All You Wanted to Know about the BHBC Music Ministry (and more)

MUSIC NOTES: 5.22.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 27th (Memorial Day Weekend)

Sonshiner Choir:  Battle Hymn of the Republic

Preacher: Jason  (full text:  Romans 14:1-8)

 

Vacation Bible School is June 17-21!

Pray for Dana Kluzek and her amazing team!

Also, if you would like to get involved, let Dana know at dkluzek@baconheights.com

 

It’s difficult to snap photos right now.  But know this:  I walked through all of the construction yesterday and you are going to LOVE it!  The rooms are laid out logically.  The hallways and rooms are easy to navigate.  And the rooms are HUGE! (see pics below) You are going to be so very pleased when construction is completed and you are finally able to see it all.  Below are a few photos to give you a feel for the size of the rooms.

Children’s Ministry – Basement (this is where the lower courtyard used to be)

Two 2nd floor rooms facing 54th St. (south)

 

 

PARENTS – READ THIS!

As a man who has spent 30 years working with teens and their parents (as well as raising three of my own), PLEASE involve yourself in what your kids are watching.

13 Reasons Why, Season 1, glorified suicide (and included two graphic rape scenes) while making adults look stupid and incompetent.  Season 2 picks up where the first season left off.

The world readily gives us all the pain and bad news we can endure. Your kids can do without watching this trash given to us by the Hollywood elite.

Read the FOX News article here Nick

 

JUST BECAUSE

Few “movie moments” bring me more joy.  From the 1992 hit, Sister Act.  Enjoy…

 

Before folks start scattering for the summer, allow me to remind you to mark Nov. 17th on your calendar.  I’ll revisit this event in the Fall.  Read on…

UnAPOLOGECTIC CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th – BHBC, Lubbock, TX

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.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This week’s quote is a compilation of wisdom & good ol’ common sense.  My granddad was a farmer. I worked on his farm during the summers as a kid. It was hard work. He could’ve well written these…

Old Farmer Wisdom:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble-bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Meanness don’t just happen overnight.

Do not corner something meaner than you.

You cannot un-say a cruel word.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get muddy.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Don’t interfere with something that isn’t bothering you.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

The biggest trouble-maker you’ll probably ever have to deal with is looking back at you from the mirror every morning.

If you get to thinking you’re a person of influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.

And finally – Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea, does that mean one out of five enjoys it?

Is it true you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

My goal this year was to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.

 

GRACE NOTES:  How to Spot Depression in Teenagers (from the Wall Street Journal)

This week’s blog is more informational than devotional in nature.  That said, I simply want to alert you to the increasing number of adolescents suffering from severe depression today.  Depression may well be foreign to you.  Frankly, I hope it is.  That said, for thousands upon thousands it is a daily battle.  For some, it has been a losing battle.  Interestingly, this article – and another WSJ article I recently read on teen suicide – parallels the increase in teen depression to the mainstream availability of the smartphone.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick  (see reminder below)

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD:  E-NEWS

In the coming weeks, since the “interim” has now been removed, I will be turning over the weekly “music notes” to Glenna Applewhite.  At the same time, as I begin to now fully take over the leadership of all facets of small groups (SUMMIT Groups), biblical teaching and learning, I will create a weekly e-news for that particular ministry demographic.  My plan is to complete this transaction by the first part of June, after Glenna returns from Uganda.

The e-news I will create for our Small Group Leadership will include much of what you have been receiving from me on a weekly basis (devotionals, quotes, articles on current social/global issues, theology, and apologetics) along with occasional articles and resources on biblical teaching and learning, as well as upcoming events.

I do not at all mind continuing to include you in that weekly email (some of you may already be serving in small group leadership and, as such, will be receiving it.)  But, if you do NOT want to continue receiving my new E-News simply email me at nick@baconheights.com and let me know so that, when I begin said Small Group E-News, your name will not be included in that emailing.  And know this:  I will NOT be offended if you want off the list!  Sometimes, we just receive too much email. 🙂  nw

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MUSIC NOTES: 5.15.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/20

SonShiner Choir:  Till the Storm Passes By

Preacher:  Jason (full text: Romans 6:1-7)

 

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This Sunday, May 20th, we honor our high school grads!

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD:  E-NEWS

In the coming weeks, since the “interim” has now been removed, I will be turning over the weekly “music notes” to Glenna Applewhite.  At the same time, as I begin to now fully take over the leadership of all facets of small groups (SUMMIT Groups), biblical teaching and learning, I will create a weekly e-news for that particular ministry demographic.  My plan is to complete this transaction by the first part of June, after Glenna returns from Uganda.

The e-news I will create for our Small Group Leadership will include much of what you have been receiving from me on a weekly basis (devotionals, quotes, articles on current social/global issues, theology, and apologetics) along with occasional articles and resources on biblical teaching and learning, as well as upcoming events.

I do not at all mind continuing to include you in that weekly email (some of you may already be serving in small group leadership and, as such, will be receiving it.)  But, if you do NOT want to continue receiving my new E-News simply email me at nick@baconheights.com and let me know so that, when I begin said Small Group E-News, your name will not be included in that emailing.  And know this:  I will NOT be offended if you want off the list!  Sometimes, we just receive too much email. 🙂  nw

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

I’m American by birth.  I’m Texan by the grace of God. 🙂

Yet another reason why living in Texas is an awesome thing.  Read the Forbes article here.

 

THE AGE OF THE ROBOT IS HERE

This article is both fascinating and somewhat terrifying.  There are two embedded videos.  Make sure and watch both of them.  The FOX News article is available for you 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?”

 

NYT COLUMNIST INTERVIEWS MIT NUCLEAR PHYSICIST

And while we’re on the topic of Science & Faith…

Ian Hutchinson, a professor of nuclear physics at MIT, shares about how he came to faith in Christ and how science supports his faith.

The actual testimony of his conversion experience begins at the 6:30 mark and proceeds for approximately 3 minutes.  The first 6 1/2 minutes he explains nuclear fusion.  And, from about 9:15 to the end, he discusses faith & science and how they complement one another.  Enjoy…

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Once again, we’ve jumped from Winter straight to Summer.

Me: It’s so hot outside…
You: How hot is it?
Me: I saw a sparrow pick up his worm with a pot-holder.

 

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES: A Psalm of Nick Watts

“A psalm,” my professor once told our class, “is simply our response to God’s activity in our lives.”

So, on the five-year anniversary of my son’s death, I penned a psalm.  You can read it here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 5.9.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, May 13th

Choir:  I Stand on the Rock Medley

Preacher:  Jason  (Primary text:  Romans 2:17-29)

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD:  E-NEWS

In the coming weeks, since the “interim” has now been removed, I will be turning over the weekly “music notes” to Glenna Applewhite.  At the same time, as I begin to now fully take over the leadership of all facets of small groups (SUMMIT Groups), biblical teaching and learning, I will create a weekly e-news for that particular ministry demographic.  My plan is to complete this transaction by the end of May.

The e-news I will create for our Small Group Leadership will include much of what you have been receiving from me on a weekly basis (devotionals, quotes, articles on current social/global issues, theology, and apologetics) along with occasional articles and resources on biblical teaching and learning, as well as upcoming events.

I do not at all mind continuing to include you in that weekly email (some of you may already be serving in small group leadership and, as such, will be receiving it.)  But, if you do NOT want to continue receiving my new E-News simply email me at nick@baconheights.com and let me know so that, when I begin said E-News, your name will not be included in that emailing.  And know this:  I will NOT be offended if you want off the list!  Sometimes, we just receive too much email. 🙂  nw

 

THANK YOU FROM THE APPLEWHITE’S

Church family, thank you so much for supporting our work in Uganda.  In a single Sunday morning you gave over $2000.  Your generosity will allow us to distribute much needed school supplies to the Christian school we work with.  We look forward to sharing your love of Christ and the work of the kingdom with the precious children.   Marc & Glenna

 

HAS SCIENCE FINALLY EXPLAINED THE ORIGIN OF LIFE?

The majority of non-Christian scientists continue to draw philosophical, personal conclusions from empirical findings to somehow – some way – remove even the slightest chance that God had anything whatsoever to do with the origin of life. Remember that even Darwin had much to say about the origin of species but nothing to offer regarding the origin of life.

Linked for you here is an excellent blog here by Kirk Durston, Ph.D. in Biophysics (who is also a believer) as he sets the scientific record straight.

Satyan Devadoss, chair of applied mathematics at the University of San Diego, rightly states, “Science does not have a monopoly on reason and logic.”

And, as I’ve mention to you before, Dr. Andy Bannister, asserts, “The claim ‘only science can discover truth’ is self-refuting, as the statement itself cannot be verified using science.”

Read Dr. Durston’s article here.

 

ASTROPHYSICS & THE BIBLE

I’m presently reading Dr. Neil Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

Tyson, not a believer, makes some general and irresponsible statements about the Christian worldview – which I ignore (why expect a non-believer to do otherwise?) – but the science is interesting.  That said, I do respect Tyson for readily admitting “astrophysicists have no idea” how the cosmos came into existence.

He spends almost the entire first chapter describing what took place within the first two seconds of the explosion of the universe into existence.  In my humble opinion, what he describes sure does sound a whole lot like Genesis 1. 🙂

 

THE EASIEST LESSONS TO LEARN ARE FROM THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS

Though tragic, I can’t say I am shocked at this headline about a man in India. A selfie with a bear? Really?

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

As we approach this Mother’s Day… To all moms who’ve lost a child and to all people who’ve lost their mom :

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus:  There are many times Michelle could have said this to me…

 

GRACE NOTES:  When Jesus Worked at McDonald’s

I was suffering and grieving.  Then Jesus took my order at McDonald’s.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

MUSIC NOTES: 5.1.18

Yep,…it’s already May…

 

 

THIS SUNDAY, May 6th

Choir:  Let Your Glory Fall

Preacher:  Jason (Full text:  Acts 9:1-19 – Paul’s conversion)

 

IS SCIENCE HUMANITY’S ONLY SOURCE FOR WHAT IS TRUE?

MIT professor (and Christian), Dr. Ian Hutchinson, offers his scientific opinion…

Christian apologist, Andy Bannister, is write in stating:

“The claim ‘only science can discover truth’ is self-refuting, as the statement itself cannot be verified using science.” 

Read the brief, intellectually stimulating article here.

 

“WEEPING MAY LAST FOR THE NIGHT, BUT JOY….”

At the conclusion of last week’s class on Revelation (the final class of the semester) I shared the following short story and video.  The next day I shared it on my Facebook page.  It is my joy to share it now with you:

A couple of weeks ago my daughter, Kelsie, called us and told us she was struggling severely with the darkness of having lost her brother/our son, Jordan. (The anniversary of his death is fast approaching.)

Knowing well that Kelsie is independent and strong, we knew this was bad. So Michelle and I dropped everything and made a quick trip to Branson, MO.

While there, we attended one of her shows on the Showboat Branson Belle. We weren’t aware that, toward the end of the show, they do a brief gospel set and that she had been given the solo on the gospel classic, “O Happy Day.”

This isn’t about “Hey – listen to my girl sing.” It’s about the fact that, even while experiencing unspeakable pain and grief, Kelsie is still singing and proclaiming the biblical truth: “weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

And you can too – regardless of the darkness that may presently envelope you.

Only moments before this performance we were praying with Kelsie as she was weeping and grieving.

Because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  Our loved ones are more alive than they’ve ever been.

A reunion is coming.

For Jordan.

#ForNarnia

 

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.

 

YOU READ ENOUGH BAD NEWS. HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS?

Last week, a Detroit newspaper reported that, when a man, appearing suicidal and attempting to jump from a bridge, an army of 18-wheelers lined up underneath the overpass preventing the man from taking his life.  It’s a powerful story of human compassion.  Read it here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

And a bonus… (this is heavy)

In regard to God shielding Moses’ eyes with His own hand to protect him from dying at the exposure to God’s glory (Exodus 33:22), Tim Keller says this:

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

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Hell Under Fire

Recently, the Pope allegedly made comments suggesting that even those who’ve not professed their faith in Christ go to heaven.  Other celebrity preachers have publicly declared that everyone will end up in heaven.  As a result, many people believe in a hell – but they don’t really think anyone will end up there.  What does the Bible say?

As I write in this week’s blog, I wish hell was not in the Bible.  But it is. 

Additionally, I quote one author in the blog who puts it bluntly:

“Some things are true whether we like them or not.”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.24.18

This Sunday, April 29th

Choir:  God Shall Wipe Away All Tears

Preacher:  Jason  (Primary text: Matthew 7:24-29)

WELCOME, MACHENZEE CLEVENGER!

From the Search/Personnel Team:

The Personnel Committee along with the Church Staff are proud to announce the hiring of Mackenzee Clevenger as our Interim Contemporary Worship Leader. Machenzee is not new to Bacon Heights – she is coming home to Bacon Heights. Her family were long time members of BHBC before leaving to help plant The Heights Fellowship several years ago. Machenzee has served as the Worship Leader for ELife Plains, TX campus the previous four years and comes highly recommended. She has a genuine spirit about her and a true desire to lead the church to worship Christ. Please help us welcome Machenzee Clevenger…HOME!

From me:

I am extremely encouraged – nay, excited – about bringing Machenzee on to our team.  After twice having the opportunity to visit with her at length about her life, love for Jesus Christ, love for people, and philosophy of leading Christian music in worship, I am thrilled about the Search Team’s decision.  Her humility, along with her musical talent, is a valued addition to our leadership team.

I told Machenzee,

“Obviously, Christ will use you mightily to help us grow in our devotion to him, but this I know from personal experience: Christ will use the people of BHBC to help you grow in your devotion as well.  The love present in this local Body is strong, healthy and infectious.”

Machenzee will lead with me this Sunday, 4/29, in both services.  Then, on Sunday, 5/6, she’ll take over in the late service.  As already presented to the church last October, I will continue to lead the early service.  When I am out, Machenzee will easily lead in my absence; and vice-versa when she is out.

Why “Interim?”

One of the Search Team members recommended that we approach the role of Contemporary Music/Worship Leader the same way we’ve approached the other two part-time roles: Choral Director (Glenna Applewhite) and Sr. Adult Pastor (Tom Heath), who are both presently serving in an interim capacity.  The Team was unanimous in agreement.  This allows all involved some time to get a better feel of things as we continue to pray about permanence.

I will serve as, both, Glenna’s & Machenzee’s immediate supervisor, and am so honored to do everything in my power to set them up for success.

Questions?  don’t hesitate to ask.

PAUSE & THINK ABOUT THAT…

The Hebrew word, “selah,” found repeatedly in the Psalms, is thought by scholars to be an ancient musical term used in the Hebrew psalter meaning, in essence, “pause and think about that.”

The following is worth  pausing and thinking about…

In the first century, the church had no spot-lights, smoke machines, electric instruments or sound systems. Not once is it remotely suggested the leaders were concerned with fashion or creating an “atmosphere of worship” by dimming the lights. I could go on.

But, somehow – void of all modern-day trappings of Christian worship – and under horrifically intense persecution – the church exploded in growth and influence.

No soapbox here. Just an observation. nw

We’re at the point where it’s difficult to take any photos as the interior is either occupied by tradesmen, or locked up to prevent people from getting hurt.  But, rest assured that great strides are being made.  Of the many examples of progress: if you’re in the neighborhood at nighttime note the bright exterior/security lighting that’s been installed around the perimeter of the FLC.

OF NOTE: the elevator remains out-of-service until further notice.  Access to downstairs is available by using the new west stairwell (adjacent to the elevator.)

GQ MAGAZINE:  THE BIBLE IS OVERRATED

Before you get ticked off – don’t be.  The only reason I share this FOX News headline here is to lovingly remind us all to never expect non-Christians to act like Christians.  As such, it should never alarm or upset us when ridiculous articles like this are published.  (You can read the article here.)

Additionally, what we have here are experts in fashion rating literature, which is laughable.  Following this logic, I should publish an article on why theoretical physics is overrated.  I would have no idea what I’m talking about.  And neither does GQ.  I do like what NYT best-selling author, Eric Metaxas, had to say about this article:

“If there is a person on the planet who cares what GQ Magazine has to say about literature, I’d love to meet that person. And pray for him.”

FINAL CLASS OF THE SPRING SEMESTER!

This has been a thrilling ride.  We’ve made it through 10 chapters, studying each one verse-by-verse.

After finishing the first 5 chapters we paused to review and take inventory of what we’d learned so far. This seemed to deepen our collective learning.

That said, now having completed chapter 10, we will review and take inventory of chapters 6-10.

At the end of this week’s class I will offer two things:

  1. A preview of what’s to come when we resume our study of Revelation in August.
  2. We will party a little.  (This may, or may not, involve my daughter, Kelsie.) 🙂

See you Wed. evening, 4/25, at 6:30pm. nw

QUOTE of the WEEK

On the topic of depression – and how critical it is we, who suffer from depression, have a community of people who love us…J.R.R. Tolkien, in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, describing when Orcs are most likely to attack, wrote:

“…in dark and loneliness they are the strongest; they will not openly attack a house where there are lights and many people.”

Those of us who suffer need a loving community of people who gently remind us of what is true: that “Jesus is the light of the world and that those who follow him will not walk in darkness…”

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

GRACE NOTES:  The Exorcists: A Word about Demonic Possession

The Catholic Church recently had their annual Exorcism Convention.  I felt I needed to make some things about demonic possession clear.

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.17.18

 

NOTE:  I apologize for producing no Music Notes last week.  Our daughter, Kelsie, was grieving deeply due to her brother’s/our son’s suicide (the anniversary of his passing is fast approaching).  Last Monday, Michelle and I dropped everything and made an urgent trip to Missouri to be with her.  She’s doing better.  nw

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/22

Sonshiner Choir:  I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Preacher:  Jason (full primary text: Mark 1:9-11 – Jesus’ baptism)

Lord’s Supper this Sunday.

Summer Choir Schedule:  Wednesday rehearsals will continue through June 13th.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – THE END OF THE WORLD IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK: APRIL 23rd

Once again, “experts” are making headlines, certain they are correct this time about the apocalypse.

Is this one correct?  We’ll take a brief look at how Jesus would answer that question.

Join me Wed. evening, 4/18, as we address this latest prediction, biblically, and then launch into Revelation, chapter 10.  Chapter 10, by the way, contains one of the few instances in Scripture when the writer is commanded not to record what they see and hear.

NOTE: Wed., April 25th, will be our final class for the semester.  We will use that evening to review and take inventory of chapters 6-10, as well as give you a preview of what’s to come beginning in August.

Maranatha, nw

 

THE BIBLE: GOSPEL, GUIDE or GARBAGE?

One of my passions is to, as one of our professors at HBU champions, “Teach Christians to be thinkers, and thinkers to be Christians.”

Linked for you here is a dialogue between New Testament scholar and theologian, NT Wright, and Harvard philosopher, Sean Kelly, as they discuss one of history’s most influential books – the Bible.

It’s an audio link only (no video) and is over an hour in length.  Whether you listen in “small bites” or “swallow the entire dialogue whole”, please consider listening and thinking deeply about what is said.

I have in my library Wright’s 700 page classic, The Resurrection of the Son of God. It is heady, but a rewarding read.

The audio clip is just below the photo at the top of the linked page.  You can access the link here.  Enjoy…

 

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD (Ps. 19:1)

Is life overwhelming?  Do you need to be reminded how small we are, and how big God is?

Astronomy is a love of mine and I enjoy reading literature about it.

This article never mentions God or a Creator, but it reminds a believer that God’s creation is beyond our (and Hollywood’s) wildest dreams.

In addition to Black Holes, gravitational waves, and the space-time continuum, the National Geographic article mentions Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), “the compact object is more than four million times as massive as our sun,…”

When we consider the size of our universe, can we even begin to imagine its Creator.  Read the article here.

 

This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm

 

UnAPOLOGECTICS CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th

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 an adjunct professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and prolific author.

I will share more about this event in the Fall.  I simply wanted to apprise you of the event so you can place it on your calendar.  You will not want to miss this.

 

SPEAKING OF JOSH & SEAN McDOWELL…

Josh, a former atheist, always “brings it” in an extremely intelligent, reasonable and articulate fashion – as he does here in this FOX News article. Read the article here.

Sean offers evidence of the overwhelming reliability of the New Testament here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

Lee Strobel was asked a question (located at the bottom of the tweet below).  Note his answer.  In a world full of books about the Bible, he is spot-on in his reply:

 

Since we missed last week, here’s a bonus.  Ever been told you’re nuts, or crazy?  Join the club. 🙂

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Here you go, ladies.

Saw this the other day. Definitely applies to something my wife could say to me.

“You’re making me seriously reconsider believing in reincarnation. Because no man can get that stupid in just one lifetime.”

 

And a bonus:  Lubbock Wind-Sock…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our “True North”: the Word of God

I posted this blog some time back.  But, this past week I was reminded of it as I’ve been counseling a dear friend of mine who serves on staff at a church in Texas.  The church is imploding and his (and his family’s) world is turning upside down.  As I’ve gently reminded him – the only thing that can help us rediscover our “true north” in world that’s caving in on top of us is the Word of God.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.3.18

ENCOUNTER is HERE! April 8-11

Welcome, Zack Randles (preaching) & Jim Archer (music)

ENCOUNTER Schedule:

Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC (tickets are $3)

***ENCOURAGER TRAINING: Wed. evening, 4/4; 6:30pm; Rm. 129

You can direct friends to ENCOUNTER info on our church web site here.

 

This week, 4/4: Chapter 9

Chapter 8 concluded with an angel shouting, “Woe! Woe! Woe (grief; terror; judgment is coming) to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

Chapter 9 begins with the first of the three trumpet blasts which signals the opening of the “bottomless pit/abyss”, where imprisoned demons have dwelt since ancient times.  The ensuing events on sinful mankind are terrifying.

Of Note: these types of passages are not the “nice, warm-fuzzy” passages we enjoy reading.  But, nonetheless, they must be preached, read and studied.  19th century, British pastor, Charles Spurgeon, once told his congregation:

“My friends, my natural love for you makes me wish that I could preach only pleasant things to you, but…I dare not preach a soft gospel.”

Further, never forget: God promised in chapter 1, verse 3 –

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” 

No doubt, one of the “blessings” is that reading Revelation serves as a blasting siren, warning all who have not yet placed their faith in the Lamb.

Join me.  6:30pm.  BHBC Worship Center, April 4th.

NOTE: ***No Revelation study next Wed., 4/11, due to ENCOUNTER.

 

A SCIENTIST LISTS EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION

Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass; Washington University School of Medicine

I thought this would serve as a wonderful follow-up to Easter Sunday.  Enjoy.  Read the article here.

 

***THE ELEVATOR IS OUT OF SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.***

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All is going according to schedule.  By the time construction is completed we’ll have 16,000 additional square feet, comprising 14 new classrooms.

As you can see when you drive by, the exterior is coming along quickly on both the north and south sides of the building.  Regarding the interior, the rooms are beginning to take shape as the crew continues to nail & screw the studs into place.  Photos of the new rooms on the first floor would be confusing.  But the following photos will help give you an idea of the all the progress being made.

Hallway connecting FLC to Commons (view from FLC doors)

Newly built west stairwell (not usable yet)

South exterior (54th st.)

South Exterior (54th st.) – if you stretch the photo you can see all the metal studs that have been put in place throughout the second floor.

North exterior (53rd st.) – Note that the new AC units have been installed on the new roof.

 

This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This week’s quote is short & sweet.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Actual statements made in a court of law…

 

Attorney: What is the date of your birth?

Witness: July 18th.

Attorney: What year?

Witness: Every year.

 

Attorney: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

Witness:  He’s 20, very close to your IQ.

 

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Rise & Fall a Nation

Very short.  Will take you less than a minute to read.  Access the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

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