The Navigator: 1.24.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 1/27

Preacher:  Chris Liebrum (pronounced LEE-brum)

Below is a photo of Chris and his wife, Cindy.  I’ve known Chris forever.  He presently leads the Cooperative Program Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of TX. Chris will be preaching in both worship services.

 

Help Us Welcome “Aspire” This Sunday by Attending their Open House.

Aspire, a year in the making, is our new ministry to mentally-challenged adolescents.  And this Sunday, 1/27, is our launch-date and Open House.

The leadership of Aspire has asked if we could adjust our teaching time so as to be able to allow our folks time to drop by and visit this new ministry.

The official Open House time is: 10:15-10:45.  Location is LL (Lower Level), Room 9.

So, all classes meeting at 9:15, if you could dismiss a little early?  And all classes meeting at 10:45, if you could begin just a few minutes late?

Can you help us make this happen?  Those leading the new Aspire Ministry will be so very encouraged by your visit and interest. nw

 

There is a reason I chose the passage from Psalm 139 at the top of this week’s publication.

I don’t address politics in this publication.  However, we’re not talking about politics here.  We’re talking about heinous sin run amuck.

This past week the state of New York passed a law allowing abortion up until birth.  The passing of the law was met with thunderous applause from NY political leaders.

In an act of arrogant, self-righteous disrespect (to all New York residents who are vehemently opposed to this law), Governor Cuomo directed state landmarks like the spire of One World Trade Center to be lit up in pink to “shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”

Even as I type this I find myself sick to my stomach.  Social media is ablaze with outrage.  Like you, I have read powerful comments like the following:

Kill an eagle’s egg and get a fine of up to two thousand dollars and up to two years in jail.  But kill a pre-born baby and it’s legal.”

“Honey, were gonna have a fetus”- said no one ever.

Blogger, Matt Walsh:  “Late term abortion is now legal in New York while capital punishment is illegal.  Which means it is ok to give lethal injection to infants.  If that seems moral or rational to you, you’re a psychopath.”

Dr. Alveda King (Martin Luther King’s niece):  “I know in my heart that if Uncle Martin were alive today he would join with me in the greatest civil rights struggle of this generation:  the recognition of the unborn child’s right to life.”

The “bright light” Governor Cuomo is seeing is the “light” Paul warned the Corinthians about:  Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

God have mercy on us.

 

SCIENCE & FAITH

From a book I’m currently reading on this topic by friend/physicist, Dr. Michael Strauss:

“The Big Bang was not an ‘explosion’ (as we define ‘explosion’) because nothing natural existed to cause an explosion.” Dr. Michael Strauss, Particle Physicist

Ironically, after reading this statement – my head exploded.

It’s right up there with Augustine writing, “We wonder what God was doing before he created us. This is theologically wrong thinking. With God, there was no ‘before’.”

 

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER…

LEADERSHIP BIO’S:

These continue to trickle in.  But I still need the majority of you to get this info to me.

  1. a photo of  you and your leadership
  2. a brief personal bio (4 sentences, or so)
  3. a brief introduction/overview of your present curriculum (4 sentences, or so)

Deadline to have your stuff in is Sunday, Feb. 3rd.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“If you are pronounced dead when you’re heart stops, why are you not pronounced alive when it starts?”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

It took me a minute to get this.  But when I did – I laughed out loud.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Relationship Between the Old Testament Law & the New Testament

What is with all of those seemingly arbitrary rules and regulations of the Law?  Why are we, under the new covenant, commanded to obey the 10 Commandments, but not the Law, given to Moses from God, just as the 10 Commandments were given to Moses by God?

This is an all-too-commonly misunderstood theological topic among not merely non-
Christians, but Christians ourselves.  The answer appears murky and difficult to sort out.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Read my introductory answer to this question here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 1.19.19

Sorry!

This past Tuesday (1/15) i finally went to the dr and was diagnosed with bronchitis, upper respiratory infection, and what the dr described as “this head stuff going around.”  I ended up getting a shot and a load of prescriptions – including cough syrup with codeine which I have come to quite enjoy 🙂

All that to say, I hadn’t forgotten about sending you this weekly Enews.  Honestly, I simply do no remember much of the week.

So, rather than wait until the publication of next week’s Navigator, here are just a couple of quick notes/reminders for you:

 

This Sunday, 1/20:

SonShiner Choir

Preacher: Jason (final sermon in current series, “Sacred Selfies”; Luke 6:27-35)

 

LEADERSHIP BIO’S:

I’ve received what I need from Agape & Special Friends.  For the rest of you guys,…

It’s time to begin getting me the following:

  1. a photo of  you and your leadership
  2. a brief personal bio (4 sentences, or so)
  3. a brief introduction/overview of your present curriculum (4 sentences, or so)

Why are we doing this?  I’ve had guests tell me they’re having to visit numerous classes just so they can know who’s teaching what.  This very thing I’m asking you to do here is a result of my conversations with those guests.  In this age where everyone goes to their phone/device for information, this will help greatly.

Deadline to have your stuff in is Sunday, Feb. 3rd.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES RESUME January 16th @ 6:30pm!

NOTE:  I want to thank Jason Atchley for covering for me this past week due to me being ill.  He will also cover for me this coming week.  See below for explanation.

Class options:

Lord, Change My Attitude – Jason Atchley; Rm. 109

Minor Prophets with a Major Message – Nick Watts; Rm. 108

Put Your Warrior Boots On – Wellspring Sisters Women’s Study; Rm. 215

Baptist History – Michael Dain; Rm. 219

GriefShare – Tom & Diane Heath – Rm. 209

Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez; Rm. 211

Strength to Love (prodigal child support – Cam Johnston; off campus, call for details

 

THE SUICIDE EPIDEMIC: AWARENESS & INTERVENTION

The above heading is the title of my talk I present for public schools and churches on the topic of suicide.

I declined accepting invitations to speak on this topic in 2018 due to the overwhelming number of speaking engagements I accepted in 2017.  (It did not take me long to understand how large an emotional toll these engagements take on me.)

At present, I have only accepted two for the Winter/Spring of 2019.

The first one is next Wed., 1/23, at Lubbock Cooper High School’s Summit Regional Student Leadership Conference.  To have someone speak on the topic of suicide was actually voted upon by the teens themselves.  Over the course of the day, I will present my talk 4 times to hundreds of teens and adults.  By the end of the day, I will be an emotional mess.  So, Jason has graciously agreed to cover my Wed. night class on the 23rd.

Your prayers are appreciated.

 

 

Registration opens ‪February 11.

Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I (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.

Student Ministry Fund-Raiser: Feb. 10, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
500 flapjacks! (gluten free cakes available) 100 Lbs of bacon!
Donations are accepted to assist cost of youth experiences for:
Winter Retreat – Telluride, CO
Mission Trip: Washington, DC
Middle School Camp: Capitan, NM
High School Camp: Windermere, MO
Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 1.11.19

 

THIS SUNDAY:  1/13

Choir:  Down to the River

Preacher:  Jason – “Sacred Selfies”

 

IT’S TIME…

It’s time to begin getting me the following:

  1. a photo of  you and your leadership
  2. a brief personal bio (4 sentences, or so)
  3. a brief introduction/overview of your present curriculum (4 sentences, or so)

Why are we doing this?  I’ve had guests tell me they’re having to visit numerous classes just so they can know who’s teaching what.  This very thing I’m asking you to do here is a result of my conversations with those guests.  In this age where everyone goes to their phone/device for information, this will help greatly.

Deadline to have your stuff in is Sunday, Feb. 3rd.  The sooner, the better. 🙂

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES RESUME January 16th @ 6:30pm!

Class options:

Lord, Change My Attitude – Jason Atchley; Rm. 109

Minor Prophets with a Major Message – Nick Watts; Rm. 108

Put Your Warrior Boots On – Wellspring Sisters Women’s Study; Rm. 215

Baptist History – Michael Dain; Rm. 219

GriefShare – Tom & Diane Heath – Rm. 209

Divorce Care – Isaias & Sonya Martinez; Rm. 211

Strength to Love (prodigal child support – Cam Johnston; off campus, call for details

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Teaching Christians to be Thinkers, and Thinkers to be Christians

The Christian faith is an intelligent faith.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 1.3.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 1/6

No Choir (but you do have rehearsal at 5pm on Sunday).

Preacher:  Jason; NEW SERIES titled “Sacred Selfies”; this Sunday’s primary text:  Galatians 3:26-29

 

THANK YOU

The past two Sundays have included irregular schedules.  Thank you so much for making things run as smoothly as any other Sunday.

This Sunday, 1/6, we return to our normal Sunday morning schedule.

 

Wednesday evening classes resume on January 16th!

I’ll include a full menu of ministry opportunities in next week’s Navigator.

I will be in Rm. 108 teaching a series I am titling “Minor Prophets with a Major Message.”  The minor prophets are called “minor” solely due to the brevity of their message.  Beginning with Hosea, we’ll cover the overriding theme of one prophet each Wednesday.  Join me. nw

 

OUR CREATOR REVEALED

I’m currently reading The Creator Revealed by Michael Strauss. Strauss, a believer, earned his Ph.D. in Particle Physics from UCLA.  Presently a professor of physics at OU, you will find his credentials extremely impressive.

I’ve actually had lunch with Dr. Strauss. He is a congenial, personable and brilliant man.

I subscribe to his blog. If you’re into this sort of thing, you will find today’s entry quite fascinating.  Click here to venture into God’s subatomic world.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Silent Night?  Not So Much…

I wrote this piece after I shared this devotional with my family on Christmas Eve.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 12.20.25

 

NOTE:  No Navigator E-news next week.  Next E-news will be published on 1/3.

 

THIS SUNDAY, 12/23

ALL SUMMIT GROUPS @ 9:15am

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE @ 10:45am

PREACHER:  Jason

Please notify your class.

 

SUNDAY, 12/30

ALL SUMMIT GROUPS @ 9:15am

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE @ 10:45am

PREACHER:  Nick

Please notify your class.

 

REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK’S NAVIGATOR…

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, 12/23 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

Sunday, 12/23 – Christmas Eve Service (one day early); 6pm

12/24 – Office open 9-Noon

12/25 – Offices closed for Christmas holiday.

12/26-12/31 – Office will be open 9-Noon.

Sunday, 12/30 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years holiday.

 

FROM DONNA LOCK – FOR DONATIONS TO BE COUNTED TOWARD 2018:

  1. must be postmarked no later than 12-31-18,
  2. donated thru PushPay by 12-31-18 cut-off or
  3. brought to the office by 12 noon on the 28th to be included in their EOY statement for IRS purposes?

 

LIKE TO READ?

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If you’re looking for something to read during the holidays why not read the second most best-selling religious book next to the Bible?

John Bunyan wrote his Pilgrim’s Progress in the late 17th century while locked away in a British prison cell for “crimes” of holding public religious services.

Bunyan, a Puritan preacher, wrote this timeless allegory of the Christian life, as the protagonist, “Christian,” lays his burden down and makes his perilous journey the to Celestial City.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Hint: to Mary’s immediate left…

And a bonus…

Regarding the recent Mars landing… (top left of photo)

 

GRACE NOTES:  Joy vs. Happiness

When we sing “Joy to the World” do we have a true understanding of biblical joy?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer understood.

Read the brief blog here.

 

Merry Christmas, St. Nick

 

 

 

The Navigator: 12.13.18

Let’s try this one more time… 🙂

 

THIS SUNDAY, 12/16

Choral Musical Presentation:  “Come and See; Go and Tell”

Both AM worship services – 9:15 & 10:45

Hats off to Glenna Applewhite and all of our instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as our amazing Audio-Visual Team for their hard work (and rescheduling) in preparation to magnify Christ through music.

 

GREAT WORK, SUMMIT LEADERSHIP!

It appears our lines of communication were effective this past weekend as dangerous road conditions forced us to cancel Sunday activities.  Thank you for contacting your classes and helping us avoid any confusion.

 

CONFIDENT IGNORANCE

Mark Twain famously quipped, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

“Confident ignorance” is how I’ve come to describe those who make baseless claims as though they are factual.  This video clip (under 7 minutes) is a perfect example.

Here’s the context:  The young man, a self-proclaimed (and extremely self-assured) scientist and atheist, in preparation for his actual question, makes numerous claims in rapid-fire fashion.  This is common practice for some atheists & skeptics since it squeezes out room for any intelligent response, as well as using their “confident ignorance” as a tool to intimidate timid believers into believing that what they are spouting off is actually true.

The wise believer simply waits for the nonsense to stop and offers an intelligent response, which is what Ravi Zacharias does here in respectful, yet devastating, fashion.

 

 

BHBC OFFICE & WORSHIP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, 12/23 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

Sunday, 12/23 – Christmas Eve Service (one day early); 6pm

12/24 – Office open 9-Noon

12/25 – Offices closed for Christmas holiday.

12/26-12/31 – Office will be open 9-Noon.

Sunday, 12/30 – Combined SUMMIT Groups at 9:15; combined Worship Service at 10:45

1/1 – Offices closed for New Years holiday.

 

FROM DONNA LOCK – FOR DONATIONS TO BE COUNTED TOWARD 2018:

  1. must be postmarked no later than 12-31-18,
  2. donated thru PushPay by 12-31-18 cut-off or
  3. brought to the office by 12 noon on the 28th to be included in their EOY statement for IRS purposes?

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Here’s a side to the Christmas story that isn’t often told:  those soft little hands, fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, were made so that nails might be driven through them…..Jesus was born to die.”  John MacArthur, God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Christmas & Brueghel’s “Procession to Calvary”

A picture really does say a thousand words.  Read the blog here.

 

Merry Christmas, St. Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 12.6.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 12/9

Choral Musical Presentation:  “Come and See; Go and Tell”

Hats off to Glenna Applewhite and all of our instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as our amazing Audio-Visual Team for their hard work in preparation to magnify Christ through music.

Both AM worship services – 9:15 & 10:45

 

All SUMMIT Group Leaders:

Clearly, we don’t know if the forecast winter weather this weekend will be severe or mild.  (We’ve all experienced the frantic meteorologist warning of 10 inches of snow and ice only to wake up and the roads are clear and it’s 60 degrees.)

What we do know is that we will be watching it closely.  Should it end up severe enough to necessitate the altering or cancelling of Sunday’s normal schedule we will let you know asap.

Please keep an eye on KCBD Channel 11, our BHBC web site, and this e-news.

Hopefully, all will be clear and safe for us to gather together and worship Christ this Sunday morning.  Nevertheless, be safe in your travels.

 

We presently have two families available for (and in need of) adoption.

If your SUMMIT Group would like to adopt a family and purchase gifts, simply contact the church office at 795-5261, or email Mike Lewis.

 

NOEL

I led the song last week in the 9:15am service.  I love it.  A lot.  Enjoy… (by the way, the word “noel” simply means “Christmas.”)

 

I GOT MARRIED.  AGAIN.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I followed through with a lesson I’ve learned over time:  it’s never too late to do the right thing.  I had never actually proposed to Michelle – until a few weeks ago.  You can read all about it here.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SARAJEVO

This Sunday morning, weather permitting, the Praise Team and I will be performing Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve Sarajevo.  Performing this song at Christmas time has become somewhat of a tradition for us.

Below is a video I took with my phone when I attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert here in Lubbock at the Spirit Arena a year ago.  We don’t have the lighting resources they have, and we won’t be using the pyrotechnics they use at the end. 🙂  (Pardon the people walking in front of me at the beginning.)

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE ANGEL-TOPPER ON YOUR TREE

In a single afternoon during a long ago late December…

Several of Santa’s elves got sick slowing 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 glass, 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.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

CHRISTMAS TRUTH

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My favorite Far Side Christmas cartoon…

And a bonus…

A teacher was finishing up a lesson on the joys of discovery and the importance of curiosity. “Where would we be today,” she asked, “if no one had ever been curious?” One child innocently replied, “In the Garden of Eden?”

 

GRACE NOTES:   The Gospel According to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, St. Nick