Annual Retreat Leader Announced
Posted February 19, 2015
Dr. Ken Horton, former Senior Pastor at McKinney Memorial Bible Church of Fort Worth, has been selected as White Bluff Chapel’s 2015 annual retreat leader. The event will take place during the weekend of March 20-21 and will follow a similar format to those we have held in the past few years. More details, including the seminar topic and how to register, will follow in subsequent publications of the website leading up to that weekend. For the moment, save the date on your personal calendar!
In 2011, after having served over thirty years of ministry (the last twenty-seven in Fort Worth), Dr. Horton chose to step down from serving as a traditional pastor in favor of a new ministry. He had a vision for what he called his “next season”—a new organization, Ministry Catalysts.
At that time, Horton and his wife, Kathy, completed an intentional pastoral transition which enabled them to give themselves fully to personal discipleship, pastoral mentoring and equipping global mission leaders. In each of these areas they now focus on launching Christ-centered multipliers in their unique spheres of influence with confidence that this is their most fruitful and joyful season of ministry.
Dr. Ken Horton pursued his Bachelor’s degree at Auburn University and advanced degrees at Dallas Theological Seminary. Serving three years as a Space Surveillance Officer in the Air Force stretched his faith as he learned about authentic ministry and personal loneliness, especially while serving in Eastern Turkey. During that year God confirmed that he should pursue pastoral ministry as a vocation.
Ken has served as Chaplain for the TCU Football Team since 1994 and as Ministry Coach for L.E.A.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he sits on the Board of Regents. He has held teaching ministries in Czech Republic, Cuba, India, Israel, Monaco, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
Bible Study Class Composes "White Bluff Chapel Proverbs"
Posted February 19, 2015
The Wednesday evening Bible study has recently finished a study of the Bible's book of Proverbs. The small group setting lent itself to good discussions with great insights into the meaning of the various Proverbs. The group enjoyed the interesting assignments given them by Pastor Terry Cosby.
One week the class was to bring in proverbs from various people and places. Larry Turner gave many from Texas. Jim Browder's seemed to be from China. Some shared family wisdom they grew up hearing. Another assignment was to pick one of the Proverbs you would most like to teach to young people and tell the class how you would do it.
The final assignment, after moving through the book, was to write your own proverb to share with the group. Some of the "proverbs" were original, while others used old "sayings" and current cultural idioms to shape wisdom with a new "proverb." These do not, of course, have the gravitas of Biblical authority. But the class enjoyed them and benefitted from the sharing. Here they are:
From the Book of White Bluff Chapel Proverbs
- Do not believe every word of the internet, or you will dwell forever in the sea of lost wisdom.- Jim Browder
- If you do something you are not supposed to be doing, you are either going to get hurt or get in trouble.
- Nothing good happens after midnight or out of the fairway.- Linda Turner
- Use today wisely, because it will not return to you again.
- Seek diversity over conformity to find hidden jewels of life.
- Do not dwell on comparative circumstances for you will only multiply your disappointments in life, but be thankful with your portion from the Lord.- Bill McKee
- Beware Satan who offers instant gratification; instead follow God who guarantees eternal life.
- The devil is there to trip you up; the Lord is there to protect your every step.- Lanette Browder
- “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” If you know Jesus, your story will have a happy ending.- Carol Bartlett
- Partial obedience is disobedience.
- A wise man measures the world’s standards against God’s word. A foolish man measures God’s word against the world’s standards.
- You have heard “hear no evil,” “see no evil,” “do no evil,” but I say “hear good,” “see good,” “do good.”
- As a doe nourishes her fawn, God’s word nourishes a new believer.
- A wise man reaches his goals by walking a steady pace. A foolish man goes in fits and starts accomplishing little.- Ann McAlpin
- Better a stumbling, simple prayer from a sincere believer’s heart than an eloquently expressed wish that has nowhere to go.
- Pray as if you cannot help yourself. Listen as if you can.
- Give up on the hard people, mean people, the bad situations with impossible odds, as soon as Jesus gives up on you.
- In time the wise will learn to quit quitting; the foolish never learn to finish.
- In the end, God will prevail and win. If God has not prevailed, it is not the end.- Terry Cosby
The next Wednesday evening series begins Feb. 25. Larry Turner will be teaching on the Messianic Psalms as we move through the Lenten season and approach Easter. We hope you can join us.
Chili Cook-Off Set for Ides of March
Posted February 19, 2015
Beware the Ides of March! The White Bluff Chapel 6th annual Chili Cook-Off promises to produce the fiercest competition yet in the event sponsored by the Men's Ministry on Sunday March 15. The 2014 competition resulted in a major upset, with men taking over the winner’s seat in all four categories and for the Grand Champion. That was the first year that women did not dominate the competition. So, women of White Bluff, arm yourselves with spoons and spices, ready to reclaim that title!
The Men's Ministry urges you to get out that recipe book, round up the ingredients and cook up a winner. Entry forms will be available Sunday, March 1 in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall.
There will be four categories in which to enter, and contestants may enter more than one. The categories will be: Hot Chili, Medium-to-Regular Chili, Chili with Beans and Wild Game Chili. First place awards will be awarded in each category, with a Grand Champion being selected from the four first-place winners.
The Chili will be judged according to the National Guidelines for Chili Cook-Offs. You will be judges on five criteria: AROMA - RED COLOR - CONSISTANCY - TASTE - AFTER TASTE
All chili entries will be served in a lunch buffet immediately after the judging takes place. Condiments accompanying the chili will be cornbread, crackers , onions, cheese and corn chips.
A donation will be asked from those in attendance to help sponsor the community mission programs of the Men’s Ministry. All entries become property of the Men's Ministry.
As in the past, entries should be brought to the Chapel kitchen on Sunday morning prior to the worship service. All entries must be submitted prior to 9:15 a.m.
New Bible Study Possibly To Be Offered in Whitney Area
Posted February 19, 2015
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible class for women of all ages and backgrounds. The organization is exploring the opportunity of starting a satellite group in the Whitney area. BSF strives to help people discover joy, freedom, and satisfaction in their lives as they encounter God in the Bible.
Through their study of God's word, BSF members serve in the cause of Christ in the Church throughout the world. They are currently studying Moses and in September of 2015 will delve into the book of Revelation.
Interested women are invited to a meeting to learn more about this Bible study on February 26 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at White Bluff Chapel. Those with questions can contact Nancie Yarbro at 254-315-2076 or Amy Winkler at 254-205-9408.