Month: September 2015

This Week for Sunday

This Sunday we’re introducing a new song, but you may find that you already know all the words.  The lyrics are from the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13.  Here, Jesus is teaching the disciples how they should pray. Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. As we prepare to gather this Sunday, make these songs your prayer.  Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the lyrics before we sing them together as one voice. Lay Me Down – Passion Band You Make Me Brave – Bethel Our Father – Bethel It is Well – Todd Fields

Cub Scout Pack 2819

When you heard that Southern Hills Christian Church had started Cub Scout Pack 2819, maybe you asked yourself, “Why?” The answer is simple: SoHills exists to make disciples who make disciples. Jesus outlined this vision in Matthew 28:19 when He said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (NLT) The church should be carrying out her mission seven days a week and not just on Sunday mornings.  In his proposal for City Station, our Lead Pastor, Shannon Lovelady, shared with the Carrollton City Council: I believe that God is tired of seeing millions of dollars of mortar and steel sitting empty 6 days a week. I believe God is tired of “the church” gathering together for a couple of hours on Sunday and then going about their isolated lives the other 6 days a week. I believe God is tired of us spending money on programs, instruments, and sound systems for Sunday mornings, while we ignore the needs of the community in which …

Keep Me Broken.

Have you ever prayed, “God, keep me broken”? When our Student Pastor, Keith Trollinger, talks about a time in his life when God was breaking him, he shares stories of pain, tears, and loss.  We read in the Old Testament that Job experienced brokenness and in his anguish he wrote, “My heart is troubled and restless. Days of suffering torment me. I walk in gloom, without sunlight. I stand in the public square and cry for help.” (Job 30:27-28 NLT)  When I think about being broken, I think about a powerful horse being worked until it has nothing left and finally gives in.  No one wants to be broken. But the truth is I am broken.  I am a failure, a sinner.  I disappoint and hurt those I love the most.  I don’t need God to break me; I’m already broken and desperately want to be whole. So we try to fix our brokenness.  We behave well and say the right things to the right people.  We put on a happy face and hide our brokenness from each …

(The Rest) of the Week For Sunday

**Sorry for the delay in posting this week.  We had a staff outing on Monday and were unable to post.  Now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging. I have always loved the song The Stand by Hillsong United. It’s one of those songs that sorta rises above the rest.  Here are some of my favorite lines: You stood before creation, eternity in your hands. You spoke the earth into motion, my soul now to stand… You stood before my failures and carried the cross for my shame, my sin weighed upon your shoulders, my soul now to stand… I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the one who gave it all. I’ll stand, my soul Lord to you surrendered. All I am is yours.  Before becoming a father, I would sing songs thinking about my view of God. Since becoming a dad, music is different for me; I have a deeper understanding of God as my Father and am able to relate to His role as a father. God has used my two boys to show me His …

Comebacks

Comebacks are hard to make in our smash-and-grab world. There never has been much room for losers. Just ask John Mark. John Mark’s mother, Mary, was a strong follower of Jesus. There’s a good chance that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus in the upper room of her house the night before Jesus was crucified. We do know that Mary was hosting a large prayer meeting in her home praying for the release of Peter whom Herod intended to kill. It seems that John Mark was at that prayer meeting that resulted in Peter’s miraculous jailbreak at the hands of an angel of the Lord. Young John Mark was fascinated with the devotion of the followers of Jesus and the way God was working in their lives. So we shouldn’t be too surprised that he ended up going with Barnabas and Paul on a missionary trip (Acts 12:1-17, 25). But Paul was too adventurous for John Mark. Paul was heading into the wild mountains of Asia Minor—a lot more than John Mark had bargained …

Stop Living In Shame And Be Healed

Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (NLT) If you have been around church people for any amount of time, you know that no one really has it all together. You’ve seen the suburban supermom who drives the SUV from soccer to gymnastics only to find out later that she has been struggling with a deep depression. And you’ve heard the testimony of the man who looked like he had it all together, but his past is full of inappropriate relationships and heavy addictions. So if all of us have gone through struggles and given into dark sin, why is it that some people seem to move forward and find healing while others have the cloud of guilt hanging over their heads?  James, the brother of Jesus, said in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT) If you have given your life to Jesus …

This Week for Sunday

“Christ is Enough” has become one of my favorite songs. It’s not because it’s catchy, easy to sing, or that it uses the classic hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” Yes, all those are true and I do like the song for those reasons, but they are not why it’s one of my new favs. This song has become very special to me because Liam,my two year old son, is constantly singing it.  My sweet, innocent, and handsome (he gets it honestly) two year old is already proclaiming that Christ is enough.  And he’s so cute when he sings it! Every time I watch this video, I think about how much I love both my sons. I think about God the Father’s love for Jesus the Son and that God gave Jesus to pay for our sin. I think about Liam or Levi dying because someone else screwed up and I get angry and heartbroken. I think about me being that person that screwed up, that I’m the sinner for which God gave His son. I …

Determining Voice

About 4 years ago, a sophomore in high school asked me what was so bad about him wanting to drink alcohol, especially if he can be responsible. I knew that he was expecting me to talk about the negative reasons why not to, but I asked him one simple question, “Who is your final authority?” He didn’t have to think long about the question and answered, “God!’ I asked him what God says and pointed him to Romans 13, where Paul tells us to obey the law of the land. This is a question I have been asking a lot lately of our students and it’s one that I’d like to ask you. Who is your final authority? Another way to put it is, who is the determining or deciding voice in your life that drives you to make the decisions that you make? All our life we have been making decisions that directly effect the path we are taking and the outcome of situations that we find ourselves. John write in chapter 16:13 of …

This Week For Sunday

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the series “Now: God is Moving.”  Suzanne Graves will be sharing how she has experienced freedom through sharing her story and confession. Throughout this series, we’ve seen the power of sharing our own story.  Because individuals were willing to share what God is doing, each Sunday the entire SoHills family has been challenged.  At least I have been. I’ve been challenged to be the church.  I’ve examined where I’m making God small by seeking my own kingdom.  I’ve taken steps to adjust my thinking and reside in God’s peace.  I’ve considered where I’m lacking in obedience because I choose personal comfort over suffering for Christ. Stories are powerful, but they can only do so much when we keep them to ourselves. Who can you share your story with this week?  Does a co-worker need to hear a story of victory to know there is hope?  Does a family member need to hear a story of provision to be reminded God is faithful? Is a neighbor in need of a word about God’s compassion …

God Provides

Kelli and I have been married for 5 years now. For most of our marriage, we have complained about not having enough money, living paycheck to paycheck. Liam, our oldest son, came along in year three of our marriage and finances only grew tighter.  “Man,” I thought, “now we really don’t have money.” Apparently, we didn’t understand how babies are made and out popped Levi 18 months later. We decided to take a step of faith and Kelli quit work to be home with the boys. “Seriously, can we get anymore broke?” It seemed like every time we complained about being broke, we became broker.  In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they?” (NLT)  I had read and heard that 1,000 times over. However, I felt like God wasn’t providing for me. In hindsight, God trying to get my attention. Not only were we being forced to truly rely on God …