‘Heartbeat of Southside’

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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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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