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MUSIC NOTES: 3.28.17

THIS SUNDAY, 4/2

Choir:  Thou, O Lord

Preacher:  Ronnie Hill

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

HOW DO I LEAD SOMEONE TO FAITH IN CHRIST?

The Encounter Crusade will be heavily evangelistic in nature, meaning Ronnie’s overriding message each service will be to encourage listeners to place their faith in Christ.  Leading another person to faith in Christ should be a very normal part of the Christian life.  However, many believers have never led another person to faith in Christ.  (Most often, because they’re afraid due to not knowing how.)  That said, here is a simple way to do so:

Paul, author of most of the New Testament wrote, “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)  So, although our own testimony/story may help another person become open to the gospel, it’s the Word of God that will ultimately convict them to place their faith in Christ.  So to Scripture we go.  What follows is a simple explanation of the gospel using passages from the New Testament book of Romans.  I will include very concise explanations following each verse.  Should you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. 

  1. Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  This is a “bad news” verse.  We are born separated from God because of what the Bible calls sin.
  2. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  This is a “bad news/good news” verse.  Here, Paul clearly spells out what we deserve for our sin against God (death, eternally in what the Bible calls hell).  But, because of his unfathomable love for us, God has “solved our dilemma of being separated from him” by giving us his Son.  It is significant here that Paul uses the word “gift”.  A gift cannot be earned; rather, it’s simply received.
  3. Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  This is all “good news.”  God proved his love for us by offering his own Son as an atoning sacrifice.  “God so loved that he gave…” (Jn 3:16)
  4. Romans 10:9 – “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Although it’s the most significant decision one will ever make, the process itself is very simple.  As with other “religions”, the gospel requires nothing in way of human effort to inherit eternal life.  It’s simply a matter of belief.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK, APRIL 7th!

I ran across this interview with Lee Strobel in the Chicago Tribune.  This interview is significant because Strobel was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune when he began his investigation into the case for Christ.  You can read the interview here Once again, here is the trailer for the movie.

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA & CHRISTIANITY

FOX News ran an interesting article (albeit not in the least surprising) about the absolute ignorance of Christianity in the mainstream media.  Of interest is a CNN Religion Quiz.  FOX reports,

In a quiz claiming to test one’s knowledge of Christianity, there is sum total of one question about Jesus Christ (where did He walk on water?). Nothing is asked about Jesus’ birth, words, death or resurrection. There are no questions about the Christian understanding of truth, sin, or salvation. Nothing about Paul or Peter. Nothing about the afterlife. Nothing about the human condition.

No real news here.  But interesting none the less.  Satan is a brilliant strategist.  It’s no wonder there is so much confusion in North America as to what it means to be a “Christian.”  You can read the article here.

AVAILABLE IN THE CHOIR ROOM!

The Resurrection and You by Josh & Sean McDowell

More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

Know Your Bible

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Prayer Meetings are presently under way in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

In a conversation with my family about how difficult it is to “wait on God”, my daughter, Macy, texted us and told us that my son, Jordan, used to always tell her the following.  His quote is definitely worth quoting here:

“It’s easy to praise God when good things happen. It’s sometimes even easy to praise God when something bad happens. But the hardest time to praise God is when nothing is happening.” Jordan Watts

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

GRACE NOTES: “For Those Who Have Ever Doubted Your Christian Faith”

If you’ve ever doubted God it means one thing:  you’re normal.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 3.21.17

 

THIS SUNDAY,  3/26

Choir:  Redeemed

Preacher:  Jason

 

OBJECTIVE MORALITY

The argument for Objective Morality is a strong argument for the existence of God.  In other words, who, exactly, decided that murder & hate & child abuse & lying & stealing, etc. are all wrong?  Science can’t prove or disprove morality in a laboratory since morality is beyond the scope of scientific method.  C.S. Lewis addresses this argument at length in his classic, “The Abolition of Man.”  Prager University’s Dennis Prager (who is not a Christian) offers very good food-for-thought here in this 5 minute video.

 

BARBERSHOP AT ITS BEST

Even if you’re not a huge fan of “barbershop harmonies”, you’ll love this.  Recorded at the 2009 International Barbershop Competition, these guys (who won the championship) pull off a rather thrilling rendition of “76 Trombones.”  This is no “4 guys standing in front of a mic” performance.  There must be a hundred, or more, men on stage.  Note:  things really get fun around the 3:10 mark in the video.  Enjoy.

 

AVAILABLE THIS WED AT REHEARSAL:  “The Resurrection and You”

Former atheist, Josh McDowell, was once asked by a student (while lecturing at the University of Uruguay), “Why don’t you recant your faith?”  McDowell calmly replied, “I would except for one thing: I can’t explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Paul rightly wrote, And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (I Cor. 15:14)

Over the years I have given to you resources that, hopefully, have contributed to your personal spiritual growth.  Beginning this Wed (3/22), you will have available to you a free copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s new booklet, “The Resurrection and You.”   If you omit the introduction and End Notes, the booklet is only 50 pages in length.  (I read it in about 30 minutes.)  The authors clearly intend the book to be an evangelistic tool, but it contains many well-documented facts regarding the evidence for Christ’s resurrection – evidence every believer needs to know.

This little booklet will most likely whet your appetite for more exhaustive reading on this subject.  If that’s indeed the case, please holler at me and I will recommend to you further reading.

 

“A TRAVELER BEATEN TO A PULP AND IN NEED OF A NEIGHBOR”

“A Traveler Beaten to a Pulp and in Need of a Neighbor.”  This was my sermon title this past Sunday morning.

We never know when & where we’ll happen upon someone in pain and in desperate need of a neighbor.

Monday morning when I arrived at my office I was notified by one of our Admin Assts of a man who had called, had recently attempted suicide, and was in desperate need of “talking to a pastor.”  I learned that that Admin Asst (Donna Locke) had actually first visited with the man the previous Thursday when I was on vacation.  She counseled and prayed with the man.  (After learning more about the situation, I believe Donna helped that man make a decision to continue living at least through the weekend.)

Monday morning, back in the office after being off several days, I was apprised of the situation and immediately contacted the man.

He had absolutely no self-worth remaining in his heart. After an hour on the phone, the gentleman professed his faith in the life-giving love of Christ. The man, crying, then said to me, “I am going to pour out the antifreeze I was going to drink.”

Obviously, that was a powerful moment in the conversation.  What most struck me, though, was that this precious man (who lives here in the West TX Bible Belt, and is older than I am) had never heard the words of John 3:16, or other passages in the Bible expressing God’s unfathomable love for him. “Could he really love me? After all I’ve done?” this gentleman asked incredulously.

Toward the end of our conversation I asked him, “Are you sure now that, when you die, you will go to heaven?” He, again incredulously, asked, “I get to go to heaven??” After a few more minutes of conversation he was overwhelmed with emotion that, yes, he has inherited eternal life through the death & resurrection of Christ.

I cannot share the man’s name here. But please, should you have a moment, lift him up to Jesus. I am working on making sure he has the opportunity to be discipled.

Like the old hymn says, “There’s a new name written down in glory…” Hallelujah to the Lamb.  Nick

 

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

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday, 3/26) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting” for updates and discussion.  A formal recommendation as to whether or not we proceed on the building will be presented.

 

On March 25th (Saturday), from 2-4pm, we will head out to the (79)414 area to distribute information about the upcoming Encounter Crusade, as well as spend time prayer-walking through the neighborhood.  To help us be organized in our efforts, we’re asking everyone to “adopt a block”.  You can do so by visiting the “Adopt a Block” table in the Commons.

 

ENCOURAGER TRAINING THIS SUNDAY, 3/26; 4pm

In preparation for the Encounter Crusade, Mike Lewis will be leading a training session for “encouragers”.   As an encourager, you will be equipped to help counsel those who make decisions during the response time at the end of each Encounter Worship Service.  The training event will begin in the Worship Center.

 

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Prayer Meetings are presently under way in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

 

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

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“There is no University for a Christian like that of sorrow and trial.”  Charles Spurgeon

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.” Author, Anne Lamott

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

One of the Greatest Hollywood Laugh Scenes of All Time (in my opinion)

Clip is 3 minutes in length. Tom Hanks. “The Money Pit” (1986). Context: the house they purchased is falling apart. Room by room. Piece by piece. Here, Hanks watches his kitchen go up in flames before he hauls water up to the bathroom (the plumbing is out) where all he wants to do is soak in a tub for just a minute and forget, temporarily, about his misery. Enjoy. nw

 

GRACE NOTES: “Lessons from Middle Earth”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 3.13.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/19

Choir:  Because He Lives

Preacher(s):  Jim Gerlt (9:15am); Nick Watts (10:45am)

 

THE EPICENTER OF OUR FAITH: the RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

Former atheist, Josh McDowell, was once asked by a student (while lecturing at the University of Uruguay), “Why don’t you recant your faith?”  McDowell calmly replied, “I would except for one thing: I can’t explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Paul rightly wrote, And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (I Cor. 15:14)

Over the years I have given to you resources that, hopefully, have contributed to your personal spiritual growth.  In the coming weeks, as we approach Easter Sunday, you will be receiving a copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s new book, “The Resurrection and You.”   Much like Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter,” McDowell’s book, under 70 pages in length, is a concise, but meaty, presentation of not only the compelling evidence for Christ’s resurrection, but what, exactly, that resurrections means to you and me.

And speaking of Lee Strobel….

 

“THE CASE FOR CHRIST” MOVIE – In Theaters April 7th (just in time for Easter)

 

SPRING BREAK REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Spring Break is March 13-17

  1. There are no mid-week rehearsals this week.
  2. The Adult Choir will sing on Sunday, March 19th (“He Touched Me”).
  3. Since Jason has asked me to preach in the late service on the 19th the Praise Team has that morning “off.”

 

IS IT RATIONAL (REASONABLE) TO BELIEVE IN GOD?

Dr. Peter Kreeft is an outstanding professor of philosophy at Boston College, well-respected in scholarly circles.  In this brief video, Dr. Kreeft answers the question “Is it rational to believe in God?” At its root, Christianity is embraced by faith alone (rather than mere reason).  However, our faith is not blind faith.  As former atheist, Lee Strobel, once put it, “We have a defensible faith.”  The question comes down to this:  what are you going to put your faith in when life – and the afterlife – are on the line?  (This is also the topic of this week’s Grace Notes.)

 

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

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday, 3/26) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting” for updates and discussion.

 

On March 25th (Saturday), from 2-4pm, we will head out to the (79)414 area to distribute information about the upcoming Encounter Crusade, as well as spend time prayer-walking through the neighborhood.  To help us be organized in our efforts, we’re asking everyone to “adopt a block”.  You can do so by visiting the “Adopt a Block” table in the Commons.

 

COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS (for Encounter Crusade)

Beginning this week, prayer meetings will be taking place in preparation for the Encounter Crusade.  For meeting locations and times please see the BHBC E-NewsIf you are not presently receiving the BHBC E-News you can do one of three things:  (1) text BHBCNEWS to 22828  (2) email Gail White at gail@baconheights.com  (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261

 

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:

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.” – A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This clip is 4 minutes long.  Watch every minute of it.  It will lift your soul.  Trust me.  (I have found my replacement :))

 

BONUS:  What are the odds that a Florida attorney’s pants would burst into flames during his closing arguments in an arson trial??  You can’t make this stuff up.  Read the very short news story here.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Faith of Christianity vs. the Faith of Atheism

We all ultimately have faith in something – whether we want to admit it, or not.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

MUSIC NOTES: 3.9.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/12

Choir:  The Lion and the Lamb  (THANK YOU to Alice for directing rehearsal for me due to me being out sick!!  See you all on Sunday morning.)

Preacher:  Jason

 

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE

Spring Break is March 13-17. 

  1. There are no mid-week rehearsals that week.
  2. The Adult Choir will sing on Sunday, March 19th (“He Touched Me”).
  3. Since Jason has asked me to preach in the late service on the 19th the Praise Team has that morning “off.”

 

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

March 22nd is the Wed. before the scheduled final vote (the following Sunday, 3/26) for whether or not we proceed on the new building proposal.  In preparation for that final vote we are offering this “Town Hall Meeting” for updates and discussion.

 

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)

 

JOY! UNSPEAKABLE JOY! (Christmas, 2017)

Our musical for this year has already been purchased.  You’re going to love this music.  More on this in the coming months.

 

HEY GOD – HEY JOHN (saw this on Facebook – thought this was good)

Me: Hey God.

God: Hey John.

Me: I am getting hit from every angle today!

God: I got you.

Me: I don’t know what to do!

God: I got you.

Me: There are no good options! I’ve got my back pushed up against the wall!!

God: That’s not a wall. It’s Me.

Me: Oh…

God: I GOT YOU.

 

UPDATE ON MY MOST RECENT PUBLIC SCHOOL TALK ON SUICIDE

FYI – I spoke this past Tuesday morning at Forsan High School (just south of Big Spring) to a packed auditorium  Below is a report I posted on my Facebook page.

THANK YOU for your prayers today! This was the first time a school has asked if I would be available to stay after my talk and visit one-on-one with students who needed to talk. I was delighted to do so and had a number of powerful conversations with students who are experiencing great pain.

But back to your prayers….

I had to go back to the dr yesterday (Monday). I had relatively high fever and what i describe as a relentless and violent cough. He immediately gave me a breathing treatment and five prescriptions. It wasn’t until this morning that I decided, since I no longer had fever, that I would be able to keep my commitment to speak at Forsan.

I explained to the students, at the start of my talk, that it was very likely that, intermittently throughout my talk, I would have to step back from the mic and cough up all the gunk in my lungs. I apologized but knew it was inevitable. (I had coughed all the way from Lubbock to Forsan).

My talk lasted 45 minutes. After I was done a dear friend of mine, a believer, who teaches in that school came up to me and said, “You didn’t cough once during your talk.” I hadn’t noticed until that moment. Of course, the moment she told me that I immediately had a coughing fit.

All that to say, your prayers matter. I love you all.

For Jordan Blake Watts.

For Narnia.

For Christ.

Nick

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” Mark Twain

“I often say that the Bible is not only a book that we read, but one that reads us.” Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Not Guilty (For those living under the crippling weight of guilt)

Churches are full of Christians who, sadly, are convinced they are defined by their failures.  That is an all-too-common lie from the enemy, and directly opposed to biblical truth. Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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