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

MUSIC NOTES: 6.26.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, July 1st

NO CHOIR (Choir is on “sabbatical”)

Preacher:  Gene Wilkes, president of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute; Arlington, TX

 

B.H. Carroll Theological Institute

There’s a reason Dr. Wilkes is preaching this coming Sunday.  We are hoping to serve as a “partnering church/campus” with B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in the training of believers to grow deep and strong in their theological education.  You can read more about this very effective model of learning here.  Join me this Sunday to hear Dr. Wilkes in both services!

 

My friends, you just never know….  Read on:

While leading at Super Summer a couple of weeks ago, a precious teenager came up to me and said, “Six months ago I was suffering from severe depression and seriously contemplated taking my life. Your Facebook posts stopped me from carrying that out.”

I held him as hard as I could, looked him in the eye, and said, “Please promise me you’ll never harm yourself.” With joy in his eyes he said, “I promise.”

All of you who have suffered pain in your life: never be afraid to tell your story! There are multitudes out there who need hope!

 

Read this inspiring article about Stanford University professor, William Newsome, here.

 

ON THE FAST APPROACHING HORIZON:

Wed. Evening Studies & Activities resume:  8/22

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

UnApologetics Conference:  11/17

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

“Christ has broken the power of Satan…henceforth evil spirits, instead of having power over us, tremble and are [terrified] at every true Christian.” John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“Someone just honked to get me out of my parking spot faster. So now I have to sit here until both of us are dead.”

“You know you’re in a country church if over half your congregation thinks a cantata is an entree at Taco Bell.”

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Intolerable Intolerance of the Dallas Mayor

The intolerance of the “tolerant” never ceases to amaze me.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 6.5.18

NOTE:  No E-news next week due to me leading at Super Summer Youth Camp in Abilene.

 

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 10th

Choir:  As the Deer

Preacher:  Jason (full text is Psalm 127:1-4)

 

PRAY FOR:

Youth Mission Trip/World Changers to Houston, TX:  June 10-16

Vacation Bible School:  June 17-21

 

KELSIE MENTIONED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

My friends, I try to be very careful about mentioning anything personal about my family here in this e-news.  We all have children and grandchildren we’re extremely proud of.  That said, when your daughter is mentioned (very favorably) in one of the largest news media outlets in the world, in my humble opinion, it qualifies to be shared. 🙂

A “travel editor” from the Times was assigned to do a story on Branson, MO.  The entire article details how they were scheduled to see a different attraction but instead decided to buy a ticket for the Showboat Branson Belle.  Below is the screen-shot of the “front page” followed by the paragraph mentioning Kelsie.

THE MIND-BOGGLING UNIFORMITY OF THE COSMOS

Planet earth from the space at night . Some elements of this image furnished by NASA

Even the non-Christian physicist, Paul Davies, states that the universe has the appearance of design – hence, having a Designer.  I’m continuing to plow through “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson (non-Christian), who writes:

“This universality of physical laws (of the cosmos) tells us that if we land on another planet with a thriving alien civilization, they will be running on the same laws that we have discovered and tested here on earth…

Science thrives not only on the universality of physical laws but also on the existence and persistence of physical constants… If you do the math, you can determine that a star’s luminosity is steeply independent on the universal law of gravity. In other words, if gravity had been slightly different in the past, then the energy output of the sun would have been far more variable than anything the biological, climatological, or geological record indicates.

Such is the uniformity of our universe.”

 

YET ANOTHER REASON WE LOVE FORMER RED RAIDER, PATRICK MAHOMES

Read the USA Today article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“A man (or woman) who says, ‘I was wrong,’ really in effect says, ‘I am a little wiser today than I was yesterday.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Saw this the other day. Soooooo true.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The God Who Hurts Us

The “problem of pain” (how a good & loving God can allow suffering) is the No. 1 argument for atheism.  And rightly so.  Although the Bible never gives us definitive reason for why seemingly innocent people (children, for instance) suffer, or why hurricanes and volcanoes are allowed to wreak havoc and devastation, God sprinkles clues throughout his Word.  But, most of all – he says, “Trust me.”  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick  (See note below)

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD – We’re inching closer to handing the Music Notes E-News over to Glenna Applewhite.  I will be continuing this type of e-news to the leadership of our Biblical Education & Learning ministry.  I had asked if anyone would like to continue to receive my weekly publications.  Only ONE person has asked to be removed from the list (because they have moved to another city.)  So, please – and i promise it won’t hurt my feelings – let me know if you would like to receive one less email per week. 🙂

MUSIC NOTES: 5.30.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd (Hello June!)

Sonshiner Choir:  He’s My Friend  (Hasn’t it been wonderful hearing the Sonshiner Choir sing?)

Preacher:  Jason (the image above represents Mark 4:21 – Jason will be preaching from vss 21-33)

 

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” MOVIE EVENT: September 30th!

Powerful story.  We will view the movie at BHBC.  Perfect opportunity to invited friends. More info to come as the event nears.

 

Memorial Day was last weekend – but I just have to share this FOX News article with you.

Written by the Navy SEAL who shot Bin Laden, it’s one of the most powerful articles I’ve read on the topic.  Read it here.

 

WE NEED MORE STORIES PUBLISHED LIKE THIS ONE…

Normally, only the big mouths and attitudes get the press in the NFL.  I’m convinced this sort of kindness happens all the time.  We simply don’t hear about it.  Read the ESPN story here.

 

THIS AMAZON ALEXA RECORDED A PRIVATE CONVERSATION IN SOMEONE’S HOUSE.  BEWARE…

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I don’t own an Alexa for just this purpose.  Probably just a glitch (or so Amazon explains), but still…  Read the article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

And  a bonus that dove-tails off the quote above:

“Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.” – C.S. Lewis

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

This was just too funny not to share…

And a bonus regarding our present Texas heatwave…

 

GRACE NOTES:  How Jesus Found Me at Harvard

Mark Shepard, Professor: Harvard Kennedy School of Government

What a great story!  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick  (please see continued notice 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

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

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

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