The Navigator: 10.18.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/21

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Ephesians 6:18-20

 

NOVEMBER 11th @ Noon – SUMMIT Leadership Lunch

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

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.

I think we can be walking out by 1:15pm.  More on this as it nears.

 

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.

I will “bang this drum” more as the date nears.

 

NEW CURRICULUM YET?

As I stated when I met with you, I am not the “curriculum police.”  But I do like to stay informed as to whose teaching what so that, when a guest asks me what a particular class is studying, I can offer them an informed response.

One class has already informed me they are beginning a new study.  When you do as well, please let me know so I can update my files.

And speaking of information for guests…

 

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.

 

We need classes to host booths!  Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

WHITE BOARD ERASING HELP

The new, “low odor” markers can be difficult to erase.  So I’ve purchased a great white board cleaner for you.  In your class, you will find a bottle of the cleaner and a microfiber towel (see pic).  I tested it and it works great.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This has to be a Baptist church…

 

GRACE NOTES:  What Satan Doesn’t Want You to Know

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 10.12.18

THIS SUNDAY, 10/14

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  multiple passages as Jason continues his series on prayer

 

 

We’re in the process of working with our current maintenance staff to take care of cleaning the newly added 16,000 sq. ft. of space.  Would you do us a huge favor and help us out while we get this taken care of?  If you’ll simply take care of the following easy tasks it will help our cleaning crew immensely, not to mention put forth a strong Christian testimony:

  • Take trash to large trash receptacle at end of south hallway near stairwell.
  • Clean up crumbs and/or stains created by donuts, coffee, etc.
  • Erase white boards when done.  This one sounds trivial but there’s method to our madness.  Markers on the market now are “low odor”.   This helps the strong odor from the marker but, for whatever reason, these markers are hard to clean off the white boards.  I have ordered spray cleaner for each room which should arrive any day.

That’s it!  Your help is deeply appreciated.  Teamwork makes the dream work. 🙂

P.S. – Please feel free to arrange your room however it best meets the learning style of your class.

 

I have been asked to include this so you can promote it in your classes.

Oct. 27th; 9:30-11:30; 2707 34th St.

Tickets are available for purchase for $10 ONLY until Oct.21. Ladies from Lubbock Impact will be our special guests and we are honored to have the event at their facility. Cute t shirts are available while supplies last for $18.  View the flyer here.

 

We need classes to host booths!  Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

Biblical food-for-thought.  From this past Wednesday evening’s study:

Revelation 18:5 – “for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”

The sins of the antichrist’s world system and followers are ever before a wrathful Judge.  And God remembers every single sin – every thought, every action.

For the believer, we have this merciful promise:

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12)

For the non-believer, the end result is terrifying, and eternal.

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  Hell Under Fire

Did you know that there is a movement – even within liberal Christianity – to remove the biblical hell from the Bible?  Sad, but true.  Here’ my response.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.4.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/7

Preacher:  Jason (New series on prayer!  Text: 1 Chronicles 4:10)

 

This Sunday morning, Oct. 7th, all SUMMIT Groups meet at 9:15 followed by a single, combined worship service at 10:45.

On 10/7 only, all classes will meet at 9:15 in the following classrooms:

108 – Agape

FLC – Open Door

109 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined

209 – Travelers

110 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – Base Camp

215 – The Mix

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adult

218 – University

219 – Dain

 

COME SEE ME

With the construction now over, I just moved into a new office.  Please come by and visit with me over a warm, robust beverage.  You can find me at the corner of Nick & Elvis.

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My daughter, Kelsie, works in Branson for the company that owns Silver Dollar City.  I got this from her.  I laughed out loud because it’s spot-on.

And a bonus…

This doesn’t necessarily belong in the category of “laughter”.  “Crazy” maybe?  (Video clip is 10 seconds long).

 

GRACE NOTES:  Turning the Tables on the Devil

We all have pain and frustration in life.  The key is in how we choose to respond to it.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 9.28.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, Sep. 30th

Preacher:  Jason (Final message in Jason’s Friend-ology sermon series; Luke 19:1-10)

 

This Sunday, 9/30, all classes meet in their new classrooms!  Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to notify the folks in your class as to this good news and give them help with directions to your classroom.  See last week’s Navigator for maps of where every class meets, and at what time.
ALSO…

MIKE LEWIS will be at the church this Sat., 9/29, from 3-4pm, for all teachers who may want to swing by their new classrooms to make certain everything is prepared for Sunday.  Thank you, Mike, for offering this!

 

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th –  Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie is well-done and portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.

5:30pm – free popcorn availabe;  6pm – movie begins

 

Sunday morning, Oct. 7th, all SUMMIT Groups meet at 9:15 followed by a single, combined worship service at 10:45.

Since all groups will be meeting at the same hour, here is, for that one Sunday, a modified assignment of classrooms.  On 10/7, all classes will meet at 9:15 in the following classrooms:

108 – Agape

109 – Open Door

110 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined (Note: we’re recommending the combined classes here based on the logic that, if the early class meets at 8am, after class you would have to wait almost 90 minutes before the 10:45 worship service begins.  Of course, the 8am class is certainly free to meet at 8am should you desire to do so, understanding the situation I’ve stated here.)

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – Base Camp

215 – The Mix

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adult

218 – University

219 – Dain (yet to be named 🙂 )

 

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CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK!

See the August 23rd Navigator for all the info regarding the fast upcoming start of class for B.H. Carroll.  Registration is now open.  Class begins Oct. 2nd.

Also, I do have a few Tuesday evenings open for those who may be available to host the students as they arrive at 6:30pm.  Interested?  Let me know.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

I firmly believe that teachers are the modern-day heroes.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Note the water-slide behind the church…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Old Rugged Cross

Where do we look in times of crippling pain?  The cross.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 9.20.18

THIS SUNDAY, 9/23

Preacher:  Nick

Text:  Revelation 7:9-10 (You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Even Though We’re Different)

 

We’re so close….

Yep – we’re still waiting on the Fire Marshall to sign off on the new building.  But this I know: he’s been up here this week checking things off.  Hopefully, this coming Sunday, 9/23, will be your final day in your present classroom.  Hopefully.

That said, I want to encourage every small group leader to give your entire class a tour of your new classroom.  Should we receive our Certificate of Occupancy in the next few days, Sep. 30th will be our first day in our new classrooms.  Introducing your class to the location of your new classroom will help them get a head start on easily finding it on the 30th.  Also, they will no doubt be excited to see how large the classrooms are.

So, dismiss a few minutes early and lead a “guided tour.”

 

MAP OF 1st & 2nd FLOOR CLASSROOMS

Hopefully, this map will make sense.   It’s a birds-eye view with the bottom of the map being the south side of the building (facing 54th St.)  The left side of the map points west toward the Commons, while the right side points east toward the FLC.

1st Floor:

Map of Room Assignments - 1st floor

 

2nd Floor:

Map of Room Assignments - 2nd floor

 

 

From this past week’s Revelation study – “the Lord God Almighty”…

From the world of physics you’ve no doubt heard the term “quantum physics” or “quantum mechanics.”  The adjective “quantum” means “quantity”.  In the context of physics it means “the least quantum/quantity of evidence for something.”

Photons are the presently known smallest particle/evidence of what we know to be light.  (This is will be an important piece of information in a moment.)

I am still wading through Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by astrophysicist, Neil Tyson.  In the early chapters he does his best to describe what cosmologists refer to as the moment of singularity – when the cosmos began (what is commonly referred to as the Big Bang.) He writes,

“…the interplay of matter in the form of subatomic particles, and energy in the form of photons was incessant. The universe was hot enough for these photons to spontaneously convert their energy into matter-antimatter particle pairs, which immediately thereafter annihilate, returning their energy back to photons…

“Shortly before, during, and after the strong and electroweak forces parted company, the universe was a seething soup of quarks, leptons, and their antimatter siblings, along with bosons, the particles that enable their interactions…

“…the continuous creation, annihilation, and re-creation of quarks and antiquarks, electrons and antielectrons (better known as positrons), and neutrinos and antineutrinos.

“As the cosmos continued to expand and cool, growing larger than the size of our solar system, the temperature dropped rapidly below a trillion degrees Kelvin.

What Tyson describes – this process of quarks, leptons and neutrinos forming what would become our universe – must have taken place over a great deal of time.  Then he drops this bomb:

“A millionth of a second has passed since the beginning.”

The Bible puts it this way:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Thus is our Almighty God.

 

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See the August 23rd Navigator for all the info regarding the fast upcoming start of class for B.H. Carroll.  Registration is now open.  Class begins Oct. 2nd.

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Thursday evening, Sep. 27th – Singing Men Concert.  70 men from the West Texas and Panhandle regions will present a concert in the BHBC Worship Center.  7pm.  Free.

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th –  Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd – B.H. Carroll Theological Institute classes begin.  Member of BHBC and desire to audit the class for free?  Click here.  Pursuing a Masters Degree?  Register here.

 Sunday, Oct. 7th – New Building Dedication:  Summit Groups will meet at 8am & 9:15  (10:45 classes will need to adjust; more on these logistics soon)  One combined celebration service at 10:45am.

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Supernatural World

The supernatural world exists.  Read the very brief blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

The Navigator: 9.14.18

This Sunday: 9/16

Preacher: Jason

Text:  2 Samuel 15:32-37 (new series: “Friend-ology: the study of friendships”)

INTRODUCING OUR FACILITIES TEAM

Last week I included the Guidelines voted upon by the Facilities Team regarding the use of the new classrooms.  This week I would like to let you know who is on that team:

Chris Gscheidle (Chairman), Shannon Beeles, Jack Clark, Mel Halbrooks, Cliff Jones, Beverly McBeath, Randy Rogers, Alice Smith, Roy Strange.  Staff Liaison is Mike Lewis

As stated in last week’s E-News, should you desire to decorate using items that are dear to your class and/or that support your current teaching series, simply schedule a meeting with these folks.

WHEN CAN WE MOVE IN TO OUR NEW CLASSROOMS?

The only thing we’re waiting on is the Certificate of Occupancy from the Fire Marshall.  While we’ve been given permission to move furniture, we still cannot legally begin using the space until we receive that little piece of paper.  I am told we’re expecting that certificate any day now.   I’ll keep you posted!

CLASSROOM TEACHING AIDS – UPDATE

New 55 inch television monitors and large white-boards are presently being mounted in classrooms.  (Five rooms will have mounted tv monitors – this includes all 1st floor classrooms.  Other rooms, upon request, will use monitors  on carts.)  Upon moving into your room, should you have any teaching/learning needs simply let me know.

SIGNIFICANT BIBLICAL DISCOVERY

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This kind of story is the type that usually flies under the mainstream radar.  But even FOX and the Washington Post picked this story up.  It’s a couple of years old but so significant I wanted to pass it along to you.  It involves a discovery of an Old Testament scroll (the discovery was actually made in the 1970’s).  The scroll was burned in a fire around 600 A.D.  Scientists guess the scroll dates to 300 A.D. or earlier.  How they were able to read the contents of a scroll that was burned that long ago is fascinating.  Here are two news articles about the discovery and how scientists accomplished reading the scroll.

Read the Fox News article here.  Read the Washington Post article here.

Biblical food-for-thought.  From this past Wednesday evening’s study:

God’s wrath is just as real as his love.  His wrath upon sin was absorbed by Jesus that day outside Jerusalem 20 centuries ago.  When we stop, take inventory of what that means, and really think it through, we begin to understand and appreciate what the biblical term “saved” really means.

The Bible is clear – the final and devastating wrath of God upon sin is coming…

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. (Colossians 3:5-6)

Paul reminded the Thessalonians how we are saved from this coming wrath…

…[your reputation is that you] serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath… For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 5:9-10)

Paul sums up our being saved from the wrath of God in his letter to the Romans…

Since we have now been justified by [Christ’s] blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  (Romans 5:9)

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See the August 23rd Navigator for all the info regarding the fast upcoming start of class for B.H. Carroll.  Registration is now open.  Class begins Oct. 2nd.

ON THE HORIZON:

Thursday evening, Sep. 27th – Singing Men Concert.  70 men from the West Texas and Panhandle regions will present a concert in the BHBC Worship Center.  7pm.  Free.

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th –  Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd – B.H. Carroll Theological Institute classes begin.  Member of BHBC and desire to audit the class for free?  Click here.  Pursuing a Masters Degree?  Register here.

 Sunday, Oct. 7th – New Building Dedication:  Summit Groups will meet at 8am & 9:15  (10:45 classes will need to adjust; more on these logistics soon)  One combined celebration service at 10:45am.

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

QUOTE of the WEEK

I love this.  While store bookshelves are weighted down with books under the category of “Christian Living,” the No. 1 resource for spiritual growth is still the Bible.  Note Lee Strobel’s reply to the question asked him below.

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I thought this was pretty darn funny…

GRACE NOTES:  Bewitched

The most prevalent use of religious bondage, both now and historically, is legalism/works-based religion.  While Paul refuted and corrected this insidious satanic lie throughout his letters, he used laser-like words with the Galatians.  Do you know people who still believe they have to be “good enough” to be loved and accepted by God?  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 9.6.18

 

Sunday, 9/9

Preacher:  Jason

Text: Proverbs 27:19

 

FROM ROSIE RODRIQUEZ – A REQUEST:

As I did in all of my meetings with our Small Group leadership, I asked the leaders of our Special Friends ministry if they had any suggestions.  They did.

First, Rosie Rodriguez asked, “Could you please let all other classes know who we are and where we meet?  On occasion we have a ‘straggler’ who gets lost.  If everyone knows where we meet they will be able to help that person find their way back to our class.”

As listed in last week’s Navigator, our Special Friends class meets in the north end of the FLC adjacent to the kitchen.

Second, Rosie asked if any classes might be open to one of their attendees visiting your class on occasion to lead a prayer.

You can certainly text or email me and let me know and I will pass along your response to Rosie.  nw

 

NEW BUILDING MOVE-IN UPDATE

The new building is practically completed.  Practically. 

Although we’ve been given permission to begin moving chairs & furniture into the new space, we have not yet been issued the Certificate of Occupancy.  Until we do, we cannot legally occupy the new space.

Some of you will remember, due to the construction of the Commons, we were, for a few weeks, unable to use the Worship Center.  In response, we issued an “all call” for help in moving all the chairs in the Worship Center to the FLC.  It was an amazing feat that was accomplished in record time. This “all call” is coming once again to seek help in moving chairs into the all the new rooms.

I will keep you posted on the “all call” and when we can begin using the new space.

 

WED. NIGHT COMMUNITY CONNECTION ROOM ASSIGNMENTS

Revelation – Nick Watts – Worship Center

It Starts @ Home – Jason Atchley – 109

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Michael Dain – 219

Prayer – Wellspring – 110

GriefShare – Tom & Diane Heath – 209

Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez – 212

 

GUIDELINES FOR NEW CLASSROOM USAGE

Want to decorate your new class room and/or store supplies?  Following the disclaimer are the policies established by our Facilities Team.

Disclaimer:  Don’t panic as you read the policies.  All of us understand that there have to be policies in place.  Just as there must be lanes on a highway, if you don’t provide boundaries we begin swerving all over the place.  Further, the adage always applies in this context: “if you let one person do it, you have to let everyone.”  If you would like to use decorations that are dear to your class or that help communicate your present curriculum all you have to do is set up a brief meeting with the Facilities Team (comprised of level-headed folks) and state your case.

What follows is exactly what I was given from the Facilities Team:

Please remember that this is a shared space.  The facility team will handle all decorating and we ask that no decorations, furnishings, posters, etc. be added without the facility team’s approval.

If you need to store any class materials in the room, please contact Nick Watts.

We will also need your cooperation in keeping the rooms clean.  Please help by doing the following:

  • Use plates for ALL food items. Donut glaze ruins vacuum cleaners.
  • Bring a cup of coffee to class with you, but always use a lid.
  • Coffee will be available at three conveniently located stations. Coffee pots, sugar, creamer, etc. should never be brought into classrooms.
  • Pick up all visible trash after your meeting.
  • If you don’t finish your beverage, please pour it down a drain to prevent messes caused by leaky trash bags.
  • Bag all of your trash and place in the designated trash bin after your meeting and re-line the trash can.

Thank you for your cooperation with keeping our facilities in excellent condition!  BHBC Facilities Team

 

SEARCHING FOR THE HISTORICAL KING DAVID:  Sept. 13th; LCU

I am always looking for opportunities to learn.  That said, I have attended the Lanier Lectures at LCU before and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I am unable to attend this year’s event but, since it’s completely free, I wanted to  let you know that it’s available.

This year’s event is titled, “Searching for the Historical King David.”  The speaker is Yosef Garfinkel.  Born in Israel, he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem earning degrees in Archaeology and Geography (B.A.), Prehistory and Biblical Archaeology (M.A.) and a Ph.D. on the Pottery Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic periods.

You can find more info here.  Tickets are free but, to keep up with numbers, they ask for an RSVP.

 

Quick biblical food-for-thought…

From this past Wed’s Revelation study (chapter 13):

“Then I (John) saw a second beast (the false prophet), coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.”  (Rev. 13:11)

This false prophet looks like a lamb, but speaks like a dragon.

[Jesus said], “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

The thing about false prophets is that they never look like false prophets. Satan himself “masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14)

Masquerading as a preacher of heaven, this man’s words are straight out of hell. Although his words may contain nuggets of truth, a half-truth is still a whole lie.

This is why Paul encouraged the Thessalonians,

“test every [kind of prophecy/preaching/teaching against scripture]; hold on to what is good; reject every kind of evil.” (1 Thtess. 5:21-22)

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Thursday evening, Sep. 27th – Singing Men Concert.  70 men from the West Texas and Panhandle regions will present a concert in the BHBC Worship Center.  7pm.  Free.

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th –  Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd – B.H. Carroll Theological Institute classes begin.  Member of BHBC and desire to audit the class for free?  Click here.  Pursuing a Masters Degree?  Register here.

 Sunday, Oct. 7th – New Building Dedication:  Summit Groups will meet at 8am & 9:15  (10:45 classes will need to adjust; more on these logistics soon)  One combined celebration service at 10:45am.

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“Some people ask the secret to my wife’s and my marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes on Tuesdays, I go Fridays.” Henny Youngman

And, a bonus….

A child asked his father, “How were people born?” His father replied, “Adam & Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.”

The child then went to his mother and asked her the same thing. She told him, “We were monkeys. Then we evolved to become like we are now.”

The child ran back to his father and cried, “You lied to me!” His father said, “No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our Illuminating God

Recently, I toured Marvel Cave in Missouri.  At one point in the tour, the guide turned out the lights with the only source of light being a small candle.  What struck me was not how dark it was, but how much light that small candle provided in pitch-black, suffocating darknessI was reminded of a biblical truth:  even the smallest light can dispel the greatest, thickest darkness.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick