THIS SUNDAY, 2/1
Choir: “Great & Mighty”
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
Praise Team: 6pm in the Worship Center
Adult Choir: 7:15pm in the CHOIR ROOM behind the Choir Loft
Handbells: Sundays: 4pm.
SUNDAY EVENINGS TEACHING/PREACHING SERIES – NICK WATTS – LAUNCHING FEB. 15th
It would be impossible to describe to you here what I have learned these past months while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. So, having received the love, blessing and support from the entire BHBC Staff, I will begin a ministry of preaching & teaching on Sunday evenings, beginning Feb. 15th.
The call God has place upon my heart to proceed with this particular ministry is intense. I shared with the staff that, like Jeremiah, the conviction to teach/preach has become akin to a “fire shut up in my bones.” As such, in order to introduce my opening series, Jim has graciously allowed me to preach on Sunday morning, Feb. 15th, with the series beginning that evening. I hope you will be able to attend. Because I cannot wait to tell you what I have to tell you. 🙂
REGION 17 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: UPDATE (For those unable to attend last Sunday)
This past Sunday morning I shared with our church family a miracle that took place following my speaking engagement last Wed., 1/21, at the Lubbock Civic Center. For those who were unable to attend Sunday, I’ve printed the “miracle” in the link immediately below. The photo was snapped follwoing one of the sessions. These two wonderful students are from Seminole High School.
A DISCOVERY OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS – ARCHAEOLOGY
The period of time between the originals (autographs) of ancient literature and the earliest extant copies (manuscripts) is of great significance when scholars are investigating and determining the authenticity of the manuscripts. The Bible outdoes other ancient literature by a quite amazing distance. And this discovery (linked below) simply reinforces the Bible’s authenticity for those who might otherwise question it. (I’m actually presently studying this precise topic in one of my classes at HBU.)
This discovery is actually a couple of years old, but it’s making news again as scholars are preparing to make the finding public. I’ve included a second link to some commentary made by Dr. Daniel Wallace, a scholar at Dallas Theological Seminary.
“GOD, ARE YOU OUT THERE?” RABBI YOSEF BITTON THINKS SO.
FOR YEARS I PLEADED WITH GOD TO MAKE ME STRAIGHT, SO WHY DID MY PRAYERS GO UNANSWERED?
This is excellently written, and powerfully communicated.
Sometimes, I will swing by the nearest coffee shop to study, enjoy a warm beverage, and visit with the locals. Recently, while studying, I kept hearing, in my opinion, absolutely beautiful male voices singing brilliant arrangements of Broadway songs and ballads.
Before I left, I asked who it was playing over the speaker system. I was told it was a group called Collabro. Presently, I can’t get enough of them. Winners of 2014 Britain’s Got Talent, they have a new album, Stars. I’ve almost worn it out.
Below are two sample videos: The first video is while they were still competing on “Britain’s Got Talent” – the song is a diminished version of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables. The second video of them, after having won the “Britain’s Got Talent,” singing the beautiful, “Say Something.” To hear their back-story, Google their auditions on Britain’s Got Talent. Enjoy.
I’VE STOPPED READING ALL THE “WHY (fill in the blank with a demographic) IS LEAVING YOUR CHURCH” BLOGS.
Apparently, I’m not alone.
I have grown weary of the ubiquitous blogs titled something like this: “Why 20-Somethings/Millennials are Leaving the Church.” While a few blogs – very few – offer some wisdom, 99% of them simply represent a single blogger’s biased opinion, resulting in a diatribe of said blogger’s personal grievances and gripes with the local church.
The blog linked below offers the exact response I’ve wanted to write but, alas, have not had the time to publish. The author, Whitney Capps, is spot-on.
If I were able to add one paragraph to Capps’ wisdom it would be this:
It’s not “a young pastor, a young staff, a hipster ethos, and/or cutting-edge technology that draws people.” (Believe me – I know MANY Sr. Pastors far older than I am who are being forced to create new space just to make room for the people of all ages attending.) The nano-second a church believes a personality is the answer to church growth is the moment God removes His mighty hand and, in essence, says, “You want to do this yourself? Have it your way.” Quite the contrary – Jesus told us the answer to healthy, solid, biblical church growth: “And I, if I be lifted up I will draw all people to myself.” (Jn 12:32)
Here’s an excerpt of Capps’ article, followed by the link to the remainder of her blog:
[Excerpt begins] If I can glean anything from these open letters, it’s this–maybe people (my people, Millennials) are leaving the Church because we are spoiled, selfish, uneasily satisfied, hypercritical, consumeristic and socially enlightened but biblically light-weight….Here’s the thing, the Church’s existence doesn’t depend on Her success, relevance, statistics or Millennials. She has been preserved all these years by the grace and good pleasure of Jesus Christ. He sustains her. The Church’s challenges are not new. Believe it or not, generations have felt all your frustrations before. She has been irrelevant. She has been abusive. She has been wrong. She has been myopic. She has been manipulative, and yet He sustains Her. [Excerpt ends]
“THE KEY TO PRAYER IS SIMPLY PRAYING” (A.W. Tozer)
Reminder: BHBC will be open every Saturday at 5pm (unless notified otherwise) for prayer-walking.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere – ‘There are Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert ways, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.” – C.S. Lewis using his sharp-as-a-laser wit in “Surprised by Joy” – his story of his journey from atheism to Christianity – which was no simple journey. As he began reading Chesterton and MacDonald, Lewis chimed, “I did not know what I was letting myself in for.”
“Do not believe the gospel has been preached in Christ’s way if it does not make some angry and some happy.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Our own stories have meaning and value when we see them as part of a bigger story.” Alister McGrath
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
“Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.” – unknown
GRACE NOTES: “Why the Bible tells us, ‘Do not fear.”
Every Christian should read this most encouraging article by Philip Yancey.
Even with the atrocities of ISIS in view, there’s a reason God tells us, “Do not fear.”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick