Something new…

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_alhovik'>alhovik / 123RF Stock Photo</a>As we kick off 2016 we have updated the look of our website and are going to work to provide fresh content.  Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Automatic YouTube Updates – In the sidebar to the right, you will find video of the latest lessons we have uploaded to YouTube.  Bridgewood began livestreaming our Sunday morning and evening lessons in 2015 and the lessons are automatically archived and stored on YouTube after the live broadcast.  We are still working to fine tune the audio from our congregational singing, but the audio of the lesson will always be “crystal clear.”
  • Facebook Updates – Even if you don’t follow the Bridgewood Church of Christ on Facebook, you can catch some of our latest posts in the sidebar below the YouTube videos.  Social media has proven to be a great tool to assist us in getting out messages to our congregation and other friends.
  • Website Updates – We will be working to make some more posts on the website and get additional content updated in the coming months.

We appreciate you stopping by our website.  If you are in the area, stop by and worship with us.  Our “About” page has worship times and our location information.  If you’re not local, may we suggest checking out our “Resources” page for more information about God’s plan for each of us.

The Power of Prayer

Our congregation has been involved in a study about prayer over the past few weeks.  Each Sunday evening Ed McGeachy has been presenting a different topic or question regarding prayer.  This study has been very thought provoking and engaging.  The true power of prayer is often neglected until we find ourselves backed into a corner.  Click any of the links below to listen to the lesson…

child prayingPrayer #1: Its Place In the Armor of God

Prayer #2: Restoration Must Include ‘Devoted to Prayer’

Prayer #3: The Importance and Value of ‘One Another’

Prayer #4: Things We Do That Hinder Prayer

Prayer #5: Some Questions That Arise

Prayer #6: Some Questions That Arise #2

Have any questions?  Feel free to leave them as a comment below or use our contact form to send us a private message via email.  God bless you in your quest to learn more about prayer and its importance in our life.

Family Sunday with Steve Minor

We have an exciting event lined up for Sunday, March 30.  Steve Minor of the Kingfisher Church of Christ in Oklahoma will be with us to present a special series of lessons about family.  Steve is passionate about raising kids with the purpose of getting them to heaven.  He will present a series of lessons that will challenge all parents in attendance, regardless of the age of your kids.

Steve will speak at 9am, 10am, 5pm and 6pm in the auditorium.  At the 9am session classes for K-6th will meet as scheduled, 7-12th grade and all adult classes will meet in the auditorium.  Steve will speak at both the 10am and 5pm worship assemblies.  We will have a short break in the evening and Steve will deliver one more special session starting at approximately 6:10pm and concluding by 7pm.

The elders of the Bridgewood Church of Christ selected this Sunday schedule to make this event as family friendly as possible.  This special series of lessons will only take one extra hour out of your regular Sunday schedule.  It is our hope that your family will be eternally changed by this series of messages.  Please be in prayer for this special event and invite a friend to come join us on Sunday, March 30.  (Click the image below to open a printable letter size flyer.)

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Biblical Church Leadership

bibleThe Bridgewood Church of Christ is currently engaged in the process of selecting men for consideration as elders of the church.  Do you know what the Bible has to say about church leadership?  Consider listening to these two messages to hear what the Bible has to say about the subject:

September 15, 2013 – Guardian’s of God’s Flock

September 22, 2013 – Appointing Holy Spirit Appointed Men

Musical Instruments in Worship: A Response

Another church of Christ in the DFW area has decided to add an instrumental worship service in an effort to reach out to the community.  The Heritage Church of Christ in north Fort Worth had a series of questions about the change with answers from their elders posted on their website, it has since been removed.  Bridgewood Church of Christ evangelist Ed McGeachy took the time to read the questions and examine the responses.  Over the course of three Sunday mornings Ed presented what the Bible has to say about the topic of instruments in worship and the danger of reaching beyond what the Bible teaches.  This series of lessons has been highly popular with the combined number of CD requests for this lesson exceeding 200 CDs.  We encourage you to listen to the message and follow along in the Bible.

June 2, 2013 – “Is Restoration Outdated?

June 9, 2013 – “Worship Acceptable to God

June 16, 2013 – “Musical Instruments in Worship: A Response

Men: Time To Stand Up!

This is another guest post from Bridgewood member, Stewart McKenzie.  A challenging message for all men.  Leave any thoughts in the comment section of this post.

The TV news business exposes you to some of the more unpleasant facts of life. You have to take the good with the bad.

real manOne of those unpleasant realities is domestic violence. Just last week, CBS 11 had a crew at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney to cover a trial. Outside the courthouse, a husband attacked his wife and knocked her unconscious in the middle of the …road. In front of witnesses. In front of TV news crews. In front of police. Why? He hasn’t said. And he’s sitting in jail.

I don’t get it. I really don’t get it. Why would a man hit a woman?

Domestic violence murders in Dallas doubled from 2011 to 2012. Unfortunately, it looks like that trend is continuing in 2013. There have been 4 domestic violence-related murders in just the first few weeks of the new year. The number of domestic violence cases continues to grow exponentially in Dallas, Fort Worth and other cities across our nation.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has launched a campaign to raise awareness to this serious social issue. We have asked him to wake up early and join us on the 6 A,M, newscast. He has. Twice in the last month. And it’s not an election year.

With pressing issues related to the economy, jobs and south Dallas development, the mayor of one of the largest cities in Texas is having to focus the attention of his office on a social problem. He has gone to New York City and joined others who spoke at the United Nations about a campaign to stop the violence against women.

I applaud Mayor Rawlings for his efforts. I applaud his office and the city for organizing the March 23rd rally, to gather men together and pledge not to commit acts of domestic violence.

I agree. Men, it’s time to stand up, take charge and be real men. It’s not ok to commit an act of violence, physical or mental abuse, against a woman. I can’t believe that we actually have to write about such things. But, one look at the headlines shows that it’s something we must stand up and address as a society.

Even back in the time when the New Testament was being written, men were urged to stand up, take charge and be reminded that we’re held accountable for our actions.

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” according to Ephesians 5:25. Jesus came down from heaven, took on the form of man, went to the cross and died a horrible, brutal death for our sins and to establish the church. Yes, it’s a big deal.

Guys, it’s a big deal. “Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the Church.” (Ephesians 5:28-29)

Men, it’s time to hold ourselves to a higher standard than society expects. Stand up and be the leaders that God expects us to be.

The Inspiring Power of Music

Ever catch yourself humming or whistling a long-forgotten song?  Happened to me this morning as I was driving to work.  The song that popped unexpectedly into my mind from my youth was that old favorite, “Does Your Chewing Gum Loose It’s Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night?”  Never heard it?  Oh, it was a silly song, no profound message, but it had a good rollicking beat, and it was fun to sing …  and the memory made me smile.

amazing graceAnd that’s the point.  As Auerbach said, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of every-day life.”  No matter whatever thoughts or cares were on my mind, getting caught up in that old song brought me back – for the moment at least – to being a care-free teenager.

Are there not some hymns you find difficult to sing because of the memories they awaken?  It may have been the favorite spiritual song of a loved one now deceased, or perhaps it was sung by a beloved congregation as you were preparing to leave and move away.  Music has an almost unmatched power to stir feelings and emotions.

Therefore, music is a natural avenue for the expression of worship and praise.  When Paul spoke of Gentiles glorifying God for His mercy, he cited David’s statement in Psa.18:49, “Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Your name” (Rom.15:9).  Furthermore, by quoting Psa.22:22, Christ is represented as being in the midst of His church, “My brethren,” in public worship saying, “I will sing Your praises” (Heb.2:12).

Quite properly we cite Eph.5:19 and Col.3:16 as evidence for singing or vocal music in worship; both speak only of “singing,” and the melody is to be made with the heart.  Instruments, therefore, are added only by the authority of man, and in doing so, cut individuals off from the One they profess to worship (II Jhn.9).

However, don’t overlook the fact that both Scriptures stress not only “singing,” but what God intends to be accomplished when we sing.  Since God’s design is for, “all things to be done to edification” (I Cor.14:26), our singing shares that objective.  As we sing, we speak to one another (Eph.5:19), with the intent of teaching and admonishing (Col.3;16).  Sing therefore in praise of our God, and in doing so encourage your brethren and share a growing anticipation for the glory to come.  Let this be the music that pops into our minds during the day, keeping alight the joy of salvation.    – by Ed McGeachy

Monday Night for the Master singers visiting a shut-in.  Singing truly awakened her soul.

Monday Night for the Master singers visiting a shut-in. Singing truly awakened her soul.

The Hope of Opening Day

The following article is written by Stewart McKenzie, a member at the Bridgewood church.  Stewart is active in serving the Lord at Bridgewood, works as a producer and is an avid baseball fan.  We hope you enjoy his devotional thought.

As I was looking on my refrigerator last night, I counted 8 Texas Ranger schedule magnets dating back to January 2006. The magnets are given away on baseball’s Opening Day or the Rangers Home Opener.

baseballHas it really been 8 Opening Days that I’ve attended since moving back to DFW? Yes it has. Time can certainly fly, especially when baseball is involved and my favorite team has been to the World Series twice.

I’m surprised that my schedule has allowed me to be off, or I’ve had enough vacation days to enjoy the experience of 8 Opening Days. So, why has this one day in late March or early April turned into an unofficial holiday for me?

One simple word. Hope.

A baseball season is a journey. It’s not played 16 weekends a year. It is double the number of games compared to both basketball and hockey.

Baseball is a 162 game adventure that is played nearly every day, or night, for six months.

And on that Opening Day there is hope. The slate is clean. You see it in the eyes of the players and what they say in the interviews with the media. Maybe this is the year that my team wins the division title. Maybe this is the year that my team actually makes it to the playoffs and beyond.

Hope is a powerful thing. It is the foundation for our dreams. It’s what drives us to succeed. To try harder. To believe.

The journey is long. There will be frustrating times. There will be experiences of glorious achievement and a witness to improbabe success. And there will be moments that can only be described as “blah”, when endurance feels like an impossible task.

But, baseball is a game. It’s played by grown men with amazing talent. And they get paid ridiculous amounts of money to hit and catch a ball that is about 3 inches in diameter.

However, the same qualities found in the game of baseball can translate into our lives. I’m confident Jesus was more concerned about our souls instead of the characteristics of a game in Romans 5.

“We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame…” according to Romans 5:2-4.

That’s how my hope is shaped and molded. Enjoy the good times. Acknowledge the tough times, endure, learn, grow and celebrate. That builds character and defines who I strive to be on a daily basis.

Every year I hope the Rangers win the World Series. They came within one out, twice, in 2011. Yet, they are back with a re-tooled lineup and an energized fan base of more than 3 million people. And for that one opening game, at least, that hope is big and bright. And the 162 game journey is off and running.

However, my real hope is built on something more solid than a game. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, ” Romans 5:8. I thank God for His grace and pray for endurance to complete the journey that is set out in front of me.