THIS SUNDAY, 5/7
Choir: End of the Beginning
SUMMER REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Adult Choir: FYI – Weekly Adult Bible Study concludes this Wed., 5/3, and will not meet again until after the summer. The Adult Choir will continue to rehearse through the end of May, at our regular time of 5:30-6:30pm, concluding with a final rehearsal on Wed., May 31st.
Praise Team – Since Adult Bible Study will no longer be meeting in the sanctuary we will begin rehearsing at 6:30pm on Wed., May 10th.
13 REASONS WHY
(As promised, here is a status update regarding my recent blog on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.) This past week has been nuts. In a little over one week’s time, the blog I wrote about a popular TV series about teen suicide (the blog is linked here) has been viewed over 195,000 times in 154 countries. In addition, I have been interviewed on camera by two local news stations, KLBK (which you can view here) & Fox 34 (which you can view here.) The Fox story is a little more detailed and communicates my concern more clearly.
My week has been filled to the brim with conversations with people from all over the nation – as well as very close to home – regarding their own painful journeys. One conversation, that supported the sole reason I wrote the blog, was with a man from Indiana who shared that his friend’s 15 year old son had recently taken his life after watching the 13 Reasons Why, writing notes to those who had bullied him before taking his life. This is virtually the same thing the show’s protagonist, Hannah Baker, does before ending her life.
On a related note: I spoke this week to students at Whiteface ISD on the topic of Suicide & Suicide Intervention. There was a tremendous response. Keep praying for those who are hurting. Through Christ, we’re making a difference!
I simply must share this with you: Toward the end of this past Friday’s interview with KLBK, the reporter asked to see several things on my blog, one of which is a page dedicated to my son Jordan (you can access it here.)
Linked to that page is the video we showed at his memorial service, Hands Free. The reporter asked to watch some of it.
As the reporter and I were watching the video, Jordan, recounting God calling him to missions, says, “I knew God was calling me to be a global missionary…” It was at that moment the Holy Spirit immediately drew my mind to what I posted the preceding day about my blog: “It’s been viewed in 154 countries…”.
And that’s when I just lost it.
“What man intended for evil, God intended for good,” Joseph told his brothers in Genesis.
Jordan, precious son, God has kept his promise – even in death – and made you a global missionary to the hurting and hopeless. You are saving lives, my love. For Narnia!
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Saw this video this past week. Last month, Disney had a fun idea: “Let’s replace the animatronic version of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride with the real Johnny Depp!” The reaction of the shocked people is priceless. Enjoy.
LIFE IN 6 WORDS
I love this 5 minute video clip. We showed it in church years ago. It’s about time to show it again. Enjoy.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.” A.W. Tozer
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
GRACE NOTES: Christ in the Old Testament
Jesus “shows up” for the first not in the gospels but in Genesis, chapter one! Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick