I understand I don’t need to offer any information regarding the devastation in south/southeast Texas. You have access to all the news you want via your smartphone and/or television. That said, please continue to lift these precious people to Christ. Officials state they’re looking at a recovery that will take years.
To offer some perspective, on Sunday afternoon Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Director of Atmospheric Science at the University of Georgia, made this sobering observation:
“Approximately 9 trillion gallons of water have now fallen on the Texas gulf coast. That is enough water to fill Great Salt Lake twice.”
As you can see from the CNN “by the numbers” article here, the effort to rescue the helpless & hurting is staggering.
If there can possibly be a silver lining to the devastation it’s how disaster brings us together… NYPD & the Cajun Navy are both helping. First responders, countless neighbors/volunteers, National Guard, Coast Guard, etc., are risking their own lives to help the helpless, demonstrating the inherent good in humanity. When you are rescuing terrified people you see no political leanings, no race, no enemies,… You see one thing: people who desperately need your help. And you risk your own life to save theirs. The footage of the rescue efforts is deeply moving & inspiring.
For those unaware, click here to discover ways you can help.
Choir: Son Shiner Choir will be singing in the 9:15am service
REHEARSAL RESUMES THIS WEEK!
Adult Choir rehearsals begin Aug. 30th @ 5:30pm!
As noted above, the Son Shiner Choir will sing Sep. 3rd, but Adult Choir still begins rehearsal Aug 30th.
On Wed. evening, 8/30, we will spend the entire hour singing through this year’s Christmas Musical Event, “Joy! Unspeakable Joy!” Do you know someone who might enjoy singing in the Christmas musical with us? Bring’em!
FALL SEMESTER WED. BHBC EVENING MINISTRY/STUDY OPTIONS
Unless otherwise noted, all classes begin on Aug. 30th, at 6:30pm. Here are the options offered this Fall:
The Case for Christ – a study in Christian Apologetics led by Nick Watts in the Worship Center. This is a 4-week preaching/teaching series. A new series to follow will be announced soon.
GriefShare – a ministry to those who are dealing with the grief of having lost a loved one. Led by Jim & Judy Gerlt. Location: Annex 3.
Divorce Care – a ministry to those working through and rebuilding after a divorce. Led by Isaias & Sonya Martinez. Conference Room (just north of Preschool area).
Financial Peace – a video-based series featuring financial planner and author, Dave Ramsey. Led by Matt & Emily Green. Room 6 downstairs. Cost for materials: $110
Equipping/Training – New Members – Led by Mike Lewis & Jason Atchley. Room 9 downstairs.
Strength to Love – a ministry to those who’ve had loved ones make decisions that have caused pain, both, within themselves and within their family. Led by Dormye Halbrooks & Cam Johnston. Contact the church office for more information.
Women on Wednesdays (WOW) – a gathering of women to study various topics together. Bergstrom Hall.
ESL – a class to help people learn English as a second language. This one meets on Sundays at 3 pm starting September 10, in Room 129, adjacent to Bergstrom Hall.
For an overview of these classes on the BHBC web site click here.
NOTE: I do want to mention a special GriefShare offered on Tuesday evenings at 6pm at Lakeridge Chapel located at 6025 82nd (SE corner of 82nd & Iola). This ministry, beginning Aug. 22nd, and led by Jim Gerlt & Joyce Rowe, is designed specifically for those parents who have lost children.
Below is the most recent information I’ve posted on my Facebook page regarding my upcoming preaching/teaching series:
Please consider joining me next Wed evening, Aug 30th, at 6:30 for a 4-week study based on the investigation of former ardent atheist, Lee Strobel, for his “case for Christ.”
One of the experts Strobel interviewed, Dr. Alexander Metherell, M.D., Ph.D., describing the historical act of Roman crucifixion, stated:
“Historians are unanimous that Jesus survived the flogging and went on to the Cross… The pain (Jesus suffered) was absolutely unbearable. In fact, it was literally beyond words to describe; they had to invent a new word: ‘excruciating’. Literally, ‘excruciating’ means ‘out of the cross’. Think of that: they needed to create a new word, because there was nothing in the language that could describe the intense anguish caused during crucifixion.”
Aug. 30th; Bacon Heights Church; 54th & Slide; Lubbock; Worship Center.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
I’ll present to you the evidence. You decide what you believe to be true.
SEPT 10th – PASTOR UMAR MULINDE SPEAKS AT BHBC!
Umar Mulinde grew up in Muslim-dominated Uganda. After professing his faith in Christ he was attacked on Dec. 24, 2011. The attackers poured acid on his head and face. Multiple surgeries followed. But the terrifying attack did not affect Umar’s passion for telling the world about Jesus Christ. Pastor Umar will be our guest on Sunday, Sep. 10th. Click here to read more about Pastor Umar’s harrowing experience. WARNING: photos of his injury on his “about” page are graphic.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:
G.K. Chesterton was one of those brilliant people (much like Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain) who could use humor – but also include just enough truth to make his statement sting a little.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
GRACE NOTES: How Critical Thinking Saves Lives
Powerful article from HBU professor/political activist, Nancy Pearcey. I will quote from it this Wed. evening. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick