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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
INVESTIGATING FAITH – LEE STROBEL
“Investigating Faith” is author/apologist, Lee Strobel’s, monthly newsletter. He always includes intelligent questions and answers regarding Christianity.
THE STATE OF BIBLICAL LITERACY
Excerpt: “….10 percent think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”
“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.”
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”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick