Month: March 2015

4 Biblical Communication Principles

This past Sunday, Dale did an amazing job breaking down the creation of Adam and Eve as he took us through Genesis 2:24-25.  One particular statement he said continued to play over and over in my head: “We all have a desire for intimacy within us.”  This is how we were created and how God intended it to be… both in our relationships with each other and with our Creator. It takes work to restore the intimacy that God intended for His children in the garden.  He gives an incredible picture of marriage in Ephesians 5:21-33 with verse 21 at the heart of a truly intimate, God-honoring marriage… “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (NLT) If honoring Christ is at the center of your relationship, then and only then, can true intimacy in marriage (or any relationship) be found. Paul doesn’t stop there though!  He also gives some incredible advice on how we should communicate with one another in order to build intimacy with Christ at the center.  This is by no means an exhaustive …

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

A steward is someone who manages resources that belong to someone else.  This past Sunday, Shannon Lovelady said, “Life is an issue of stewardship.” You are accountable for managing the life that God has gifted to you. If you were called to give an account of your time and treasure, how do you look? Would you be found guilty of embezzling your life? Or have you been a good steward? What do you need to be doing today so that at the end you know you were a great manager of this gift of life? Let’s turn to Scripture to see what Jesus says about stewarding our life and living within the scope of our top priority. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (NIV) We are to seek God first. He is to be our top priority. When we surrender our life to God, we declare like Paul in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, …

Where Did The Time Go?

Good morning Monday!  Doesn’t it just blow your mind how quickly the weekend comes and goes?  I specifically remember thinking at the end of the week that I couldn’t wait for the weekend to arrive… and then POOF, it’s gone!  Where did it go and what in the world did I even do with it?! Life in general is the exact same way.  James tells us in chapter 4 of his letter to the church, “Your life is like the morning fog-it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” (NLT)  Before our lives are gone like the weekend, I think it’s imperative that we ask the question, “What am I doing with my life?”  Here are three questions to mull over this week to help you put God first and not waste the time we have been given. I encourage you to invite someone into the “mulling” with you so you don’t see your life through the glass of the distorted carnival mirror. 1. How am I spending my time and money?  As I began preparing for yesterday’s sermon …

This Week For Sunday

I enjoy rainy Sunday’s like we had this week.  I love beautiful, sunshine days too, but a rainy Sunday just does something to me. It was the beginning of a new week and the rain was washing all of the dirt and messiness away from the previous week. Rain makes things new. It refreshes life and quenches our thirsty earth. Isn’t that what our weekly worship together is like? We all come as broken, messy people and Jesus washes us clean. He makes us new. He refreshes our soul and quenches our thirst. Sure, he refreshes us through the week, but there is something special about broken people coming together to worship the Savior who has cleansed us all. Man, that’s a great feeling. This Sunday’s message is the last in our series “Too Good To Miss Twice.” Dale will sum up the series “As You Wish,” reminding everyone that ALL relationships are built by a process of leaving, cleaving, & weaving. Here are the songs for this Sunday: White Flag – Passion Ever Be – Bethel Music* I Surrender – Hillsong Live Came to the …

The Idol of “Me”

Shannon’s message on the idols of the heart fits perfectly with the season I find myself in as I am consciously searching for and crushing my idols through repentance, confession, fellowship, and the word.  It’s a painful task, but it is necessary in order for this branch to bear fruit. I just finished reading the book “Gospel Treason” by Brad Bigney, and it has kicked by butt. Chapter after chapter my chest hurt from realizing the weight that I have carried for so long, idols that I have subconsciously carved out since childhood, idols that I thought had died, but have resurrected themselves.  The one idol that continues to rise to the top is the idol of “me.” I am a very selfish person. Most of my life has been about me, preserving me, protecting me, and achieving me. I am very selfish about my time, my space, and my possessions. This played out just recently with a staff member here at Southern Hills. Our last night at the conference in Indiana, a small group of us …

Getting to the Heart

This past Sunday morning we talked about tracing the fruit (our outward behavior) back to the root of what’s going on in our hearts (who or what is actually on the throne of our lives).  After service, my family spent a significant amount of time asking each other questions as we each began the process of getting to the heart-level idols in our own lives.  I want to give you some questions that will hopefully help you, your spouse, your children, your life group, etc. to begin to reveal potential idols that are on the throne of your heart. Take some time this week to sit down and seriously think through these questions.  If you’re married, I would encourage you to work through these with your spouse. (questions adapted from How People Change by Paul Tripp) Is there something you love more than God? What hopes are you building your life around? What do you fear? (If I desire your acceptance, I fear your rejection) What does your world revolve around? Where do you find refuge, safety, …

This Week For Sunday

This Sunday we are in the second week of our series “Too Good To Miss Twice.”  Shannon will revisit the series “Mine,” talking about the importance of being good stewards of our time and treasure. Here is the set list for this week. I encourage you to listen to these songs throughout your week to keep your mind and heart focused on Jesus. Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United Mercy – Matt Redman I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – Chris Tomlin Lord, I Need You – Passion

This Week For Sunday

This Sunday is the first in the upcoming series “Too Good To Miss Twice.” Shannon will recap the series “Heart of the Matter,” addressing how we can identify our idols and keep God on the throne. I love the song “Ever Be” that we introduced this week. We sing that the praises of God will ever be on our lips. God does want our lips to praise him. However, God desires that the praise of our lips reflects the desire of our heart. If our hearts don’t desire God then the praise coming from our lips is meaningless. I encourage you to sing these songs throughout the week and think about the words that are coming out of your mouth. Do the words of praise that you sing match up with what your heart longs for? What do you find yourself thinking about when you aren’t singing these songs? What do you desire the most? Search My Heart – Hillsong United This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham Ever Be – Bethel Music* Arms Open Wide …

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Welcome to the Southern Hills blog! WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?  This blog is just one of the many ways Southern Hills hopes to encourage and equip you to apply the Gospel to your everyday life. WHAT’S THE CONTENT?  At the beginning of the week, posts will revolve around Sunday morning’s message.  We want to provide practical ways to apply what happens on Sunday throughout the week.  We’ll also look forward to the following Sunday as we prepare to gather together again.  At the end of the week, staff will have the opportunity to share about other topics that will benefit the whole body.  This blog also provides a place for our Lead Pastor and other staff to share SoHills news with the church that may not be “big” enough for the stage. WHY BLOGGING?  Whatever we do, we want to do excellently.  We considered creating a podcast or video blog; however, producing these mediums at a standard we would be pleased with would require several hours of staff time.  A blog accomplishes the same purposes while requiring far less time and allowing us …