‘Heartbeat of Southside’

Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • June 8, 2018

PASTOR RICHARD’S RITINGS Thoughts from your Associate Pastor HOW LOVING ARE YOU? The following is copied material from a Sunday school teacher’s quarterly, dated February 8, 1987, but I thought it evermore timely for our church!  I hope and pray that our church family members will always be this kind to anyone who worships with us at Southside! “Rebecca Manley Pippert in her book Out of the Salt-Shaker and into the World tells of a brilliant college student named Bill who became a Christian.  Bill was unconventional in dress—he never wore shoes in rain, snow or sleet.  The church across […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • May 2, 2018

We can all thank the Lord for the rain we have had recently (I am writing this on April 15). We’ve needed it for a long time.  Blessings like rain remind me of the times of refreshing that come from the Lord.  That might be a Bible verse that leaps off the page and gives you inexpressible joy and strength.  The Lord refreshes us with a call or email from a friend that we haven’t heard from for a while.  You can’t sit in our services very long without getting excited about an old hymn we sing, hearing a great […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • March 26, 2018

The first day of April this year is Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday!  As I have told several people and also have mentioned from the pulpit, “April 1 is Easter and that’s no foolin’!  Jesus rose from the dead and is alive!” Speaking of the empty tomb, Kathy and I had the privilege of visiting the tomb where Jesus lay.  It was during our trip to Israel back in 2015.  Did we need the eye candy of seeing that tomb was empty?  Not on your life.  We knew it was empty before we ever walked inside.  Why?  How?  Jesus is alive […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • February 28, 2018

“Spring” into action for Your Lord! No one could have predicted what this flu season was going to do to so many of us at Southside who weren’t able to dodge the bullet.  Many of our church members either have had the flu, very bad colds, or have either one or both now and some have made it through and are getting their strength back day by day.  For the healing the Lord provides, we can truly praise His name!  Let’s continue to pray that all get well and are able to return to all the many activities at our […]

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Pastor Richard’s Ritings

  • February 1, 2018

Dear Southside Family,      As your interim pastor, let me first of all say how much I treasure our church family and all that Southside stands for and all that Southside means to each one of us.  Here at the beginning of another month, it is wise for us to look back and see what God has done!  We can also look forward to what God will do.  February is often equated with love, and the God of love is at work among us!      Pastor Randy responded to God’s leadership in his life and retired in January.  […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

January 2018

  • January 2, 2018

A RENEWED FOCUS Many people see the new year as a fresh start – a time to refocus and reset their goals. But what they might not realize is that it’s impossible to find contentment apart from God. No matter how much money they make, how many possessions they have, or how prominent they might be in the eyes of the world, real joy will always elude them unless they know Jesus. The hunger we feel in our hearts – the desire that drives us to find contentment – is a gift from the Lord, and only He can satisfy […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

December 2017

  • December 4, 2017

THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE Most of us have a mental image of Jesus. Some see Him as a Mighty God who has come to save us from sin and death. Others worship Him as their Prince of Peace and eternal hope. Many see Him as their healer – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Jesus is each of these and much, much more! At this season of the year, our thoughts turn to a tiny baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. It is here that we are reminded of a profound truth – Jesus Christ is our […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

November 2017

  • November 1, 2017

IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD Have you ever wondered why the Bible repeatedly tells us to give thanks to the Lord? The main reason is He deserves it! Everything we are and have comes from Him. He created us and He is the One who keeps our hearts beating. To claim our lives as our own and to do with them what we please is the ultimate show of ingratitude. God created us to love Him and went so far as to sacrifice His Own Son to deliver us from our sin and to make us His […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

October 2017

  • October 3, 2017

THE BLESSING OF PRAYER In Colossians 4:2, the apostle Paul instructs us to “Devote yourselves to prayer.” If we’re honest with ourselves though, we often find it difficult to make time for conversation with the Lord – our schedule is usually packed, and fitting in “one more thing” seems impossible. But the truth is, we do have time to pray. Frequently, we give preference to friends, television, the internet, or other pursuits instead of communing with the Savior. Suppose I asked you to describe your prayer life – what would you say? You may have already discovered what a blessing […]

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From My Heart to Your Heart,

September 2017

  • September 7, 2017

REASON FOR REJOICING When your alarm clock goes off, what is the first thought that pops into your head? Are you excited to face the day, or do you wake up groaning and anxious to get it over with? As God’s children, we can always choose to rejoice, because He is in control of whatever situation awaits us. The key to confidence is focus. If we fix our attention on our circumstances, then anxiety and discouragement will most likely follow. But when we focus on the Lord and His power to deliver us, we can rise to meet any challenge […]

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