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MUSIC NOTES: 4.25.17


THIS SUNDAY, April 30th

Choir: Give Us Today (The Lord’s Prayer)

Preacher:  Jason



This Sunday, 4/30, immediately following the 10:45 worship service, we will gather in the south parking lot near the FLC to commemorate the beginning of construction on our new Educational Space.  The ceremony should only take a few minutes.

THEN…., next Tuesday afternoon, 5/2, at 4:30pm, the Chamber of Commerce will join us for yet another ceremonial “ground-breaking”.  Refreshments will be served at this one. 🙂


CAN A CHRISTIAN DRINK ALCOHOL?  (The short answer is “yes!”  The long answer is a little more complicated.)

The joke goes like this:  Protestants don’t recognize the Pope as divine; Jews don’t recognize Jesus as God; and Baptists don’t recognize one another at the liquor store. 🙂

Nowhere in Scripture will you find “thou shalt not drink alcohol.”  However, what you will find in the Bible are numerous commands not to become drunk, buzzed, intoxicated (whatever term you wanna use.)  I preached an entire sermon on this topic at my previous church entitled, “The King of Beers & the King of Kings: What is the Biblically Accurate Relationship?”  (I used the “King of Beers” because my dad was a Budweiser man. :))  I grew up in a home well stocked with booze.  My dad frequently gave me sips of his beer when I was in elementary school, then allowed me to have my first full beer when I was 12.  As most of you know, my dad was an alcoholic, finally dying from alcoholism in 2000.  I often wonder who offered him his first drink.  And that leads me to my next paragraph – and the focal point of this entry.

I stumbled upon a blog several weeks ago on this topic that I think you fill find worth your time to read and consider.  I’ve watched a disturbing trend in the past 15, or so, years.  In the “old days” drinking was seen as sinful.  As I’ve already stated, drinking is not sinful – drunkenness is sinful.  So this “old days” view was a non-biblical view.

However, in present day, drinking has become trendy and fashionable among Christians.  A very close friend of mine (in their mid 20’s) shared with me a few weeks ago that their Bible Study group at their church was having their next gathering at a local bar/club.  Now, this brings up a number of separate issues with regard to common sense and sound judgment that I don’t have time to address here.  Nevertheless, it spot-lights an issue that, in my experience, most Christians fail to consider.  And that’s the topic of the blog linked below.

Although many are very capable of “drinking in moderation” and “holding their liquor,” there are many (including myself) who cannot, and thus must abstain altogether.  One of the most powerful statements in this blog is when the author, in the third from the last paragraph, writes,The problem was, I didn’t have a ‘moderation button’ that I could push, to stop me from taking another drink when I was about to cross the line of being drunk.” 

In short, we just never know who may have a predisposition for alcoholism.  You can read the author’s thought-provoking story here.

NOTE:  The Catholic priest mentioned in the blog tells the blog’s author, “Wine is a gift from God to be enjoyed.”  (Heck – the first recorded miracle of Jesus is when he turned water into wine!)  I am almost certain the priest, when making that statement, was referring to Psalm 104:15, but this must be read in context with passages such as Proverbs 20:1 and Proverbs 23:29-35.

Enjoy, Nick



This is a solid resource for all believers because these are facts about Jesus’ life supported by ancient historical sources outside the Bible, and by liberal and/or non-believing scholars.  Enjoy.  Read the article here.


QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“There’s no place to hide but in the blood of the Lamb.”  A.W. Tozer



If you’ve kept up with story of United Airlines recently removing a passenger from their plane, this will make perfect sense. 🙂


GRACE NOTES:  13 Reasons Why is not merely Dark, It’s Dangerous

As of a few moments before I published this week’s E-News, my blog, “13 Reasons Why’ is not merely Dark, It’s Dangerous” has been viewed over 109,000 times.  Never in a million years did I anticipate that.  Apparently, it has struck a chord with people.  Since first posting it this past Saturday night I’ve been contacted by teenagers and counselors and parents from all over the United States. If you’re not familiar with the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, simply read my blog.  You can read it here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.18.17



Choir:  Before the Throne of God Above

Preacher:  Jason



Yet another example that Christianity is an intelligent faith (rather than, as some skeptics describe, a fairly tale for the uneducated.)

Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass MD PhD is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. Here he explains in detail why he believes in the resurrection of Christ.  Read his reasons for believing in the resurrection here.



In light of the recent deaths of Christians in Egypt, I though this FOX News article may be of interest.  Read the article here.


QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“The tooth of time gnaws all books but the Bible… Nineteen centuries of experience have tested it. It has passed through critical fires no other volume has suffered, and its spiritual truths have endured the flames and come out without so much as the smell of burning.” – W.E. Sangster (20th century British pastor; served in WWI)

At the cross, the worst of man met the best of God.” Arthur Blesset

“Jesus, even with his dying breath, was in control. He knew when he would die, and on whose terms.” Scott Conover  (So very true. The old adage is true: “No one took Jesus’ life; he willingly gave it.”)



Jimmy Fallon & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dress up as “mascots” of themselves and surprise people at Hollywood Studios amusement park in CA.  The best part is the last part of the clip when a huge fan of The Rock discovers it’s actually him.  So stay with it.  Video clip is 4 minutes long.


GRACE NOTES:  “Be a Sinner, and Sin Boldly”

For those who are tired of “trying to be good enough” for God…

I share this window into history with you because I see many (including myself at times) who still are under the impression that we can somehow “live our lives” into better standing with God. This, according to the Bible, is simply not true. Moreover, it’s a clever strategy by the enemy leading one into a most ugly state of bondage called “legalism.”  Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.12.17


THIS SUNDAY, 4/16 – EASTER SUNDAY! (And Saturday!)

ChoirHe’s Alive

Preacher – Jason



From the article:

MIT Professor Ian Hutchinson writes:

“My Christian colleagues at MIT—and millions of other scientists worldwide—somehow think that a literal miracle like the resurrection of Jesus is possible. And we are following a long tradition. Today’s widespread materialist view that events contrary to the laws of science just can’t happen is a metaphysical doctrine, not a scientific fact.”

Read the article here.


“THE CASE FOR CHRIST” – Movie Review

Former atheist, Lee Strobel, set out to disprove Christianity as pure nonsense after his wife professed her faith in Christ.  What this Yale Law School grad discovered during his investigation completely changed his life.  The movie, based on his story, premiered here in Lubbock this past Friday at Movies 16 adjacent to Best Buy.

Strobel (as you can see in the tweet immediately below) was thrilled about the critical opinion of the movie.  On the purely secular review site, Rotten Tomatoes, “The Case for Christ” (as of this posting) received a very strong 75% “critic’s score” and an even stronger 84% “audience score.”

Here is a solid FOX News interview published over the weekend with Strobel.  Access the interview and article here.

I was finally able to view the movie.  Here’s the review I posted on my Facebook page:

It was the best Christian-themed movie I have seen to date. Powerfully directed and acted.

Is the purpose of the movie to convince the audience that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead? Sure – it’s a Christian-themed film.

But, not once does the movie insult the intelligence of the audience. While Strobel painstakingly investigates the evidence (for the sole purpose of proving Christianity to be a farce) he asks the same intelligent questions any non-believer/skeptic would ask.

Furthermore, not once does the movie make the claim that the resurrection can be 100% proven. What is clear, though, from Strobel’s investigation is that the evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. Then, echoing former atheist, Antony Flew, the movie simply presents the evidence and then invites the audience to “follow the evidence where it leads.”

Finally – and I’m thrilled this was stated – sure, Christianity requires faith (“For by grace are you saved through faith,” Paul wrote), but make no mistake, so does atheism.

One final thought – one nanosecond after we die we will know for certain whether or not the Bible is true. The evidence strongly argues it is. If you’ve never honestly considered the claims of Christ this movie is a good place to start



At the conclusion of last week’s final Encounter Worship Service I asked for prayer regarding a speaking engagement i had the following day at FMS.  I spoke to approximately 600 students and faculty and received wonderfully encouraging feedback from faculty, parents of students, and the students themselves.  Your prayers mattered.  Thank you so very much.  I am scheduled to speak to the students at Turning Point C0mmunity Church here in Lubbock in a couple of weeks.  Soli Deo Gloria, Nick  (Below is a photo a teacher snapped as I was speaking.)



I’m not a religious zealot, nor do I look for a “demon on every doorknob.” I like to think I’m fairly level-headed when it comes to considering biblical prophecy in light of current events.

That said, I thought you might find this article of interest. Implants like this have been in planning stages for decades. But, as this San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press article states, “It’s just never been used to tag employees on a broad scale before.”

Epicenter, the company at the center of the article, “offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand… The small implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments.”

As a Christian, you know where I’m going with this (even those who are not Christians have probably heard of the prophecy recorded in Revelation 13): [The Beast] “forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

Given the excitement of people interviewed in the article (despite privacy issues), coupled with technological convenience, this no doubt will continue to grow in popularity over time.

For now, it’s voluntary. For now.  Read the article here.


QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

“Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief.  Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all.”  Author Michael Green in his book, Man Alive.

“What gives me most confidence that Jesus’ resurrection actually occurred is how the resurrection hypothesis is able to address the full scope of relevant historical facts in a manner that is far superior to the ability of any competing hypothesis to do the same. Stated differently, when I set aside faith and examine the data using strictly controlled historical method, the hypothesis that Jesus was raised stands head and shoulders above the rest. And that’s quite remarkable!”  Dr. Mike Licona (one of my HBU profs and a renowned apologist and historian)


LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:  What if Donald Trump was a Youth Pastor?



In light of Christ’s resurrection, were it not for the empty tomb heaven would be a pipe dream.  This week’s blog is a bit of personal commentary and reflection on the promise of heaven.  Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick





THIS SUNDAY, 4/9 (Palm Sunday)

ChoirNothing but the Blood of Jesus w/Jesus’ Blood

REHEARSAL NOTE:  No rehearsal this week (4/5) due to Encounter.  Please join me at 8:45am Sunday morning in the choir loft for a brief rehearsal.  We will sing in both morning worship services.

Preacher – Jason



Remaining Services:

Tuesday evening – 7pm;  Wednesday Evening – 7pm

***NOTE: “Steak Night” is Wed. evening at 6pm in the FLC (Tickets are only $3)



Zak Schmoll was one of my fellow students in the Master of Arts in Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University.  Residing in Vermont, Zak writes a weekly blog called, “Entering the Public Square,” based on “the importance of discussing Christianity in the marketplace of ideas.”  This past week he wrote an outstanding blog discussing the historical evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Skeptics deny that Jesus was crucified, citing no evidence outside the gospels.  But they are sorely mistaken.  Read Zak’s brief blog here.


I was a week ahead of myself in last week’s E-News.  The new movie, The Case for Christ, premiers THIS WEEK, April 7th.

Watch the movie (or read the book). Then make your own decision based on the evidence. Jesus never imposed his convictions on another person, but always allowed others to make up their own mind about him. Have you honestly investigated and/or considered the claims of Christ?



Great article for those who’ve bought into the lie that the Christian faith is an emotional crutch for the mentally weak and uneducated. On the contrary, Christian doctrine is an intelligent faith. Do we have empirical proof that God exists? No. But, as one scholar said, the existence of God is best proved not in the laboratory but in the courtroom. The evidence for the existence of God is quite strong and compelling. Lee Strobel, a former atheist – and subject of the upcoming movie, The Case for Christ, is a Yale grad. Indeed, there’s something to this thing called Christianity. And skeptics still, after 20 centuries, haven’t been able to explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can read the article from Christianity Today here.


QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:

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

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln



“You want to know what it’s like having a fourth kid?  Imagine you’re drowning – then someone hands you a baby.”  Comedian, Jim Gaffigan (father of 4 children)


GRACE NOTES:  The Highest Point in our Lives may be our Lowest

(I saw this posted on my pastor friend, Jim Hardwicke’s, FB page and thought it worth sharing here. The theological insight Jim brings out is incisive.)

“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27). The highest point of our lives may be our lowest point, like it was for Jesus, Stephen (Acts 7), and missionary Jim Elliot. Why? Because in the plan and purpose of God, our greatest means of bringing Him glory may well be our obedience and quiet trust in the midst of our greatest suffering.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick


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