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MUSIC NOTES: 9.24.14

THIS SUNDAY, 9/28

CHOIR: “We Believe”
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt

 

ADULT CHOIR NEWS

We are now rehearsing on Wed. evenings in BERGSTROM HALL.

Wonderful rehearsal this past Sunday afternoon on our Christmas Music! Next X-Tra Rehearsal is Sunday, Oct. 12th, 3:30-4:45pm (immediately before the Sr. Adult Revival PM service.)

Octavo Schedule:
9/28 – We Believe (BOTH services?)
10/5 – Lord, I Need You
10/12 – One of These Mornings (from “Southern Sundays”)
10/19 – Great and Mighty
10/26 – Give Me [Jesus]

 

HANDBELLS! YOU HAVE A FESTIVAL COMING UP!

Weekly rehearsals begin at 4pm in Bergstrom Hall – unless otherwise noted in your regular email updates. (This will be the regular weekly rehearsal time & location.)

West TX Area Handbell Festival; 10.4; 2nd Baptist Church in Lubbock.  EVERYONE is invited to the mass-handbell-choir performance at 4pm at 2nd Baptist. Admission is free.

 

YOUR BRAIN ON PORN

Sex is not a dirty word. Sex was God’s idea.

However, as with anything else God has created, Satan has done his best to distort God’s good gifts for the sole purpose of destroying God’s good creation: you and me.

Throughout my decades of Youth Ministry, when I would stand before students and say, “Sex is not a dirty word. Sex was God’s idea,” inevitably, there would be, first, looks of confusion (I could see the “cognitive wheels turning”) followed by relief, followed by smiles. Sadly, they’d rarely, if ever in their adolescent world, viewed sex as anything other than “dirty.” After my statement has a moment to settle into their thinking…..it’s like a light comes on. And, all of a sudden, there’s a shift in their paradigm where this topic is concerned.

Sean McDowell (a Christian Apologist just like his dad, Josh) tweeted the info below regarding the free e-book, “Your Brain on Porn,” written by Luke Gilkerson. I’ve downloaded the e-book. It’s solid. Easy to read. Practical. Informative. And responsibly written from a Christian worldview.

PARENTS: this resource provides GREAT insight on this “taboo” topic. We should never be afraid to talk about sex in our homes. It was NEVER discussed in my home as a child. Like the majority, I learned about sex via friends and media. Parents, the polls still shout the truth: the #1 influence in the life of a teen is their parents. What better source for your children to have to help them sort through the “mysteries”, distortions and questions surrounding the topic of sex than you?

http://www.covenanteyes.com/brain-ebook/

 

VERY INTERESTING. VERY SAD. COME, LORD JESUS…(from the Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/christianity-in-iraq-is-finished/2014/09/19/21feaa7c-3f2f-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html?wpmk=MK0000203

 

THE QURAN, THE BIBLE, AND THE ISLAMIC DILEMMA

I don’t have room here to share with you how God has used this brief video clip with a Muslim friend of mine in Morocco. Just know this: my friend, as Jesus described, is “not far from the Kingdom of God.”

 

LEE STROBEL – INVESTIGATING FAITH

http://links.biblegateway.mkt4731.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDY5OTM2MDcS1&r=MjgwMDY3MDUwMDUS1&j=NTIyMTAxNDk3S0&mt=1&rt=0

 

SHOULD GAYS BE ALLOWED IN CHURCH? (YES!)

Somewhere, somehow, some people believe that gay people shouldn’t be allowed in church. Really? Sinners shouldn’t be allowed in church?? No doubt, you already see the grossly unbiblical logic behind that position. This is a solid, well-written blog with which I strongly agree.

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5369bb601ac44bfdda928110b&id=5451be8cdc&e=1e5b81562a

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – HOW DO CHURCHES RESPOND? (from the Dallas Morning News)

I grew up in a severely violent home. Fortunately, my church did help. However, it was never openly talked about.

http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/2014_deadlyaffection/part8/?hootPostID=ab39c135ee8cdeb50688f8b09c53fba0

 

QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK

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

“God has put enough into this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone. Faith and reason must always work together in that plausible blend.” Ravi Zacharias

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” C.S. Lewis

“We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive.” William Arthur Ward (tweeted by HBU New Testament scholar & apologist, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston.)

“I live for Sundays. It’s like going to the spiritual gas station to fill up on fuel and clean the dirty windshield and mirrors. I usually show up nuts, self-obsessed, vaguely agitated, and I am at once reminded not of who I am, but Whose I am.” Writer/activist, Anne Lamott

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Q: What’s green, fuzzy, and if it fell out of a tree it would kill you?
A: A pool table.

My wife accused me of being immature.
I told her to get out of my fort.

And the Lord said unto John, “Come forth and you will receive eternal life.”
But John came fifth, and won a toaster.

BONUS: 15 Awkward Church Moments Everyone Tries to Avoid (classic)
http://www.faithit.com/15-awkward-church-moments-everyone-tries-to-avoid/

 

GRACE NOTES: “Spiritual Confusion” (It’s ok to be confused about God.)

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2014/09/24/spiritual-confusion/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 9.15.14

THIS SUNDAY, 9/21

CHOIR: “Lead Me, Lord” – Soloist: Michelle Watts (BOTH services)
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt

 

PASTOR SEARCH TEAM NEWS

FYI – This past Sunday, the Team elected Chris Slayton as their Chairman.  Their first “official” meeting is this coming Sunday, 9/21.

 

ADULT CHOIR NEWS

We begin rehearsing in BERGSTROM HALL this week!!

“Christmas in September” Rehearsal – Sunday afternoon, 9/21, 4-6pm. We will take two hours to work hard on “For Unto Y’all”, our Christmas Musical scheduled for performance on 12/6-7.

Octavo Schedule:
9/21 – Lead Me, Lord (BOTH services?)
9/28 – We Believe (BOTH services?)
10/5 – Lord, I Need You
10/12 – One of These Mornings (from “Southern Sundays”)

 

HEY HANDBELLS! YOU’VE GOTTA FESTIVAL COMING UP!

Our handbell ministry (led by Dr. Hyung Sek Chae) resumes with rehearsals this coming Sunday, 9/7, at 4:30pm in Bergstrom Hall. (This will be the regular weekly rehearsal time & location.)

West TX Area Handbell Festival; 10.24; 2nd Baptist Church in Lubbock

 

THIS WILL BE AMAZING!!! (Can’t wait for it be completed, and then to visit!)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/hobby-lobbys-steve-green-has-big-plans-for-his-bible-museum-in-washington/2014/09/11/52e20444-1410-11e4-8936-26932bcfd6ed_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

 

ARE YOU A “DANGEROUS” CHRISTIAN? (EXCELLENT , brief blog)

http://mikewittmer.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/are-we-dangerous/

 

O SAY, CAN YOU SEE?

This past week, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/13/o-say-can-see-celebrating-200-years-star-spangled-banner/

 

A COUPLE OF MINUTES OF “100 PROOF” SPORTS ADRENALINE

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2195582-trampoline-basketball-players-show-off-dunks-ball-handling-at-the-vatican?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national

 

QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK

“The best preparation for worship is not a rehearsal, but surrender.” AW Tozer

“We may be, in part, products of our past: but if the gospel is true, we do not need to be prisoners of it.” Andy Bannister

“It’s a curious mark of our own age that the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.” Dr. Andy Bannister (My take: The majority do not want to face the possibility of a theological absolute because of the obvious implications i.e. if Jesus is who He said He was….this changes everything.)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE: “Passive-Aggressive Christians”

This week’s humor is a very short blog. It’s classic. Enjoy.

http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/08/26/write-amazing-christian-passive-aggressive-note/

BONUS:

Q: What do you call a fake noodle? A: An impasta

 

GRACE NOTES: “Miracle-Gro”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2014/09/16/miracle-gro/

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

BHBC PASTOR SEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

In way of reminder….

The church voted for THREE representatives from the 9:15 service, one of whom is an alternate; and FOUR representatives from the 10:45 service, one of whom is an alternate.  (Alternates will attend all meetings but can NOT vote.)

Also, the BHBC Bylaws state that Chairmen of both Personnel and Deacons are automatic members.

Below are the seven members of the Search Team followed by the two alternates. They are presently in the process of scheduling their first meeting. Pray for everyone of them.  Often.  nw

Representing the 9:15 service:

Glenna Applewhite
Mary Satterwhite

Representing the 10:45 service:

Mark Finkner
Jay Jacobus
Chris Slayton

Ex-officio Members:

Harry Bruton, Chairman of Personnel
Ron Ward, Chairman of Deacons

Alternates:

Duane Locke, alternate (9:15 service)
Dan Johnson, alternate (10:45 service)

MUSIC NOTES: 9.9.14

THIS SUNDAY, 9/14

CHOIR: “The Anchor Holds” – Soloist: John Gardner
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt

 

ADULT CHOIR NEWS

“Christmas in September” Rehearsal – Sunday afternoon, 9/21, 4-6pm. We will take two hours to work hard on “For Unto Y’all”, our Christmas Musical scheduled for performance on 12/6-7.

Octavo Schedule:
9/14 – The Anchor Holds (BOTH services)
9/21 – Lead Me, Lord (BOTH services?)
9/28 – We Believe (BOTH services?)
10/5 – Lord, I Need You
10/12 – One of These Mornings (from “Southern Sundays”)

 

HANDBELLS HAVE RESUMED

Our handbell ministry (led by Dr. Hyung Sek Chae) resumed rehearsals this past Sunday, 9/7, at 4:30pm in Bergstrom Hall. (This will be the regular weekly rehearsal time & location.)

 

JACK-THE-RIPPER’S IDENTITY DISCOVERED??

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/09/08/dna-testing-reportedly-reveals-identity-jack-ripper/?intcmp=trending

 

SEP. 10th is “SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY”

Solid answers to common questions about suicide. Pass along to whom in your world it may apply.

http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/frequently-asked-questions

 

CHRISTIANITY IS AN INTELLIGENT FAITH

Christianity is no “emotional crutch”, as some cynics protest. We have an intelligent faith.

Great (short) article about an MIT trained physicist who recently spoke at my daughter’s school in Nashville, TN.

http://forum.belmont.edu/news/2014/08/28/physicist-helps-students-explore-science-faith-intersection/

 

“NOT GOD’S TYPE: AN ATHEIST ACADEMIC LAYS DOWN HER ARMS”

Dr. Holly Ordway is my advisor at HBU, and the Chairman of the HBU Apologetics Dept. Above is the title of her newly released book.

Dr. Ordway is the director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; her academic work focuses on imagination and literature in apologetics, with special attention to the work of CS Lewis and Charles Williams.

http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/09/new-not-gods-type-an-atheist-academic-lays-down-her-arms.html

 

FROM ATHEISM TO CHRISTIANITY: A PERSONAL JOURNEY

This is the powerful story of one atheist’s journey to faith in Christ.  Knowing (from his story) how C.S. Lewis played a role in his journey to faith was especially encouraging to me since books by Lewis occupy a sizable load of my reading assignments at HBU.  This story is somewhat lengthy, but well worth the time to read.

http://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/from-atheism-to-christianity-a-personal-journey

 

10 INSIGHTS ABOUT MILLENNIALS (late teens to early 30’s)

Sean McDowell (Josh McDowell’s son) is a professor at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. This is very good in regard to basic “nuts & bolts” facts about the “millennial” age group.

http://www.conversantlife.com/god-and-culture/ten-insights-about-millennials#continue

 

GOD CAN’T BE “LOCKED OUT” OF THE WORLD – HE CREATED IT

How do people in God-less countries have the opportunity to know God? Anyway God chooses to show them.

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2012/June/Dreams-Visions-Moving-Muslims-to-Christ/

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/July/Tired-of-Islam-Iranians-Ask–Who-Is-This-Jesus/

 

CAN WE BE SURE THE BIBLE IS ACCURATE?

To those who like to argue that the Bible is full or error due to being handed down orally over the centuries.

 

THE EDGE OF EVOLUTION – DR. MICHAEL BEHE

Biochemist, Dr. Behe, is brilliant. Enjoy.

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/07/so_michael_behe087901.html

 

3 MINUTES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

 

QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.” C.S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis

“Many atheists are not atheists because God does not exist; rather they are atheists because they don’t want God to exist.”  Dr. Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE: (God bless the Dallas Cowboys)

QUESTION: What do the Dallas Cowboys and a Chick-Fil-A manager have in common?
ANSWER: Neither one shows up for work on Sunday.

 

GRACE NOTES: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2008/04/02/youve-got-a-friend-in-me/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 9.4.14

THIS SUNDAY, 9/7

CHOIR: “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy” – Soloist: Chris Copeland
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt

 

SEARCH TEAM UPDATE

Votes were tabulate yesterday evening. An “official announcement” letting the church know who is on the team is forthcoming.

 

ADULT CHOIR NEWS

“Christmas in September” Rehearsal – Sunday afternoon, 9/21, 4-6pm. We will take two hours to work hard on “For Unto Y’all”, our Christmas Musical scheduled for performance on 12/6-7.

