THIS SUNDAY, 4/19
Choir: It Will be Worth It All
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
Praise Team: Wed. evening; 6pm
Adult Choir: Wed. evening; 7:15pm
Handbells: Retirement Community Concerts; 4/18
PROSPECTIVE PASTOR UPDATE
1. As stated, to do our best to protect the identity of the man (since he’s not yet shared this with his church), his name will not be publicized until Sunday, April 19th. (That’s this coming Sunday.)
2. He (and his family) will come “In View of a Call” (for what “In View of a Call” means, click here) the last weekend of April (24th-26th). Q & A sessions, along with Meet & Greet times will take place Friday & Saturday. He will preach both services on Sunday morning, as well as Sunday evening. Following the evening service, the church will vote. This is not a “done deal.” God will speak through the Body.
A TALE OF TWO SONS
Sunday Evening; April 19th; 5:30pm; BHBC (54th & Slide)
It’s my favorite passage in all of Scripture. We know it as the parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus, however, begins the story by simply saying, “A man had two sons….” And both were lost.
The pig slop, the son’s apology, the sandals, the ring, etc., – they all are pregnant with meaning applicable for us today. We will unpack this passage verse-by-verse during this single-evening study. Come see God “run.” nw
GOD’S POWER ON DISPLAY
Actually, even the most menacing of thunder storms in no way represent the extent of God’s power – but it does make a person consider just how powerful God must be. (It’s been said, “When you consider the brightness of the sun, can we possibly comprehend the brightness of its Creator?”) This meteorological titan was on display this past weekend just east of Lubbock.
BIGOTRY, THE BIBLE, AND LESSONS FROM INDIANA (NY Times)
From the article: “Human understanding of what is sinful has changed over time,” said David Gushee, an evangelical Christian who teaches Christian ethics at Mercer University. (Ya think? This is inevitable as mankind blindly molds the Bible’s teaching into our own image.)
Fear not when “Christian” pundits rewrite Scripture. It’s nothing new. Paul warned his readers about it 20 centuries ago.
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” Paul; 2 Timothy 4:3-4
A brief blog in response to the NYT article is included here as well.
THE ISSUE OF BULLYING (Dallas Morning News)
From the perspective of a Middle School Teacher/Coach….
WHEN GRIEF BECOMES A DISORDER
“As universal as grief is, the grieving process is a very individual experience… Grief is not one thing. It is a shorthand word for a complex, time-varying experience that is unique for each person and each loss,” states M. Katherine Shear, MD, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.
The danger is when our grief “takes root” and, over time, leads to one, or more, of the Major Depressive Disorders.
On a personal note, it took me 8 months to emerge from the Shock Stage after losing our son. And 18 months passed before I finally turned a significant corner. Truth be told, I was always moving forward, but, depending on the facts surrounding the loss, the period of grief is completely unique to each individual.
“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
‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.” – C.S. Lewis; The Great Divorce
“We who feel ourselves alienated from the fellowship of God can now raise our discouraged heads and look up. Through the virtues of Christ’s atoning death the cause of our banishment has been removed. We may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcomed. As we approach the Garden, our home before the Fall, the flaming sword is withdrawn. The keepers of the tree of life stand aside when they see a son of grace approaching.” – A.W. Tozer; The Knowledge of the Holy
“Our model [for love] is Jesus – not only [the Jesus] of Calvary, but [also the Jesus of the carpenter’s] workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this…[is God] operating under human conditions.” – C.S. Lewis; The Four Loves
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
A man traveling to Florida in advance of his wife writes back to her. However, the letter mistakenly goes to a very recently widowed woman. The widow opens the letter and reads the following: “Have finally arrived, though it is hotter here than I expected. Please pack appropriately, as I am looking forward to your arrival next week.”
GRACE NOTES: “Love is Risky Business – But It’s Worth It”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick