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MUSIC NOTES: 4.24.18

This Sunday, April 29th

Choir:  God Shall Wipe Away All Tears

Preacher:  Jason  (Primary text: Matthew 7:24-29)


From the Search/Personnel Team:

The Personnel Committee along with the Church Staff are proud to announce the hiring of Mackenzee Clevenger as our Interim Contemporary Worship Leader. Machenzee is not new to Bacon Heights – she is coming home to Bacon Heights. Her family were long time members of BHBC before leaving to help plant The Heights Fellowship several years ago. Machenzee has served as the Worship Leader for ELife Plains, TX campus the previous four years and comes highly recommended. She has a genuine spirit about her and a true desire to lead the church to worship Christ. Please help us welcome Machenzee Clevenger…HOME!

From me:

I am extremely encouraged – nay, excited – about bringing Machenzee on to our team.  After twice having the opportunity to visit with her at length about her life, love for Jesus Christ, love for people, and philosophy of leading Christian music in worship, I am thrilled about the Search Team’s decision.  Her humility, along with her musical talent, is a valued addition to our leadership team.

I told Machenzee,

“Obviously, Christ will use you mightily to help us grow in our devotion to him, but this I know from personal experience: Christ will use the people of BHBC to help you grow in your devotion as well.  The love present in this local Body is strong, healthy and infectious.”

Machenzee will lead with me this Sunday, 4/29, in both services.  Then, on Sunday, 5/6, she’ll take over in the late service.  As already presented to the church last October, I will continue to lead the early service.  When I am out, Machenzee will easily lead in my absence; and vice-versa when she is out.

Why “Interim?”

One of the Search Team members recommended that we approach the role of Contemporary Music/Worship Leader the same way we’ve approached the other two part-time roles: Choral Director (Glenna Applewhite) and Sr. Adult Pastor (Tom Heath), who are both presently serving in an interim capacity.  The Team was unanimous in agreement.  This allows all involved some time to get a better feel of things as we continue to pray about permanence.

I will serve as, both, Glenna’s & Machenzee’s immediate supervisor, and am so honored to do everything in my power to set them up for success.

Questions?  don’t hesitate to ask.


The Hebrew word, “selah,” found repeatedly in the Psalms, is thought by scholars to be an ancient musical term used in the Hebrew psalter meaning, in essence, “pause and think about that.”

The following is worth  pausing and thinking about…

In the first century, the church had no spot-lights, smoke machines, electric instruments or sound systems. Not once is it remotely suggested the leaders were concerned with fashion or creating an “atmosphere of worship” by dimming the lights. I could go on.

But, somehow – void of all modern-day trappings of Christian worship – and under horrifically intense persecution – the church exploded in growth and influence.

No soapbox here. Just an observation. nw

We’re at the point where it’s difficult to take any photos as the interior is either occupied by tradesmen, or locked up to prevent people from getting hurt.  But, rest assured that great strides are being made.  Of the many examples of progress: if you’re in the neighborhood at nighttime note the bright exterior/security lighting that’s been installed around the perimeter of the FLC.

OF NOTE: the elevator remains out-of-service until further notice.  Access to downstairs is available by using the new west stairwell (adjacent to the elevator.)


Before you get ticked off – don’t be.  The only reason I share this FOX News headline here is to lovingly remind us all to never expect non-Christians to act like Christians.  As such, it should never alarm or upset us when ridiculous articles like this are published.  (You can read the article here.)

Additionally, what we have here are experts in fashion rating literature, which is laughable.  Following this logic, I should publish an article on why theoretical physics is overrated.  I would have no idea what I’m talking about.  And neither does GQ.  I do like what NYT best-selling author, Eric Metaxas, had to say about this article:

“If there is a person on the planet who cares what GQ Magazine has to say about literature, I’d love to meet that person. And pray for him.”


This has been a thrilling ride.  We’ve made it through 10 chapters, studying each one verse-by-verse.

After finishing the first 5 chapters we paused to review and take inventory of what we’d learned so far. This seemed to deepen our collective learning.

That said, now having completed chapter 10, we will review and take inventory of chapters 6-10.

At the end of this week’s class I will offer two things:

  1. A preview of what’s to come when we resume our study of Revelation in August.
  2. We will party a little.  (This may, or may not, involve my daughter, Kelsie.) 🙂

See you Wed. evening, 4/25, at 6:30pm. nw


On the topic of depression – and how critical it is we, who suffer from depression, have a community of people who love us…J.R.R. Tolkien, in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, describing when Orcs are most likely to attack, wrote:

“…in dark and loneliness they are the strongest; they will not openly attack a house where there are lights and many people.”

Those of us who suffer need a loving community of people who gently remind us of what is true: that “Jesus is the light of the world and that those who follow him will not walk in darkness…”


GRACE NOTES:  The Exorcists: A Word about Demonic Possession

The Catholic Church recently had their annual Exorcism Convention.  I felt I needed to make some things about demonic possession clear.

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 4.17.18


NOTE:  I apologize for producing no Music Notes last week.  Our daughter, Kelsie, was grieving deeply due to her brother’s/our son’s suicide (the anniversary of his passing is fast approaching).  Last Monday, Michelle and I dropped everything and made an urgent trip to Missouri to be with her.  She’s doing better.  nw



Sonshiner Choir:  I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Preacher:  Jason (full primary text: Mark 1:9-11 – Jesus’ baptism)

Lord’s Supper this Sunday.

Summer Choir Schedule:  Wednesday rehearsals will continue through June 13th.



Once again, “experts” are making headlines, certain they are correct this time about the apocalypse.

Is this one correct?  We’ll take a brief look at how Jesus would answer that question.

Join me Wed. evening, 4/18, as we address this latest prediction, biblically, and then launch into Revelation, chapter 10.  Chapter 10, by the way, contains one of the few instances in Scripture when the writer is commanded not to record what they see and hear.

NOTE: Wed., April 25th, will be our final class for the semester.  We will use that evening to review and take inventory of chapters 6-10, as well as give you a preview of what’s to come beginning in August.

Maranatha, nw



One of my passions is to, as one of our professors at HBU champions, “Teach Christians to be thinkers, and thinkers to be Christians.”

Linked for you here is a dialogue between New Testament scholar and theologian, NT Wright, and Harvard philosopher, Sean Kelly, as they discuss one of history’s most influential books – the Bible.

It’s an audio link only (no video) and is over an hour in length.  Whether you listen in “small bites” or “swallow the entire dialogue whole”, please consider listening and thinking deeply about what is said.

I have in my library Wright’s 700 page classic, The Resurrection of the Son of God. It is heady, but a rewarding read.

The audio clip is just below the photo at the top of the linked page.  You can access the link here.  Enjoy…



Is life overwhelming?  Do you need to be reminded how small we are, and how big God is?

Astronomy is a love of mine and I enjoy reading literature about it.

This article never mentions God or a Creator, but it reminds a believer that God’s creation is beyond our (and Hollywood’s) wildest dreams.

In addition to Black Holes, gravitational waves, and the space-time continuum, the National Geographic article mentions Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), “the compact object is more than four million times as massive as our sun,…”

When we consider the size of our universe, can we even begin to imagine its Creator.  Read the article here.


This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm



It would be futile for me to attempt to convey how excited I am about this event heading our way in November.

“Un-Apologetics” is a play on words meaning, in essence, “being unapologetic about Christian apologetics (defending the Christian faith).”  As I’ve mentioned before, the English word “apologetics”, is derived from the Greek word –apologia – Peter uses for “logical defense” in 1 Peter 3:15.

Keynote speakers for this include Sean McDowell and Nancy Pearcey.  You may have heard of Josh McDowell over the years. Sean, is his son, and a professor of apologetics at Biola University in southern California.  Nancy Pearcey is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and prolific author.

I will share more about this event in the Fall.  I simply wanted to apprise you of the event so you can place it on your calendar.  You will not want to miss this.



Josh, a former atheist, always “brings it” in an extremely intelligent, reasonable and articulate fashion – as he does here in this FOX News article. Read the article here.

Sean offers evidence of the overwhelming reliability of the New Testament here.


QUOTE of the WEEK:

Lee Strobel was asked a question (located at the bottom of the tweet below).  Note his answer.  In a world full of books about the Bible, he is spot-on in his reply:


Since we missed last week, here’s a bonus.  Ever been told you’re nuts, or crazy?  Join the club. 🙂



Here you go, ladies.

Saw this the other day. Definitely applies to something my wife could say to me.

“You’re making me seriously reconsider believing in reincarnation. Because no man can get that stupid in just one lifetime.”


And a bonus:  Lubbock Wind-Sock…


GRACE NOTES:  Our “True North”: the Word of God

I posted this blog some time back.  But, this past week I was reminded of it as I’ve been counseling a dear friend of mine who serves on staff at a church in Texas.  The church is imploding and his (and his family’s) world is turning upside down.  As I’ve gently reminded him – the only thing that can help us rediscover our “true north” in world that’s caving in on top of us is the Word of God.  Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick


ENCOUNTER is HERE! April 8-11

Welcome, Zack Randles (preaching) & Jim Archer (music)


Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC (tickets are $3)

***ENCOURAGER TRAINING: Wed. evening, 4/4; 6:30pm; Rm. 129

You can direct friends to ENCOUNTER info on our church web site here.


This week, 4/4: Chapter 9

Chapter 8 concluded with an angel shouting, “Woe! Woe! Woe (grief; terror; judgment is coming) to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

Chapter 9 begins with the first of the three trumpet blasts which signals the opening of the “bottomless pit/abyss”, where imprisoned demons have dwelt since ancient times.  The ensuing events on sinful mankind are terrifying.

Of Note: these types of passages are not the “nice, warm-fuzzy” passages we enjoy reading.  But, nonetheless, they must be preached, read and studied.  19th century, British pastor, Charles Spurgeon, once told his congregation:

“My friends, my natural love for you makes me wish that I could preach only pleasant things to you, but…I dare not preach a soft gospel.”

Further, never forget: God promised in chapter 1, verse 3 –

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” 

No doubt, one of the “blessings” is that reading Revelation serves as a blasting siren, warning all who have not yet placed their faith in the Lamb.

Join me.  6:30pm.  BHBC Worship Center, April 4th.

NOTE: ***No Revelation study next Wed., 4/11, due to ENCOUNTER.



Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass; Washington University School of Medicine

I thought this would serve as a wonderful follow-up to Easter Sunday.  Enjoy.  Read the article here.




All is going according to schedule.  By the time construction is completed we’ll have 16,000 additional square feet, comprising 14 new classrooms.

As you can see when you drive by, the exterior is coming along quickly on both the north and south sides of the building.  Regarding the interior, the rooms are beginning to take shape as the crew continues to nail & screw the studs into place.  Photos of the new rooms on the first floor would be confusing.  But the following photos will help give you an idea of the all the progress being made.

Hallway connecting FLC to Commons (view from FLC doors)

Newly built west stairwell (not usable yet)

South exterior (54th st.)

South Exterior (54th st.) – if you stretch the photo you can see all the metal studs that have been put in place throughout the second floor.

North exterior (53rd st.) – Note that the new AC units have been installed on the new roof.


This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm



This week’s quote is short & sweet.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded…



Actual statements made in a court of law…


Attorney: What is the date of your birth?

Witness: July 18th.

Attorney: What year?

Witness: Every year.


Attorney: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

Witness:  He’s 20, very close to your IQ.


And a bonus…


GRACE NOTES:  The Rise & Fall a Nation

Very short.  Will take you less than a minute to read.  Access the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick


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