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.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Obadiah and the Hard Truth of Love

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick