THIS SUNDAY, MAY 27th (Memorial Day Weekend)
Sonshiner Choir: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Preacher: Jason (full text: Romans 14:1-8)
Vacation Bible School is June 17-21!
Pray for Dana Kluzek and her amazing team!
Also, if you would like to get involved, let Dana know at email@example.com
It’s difficult to snap photos right now. But know this: I walked through all of the construction yesterday and you are going to LOVE it! The rooms are laid out logically. The hallways and rooms are easy to navigate. And the rooms are HUGE! (see pics below) You are going to be so very pleased when construction is completed and you are finally able to see it all. Below are a few photos to give you a feel for the size of the rooms.
Children’s Ministry – Basement (this is where the lower courtyard used to be)
Two 2nd floor rooms facing 54th St. (south)
PARENTS – READ THIS!
As a man who has spent 30 years working with teens and their parents (as well as raising three of my own), PLEASE involve yourself in what your kids are watching.
13 Reasons Why, Season 1, glorified suicide (and included two graphic rape scenes) while making adults look stupid and incompetent. Season 2 picks up where the first season left off.
The world readily gives us all the pain and bad news we can endure. Your kids can do without watching this trash given to us by the Hollywood elite.
Read the FOX News article here. Nick
Few “movie moments” bring me more joy. From the 1992 hit, Sister Act. Enjoy…
Before folks start scattering for the summer, allow me to remind you to mark Nov. 17th on your calendar. I’ll revisit this event in the Fall. Read on…
UnAPOLOGECTIC CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th – BHBC, Lubbock, TX
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 a professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. Both McDowell and Pearcey are prolific authors.
I would categorize this as a “not to be missed” event.
QUOTE of the WEEK
This week’s quote is a compilation of wisdom & good ol’ common sense. My granddad was a farmer. I worked on his farm during the summers as a kid. It was hard work. He could’ve well written these…
Old Farmer Wisdom:
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble-bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Meanness don’t just happen overnight.
Do not corner something meaner than you.
You cannot un-say a cruel word.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get muddy.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Don’t interfere with something that isn’t bothering you.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
The biggest trouble-maker you’ll probably ever have to deal with is looking back at you from the mirror every morning.
If you get to thinking you’re a person of influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
And finally – Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea, does that mean one out of five enjoys it?
Is it true you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?
Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
My goal this year was to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.
GRACE NOTES: How to Spot Depression in Teenagers (from the Wall Street Journal)
This week’s blog is more informational than devotional in nature. That said, I simply want to alert you to the increasing number of adolescents suffering from severe depression today. Depression may well be foreign to you. Frankly, I hope it is. That said, for thousands upon thousands it is a daily battle. For some, it has been a losing battle. Interestingly, this article – and another WSJ article I recently read on teen suicide – parallels the increase in teen depression to the mainstream availability of the smartphone. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick (see reminder below)
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: E-NEWS
In the coming weeks, since the “interim” has now been removed, I will be turning over the weekly “music notes” to Glenna Applewhite. At the same time, as I begin to now fully take over the leadership of all facets of small groups (SUMMIT Groups), biblical teaching and learning, I will create a weekly e-news for that particular ministry demographic. My plan is to complete this transaction by the first part of June, after Glenna returns from Uganda.
The e-news I will create for our Small Group Leadership will include much of what you have been receiving from me on a weekly basis (devotionals, quotes, articles on current social/global issues, theology, and apologetics) along with occasional articles and resources on biblical teaching and learning, as well as upcoming events.
I do not at all mind continuing to include you in that weekly email (some of you may already be serving in small group leadership and, as such, will be receiving it.) But, if you do NOT want to continue receiving my new E-News simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know so that, when I begin said Small Group E-News, your name will not be included in that emailing. And know this: I will NOT be offended if you want off the list! Sometimes, we just receive too much email. 🙂 nw