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Archive for February, 2018

MUSIC NOTES: 2.27.28

Whether we’re ready for it or not – March is here.  Remember when we had winter?  Me neither.

 

This Sunday, March 4th

Choir:  Lord of My Life

Preacher: Jason (complete primary text: Matthew 18:21-35)

 

THIS WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28th, at 6:30, BHBC Worship Center; our Search Team will give a report to our church regarding their search.

You need to be there.

If you’re not there – and you find out later what was said – you’ll regret you missed it.

 

Week 7, What Have We Learned So Far?

It’s been almost 2 months since we began diving into the deep end of the book of Revelation.  We’ve studied a ton of content and it’s time to take a look back.  Join me Wed. evening at 6:30 as we review the underpinning truths we learned so far in Ch’s 1-5.  If you’ve not yet had a chance to attend, this is a perfect time to begin joining us.  nw

 

MAJOR BIBLICAL DISCOVERY: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’

Also note later in the article the number of recent archaeological discoveries that continue to support the Bible’s historicity.

NOTE: not a single discovery to date has contradicted the Bible.  Read the article here.

 

THE IMPACT of a SINGLE LIFE

Don’t think what you do matters?  You never know about the harvest that may result from your love and kindness and your willingness to share your faith.

Thank you, Edward Kimball, for simply being faithful to serve the Lord.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Joy of Helping the Hurting

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 2.20.18

 

This Sunday, Feb. 25th

Choir – Every Praise

Preacher – Jason (primary text: Romans 12:15-21; two familiar vss from that text are listed for you above)

 

Wed. evening, Feb. 28th, at 6:30, BHBC Worship Center; our Search Team will give a report to our church regarding their search.

You need to be there.

If you’re not there – and you find out later what was said – you’ll regret you missed it.

 

EVIL & GUNS

I’ve resisted posting about the massacre in Florida until recently as there is no shortage of postings.

There is much to say. There is nothing to say.

You want to scream. You find yourself unable to speak.

Those who quickly politicize the tragedy are foolish and near-sighted.

This is first and foremost a problem, not of gun-control, but of the human condition.

To be clear: I am a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment.  And I am also one who strongly believes the gun laws in our nation are deeply flawed, need changing, and, presently, are not at all what our nation’s founders had in mind.

However,….

Don’t be fooled – stricter firearm regulations would in no way curb mass killings. One blogger put it best:

When evil wants guns, evil will find guns.

Just as deranged individuals can illegally assemble explosives, or drive vehicles into crowds of people, they can – and will – acquire firearms they desire.

The human condition of evil and outright depravity is nothing new. Throughout history, psychopaths have done their bidding.  Some 600 years before Christ would be born, Jeremiah wrote, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick…”

Theologically, since the day Adam forfeited the management of earth to Satan in Genesis 3, evil has reigned. (Keep in mind, in Matthew 4 & Luke 4, when Satan told Jesus he would give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would but bow down and worship him – which Jesus refused – Jesus did not dispute Satan’s claim of his temporary ownership of planet earth. Paul called Satan “the god of this world.” John wrote that “whole world is under the control of the evil one.”) This is precisely why Christ allowed himself to suffer Roman execution, and why he is returning to redeem what is rightfully his. Until that final consummation by the risen King, evil will continue to reign.

And, by the way, for those who would snap, “Why would God let Satan have control of earth??” This was mankind’s decision when we, in essence, in Gen 3, told God to “shove off.”

But God could not contain his love for even a rebellious mankind – even when we had him murdered on a cross outside Jerusalem. “But God so loved…” still.

So, in sum, guns are inanimate, and therefore not the problem. The blame falls squarely on the fallen condition of mankind. I’ve seen the posts claiming “we don’t need ‘thoughts and prayers – we need gun control.”

Dear friends – we need both.

Congress and the public can debate more strict gun laws while we, simultaneously, lift to Heaven the hearts of the grieving parents and loved ones who are suffering unspeakable pain.

Maranatha – Come, Lord Jesus, nick

 

Week 6, Chapter 6: Approaching Hoof-beats – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The seals are opened and the furious judgment of a holy, righteous God upon a sinful, rebellious world commences.  Join me, nw

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I saw this the other day on social media and quickly found myself laughing. Loudly. In an otherwise quiet coffee shop.  Only 2 1/2 minutes.  (By the way, if there’s any way I can learn these dance moves – watch out.) Enjoy…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Valley of Vision

As I was preparing to leave for rural Indiana for a mission trip while in college, I visited with a friend who had, the year before, done mission work in the same church I was about to visit.  He looked at me and said, “The pastor of that church is an amazing man – I’ve rarely heard someone pray like he does. Pray with that man.”  I did. This week’s Grace Notes takes us back to the time of the Puritans.  The depth and fervency of their prayers will encourage and inspire you.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.13.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 11th

Choir:  Shine on Us

Preacher:  Jason

NOTENO REHEARSAL this week for, both, Adult Choir and Praise Team due to the Valentine holiday.  However, I will still teach at 6:30pm for those able to attend this week’s class on Revelation.  (see below for more info)

 

First of all – there is no news to share at this time. (Sorry!) But I did want to assure you of a couple of things: 

  1. The people you voted to serve on the Search Team “get it.” I have been given the privilege of attending every meeting and have been impressed with their desire to “not settle,” but rather to take whatever time necessary to find the person Christ has set apart for this role in our church.  They are 100% unified in this conviction.
  2. In addition, I have enjoyed and appreciated the team’s honesty, humility and willingness to boldly share individual convictions.  Simply put, there are zero “yes men” on this team.

The team, chaired by Larry Vialle, is working prayerfully and diligently.  Lift them to Christ!  nw

 

A PICTURE DEFINITELY SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS

A dear friend sent me this photo (below) over the weekend. I must confess – when I saw it my heart leapt within my chest as it helped remind me how my son, Jordan, may have very well spent his first moments when he entered Paradise.

For everyone who has lost a loved one – know this: they don’t miss us.   And they would never want to return to this fallen, corrupt planet. Because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb they are right now experiencing unfathomable joy and peace.

A reunion is coming… nw

 

The 5th chapter of Revelation has a special meaning in my life.  I’ll explain why on Wed. evening, Feb. 14th, at 6:30.  Additionally, we’ll join the disciple, John, in the throne room of heaven as supernatural drama unfolds in the moments leading up to God unleashing his righteous judgment on a sinful, rebellious world.  Join me as we continue mining the scriptures and discovering what God has to tell us through this fascinating book.  nw

 

Lots of pics!  Here we go….

Exterior framing began going up this past week

This week, sheet-rock is going up (it’s beginning to “take shape”)

View of first floor from inside our main hallway (sorry – had to take the pics through a very dirty window 🙂 )

Views of top floor framing from northwest, and south parking lot

Basement hallway (childrens ministry area); view from the west

Huge basement classroom (where the lower courtyard used to be); view from west, then from east

New washer & dryer in a newly remodeled area of the Preschool Ministry

 

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Some people want to live within the sound of chapel bells; but I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of hell.”  Steve Camp, Run to the Battle

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

For those who may be unaware – there has been a moronic trend among teens to eat Tide Pods.  It’s been dubbed the Tide Pod Challenge.  Many have been rushed to their local ER.  I saw this meme last week that was written, obviously, for all the mental giants choosing to consume laundry detergent. (I clearly remember eating dirt as a kid – but never laundry detergent.) 🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  He’s Not a Tame Lion

Behold Jesus Christ: the wild, terrifying, untamable Lion of Judah.

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.6.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 11th

Choir:  My Soul Longs for Jesus

Preacher:  Jim Gerlt

 

LUBBOCK POLICE HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM

Sgt. Steven Bergen with the Lubbock Police Dept. will be joining us this Sunday evening, Feb. 11th, at 5pm for a brief presentation about the Lubbock homeless population and how we can best minister to them.  For more info about the LPD’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), click here.

 

Unlike the more-often-than-not “ceo mentality/top-down/driven by insecurity” model we sadly find in many church leaders, the following quote posted by a close friend of mine is, in my opinion, spot-on:

“A godly leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.” —Roy Lessin

I’ve always believed that “in order to lead/teach you must first be lead-able/teachable.” Even Jim Collins in his best-seller ,Good to Great, describes the “level 5 leader” as possessing the characteristics mentioned in quote cited above.

Final thought: Within the context of church leadership – far too many men serving as pastors never learned – or ignore altogether – that the word “pastor” literally means “shepherd” (not ceo). I’ve shared the following wisdom with young pastors so many times I’ve lost count.  I heard a preacher say it years ago, “Always remember: sheep are led, not driven.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

And a bonus…

“The only hope for this country is God. I don’t have any faith in the Republican Party. I don’t have any faith in the Democrat Party. The only hope for this nation is God.” (Franklin Graham in recent interview)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Classic…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Holy Who?

Southern Baptists tend to be a bit in the “biblical dark” about the Holy Spirit.  We shouldn’t be.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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