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Aim a rocketship at the moon, and if it’s off course just an inch or so on the entire 238,000 mile trip, it will miss the moon completely. Ideas have trajectories too. Being ...
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by Evan Wehrle

One of America’s most beloved game shows is Let’s Make A Deal, the classic TV game show where the host gives contestants the agonizing choice of keeping the cash or cho...
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by Evan Wehrle

At 11:50pm on April 30th, 2012, technology writer Paul Miller started his yearlong commitment to live without any contact with the internet. So he unplugged his computer, shut off ...
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by Evan Wehrle

As our verse today reminds us, our hearts are deceitful above all things. And the most deceptive lie they tell us is that we aren’t that bad of sinners. We think we commit s...
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by Evan Wehrle

In my Grandmother’s house, there is a large family tree hanging on the dining room wall. It's a wooden cut-out that has six branches going out from its trunk to represen...
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by Evan Wehrle

I don’t know if you tackled the challenge from Wednesday, but I did and here is the list I came up with. These are some things that came to mind when I thought about Jesus&rs...
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by Nathan Head

When I put my youngest son to bed, his favorite thing to do after we pray is watch a few YouTube highlight videos on my phone. We mostly watch sports, crazy or funny plays. It is a...
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by Nathan Head

In 2018, Harvard Business School researchers surveyed 4,000 millionaires. When asked how much they would need to be truly happy (10 on a scale of 1–10) over 80% answered betw...
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by Nathan Head

Sunday at church we talked about choosing Jesus. This choice is sobering because it’s all or nothing. We don’t get to choose Jesus along with a few other things that gi...
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by Nathan Head

As a “consumer” I am the analytical, methodical, slow, and tempered kind. For example, when buying a car I prefer a CarMax-type experience to Willy’s Wheel-N-Deal...
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by Nathan Head

Along with gold and frankincense, the final gift presented to Jesus could have seemed odd, if not offensive. In the time of Jesus, Myrrh was used as an embalming element. Imagine g...
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by Greg Chandler

Yesterday’s devotion focused on how the wise men’s gift of gold underscored Jesus’ identity as King. In addition to gold, Jesus was offered a gift of frankincense...
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by Greg Chandler

Scripture is filled with imagery to help our small minds grasp life-altering truths. The Christmas story itself shows us the extent to which God would go, or lower Himself, as it w...
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by Greg Chandler

While Christmas cards might depict three “wise men” visiting Jesus, there could have been more. We assume three because the Bible tells us three gifts were presented to...
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by Greg Chandler

For as accomplished and resourceful as humans may seem, our minds have a limited capacity when it comes to understanding some of what’s seen and unseen. Jesus used story in t...
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by Greg Chandler

IT’S CHRISTMAS! Merry Christmas, Southland family. I hope you are as excited as I am for a special day celebrating Jesus. If you know me, you know I’m living my best li...
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by Chapman Bean

It’s not Christmas Eve for me without a healthy marathon of Christmas movies. My friends in my office suite regularly tease me about my love for the movie Christmas with the ...
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by Chapman Bean

Christmas is absolute chaos, am I right? For some of you reading, you wholeheartedly agree that Christmas is CRAZY! For others, you warmingly invite the excitement of untangling Ch...
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by Chapman Bean

“If it should ever be that men should fail to preach the gospel, God can conduct souls to his Son by a star. Ah! Say not only by a star, but by a stone, a bird, a blade...
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by Chapman Bean

Does Christmas make you emotional? It definitely gets me “in my feels,” as the kids like to say. The nostalgia of it all is just overwhelming. I can’t help...
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by Chapman Bean

Everyone enters into the world the same way. We all come into existence as a baby, completely vulnerable to the world around us. And isn’t it wild that our Savior decided to ...
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by Kelly Hill

I watched a video the other day of a mom giving birth in a hospital parking lot. She was so close, yet so far from the hospital. She has a crazy birth story to share. Other unique ...
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by Kelly Hill

Sometime in high school, I read Nathanial Hawthore’s book, The Scarlet Letter. Maybe you did, too, so let me refresh your memory. It’s set in seventeenth-century Boston...
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by Kelly Hill

In the popular rom-com Father of the Bride, Steve Martin shows us all the feelings that emerge when a father’s little girl gets married. His daughter comes home from studying...
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by Kelly Hill

Have you ever had someone say to you, “Okay, I’ve got good news and bad news… which do you want to hear first?” I usually pick to hear the bad news first. ...
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by Kelly Hill

There are some pretty neatly defined boundary-lines related to age in our culture. Which have you eclipsed? At 13, you can finally call yourself a teen. Wherever you live in the US...
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by Will Briggs

Our attitude toward change can be seen fairly clearly through our approach to food. What do you like to eat? What food do you eat most often? Do you get the same thing every time y...
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by Will Briggs

What we believe about something shapes the way we respond to it… for good and for ill. Consider two beverages: alcohol and coffee. With the first, if you go beyond dr...
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by Will Briggs

It’s been said that a pessimist will never be disappointed. In other words, when we look for the worst we find it. But when we seek the good? We’re more likely to find ...
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by Will Briggs

Do you know someone who’s growing old? Or maybe it’s you? Say it however you’d like: aging, maturing, advancing in years. I love and respect the folks in my life ...
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by Will Briggs

One of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes is, “The time is always right to do the right thing. ” As people who follow Jesus step out to do the right thing, n...
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by Shaun Denney

I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Yesterday, we thought about those incredible people who have invested in us. Many of us w...
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by Shaun Denney

I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Have you ever had a mentor? Someone who invested in you and wanted to see you grow in your fai...
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by Shaun Denney

Then, on the day of Christ’s return. . . Yesterday, we talked about the importance of standing on God’s Word in the face of challenges. In order to defeat compromise, we ...
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by Shaun Denney

“Hold firmly to the word of life…” One of my favorite people to read about in church history is Martin Luther. In the 15th century, Luther was coming to ter...
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by Shaun Denney

By the time you read this, I hope you’ve eaten yourself into a new clothing size! I hope the feast you had produced a tryptophan-induced coma (a. k. a. turkey nap). I hope you ...
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by Rebecca Hatton

I come from a kind family… for the most part. Maybe you come from a kind family, too. Not a perfect family, but a kind one. One year, we discovered just how kind our family ...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Roughly seven years ago, the entire world mourned the death of South Africa President Nelson Mandela. 2020 marks 30 years since Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize. His presiden...
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by Rebecca Hatton

I’m off the grid. Well, sort of. I quit social media. I’m no paragon of virtue in this. I found myself in a constant state of tension, ready to get angry whenever one o...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Wikipedia says the only thing visible on Earth from space is the Great Wall of China. My husband says it’s our house at Christmas. It’s so lit up, he swears he c...
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by Rebecca Hatton

The “calculus” of gratitude is a quite difficult math to master. I wonder why that’s so true? Could it be that we feel such entitlement instead of humility when w...
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by Gary Black

We continue our thoughts today about gratitude, using Moses as a springboard. He’s at the lowest point in his life, having escaped Egypt with a bounty on his head. Now he&rsq...
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by Gary Black

Kids… love ‘em or loathe ‘em (and sometimes it’s both simultaneously), they’re still special. As I’m reflecting this week on things I’m g...
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by Gary Black

Thankfulness is a big deal in the Bible. In fact, it’s one of the specific things that God says is His will for us (1Thessalonians 5:18). I’ve learned in my own life th...
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by Gary Black

Our theme this week is gratitude, and right now I’m thinking of things I’m grateful for, like a newborn with his hand wrapped tightly around my pinkie… birthday ...
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by Gary Black

Hopefully we truly recognize God’s sovereign power over the world. It’s because of this power that we bring ourselves before Him with prayer and petition, knowing there...
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by Michael Rossini

I think we struggle around the idea of authority in our culture today in part because of our emphasis on personal autonomy. Whereas sovereignty is ultimate power over self and othe...
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by Michael Rossini

Hopefully, times of doubt and struggle draw us closer to the Lord, but what happens when our struggles cause us to try to supplant God’s authority instead? In the book of Ex...
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by Michael Rossini

Lately, the world has felt quite heavy. For me, prior to COVID, everything was going pretty smoothly. In the months that have followed, however, life has felt heavier, harder, and ...
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by Michael Rossini

We have spent the last several weeks challenging ourselves to really explore and appreciate some incredible attributes of God—that He is glorious, holy, righteous, and worthy...
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by Michael Rossini