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

MUSIC NOTES: 1.20.15

THIS SUNDAY, 1/25

Choir: “Great & Mighty”
Preacher: Jim Gerlt

 

REHEARSALS

Praise Team: 6pm in the Worship Center

Adult Choir: 7:15pm in the CHOIR ROOM behind the Choir Loft

Handbells: Rehearsal resumes this Sunday: 1/25; 4pm.

 

DEPRESSION: A STUBBORN DARKNESS

Wed., 1/21, I will be at Region 17 here in Lubbock speaking three times to regional high school students on the topic of depression. I would so appreciate your prayers. The conference is all day. However, I speak at 10:40am, 11:30am, and 1:45pm.

It is a sobering study to discover that, historically, some of the most effective pastors, preachers, and missionaries have suffered from depression – which proves that God truly is “made perfect in our weaknesses.”

 

UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 1985

In 1985, our HSU Concert Choir toured England & Wales.  It was magical.  I recently stumbled across this photo, which only shows part of our choir.  Michelle was on this trip but, apparently, is with the rest of the group – probably at a pub.  🙂  Or, it’s quite possible she was taking the picture.

Me?  I’m standing front & center. To answer your question, yes – that’s my real hair. All of it. Closest I ever came to being James Bond.

HSU choir - 1985

 

YET ANOTHER REASON I’M GRATEFUL TO BE AT HBU…

Apologetics is a lot of things: theology, philosophy, teaching, dialoguing, preaching, thinking deeply. But its overriding goal is, as HBU professor/New Testament scholar, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, decribes: “teaching Christians to become Thinkers and Thinkers to Become Christians.” The purpose of apologetics is not to “win an argument”, but rather to “win a person.”  Or, in a word: evangelism; reaching the lost by helping them sort/reason through whatever “roadblocks” remain between them and faith in Jesus Christ.

And this is precisely why I continue to be infused with joy and excitement as I watch what God is doing at Houston Baptist University. The link below describes HBU’s new Center for American Evangelism led by none other than Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ series), Mark Mittelberg, and Garry Poole.

How important, biblically, is evangelism (Literally: “to announce or bring good news”)?  Jesus said, And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:14)

http://www.hbu.edu/Choosing-HBU/Academics/Colleges-Schools/School-of-Christian-Thought/The-Center-for-American-Evangelism.aspx

 

36 REASONS SCHOLARS KNOW JESUS EXISTED

Great resource for your files.

https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/36-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-really-existed/

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN 2014

Unbelievable…. Come, Lord Jesus. Maranatha!

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/01/07/persecution-christians-reached-historic-levels-2014-will-2015-worse/

 

WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON YOUR NEXT NATURE WALK?

Michelle and I love history. So, naturally, I found this article quite fascinating.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/15/132-year-old-winchester-rifle-found-propped-under-desert-tree/?cmpid=cmty_twitter_fn

 

“THE KEY TO PRAYER IS SIMPLY PRAYING” (A.W. Tozer)

prayer

BHBC open every Saturday at 5pm (until notified otherwise) for prayer-walking.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“As you perhaps know, I haven’t always been a Christian. I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C.S. Lewis

“A friend will calm you down when you’re angry. But a best friend will stand beside you with a baseball bat shouting, ‘Someone’s gonna get it!” (anonymous)

In honor of this week’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Dr. King once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

“What happens if you get scared half to death, twice??” – Larry the Cable Guy

 

GRACE NOTES: “Home Where I Belong”

Do you, as a believer, ever feel a longing for “something/somewhere beyond” what you can see? There’s a reason for that…

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2015/01/19/home-where-i-belong-2/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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