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MUSIC NOTES: 5.26.15

THIS SUNDAY, 5/31

Choir: Thou, O Lord
Preacher: JASON ATCHLEY!

 

REHEARSAL INFO (FINAL MID-WEEK REHEARSALS BEFORE “SUMMER SABBATH”)

Praise Team: 6pm, Wed; Worship Center

Adult Choir: Rehearsal at 7:15pm in the Choir Room

 

THANK YOU, GOD, FOR THE RAIN!!

He Will Come to Us Like the Rain

 

ONE’S DEEPEST LEVEL OF WORSHIP (Anyone can worship when life’s good.)

Deepest Level of Worship

 

UNBELIEVABLE MUSICAL TALENT: “COMPETITIVE FOURESOME” (Enjoy!)

 

A PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION (Apparently, the biblical writers struggled too. The following text is taken solely from Scripture.)

“Darkness is my closest friend…My tears have been my food day and night…Evils beyond number have surrounded me…I cannot see…[But] You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

[So I ask myself] “Why are you in despair, O my soul?….[Put your] Hope in God.”

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing,…”

Christ wins.

NOTE: This does not dismiss the need, at times, for medical attention and/or professional counseling. (God uses, and works through, these types of helps.) These holy words from antiquity simply remind us that, by whatever means, Christ is greater. He is enough. He loves you with an everlasting love. Because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb….Never. Lose. Hope.

Nick  (Scripture used: Psalm 88:18; 42:3; 40:12; 56:8; 42:11; 40:1-3)

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“Grace is shockingly personal. As Henri Nouwen points out, ‘God rejoices. Not because the problems of the world have been solved, not because all human pain and suffering have come to an end, nor because thousands of people have been converted and are now praising him for his goodness. No, God rejoices because one of his children who was lost has been found.” Philip Yancey (my all-time favorite author), What’s So Amazing About Grace?

“A primary reason the historical study of Jesus is controversial is that a lot of information presented as truth is simply not true. There is a vast difference between scholarly, historical method and what someone heard from a non-Christian professor or read on the internet.” Nick Watts, Jesus of Nazareth According to History

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Shag Carpet

 

GRACE NOTES: “The Very Serious Issue of Love”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2015/03/31/the-very-serious-issue-of-love/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 5.19.15

THIS SUNDAY, 5/24  (JASON’S 1ST SUNDAY)

Choir: Alpha and Omega
Preacher: Jim Gerlt (JASON WILL BE HERE, just not preaching.)

 

REHEARSAL INFO

Praise Team: 6pm, Wed; Worship Center

Adult Choir: Rehearsal at 7:15pm in the Choir Room

 

SUMMER CHORAL SCHEDULE – YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

Although May 27th is our final mid-week rehearsal prior to “summer Sabbath”, we will continue to meet every Sunday morning at 8:45am. This will allow us to quickly rehearse songs with which we are familiar.

This Wed. night I will give you a ballot listing many of the songs we’ve sung since last August. You will have the opportunity to vote on the “Top 10” – which is what we’ll sing throughout the summer months.

 

WHAT IS ISLAM?

Concise. Well written.

http://www.exploregod.com/what-is-islam

 

ATHEIST GETS HER PH.D. IN ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS – AND FINDS EVIDENCE FOR GOD

Great story about a UT (Austin) professor…

https://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/atheist-gets-her-phd-in-astronomy-and-astrophysics-and-finds-evidence-for-god/

 

WHO SAID LEADING WORSHIP MUSIC WAS DIFFICULT?

This could easily fit under the category “Laughter is Good Medicine.” When I watched this, I laughed out loud. Often.

 

“HAVING A TATTOO IS A SIN!”

That’s what a guy told me while I served at a church in the late 90’s here in Lubbock. It was really sad. Not only was the guy grossly mistaken, but he completely misunderstood the New Testament’s relationship to the Old Testament Law – specifically Leviticus 19:28, which says, “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”

This is called “cherry-picking” Scripture – taking a single verse or passage out of context, disregarding systematic interpretation, and building an entire doctrine out of said verse. Cult Leaders & Control Freaks do this all the time. The Moral Law (think: 10 Commandments) will forever be in effect. However, those parts of the OT Law falling under the categories of “Civil” and “Ceremonial” (such as Leviticus 19:28) are, since the Cross, no longer observed. By “cherry-picking” Leviticus 19:28, my zealous friend placed himself in a most unfortunate position: legalistic bondage – the very thing from which Christ came to set us free. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)

Simply put, God has no problem with tattoos.

Why the lesson in the OT Law? Because two weeks ago, while in Nashville, I got a tattoo. And I don’t want anyone to be under the misunderstanding my zealous friend was under. Jordan had a tattoo on his left forearm with text, written in Hebrew, stating, “Die to self,” based on Luke 9:23. He used it repeatedly to share his faith. (He & I talked about it all the time.) Just like Jordan, I got my tattoo on my left forearm with text, written in Hebrew, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” the first line of the 23rd Psalm. Why the 23rd Psalm? Because that psalm helped me, on many occasions, to maintain my sanity during that first year after Jordan’s death. Having, already, been asked over and over what my tattoo means, God has given me the opportunity to use Jordan’s story to tell Jesus’ story to numerous people. It’s like having an evangelistic tract stamped to my skin.

In the first photo below you can see Jordan’s tattoo on his left forearm. In the 2nd  & 3rd photos you can see mine – right after I got it. In the 2nd photo I’m next to the gentleman/artist, a Christian, who did my tattoo.

Family Pic

tattoo 1

tattoo 2

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“God always works through the men and women nobody wanted.” Timothy Keller

“The days of comfortable Christianity are past [in the West]…To be a witness to the gospel today [has the very real potential] to make oneself a marked man or woman. To unashamedly proclaim the gospel in its fullness is to place in jeopardy one’s security, one’s personal ambitions, one’s standing in society. One may in consequence of one’s public witness be discriminated against and denied educational opportunities, or may lose valuable opportunities for employment and professional advancement…It may produce familial discord and even alienation from family members…There are costs to discipleship. Heavy costs.” Robert P. George; Touchstone Magazine

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, “Jesus is watching you.” He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, “Jesus is watching you.” In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, “Was it you who said Jesus is watching me” The parrot replied, “Yes.” Relieved, the burglar asked, “What is your name?” The parrot said, “Clarence.” The burglar said, “That’s a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Clarence?” The parrot answered, “The same idiot that named the Rottweiler ‘Jesus.”

 

GRACE NOTES: “The Most Important Question One Will Ever Answer: ‘Who is Jesus?”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2015/04/07/the-most-important-question-one-will-ever-answer-who-is-jesus/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 5.12.13

THIS SUNDAY, 5/17  (This Sunday is High School Graduate Recognition Day)

Choir: Give Us This Day (The Lord’s Prayer)
Preacher: Jim Gerlt

 

REHEARSAL INFO

Praise Team: NO REHEARSAL THIS WEEK

Adult Choir: Rehearsal at 7:15pm in the Choir Room; (Final mid-week Rehearsal prior to Summer Break:  5/27)

NOTE: Wed., May 13th, marks two years since our son, Jordan, took his life. I am not certain as to how this will impact me psychologically. Nonetheless, I don’t plan on chancing it. Therefore, I have asked Dr. Hyung Sek Chae to direct Adult Choir Rehearsal this Wed., 5/13. Please be present – we’re scheduled to sing a great song on Sunday.

Jordan & Me - Morocco - 2012

 

THANK YOU…

Thank you for allowing me to attend my daughter’s (Kelsie’) college graduation this past weekend in Nashville, TN. Does she look excited?

Kelsie - graduation

 

FIRST YEAR IN PURSUIT of an MA in APOLOGETICS:  COMPLETED!!

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VIOLENCE IN THE HOME

As one who grew up in an extremely violent home, this blog caught my eye. You can access the entire blog below. However, here is an excerpt:

At least one in four women is a victim of domestic abuse in her lifetime. And research shows that Christian women stay far longer in abusive situations and in more severe abuse than their non-Christian counterparts.

What is domestic abuse?

In our book, Is It My Fault? Lindsey and I define domestic abuse as “a pattern of coercive or controlling behavior used by one individual to gain or maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate relationship. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, exploit, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound an intimate partner.” This definition is the consensus of psychologists, lawmakers, and experts in the field.

Is abuse dangerous if it is not physical violence?

Yes. Domestic abuse can take many forms—willful intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, battery, stalking, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, economic control, psychological abuse, and isolation. Threats of abuse can be as frightening as the abuse itself.

Should I encourage a victim to call the police and report physical abuse, or should we deal with it as a spiritual issue?

A victim should first turn to the police when violent abuse has occurred.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2015/spring/violence-in-home.html?share=wuVERwvg+GiMPa7ohgYWBIymEeC1epnm

 

GREAT INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST, ROGER WIENS

Roger Wiens works with the NASA Mars Rover, Curiosity. Questions regarding his Christian faith begin toward the end of the interview (the entire interview is fascinating.)

http://biologos.org/blog/an-unexpected-adventure-roger-wiens-on-faith-science-and-mars

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC (CCM)?

I thought this was an interesting take on the above question: http://www.worshipideas.com/what-happened-to-contemporary-christian-music/

 

“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

“Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments.” – C.S. Lewis on the Second Coming of Christ

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

You Twit Face

 

GRACE NOTES: “Bottom-Feeders”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2015/04/24/bottom-feeders/

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 5.4.15

TODAY IS MAY the 4th:  STAR WARS DAY!  (“May the 4th be with you.”)

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DON’T FORGET:  THIS SUNDAY, 5/10, IS MOTHER’S DAY

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THIS SUNDAY, 5/10

Choir: I Never Shall Forget the Day (soloist: Kerry Wright)
Preacher: Jim Gerlt

 

REHEARSAL INFO

Praise Team: Wed. evening; 6pm

Adult Choir: NO REHEARSAL THIS WEEK; meet in the choir room at 8:45am this coming Sunday.

 

THE POWER OF CHRISTIAN MUSIC

You are most likely familiar with the song we often sing in our late service, Every Praise (video is below).  Well, the child in this Fox News story knows it – and it might have saved his life!

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/25318712/kidnapper-releases-10-year-old-who-wont-stop-singing-gospel-song

 

SHOULD CHRISTIANS CONFRONT MORMON MISSIONARIES WHEN THEY KNOCK ON YOUR FRONT DOOR?

Lynn Wilder is one of the people included in this article from Christianity Today.  I’ve attached her answer immediately below.  (I liked her answer best.)  Lynn & her family will be here at BHBC on Aug. 2nd.

CT – Should Christians Confront Mormon Missionaries – May 2015

 

ATHEISM & CHRISTIANITY

Atheist Biologist, Richard Dawkins: ‘Religion is a fairy-tale dreamt up by people who are afraid of the dark.’

Christian Scientist & Apologist, John Lennox: ‘Atheism is a fairy-tale dreamt up by people who are afraid of the light.’

It is critical to remember that Atheism (as well as Christianity) requires a great deal of faith.

 

AN END-OF-SEMESTER PRAYER

As I complete my first year at HBU in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Apologetics, I am painfully reminded of the stress and anxiety that commonly accompanies end-of-semester tests and research papers that are now due. Borrowing words from 13th century philosopher/theologian, Thomas Aquinas, a classmate of mine “updated” one of Aquinas’ prayers, making it applicable to those of us working intensely to do our best on end-of-semester projects. It’s recorded for you immediately below.  A humble, powerful prayer, I’ve prayed it a number of times. I’ve included it here just in case you know a student who might like a copy. 🙂

“Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.”

 

“O FORTUNA”

This past week I attended a choir concert at Frenship High School.  One of the final numbers was Orff’s “O FORTUNA” – it is breathtaking.   Of note, the video is only 3 1/2 minutes long.  The last 90 seconds are applause.  Finally, don’t miss the explosive crescendo at the 2:44 mark.  Enjoy… 🙂

 

“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

“Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” – C.S. Lewis; The Problem of Pain

“Religion makes us proud of what we have done. The Gospel makes us proud of what Jesus has done.” Tim Keller

“Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his numskull friends.” Tim Keller

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Footprints in the sand

This next photo was sent to me just this morning from our new pastor, Jason Atchley.  I’m thrilled he’s a fellow coffee-drinker.  (Coffee, in my humble opinion, is the perfect-bonding-beverage.) 🙂

Morning - Challenged

 

GRACE NOTES: “Need Some Really Good News? Here you go…”

http://nickwattssoulfood.com/2015/05/03/need-some-really-good-news-here-you-go/

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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