THIS SUNDAY, 2/22
Choir: How Great Is Our God
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
Praise Team: 6pm in the Worship Center
Adult Choir: 7:15pm in the CHOIR ROOM behind the Choir Loft
Handbells: Sunday; 4pm.
SUNDAY EVENING PREACHING/TEACHING SERIES – “AWAKENINGS: THE AFTERLIFE”
We had a great crowd last Sunday evening as we took a deep dive into what Jesus called Paradise. It’s where our loved ones are right now, and will continue to be until the end of the world when, as John writes, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…” (Revelation 21:1) This Sunday, we discover what the Bible tells us about the “New Heaven & New Earth.” Join us! 5:30-6:15pm. (For all you old “rockers” like myself, I gotta give props to Mike Lewis who said the photo here reminds him of Stairway to Heaven. 🙂
BHBC Worship Center; 5:30pm
2/22 – “A New Heaven: The Coming Kingdom” – Revelation 21:1-4
3/1 – “Heaven Help Me: How Hope Can Heal the Tired, Wounded & Broken” – Romans 8:18-21; 15:13
WHY YOUR MILLENNIAL OUTREACH NEEDS A BIT OF BONHOEFFER
I am somewhat of a student of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a pianist, a lover and defender of Scriptural truth, a Bible scholar, and an author. Bonhoeffer was executed in April, 1945, for “crimes” against Nazi Germany. His “crime” was his attempt to overthrow Hitler for the purpose of saving Germany and protecting the Jews. Bonhoeffer was 39 when he died. For those interested in learning about Bonhoeffer, I would recommend Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Almost 600 pages in length, the book is riveting, following Bonhoeffer’s life as a German Christian in Nazi Germany – a Christian not one bit willing to cowardly step aside so that Hitler could continue his reign of terror. My favorite book by Bonhoeffer is The Cost of Discipleship.
In the link provided here, the author does a solid job of translating Bonhoeffer’s biblical worldview into that generation of 20-somethings we typically label “millennials.” The article is brilliant. Enjoy.
MIT PHYSICS PROFESSOR CLAIMS SCIENCE HAS DISCOVERED GOD
Video is only 5 minutes – but a powerful 5 minutes.
50 SHADES OF…BLAH
Mary Jo Sharp, professor in Apologetics at HBU, is spot-on here as she offers an extremely brief response to the recently released movie, 50 Shades of Grey.
So goes the culture in which we live. Full of the blah, blah, blah drone of a zombie culture looking for the next thing that will make it feel human once more, but gravely missing the mark yet again. Sleepers, awake! You were not created to be the walking dead, reduced to searching endlessly to satiate your immediate desires. You are made in the image of the glorious Creator! Bring sexuality back from the dead. It is a life-giving part of being human, not a zombified float on the surface of the earth. Where is our desire for the depths? Where is our dignity and resolve? Have we forgotten what it means to be human?… And yet, there is hope.
MASSIVE OCEAN DISCOVERED UNDER EARTH’S SURFACE
Excerpt: “It’s good evidence the Earth’s water came from within,” [than from comets, as some scientists theorize] says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The hidden water could also act as a buffer for the oceans on the surface, explaining why they have stayed the same size for millions of years.”
As I read this article, the very first thing I thought was, “This could well be how God ‘watered the earth’ prior to the days of Noah.” Check out Genesis 2:5-6: “Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.”
A LOVING, FORTHRIGHT RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BLUNDER
I don’t typically include items in this post that are political in nature. However, in response to President Obama’s comparison of ISIS/Radical Islam to Christianity at the White House Prayer Breakfast recently, I thought this compassionate response by apologist, Ravi Zacharias was brilliant.
HOW AMERICANS VIEW ISLAM – NEW RESEARCH
Solid info from Christianity Today’s resident statistician, Ed Stetzer. The link to the brief article is below the photos.
“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.
NOTE: the above hung on a wall in my grandparent’s (on my dad’s side) house for as long as I can remember.
STAND BY ME
Ok, you got me. I have a confession to make… Gail White (Sr. Pastor’s Admin. Assistant) caught me dancing in my office to this arrangement of the classic, Stand By Me. If you’ve ever seen me dance you know that it was far more startling to Gail than me. 🙂 Don’t judge, though! See if, while listening to this you don’t begin at least tapping your foot….
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
Also, “Confrontation is to be a gentle experience, not a shameful one.” – Chuck Swindoll
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
GRACE NOTES: “Awakenings”
This is the last 9 minutes of the sermon I preached this past Sunday. There is no video of me (as I instructed the A/V booth to leave the logo I chose on the screen). However, the audio is good, and a video clip of the 1998 movie, Patch Adams, begins at the 3:15 mark.
Paul prayed that “the eyes of our hearts might be enlightened [flooded with light] so that we may know the hope to which He has called us…” (Ephesians 1:18)
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick