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MUSIC NOTES: 1.31.17

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THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 5th

Choir:  Hear the Call

Preacher:  Jason  (This Sunday, Jason begins a series on fasting & praying.)

 

HELPING STUDENTS FIND HOPE AND HELP

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Last Wed. (1/25), I spoke on Teen Suicide Awareness & Intervention at Lubbock-Cooper High School.  Yesterday (1/30), I spoke again at Stanton High School.  Then, upon returning home from Stanton yesterday afternoon, I received an invitation from Forsan ISD (Big Spring) to speak there.

Just last year, the New York Times published a huge article entitled, “U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to 30 Year High.”  As I’ve mentioned before here at BHBC, this past Fall I officiated a funeral here in Lubbock of a young man who had taken his life.  After the service, I asked one of the funeral home employees how often they have funerals for suicide victims.  I’ll never forget her answer.  She said, “We’ve had three this week.”  Research shows this brutal truth:  99.9% of those who attempt suicide don’t want to die – they simply want the pain to stop.  It is my – and Michelle’s – honor to do what we can to help “stop the pain.”

I must confess – this is not a “ministry” I would’ve ever wanted but, apparently, it is one I’m being “assigned” by Christ.  I covet your prayers.  (The above photo was taken as students at Lubbock-Cooper were just beginning to file into the auditorium after lunch.)

 

OUR PLAN vs. GOD’S PLAN  (So true.)

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DOES SCIENCE ARGUE FOR – OR AGAINST – THE EXISTENCE OF GOD?

“The greatest miracle of all time is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles. One that inescapably points to something – or Someone – beyond itself.” Eric Metaxas (Perhaps, that’s why the bible begins there: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen. 1:1)  Great video here.  Only 5 and a half minutes in length.  Enjoy.

 

THIS IS HARD TRUTH…

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS THIS SUNDAY:  N.E. PATRIOTS vs. ATLANTA FALCONS

I know….I know….you don’t care.  (Nor, do i.) But these cartoons were pretty funny.  It appears that, since the New England Patriots are almost always in the championship game, people are ready for a change.  This first post is a tweet I saw from Lee Strobel (author of “The Case for Christ”).

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And then there’s this one…

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QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“Whenever God means to use a man (or woman) for big things, He breaks him/her into little pieces first.”  Charles Spurgeon

“While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered his authority.”  A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  “Coexist” Doesn’t Mean Co-Agree

With all the vitriol being flung around in the news and in social media (due to the political climate), this is good to remember.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 1.24.17

NOTE:  MUSIC NOTES was not published last week due to me being out ill.  So, this week you get a “double issue.”  Lots of great news, quotes, and inspiration. nw

 

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THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

Choir:  Jesus Loves Me

Preacher:  Jason

 

“SILENCE” – In Theaters Now…

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NOTE:  I have not seen this movie yet, and have read that it is quite graphic in its depiction of Christian persecution.

Based on the persecution of Christians in 17th century Japan, Scorsese tackles deep theological and philosophical questions.  Yes, this is the same director, Martin Scorsese, who directed the blasphemous 1988 film, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”  Yet, here is a quote from Scorsese that indicates that he is still searching for the Truth:  “There are no answers. We all know that. You try to live in the grace that you can. But there are no answers, but the point is, you keep looking. Because people tell you science tells us everything. Science doesn’t! …We’ve progressed on the outside, but what about inside? What about the soul and the heart? Without trying to sound pompous and ridiculous, I can tell you this is where my interest is.” 

Read more about this movie in these excellent reviews:  FOX News click here.  To read of how star, Adam Garfield’s, faith was challenged during the filming of the film click here.  Finally, you’ll find a solid review by Christianity Today by clicking here.

 

OUR BROKEN WORLD

Regardless of what you may read/see on social media and/or tv news, our world’s not any more broken than it’s been since we told God to, in essence, “shove off” from Eden. The difference between now and “pre-media” is that we now have immediate access to “all things broken.” To all who may be discouraged here’s a reminder that there is a cure for the world’s sickness. He is Christ Jesus. And He’s on His way…. He said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take courage; I’ve overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

 

HEY GOD – HEY JOHN

I was told about this guy, “John”, last week.  He occasionally posts on his Facebook page under the heading of an ongoing conversation between God and himself.  Enjoy…

Me: Hey God.

God: Hey John.

Me: My anxiety is crushing me today. I’m not sure I can survive this.

God: Of course you can. Breathe. In and out. Slowly. You are going to be fine. Breathe it all in. Breathe.

Me: I can’t!!

God: Take a couple of deep breaths. Breathe in and breathe out. Your heart will calm down if you just breath deeply and let yourself be healed.

Me: I don’t think breathing air is going to heal me.

God: I didn’t say anything about air.

Me: What am I breathing in, then?

God: Me.

 

A GREATER REALITY

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“I became a Christian at the age of 18 while studying chemistry at Oxford University. My conversion related to my perception that Christianity offered a more comprehensive, coherent and compelling account of reality than the atheism I had embraced in my earlier teenage years.” Alister McGrath, Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics

McGrath references C.S. Lewis’ (a former atheist, as well) familiar quote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else,” where Lewis emphasizes the importance of “seeing” as a metaphor for human engagement with greater reality.

 

IF YOU LOVE TO READ HISTORY….

Eric Metaxas, a NYT best-selling author, has become one of my favorite biographers.  After reading his biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer I was hooked.  This past week I saw the following posted on Metaxas’ Twitter feed.  I’m a huge fan of Luther.  Can’t wait for the Fall release of Metaxas’ biography.

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AN ASTROPHYSICIST’S JOURNEY TO FAITH IN CHRIST

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Sarah Salviander, Ph.D., is a researcher in the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She also a part-time assistant professor in the Physics Department at Southwestern University.

A former atheist, she has a powerful story of her journey to faith in Christ. About her former years she shares, “My view of Christianity was negative from an early age, and by the time I was in my twenties, I was actively hostile toward Christianity…I had come to believe that Christianity made people weak and foolish; I thought it was philosophically trivial.”

Read Sarah’s exciting story by clicking here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“It is possible to love people in the Lord even if we do not like them in the flesh.”  A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  When a Loved One Goes Home to Jesus

I’ve read Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 many times.  But I never considered this.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 1.12.17

NOTE:  Sorry for the two-day delay!  (MUSIC NOTES are normally published on Tuesday afternoon.)  However, I spent all of Monday & Tuesday out of town attending a Suicide Intervention Workshop.  Wednesday was “catch-up” day.  So, I’m only now able to publish this week’s MUSIC NOTES.  Enjoy!  nw

 

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THIS SUNDAY, JAN 15th

Choir:  All the Way My Savior Leads Me

Preacher:  Jason

NOTE:  Rowland Nitcher will be singing “The Longer I Serve Him” immediately before Jason preaches.

 

“I WAS AN ATHEIST UNTIL I READ ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS”

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday was January 3rd.

Whether you’re familiar with Tolkien, or not, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this story of an atheist’s journey to belief in God as he journeyed through Tolkien’s “Middle Earth.”  Read the story by clicking here.

 

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF GENESIS CONFERENCE: FEB. 9-11 – FREE

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Have you wondered how the creation story of Genesis fits with the evolutionary theories of popular science?  To read all about this free event and how to register simply click here.

 

TERRORISM AND VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS TOOK A HORRIFIC TOLL IN 2016

That’s the title of a recent AOL News story.  The opening paragraph:

“Italian religious research group CENSUR (The Center for Studies on New Religions) has named Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world after calculating that one person of a Christian faith was murdered every six minutes in 2016.”

Read the story here.  (A related article from FOX NEWS can be read here.)

 

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE….

If you are a “Rocky” fan prepare to be amazed by this baby…  (you may need to turn your volume up)

And, if you’re a Dick Van Dyke fan you’ll absolutely love this clip of him at a local Denny’s…

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance; and, if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”  C.S. Lewis

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  “Reading the Bible Through, Cover to Cover”

As I state in this brief blog, the first several times I tried to read the Bible through I failed – miserably.  Then, I discovered something that helped me “get over the hump.”  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 1.3.17

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THIS SUNDAY, January 8th (Elvis’ birthday)

Choir:  “A King Has Come” (this is from our Christmas musical – come sing!!)

Preacher:  Jason

 

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

First rehearsal of 2017:  Jan. 11th

I had originally scheduled this Wed., Jan. 4th, as our first rehearsal of the year.  However, I had forgotten that all regular mid-week activities don’t resume until the 11th.  So…., NO REHEARSAL this week (Jan. 4th) – However, we WILL SING on Sunday morning, Jan. 8th (see above).  And our first mid-week rehearsal of 2017 will be next Wed., Jan. 11th, at 5:30pm.  See you all there!

 

ASTRONAUT, JOHN GLENN; OUTER SPACE; and GOD (Washington Post)

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Enjoy this powerful article from the Washington Post.  To read, click here.

In addition, here is a related (powerful) article from the Wall Street Journal entitled, Christmas Eve in Space and Communion on the Moon, about astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.  To read, click here.

 

“OUTPACING PERSECUTION” – The Explosive Growth of Christianity in India

December 2016’s cover story in Christianity Today: “…[thousands can be seen] departing the [first worship service of the day at] Calvary Temple (in Hyderabad, South India) – and it’s 6am, no less. The church can accommodate 35,000 people and fills each of its five Sunday services. Its Sunday school teaches 7,000 children…Last year, Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) launched a free 24-hour hotline for Christians to report persecution. The line initially collapsed from overload…”Not a day goes by without a pastor being beaten up, a church being attacked, or a Christian home being robbed.” Yet – like the early church in Acts, the church keeps growing… [end of excerpt] God is preparing this world for His return.

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QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“If we can’t make sense of something, it may simply be wrong. But it might also be so profound and complex that we simply cannot comprehend it. Patristic writers regularly compared understanding God with looking directly into the sun. In much the same way as the human eye cannot cope with the brilliance of the sun, so the human mind cannot cope with the glory of God.”  Theologian & Scientist, Alister McGrath

“There are many sorts of broken hearts – and Christ is good at healing them all.”  Charles Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Actual Answers from Contestants on the Game Show, “Family Feud”:

Name something a blind person might use: a sword
Name a bird with a long neck: a penguin
Name an occupation where you need a torch: a burglar
Name a famous brother and sister: Bonnie & Clyde
Name an item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers: a horse
Name something you might be allergic to: skiing
Name a continent: Italy
Name something slippery: a con man
Name a domestic animal: leopard
Name a part of the body beginning with “N”: knee
Name something that flies that doesn’t have an engine: dishes

 

BONUS:  “A little too much magnesium, I guess.”  (Don’t try this at home!)

 

GRACE NOTES: “Social Media, C.S.Lewis and the Art of Disagreement”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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