THIS SUNDAY, 5/21
Choir: My Soul Longs For Jesus
**This Sunday is “Graduate Recognition Sunday” – Grads will be honored in both morning services.
THROUGH THE FIRE
Another powerful song. Performed by the Crabb Family. Backed up by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
“But now thus says the Lord,… ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Isaiah 43:1-3)
INTERVIEWS WITH CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION IN SEATTLE, WA
Last Tuesday afternoon (5/9), I was interviewed by a Christian radio station in Seattle, WA, about the controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Because the topic was so intensive they chose to make it a 2-part interview that would air on two consecutive days (this past Thur and Fri.) The Thursday interview was primarily about 13 Reasons Why. The Friday interview was primarily about Jordan, and Major Depressive Disorder (clinical depression) and the stigma associated with clinical depression in the church. Each interview is a about 25 minutes. You can access those interviews here (Thur), and here (Fri). I speak at Slaton High School this Tuesday (5/16). Prayers are needed and appreciated.
THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD (Ps 19:1)
About the 19th Psalm, C.S. Lewis wrote, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” This past week, USA Today published an article titled, 27 Years of Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. Enjoy. (Pictured above is the Crab Nebula)
KNOW WHY YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE (Christian Apologetics)
When a Skeptic confronts you with, “The only ancient literature that records anything about Jesus is the Bible,” how might you respond?
How about with this? (Click here.)
Additionally, here is an outstanding, intelligent, well-documented editorial for the existence of God posted by Yahoo! News. The editorial, written for Newsweek, is written by University of Maryland professor, Robert Nelson.
DENZEL WASHINGTON TO GRADS: “PUT GOD FIRST”
I’ve always liked the Academy Award winning actor, Denzel Washington. Remember the Titans is my second all-time favorite movie (Hoosiers is No. 1). Washington was the key note speaker at a recent college graduation. You will enjoy his comments here.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“Not everyone is your sister or brother in the faith. But everyone is your neighbor.” Tim Keller – “For the whole [Old Testament] law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)
“Tolerate people, but discriminate against ideas. America has been tricked to believe we should tolerate all ideas but discriminate against people.” Unknown
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
The Red-Neck Dictionary of Medical Terms (Part 2 of 2):
Nitrates: Rates of pay for working at night, normally more money than days
Outpatient: A patient who has fainted
Pelvis: Second cousin to Elvis
Post Operative: A letter carrier
Recovery Room: A place to do upholstery
Rectum: Nearly killed’em
Seizure: Roman emperor
Terminal Illness: Getting sick at an airport
Urine: Opposite of ‘you’re out’
GRACE NOTES: Suicide and the Bible, Parts 1 & 2
Hope…. comes from God’s Word. About a week after I posted my blog about 13 Reasons Why, I followed up by posting a blog I wrote shortly after my son, Jordan, took his life titled, Suicide and the Bible. I wrote that blog in response to a number of teens (and adults) who were under the impression that, if you take your own life, you cannot enter heaven. (Several had loved ones who had taken their lives and they were terrified their loved ones were in hell.) Last week, that blog was viewed over 32,000 times. One reader messaged me and asked me a very good – and common – question about suicide I hadn’t addressed in my original blog. So, I wrote Suicide and the Bible – Part 2. Hopefully, this brings biblical truth to a painfully misunderstood topic of discussion.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick