Month: October 2015

Are You Ready For Action?

The atmosphere last Sunday at Southern Hills Christian Church was electric! The vision that God has placed on SoHills has crawled around in the cracks and crevices of our minds for several months. But this last Sunday when community leaders publicly embraced City Station and committed to joining hands with us, it began to take a life of its own. Ministry became more than a religious buzzword; it has a HEARTBEAT—a strong one. The numbers thrown at us were mind-boggling. City Station is big—no matter how you cut it! It is more than big; it is GOD-SIZED. And that’s probably new territory for many of us. I have a confession to make; a confession that burns my spirit like a belch born of soured milk on the stomach. I have lived most of my life in the “realm of the possible.” Decisions to act, to move forward were made on the basis of “I can do that.” If it were beyond my ability, it gets tabled. There may be others like me. John Oxenham said: To every …

This Week For Sunday

You may not have considered this before, but Sunday mornings don’t just come together.  Each service is prayed over and planned weeks in advance.  This Sunday we start a new series called “Geronimo.”  Shannon, the Creative Team staff, and the Brain Trust volunteers have been preparing for this series for at least two months. We’ve done a lot of preparation on our end.  What about you?  Are you preparing yourself for the message God has for our church family? Jesus told a parable of a farmer planting seed in different kinds of soil.  He planted some among the rocks, in the thorns, in shallow soil, and in fertile soil.  Only the seed that was planted in the fertile soil grew to produce a crop (Matthew 13:1-23). This week, consider the state of your heart.  Is it ready to “truly hear and understand God’s word?”  What can you do to prepare yourself for the message?  Here is the set list for Sunday.  Listening to these songs throughout the week may help get your heart ready for when we …

The New Normal: 3 Tips for Parents

Is your family crazy or normal? “Normal.” What does that even mean in the context of family? Is it normal to grow up in the church with parents who you never see argue? To have a dad who never drank and a mom who was always there?  What if normal is fathers who drink and mothers who don’t discipline their children? What if normal is divorced families or kids who are raised by grandmothers and grandfathers? There is danger in comparing your family to what’s “normal.”  Today, I believe parents struggle to raise their kids with all that is trying to win the attention of their child. Parents have to work at being the number one influence or, what I call, the determining voice in the lives of their kids. It’s overwhelming at times and parents often feel alone and, as your kid would say, “The struggle is real.” I’d like to share with you 3 things that you can do as a parent to help ensure that you are the lead influence in your child’s life. Be present. Just like our …

Your Kid Isn’t Perfect

I have been a mom for all of 5 years, 10 months, and 21 days. I graduated from college in less time than that, so you’d think I would have learned quite a bit by now. The truth is, in the time I’ve been a parent all I’ve really learned is that I still have no idea what I’m doing. Before I had children, I remember talking with a good friend about her own children. She said something that has always stuck with me: I don’t need my children to be the smartest or most popular kid in their class. I’m ok if they don’t make the honor roll or win awards. I just want them to love others and be kind. That was such a profound statement and I decided that I wanted to believe that statement for my own children one day. Now that I actually do have children…it’s MUCH easier said than done. In his Bible study “Raising Children Without Raising Your Blood Pressure,” pastor Rick Warren makes the statement: Kids are not things to be …

This Week For Sunday

We are a crazy church family. I love that about us. We do things different from any church that of which I’ve ever been a part. This week Shannon is going to be talking about just that, us as a family. Our future. Our calling. I’m so excited about the future of this family. I’m excited about our presence in the community and that it’s only going to increase as we move forward. These songs are great to help us stay focused as our family moves forward. We need to keep our eyes and hands towards heaven. Let’s not forget why we do what we do and for who we ultimately do it. We need to remember that Christ is enough for us in our everyday and that He has given us the Holy Spirit to empower and convict us. See you Sunday! Hands Towards Heaven – North Point InsideOut Christ is Enough – Hillsong Live Holy Spirit – Brian & Katie Torwalt

Who do you believe God is?

The way you think, the way you act, the way you respond demonstrates who you believe God is. My Aunt Margie had a slew of kids, milked cows every morning, grew her own food, and raised pigs and chickens,which you could see walking up under the house through the kitchen floorboards. She was country. On one visit to her house, a few of her kids, my brother, and I went with my cousins who lived up the road to a drive-in horror movie marathon. My cousins said they would pick us up at the end of the driveway. Aunt Margie’s driveway was two miles of thickly wooded pot holes, swamp, and dirt. Nobody liked driving down that driveway.  What none of us had thought about before we left was the walk back home after a marathon of fright! They left us at the end of the driveway in the pitch black of a moonless Kentucky night. As we proceeded down the dark road, one of us “thought” we heard “something.” We paused for a moment and then all began to run! For the …

3 Marriage Tips for Wives

Corey and I have been married for just over 9 years.  While we still have a lot to learn, we’ve picked up a few things along the way.  I’d like to share 3 of these principles that wives can put into practice that have made a positive impact on our own marriage. Thank your husband for providing for your family.  When we go some place special, I make it a point to thank Corey for buying my dinner, movie ticket, or what have you.  When Corey shops with me (which means I look while he sits on the “husband bench”), I’ll thank him for whatever it is I buy. Corey and I both contribute to our household.  So he didn’t buy dinner all by himself, we both paid for it.  But as the husband, he feels a burden to provide and I want him to know he is doing a good job.  If your husband is providing, no matter how much or little, let him know you appreciate it. Pray for your husband (out loud). In September, Corey and I visited with …

This Week For Sunday

This Sunday we’re introducing a new song by Chris Tomlin called “Good Good Father.”  The chorus says: You’re a good good father. It’s who you are, it’s who you are, It’s who you are, and I’m loved by you. It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am. We serve a good God.  He gave himself up for us so that we may have life and experience His presence.  Through the sacrifice of His son, we become adopted children.  The beginning of 1 John 3:1 says, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” And  Romans 8:15 says, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’” That’s who I am!  That’s who …

Right Facts… Wrong Conclusions

I am willing to eat a lot of things, and have even developed a taste for foods that I never cared for before.  But… I cannot stand green peas!  First and foremost, I hate the way they taste and they make me gag.  But there’s more… Statistics show that people who eat green peas experience sickness at some point in their life and even death.  Actually, my research shows that at least 90% of the people who consistently battle ailments such as the common cold, the flu, and even allergies have eaten green peas.  Here’s another frightening fact: 100% of people who ate green peas between the years of 1900 and 1940 have begun to experience mild to serious decline in health and energy in recent years.  The most terrifying statistic is that of all the people born in the 1800’s who ate green peas, only two are still living! For these and many other reasons, I will not be consuming green peas, and I urge you to consider joining me. Right facts… wrong conclusion. I grew …

How do we deal with our failures?

I am very competitive and a sore loser. I truly believed, like many of us, that failure was not an option.  My failures have always taken a toll on me, but only recently have I seen how the Lord views my failures, and ultimately how he redeems them. But before I could ever be “…glad to boast about my weaknesses…” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT), I had to first fully understand what the Apostle Paul said to the Church in Ephesus about salvation, specifically, that “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (Ephesians 2:8-9, NLT). We have to understand that it is simply by God’s grace that we have been saved. The Bible has made it clear, “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23, NLT) and “not a single person on earth is always good and never …