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
- There are no mid-week rehearsals this week.
- The Adult Choir will sing on Sunday, March 19th (“He Touched Me”).
- 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.)
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-News. If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (3) call Gail at the church office: 806-795-5261
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