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MUSIC NOTES: 2.28.17

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THIS SUNDAY, 3/5

Choir:  We Believe

Preacher:  Jason  (beginning new series entitled, “Neighbors”)

 

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Wed. Evening, March 22nd; BHBC Worship Center; 6:30pm

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting.”

 

UNBELIEVABLE! 

These kids could open up a show in Branson right now!  Steve Martin, an amazing banjo player in his own right, once said, “The banjo is a happy instrument.”  I 100% agree. 🙂

 

 

ISIS EGYPT AFFILIATE: CHRISTIANS ARE OUR “FAVORITE PREY”

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From the article: “Oh worshippers of the cross … the soldiers of the state are watching you,” ISIS member, Abu Zubair al-Masri

Pray for the persecuted church.  Come, Lord Jesus.  Read the Fox News article here.

 

MODERN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP MUSIC & THE ISSUE OF “PERFORMANCE-ISM”

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All blogs and commentaries are simply someone’s opinion about something.  And, frankly, most blogs I read on the topic of Christian music/worship wear me slick (meaning they’re shallow and polemical).  But, when I ran across this one last Fall I couldn’t help but pause for a moment and identify with the author.

I am grateful for Christ allowing me a quarter century in full-time student ministry.  I had a blast.  However, in the 90’s, I observed a trend that grieved me deeply.  It’s what this blog calls “performance-ism”.   The blogger describes it this way:  “the worship leader as the performer; the congregation as the audience; the sanctuary as the concert hall.”

There is much commentary I could provide here on this topic.  But, I will resist that temptation for now.  Enjoy the blog (it’s very brief) and, by all means, don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts.  Read the blog here.

 

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ENCOUNTER EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE:  April 2-5

Schedule:

Sunday, April 2:  Regular services on Sunday morning;  PM service at 6.

Monday – Wed, April 3-5:  services at 7pm (with meals at 6pm – Mon: children; Tues: youth; Wed: families)

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“Before you speak to anyone about Jesus, speak to Jesus about them. Prayer is essential in evangelism.” Nabeel Qureshi

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  Would You Recognize the Devil is You Saw Him?

He’s hoping you won’t.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 2.21.17

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THIS SUNDAY, 2/26

Choir:  Grace That Won’t Let Go  (I LOVE this song!)

Preacher:  Jason

 

HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

My friend, Jim Hardwicke (Jim was the youth pastor under whom I surrendered to the ministry back in 1980), and his wife, Michelle, live in Missouri.  But they often have opportunities to travel abroad to help train Christian pastors in countries where persecution is prevalent, one of those countries being India. Below is a brief introductory paragraph about one of the pastors with whom Jim worked while in India two weeks ago.  Below that is the amazing story of what God is doing through this faithful, humble pastor – not to mention how God has protected this man through multiple murder attempts. It is like going back 20 centuries and listening to what the Apostle Paul may have very well said had he been interviewed for a YouTube video. Watching the video will remind you, as it did me, that, although our world is corrupt and depraved, God has not surrendered his throne, he is still sovereign, and he is preparing the world for his imminent return. 🙂

We worked with a ministry that I recommend to you–Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Center (ECFC). They have a U.S. name and website–hopeindiamission.org. Elavatta Abraham Abraham, the founder, is one of the most faith-filled men I have ever met. When God called him to Bihar 33 years ago, it was a godless, lawless, and dangerous place. He was attacked and threatened a number of times. He worked for 10 long years before he saw his first three converts. However, now the ministry involves about 25,000 people in four Christian schools, two orphanages, 32 churches in five states, and about 1,100 house churches. God is doing amazing things through this ministry. I urge you to check out their website and if God leads you, to consider supporting them as they reach out to unreached people groups in one of the most difficult places on earth.

 

‘WEEPING MAY LAST FOR THE NIGHT…”

Grief, sadly, if a fact of life.  But, as Paul reminds us, as believers “we grieve but not as those who have no hope.”   Finding hope through our grief can many times be an arduous task.  That’s why I am thrilled that BHBC offers weekly GriefShare classes for those trying to navigate their way through the grief associated with the loss of a loved one.  If it’s been awhile since you experienced that level of grief, it’s easy to forget what it feels like.  Being gently reminded of what grief feels like can help us show compassion to those who are still trying to find their way.  After my son passed away I read C.S. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” a story Lewis wrote while dealing with the grief of losing his wife. There are so many poignant, spot-on quotes in that book. Here’s one such quote to help remind us what those dealing with grief are now trying to process:

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.

At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be [around] me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

 

“HEY GOD – HEY JOHN”

I’ve published here one of John’s posts before.  John is a guy who deals with depression & anxiety.  He writes these “Hey God – Hey John” posts to preach, first, to himself and, hopefully, help others as well.  Enjoy.

Me: Hey God.

God: Hey John.

Me: I’m not leaving my house.

God: Today is not the day you can allow yourself to withdraw from the world.

Me: It seems like a perfect day for that. I’m not going anywhere.

God: You have to.

Me: Why?

God: Because there is going to be a moment today where you will get the chance to impact a strangers life through a simple act of kindness that comes from you. This person is going to need you to be there at that exact moment to remind them that the world is still full of good people. This person is going to need you to remind them through your actions that grace can surround them at any moment. This person is going to need you to remind them that they can’t give up or surrender to their darkest thoughts. By leaving your house and engaging the world, you are going to be given a chance to save the life of a person who is full of despair right now.

Me: But I’m the one who is full of despair! I’m the one who needs to be reminded of all of those good things!

God: Don’t worry. I’m pushing a completely different person out of their door to show you a kindness today at a time right when you need it the most. If you stay at home you won’t be there rescue somebody else or be rescued yourself.

Me: I’m both the healer and the heartbroken?

God: Yup.

Me: Sounds complicated. I guess I better put some pants on.

God: That’d be fantastic.

Me: Here I go…

God: I have no hands but yours.

 

PAUL REVERE & HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

In honor of “President’s Day” Week, I submit to you a wonderful, thought-provoking, patriotic 5-minute video commentary by one of my favorite biographers (and modern voices of reason, in my opinion), Eric Metaxas.  A Christian, Metaxas brings intelligence & wit to “the marketplace of ideas” in our culture.  Enjoy.  NOTE: If you’re interested in learning just how remarkable (Christians would say “miraculous”) the formation of our country was you may want to consider reading Metaxas’ NYT best-seller, “If You Can Keep It.”  You can check out the book on Amazon here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“The claim ‘only science can discover truth’ is self-refuting, as the statement itself cannot be verified using science.”  Dr. Andy Bannister

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of.  Our attention would have been on God.”  C.S. Lewis

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

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GRACE NOTES:  Ambushing the Heart of an Atheist

Recently, I was reminded of the following quote by Peter Hitchens, brother of the late atheist, Christopher Hitchens: “I would think that most educated atheists are much more likely to be suddenly ambushed in the heart by poetry than they ever are likely to be converted by reasoned argument.”

What is a song but poetry set to music?

Two weeks ago I posted a blog about the late Christian artist, Keith Green. (He died in 1982 at the age of 28.) That blog has received more online traffic than I anticipated. Green had a profound impact on me both as a Christian and as a musician. (That blog can be found here.)

Green was a brilliant warrior-poet. In my blog I mention his song, “Prodigal Son Suite.” Based on Jesus’s story in the latter half of Luke 15, it is a beautiful “poem set to music” from the imagination of Keith Green. If you have time to listen (it’s 12 minutes in length), enjoy. It is a stirring “imaginative apologetic” which, according to Peter Hitchens, would, quite possibly, “ambush the heart of an atheist.”

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.14.17

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THIS SUNDAY, 2/19

Choir:  Lift High the Name of Jesus

Preacher:  Mike Lewis

 

 

“THE CASE FOR CHRIST” MOVIE – NEWEST TRAILER (released last Thursday, 2/9)

 

MAMAS DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS

15 years ago yesterday (2/13), West Texas (Littlefield) native, Waylon Jennings passed away. I loved his “outlaw country” music when I was growing up.

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STUNNING PHOTO

The caption reads:  “This is a picture taken directly above these camels in the desert in Saudi Arabia during sunset.  It is considered one of the best pictures of the year by National GeographicLook closely – the camels are (actually) the little white lines in the picture.  The black you see are just the shadows!  Enlarge the picture (so you can get a better look.)

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THE “ASSIGNMENT” CONTINUES

This past weekend, I received two more requests to speak on Teen Suicide Awareness and Intervention.  Current speaking schedule:

March 7 – Forsan ISD (Big Spring)

April 5 – Frenship Middle School (SW Lubbock)

August (exact date to be set) – Legacy Christian Academy (The Woodlands, TX – NW Houston)

Prayers are appreciated. 🙂

 

FOR THOSE WITH ANXIETY AT BEDTIME…

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

19th Century British pastor, Charles Spurgeon, comments on this passage in his “Treasury of David” Commentary on the Psalms“They that have the wings of God above them need no other protective curtain. Better than bolts and bars is the protection of the Lord. Armed men protected the bed of Solomon, but we do not believe that he slept more soundly than his father (Davd, author of Psalm 4), whose bed was the hard ground, and who was haunted by blood-thirsty foes.”

 

ENCOUNTER is APRIL 2-5

“Encounter” is an evangelistic crusade led by evangelist (and Jason’s good friend), Ronnie Hill.  You can read more about Ronnie here“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“If people gossip to you about others, they will probably gossip to others about you.”  Sean McDowell

“There is nothing standing in the records of eternity against any soul that believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Charles Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

“I don’t want to say my congregation is musically unsophisticated, but about half of them think a cantata is an entree at Taco Bell.” – Jerry Springston

 

This parody of running late for church while looking for a parking place is pretty funny…

 

GRACE NOTES:  “Stop Idolizing Christian Artists: A Letter from Keith Green”

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As the blog states, words do not do justice in describing the impact Keith Green has had on me, both, as a Christian and a musician.  Read the blog here.  Enjoy, nw

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.7.17

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THIS SUNDAY, 2/12

Choir:  God Shall Wipe Away All Tears

Preacher:  Jason  (This Sunday, Jason begins a new series entitled, “Overbooked”.)

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A WORD FROM THE PASTOR ABOUT THE NEW BUILDING CAMPAIGN

Last week, I sent out a MUSIC NOTES: X-TRA that included a note from Jason regarding the New Building Campaign.  If you missed it, you can read it here.

 

CHAIN BREAKER:  A Dose of “Uplifting” for your Day!

We introduced this song in both worship services this past Sunday.  Powerful lyrics.  Over 6 million views.  Enjoy!

 

I’m Quoted in this Blog!

One of the blogs I follow on Twitter is called “The Poached Egg,” (the name is taken from C.S. Lewis’ famous “trilemma” in his classic, “Mere Christianity.”) It’s a solid Christian apologetics (defense of the Christian faith) site that boasts over 15 thousand followers.

Recently, I noticed the title to a tweet I found of interest: “44 Quotes from Former Atheists.” The tweet linked me to a blog by James Bishop, who I’ve read before.

As I was perusing through the quotes of the likes of famous former atheists like CS Lewis, Alister McGrath, Francis Collins, and Lee Strobel, I arrived at author # 21 and, to my surprise – it was ME!

At some point the writer had stumbled upon an article I wrote for the Lubbock Metro Reader Magazine a few months after my son, Jordan, took his life.  The article is entitled, “Atheism Failed Me.” (To read the article simply click on the article title, or you can click here.)  Finding Jordan that day pushed me to the very edge of my faith, and beyond.  After seeing my quote in James Bishop’s blog, I thought to myself, “Soli Deo Gloria! Christ continues to use the worst day of my life to bring hope and truth to those who may well be experiencing theirs!”   You can read the blog, “44 Quotes from Former Atheists”, by clicking here.

 

NEW REPORT:  CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IS GROWING

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Read the FOX News article here.

 

4 REASONS WE CAN TRUST THE BIBLE IS RELIABLE

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This blog is not exhaustive, but is concise and helpful in our ability to have intelligent dialogue where our faith is concerned – specifically in regard to the reliability of the Bible.  The author, Dr. Andy Bannister, is Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world.  Read the blog here.

 

THE CASE FOR CHRIST MOVIE:  PREMIERS APRIL 7th

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There are two books that spurred my interest in Christian apologetics:  Josh McDowell’s “More Than a Carpenter“, and Lee Strobel’s The Case for ChristStrobel’s story is coming to the big screen on April 7th.  From what I’ve read, the film has been well made with Strobel, himself, being involved in the entire process.  For those perhaps unaware, Strobel, a graduate of Yale and a former investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, was an ardent atheist.  His journey to faith in Christ is intriguing and compelling.  Read one interview with Strobel regarding the movie by clicking here.  Read another solid news story on the movie here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“Much of the history of Christianity has been devoted to domesticating Jesus, to reducing that elusive, enigmatic, paradoxical person to dimensions we can comprehend, understand, and convert to our own purposes. So far it hasn’t worked.” Andrew Greeley

“Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear.”  A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  I Would Never Do That.  (Oh yes, you would.)

We are all more capable of evil than we like to think.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES X-TRA: A Word from the Pastor About the Building Project

My dear friends, with the “Building Pledge Campaign” beginning this Sunday, 2/5, I asked Jason if he wouldn’t mind providing me with something to help alleviate any confusion and provide clarity.  He happily agreed.  His note below is, I believe, being published on a wider scale for the entire church to read and prayerfully consider.  Love you all, Nick

 

FROM THE PASTOR, JASON ATCHLEY:

Church Family,

As most of you are aware, this Sunday, February 5th, our church begins a Capital Gifts Pledge/Commitment campaign regarding our For The Future building expansion project. This project will provide new discipleship space for all of our aged groups and ministries. The commitment portion of the campaign is an important step in order for us to be able to determine our financial ability to pay for the project as it’s being built, as well the capacity to service the loan upon its completion.

Let me ask you to prayerfully do two things:

First, determine whether or not you believe in this vision. The Holy Spirit speaks to His church and if you have a strong conviction that God is not leading us to take on this project I understand. I recognize the cost of this expansion is large and you may be one of many who are concerned with our ability to carry the debt. Please know, I do not want you to feel pressured to support this project nor should you feel guilty if you are certain we should not pursue this endeavor. We must and we will maintain the peace, unity, and harmony of this church congregation above all things.

Second, if you do believe in this vision, then I challenge you to carefully consider how you and your domestic church (your home), will sacrificially give and support this project. Pledge/Commitment cards will be available this Sunday and should be returned to our Executive Pastor Jim Gerlt no later than March 12. We ask your pledge/commitment cards be returned in the envelope we provide in order to maintain the privacy and security of your gift.

Allow me to speak honestly for a moment. If you are currently giving to our church budget please do not divert your contributions away from the budget in order to fund the building. If you have a desire to financially give to this building but are not currently giving to our budget let me ask you to consider giving consistently to our budget first and then look for ways you can partner with us on the building at a later date. The reality is we cannot build this building or maintain it upon completion if our personnel, ministry, and missions dollars are underfunded.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday and hope that you will participate with me in our 50 days of prayer and fasting emphasis. Mark your calendar for Encounter with Ronnie Hill April 2-5.

Your Pastor,

Jason T. Atchley

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