THIS SUNDAY, 6/4
Choir: Grace That Won’t Let Go
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
SUMMER REHEARSAL/SINGING SCHEDULE
Adult Choir: Our final rehearsal for the semester takes place this Wed., 5/31, at 5:30pm. We will continue to sing in the 9:15am worship service through July 2nd, when we will perform the Wilhousky Battle Hymn of the Republic. (You can view a performance of it here.) We will then take a few weeks off until the start of the new school year.
Praise Team – we rehearse at 6:30pm on Wed’s
Periodically, I will provide pertinent information here. As has been announced, the south parking area (identified by the fence enclosure) will be off limits for the duration of the project. Very soon the stairwell adjacent to the elevator will be inaccessible.
Bottom Line: since the construction landscape is changing daily, my best advice to you is to simply keep an eye out for signs either restricting access or directing you in another direction. I’ll do my best to keep you advised.
KNOWING WHY WE BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE: THE EMPTY TOMB
Believers: be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.
Non-believers/skeptics: please consider the historically documented data.
Dr. Mike Licona (the first scholar to speak in the video below) was one of my profs at HBU. I can promise you this: the data has to be strongly in favor of something before he will even begin to consider it “likely” or “probable”. Lee Strobel, as you know, (also speaking in the video) is a former avowed atheist. The video is less than 8 minutes in length.
Consider this: When Paul wrote his creed in 1 Cor 15:3-8, many of the “witnesses of the resurrected Jesus” he mentions were still living. People were free (most likely encouraged) to interview these “witnesses” to see if Paul was telling the truth, or not. And yet, not one shred of ancient evidence exists that contradicts Paul’s claim.
THE ARMOR OF GOD
“When we put on the whole armor of God (cf. Eph. 6:10-18), we put on the [very] nature of Christ Jesus…When you put on the full armor of God, you say to the devil, ‘You have to go through Jesus to get to me!” Charles Stanley, When the Enemy Strikes
A HISTORY PROFESSOR’S JOURNEY FROM ATHEISM TO JESUS
Far from being an intellectual slouch, the author attended, both, Kings College in Cambridge and Oxford University. It’s a compelling story.
From the article: “Christianity, it turned out, looked nothing like the caricature I once held (as an atheist). I found the story of Jacob wrestling with God especially compelling: God wants anything but the unthinking faith I had once assumed characterized Christianity. God wants us to wrestle with Him; to struggle through doubt and faith, sorrow and hope.”
Read the article here.
PURE BOOGIE BLISS
UH… FROG LEGS ANYONE?
I grew up working on my grandparents farm. They had two stock tanks that, as a kid, I spent a lot of time playing around and skipping rocks on. I saw a lot of bull frogs. But NOTHING like this. Enjoy the KCBD article here. (Since the original article was published, the photo of the “monster” bullfrog has, unsurprisingly, gone viral. You can read the FOX News article here.)
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“Even duct tape can’t fix stupid. But it can muffle the sound.” Unknown
“Freedom from spiritual conflicts and bondage (lying, sexual sin, gossip, unforgiveness, anger, greed, etc.) is not a power encounter; it’s a truth encounter. Satan is a deceiver, and he will work undercover at all costs. But the truth of God’s Word exposes him and his lies. His demons are like little cockroaches that scurry for the shadows when the Light comes on. Satan’s power is in the lie, and when his lie is exposed by the truth, his plans are foiled.” Neil Anderson; The Bondage Breaker “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Jesus Christ (John 8:32)
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
Bonus Laughter: How to Write an Amazing Christian Passive-Aggressive Note. This is classic. Read the short (and painfully true) article here.
GRACE NOTES: My Name is Gossip
That “little sin” Christians often ignore avoiding. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick