THIS SUNDAY, 8/3
CHOIR: “He Made a Change”
PREACHER: Mike Lewis
AUGUST 27TH! Adult Choir Rehearsal Resumes!
PASTOR SEARCH UPDATE
As best as I can tell from what Jim has shared in Staff Meeting here’s where we sit: the seeming delay in pursuing the formation of a Search Team has simply been due to being forced to wait until all members of the Personnel Team & Church Council are finally back from summer traveling. That said, a meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10th, at 2pm, to begin the process of forming said Search Team. I believe that after summer travel schedules are out of the way, this process will move along smoothly and in a timely fashion.
Remember, my friends – nothing is more vital to BHBC discovering our next pastor as this: prayer. God tells us, “If My people…..will pray…..” (2 Chron. 7:14) The theologian, A.W. Tozer said profoundly, “The secret to prayer is…..praying. “ Pray that the “the eyes of our heart” would be open – that we would see as God sees. There is much adventure ahead, my friends.
“9-11 & THE CROSS” – THE VERDICT IS IN….
“WHEN THEY START REBUILDING THE TEMPLE, LOOK TO THE SKY.”
That’s what my pastor told me when I was in college. In the book of Daniel, there is clear reference to the anti-Christ (he’s never actually referred to as “anti-Christ” but, rather, the “beast”. cf. Rev. 13) entering the temple and declaring himself to be God. Daniel 9:27 describes this event as the “abomination that causes desolation.” Jesus quoted this exact passage from Daniel when describing the “end of the age” to His disciples. Now, allow me to caution the reader. Eschatology (the study of end times) must be interpreted within the context of the “whole counsel of God.” I’m in no way inferring that if Israel breaks ground on a new temple Christ is returning upon its completion. (The success of Israel’s plans will take a modern miracle in light of the fact that Islam’s hallowed Dome of the Rock presently occupies the traditional Jewish temple site.) What I am not simply inferring, but proclaiming, is this: God is not through with His people, Israel. He’s miraculously preserved them from the time He sovereignly chose Israel’s patriarch, Abraham. With the advent of Israel’s statehood on May 14, 1948 (prophesied by Ezekiel, and which the Arab nations absolutely hate), and continued talk about the rebuilding of the Old Testament Temple, one thing is perfectly clear: God is “moving the chess pieces into place.” Jesus said, “Keep watching….keep praying….Behold, I’m coming soon.” nw
ATTENTION ALL JOHNNY CASH FANS….
Wow – you’re gonna love this a capella version of one of Johnny’s greatest hits.
CHURCH & GERMS
AP HEADLINE YESTERDAY (7/28): “Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says”
1) Did they really need to do a “study” to come to this conclusion?
2) Next Sunday in church, when we “welcome one another”, I’m just gonna say, “Reach over to your neighbor and give-em a fist bump – it’s less germy!”
QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK
“Sometimes your reward for doing one task well is to be set with a harder and better one.” ― C.S. Lewis
“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” ― John Wesley
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
“All of you who believe in psycho-kinesis, raise my hand.” –Steven Wright
GRACE NOTES: “Shields Up!”
“The Shield of Faith” – Part 4 of a 7 part series on the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick