‘Associate Pastor Article’

The Lord Is My Light

  • June 8, 2020

            We often hear the phrase “the light at the end of the tunnel”, especially during these challenging times.  Psalm 27:1 begins with, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I be fear”.  In times of sorrow, fear, discouragement, panic and any other time you are feeling otherwise discombobulated, turn to Psalm 27 and read it.             King David wrote Psalm 27 when as one commentary suggests he just needed to praise God for all that he had done.  You know, that’s a very good place to start when you are feeling overwhelmed; namely, start your day, […]

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Are You Aware?

  • May 4, 2020

     Excuse me for a moment and I will be right back after I wash my hands for the 2501st time today….Ok, I’m back.  You know, during these days of “hibernation” and trying to be as safely sterile and as socially distant as possible, I’ve been more aware of blessings.  Are you aware of all the blessings God showers down on us in “buckets” every day?      Kathy and I are aware of the blessings of grandchildren.  We have them twice a week and sometimes more!  James, who will be 8 months old on May 18, is a constant bundle […]

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  • April 3, 2020

            Archaeology is an amazing science!  When I was in Israel the first time back in 1976, our guide told us that archaeology in the area of Christ’s tomb had verified that His was a tomb of the first century origin.  The tomb that is celebrated by evangelical Christianity is the tomb that sits in the Garden Tomb area just below and slightly to the left of Gordon’s Calvary, which to this day overlooks a busy bus station in Jerusalem.  Scriptural evidence in Hebrews 13:13, which says “let us go forth therefore unto Him without […]

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  • March 2, 2020

Prayer is an important part of any growing and maturing Christian’s life.  How important is it?  The Bible places a very strong emphasis on prayer from Genesis to Revelation.  Think  for a moment of the many people in the Bible who prayed morning, noon and night.  We read in the New Testament how Jesus would often get up early to go to a quiet place to pray. What makes your prayer life effective?  One way of thinking about prayer is taking each letter of the word prayer and coming up with words that begin with those letters to describe effective […]

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  • February 1, 2020

     On February 14, 1960, 40 or more people gathered at a small house on Martin Street to have Sunday school and a morning worship service.  We used the bedrooms and the breezeway in that small house and even church members’ cars for Sunday school classrooms.  It was at least 40 degrees or colder that bright Sunday morning as the adults and children assembled after church for pictures.  Thus, the Southside mission chapel founded by Delaney Street Baptist Church was started!  The mission chapel begun that day would later be known as Southside Baptist Church, when in 1962, the […]

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  • January 9, 2020

There is a lot of hype going on all around us at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year to do this, don’t do that, buy this, don’t buy that, go here, don’t go there, and so on.  A lot of our energy could be saved during what might be an otherwise exhausting holiday season by just digging in and continuing what has worked all year long. I am not against new years’ resolutions, but they can be disheartening come January 8, or even earlier, when we realize that we can’t keep them.  What […]

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  • December 7, 2019

I like Zero candy bars.  No, in fact, I love Zero candy bars.  If I can find the king-sized ones in Wal-Mart, I’m a happy camper.  It’s the best candy known to man. And, no, I don’t buy one every week –maybe once a quarter!  Anticipation makes eating a Zero bar worth the wait!! Just as sure as I made that “awe-inspiring” conclusion in the previous paragraph, I am equally as sure that you have a candy bar or maybe several that you feel is/are the best candy/candies known to man.  On that point, we can agree to disagree! I […]

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  • November 6, 2019

Opening your Bible and systematically reading a passage daily is very helpful for your spiritual growth.  However, if you were to take that daily passage and really study it, you might find that it takes a lot more time than you realize but the rewards are great! One way to study a passage is to read it in several translations:  for instance, the King James, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, the English Standard Version and the Christian Standard Bible.  That method gives you insight into the thought patterns, overall meaning and word variations of each paragraph […]

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  • October 1, 2019

     You know what?  It is easy to look at a newborn baby and use the word precious in words and thoughts.  It is natural to hear a child sing “Jesus Loves Me” and sum it up with that one word.      Think for a moment about what is precious to you:  children, grandchildren, the Bible, church and church friends, your job, your retirement, your comfortable home, the love of a godly spouse and the list goes on and on.  Imagine for a moment that Jesus suddenly materializes in front of you as you stand there in the […]

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  • September 3, 2019

     It had to be done!  There were weeds growing faster than plants in the flowerbed in our back yard!  So, thanking the Lord for some cloudy weather to lessen the heat of that summer afternoon recently, I started pulling grass and weeds so that the flowers would have a better chance of growing.  Some of those weeds were determined to stay there, as they required an extra tug or two to uproot.      That reminded me of pulling weeds as a teenager during my high school days out at Hampden DuBose Academy.  Miss Clement was in charge of […]

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