‘Heartbeat of Southside’

From My Heart to Your Heart,

August 2017

  • August 1, 2017

CLEAR DIRECTION What’s the first thing you do when you get into an automobile?  I hope you said “Fasten the seatbelt!”  Now, let me ask you this: Why do you buckle up before driving?  Is it because you think you’re going to have an accident?  Probably not – if that were the case, you’d head back into the house and hide!  You fasten the belt to keep yourself safe. But there’s something even more important we need to do for our protection.  If we want to navigate safely through life, we must check in with the Lord frequently to seek […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

July 2017

  • July 1, 2017

FAITH AND WORKS AT SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”  These words from James 2:17 came alive in a mighty way last month as Southside hosted Vacation Bible School the week of 12-16 June.  Fifty-one children registered for this year’s school and we had 40-45 children in attendance each of the five days.  This year’s mission emphasis during VBS, as it has been each year since 2014, was “feeding the hungry” through Servant’s Heart Ministry, and the children who attended VBS brought a total of 270 pounds of non-perishable food […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

June 2017

  • June 10, 2017

IT’S HERE! What could I possibly write about this month that would be more relevant than Vacation Bible School 2017? In just a few days our sanctuary will be transformed into a barn yard, and from June 12th June 16th we will once again welcome our own children and those of our community to a week of crafts, music, and Bible stories – all with the purpose of sharing the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. The young men and women of Rock Ministries will be with us again this year, with their puppet shows, balloon animals, and youthful excitement […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

May 2017

  • May 4, 2017

WHERE THE BATTLE IS WON If you want to experience victory in the conflicts and tough decisions facing you, consider what Jesus did. Before He got to the cross, Jesus fought a crucial, pivotal battle in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He wrestled with what lay ahead. For our Savior, the weight of sin He would bear was overwhelming. He went out to a peaceful and quiet place of prayer, where He got alone with His Father and cried out to Him. When Jesus left that garden, He walked out a winner. He would still drink the cup of suffering […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

April 2017

  • April 3, 2017

HE IS RISEN This month, Christians all over the world will contemplate Jesus’ final steps as He made His way to the cross. His humiliation and suffering have broken our hearts, but just beneath the surface lay the expectation of what we knew was coming HE IS RISEN! The resurrection was Jesus’ destiny – but so was the cross. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. But the cross is also God’s ordained destiny for believers. It’s the only way to deal with sin. When Jesus died at Calvary, He bore the […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

March 2017

  • February 28, 2017

“THE GOD OF LOVE” One of our greatest comforts is the fact that God never changes.  Unless we realize that this truth includes His love – which He gives us no matter what – insecurities and feelings of unworthiness will rob us of the abundant life Jesus promised.  Yet many Christians struggle with doubts because they see such convincing “proof” that they’re not lovable.  They are bombarded with thoughts like “Just look at what I’ve done, how I’ve treated people, the way I’ve wasted my life.  How could the Lord ever forgive me and use me for His purposes?”  The […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

February 2017

  • February 1, 2017

“OH GOD, ENLARGE OUR BORDERS!” You may recognize the above words as a sentiment expressed in the “Prayer of Jabez” found in 1 Chronicles 4:10. As I have prayed for God’s direction for Southside Baptist Church in the year 2017, particularly with regards to our mission emphasis, I have been continually drawn to this verse, and I am excited when I consider its implications!  Some will read the “Prayer of Jabez” and see it only in terms of personal prosperity. I see it as much more. I have adopted these words on behalf of our church and I pray them […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

January 2017

  • January 1, 2017

CHANGE IS GOOD I know you join Dalys and me in thanking God for the blessings we enjoyed in 2016. It is our prayer that each of you and Southside Baptist Church will have a safe, blessed, healthy and prosperous 2017! Someone once told me “If you’re not changing, you’re dying!” I don’t accept that as a blanket statement, but I do agree that there are times and circumstances when it does apply. Change, simply for the sake of change, is rarely a good thing, but sometimes change IS necessary if individuals and organizations are to improve and grow. In […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

December 2016

  • December 1, 2016

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS! I am not one who likes to dwell in the past. It’s wise to learn the lessons of history – to embrace those things that are good and reject those that are not – but I prefer to keep my focus, attention and effort on what is before me, not behind. However, as this year rapidly comes to an end, I think it is good for us as a church family to look back at some of the ways God has blessed and continues to bless Southside Baptist Church. The year 2016 brought continued growth in our […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

November 2016

  • November 1, 2016

OUR REASON FOR THANKSGIVING 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Now that’s a very tall command! We’re all quick to thank the Lord for blessings, but what about illness, heartache, difficulty, or loss? How can we possibly be grateful for these? The answer is, we can’t – unless we recognize that God brings or allows pain and hardship in our lives for His good purposes and glory. Joseph is an example of this truth. His jealous brothers sold him into slavery, yet God used this difficult situation to save the […]

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