TIME CHANGE THIS SUNDAY, 3/8
THIS SUNDAY, 3/8
Choir: Standing On the Solid Rock Medley
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
REHEARSAL INFO (Note: X-TRA Choir Rehearsal)
Praise Team: 6pm in the Worship Center; X-TRA Rehearsal – Sunday afternoon, 3/22; 3:15-4:45pm
Adult Choir: 7:15pm in the CHOIR ROOM behind the Choir Loft
Handbells: Sunday: 3pm.
SUNDAY EVENING TEACHING SERIES – “AWAKENINGS: THE AFTERLIFE” – FINAL SESSION
BHBC Worship Center; 5:30pm
3/8 – “Heaven Help Me: Hope for the Hurting” – Romans 8:18-21; 15:13
THREE TRUTHS ABOUT THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
Absolutely wonderful (brief) blog about depression – and how God can use it in the life of a believer.
There are a number of biblical passages that use the “soldier” as a metaphor for Christians (cf. Eph. 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 2:3-4) However, as this blog attests, not many believers are training like soldiers. And that’s serious mistake….
[Excerpt begins] It’s important to note that churches do fantastic work. Christian charities help people across the globe, Christian missionaries risk life and limb to spread the faith abroad, and churches provide comfort and support to millions. But churches are not properly equipping their members to combat the lies being spread about their faith.
In short, churches are not teaching their members enough about Christian apologetics. This leaves church members unable to respond effectively when their beliefs are challenged. As a result, they often come to doubt what they’ve been taught, and they are certainly ill-equipped to help “win over” friends or acquaintances who may be seekers “on the fence.”
Younger Christians are the most vulnerable, particularly when heading off to college. It’s in college that a young Christian is most likely to have his or her beliefs seriously challenged, be it by professors, atheist students, or both. He must be prepared to deal with this challenge. [Excerpt ends]
Link to the entire blog here.
IS YOUR PASTOR A MONSTER?
While the title of this blog may be a little over the top, I can promise you this: because churches can hardly conceive of a Pastor being a “monster” it is easy for men to charm their way into a Lead Pastor position. All a Search Team (and church) need do is open their Bible and look at the level of deceit and corruption within the religious leadership. It was the religious leaders who were almost always on the receiving end of Jesus’ most biting words. “Man’s heart is deceitfully wicked”, wrote Jeremiah.
Granted, there will one day be a reckoning for Sociopathic pastors. But, until then, they continue to hurt people and divide churches. As I looked at the list of characteristics in the blog I can assure you they are spot-on. I once worked with a guy who strongly represented almost every characteristic. No. 6, in my opinion, is huge and serves as a lynchpin for the points.
Pascal once said, in essence, “Evil is never so evil as when done in the name of religion.” Read the entire blog here.
THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC PASTOR SAY:
• Okay, now worship like you really mean it!
• Don’t worry, these are young rattlesnakes and they’re not very poisonous…
• I brought some spears for the men to use in worship this morning…
• I’ve written some worship lyrics to Purple Haze…
• Everybody remember the animal noises we went over last week?
• This next song is in 7/4 time so it might feel a little awkward at first…
• You’re going to love this folks – worship yodeling!
• I don’t think that it’s fair that the kids in children’s ministry are the only ones who get to do wiggle worship…
• Pull out your hankies or grab some Kleenex – we’re going to give the Lord a wave offering!
• Turn to the person next to you, look deeply into their eyes and sing, “I love you with the love of the Lord!”
• Alright, it’s conga line time!
• Perhaps you’ve noticed that everyone on the worship team is dressed like David Bowie…
• Alright everyone, let’s lift up our cell phones to the Lord!
• Maybe you’re wondering why there are no instruments on stage except for this huge gong…
• Push back the chairs everybody, we’re having a dance workshop!
• In case you need some extra motivation to worship enthusiastically this morning you’ll notice our ushers have been given cattle prods…
• Why should polka bands have all the good music?
• I got a fever – for more cowbell.
Facebook joins the battle to help prevent Suicide.
“Recent statistics also show suicide remains the leading cause of death for people under the age of 44.”
Read the announcement here.
Defending the Truth: Just this past week, I was contacted by a person whose loved one took their life last Friday. Having been told the lie that people who take their life go to hell, the person asked me what the truth was. You can read my answer to their question here.
“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
“All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to [either heaven or hell.]” C.S. Lewis; The Weight of Glory (Translation: We are always influencing someone.)
“At the present, we are on the outside of [heaven], the wrong side of the door…But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so.” C.S. Lewis
- “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” Jesus Christ – John 14:2-3
“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” – C.S. Lewis
- “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)
“Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for *breaking* enchantments as well as for inducing them.” C.S. Lewis; The Weight of Glory; defending his arguments for heaven
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.
When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.”
The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is an Airborne Ranger, the other is a Navy Seal, both serving overseas somewhere. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.”
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent.
When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”
The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. “Oh, no, everybody’s fine,” he explains, “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking. Hasn’t affected my brothers, though….”
GRACE NOTES: “God’s Love > (is greater than) Our Worst Sin”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick