The Navigator: 2.19.2021

As the sub-zero temperatures held their death-grip, I would think about the above quote from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.  Narnia – where it was always winter.  Well, until Aslan roared.

“Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

 

THIS SUNDAY

Preacher: Sammy – Part 2 of 3 in a series on the love of God

 

SHEPHERD YOUR SHEEP

I know – I keep saying this.  But, we forget, right?  Which is precisely why both Paul and Peter would use the phrase, “In way of reminder,” when writing letters to believers.

COVID, coupled with the winter weather we’re experiencing, can make us feel isolated.  Sheep do not ever need to be isolated.  They/we weren’t designed that way.  So, always remember to reach out with a call, an email or a text just to check on them.

 

SOBERING FOOD-FOR-THOUGHT

A warning to the sneaky, scheming, and manipulating…

“If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder on others, it will crush you instead.” – Proverbs 26:27

Thinking about sabotaging the reputation or plans of another?  Think again. And save your own life a world of hurt.

 

CARMAN LICCIARDELLO:  1956-2021

 

After Carman passed away this past Tuesday, 2/16, at a Las Vegas hospital due to complications associated with a hernia surgery, one writer penned: “There will never be another Carman.”

He was the Elvis of Christian music. His music played a huge role in my youth ministry. We attended concerts. Watched his music videos (my favorite is ‘Witch’s Invitation”). On one summer mission trip our youth choir – 100 strong – sang a musical comprising choral arrangements of all Carman songs. And on more than one Easter Sunday I’ve sung his powerful ‘Sunday’s On the Way.’

My girls are good friends with Carman’s niece, Loni Licciardello. She did my daughter, Kelsie’s, makeup before her and Brandon’s Wedding No. 2 near Branson, MO. I got to visit with Loni that day. My daughter, Macy, told her I sing ‘Sunday’s On the Way’ on some Easter Sundays. Loni later told Macy Watts she told Carman about that. He told her, “He may keep me out of a job.” 🙂

I will keep singing it.

 

A PRAYER

From The Valley of Vision:

O incomprehensible but prayer-hearing God,

I thank you for the riches to me in Jesus – for the unclouded revelation of him in your Word where I behold his person, character, grace, glory, humiliation, sufferings, death and resurrection.

I come to you with nothing of my own to offer – no works, nothing of worth, no promises. Just me.

Deliver me from the natural darkness of my own mind, from the corruptions of my heart, from the temptations to which I am exposed, from the daily snares that attend me.

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between what I receive and what I deserve – the heaven I am bound for, the hell I deserve.

O God, it is amazing that we can talk so much about our mere human power and goodness when, if you did not hold us back at every moment, we would be devils incarnate.

Nothing exceeds your power. Your might is infinite, your grace limitless, your name glorious.

Let angels sing for sinners repenting, for prodigals restored, for Satan’s captives released, for blind eyes opened, for broken hearts healed, for giving us hope in a sometimes hopeless world.

Destroy in me every lofty thought.  Break my pride to pieces and scatter it to the winds.

Let my words and actions be firmly rooted in your Word.

I ask great things of a great God.

Amen

 

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

Are you in the dark right now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? If so, then remain quiet…darkness is the time to listen. – Oswald Chambers

Tell me about the God you don’t believe in. There’s a good chance I don’t believe in that God either. – Tim Keller

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

“Frisbee-tarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.” – George Carlin

I’m not fat – I’m just easier to see.

 

SOUL FOOD: The Privilege of Drawing Near to God (and what it cost)

Until the New Covenant was instituted by Jesus as the Last Supper, approaching God was different than it is now.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

That Navigator: 9.17.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 9/20

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

 

Offering Totals Update:

After more offerings and pledges were turned in after Sunday, the following figures are current:

Cash given on Sunday:  $35,000

Pledges for next twelve months:  $285,000

 

Wednesday Evenings Resume for BHBC Student Ministry!

A huge thanks to our student ministry volunteers for loving God and loving students.

Students will meet in the FLC at 6:30 throughout the Fall Semester:

10/7 – Group 1 testimonies

10/14 – Family Night with Dana

10/21 – 11/4 – Group 2, 3 & 4 testimonies

11/11 – Family Night with Dana

11/18 – Help students prepare and share testimonies

11/25 – Thanksgiving holiday

12/2 – Family Night with Dana

 

Online Lord’s Supper – 9/27

As we did in April due to COVID, Pastor Lowrie will lead us, virtually, in the observance of the Lord’s Supper the evening of Sep. 27th.  After being recorded ahead of time, the video will be published on the BHBC web site on the evening 9/27.  Since the video will remain on our web site, you and your family can observe the ordinance privately in your home any time that is convenient for you.

 

A Brief Biblical Principle from this Past Wed. Evening’s Time of Learning:

In John 6:16-24, we find the familiar passage recounting Jesus walking on the surface of the Sea of Galilee.  John doesn’t mince words as he describes the reaction of the tough, weathered fishermen:  “they were terrified.”

Jesus comforts the disciples by assuring them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”

But there’s more to Jesus’ statement here.  Much more.

The Greek words used for “It is I” are the same Greek words used for each time Jesus proclaims “I Am” throughout John’s gospel.  Using God’s covenant name given to Moses at the burning bush, the Jews knew exactly what Jesus was saying:  “I AM the Word made Flesh, I AM Almighty God.”

Life, under normal circumstances, can be scary.  Add COVID to that and the anxiety of many has gone through the roof.  Regardless of how rough the waters become, listen.  And what you’ll hear is Jesus saying, “I AM here.  I’ve got you. Trust me.”

 

Fall Fest! Sort of…

Due to COVID (it seems like I’ve begun most of my statements with that phrase this year), we will not be hosting our traditional Fall Fest in late October.  However, Dana and her brilliant team will be putting together “Fall Fest Bags” for children.  These bags will contain resources for knowing Jesus, info about BHBC and, of course, candy.  Dana has let informed us to let folks know that we can begin collecting candy now.

 

The Mary Hill Davis offering is the annual cooperative offering led by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  Unlike the Lottie Moon Offering in the Spring, which is given for foreign missions, the Mary Hill Davis Offering goes toward church-starts and mission strictly in the state of Texas. For the next two Sundays, 9/20-9/27, we will highlight this mission emphasis, inviting people to give.

 

JORDAN MORALES – Farewell Reception: 9/27; Commons

Please bring thank you notes and/or a gift card to show Jordan how grateful we are for the Lord sharing her with us.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please see click herePray for them!

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

For Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon, click here.

For my lesson on John 5 last week, click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

In regard to God shielding Moses with his own hand to protect him from dying from the exposure to God’s glory (Exodus 33:18-23), Tim Keller comments:

“Moses is protected from God by God.  That’s the gospel.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

From the mouths of babes…

 

SOUL FOOD:  The Agnosticism of Science

A complement to last week’s blog.  You can read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 7.2.2020

 

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 5th:  COMBINED SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP

All Sunday School classes will meet at 9:15.  Combined worship service at 10:45.

Classroom assignments for July 5th:  (NA indicates class is not yet meeting on campus)

Open Door – Student Center

Duncan A & B – FLC

Agape-108

Ladies’ Class – will combine with Open Door

Special Friends – 110

Travelers – 209

Wellspring – 210

Singles – 211

The Village – NA

Base Camp – 215

Generations – 216

Young Adult – NA

University – NA

Transitions – 219

 

PASTOR SEARCH TEAM MEMBERS & ALTERNATES – Pray for them!

BHBC has affirmed a total of 10 members for our Search Team:  4 from each worship service will serve with 2 ex officio members.  Additionally, an alternate was elected representing each worship service.

Representing 9:15am Worship Service:

Kathy Clark (Secretary); Mike Smith; Ray Swearingen; Gib Weaver (Vice Chairman)

Alternate:  Larry Vialle

Representing 10:45am Worship Service:

Michael Dain (Chairman); April Gamble; John Gardner; Chris Slayton

Alternate: Shannon Beeles

Ex Officio Members: 

David Barker (Chairman of Deacons); Clint Hutcheson (Chairman of Personnel)

***NOTE:  Alternates will attend all meetings but have no voting privileges.

 

COVID RELAUNCH UPDATE

Face Masks:  Just a moment ago, Governor Abbott issued a mandate stating all Texans must wear face masks when in public places, with a few exceptions.  You can read the entire KCBD article, which includes the exceptions, here.  The 9th exception relates to churches.  Erring on the side of caution, BHBC will be asking all attendees to wear a mask.

As stated in the last Navigator, due to the Governors’ (and Lubbock’s) slowing down of reopening, coupled with the spike in local positive testing, both Youth and Children’s activities will not resume on July 12th as originally stated.

 

JESUS WAS NO SOCIALIST

Please read my blog here.  Mankind has, since the beginning of time, been desperately trying to form-fit Jesus into human agendas.  A mature and careful study of scripture prevents us from being deceived by cleverly worded arguments that sound right, but are completely wrong.

In my blog I reference a solid article.  Here’s an excerpt:

Jesus taught people to be of generous spirit, to care for their families, to help the poor, to assist widows and orphans, to exhibit kindness, and to maintain the highest character. You can translate all that into the dirty business of coercive, vote-buying, politically driven redistribution schemes only if you read the Bible without pay­ing attentionor if you’re willing to distort Jesus’s teachings to advance a political agenda.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie’s Shepherd’s Heart:

Our worship will come on the day after the 4th, but it will not be too late to consider the plight of our nation, nor to consider a hope that God has given to us. I would encourage you to bring the whole family as we meet in one time of worship for the whole family. The musicians will bless us. But it will not be just right without you.
Your search committee did not lose any time—they had their first meeting on Sunday evening. They are taking this responsibility very seriously. But for them to be at their best, they need our prayers. I am asking God to keep them full of faith, the Spirit, and wisdom as He did the leaders in Acts 6. Remember last Sunday: LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER! Love is the unmistakable evidence of God’s presence and work among us.
Blessings! D. L.

 

Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon can be viewed here.

My most recent Table Talk from 1 Peter 3:15 can be viewed here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Leave it to Chesterton to, like a laser, get to the heart of a matter:
“The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.” ~ G.K. Chesterton
And,…

“We can no more catch a hurricane in a shrimp net or Niagara Falls in a coffee cup than we can grasp the infinity of [God and his love for us].” – Brennan Manning

Oh, ok – one more. 🙂

“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered Aslan.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
(C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.’)
Commentary:  What Lewis is portraying here is the direct correlation between one’s spiritual growth and one’s view of God. As author/theologian, Rowan Williams, comments, “The more [Lucy] develops [her faith in Aslan], the more there is to see and know of Aslan.” Translation: as we grow in our Christian faith, we see Truth more clearly; our view of God deepens as much as it widens. For Narnia, Nick

 

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Based on our current national state of affairs…

And, a bonus…

 

SOUL FOOD:  Has God Surrendered His Throne? (Not even close.)

The world (our nation, in particular) appears to be out of control.  Both Paul and Peter often included the phrase in their letters, “In way of reminder…”  God knows that we are in constant need of being reminded of what is true.  Permit me to encourage you by reminding you of what is true.  Read my blog here.

Most recent BHBC E-News.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 3.5.2020

THIS SUNDAY, March 8th

Preacher:  D.L. Lowrie

Primary Text:  Psalm 56

 

This past Sunday, Machenzee Flores, submitted her resignation.

Machenzee was hired in May, 2018, to lead the music in our 10:45 worship service.  She and her husband, Drew, met with me on Monday, 2/24, to apprise me of their conviction.  She will begin working at UMC in the urology dept. following her last day at BHBC.

Her final Sunday to lead is this coming Sunday, March 8th.

As I announced this past Sunday morning following her resignation, we will say good-bye as a church family to her and Drew between this Sunday’s two worship services, as well as following the 10:45 worship service.  You will be able to find them in the Commons.

Please consider bringing tokens of your appreciation such as thank-you notes and/or gift cards.  nw

 

Nominations for BHBC’s Lead Pastor Search Team continue…

Below is a link to the ballot all members have available to them through the deadline to nominate, March 22nd.

All ballots must be signed.  One ballot is allowed per church member.

Click here to read the ballot.  (On the back side of the ballot is a list of members not allowed to be nominated i.e. BHBC employees, etc.)

 

THE GOSPEL of JOHN

From this past Wed’s study in chapter 2…

In vss 13-22, we find John’s account of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the temple courtyard.  The temple represented the very presence of God, holy and almighty.

Paul made it clear in his first letter to the Corinthians that no longer is the temple of God a man-made structure or building.  For now, upon our profession of faith in Christ, we become living, breathing “temples of the Holy Spirit.”

Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are (Amplified)

The question is as serious today as it was that day in the temple courts:  is there anything in the temple (us) that shouldn’t be there?  If there is, it will draw God’s wrath no less than it did when Jesus drove out the “den of thieves.”

The early church father, Origen, states it well:

Is anything “mingling with your soul”, preventing you from being fully devoted to Christ?  If so, confess it, and give God permission to “clean house” so you can, again, be free.

 

This week’s prayer requests:

  1. that we would be repentant and dependent people.  (Jeremiah 15:19)
  2. that each person would discover his/her spiritual gift, passion and ministry.  (1 Corinthians 12:1)

 

REMINDER:

Should you need anything whatsoever (curriculum, resources, encouragement, etc.) simply let me know.  I am here to do whatever possible to ensure your success in shepherding your sheep.  People get lost in a crowd.  But they connect and grow in a community.  And that’s what your small group provides.  Thank you for pouring your life into so many.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL for 3/11:  Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad (reserve by Mon. noon)

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

In the classic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey tells his future wife, Mary,

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.

Well, next Monday would be the best time to try. 🙂

From the USA Today article:

The first supermoon of the year is coming to a sky near you Monday. This month, the full moon is also known as the worm moon… Monday, our moon will be “only” about 222,081 miles miles from Earth, which is about 16,000 miles closer than average.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle, meaning there are times the moon is closer to the earth than it is most of the time.  Read the full article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

(Thanks to Gib Weaver for these)

 

SOUL FOOD:  His Mercies Are New Every Morning.  However….,

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 2.7.2020

THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 9th

Preacher: Nick

Primary Text:  Acts 17:16-34

 

NEW FORMAT for WED. EVENING MEALS

Beginning Wed., 2/12, meals will be prepared at the church and cost only $5.

Deadline for reservations hasn’t changed.  Please make those reservations by noon on the preceding Monday, along with payment.

Menu will be posted in Sunday’s worship guide.

 

WHEN THE MORMONS COMING KNOCKING

First and foremost, remember they are people who need the love of the biblical Christ as much as we do.  Always be kind and respectful even in disagreement.

Read the helpful article here.

 

prayer

This week, please pray specifically that BHBC members:

  1. would examine ourselves in light of God’s Word (Psalm 119:105)
  2. would be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25)

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER:

Sunday School Leadership Appreciation Banquet – Sunday evening, April 26th.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Is Christianity Anti-Science?  (Not at all)

Read the blog here.

 

THIS WEEK’S BHBC CHURCH-WIDE E-NEWS:  click here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 1.23.20

THIS SUNDAY: 1/26/20 – “The Greatest Story Rarely Told”

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  Acts 1:8

 

My friends, as you know, there have been adjustments these past few weeks.  But, believe me when I say:  I sincerely believe God is preparing us for something extraordinary.

In his outstanding testimony, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, said to his church early on in his ministry:

From this day on, prayer will be the barometer of this church.  Prayer will be the measure by which God blesses us.

Our staff gathers regularly inside the main offices and calls out to the Lord on behalf of our people and one another.  There is great refreshing going on among us.

Our Personnel Team has given our church some needs for which to pray.  Each week, I’ll include new requests.  Here are the first two:

  1. that BHBC will become a house of prayer.  (Matthew 21:13)
  2. for revival and spiritual awakening.  (Psalm 85:6)

Also, continue to pray for our Personnel Team.  Those members are:

Cindy Andrews

LaDonna Barker

Richard Clark

Melba Crutcher

Debbie Heberly

Clint Hutcheson (chairman)

Fred Satterwhite

Brad Whitaker

Dedra Wood

**Remaining on the Team for a season are:  Jim Barber & Cindi Cobb

 

CHRIST IS TOUCHING & CHANGING LIVES – THROUGH YOU

I simply want to remind you of something volunteer leadership commonly forget:  the Lord is using  you mightily to help people learn the Truth, find peace, and rediscover hope.  Never – ever – think for a moment your tireless, weekly preparation does not go unnoticed by Christ.  He is changing lives.  And he’s using you to do it.

 

MID-WEEK CLASS, GOSPEL of JOHN, ROOM-CHANGE

Due to being forced to bring in extra chairs to Rm. 108 this past Wed. evening, we are moving my class to the Worship Center, effective immediately.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The Good News of Jesus in a nutshell…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Prayer in the Face of Christ’s Return

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 3.27.19

THIS SUNDAY, 3/24

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Luke 14:25-35

 

COMING APRIL 7TH…

I cannot express in words how excited I am about this ministry event.

Three times when I was in Youth Ministry I invited Dr. Ross to come speak, minister to, and work with our parents and students.  God has extraordinarily gifted this servant in the area of strengthening families.  Here is the schedule for the day:

SCHEDULE:

9:15 – All adults in the Worship Center with Dr. Ross

10:45 – Combined worship service (overflow seating will be available).

Noon – Special Event luncheon for parents and their teenage children

 

 

Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.” The first occurrence of koinonia is Acts 2:42,

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia, making it a fundamental component of spiritual growth.

Please, if you don’t already, intentionally invest in regular fellowship with your class. 

No one needs to be told life is busy – we all know that.  But we make time for what’s most important.  So, on occasion (monthly? quarterly? per semester?) – whatever is most effective for your class – schedule time to come together outside of classYou’ll find the Holy Spirit using biblical fellowship to infuse your class with spiritual health and growth.

Speaking of fundamental components,…

 

PLEASE NEVER FORGET TO MAKE THESE TWO FUNDAMENTALS 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.   Never assume that, just because a person attends a small group, they’re saved.  Lost people attend church all the time. 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.”

 

Please pray for me this weekend.

As I mentioned Sunday, since this past November the NE suburbs of Dallas, alone, have experienced eighty suicides.  As a result, I have been invited to speak at an upcoming conference, Weekend of Hope, sponsored by The Lakes Church; Sachse, TX.  (You can access their Facebook page here.)

I will speak twice on Saturday, then I will preach on Sunday morning.

99% of those who attempt suicide don’t want to die – they just want the pain to stop.

For Narnia.

Love to you all, nw

 

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE (April 21st)

8am – Added Worship Service (choir will not sing in this service; music will be more along the “flavor” of the 10:45 service)

9:15am – Regular worship service

10:45am – Regular worship service

All SUMMIT Group times are unchanged.

 

NOTE:  SUMMIT Group Web Page publication is delayed.  New posting date is April 4th.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

For those trying to kick a bad habit…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Suicide & the Bible

In light of me speaking this weekend on this particular topic, I thought I might provide for you a blog I penned just four months after my son, Jordan, took his own life.  It has been viewed over 50,000 times.

For those who foolishly believe suicide is not at epidemic levels, consider this:  The Associated Press published an article last November with the following headline:  Suicide, at 50 Year Peak, Pushes Down U.S. Life Expectancy

Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

The Navigator: 3.7.18

NOTEThe Navigator will not be published next week.  Therefore, under “This Sunday”, I’ve included biblical texts for 3/10 & 3/17 to allow you to read and prepare.  nw

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/10

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  2 Peter 2:16-21 – 3rd out of 4 sermons in the series, Stand Firm.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, 3/17

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  2 Peter 3:8-13

Sermon Title:  “Until I return, do this.” Love, Jesus Christ

 

SCHEDULE for SPRING BREAK: 3/10-3/17

Both Sundays:  regular schedule; no changes

**No Adult or Children Mid-Week Activities

Adjusted Office Hours: 

Monday – 8:30am-2pm

Tuesday – 1pm-4:30pm  (all electricity must be shut down during morning hours for upgrades)

Wed & Thur – 8:30am-2pm

Friday – closed

 

TREK:  Formerly “Parents Night Out”

TREK Childcare is for members/attenders of Bacon Heights, and their guests.
Ages are for babies-5th grade.  Fee is $3/per child with a $15 family max payable to Janyth Brannon no later than April 3rd by 8pm.

Pizza will be provided, gluten free option available, please note in the registration link.

Registration opens March 17th.  Space is limited.

 

SUMMIT GROUP WEB PAGE – UPDATE

Thank you, everyone, for getting me your profile photos, bios and curriculum introductions.

Our web page is going to be very helpful to those wanting to navigate our Adult Biblical Teaching and Learning ministry.

The web page will “go live” April 1st.

 

As of this posting, we are at 16 registered students.  That’s a 300% increase over last semester!  I am thrilled at the response of our people to be lifelong learners – especially at the seminary level.

Deadline to register as an auditor/reader is Sunday, March 17th.  Class begins on Tuesday, the 19th.

If time permits you to attend, please prayerfully consider this opportunity to study deeply the four gospels. Theological learning has never been easier.  And it’s absolutely free for BHBC members.

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

Textbook:  Should you choose to purchase the textbook you can click here.  The book, new, can be a little pricey.  But Amazon, at least presently, offers several used copies from around $20.  (and the used copies are usually in great shape.)

Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.

 

AIN’T NO GRAVE

I’ll be covering for Machenzee this Sunday, 3/10, in the late service and we’re going to be singing this song I heard recently.  If you like blues/bluegrass/country flavors of music you’re gonna love this one.  Strong lyrics.  Enjoy…

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Micah & The Insidious Pattern of Ingrained Sin

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator – 2.21.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 2/24

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 Peter 1:1-2 (Jason begins a new series this Sunday titled, Stand Firm)

 

WE’RE SOOOOOO CLOSE…

I still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:

BASE CAMP – Isaias Martinez

UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH” – Michael Dain, Gail White

OPEN DOOR – Tom Heath

 

FOOD-FOR-BIBLICAL-THOUGHT

I read and study quite a bit.  And when space allows, I enjoy including here what I consider powerful quotes & truths for you to consider.  Enjoy…

“When Christ came, the people of the Old Covenant denied him, but the devils confessed him.” (Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th century A.D.)

Ouch

Mankind scoffs at, and denies that Jesus is God in the flesh, the Messiah, the long-awaited Savior of the world.

Even the demons aren’t that foolish.

“Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at [Jesus’] command, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.” (Luke 4:41)

 

 

FYI – NEW  SUMMIT GROUP!

The Village (yes, the attendees are the Village People) began this past Sunday, 2/17, in Rm. 212.  Meet time is 9:15.

Leaders/Teachers are:  Justin & Lauren Schoepf and Matt & Lisha Flaniken

Age Range:  Median Adult

 

Registration is now open!

And it appears we’re going to field a solid number of students.  Join us!  Theological learning has never been easier.

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).

The term ‪begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.

Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.

This is meaty content for equipping all believers as well as teachers.

Please promote this among your respective classes. BHBC members can attend for ZERO dollars. It’s never been easier to receive graduate level training.

Textbook:  Should you choose to purchase the textbook you can click here.  The book, new, can be a little pricey.  But Amazon, at least presently, offers several used copies from around $20.  (and the used copies are usually in great shape.)

Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.

 

A DIGITAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

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Have you accessed our Online Church Directory?

1. Click here and establish an “ACS Login”.

2. Download the Church Life App for your mobile device.

3. Log in using the ACS email and password you created.

4. Make any preferred changes to  your profile and/or add a photo.

Don’t have an email in our system?

Complete the Connect Card in your Worship Guide on Sunday and either place it in the offering plate during the service or in the gray box in our Commons.

 

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Obadiah and the Hard Truth of Love

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick