The Navigator: 10.10.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/13 (New sermon series!)

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

 

Summit Leadership Appreciation Banquet: Rescheduled!

About half of our small group faculty are available on Oct. 20th.  While not minimizing the value of those people, I very much want to schedule our first Appreciation Banquet when almost everyone can attend.

I will be looking at the Spring calendar with the ministry staff and, soon, present to you the new date.  nw

 

 

On Oct. 13thIt’s here!

If you could help me host the Biblical Learning table (half hour slots) shoot me an email or text.

Below is a list of the ministries that will be represented (in alphabetical order):

  1. Ambassadors
  2. Aspire-Special Friends – First Friday
  3. Biblical Learning: Summit Groups, Wed. Evening Classes & BH Carrol
  4. Children
  5. Missions – Operation CC; Lubbock Impact, Elevate, etc
  6. Preschool
  7. Senior Adults – flower ministry, Women who Pray, Sonshiner choir, Game Day, Prayer for the Nations; etc
  8. Students (youth)
  9. University
  10. Women’s ministry
  11. Worship – Choir, Praise Team, Sound Tech

Official time of Fair is 11:30-2:00.  Food trucks will be on site to make grabbing lunch easy.  Whether you get your lunch on site or somewhere else, please make a point to swing back by the FLC to familiarize yourself with all Christ is doing in our midst.

 

THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

The story and video clip of the young man forgiving the Dallas cop who mistakenly killed his brother has gone viral.  (See video below)

I suspect that every Sunday morning church crowds are peppered with hurting people who’ve never forgiven someone who has hurt them deeply.

Keep in mind that forgiveness and trust are two completely different things. You can forgive someone without ever associating with them again.  Forgiveness is not about changing them – it’s about changing us.

All of that said, may I offer you my story of forgiving my dad?  You can read my story here(My story here will also serve as this week’s Grace Notes devotional thought.)

Next to my profession of faith in Christ, forgiving him was the most life-changing decision I ever made. It was brutal. But it saved me on a number of levels.

Should you be where I once was, perhaps my story will help.

Love to you all, Nick

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

From the incomparable Bob Hope…

On Presidents: “I have performed for twelve presidents and entertained only six.”

On his six brothers: “That’s how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.”

On his family’s early poverty: “Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw in another brother.”

And a bonus…

Carol Burnett & Tim Conway

 

GRACE NOTES:  How I Forgave My Dad (see introduction above under “Life-changing power of forgiveness.)  For your convenience, the link is provided for you again here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.3.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/6

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  1 Samuel 17

 

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

You have most likely read or heard about the Dallas cop who inadvertently entered the wrong apartment after her shift and shot who she believed was a burglar.  The shot was fatal.  Worse, it wasn’t her apartment.  The cop has been tried and convicted and will spend years in prison.

Different people have different opinions about this story.  Put those opinions aside for a moment.  You can read one of the many articles about this story of forgiveness here.  Below is the video of the victim’s brother telling his killer, “I forgive you.”  Grab a tissue.

 

CLASS BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY, 10/8.

As of 10/3, twenty-seven people have registered for this wonderful study.

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; FLC (room is changed due to large enrollment)

It’s never been easier to learn.

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!

Below is a list of the ministries that will be represented:

  1. Ambassadors
  2. BH Carroll
  3. Aspire-Special Friends – First Friday
  4. Missions – Operation CC; Lubbock Impact, Elevate, etc
  5. Wednesday night Community Classes:  Grief Share, Divorce Care, Strength to Love; other studies
  6. Worship – Choir, Praise Team, Sound Tech
  7. Students
  8. Children
  9. Biblical Learning: Summit Groups, Wed. Evening Classes & BH Carrol
  10. Senior Adults – flower ministry, Women who Pray, Sonshiner choir, Game Day, Prayer for the Nations; etc
  11. University
  12. Preschool – includes ministry safe information
  13. Women’s ministry – game night; brunch; retreat; Wed. nite study (not currently, but coming soon?) – Wed. morning study??
  14. Fall Festival

Food trucks will be on site to make grabbing lunch easy.  Whether you get your lunch on site or somewhere else, please make a point to swing back by the FLC to familiarize yourself with all Christ is doing in our midst.

 

IT’S TIME TO RSVP.

our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner.

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Childcare:  please make your reservations for childcare no later than Oct. 13th so Janyth Brannon has plenty of time to make arrangements.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

THREE DECADES AGO, AMERICA LOST ITS RELIGION.  WHY?

A Vermont friend of mine from grad school posted this article this past week from The Atlantic.  I submit the article here for you only because it is an interesting and intelligent article that prompts the reader to engage in careful thought.  Read the article here.

Of note:  the article attempts to argue for a dramatic increase in atheism in North America.  This must be taken with a grain of salt.  Philosophy professor, Paul Copan, cites:

“The number of atheists in America in recent history has remained fairly consistent. According to Gallup polls, 4 percent of Americans were atheists back in 2007—the same percentage as in 1944! Rumors of God’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”

Immediately below are my thoughts I shared on my friend’s Facebook page regarding the article.

Excellent. Balanced. Intelligent. A powerful quote: “Religion has lost its halo effect in the past three decades, not because science drove God from the public square, but rather because politics did.” This is precisely why, when teaching, I will occasionally remind people, “Jesus was neither a republican nor white.” Sadly, some are startled to hear that. :))

I well remember the “greed is good 80’s.” American transformed during that decade, giving way to the “Christian celebrity.” Christian music artists and pastors were, all of a sudden, idolized, with the more celebrated pastors marketing themselves through books and other media while purchasing jets and enormous homes. Contrast that with the life of Jesus.

I read a book once titled, “They Like Jesus But Not the Church.” The author, a Southern California pastor, got to know the people in the coffee shop at which he often studied. He began to ask them, “What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Jesus?” Every single person, regardless of their worldview, replied with words and phrases like “loving, caring for the poor, wise teacher, etc.”. He then asked a second question: “What do you think of when you hear the word ‘church?” He records that their countenance would immediately change. Their responses were filled with words like “hypocritical, judgmental, self-righteous, or even boring.”

Last thought: I once sat in a classroom listening to a talk by sociologist, Tony Campolo. He made a statement I’ve never forgotten, and completely agree with. He said, “America is not a Christian (religious) nation. But America is a deeply spiritual nation.”

I don’t know that I have an overriding point to my rambling here. The article just got me thinking.

 

While people in Americans may be complacent about their faith, check out what God is doing in other parts of the world…

 

IRAN HAS WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING CHURCH

Read the fascinating FOX News article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus…

An elderly cattleman from Texas once told a young female neighbor that the secret to living a long life was sprinkling a pinch of gun-powder on your oatmeal each morning.

This she did. And lived to the ripe old age of 103.

Upon her death, she left behind 9 children, 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grand children, 5 great-great grandchildren, and a 40 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Maranatha

Three times in the last chapter of our Bible Jesus says, “I’m on my way.”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 9.26.19

THIS SUNDAY, 9/29

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  Mark 14:24

***Lord’s Supper in both worship services.

 

As of 9/26, twenty-two people have registered for this wonderful study.

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

BIBLICAL EVIDENCE FROM ARCHAEOLOGY

Sure, every city and/or item in the ancient writings of Scripture hasn’t been discovered.  But this we know:  not a single artifact discovered has contradicted the writings of Scripture.  The significance of this point must not be minimized.

For your files, I submit to you a recent article citing the discovery of a 2,600 year old “stamp seal” bearing the name of King David’s son.  You can read that article here.

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!

Below is a list of the ministries that will be represented:

  1. Ambassadors
  2. BH Carroll
  3. Aspire-Special Friends – First Friday
  4. Missions – Operation CC; Lubbock Impact, Elevate, etc
  5. Wednesday night Community Classes:  Grief Share, Divorce Care, Strength to Love; other studies
  6. Worship – Choir, Praise Team, Sound Tech
  7. Students
  8. Children
  9. Summit Groups & Wed. Evening Classes
  10. Senior Adults – flower ministry, Women who Pray, Sonshiner choir, Game Day, Prayer for the Nations; etc
  11. University
  12. Preschool – includes ministry safe information
  13. Women’s ministry – game night; brunch; retreat; Wed. nite study (not currently, but coming soon?) – Wed. morning study??
  14. Fall Festival

Food trucks will be on site to make grabbing lunch easy.  Whether you get your lunch on site or somewhere else, please make a point to swing back by the FLC to familiarize yourself with all Christ is doing in our midst.

 

THE  GOD IN OUR PAIN

Paul wrote, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

The Dutch theologian and author. Henri Nouwen, once said, “Sometimes, the only prayer I can utter is, ‘Lord, help me.’”  A picture really does say a thousand words…

 

 

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Childcare:  please make your reservations for childcare no later than Oct. 13th so Janyth Brannon has plenty of time to make arrangements.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive.” – William Arthur Ward

And a bonus (I saw this on the wall of the elementary school my wife, Michelle, teaches at):

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  When God says, “Have it your way.”

God’s love is inexhaustible.  But, being a just God, there comes a point when finally says, “Do you really want to ruin your life?  Have it your way.”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 9.19.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/22

Preacher:  Jason

Primary text:  Acts 17:16-34

 

CLEMSON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, DABO SWINNEY & HIS FAITH IN CHRIST

This article addresses a debate I’ve had with friends of mine.  And there are times when the issue has gotten muddied in the water.

But my friend from way back, Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, has a way here of stating the law clearly and succinctly.

Jesus never once imposed the gospel on a single person. And neither has Coach Swinney.  Clemson is the reigning College Football Champion.

Read the brief article here.

 

DOES GOD EXIST? IF SO, WHAT EVIDENCE DO WE HAVE FOR HIS EXISTENCE?

Two solid videos here to arm you with confidence and, once again, strengthen your faith as you are reminded that the evidence for the existence of God is overwhelming.  Both videos include Eric Metaxas, a brilliant NYT best-selling author and a devoted follower of Christ.

The first video is his latest video clip from Prager U.  Mathematical physicist, Eric Weinstein, tweeted he disagrees with this argument for God’s existence. I would like to hear his reasons.  The video is only 5 minutes.  View the video on the Prager U website here.

This second video (below) is from 2015.  I’ve have in my library – and have read – the book to which Metaxas refers in this interview – his most recent book at the time titled, “Miracles.”  The interview is only 3 minutes long.

Remember: every worldview, including atheism, requires a leap of faith.  Enjoy, nw

 

QUICK SERVING OF SOUL FOOD:

On the book of Job, chapters 1-2…

In his book, The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey writes:

“Nowhere else in the Bible are we more clearly informed of a realm beyond our own – one we cannot see but, nonetheless, exists.

“Like Job, we live in ignorance of what is going on ‘behind the curtains.’ Job reminds us that the small history of mankind on this earth takes place within the large drama of the history of the universe. We are foot-soldiers in a spiritual battle with cosmic significance.

“In the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘There is no neutral ground in the universe – every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.”

Perhaps you’ve never had the unfortunate opportunity to develop a relationship with a narcissist.  Consider yourself blessed.

I worked with a textbook narcissist once.  To borrow a line I once heard in a movie, he was “so oily you could fry chicken on him.”

I thought this article was very solid.

Read the article here.

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info in next week’s Navigator.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES: He’s Not a Tame Lion

We think of Jesus as a meek and mild gentleman sitting down petting a lamb and telling sweet stories to children.  The Bible sets things straight.

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 9.12.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/15

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Acts 4:32-37

 

HOPE & HELP FOR THOSE CONSIDERING SUICIDE

Immediately below is the video from the community-wide event at which I spoke this past Tuesday.  (Crestview Baptist Church in Midland is Jason Atchley’s home church.)

The reason I am including it here is because I had no idea they were videoing my presentation.

That said, I am sharing with you the link.  Although the video doesn’t include my slides or two video clips I used, all the information and tools for helping those who are at-risk are included.

If you are severely depressed and/or suicidal (or if you know someone who may be) please watch this.

I stand today to tell you the truth: there is hope and help in abundance. You are loved. You are not alone. Talk to someone. Your loss would be devastating. You are going to make it.

The pastor who hosted the event texted me as I was driving home from Midland and wrote, “My phone is blowing up with people thanking us for offering this event.  The video has already been viewed 215 times.”  That was an hour after we concluded.  Once again, Christ was mightily at work.

A brief video of a woman who lost her son to suicide begins at the 12 minute mark. The woman in the video is one of the Admin. Asst’s at the church that hosted this event. Her son took his life April 1, 2018.

I begin speaking immediately after her story.  For Narnia.  For Jordan.

 

 

On Oct. 13th – Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info to come as the event nears.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC

You can begin emailing your RSVP now.  Let us know if you’re coming and if anyone will be accompanying you so we can plan our food accordingly.  Simply email me and I’ll pass along your information to Tami Hines, our hostess.

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

NEED A “HAPPY BREAK?”  THIS IS MIND-BLOWING.

World class pianist Ed Clute came to tune the piano at Hudson Manor this morning and played a little “Sweet Georgia Brown” when he finished. Imagine if he had warmed up a little first! Oh, did I mention he is blind?

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of [us]. [We] are as much alone with him as if [we] were the only being he had ever created.” – C.S. Lewis   (“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…” (Psalm 139:17-18)

And a bonus…

“We may be, in part, products of our past: but if the gospel is true, we do not need to be prisoners of it.” Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This so incredibly random.  But I laughed out loud when I saw it.

And a bonus… (posted on my FB page a couple of years ago)

 

GRACE NOTES:  Discouraged?  You’re in Good Biblical Company.

One of the many things I love about the Bible is that it’s unsanitized, unedited. It covers the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

Just know that many “heroes of the faith” suffered from discouragement and depression. We have an entire Old Testament book titled, “Lamentations.”

What is critical is that, in the pain & darkness, we, by faith, focus on what is true: the Word of God.

For the sad & discouraged… Discouragement is one of the enemy’s most powerful and effective weapons.

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you.”  Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭NLT

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator – 9.5.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/8

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Titus 3:8-11

 

THIS SUNDAY EVENING, 9/8 – 5pm

Ordination Service for Mike Lewis & Tom Heath

What does it mean to be ordained?  (Good question)

The official definition is:  to invest officially with ministerial authority.

Translation:  to affirm and celebrate, as a local church, the ministry assignment clearly given to an individual.

Mike & Tom would be no less pastors if they were never ordained by a local church.  This service merely invites Bacon Heights to affirm the call from God that is clear upon their lives and celebrate with them that call.

Lastly, closely associated with this affirmation is the phrase “laying on of hands.”  Taken from both Old & New Testament passages, this act was used to confer upon a individual a blessing and affirmation of God’s call on their life.

A reception will follow.

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PAGE

Several have emailed me updates to their small group information.  Please, if you haven’t yet, check out your class’s information by clicking here and let me know if anything needs to be adjusted.  Thank you!

ALSO, please mark Sunday evening, Oct. 20th, on your calendar for our very first Summit Leadership Appreciation Banquet.  Spouses are invited! Childcare is provided – we need to know asap who needs childcare.

 

OCTOBER 13th: MINISTRY FAIR!

I am the staff liaison to our Missions Team.  We’ve discussed the number of ministries within Bacon Heights that, most likely, the majority of our people don’t know about.

On Oct. 13th, Food Trucks will, again, be stationed in our south parking lot so our folks can conveniently grab a bite and visit tables throughout our FLC that have information about everything from Friends of God to Summit Groups to Elevate to Aspire to GriefShare to… well, you get the picture.

Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info to come as the event nears.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

HAS SCIENCE DISCOVERED GOD?

Many will never face up to the overwhelming evidence for the existence of God.  But, even the former giant of the atheistic world, Antony Flew, after finally conceding the existence of God, said, “I must abide by Plato’s Socrates who said, ‘We must follow the evidence wherever it leads.”  That evidence led Flew to the only logical conclusion:  God exists.

Below are two 5-minute video clips. 

The first clip explores on the logic of 17th century German scientist, Gottfried Leibniz, a prominent German polymath and one of the most important logicians, mathematicians and natural philosophers of the Enlightenment.

The second clip is contemporary, but a little harder to grasp.  Additionally, the host talks a little fast and is sometimes difficult to understand.  Don’t hesitate to watch it a couple of times (it’s only 5 minutes.)  This clip is based on the hard science of MIT grad, Gerald Schroeder, a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As is my practice, my goal is to provide you with resourced information to help you grow deep in your faith, as well as be able to more confidently engage in intelligent dialogue where Christianity is concerned. 

Has science discovered God?  No. God desires us to ultimately come to him by faith.  Ravi Zacharias brilliantly put it this way:

“God has put enough into this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone. Faith and reason must always work together in that plausible blend.”

What science has done is discovered overwhelming evidence of his existence so that the most jaded of skeptics is without excuse.  Enjoy, nw

 

WE NEVER KNOW…

We put our best faces on at church.  And that’s why I often mention something similar to the quote below during our greeting time on Sunday mornings.  The person struggling this week may be you.  Never forget, you are not alone.  “The battle is the Lord’s.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.  Not only a prolific author, but an Oxford don and, as a former atheist, a consummate defender of the Christian faith.  Below is not only one of my favorite Lewis quotes, but also a wonderful food-for-thought for lost or seeking friends and/or members of your class.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our True North: the Word of God

When your lost, confused or your world turns upside down there’s only one true guide to what’s true.  That’s where we must focus.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 8.29.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/1

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Romans 12:1-10

***Regular Schedule for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Throughout scripture, God “bangs the drum” to remind his people of the fundamental basics of following him.  As you know, this applies to any life-skill.  Whether it was sports or music, my coaches and professors routinely began every session with the fundamentals.

Every now and then, please allow me to simply remind you of the critical, yet often forgotten, basics of small-group shepherding:

1. You can’t give what you don’t have.  Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time.  Jesus warned, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” If your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, simply let me know.

2. Know why you believe what you believe.  Be a disciplined and responsible student of scripture.  Take time to think and work through hard passages.  When you stop learning, you stop leading.  Think deeply.

3. Lead with love.  Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.”  And, “the greatest among you shall be your servant.”

4. Lead by example.  Sheep are led, not driven.  Be on time to class.  Always show up prepared.  Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.

5. Approach teaching as seriously as God does.  James wrote, Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”  Prepare well, and leave the results to God.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.

Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

FALL MID-WEEK OPPORTUNITIES for SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Classes are underway! 6:30pm

Galatians & James: The Balance Between Grace & Works; Rm 108 – Nick Watts

Philippians; Rm 109 – Drew Flores

Strength to Love; Rm. 208 – Camille Johnston & Dormye Halbrooks

GriefShare; Rm 209 – Tom Heath

DivorceCare; Rm 211 – Isaias & Sony Martinez

Doctrines; Rm 219 – Michael Dain

Wellspring – TBA

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC (note : this event has been rescheduled from the original date of 10/6)

Prepare to be appreciated.

 

GOD IS JEALOUS.  BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A quick insight from Wed. evening’s class on Galatians.

It’s a part of the 2nd of the 10 Commandments. And Moses makes it clear later on:

“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Ex. 34:14)

I heard a celebrity once say condescendingly, “I just can’t respect a God who says he’s jealous.”  At face value, I would agree with the celebrity.

But that is the mistake we make when we are irresponsible and/or hasty in our study of scripture.

God’s jealousy is nothing like human jealousy.

I could go on. But this brief quote from philosophy professor, Paul Copan, Ph.D., from his book “Is God a Moral Monster?” offers solid, concise insight.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK  (good advice from Linus)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Wanting a Nice Jesus

For this week’s devotional, I direct your attention to a recent article in the Babylon Bee.

NOTE: The Babylon Bee is satire. They make their points by using humor. But that humor always comes with a barb, or sting, of truth.

As Mike Yaconelli used to often say, “People today want a ‘nice’ Jesus. Not the Jesus of the Bible.”

This article is spot-on.  Read it here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick