‘Heartbeat of Southside’

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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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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