THIS SUNDAY, 5/24 (JASON’S 1ST SUNDAY)
Choir: Alpha and Omega
Preacher: Jim Gerlt (JASON WILL BE HERE, just not preaching.)
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.
ATHEIST GETS HER PH.D. IN ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS – AND FINDS EVIDENCE FOR GOD
Great story about a UT (Austin) professor…
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.
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?”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick