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MUSIC NOTES: 9.19.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, Sep. 24th

Choir:  Lord, I Need You

Preacher:  Jason (New preaching series: “The 9”)

 

JOY! UNSPEAKABLE JOY! UPLOADED ON YOUTUBE

For those needing an internet link to the soundtrack of this year’s Christmas musical, I’ve got good news.  Before I had a chance to upload it myself, I discovered someone else had already done so.  Whoever uploaded it included some additional music by Handel.  The actual musical ends around the 40 minute mark.

 

FAKE NEWS:  THE TIMING of CHRIST’S RETURN

While I would be thrilled with the return of Christ this coming Saturday – and he certainly is returning one day – don’t believe people like this (mentioned in the article below).  Incidentally, after I posted this on my Facebook page one person commented, “If you meet someone claiming to be a ‘biblical numerologist’ walk away.” 🙂

Three times in the final chapter of the Bible (Revelation 22) Jesus says, in essence, “I’m on my way.”

However, Jesus is also crystal clear in the gospels that the timing of that day and hour is humanly impossible to predict. (cf. Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32)

Like I heard a preacher once say, Live your life as if Christ is coming back tomorrow (with hopeful anticipation). Plan your life as if he’s not returning for 1000 years (live and love life freely and intelligently.)

You can read the FOX News article here.

Maranatha, Nick

 

NABEEL QURESHI: 1983-2017

I was introduced to Nabeel while studying Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.  His biography, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (which wound up on the NYT best-selling list) helped me understand Islam and the power of Nabeel’s journey to faith in Christ.

Nabeel was a humble, compassionate man, raised a devout Muslim and ultimately confessing his faith in Christ.

He was brilliant: a medical doctor and a highly sought after speaker on the topics of Islam and defending the Christian faith.

Over the past year, I regularly joined the thousands who watched his vlog’s (video blogs) as he allowed us to journey with him as he battled cancer.  This past weekend he stepped into glory and saw Jesus face to face.  He leaves behind a wife and daughter.

You may well have never heard of him, but this I know: you will be strengthened and encouraged by reading about him here.  The article includes several “video blogs” of Nabeel, including one during his final days in the hospital in Houston.

 

Last week’s session – a review of Sessions 1 & 2 – can be viewed on BHBC’s Facebook page here.

This week’s topic (9/20):  “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ”.   Dead men don’t just rise from the dead…do they?

Some have asked for the link to Session 1:  You can view it on the BHBC Facebook page here.

 

CHORAL SONG SCHEDULED FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY (Just kidding.  Sort of.)

 

Tile has begun to be laid in the kitchen! (view from west doorway leading to preschool area)

Progress on the west stairwell. (view from south parking lot)

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of [us]. [We] are as much alone with him as if [we] were the only being he had ever created.” C.S. Lewis

“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…” (Psalm 139:17-18)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

John was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.

Looking up toward heaven, he said, “Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life and I’ll give up drinking.”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared. John looked up again and said, “Never mind. I found one.”

 

GRACE NOTES:  Being on the Receiving End of Gossip

We’ve all been there.  And it hurts.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 9.12.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, Sep. 17th

Choir: If I be Lifted Up

Preacher: Jason

 

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.

 

Updates…

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

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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

MUSIC NOTES: 9.5.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/10

Choir:  Jesus Loves Me

Preacher:  Jason (Pastor Umar will share a brief testimony; see below)

 

THIS SUNDAY, SEPT 10th – PASTOR UMAR MULINDE SPEAKS AT BHBC!

Brief testimony in both AM services.  Then, return at 5pm and hear Pastor Umar share his full testimony.

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.

 

THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT

Beneath the surface of all ecological-upheaval-related news i.e. hurricanes & wildfires, this story is making headlines.  The Nashville Statement was written by CBMW – The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  The Nashville Statement is a strong, biblical response to the neo-biblical teaching regarding LGBTQ and the sexual revolution spreading throughout our nation and, sadly, endorsed by many liberal churches.  The Statement, signed by 187 Christian leaders representing numerous denominations and vocations, is for the purpose of endorsing what the Bible clearly teaches in light of many working so hard to rewrite scripture to suit their own political arguments.

As you can imagine, the Statement has ignited a reaction that’s been quick and brutal, filled with acrimony and anger, and vilifying the Statement not only as hate-speech but downright evil.  Addressing a topic this explosive, knowing full well the response that is coming, falls under the category of Paul’s statement to the Galatians:  “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

Significantly, all opposition to the Statement is void of argument from scripture; but rather glosses over the Bible’s clear teaching.  Instead, opposition has been comprised primarily of (1) Jesus’ command to love one another – the Statement never once minimizes Jesus’ love, but emphasizes it, (2) horrible timing of the publication due to the current national attention on Hurricane Harvey, wildfires, and Hurricane Irma –  but, on a topic this divisive and incendiary, any time of publication would have been, in the public’s opinion, the wrong time, and (3) political posturing since some of the signers of the Statement have publicly supported President Trump.  Again, there is no argument from scripture – the final authority for biblical morality.

Personally, I’ve read the Statement, and I agree with every part of it. This stand makes me neither popular nor respected in some circles. But, I have tried (on more than one occasion) to make homosexuality work biblically.  I simply cannot make it work.  And neither can anyone else who researches the Bible honestly and without bias.  Years ago I wrote a blog entitled, A Theology of Sexuality, addressing the Bible & homosexuality.  I will try and remember to include a link in next week’s Music Notes.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that many of us have loved ones who identify as LGBTQ.  I say us because this includes me; I have a very close family member who is gay.  I embrace them every time I see them – and I see them a lot.  Had one of my children told me and Michelle they were gay we would have loved them just as much as any other of our children.  No one is saying this issue is easily addressed.  No one is saying it’s not divisive.  What the signers of the Nashville Statement are saying, simply, is that the Bible is clear on this matter.  That’s all.  Not once does the Statement endorse hate, insults, or shame.  It’s simply a group of leaders who had the courage to take a biblical stand on this issue.  I stand with them.

Read the Nashville Statement here.  One of the signers, Dr. Al Mohler, writes an editorial on the Statement in the Washington Post here.

 

FALL CHOIR REHEARSAL

Wow!  We had a fantastic crowd last Wed. evening!  Please join me again this week as we begin work on upcoming octavos and continue working through our Christmas musical, “Joy! Unspeakable joy!”

 

As a person of faith it may surprise some that i am also a person a reason. I have no interest in blind faith.

And neither does God.

It’s no accident that God prompted the disciple, and eye-witness of Jesus, Peter, to write the following to Christians:

“Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15; emphasis mine)

We had over 100 attend The Case for Christ class last week.  In addition, the video of the class has, as of this publication, been viewed 1.4 thousand times.  Make no mistake: my teaching is nothing special (I am fully aware of this.)  Instead, what this tells us is there is great interest in the topic of Christian Apologetics which (1) gives us the tools to intelligently dialogue (offer “a logical defense”) with those who hold opposing worldviews, and (2) strengthens our own personal faith.

The video of Session 1 can be viewed on the Facebook page of both Bacon Heights & my personal page.

This week’s session:  “Is there any historical evidence (outside 0f the Bible) that tells us Jesus ever existed?”  And, “How can I know I can trust the New Testament?  Is it historically reliable, or, as skeptics and atheists assert, a product of legend and corruption?”

Join me!

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust.”  Burk Parsons

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  God’s Love > (greater than) Our Worst Sin

Yet another powerful lesson from Luke, chapter 15. “…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” (Rom. 5:20) Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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

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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