‘Heartbeat of Southside’

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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