Friday, September 30, 2005

Celebration Service Audio Webcast


Click Here to listen live to the BJ Higgins celebration service at 3:45 PM Indiana time Friday, September 30, 2005. Windows Media Player is required to listen.

35 Comments:

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll not be able to listen but if there's a copy I may order, please let me know.

My territory has enlarged thanks to your son....and our Lord Jesus Christ.

To God Be The Glory!

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Six said...

My Dear BJ,
Today I celebrate with your family all across America. I celebrate the life you lived, and the life you gave up so that Christ might shine through you.
I am reminded of a song sung by Billy and Cindy Foote at training this year called "I Have a River." It said, "Jesus, You are my living water, and I'll never need what this world offers. So I will rejoice, for You have made me glad. I want this world to want what I have."
There's no doubt in my mind that you wanted this world to know The River of Life and have it flowing inside of them, too. Even though you have been crushed, like a mushroom, it'll produce 10 times as many as there were before.
So, rest in your freedom and peace, my brother. Many will follow after you and, no worries, Christ will be coming back soon enough. See you Later.

Love Always,
Charissa Six

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This idea just crossed my mind a few days ago. I was thinking about the livestrong bracelets that everyone wears and I noticed a relation to the W.W.J.D.(What Would Jesus Do) bracelets that people wear and I was wondering if you wanted to combine the two and maybe put W.W.B.D or W.W.B.J.D. for What would BJ do. Just an idea that would remind people to do the right thing. I found this site www.band-together.com if you wish to go through with this.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the service has started - I begin to weep. My heart is heavy, and so I will pray. I love you all.

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi this is kj i new bj as a kid we used to play army men together i lived on midhoffer

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I listened to this song from the David Crowder Band CD yesterday, I instantly thought of BJ and today:

Come and listen,
come to the water's edge
all you who know and fear the Lord
Come and listen,
come to the water's edge all you who are thirsty, come
Let me tell you what He has done for me.
Let me tell you what He has done for me.
He has done for you. He has done for us.
Come and listen, come and listen to what He's done.
He has done for me. He has done for you. He has done for us.
Praise our God for He is good.


BJ would want today to be a celebration of what God has done.

 
At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now I am listening to BJ's Celebration Service, and I tune in to hear...

I will find my strength in the shadow of your wing...

This morning when I woke up, that was the song playing on the radio, and it has been stuck in my head all day. It's the everyday things like that which remind me of our incredible God.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a friend of someone who works for IWitness ministries, that is how I heard about BJ's story. I have been following for a couple of weeks, and just learned today that he has gone to Heaven.
I am crying with you, even though I don't know you. BJ's story has touched my life and encouraged the call to go in my own life. The words from his journals and the faithful words from you are impacting more people all over, more than you will ever know. Know you are in our prayers!

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this audio, my heart is breaking for all that have spoken on BJ's behalf, for their loss. There is rejoicing too.
Lela, Concord,CA

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Thank you for this unbelievable audio that you got on this site. I enjoyed hearing everyone who spoke about BJ. Thank you agian!!

Dear Father,
Be with everyone there in Indiana and be with the Higgins family. Comfort them and let them know you are God alone. I love you Lord!!! Thank you for BJ's life!!!

Amen
I weep for joy that BJ's life has touched so many people including me.

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm listening to the audio webcast as I'm typing this. Thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless your lives, as I know many lives have been touched by BJ and by your family. God bless you.

Claire Strayer
McCordsville, IN

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this incredible worship and rememberance time with those of us who are unable to be with you today. Our prayers are with you.

The Christensens
Kansas City, MO

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Pat Davila said...

Just amazing. The stories and his life is just amazing. I would love to have the book. Thank you for sharing BJ with us, he continues to bless us. The alter call sounds like many are standing to take BJ's place. He must be so happy.

Pat Davila

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for making the celbration service available to all of us who were unable to attend. Although i logged on to the end, i feel so blessed to have been a part in celebrating BJ's life, impact, and legacy. It is overwhelming to see the impact he has made on this world, and continues to after he has left it. You are continually in my prayers. Praise the Lord for choosing you to move through. He could have used anyone, but he chose you because you are faithful and willing. I have felt revived and unified with the body of Christ through this blog. I can only imagine the joy that BJ is experiencing right now, and look forward to seeing him again in the presence of our sweet Lord! I love you, and am praying for you!

Kelly Potter
Bloomington, IN

 
At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so sorry about hearing about your son i know the pain of loosing one of some one that you love i lost my mother and brother in law just in this past year i feel so bad about loosing a brother in christ im on the verge of tears so sorry for your loss im only 17 but i feel tarable that we lost another solger in this war to fight the devil so sorry again god bless.

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

Thank you for putting the service online for us to hear that could not personally attend. I amagine as I type this there are a bunch of people trying to talk to y'all... I love y'all and am still praying!

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgings family,
thank you for the audio, what a blessing it was to my family and I. It was great to hear my friend pastor tito and walker and david and dj speaking! Very inspiring and encouraging to our faith! I interpreted for my deaf mom. Could there possibly be a recording of it so other people that couldn't hear it can be encouraged also? Just an idea.
Thank you so much
Love
Brittany Allen
peru 02,03,04
uganda 05
california.

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

Thank you so much for sharing BJ's service with all of us who could not make it there. What an incredible young man, what an inspiring young man.....I am touched, and I am moved, and I am inspired, and I am encouraged...thank you BJ!!!! Thank you Lord!!!
Love in Christ,
Cathy

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Linda Anderson said...

Thank you for letting me be a part of your celebration of the life of BJ today. What an awesome time, and I felt I was right there with you (except when I had to rebuffer :o))

I laughed, I cried, I learned even more about your wonderful son. And I pray that God will use you to touch the hearts of moms and dads who don't want their kids to go out to the mission fields. What was said about that was right on!! If you can still say GO, then NO ONE should tell them NO!!

I love you all and will always be praying for you. Please keep in touch with us, as I am sure we will all still be looking for you on this blog! And please keep the journal writings coming.... and I can't wait for the book to come out! I will be the first in line to purchase it! Your son has made such an impact on my life, and I know he will continue to do so, in mine and in others!

God bless you Higgins Family!!

You are loved!!

Linda Anderson
Willows California

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dear Higgins Family,

I just want to say in advance - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!!! May you celebrate with tears of gladness on what would've been his "sweet 16".

I love you all!

Laurel, San Diego

 
At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for allowing us to be a part of this celebration service! What a beautiful testimony and tribute. Lives will be forever changed because of the faithfulness of your precious BJ! May you find yourselves encouraged today with your new calling and ministry. I stand with you in prayer for the future generation, and I look forward to seeing the wonderful fruit of BJ's labor of love and service! May God bless your family!

Love,
Lori Burkert

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Marilyn Bardsley said...

This service has been so touching. Thanks for sharing it with us. Brent and his siblings grew in the College Wesleyan Church where we are members. Still in my memory is the time I witnessed Brent sang "People Need the Lord"! He sang with conviction and a broken voice indicating how he felt this need. Obviously BJ saw this belief in his father. Until I started reading this blog, I had forgotten this incident. I believe it was in a Sunday Morning service. May God continue to bless the extended Higgins Family.
Marilyn (& Paul) Bardsley

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

What a beautiful service...thank you for sharing it with those of us who were unable to attend in person. I know that there were many peoples lives touched through this day including my own. BJ has a way of challenging a person to do more for the Lord and do more with their life.

May you and your family have sweet rest tonight. We continue to lift you up in prayer.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful and touching sevice. I do hope that you keep writing on the blog.
I found this sight from MercyMe's sight and I am glad I did. I have followed BJ's story for the last month.
BJ has taught me so much about laying down your life for Christ. Your faith throughout this has also been an inspiration to me.
Thank you again and remember that you are in my prayers.

 
At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

My daughter, Meagann, went to Peru with BJ this summer. I became aware of BJ's illness very soon after it developed. I want you to know that because of BJ my life has been changed forever. Meagann printed me a portion of his journal that you published on August 28 about "denying yourself..giving up your attachments and affections and throwing off EVERYthing that keeps you from glorifying Christ to the fullest".

Like so many other sincere Christians, I have struggled with something in my life that has hindered my development into what Christ would have me to be. In my case it is alcohol. Although I am not an alcoholic, I REALLY enjoyed spending my evenings relaxing at home with several cocktails. This "habit" would prevent me from wanting to attend evening church services and even became a stumbling block preventing me from seeking opportunities to serve on the mission field. There were also numerous other complications and health issues.

I have attemped to give up this habit on several occasions and always slid back. The August 28th journal entry opened my eyes to the opportunity I have to deny myself this "pleasure/comfort" daily and to "count it as gain". Now I realize that as I deny myself this fleshly temptation, I can lift up my craving and offer it as a gift of sacrifice to my Lord.

I have not consumed any alcohol for a month now. Although I still have the cravings, this time is different. When I feel tempted, my first thoughts go to BJ and his writing on "taking up your cross daily". I remind myself how insignificant my "struggles" are compared to what your son has been through. Somehow, I feel that if I fail in this, I will fail BJ too....and so I WILL NOT FAIL. Since I have made this change in my lifestyle I have been overwhelmed and filled with a peace and joy that can only come from the Holy Spirit. I feel like my spirtual life is embarking on a new and challenging phase, and I am preparing myself to be obediant to whatever my heavenly Father asks of me.

As a parent of a child that traveled to Peru with BJ, this whole thing has hit especially close to home. I cannot know how difficult these days have been for you.....but I pray that if I should ever be in a similar position my faith will shine as boldly as yours has. Your family has been an awesome inspiration to many many people.

In Christ,
Stan Earnhardt
Bristow, Oklahoma

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Heather Crum said...

Thanks for the audio connection to the service. It was amazing how God worked even through this.

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Carrie Anne said...

Precious Family,
I want to let you know that I will be praying for you as you go through your first first - BJ's birthday.

Bittersweet, indeed.

In His unending love,
Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous holly said...

I go to Plainfield Baptist Church...I was at the retreat that you were referring to...I must say that even though I saw B.J. that one time...he was an inspiration to me, as he was to every one that he met. He challenged me and inspired me to have a better relationship with the Lord. He not only talked about how to live, but he lived it! When I first heard about him being sick and then eventually dying, I was at first sad, but after I thought about it..I realized that it wasn't a bad thing that he died...He died for our Lord Jesus..I can't think of a better way to go...I wish that I would have the same passion for Christ that B.J. had! He still inspires me to be a better person!
-Holly

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Deanna, Brent, Lauren and Whitney,
Words cannot express what God is birthing in my heart through BJ's love and obedience to Jesus (all of this is more special to me b/c I was baptized by Deanna's Dad as I shared before). I am so greatful to God for even giving us a "glimpse" of what He can do through a live truly surrendered to Him. Well done, BJ-Man of God. Happy Birthday! I thank God for the gift you and your fammily are in my life.
Speaking of gifts! I will cherish BJ's Rememberance Party always. I was sooo glad to be able to join you on-line. PTL for the souls saved and the missions volunteers who will change the world. I will pray for you all as you mentor them.
God is using all of this to give me an even clearer focus and renewed passion as to why I an still on this earth. Yes, BJ, some of us slow learners are finally, really "getting it". :) I sure needed the revival this has brought to my life. (Just before I make the big "50" on Monday) Believe me, that's the BEST birthday gift I could have ever received!!!

Praying You Through the Pain,
Lynne Hutto Albanese

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although we couldn't attend the service, I was able to listen to much of it via the internet. Thank you so much for having that available! It helped me to feel more a part of it. I believe God was, is and will continue to be glorified through BJ's life. See you soon, Brent and Deanna!

Angie Esser

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE CONSIDER WRITTING A BOOK FROM BEEJ'S JOURNAL AND LIFE. I KNOW THAT IS SHARING A VERY INTIMATE AND PRIVATE PART OF HIM BUT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO USE HIM THROUGH IT. GOD BLESS AND CARRY YOU ALL IN THE DAYS/YEARS THAT ARE AHEAD IN YOU HEALING. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A SMALL PIECE OF YOUR SON THROUGH THIS BLOG.
MUNCIE,IN (OLD TOWN HILL MEMBER)

 
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At 9:28 PM, Blogger Mysticman said...

I was out searching for pray to god related information, when I landed on your page. Pray for BJ you have some good stuff there. While this post wasn't exactly what I was looking for I enjoyed the read Thanks. So I'll continue on looking for pray to god, see you again some time.

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to say wow...how blessed you were and are Mr. Higgins. My heart goes to to you and your family. I only hope to train and and lead my little girl into a life that is completely sold out to Christ. Thank you Higgins family for sharing your story.

Until the whole world hears,
rob

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Shara Wilson said...

higgans family....Thank You! I never had the chance to know bj...but i feel as if i have known him all my life! i want to take his place. I want to cjange the world...but my mom wont let me go...God why wont she let me go? what a leader he is!!! just tank you so much...and i know that if it is gods will for me to go...i will
Thank You

 

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