‘Associate Pastor Article’

Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • September 1, 2018

PASTOR RICHARD’S RITINGS Thoughts from your Associate Pastor MISSIONARIES One extra blessing of reading our Southern Baptist quarterly devotional magazine, Open Windows, is the incredible amount of information about our Southern Baptist missionaries in the “yellow pages” in the center of the magazine. When you stop and think about it, missionaries are plain, ordinary people, a lot like us, attempting extraordinary things for God, again a lot like us.   Those of us who were here when Jeremy and Christina Graves visited Southside back in the spring of this year could certainly see many similarities, that is, ways that they were […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • August 6, 2018

PASTOR RICHARD’S RITINGS Thoughts from your Associate Pastor SEMI-RETIREMENT Truth be told, I hate semi-retirement or retirement, because someone has so wisely said, “When you are retired, you never get a day off.”  All “seriousness” aside, I do like not having to go to the office five days in a row every week.  I like making my own schedule (for the most part) and I like taking naps in the middle of the afternoon or during the evening news. There seems to be more work to do now that I am semi-retired.  I wonder what it will be like when […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • June 30, 2018

PASTOR RICHARD’S RITINGS Thoughts from your Associate Pastor BUCKET LIST Do you have a bucket list?  My 8-year old grandson, Sammy, has.  I’m not sure of all that’s on his list, or whether some of it is even worthy of print here, but he has one!  I can only imagine that all of it is pretty humorous, after hearing what a few of those items are.  He does want to find Sasquatch, write a book that can go in a library and ride in a submarine! So, what’s on your bucket list?  You probably have places you want to go, […]

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EDUCATIONALLY SPEAKING

  • June 8, 2018

Words of Wisdom from Your Minister of Education Sunday School?  Why? Some of you might be wondering, “Why should I go to Sunday school?”  That’s a very good question!  Consider these benefits of attending Sunday school. First of all, you need to grow as a Christian and one of the best ways to do that is to attend Sunday school.  That’s because to grow as a Christian requires Bible study.  Now, of course, you can study the Bible at home.  But there is something that is so encouraging, so uplifting to studying the Bible with a small group.  So, the […]

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BEGINNINGS

  • January 2, 2018

Genesis 1:1-31 “In the beginning God made heaven and earth.” Genesis 1:1 At the first of the New Year, it is a good thing to begin your Bible reading with Genesis.  Talk about the greatest beginning of all!  When God formed the earth and heaven out of nothing, that was really something!  And when God formed man out of a lump of dirt?   That was another “wow” for sure because man was made in the image of God! You may have many plans, goals, ideas and dreams for this year.  Hopefully, you will seek first God’s guidance and His will […]

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CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN

  • December 4, 2017

Luke 2:8-14 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:13-14 Many of us have loved ones and friends who have died and gone to heaven.  We think about them often, especially during the Christmas holidays.  Many times we stop and think about someone we loved spending Christmas in heaven and it’s especially painful when it’s his or her first Christmas in heaven.  Special memories of Christmases past flood our minds and […]

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THE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE OF GRATITUDE

  • November 1, 2017

Psalm 100:1-5 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” – Psalm 100:4 Our Southside Baptist Church adult choir has rehearsed a song for our November 19th service entitled “Thanksgiving/ Thanksliving.”  The words of that song make you realize that an attitude of gratitude should be a daily part of our lives as Christians.  Living a thankful life each day begins with simple activities like praising the Lord for what He has done and what He’s going to do, giving Him thanks for the air you breathe, the […]

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NEWBORN

  • October 3, 2017

2 Peter 3:14-18 “but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and for ever.  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:18 Nothing compares to the joy of seeing and hearing your newborn child or grandchild for the first time!  That living, breathing child is a miracle of God’s creation powers.  It thrills your heart to know that great plans, great opportunities, and great potential are all wrapped up in that wonderful bundle of joy.  As a parent or grandparent, you covet the very best that God has in store for […]

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I KNOW THAT SONG!

  • September 7, 2017

1 Peter 3:13-22 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”  1 Peter 3:15 One day a year or two before I retired, I stopped in my manager’s office to talk with her about a work-related issue that was on her mind and I noticed she was humming “In Remembrance”.  I immediately said, “I know that song!”  There we were, two Christians together in a secular workplace, remembering the sacrifice of our Lord […]

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MIRACLES

  • August 10, 2017

John 2 “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:1-11 Do I believe in miracles?  You better believe I do, and even more so every time that I see one happen. Needless to say, I witnessed a two minute miracle at our church recently.  Let me tell you my story. Two minutes or less before the service was to begin on July 2, we didn’t have any signal to the large monitor in the sanctuary.  When you spend money on equipment for the sound booth, […]

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