonus.  When I read this I thought, “Whoa – that’s heavy”…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Halloween Humor

Q: Why do witches have to wear name-tags?

A: So they can tell which witch is which.

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

A: Frostbite

And – never drink and fly…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Paranormal Activity

Every time this year – due to the Halloween season – I post this blog that addresses the question, “What does the Bible say about ghosts?”  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.17.19

THIS SUNDAY, 10/20

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Here’s the headline:

China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years

Two weeks ago, I included an article with the headline: “Iran has world’s fastest growing church…”  If you missed it, read the article here.

God is mightily at work, moving the “chess pieces into place”, preparing for his glorious return.  Read the article on the Chinese church here.

 

BHBC FALL FESTIVAL!

Wed., evening, 6-8pm.  If you can help, or would like to, please contact Dana Kluzek.

 

THE INTOLERANCE OF THE “TOLERANT” (an editorial by Nick)

This past week,  KCBD posted a story on their web site that typifies those preaching tolerance and acceptance.  See headline below.

I rarely – if ever – post political commentary on social media.  But, frankly, I don’t consider this topic political.  It’s about an American’s freedom to hold to whatever faith worldview they choose without the fear of being castigated or vilified.  Below is what I posted on social media.  By the way, every single comment I received was in favor of my conviction.

There’s so much bigotry, hypocrisy and intolerance in this mess/article for the following reasons:

First, unlike a privately owned business, this is a public school, paid for by the tax dollars of people representing all worldviews.

Second, the intolerant principal is forcing his worldview on the freedom of every student to choose what they believe.

Third, his speech continues to perpetuate the juvenile, myopic lie that disagreeing with someone means you hate them. He says “be kind” while simultaneously being hateful to Chick-fil-a.

Rather than teach students to think for themselves, he is saying, “you should think like me.” This is not education.  It’s indoctrination. Once again, those preaching tolerance and “kindness” are saying, “I want to hear your opinion, as long as it’s my opinion coming out of your mouth.”

I hold to a biblical worldview.  But, if the LBGTQ wanted to serve me lunch I would humbly thank them for their kindness and compassion and then, not only eat the lunch, but invite them to join me.

I have many gay friends.  I’ve had them in my home.  I’ve taken them to dinner.  I even told one young gay man I wish he were my son.  Do I believe the Bible calls homosexuality sin?  Yes.  Does this affect my love and compassion for homosexuals?  Not one bit.

To those who are preaching “tolerance” – start practicing what you preach.

The principal should be fired. (You can read the brief KCBD article here.)

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Jesus asks nothing of us without giving us the strength to perform it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Why don’t they give us things we can actually use? I don’t need a thinner phone. You know what I need? A tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole.

And a bonus…

At a marriage conference, a man, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, was asked to share some insights into the secrets behind such a long and healthy marriage. He shared, “Well, I’ve tried to treat her nicely and spend money on her. But, best of all, on our 10th wedding anniversary I took her to Italy.” The host said, “You are an inspiration to all the husbands here. Please tell us what you are planning for your 50th wedding anniversary.” The man replied, “I’m going to go to Italy and get her.”

 

GRACE NOTES:  Atheism Failed Me – Part 2

Is the Christian faith rational?  (You bet it is.)  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick