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MUSIC NOTES: 4.25.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, April 30th

Choir: Give Us Today (The Lord’s Prayer)

Preacher:  Jason

 

“GROUND BREAKING” CEREMONY THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, 4/30, immediately following the 10:45 worship service, we will gather in the south parking lot near the FLC to commemorate the beginning of construction on our new Educational Space.  The ceremony should only take a few minutes.

THEN…., next Tuesday afternoon, 5/2, at 4:30pm, the Chamber of Commerce will join us for yet another ceremonial “ground-breaking”.  Refreshments will be served at this one. 🙂

 

CAN A CHRISTIAN DRINK ALCOHOL?  (The short answer is “yes!”  The long answer is a little more complicated.)

The joke goes like this:  Protestants don’t recognize the Pope as divine; Jews don’t recognize Jesus as God; and Baptists don’t recognize one another at the liquor store. 🙂

Nowhere in Scripture will you find “thou shalt not drink alcohol.”  However, what you will find in the Bible are numerous commands not to become drunk, buzzed, intoxicated (whatever term you wanna use.)  I preached an entire sermon on this topic at my previous church entitled, “The King of Beers & the King of Kings: What is the Biblically Accurate Relationship?”  (I used the “King of Beers” because my dad was a Budweiser man. :))  I grew up in a home well stocked with booze.  My dad frequently gave me sips of his beer when I was in elementary school, then allowed me to have my first full beer when I was 12.  As most of you know, my dad was an alcoholic, finally dying from alcoholism in 2000.  I often wonder who offered him his first drink.  And that leads me to my next paragraph – and the focal point of this entry.

I stumbled upon a blog several weeks ago on this topic that I think you fill find worth your time to read and consider.  I’ve watched a disturbing trend in the past 15, or so, years.  In the “old days” drinking was seen as sinful.  As I’ve already stated, drinking is not sinful – drunkenness is sinful.  So this “old days” view was a non-biblical view.

However, in present day, drinking has become trendy and fashionable among Christians.  A very close friend of mine (in their mid 20’s) shared with me a few weeks ago that their Bible Study group at their church was having their next gathering at a local bar/club.  Now, this brings up a number of separate issues with regard to common sense and sound judgment that I don’t have time to address here.  Nevertheless, it spot-lights an issue that, in my experience, most Christians fail to consider.  And that’s the topic of the blog linked below.

Although many are very capable of “drinking in moderation” and “holding their liquor,” there are many (including myself) who cannot, and thus must abstain altogether.  One of the most powerful statements in this blog is when the author, in the third from the last paragraph, writes,The problem was, I didn’t have a ‘moderation button’ that I could push, to stop me from taking another drink when I was about to cross the line of being drunk.” 

In short, we just never know who may have a predisposition for alcoholism.  You can read the author’s thought-provoking story here.

NOTE:  The Catholic priest mentioned in the blog tells the blog’s author, “Wine is a gift from God to be enjoyed.”  (Heck – the first recorded miracle of Jesus is when he turned water into wine!)  I am almost certain the priest, when making that statement, was referring to Psalm 104:15, but this must be read in context with passages such as Proverbs 20:1 and Proverbs 23:29-35.

Enjoy, Nick

 

7 UNBIASED FACTS ABOUT JESUS

This is a solid resource for all believers because these are facts about Jesus’ life supported by ancient historical sources outside the Bible, and by liberal and/or non-believing scholars.  Enjoy.  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“There’s no place to hide but in the blood of the Lamb.”  A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

If you’ve kept up with story of United Airlines recently removing a passenger from their plane, this will make perfect sense. 🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  13 Reasons Why is not merely Dark, It’s Dangerous

As of a few moments before I published this week’s E-News, my blog, “13 Reasons Why’ is not merely Dark, It’s Dangerous” has been viewed over 109,000 times.  Never in a million years did I anticipate that.  Apparently, it has struck a chord with people.  Since first posting it this past Saturday night I’ve been contacted by teenagers and counselors and parents from all over the United States. If you’re not familiar with the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, simply read my blog.  You can read it here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.18.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/23

Choir:  Before the Throne of God Above

Preacher:  Jason

 

VERY SMART PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION

Yet another example that Christianity is an intelligent faith (rather than, as some skeptics describe, a fairly tale for the uneducated.)

Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass MD PhD is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. Here he explains in detail why he believes in the resurrection of Christ.  Read his reasons for believing in the resurrection here.

 

HOW MANY CHRISTIANS ARE BEING KILLED FOR THEIR FAITH TODAY, AND WHERE?

In light of the recent deaths of Christians in Egypt, I though this FOX News article may be of interest.  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“The tooth of time gnaws all books but the Bible… Nineteen centuries of experience have tested it. It has passed through critical fires no other volume has suffered, and its spiritual truths have endured the flames and come out without so much as the smell of burning.” – W.E. Sangster (20th century British pastor; served in WWI)



At the cross, the worst of man met the best of God.” Arthur Blesset


“Jesus, even with his dying breath, was in control. He knew when he would die, and on whose terms.” Scott Conover  (So very true. The old adage is true: “No one took Jesus’ life; he willingly gave it.”)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Jimmy Fallon & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dress up as “mascots” of themselves and surprise people at Hollywood Studios amusement park in CA.  The best part is the last part of the clip when a huge fan of The Rock discovers it’s actually him.  So stay with it.  Video clip is 4 minutes long.

 

GRACE NOTES:  “Be a Sinner, and Sin Boldly”

For those who are tired of “trying to be good enough” for God…

I share this window into history with you because I see many (including myself at times) who still are under the impression that we can somehow “live our lives” into better standing with God. This, according to the Bible, is simply not true. Moreover, it’s a clever strategy by the enemy leading one into a most ugly state of bondage called “legalism.”  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.12.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/16 – EASTER SUNDAY! (And Saturday!)

ChoirHe’s Alive

Preacher – Jason

 

DOES SCIENCE DISPROVE THE RESURRECTION?

From the article:

MIT Professor Ian Hutchinson writes:

“My Christian colleagues at MIT—and millions of other scientists worldwide—somehow think that a literal miracle like the resurrection of Jesus is possible. And we are following a long tradition. Today’s widespread materialist view that events contrary to the laws of science just can’t happen is a metaphysical doctrine, not a scientific fact.”

Read the article here.

 

“THE CASE FOR CHRIST” – Movie Review

Former atheist, Lee Strobel, set out to disprove Christianity as pure nonsense after his wife professed her faith in Christ.  What this Yale Law School grad discovered during his investigation completely changed his life.  The movie, based on his story, premiered here in Lubbock this past Friday at Movies 16 adjacent to Best Buy.

Strobel (as you can see in the tweet immediately below) was thrilled about the critical opinion of the movie.  On the purely secular review site, Rotten Tomatoes, “The Case for Christ” (as of this posting) received a very strong 75% “critic’s score” and an even stronger 84% “audience score.”

Here is a solid FOX News interview published over the weekend with Strobel.  Access the interview and article here.

I was finally able to view the movie.  Here’s the review I posted on my Facebook page:

It was the best Christian-themed movie I have seen to date. Powerfully directed and acted.

Is the purpose of the movie to convince the audience that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead? Sure – it’s a Christian-themed film.

But, not once does the movie insult the intelligence of the audience. While Strobel painstakingly investigates the evidence (for the sole purpose of proving Christianity to be a farce) he asks the same intelligent questions any non-believer/skeptic would ask.

Furthermore, not once does the movie make the claim that the resurrection can be 100% proven. What is clear, though, from Strobel’s investigation is that the evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. Then, echoing former atheist, Antony Flew, the movie simply presents the evidence and then invites the audience to “follow the evidence where it leads.”

Finally – and I’m thrilled this was stated – sure, Christianity requires faith (“For by grace are you saved through faith,” Paul wrote), but make no mistake, so does atheism.

One final thought – one nanosecond after we die we will know for certain whether or not the Bible is true. The evidence strongly argues it is. If you’ve never honestly considered the claims of Christ this movie is a good place to start

 

SUICIDE & INTERVENTION TALK at FRENSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL – Report

At the conclusion of last week’s final Encounter Worship Service I asked for prayer regarding a speaking engagement i had the following day at FMS.  I spoke to approximately 600 students and faculty and received wonderfully encouraging feedback from faculty, parents of students, and the students themselves.  Your prayers mattered.  Thank you so very much.  I am scheduled to speak to the students at Turning Point C0mmunity Church here in Lubbock in a couple of weeks.  Soli Deo Gloria, Nick  (Below is a photo a teacher snapped as I was speaking.)

 

MIGHT THIS BE HOW REVELATION 13 PLAYS OUT?

I’m not a religious zealot, nor do I look for a “demon on every doorknob.” I like to think I’m fairly level-headed when it comes to considering biblical prophecy in light of current events.

That said, I thought you might find this article of interest. Implants like this have been in planning stages for decades. But, as this San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press article states, “It’s just never been used to tag employees on a broad scale before.”

Epicenter, the company at the center of the article, “offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand… The small implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments.”

As a Christian, you know where I’m going with this (even those who are not Christians have probably heard of the prophecy recorded in Revelation 13): [The Beast] “forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

Given the excitement of people interviewed in the article (despite privacy issues), coupled with technological convenience, this no doubt will continue to grow in popularity over time.

For now, it’s voluntary. For now.  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief.  Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all.”  Author Michael Green in his book, Man Alive.

“What gives me most confidence that Jesus’ resurrection actually occurred is how the resurrection hypothesis is able to address the full scope of relevant historical facts in a manner that is far superior to the ability of any competing hypothesis to do the same. Stated differently, when I set aside faith and examine the data using strictly controlled historical method, the hypothesis that Jesus was raised stands head and shoulders above the rest. And that’s quite remarkable!”  Dr. Mike Licona (one of my HBU profs and a renowned apologist and historian)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:  What if Donald Trump was a Youth Pastor?

 

GRACE NOTES:  Heaven

In light of Christ’s resurrection, were it not for the empty tomb heaven would be a pipe dream.  This week’s blog is a bit of personal commentary and reflection on the promise of heaven.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

MUSIC NOTES: 4.4.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/9 (Palm Sunday)

ChoirNothing but the Blood of Jesus w/Jesus’ Blood

REHEARSAL NOTE:  No rehearsal this week (4/5) due to Encounter.  Please join me at 8:45am Sunday morning in the choir loft for a brief rehearsal.  We will sing in both morning worship services.

Preacher – Jason

 

ENCOUNTER – THERE’S STILL TIME TO BE A PART

Remaining Services:

Tuesday evening – 7pm;  Wednesday Evening – 7pm

***NOTE: “Steak Night” is Wed. evening at 6pm in the FLC (Tickets are only $3)

 

WAS JESUS ACTUALLY CRUCIFIED?

Zak Schmoll was one of my fellow students in the Master of Arts in Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University.  Residing in Vermont, Zak writes a weekly blog called, “Entering the Public Square,” based on “the importance of discussing Christianity in the marketplace of ideas.”  This past week he wrote an outstanding blog discussing the historical evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Skeptics deny that Jesus was crucified, citing no evidence outside the gospels.  But they are sorely mistaken.  Read Zak’s brief blog here.

 

I was a week ahead of myself in last week’s E-News.  The new movie, The Case for Christ, premiers THIS WEEK, April 7th.

Watch the movie (or read the book). Then make your own decision based on the evidence. Jesus never imposed his convictions on another person, but always allowed others to make up their own mind about him. Have you honestly investigated and/or considered the claims of Christ?

 

FIVE ATHEISTS WHO LOST FAITH IN ATHEISM

Great article for those who’ve bought into the lie that the Christian faith is an emotional crutch for the mentally weak and uneducated. On the contrary, Christian doctrine is an intelligent faith. Do we have empirical proof that God exists? No. But, as one scholar said, the existence of God is best proved not in the laboratory but in the courtroom. The evidence for the existence of God is quite strong and compelling. Lee Strobel, a former atheist – and subject of the upcoming movie, The Case for Christ, is a Yale grad. Indeed, there’s something to this thing called Christianity. And skeptics still, after 20 centuries, haven’t been able to explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can read the article from Christianity Today here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.”  A.W. Tozer

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“You want to know what it’s like having a fourth kid?  Imagine you’re drowning – then someone hands you a baby.”  Comedian, Jim Gaffigan (father of 4 children)

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Highest Point in our Lives may be our Lowest

(I saw this posted on my pastor friend, Jim Hardwicke’s, FB page and thought it worth sharing here. The theological insight Jim brings out is incisive.)

“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27). The highest point of our lives may be our lowest point, like it was for Jesus, Stephen (Acts 7), and missionary Jim Elliot. Why? Because in the plan and purpose of God, our greatest means of bringing Him glory may well be our obedience and quiet trust in the midst of our greatest suffering.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

MUSIC NOTES: 3.28.17

THIS SUNDAY, 4/2

Choir:  Thou, O Lord

Preacher:  Ronnie Hill

ENCOUNTER EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE:  April 2-5

Schedule:

Sunday, April 2:  Regular services on Sunday morning;  PM service at 6.

Monday – Wed, April 3-5:  services at 7pm

HOW DO I LEAD SOMEONE TO FAITH IN CHRIST?

The Encounter Crusade will be heavily evangelistic in nature, meaning Ronnie’s overriding message each service will be to encourage listeners to place their faith in Christ.  Leading another person to faith in Christ should be a very normal part of the Christian life.  However, many believers have never led another person to faith in Christ.  (Most often, because they’re afraid due to not knowing how.)  That said, here is a simple way to do so:

Paul, author of most of the New Testament wrote, “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)  So, although our own testimony/story may help another person become open to the gospel, it’s the Word of God that will ultimately convict them to place their faith in Christ.  So to Scripture we go.  What follows is a simple explanation of the gospel using passages from the New Testament book of Romans.  I will include very concise explanations following each verse.  Should you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. 

  1. Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  This is a “bad news” verse.  We are born separated from God because of what the Bible calls sin.
  2. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  This is a “bad news/good news” verse.  Here, Paul clearly spells out what we deserve for our sin against God (death, eternally in what the Bible calls hell).  But, because of his unfathomable love for us, God has “solved our dilemma of being separated from him” by giving us his Son.  It is significant here that Paul uses the word “gift”.  A gift cannot be earned; rather, it’s simply received.
  3. Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  This is all “good news.”  God proved his love for us by offering his own Son as an atoning sacrifice.  “God so loved that he gave…” (Jn 3:16)
  4. Romans 10:9 – “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Although it’s the most significant decision one will ever make, the process itself is very simple.  As with other “religions”, the gospel requires nothing in way of human effort to inherit eternal life.  It’s simply a matter of belief.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK, APRIL 7th!

I ran across this interview with Lee Strobel in the Chicago Tribune.  This interview is significant because Strobel was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune when he began his investigation into the case for Christ.  You can read the interview here Once again, here is the trailer for the movie.

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA & CHRISTIANITY

FOX News ran an interesting article (albeit not in the least surprising) about the absolute ignorance of Christianity in the mainstream media.  Of interest is a CNN Religion Quiz.  FOX reports,

In a quiz claiming to test one’s knowledge of Christianity, there is sum total of one question about Jesus Christ (where did He walk on water?). Nothing is asked about Jesus’ birth, words, death or resurrection. There are no questions about the Christian understanding of truth, sin, or salvation. Nothing about Paul or Peter. Nothing about the afterlife. Nothing about the human condition.

No real news here.  But interesting none the less.  Satan is a brilliant strategist.  It’s no wonder there is so much confusion in North America as to what it means to be a “Christian.”  You can read the article here.

AVAILABLE IN THE CHOIR ROOM!

The Resurrection and You by Josh & Sean McDowell

More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

Know Your Bible

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Prayer Meetings are presently under way in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

In a conversation with my family about how difficult it is to “wait on God”, my daughter, Macy, texted us and told us that my son, Jordan, used to always tell her the following.  His quote is definitely worth quoting here:

“It’s easy to praise God when good things happen. It’s sometimes even easy to praise God when something bad happens. But the hardest time to praise God is when nothing is happening.” Jordan Watts

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

GRACE NOTES: “For Those Who Have Ever Doubted Your Christian Faith”

If you’ve ever doubted God it means one thing:  you’re normal.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 3.21.17

 

THIS SUNDAY,  3/26

Choir:  Redeemed

Preacher:  Jason

 

OBJECTIVE MORALITY

The argument for Objective Morality is a strong argument for the existence of God.  In other words, who, exactly, decided that murder & hate & child abuse & lying & stealing, etc. are all wrong?  Science can’t prove or disprove morality in a laboratory since morality is beyond the scope of scientific method.  C.S. Lewis addresses this argument at length in his classic, “The Abolition of Man.”  Prager University’s Dennis Prager (who is not a Christian) offers very good food-for-thought here in this 5 minute video.

 

BARBERSHOP AT ITS BEST

Even if you’re not a huge fan of “barbershop harmonies”, you’ll love this.  Recorded at the 2009 International Barbershop Competition, these guys (who won the championship) pull off a rather thrilling rendition of “76 Trombones.”  This is no “4 guys standing in front of a mic” performance.  There must be a hundred, or more, men on stage.  Note:  things really get fun around the 3:10 mark in the video.  Enjoy.

 

AVAILABLE THIS WED AT REHEARSAL:  “The Resurrection and You”

Former atheist, Josh McDowell, was once asked by a student (while lecturing at the University of Uruguay), “Why don’t you recant your faith?”  McDowell calmly replied, “I would except for one thing: I can’t explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Paul rightly wrote, And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (I Cor. 15:14)

Over the years I have given to you resources that, hopefully, have contributed to your personal spiritual growth.  Beginning this Wed (3/22), you will have available to you a free copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s new booklet, “The Resurrection and You.”   If you omit the introduction and End Notes, the booklet is only 50 pages in length.  (I read it in about 30 minutes.)  The authors clearly intend the book to be an evangelistic tool, but it contains many well-documented facts regarding the evidence for Christ’s resurrection – evidence every believer needs to know.

This little booklet will most likely whet your appetite for more exhaustive reading on this subject.  If that’s indeed the case, please holler at me and I will recommend to you further reading.

 

“A TRAVELER BEATEN TO A PULP AND IN NEED OF A NEIGHBOR”

“A Traveler Beaten to a Pulp and in Need of a Neighbor.”  This was my sermon title this past Sunday morning.

We never know when & where we’ll happen upon someone in pain and in desperate need of a neighbor.

Monday morning when I arrived at my office I was notified by one of our Admin Assts of a man who had called, had recently attempted suicide, and was in desperate need of “talking to a pastor.”  I learned that that Admin Asst (Donna Locke) had actually first visited with the man the previous Thursday when I was on vacation.  She counseled and prayed with the man.  (After learning more about the situation, I believe Donna helped that man make a decision to continue living at least through the weekend.)

Monday morning, back in the office after being off several days, I was apprised of the situation and immediately contacted the man.

He had absolutely no self-worth remaining in his heart. After an hour on the phone, the gentleman professed his faith in the life-giving love of Christ. The man, crying, then said to me, “I am going to pour out the antifreeze I was going to drink.”

Obviously, that was a powerful moment in the conversation.  What most struck me, though, was that this precious man (who lives here in the West TX Bible Belt, and is older than I am) had never heard the words of John 3:16, or other passages in the Bible expressing God’s unfathomable love for him. “Could he really love me? After all I’ve done?” this gentleman asked incredulously.

Toward the end of our conversation I asked him, “Are you sure now that, when you die, you will go to heaven?” He, again incredulously, asked, “I get to go to heaven??” After a few more minutes of conversation he was overwhelmed with emotion that, yes, he has inherited eternal life through the death & resurrection of Christ.

I cannot share the man’s name here. But please, should you have a moment, lift him up to Jesus. I am working on making sure he has the opportunity to be discipled.

Like the old hymn says, “There’s a new name written down in glory…” Hallelujah to the Lamb.  Nick

 

Wed. Evening, March 22nd; BHBC Worship Center; 6:30pm

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday, 3/26) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting” for updates and discussion.  A formal recommendation as to whether or not we proceed on the building will be presented.

 

On March 25th (Saturday), from 2-4pm, we will head out to the (79)414 area to distribute information about the upcoming Encounter Crusade, as well as spend time prayer-walking through the neighborhood.  To help us be organized in our efforts, we’re asking everyone to “adopt a block”.  You can do so by visiting the “Adopt a Block” table in the Commons.

 

ENCOURAGER TRAINING THIS SUNDAY, 3/26; 4pm

In preparation for the Encounter Crusade, Mike Lewis will be leading a training session for “encouragers”.   As an encourager, you will be equipped to help counsel those who make decisions during the response time at the end of each Encounter Worship Service.  The training event will begin in the Worship Center.

 

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Prayer Meetings are presently under way in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

 

ENCOUNTER EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE:  April 2-5

Schedule:

Sunday, April 2:  Regular services on Sunday morning;  PM service at 6.

Monday – Wed, April 3-5:  services at 7pm

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“There is no University for a Christian like that of sorrow and trial.”  Charles Spurgeon

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.” Author, Anne Lamott

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

One of the Greatest Hollywood Laugh Scenes of All Time (in my opinion)

Clip is 3 minutes in length. Tom Hanks. “The Money Pit” (1986). Context: the house they purchased is falling apart. Room by room. Piece by piece. Here, Hanks watches his kitchen go up in flames before he hauls water up to the bathroom (the plumbing is out) where all he wants to do is soak in a tub for just a minute and forget, temporarily, about his misery. Enjoy. nw

 

GRACE NOTES: “Lessons from Middle Earth”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 3.13.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/19

Choir:  Because He Lives

Preacher(s):  Jim Gerlt (9:15am); Nick Watts (10:45am)

 

THE EPICENTER OF OUR FAITH: the RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

Former atheist, Josh McDowell, was once asked by a student (while lecturing at the University of Uruguay), “Why don’t you recant your faith?”  McDowell calmly replied, “I would except for one thing: I can’t explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Paul rightly wrote, And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (I Cor. 15:14)

Over the years I have given to you resources that, hopefully, have contributed to your personal spiritual growth.  In the coming weeks, as we approach Easter Sunday, you will be receiving a copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s new book, “The Resurrection and You.”   Much like Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter,” McDowell’s book, under 70 pages in length, is a concise, but meaty, presentation of not only the compelling evidence for Christ’s resurrection, but what, exactly, that resurrections means to you and me.

And speaking of Lee Strobel….

 

“THE CASE FOR CHRIST” MOVIE – In Theaters April 7th (just in time for Easter)

 

SPRING BREAK REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Spring Break is March 13-17

  1. There are no mid-week rehearsals this week.
  2. The Adult Choir will sing on Sunday, March 19th (“He Touched Me”).
  3. Since Jason has asked me to preach in the late service on the 19th the Praise Team has that morning “off.”

 

IS IT RATIONAL (REASONABLE) TO BELIEVE IN GOD?

Dr. Peter Kreeft is an outstanding professor of philosophy at Boston College, well-respected in scholarly circles.  In this brief video, Dr. Kreeft answers the question “Is it rational to believe in God?” At its root, Christianity is embraced by faith alone (rather than mere reason).  However, our faith is not blind faith.  As former atheist, Lee Strobel, once put it, “We have a defensible faith.”  The question comes down to this:  what are you going to put your faith in when life – and the afterlife – are on the line?  (This is also the topic of this week’s Grace Notes.)

 

Wed. Evening, March 22nd; BHBC Worship Center; 6:30pm

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday, 3/26) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting” for updates and discussion.

 

On March 25th (Saturday), from 2-4pm, we will head out to the (79)414 area to distribute information about the upcoming Encounter Crusade, as well as spend time prayer-walking through the neighborhood.  To help us be organized in our efforts, we’re asking everyone to “adopt a block”.  You can do so by visiting the “Adopt a Block” table in the Commons.

 

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Beginning this week, prayer meetings will be taking place in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

 

ENCOUNTER EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE:  April 2-5

Schedule:

Sunday, April 2:  Regular services on Sunday morning;  PM service at 6.

Monday – Wed, April 3-5:  services at 7pm (with meals at 6pm – Mon: children; Tues: youth; Wed: families)

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.” – A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This clip is 4 minutes long.  Watch every minute of it.  It will lift your soul.  Trust me.  (I have found my replacement :))

 

BONUS:  What are the odds that a Florida attorney’s pants would burst into flames during his closing arguments in an arson trial??  You can’t make this stuff up.  Read the very short news story here.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Faith of Christianity vs. the Faith of Atheism

We all ultimately have faith in something – whether we want to admit it, or not.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

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