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

scroll

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

The Navigator: 8.30.18

THIS SUNDAY, 9/2 (Labor Day Weekend)

Preacher:  Jason

Text:   Proverbs 18:21

MEET THE BHBC SUMMIT GROUP FACULTY

I’ve now met with just almost every leader of every class.  The meetings have been so rewarding for me personally.

One of my objectives is to build camaraderie among the troops.  So, to get that effort kicked off, below you will find a full list of our Teachers, the name of their class, when they meet, and what they’re teaching.  This serves to (1) provide you with some needed familiarity with our overall biblical education ministry, and, (2) should a friend want to know about a particular class (other than your own) you will now be able to offer them an informed response.

In addition, I am including each class’s new room assignment when we move into the new building within the next couple of weeks.  Rooms beginning with a “1” are on the first floor while rooms beginning with a “2” are on the second floor.  Every one of the new classrooms are large – you’re going to love them.  nw  (P.S.  The Facilities Team has created a Guideline for Room Usage i.e. decorations, storage, etc.  I’ll include this document in next week’s Navigator.)

8am

ROYCE WILLIAMS (Ray Duncan – A)

Teacher:  Glenna Applewhite

Curriculum:  Explore the Bible

Room Assignment:  108

9:15am

WELLSPRING

Teachers:  Vicki Blundell, Laura McGrew, Beth Honeycutt

Curriculum:  Women of Faith Bible Series

Room Assignment:  110

TRAVELERS

Teachers:  James St. Clair, Brad Whitaker, Cheryl Carpenter

Curriculum:  Biblical Character Studies

Room Assignment:  209

SINGLES

Teachers:  Mike & Susie Harendt

Curriculum:  Joshua & Judges

Room Assignment:  211

BASE CAMP

Teacher:  Isaias Martinez

Curriculum:  Right Now Media Bible Series

Room Assignment:  212

GENERATIONS

Teachers: Danny Broyles, Bruce Cottrell, Wayne Dickerson, John Gardner, Paxton Rautis, Randy Rogers

Curriculum:  Galatians & James

Room Assignment:  216

YOUNG ADULTS

Teacher:  Nick Watts (interim)

Curriculum:  Biblical Studies

Room Assignment:  217

UNIVERSITY

Teacher:  Shawn Coleman

Curriculum:   Sermon on the Mount

Room Assignment:  218

FORMERLY “PARENTS OF YOUTH”

Teachers:  Michael Dain,  Gail White

Curriculum:  Rescue & Redemption Bible Series

Room Assignment:  219

SPECIAL FRIENDS

Teachers:  Rosie Rodriguez, Glenda Hayes, Margorie Hackworth

Curriculum:  Lifeway Access

Room Assignment:  FLC, north end, adjacent to the kitchen

10:45am

AGAPE

Teacher:  Gib Weaver

Curriculum:  Daniel

Room Assignment:  108

OPEN DOOR

Teacher:  Tom Heath

Curriculum:  Lifeway Bible Series

Room Assignment:  Bergstrom

LADIES

Teacher:  Sandy Smith

Curriculum:  Character Studies of Jesus

Room Assignment:  109

ROYCE WILLIAMS (Ray Duncan – B)

Teacher:  Larry Vialle

Curriculum:  Explore the Bible

Room Assignment:  208

THE MIX

Teachers:  Mel & Dormye Halbrooks, Danny Bingham

Curriculum:  Colossians

Room Assignment:  211

WED. EVENING COMMUNITY CONNECTION CLASSES HAVE BEGUN

Mid-week opportunities to open the Bible together.

For a full list of offered classes check BHBC’s web site here.

ON THE HORIZON:

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  (more on these logistics soon)  One combined celebration service at 10:45am.

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest

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 God Who Hurts Us

Of all 66 books that comprise the Bible, no book is more perplexing and disturbing as Job when considering the age old mystery, “Why do seemingly good people suffer?” Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 8.23.18

THIS SUNDAY, 8/26

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Update on Leader Meetings

It has been an absolute joy meeting with our Summit/Small Group Leadership.

Thank you for allowing me the time to get a better handle on “all things small groups.”  I can tell you this:  we have a solid team of leaders with a deep devotion to biblical teaching, learning and shepherding.

As I stated when I visited with you, I am here to shepherd you, encourage you, equip you and provide you with every possible resource available to help your class, both, learn and apply the Word of God.

The mantra I mentioned in every meeting was the paradigm-shifting quote from Thom Shultz:

“The question should not be, ‘Was there any great Bible teaching?’, but rather, ‘Was there any great Bible learning?”

We can spend hours preparing.  But, if no one is “picking up what we’re putting down,” we’re wasting our time – and theirs.

In next week’s Navigator E-News I will include a full list of our teaching faculty, what class they teach, what time they teach, and what they’re teaching.  This is to help everyone know what Christ is doing in our midst on a larger scale.  In addition, this will begin my plan to build camaraderie among our team as many have no idea who our other teachers are.

Lastly, classrooms are presently being assigned.  Hopefully, a full list, complete with a map of the new space, will be available next week.  There is much to be excited about.  Love to you all. nw

And speaking of solid biblical teaching and learning…

 

I am proud to officially announce that BHBC is partnering with BH Carroll Theological Institute to provide  seminary/graduate level learning for the West Texas region.

An individual has the choice:  if they desire to pursue a Masters Degree in a particular theological discipline they can register and pay full tuition (which is inexpensive when compared to “brick & mortar” graduate schools) via BH Carroll’s web site.  Or, if you simply desire to learn without pursuing a degree you can audit the class free of charge if you are a member of BHBC.  Solid theological education has never been been easier to attain.  And if an individual is not a member of BHBC, and they want to audit the class, their fee is a mere $40.

Should you desire to audit (BH Carroll uses the term “reader” instead of “auditor”) you can begin the registration process here.   In the event you desire to pursue a degree you can access BH Carroll’s web site here.   What follows are the specifics of this Fall’s term:

Name of Class:  Leadership in Ministry (MFLDS 5111)

What you’ll learn:  A study of the principles and practices of leadership for Christian ministry.  It includes reflections on the role and ministry of leaders within church, community, and denomination.  This course will be broadcast through Carroll Live to BHBC.

Professor:  Gene Wilkes Ph.D. is the President of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.  He is a professor of New Testament and Leadership. He earned the MDiv and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He graduated from Baylor University where he earned a BA in Greek and Religion.

Time & Location:  Tuesdays, 6:30-9:15 p.m. in room 109 (first floor, new building)

Classes begin: October 2nd and end November 20th

FBC Midland members may audit at no charge.   Non-BHBC-members pay $40 to audit.

Registration is open August 27th through September 26th

 

We had great attendance this past Wed. evening as we resumed our verse-by-verse study of this apocalyptic, and final, book in our Bible.

Next Wed., 8/29:  Chapter 12 – We digress a bit from what we learned in chapter 11 as God gives us insight into the dragon/satan’s relentless pursuit to prevent God’s plan for salvation.  Further, we are reminded of the unfathomable power of the blood of Christ and its devastating effect on all efforts of the enemy.  6:30pm.  Worship Center.

For all other Wed. Night Community Connection classes check BHBC’s web site here.

 

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th:  A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.   More on this soon.

 

New Building Dedication:  Sunday, Oct. 7th

Summit Groups:  8am & 10:45  (more on these logistics soon)

One combined celebration service:  9:15

 

Please keep this event on your radar.  Saturday, Nov. 17th; 9am-4:30pm.  BHBC.

Receive renewed confidence in your faith.  Learn how to dialogue intelligently about your faith.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Related quote: 

“God is not ours.  He is his own. He is not a salad bar where we take the items we have an appetite for and leave the others.  He’s not the Burger King God where we ‘have him our way,’ or a Build-a-Bear God where we assemble the deity we like best.”  J.D. Greear

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Apparently, this student is extremely literal.  Unfortunately, the teacher had no mercy.

 

GRACE NOTES:  This is What’s On My Mind…

As I study the scriptures I can’t help but feel an urgency to share Christ with others.  This week’s blog is an invitation I posted on my Facebook page recently, inviting anyone and everyone to contact me should they be open to dialogue about the Christian faith.  I’ve had some takers.  And the dialogue has been powerful.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 7.25.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 29th

Sermon:  Nick Watts (full text:  Colossians 3:18-4:1)

 

LET’S VISIT!

My first priority is to equip every SUMMIT Group to succeed in biblical teaching/learning and growth.  That happens as a result of supplying you with solid resources and encouragement.

But none of that happens apart of clear communication.  So, expect in the coming days to receive a call from Dormye Halbrooks as she begins setting up times for you and me to visit. nw

 

FALL WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: Beginning Aug. 22nd

A number of classes will be made available for all who can attend from 6:30-7:45pm.  Details to come.

 

 

For those living life under the weight of crushing guilt from mistakes made in life. And for those to whom Satan is whispering his age-old-lie, “God could never love you,”…

I think of the thief on the cross who, due to mistakes in his life, no doubt had lost all hope. So he offered up one last prayer to the man next to him. And the King of Kings replied, in essence, “You are the reason I’m hanging on this cross next to yours. Welcome to Paradise.” nw

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

Antony Flew was an absolutely brilliant British philosopher. A deeply responsible and critical thinker. And, significantly, a giant in the atheist global community.

My copy of this book is well-worn.

Flew followed the philosophy of, “Plato’s Socrates who taught, ‘Follow the evidence wherever it leads.”

Like the former brilliant atheist, C.S. Lewis, and more recently, Alister McGrath, Flew took a hard honest look at the evidence for a Creator.  What resulted was the same decision as Lewis and McGrath: he followed the overwhelming evidence for the existence of God – and shocked the atheistic world.

Pick up a copy. You’ll be glad you did.  (click here to view book on Amazon.)

 

 

unAPOLOGETICS CONFERENCE: 11/17

Keep this on your radar.  Promote it in your classes.  For more info and registration click here.

 

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Great advice.  May not always work.  But great advice nonetheless.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

The familiar quote by Nietzsche followed by a little modern wisdom.

And a bonus:

Heard on a low-budget airline: “Ladies & gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of our flight attendants.”

 

SOUL FOOD: For Those Who Laugh at the Thought of a Real Devil

Read the blog here.

 

NOTE:  Reminders about (1) School Supply Drive, (2) End-of-Summer Event, and (3) B.H. Carroll classes are included for you below.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

School Supply Drive for Wester & Nat Williams Elementary Schools

My wife, Michelle, is a public school teacher.  I wish I could tell you how much money we’ve spent out of our own pocket over the years to but school supplies for children who simply cannot afford to buy them on their own.  It’s a huge need.

BHBC is again answering that need.

We are asking different classes to focus on specific items to collect.  For instance, one class:  pencils.  Another class: folders.  Etc.

Assignments were distributed this past Sunday to every adult SUMMIT Group.  Please collect your supplies and bring them to the End-of-Summer Event at Lubbock Water Rampage on Aug. 12th.  OR…, if you can’t make the event on the 8/12, we will create a collection location here at the church.

Collection for the school supplies will take place at our End-of-Summer event.  See next news item…

 

End-of-Summer Swim Party!  August 12th!

6:30-8:30pm; Lubbock Water Rampage

$5 per person/$20 max per family.

Hamburgers will be sold.  Proceeds will go toward tables & chairs for new educational building.

A designated site for School Supplies Collection will be available as well.

 

NEW MEMBERS/GUESTS IN YOUR CLASS?

We want to help get new folks connected as soon as we can and in the most efficient way possible.  Here’s what you can do to help us do make that happen:  Have them complete a Blue Card and then have someone from your class drop it off in our office that morning.  This allows us to immediately get their names and information into our data base so they can better connect with anything related to your small group.  Thanks!

 

Classes begin October 2nd here at BHBC!

We’re presently working on what class will be offered.  This will be a Masters-Level course.  For those not wanting to pursue a degree, you can audit the class (BH Carroll calls a person who audits a class a “reader.”)  Cost for a “reader” who is a member of BHBC:  Absolutely nothing.  This is a rare opportunity to grow deeper in your theological training.  For those wanting to audit, but are not members of BHBC, their cost in only $40.

Classes will take place one evening per week. Classes are 8 weeks.

All students seeking degrees will apply and register online at BH Carroll’s web site.

Reasons I believe partnering with BH Carroll is an outstanding opportunity:

  1. Everyone has easy access to sound theological learning
  2. Deeper understanding of the Bible gives us boldness to, both, share our faith and defend our faith.
  3. All Summit/Small Group leaders will have access to Masters-Level training to help them teach with more confidence that comes from a richer understanding of God’s Word.

More info to come.

The Navigator: 7.3.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, July 8th

Preacher:  Jason (full text: Colossans 1:1-8)

 

NEW MEMBERS/GUESTS IN YOUR CLASS?

We want to help get new folks connected as soon as we can and in the most efficient way possible.  Here’s what you can do to help us do make that happen:  Have them complete a Blue Card and then have someone from your class drop it off in our office that morning.  This allows us to immediately get their names and information into our data base so they can better connect with anything related to your small group.  Thanks!

 

School Supply Drive for Wester & Nat Williams Elementary Schools

My wife, Michelle, is a public school teacher.  I wish I could tell you how much money we’ve spent out of our own pocket over the years to but school supplies for children who simply cannot afford to buy them on their own.  It’s a huge need.

BHBC is again answering that need.

We are asking different classes to focus on specific items to collect.  For instance, one class:  pencils.  Another class: folders.  Etc.  I will ask Doryme to create an online sign-up form that you can access and sign your class up for a specific item to collect.  The online form will allow you to see which classes have chosen which item.

You can go ahead and get an idea of what’s needed by clicking here for Wester, and here for Nat Williams.  (As of this posting, Williams still has their 2017-18 supply list posted but I’m certain it’s fairly the same this school year.)

Collection for the school supplies will take place at our End-of-Summer event.  See next news item…

 

End-of-Summer Swim Party!  August 12th!

6:30-8:30pm; Lubbock Water Rampage

$5 per person/$20 max per family.

Hamburgers will be sold.  Proceeds will go toward tables & chairs for new educational building.

A designated site for School Supplies Collection will be available as well.

 

AMBASSADOR TRAINING

It’s part of what I call The Art of Welcoming.

Remember when you first visited a church you’d never visited before?  Most likely not.

Our Ambassador Training is a strategy for making certain guests feel warmly welcomed and at home “from the parking lot to the pew.”  This involves friendly faces in the parking lot, at the doors, and at Welcome Stations throughout the church.

Does this sound like a ministry you might enjoy?  Or, does a name come to mind who might love this?  Give them a heads-up.

When & Where?  Wed. evening, 7pm, July 18th, in the FLC.  Dessert will be served!

RSVP to Mike Lewis: mike@baconheights.com

 

 

Classes begin October 2nd here at BHBC!

We’re presently working on what class will be offered.  This will be a Masters-Level course.  For those not wanting to pursue a degree, you can audit the class (BH Carroll calls a person who audits a class a “reader.”)  Cost for a “reader” who is a member of BHBC:  Absolutely nothing.  This is a rare opportunity to grow deeper in your theological training.  For those wanting to audit, but are not members of BHBC, their cost in only $40.

Classes will take place one evening per week. Classes are 8 weeks.

All students seeking degrees will apply and register online at BH Carroll’s web site.

Reasons I believe partnering with BH Carroll is an outstanding opportunity:

  1. Everyone has easy access to sound theological learning
  2. Deeper understanding of the Bible gives us boldness to, both, share our faith and defend our faith.
  3. All Summit/Small Group leaders will have access to Masters-Level training to help them teach with more confidence that comes from a richer understanding of God’s Word.

More info to come.

 

ATTENTION ALL TOLKIEN FANS…

This August, considered one of Tolkien’s lost tales, “The Fall of Gondolin” hits the shelves for the very first time.

“We never dared to dream that we would see this published,” said Shaun Gunner, chair of the Tolkien Society, on the group’s webpage.

Read the CNET story here.

 

WHICH TAKES GREATER FAITH?  GOD or the MULTIVERSE?

The Multiverse Theory is the latest attempt by non-Christian physicists to eliminate God from being the “un-caused cause” (as Thomas Aquinas coined the phrase) i.e. the creator of the universe.

Here, in this brief 5 minute video, astrophysicist, Brian Keating – University of California, San Diego – answers the question, “What’s the greater leap of faith?”

 

 

ON THE FAST APPROACHING HORIZON: (more info to come)

Wed. Evening Studies & Activities resume:  8/22

Church Wide Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine” – 9/30

UnApologetics Conference:  11/17 – Read on…

 

UnAPOLOGECTICS CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th; BHBC Worship Center

It would be futile for me to attempt to convey how excited I am about this event heading our way in November.

“Un-Apologetics” is a play on words meaning, in essence, “being unapologetic about Christian apologetics (defending the Christian faith).”  As I’ve mentioned before, the English word “apologetics”, is derived from the Greek word –apologia – Peter uses for “logical defense” in 1 Peter 3:15.

Keynote speakers for this include Sean McDowell and Nancy Pearcey.  You may have heard of Josh McDowell over the years. Sean, is his son, and a professor of apologetics at Biola University in southern California.  Nancy Pearcey is a professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University.  Both McDowell and Pearcey are prolific authors.

I would categorize this as a “not to be missed” event and a gold-mine of a resource for all Summit/Small Group Leaders.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

And in light of our nation’s birthday,…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  How Jesus Found Me at Harvard

The powerful story of how Harvard professor, Mark Shepard, came to faith in Christ.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick