I have been back in the states for a few days now; getting over a stomach bug, exhaustion, and some vertigo issues. Thank you all for the prayers of a safe return; it has been quite the journey.
The last few days of my time at the camp was spent...more >>
Have you had the opportunity to join us for First Wednesday Fellowship in the last few months? Well, perhaps you've noticed some of the changes that have taken place? Even the seating arrangement in the sanctuary is different.
Having a larger meeting place is still...more >>
Before I get into details about our upcoming Christmas Eve services, I wanted to share a quick report from Elyse about last Saturday's Mother's Day Out lunch:
(from June 2018's First Wednesday Prayer & Devotional)
Who is the minister of SC? We are, all of us!
Folks tend to regard the pastor as the minister in the church, and indeed we ought to be, but you well know from Scripture that the Lord says that...more >>
"Wait... Does that say 'Bulletins'?" Yes, you read that right!
I'm told Sunday morning bulletins have been long desired by the church family.
So, this last Sunday, we offered our very first ever South Church bulletin. Yay!
I'm grateful the Lord provided an opportunity this past Sunday morning for the South Church family to think about the "Fuel, Flame & Fire" of our faith as we enter 2018.
The sermon began with a word from Jeremiah...more >>
Just a quick word of thanks to all those who were able to make it to the Christmas Eve services this past Sunday. It was the busiest Sunday we've enjoyed together in a long time!
We began with Christmas songs & Scripture at...more >>
Before I get into details about the upcoming Christmas Eve Service, I wanted to share a quick report from Elyse Dobson about last Saturday's Mother's Day Out lunch:
The Lord is moving in remarkable ways across the board in our church plants. The common factor seems to be that God is still using His Gospel to change the lives of people, on campus, in Worship, among lots of different people groups and raising up evangelists and...more >>
Anyone know the three pillars of Restore?
He put a new song in my mouth. What...more >>
Lewis explains one major motivation for our worship: we hold the Lord so dear...more >>
I was impressed, this morning, by a Martin Luther quote " Faith is acceptance of acceptance." What can he mean?
Ephesians 1 explains how God chose us "in Him" from before the foundation of the world and that, to the praise of his glorious grace, we have been...more >>
Can you believe it's already September and another school year has begun!? Well, that means that all of our church plants are in full swing in their various places of service. The news is good... and not so good.
We will be opening Proclaim this Sunday with "10,000 Reasons", a song based on Psalm 103. This week's blog is simple and to the point: like David, let us prepare our heart to bless the Lord "with all that is within us." David gives reason upon reason why we should....more >>
This single verse really hit home with me as I was reading today. What else is there to long for? Are you weighed down by the promises of the world? Are you...more >>
Do you pray that the Lord would unlock the mysteries of His word to you when you read scripture? To lead you on a journey that leads to treasure in the Living word of God? I fear that if we don't we are sure to miss it. As pastor Paige said on Sunday we may...more >>
I want to express to you church what a joy and honor it is to worship with you. I also want you all to know how encouraged the praise team and our pastor are by the resounding melody that fills the bowling alley on Sunday mornings when we sing as one! I want you to...more >>
"All Hail The Power," Was written by Edward Perronet in 1779. This text has been translated into almost every language known to Christianity. Like his father, Perronet became a minister in the Anglican Church.
He soon left the Church of England to join the...more >>
Dear South Churchians,
I'm happy to report that God is on the move in our various church plants here in the U.S.A. and in India. As the world condition heats up so, it seems, His zeal is causing more and more folks to work while it is still day, to help usher in...more >>
"All Creatures of our God and King," was written 1225 by Giovanni Bernardone, better known as Francis of Assisi. He spent his life evangelizing, teaching, and doing all he could for the poor throughout Italy.
Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. In his...more >>
Monday morning my three year old, Fiona, walked into the living room, gleeful as usual, and, upon daddy's request, recited her memory verse for the week. The interaction went something like this, "Hey Fiona, can you say your bible verse for daddy?" Her little three...more >>
My prayer for us this coming Sunday is simple: "Father show us Your Son! Allow us to see and bask in the glory of our righteous King. Prepare us Lord. Amen."
This Sunday we are planning to sing "Show Us Christ". It should be the last song before Paige delivers the...more >>
We introduced a new song on Sunday called, "God Omniscient, God All Knowing." You may have noticed that this song contains many strong descriptions of God. As we were preparing for worship, Charlie and I started talking about the descriptive power in these lyrics....more >>
How Great Thou Art was written in 1886 by Swedish pastor, Carl Boberg. It was later translated into English and set to music by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.
It has been said that Boberg was inspired to write this text during a retreat to a country estate on the...more >>
We will be singing "Brethren We Have Met To Worship," this Sunday. As I was reading over the lyrics in an attempt to write a brief commentary or something "blog-worthy," it dawned on me... I don't have to add anything to these lyrics! I would simply like to ask a...more >>
Mary Magdalene approached her Lord's tomb early Sunday morning. Her hear sank as she drew near, seeing that the stone was rolled away. "They have come and taken my Lord's body away!" She ran to find Peter and John saying, "They have taken Jesus from the tomb! We...more >>
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We will be celebrating the coming of our King and echoing the crying out of the Jews,...more >>
We talk a lot about 'worship' at proclaim on Sunday mornings. But leading our families in worship at home is just as important. Husbands, fathers, moms, single parents... are you leading your family in worship?
Hello South Church Family. It is my joy & privilege to share the collected reports of our various church plants. At present, I have letters from two of the four and am thrilled to say how faithfully our God is at work in these zealous and compassionate...more >>
Eugene M. Bartlett, Sr. is considered one of the founders of southern gospel music. He was born on Christmas Eve in 1885. Salvaged by Christ in his youth, Bartlett grew to become quite successful in business & music. In 1918 he founded the Hartford Music Company in...more >>
We plan to begin with O Worship The King this Sunday. In preparation, let's explore what it means to worship.
One of the songs we will sing this Sunday is "Behold Our God." This is what worship is all about. We turn our attention to Christ and behold Him. Though our desire is to ever behold Him, it never fails that we fail. But aren't you all the more grateful to know that...more >>
As we prepare our hearts to focus on Church Planting this Sunday, I thought it appropriate to consider some of the lyrics we will be singing:
We will be introducing a new song this Sunday titled, "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery." It's an invitation to behold Christ! That's the point isn't it? Proclaiming in song, in prayer, and in Word (preaching) the Good News of Jesus Christ. Speaking from experience,...more >>
Is worship in song a matter of obedience? So what if we don't sing? What about the power of prayer in song? Do you pray powerfully in song?
In the book of Acts, God equips His Church with power through song.
By the rich mercy of Jesus Christ, John Newton--who once captained slave ships in Africa--was redeemed to preach the faith he long labored to destroy.
At the young age of 11, Newton followed his father's footsteps as a seaman. Stumbling through years of sin &...more >>
Be Thou My Vision was written by a sixth century Irish poet named Eochaid Forgaill. After he lost his sight from an intense study of Scripture, he was nicknamed Dallan, meaning little blind one. It's remarkable that the Light of The World blinded...more >>
Horatio G. Spafford was born in North Troy, New York, on October 20, 1828. A financially successful man, he loved Christ & His word. In 1871, Spafford made a large real estate investment on the shore of Lake Michigan. Within months, the Chicago Fire of 1871...more >>
When we pray, we often say things like, â€œLet Your Kingdom come.â€ But what does that mean in the lives of God's people?
How often do we arrive for corporate worship unprepared? More than weâ€™d probably like to admit.
In 2017, I not only want to be prepared, but I want to be eager to worship our God... and to do all I can to help you the same. May the Lord so suit us...more >>
Would you answer that question by producing a birth certificate?
In line with His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, we must be authentically Jesus', having entered the narrow gate, bound to His righteousness through true repentance, and by the...more >>
I was recently forwarded a good question that was addressed during Wednesday's devotional:
In other words, how should time together in an everyone-invited,...more >>
It is a particular blessing to be a part of this church family. We are blessed to have each other, our elders, and our pastor. Scripture encourages us to bear each other's burdens, and as such please allow me to ask you to pray this week (not that you don't...more >>
Where is God's glory in watching loved ones wander through life without Christ even by...more >>
Last Saturday a group of South Church women met for food, fellowship and to hear from our guest speaker Yvonne Welch on her continuing series "Spiritual Rest in the...more >>
Some of my conversations of late have lead me to reconsider distinctions between Restore & Sustain. I try to remind/inform our church family of these basic ministries at least twice a year. Professionals say "That's not enough." Maybe they're right, but ministry...more >>
This past Sunday during the "How Now Shall We Live" portion of the sermon, I couldn't help but note the look of confusion on lots of faces. I thought it...more >>
In Philippians 1:3-11, Paul demonstrates the heart of love for the brethren. Notice he first mentions his gratitude to Abba for their past & present fellowship in the Gospel, that fills him with joy as he remembers & prays for them.
Weekly, daily, God is growing a...more >>
Well how about it? Do you? Do you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength? Do you want to? Me too. But...more >>
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was quite the preacher during the nineteenth century. (If you don't mind hip-hop, Shai Linne provides a short bibliography here: http://a.sctxt.org/OGv46N.) He attributed his success in the pulpit not to his education, not to his oratory...more >>
After Proclaim yesterday, I was asked a very good question that went something like this:
Though I sought to answer that question in the sermon, perhaps I was a bit too vague. I'm sorry... sort...more >>
Like many of you, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love the really helpful articles, videos, quotations, and posts made by those looking to better equip Christian disciples via Social Media. But, of course, I hate the worthless trivia and minutiae...more >>
"The tank's full. It just won't run!" As smoke billowed from under the hood, the mechanic inquired: "Well when was the last time you changed the oil?" The ignorant driver replied, "Uh, oil?"
As a recovering "church" kid, my default tendency is to look to Sunday...more >>
Prayer. I didn't always know it's power or it's importance or the intimacy to be shared through it. Not until I began relationships with people who DO it. Not until I started to DO it. Regularly. In the morning. Just God and me. With my husband. With our children....more >>
I'm so grateful to be a part of a church family that takes so seriously the mind set that they are the hands and feet of Jesus. My name is Susan and I was broken, in poor health, I hit a tree with my mother's car and totaled it, was too sick to work - no money...more >>
As I was reflecting upon John 3.1-15, Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, I noticed Jesus forces us all to make a choice. Whether we are aware of this or not it is still very much a decision we will have to make. This, "Choice" takes place after we are born into...more >>
After several of our brothers read & began a very helpful discussion based on our sustain reading from Acts 14 ( http://know.gd/nt/2013-02-28 ), I felt prompted to write the following response. Suspecting that there may be others in our church family with similar...more >>
Based on the Scripture, two-thousand years of Church experience, and 38 of my own, I'm a firm believer that the Spirit of God more often marvels an onlooking world through--not our prosperity, but--our suffering, through our going without, and especially through our...more >>
My apologies if this interrupts your Christmas morning celebration, but I can't keep the joy to myself. I'll try to make this entry short, knowing that it will arrive on what I hope to be a very, merry Christmas morning!
I just wanted to thank all of you that...more >>
I cannot thank you enough for your prayers. They make a difference I can feel. I don't know how to describe it, but I assure you that I sense His presence more clearly when you pray, especially when you pray together.
A few weeks ago I felt like I was...more >>
Yesterday morning I received one of the best and most insightful rebukes I've ever received.
Last Sunday, toward the end of the sermon, I spoke briefly about the apathy of Adam as he didn't step in to defend Eve as she was being molested by Satan; 'rape' was the...more >>
At the probing of the Lord, a question from a brother, and the last few weeks with Jonah (the pitiful prophet), I woke this morning with some things on my heart & mind that I wanted to share with my brothers & sisters in the hope of encouraging our mission with...more >>