Octavo Schedule:
9/7 – I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy (BOTH services)
9/14 – Lead Me, Lord (BOTH services?)
9/21 – The Anchor Holds (BOTH services)
9/28 – We Believe (BOTH services?)
10/5 – Lord, I Need You
10/12 – One of These Mornings (from “Southern Sundays”)

 

HANDBELLS RESUME! (Lots of angels will soon be getting their wings. ) 🙂

Our handbell ministry (led by Dr. Hyung Sek Chae) resumes with rehearsals this coming Sunday, 9/7, at 4:30pm in Bergstrom Hall. (This will be the regular weekly rehearsal time & location.)

 

ARE THE “TRADITIONAL” VS. “CONTEMPORARY” CHURCH MUSIC STYLES COMING TO AN END?

Nick’s Opinion: I’m not opposed to multiple music styles in local churches. However, the inherent danger in offering multiple worship services based solely on musical style is the potential fragmentation of the Body. Nowhere in scripture will you find a principle for “generation specific” worship – which is what “traditional vs. contemporary” can encourage if leadership is not careful.  What we do find in scripture is the exact opposite: a principle for multi-generational worship. In my humble opinion, we miss out on much when the Body doesn’t worship God together.  A friend of mine posted this blog. I thought it was well written food-for-thought.

http://thomrainer.com/2014/08/30/six-reasons-churches-moving-back-one-worship-style/

 

SIX THINGS EVERY (COLLEGE) FRESHMAN NEEDS TO KNOW (and every soph., jr., and sr. needs to remember)

Solid article, written to believers. Pass along to whomever in your world it may apply.

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/6-things-every-freshman-needs-to-know

 

YOU SHALL BE HAPPY, FOR I AM HAPPY?

In light of Victoria Osteen’s recent comments making the rounds via social media (link below – including a funny response by Bill Cosby), I thought this devotional thought by Oswald Cambers was timely. Chambers’ words are linked just beneath Osteen’s video link.

NOTE:  Scotsman, Oswald Chambers, died in 1917, at the age of only 43.  His story is inspiring to all believers.  His devotional classic, “My Utmost for His Highest,” is  one of the most enduring devotional bestsellers of all time.

http://utmost.org/destined-to-be-holy/

 

UNBELIEVABLE PIANO PRODIGY

It was bizarre to watch this video clip.  Here you have a child who acts like a 4 year old one minute, and a virtuoso the next.  I was shocked at his skill level.

http://qpolitical.com/4-year-old-sat-piano-23-seconds-jaw-hit-floor/

 

INVESTIGATING FAITH – LEE STROBEL

“Investigating Faith” is author/apologist, Lee Strobel’s, monthly newsletter. He always includes intelligent questions and answers regarding Christianity.

http://links.biblegateway.mkt4731.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDY4MjUyODIS1&r=MjgwMDY3MDUwMDUS1&j=NTAzMzM0NDM5S0&mt=1&rt=0

 

THE STATE OF BIBLICAL LITERACY

Excerpt: “….10 percent think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”

http://magazine.biola.edu/article/14-spring/a-problem-of-biblical-proportions/

 

MARY JANE

“Mary Jane” is a euphemism for marijuana. A recent Gallup Poll (link below) cited 58% of Americans now favoring the legalization of marijuana. The link immediately below from USA Today is a solid “Q & A” article about the drug. Presently, Colorado and Washington are the only two states allowing the sale of recreational marijuana.

Why am I including this article? Because here’s the rub: when all the haze settles, marijuana is not necessarily worse than alcohol, a legal drug in all 50 states. For instance, a person who drives having just used marijuana is twice as likely to have an auto accident, while a person who drives at the minimum level of legal intoxication from alcohol is FIVE times more like to have an accident.

The following conversation is coming to every home in North America that includes teens: “Dad, Mom – you drink. Why can’t I smoke pot? Drinking is as bad, or worse, than smoking pot.”

As one sheriff interviewed recently said, “I don’t have any religious convictions where pot is concerned. My reason for not wanting it legalized is this: the last thing I need on the streets is another legal intoxicant.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/27/risks-of-marijuana/10386699/

http://www.gallup.com/poll/165539/first-time-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx

 

QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” Mark Twain

“Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love or contentment or even common sense.” C. S. Lewis

“What the world needs is not ‘a little bit of love,’ but major surgery.” Oswald Chambers

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

“Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love, and got married. The wedding wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.”

“A jumper cable walked into a bar. The bartender said, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

“Deja Moo: the feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.”

 

GRACE NOTES: “The Question No Christian Wants to be Forced to Answer”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2014/08/27/the-question-no-christian-wants-to-be-forced-to-answer/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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