THIS SUNDAY, Sep. 17th
Choir: If I be Lifted Up
PASTOR UMAR MULINDE – RESOURCES
If you had the opportunity to hear Pastor Umar’s testimony this past Sunday evening you did not leave disappointed. I sat riveted to my seat as he shared his harrowing journey and provided outstanding insights into Islam, the religion in which he was raised.
Should you desire to purchase one or more of his books containing his testimony, or to see additional information about him, click here.
I haven’t posted any photos in a while. Here are some photos of recent progress.
View of courtyard from west side of courtyard. Cinder blocks are going up to frame up the relocation of the east & west stairwells.
Not much to look at here. Just proof that sheetrock is going up in Men’s & Women’s restrooms just outside the FLC.
Sheetrock now up in outer kitchen area (view from hallway just outside FLC).
Inner kitchen area now taking shape. View from north exit door. ***Kitchen is scheduled to be completed early/mid October.
Divorce-Care is no longer offered during the Fall semester.
Financial Peace registration is now closed.
We’ve had outstanding attendance on Wed. evenings at 6:30 in the Worship Center. Please consider joining me!
NOTE: I’ve been approached by several people asking me, “Can you please slow it down? Learning information this heavy, so fast, is like drinking water from a fire-hose. You’ve had time to process all of this. We haven’t.” One church member approached me Sunday and said, “I can’t believe you’re trying to cover this in a 4-week span.” He had a point.
So, after visiting with Pastor Jason, I have decided to modify the teaching series. Tomorrow evening (9/13), we will take a big breath, slow it way down and carefully review and consider what we’ve learned so far. If we have enough time this Wed. evening to begin study on the next topic (the evidence for the resurrection) we will; if not, we’ll pick up with that topic the following week. The former “4-Week Study” is now a “5 to 6 Week Study.”
Taking Peter’s command to “always be ready to give a logical defense for you faith” (1 Peter 3:15) must be approached strategically, “equipping the saints” in the most efficient manner possible.
So, “slow it down” I will. :))
Join me Wed. evening! Nick
This topic falls under one of the “we don’t really talk about this in Christian circles” categories. And that’s exactly why I’m addressing it here.
Victims of domestic violence live in a constant state of terror. If you are a victim please know you are not alone and that there is help waiting for you.
As one who grew up in an extremely violent home, an article from Christianity Today Magazine caught my eye.
Here’s an excerpt from the article by Justin Holcomb:
“At least one in four women is a victim of domestic abuse in her lifetime. And research shows that Christian women stay far longer in abusive situations and in more severe abuse than their non-Christian counterparts.
What is domestic abuse?
In our book, Is It My Fault? Lindsey and I define domestic abuse as “a pattern of coercive or controlling behavior used by one individual to gain or maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate relationship. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, exploit, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound an intimate partner.” This definition is the consensus of psychologists, lawmakers, and experts in the field.
Is abuse dangerous if it is not physical violence?
Yes. Domestic abuse can take many forms—willful intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, battery, stalking, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, economic control, psychological abuse, and isolation. Threats of abuse can be as frightening as the abuse itself.
Should I encourage a victim to call the police and report physical abuse, or should we deal with it as a spiritual issue?
A victim should first turn to the police when violent abuse has occurred.”
If you, or someone you know, suffers from domestic violence, just know there is help.
Should a victim of domestic violence confide in you, asking for counsel, encourage them to seek help immediately. The abuse will not ease up over time but will almost certainly progressively worsen. Nick
SIMPLE MEANINGS OF “BIG BIBLE WORDS”:
Justification: (cf. Romans 5:18) saved from the penalty of sin (this takes place the moment we profess our faith in Christ)
Sanctification: (cf. Romans 6:22) saved from the power of sin (following justification; this is the lifetime process of learning to follow and become like Christ)
Glorification: (cf. Romans 8:30) saved from the presence of sin (the nanosecond after death or when Christ returns, whichever happens first)
Taken from a sermon by evangelist, Voddie Baucham
THE PARROTS OF HURRICANE IRMA
This photo, taken by someone on the 22nd floor of a Miami hotel during Hurricane Irma, has gone viral for obvious reasons. By the way, the parrots were let inside and shielded from the storm.
A BLAST FROM “MINISTRY PAST”
I simply don’t have many photos of me (and Michelle) from “back when.” Contrary to today’s “selfie/take a picture of myself every other minute of the day” culture, we didn’t take a whole of photos. So, when friends send me photos from “ministry past” I always get a good laugh. I hope you do as well. 🙂
Summer 1987, en route from Abilene, TX, to Coshocton, OH, to do mission work with students. I was 23 years old and Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist, Abilene. (When Michelle saw this photo she yelled, “We still have that blanket!”)
Feb., 1992, I was about to entertain at a Valentines Banquet at FBC, Ropesville. I was letting my hair and beard grow out due to playing “Jesus” in my church’s upcoming Easter pageant. I’ve always said that I look either like a biker or any singer/songwriter from the 70’s. At that time I was 28 years old and Youth Pastor at San Jacinto Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX (now called The Church at Quail Creek).
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
And, this powerful quote…
In regard to God shielding Moses with his own hand to protect him from dying from the exposure to God’s glory (cf. Exodus 33:18-23), Tim Keller comments: “Moses is protected from God by God. That’s the gospel.”
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
“Some people ask the secret to my wife’s and my marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes on Tuesdays, I go Fridays.” Henny Youngman
And, a bonus….
A child asked his father, “How were people born?” His father replied, “Adam & Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.”
The child then went to his mother and asked her the same thing. She told him, “We were monkeys. Then we evolved to become like we are now.”
The child ran back to his father and cried, “You lied to me!” His father said, “No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”
GRACE NOTES: Our Incomprehensible God
Warning: attempts to wrap your mind around the attributes of God may result in injury to your brain. :)) Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick