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MUSIC NOTES: 8.29.17

 

HURRICANE HARVEY

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.

 

SUNDAY, 9/3

Choir:  Son Shiner Choir will be singing in the 9:15am service

Preacher:  Jason

 

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.

Nick

 

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

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MUSIC NOTES: 8.23.17

(I figured, with all the rain we’ve received recently, this was an appropriate scripture for the week.) 🙂

 

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.

 

TEACHERS, COACHES, ADMINISTRATORS…

Some school districts began this week.  Others will begin next week.  Just a reminder to all those men & women who tirelessly pour themselves into the lives of students…

 

ONE MORE WEEK! 

Adult Choir rehearsals begin Aug. 30th @ 5:30pm!

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.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

(Oh…there’s so much truth in this – which is why it’s so funny.)

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our True North: the Word of God

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 8.15.17

 

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN AUG. 30th @ 5:30pm!

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.

 

RACISM & THE BIBLE

You’ve no doubt heard about the White Supremacists/KKK Rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, and the violence that ensued resulting in one death and many seriously injured. (Of note, every organization represented in the United States – regardless of how unpopular their views – has the constitutional right to assemble peacefully and benefit from their right to free speech.  But that is a topic for a different article.)

As a youth pastor, I would periodically teach on the topic of racismRacism (which can originate in any race toward another race) is, in my experience, taught/passed down rather than learned inherently. Like a disease (not terminal, mind you, since it can be un-learned), racism infects the right and biblical thinking of individuals.  I use the adjective, biblical, since, tragically, I’ve visited with a few people over the years claiming to be Christians who are angrily racist.

Racism was rampant in the Bible as the biblical writers, for example, record the hatred Jews had for Samaritans (and vice-versa) as well as the Egyptians forcing the Hebrew people into centuries of slavery.  Some erroneously accuse God of endorsing slavery since we read about slavery in the Bible, and Jesus and Paul never openly condemning slavery.  That is a sorely irresponsible interpretation.  Always remember: just because the Bible records something doesn’t necessarily mean the Bible approves of what is being recorded.  There are numerous heinous acts recorded in Scripture.  Why?  Because it’s the story of God’s pursuit of fallen man – and God never sanitizes the depravity of fallen man (us).

When Jesus & Paul commanded us to “love your neighbor as your self” their clear meaning was that “neighbor” represented all humanity.  Addressing the equality of every created human being, Paul writes to the Galatians, There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. In short, racism is sin.

NYT best-selling author/historian, Eric Metaxas, one of my favorite biographers, tweeted:

Well said, Eric.  nw

 

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE COMING OUR WAY NEXT WEEK

And the United States is the only country on earth that gets to see it!

One of my childhood aspirations was to be an astronomer. I’m still fascinated by astronomy. This brief article about the upcoming total solar eclipse (Aug 21st) is mind-numbing in regard to the power of our closest star, our sun. I read many years ago, “When you consider the power of the sun, consider the power of its awesome creator.”

Read general information about the eclipse here and here.  And read here to learn how to capture the eclipse with a smartphone.

 

LEE STROBEL SHARES A WONDERFUL (and brief) ILLUSTRATION OF GRACE

Read the short story here.

 

Peter Bence & “Despacito” (This guy is incredible.)

You will love this original version of the hit song, “Despacito”, by pianist, Peter Bence.  Enjoy.

 

MORE MUSICAL BLISS – THE BEACH BOYS

I well remember seeing these guys in concert the summer of 1982 at Six Flags in Arlington.  In this short clip, the audio engineer has removed the musical accompaniment to expose the vocal talents of this beloved band.  Enjoy…

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“We don’t need to try to find our way to God using religion; rather the staggering claim of the gospel is that in Jesus, God has come to us.” Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Recently, while traveling together, Michelle and I listened to this short clip by comedian, Tim Hawkins.  We were laughing so hard (because it’s so true) that I almost had to pull off the road.  Enjoy.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Christ in the Old Testament

Does Jesus wait to show up in the Bible until the gospels?  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 8.10.17

 

IT’S AUGUST!

WE TOOK JULY OFF, BUT THE MUSIC NOTES E-NEWS IS BACK.

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING…

 

THE CASE FOR CHRIST MOVIE EVENT:  THIS SUNDAY, AUG. 13th; 6pm!

Join us this Sunday evening, Aug. 13th, 6pm, for a free viewing of the powerful movie, “The Case for Christ,” based on the life of former atheist, Lee Strobel.  Popcorn and drinks will be served in the Commons beginning at 5:30.  Open to everyone.  Invite a friend!

 

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN AUG. 30th @ 5:30pm!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed having July & August “off”.  Get ready to get to work!  On Wed. evening, 8/30, we will spend the entire hour singing through this year’s Christmas Musical Event, “Unspeakable Joy!”   I absolutely LOVE this musical – and so will you. 🙂

NOTE:  All mid-week studies/ministries resume on Wed. evening, Aug. 30th.  More on the specific studies being offered in next week’s MUSIC NOTES E-News.

 

Construction has been slow the past several weeks.  But we are getting word that it’s about to pick up again.  Below are a few current pics of progress made.

Kitchen view from FLC Hallway

“Inner kitchen” view from south inner door.

Lower courtyard from east FLC hallway.  The re-bar you see at the bottom is where the new/relocated stairwell will be going.

Preschool Area – Ceiling removed

FLC – Ceiling removed

 

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BHBC

On July 27th, the staff (as they do for each staff member) threw a little birthday party for me and Dormye (her birthday was the 29th).  As we were visiting I hollered, “Hey!  Let’s get a picture!”  It turned out great.  Would you believe that I’ve served at churches where the staff did not get along with one another?  Sadly, that’s more common than you might think. One of the things that makes BHBC unique is the genuine love our entire staff has for one another.  These people make coming to work each day a joyous experience.  Two of our staff were unable to attend the party and have been “added.”  Can you guess which two? 🙂

 

POWERFUL TESTIMONY FROM AN NFL ATHLETE

I’ve never really been a fan of the NFL Oakland Raiders.  But, as long as David Carr is their quarterback, I will root for them.  Carr, a devoted Christian, shares in this brief, 3 1/2 minute video clip how God directed him to speak boldly at a recent event.  He obeyed.  Listen to him tell what happened next.

 

1 PIANO; 4 REVOLVING PIANISTS; 8 CLASSIC HYMNS

Enjoy this fun unrehearsed performance recorded after a church service in South Georgia

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Doubting God (it’s ok to do that :))

Read the brief blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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