The Navigator: 1.4.20

THIS SUNDAY, 1/5

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  John 16:33

 

BACK TO REGULAR SCHEDULE on 1/5

Tomorrow (Jan. 5th) we return to our regularly scheduled start-and-end times for Small Groups and Worship Services.

 

MID-WEEK STUDIES BEGIN THIS WEEK, 1/8 – 6:30pm

108 – An Eye-Witness Account of the Life of Jesus: the Gospel of John – Nick Watts

209 – GriefShare – Tom Heath

210 – Psalm 23 – Wellspring – Laura McGrew

211 – Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez

219 – New American Religions – Michael Dain

Off Campus – Strength to Love – Cam Johnson & Dormye Halbrooks

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING MEALS OFFERED BEGINNING 1/8

  1. Meal time:  5:30pm
  2. Cost is $10 per meal
  3. Reservations must be made by noon the preceding Monday.
  4. No refunds
  5. Location: FLC
  6. This week’s caterer:  Chick-Fil-A

 

FYI – DEACON’s MEETING:  1/5; 5pm

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Sometimes, God removes people from your life for a good reason.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Spiritual Confusion

Sometimes, life is really hard to figure out.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 12.19.19

***NOTE:  Due to the Christmas holidays, there will be no Navigator E-News next  week.  Next E-News will be published on January 2nd.  For your convenience, a reminder of “which class meets where on combined Sundays” is at the bottom of this E-News.  nw

A PERSONAL WORD FROM ME & MICHELLE:   Only in heaven will you know how much we love you.  Your tireless work to pour yourselves into others inspires us on a weekly basis.  Never, ever forget:  what you’re doing matters; you are making a difference, even when you can’t tell that you are.  We wish you the merriest of Christmases.  Much love, St. Nick & Michelle

THIS SUNDAY, 12/22

Preacher:  Jason

Primary TextIsaiah 61:1-3 – Joy to the World

 

TSO – THIS SUNDAY, 12/22

This Sunday! 12/22 – we will close the worship service with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve Sarajevo.”

The Lord has blessed BHBC with extraordinary musicians. We’ve added a gifted violinist this year. My (and everyone else’s) hands rarely move faster than when we play this song.

Happy Christmas! St. Nick

 

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

This is a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the beloved carol.  I hope to have it ready to perform live next year.

 

NASA MAKES ENTIRE MEDIA LIBRARY AVAILABLE & COPYRIGHT FREE

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I’ve mentioned before I have a great love for astronomy and cosmogony.  For those who may also have some interest in, as well as fascination with, the cosmos, you will find this news delightful.  “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”

Read the NASA article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Often a work of God comes with two edges: great joy and great pain. And, in that matter-of-fact response, Mary (the mother of Jesus) embraced both. She was the very first person to accept Jesus on His own terms, regardless of the personal cost.” – Philip Yancey

And a bonus,…

“The gospel is complex enough to keep theologians and philosophers busy writing learned tomes for years, and yet simple enough for a child to grasp the essentials.” – Francis Schaeffer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My favorite “Far Side” Christmas cartoon.

And a bonus,…

Actual Answers from Contestants on the Game Show, “Family Feud”:

Name something a blind person might use: a sword

Name a bird with a long neck: a penguin

Name an occupation where you need a torch: a burglar

Name a famous brother and sister: Bonnie & Clyde

Name an item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers: a horse

Name a number you have to memorize: 7

Name something you might be allergic to: skiing

Name a continent: Italy

Name something slippery: a con man

Name a domestic animal: leopard

Name a part of the body beginning with “N”: knee

Name something that flies that doesn’t have an engine: dishes

 

 

GRACE NOTES:  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

The lyrics of most beloved hymns and carols boil down to this:  those lyrics are someone’s story to put music.  The story behind this song will bring you great encouragement and hope.  Read the blog here.

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

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

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

Dec. 15th – One Bible Study Hour – One Combined Worship Service

Below is the information I sent you via e-mail earlier in the week.

Class assignments for the next three Sundays, 12/15, 12/22, and 12/29.

As in the past, it is up to Glenna Applewhite and the 8am class as to whether to combine with the later Duncan class, or go ahead and meet at 8am.  Please contact me should you see a problem and I will address it immediately.

108 – Agape

109 – Open Door

110 – Ladies’ Class

208 – Duncan

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults

218 – University

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

The Navigator: 12.12.19

THIS SUNDAY: 12.15.19

Choral Christmas Musical

Brief Devotional Thought:  Nick Watts

 

Dec. 15th – One Bible Study Hour – One Combined Worship Service

Below is the information I sent you via e-mail earlier in the week.

Class assignments for the next three Sundays, 12/15, 12/22, and 12/29.

As in the past, it is up to Glenna Applewhite and the 8am class as to whether to combine with the later Duncan class, or go ahead and meet at 8am.  Please contact me should you see a problem and I will address it immediately.

108 – Agape

109 – Open Door

110 – Ladies’ Class

208 – Duncan

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults

218 – University

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

WHAT, EXACTLY, DOES THE WORD “GOSPEL” MEAN?

We preachers & teachers can be guilty of throwing around what I call “Bible words or phrases” without remembering it’s likely that many of our listeners or readers have little or no idea what the word or phrase means.

The word we use most is the word “gospel.” It was a common Greek word in the Roman Empire meaning “good news”. But Jesus, both, deepened and widened its meaning with the good news of mankind having the opportunity to be reconciled to God through Christ.

Here is a wonderful, short clip by author and defender of the Christian faith, Gregory Koukl (pronounced “COKE-el”), as he succinctly explains the biblical meaning of the word “gospel.”   Hopefully, this helps you offer clarity of the term to your students.

 

AND SPEAKING OF THE GOSPEL…

I thought this was profound.  Nancy Pearcey was one of my professors at HBU during my grad work in Christian Apologetics.  She actually studied under the renowned philosopher, Francis Shaeffer.  She writes,

“One of Francis Shaeffer’s most memorable sayings was that Christianity does not start with ‘Jesus saves you from your sins.’ It starts with ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’ Shaeffer’s point was that Christianity cannot be reduced to a tract or a technique for getting ‘saved.’ It is a comprehensive account of the structure of reality, a rational and real-world account of the history of the universe, a verifiable storyline of the unfolding of the cosmos.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The old saying is “You’re only as old as you feel.”

I know some younger people who live like they’re ancient. And some older folks who live life with such adventure and joy you would swear they were in their 20’s.

This quote sums up this topic better than any I’ve ever seen. Shared years ago by my dear friend, Jim Hardwicke, who happens to be our guest speaker at next April’s Appreciation Banquet.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

The story behind one particular Christmas tradition.  Enjoy.

In a single afternoon during a long ago late December…

Several of Santa’s elves got sick. This slowed 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 favorite mug, 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.

 

And, a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Angels Among Us – Part 1

There is a heightened interest in angels this time of year.  But, what does the Bible say about these supernatural messengers?   There is a link in the blog to Part 2.  Read the blog(s) here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

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

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