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Spiritual Growth through
the power of God's word.

We’ve been spending time this week around the awareness that Jesus still saves. What a comfort to know that Jesus has done exactly what needed to be done to restore us—...
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by Greg Chandler

As a pastor, I’ve done some extremely difficult funerals. One several years ago involved the death of a little girl who was sitting by her Christmas tree when she was killed ...
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by Greg Chandler

This week’s message in the Beautiful Fences teaching series reminded us that Jesus still saves. Some of my favorite scenes in the Bible are those involving people who came to...
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by Greg Chandler

We’re in a powerful teaching series at Southland called Beautiful Fences. While some boundaries are meant to divide, exclude, and isolate, others are meant to protect and def...
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by Greg Chandler

Recently, I had the opportunity to share a story about a time when I was embarrassed. As a fourth grader, recreation league sports were my life. My team, the Cowboys, was having a ...
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by Chapman Bean

In our verse today, Jesus references a time in the Old Testament when God’s people, the Israelites, were wandering around the desert for 40 years waiting to enter into the la...
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by Chapman Bean

What even is the Word of the Lord? Well, let’s take a brief look at that question today. The Bible is the most read book in the history of literature. It’s estimated t...
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by Chapman Bean

As a kid, I grew up on a farm down in Garrard County. For the majority of my life, it wasn’t a working farm, but my family leased the land for the hay. Every now and then, tr...
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by Chapman Bean

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, friends! I’m grateful for a day to remember and honor the legendary Dr. King today, and to enjoy the snow we got this weekend in central KY...
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by Chapman Bean

You might remember singing the song “He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands” as a kid in church. Maybe you cupped your hands together imagining a great and powerfu...
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by Kelly Hill

My friends always roll their eyes at me when I say, “No spoilers!” Apparently, they don’t think it’s a spoiler if the show has already been out for 20 years...
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by Kelly Hill

My friends recently welcomed twin babies into the world. They were expecting for the first time and decided to be surprised by the gender of the babies. We couldn’t wait to f...
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by Kelly Hill

I’m a pretty heavy sleeper. I sleep through storms just fine, and I set 10 alarms every morning just to be sure I don’t sleep through them. But I’ll tell you what...
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by Kelly Hill

Little kids dress up as princesses and superheroes, often dreaming of growing up to be teachers, celebrities, or even the president of the United States. Kids yearn to grow up and ...
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by Kelly Hill

So far this week, we’ve talked mainly in terms of personal storms. But to wrap up, let’s switch gears and explore what it looks like to love others well when they are i...
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by Hannah Gilbert

Most people who know me would tell you I’m a big question-asker—sometimes annoyingly so. I love details and probably prefer more than the average person, so if you&rsqu...
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by Hannah Gilbert

I don’t know about you, but I personally believe that Frozen is hands down one of the best animated movie franchises ever (and, by the way, the second movie is most definitel...
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by Hannah Gilbert

Boy oh boy, do I resonate with today’s verse! I’m sure you do, too. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a stomach disorder called gastroparesis, which resulted in a ...
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by Hannah Gilbert

Attention, friends! 2021 and all of its troubles are over! Well, not exactly. But for many of us, the annual increase of that number signifies a fresh start, a chance to put the pa...
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by Hannah Gilbert

Confession time: I’m petrified of celebrities. In my lifetime, I’ve crossed paths with a number of my fellow human beings who either were or would become what we’...
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by Will Briggs

Is it too early to talk about the new-year, new-you trends heading our way on January 1? It’s just around the corner, you know. Do you embrace the resolution thing? Are you t...
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by Will Briggs

Isn’t it so much fun when we have reason to celebrate, to throw a party? When our gratitude overflows and leads us to want to share our blessing with others, it is an express...
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by Will Briggs

Sometimes we fast so others can feast. Let me guess… fasting brings to mind words like hungry, painful, hard, challenging, self-denial. Maybe you assume it’s not for y...
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by Will Briggs

Sometimes you just have to throw a party. You gather all the pieces you can pull together and just plain celebrate. It’s been said, “Moderation in all things, including...
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by Will Briggs

This could be my favorite part of the Christmas story. This is the part that I count on. This is the part that removes my doubt and solidifies my faith. Friends, when God says it, ...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Translation: “Now, THIS I’ve gotta see!” I am often struck by the sheer magnitude of what I read in Scripture. I’m pretty certain that if I saw an an...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Even on the most amazing birthday of all time, there was a specter in the midst of it. Hidden in the text are a few simple words that would have left the shepherds, well… sc...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Of course the most glorious birthday party ever must begin with a great birth announcement. I recently received a beautiful birth announcement from a young couple. On the front was...
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by Rebecca Hatton

And so the birth of Jesus begins. . . with great fanfare. I know, I know. Lots of stuff went down last year. But something extraordinary happened on December 21, 2020. In a ye...
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by Rebecca Hatton

I once read about a young couple who got married and held a wedding reception that was anything but traditional. Instead of hosting a formal dinner, they held a reception at the ch...
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by Gary Black

“You can’t outgive God, Gary. ” Those words came from an Elder at a church I led for 15 years. Whenever there was a financial need, Howard was first to help. He wa...
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by Gary Black

I heard about a mom who took her son to McDonald’s and ordered him some fresh, steaming-hot fries. You can smell them, can’t you? Your mouth is starting to water, isn&r...
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by Gary Black

Years ago in Skipton, a town in Northern England, a prominent man in the community was baptized. A wealthy man, known for his lavish lifestyle and upper-crust status, he had previo...
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by Gary Black

All my life, I’ve listened to people complain about preachers who talk about giving. Some cite it as the reason they quit church—”All they want is your money; why...
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by Gary Black

If this verse sounds harsh to you, that’s because it is. The authors of the Bible understood that the truth can sound harsh at times, but it is always necessary for our spiri...
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by Michael Mayeaux

According to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness has significantly increased over the past decade. Drive through downtown Lexington one day, and this...
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by Michael Mayeaux

Why is it so hard to love those who are different? Perhaps it is easier or more comfortable to spend time with those we are familiar with? Whatever the reason may be, I can’t...
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by Michael Mayeaux

I remember a time when a book titled A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted was popular. The book promised to reveal the secr...
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by Michael Mayeaux

One of the defining characteristics of true southern culture is hospitality. As a southern native myself, I understand the importance of such cultural hospitality. I can’t re...
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by Michael Mayeaux

Thankfulness in all circumstances can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, our inclination can be to think we just need a slight refocus, and then we can start taking ground towar...
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by Drew Metcalfe

Thankfulness, when posited as discipline to improve in, seems easily attainable and almost like something we can just re-initiate in our lives. Maybe you just forgot to be aware of...
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by Drew Metcalfe

What does thankfulness in all circumstances mean to you? Up until now, we’ve covered the idea that we are oftentimes lulled away from a life of thankfulness, just like we can...
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by Drew Metcalfe

When looking at how thankfulness is portrayed in the Bible, no two books are as instrumental as Job and Psalm. These two books are real, unabashed outpourings of two men venturing ...
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by Drew Metcalfe

This week, we are digging into thankfulness as a lifestyle. At the surface level, if you’re anything like me, you receive this command as a good reminder to be grateful. You&...
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by Drew Metcalfe

I once heard a wise person say “prayer is rarely the ONLY thing that we do, but it should always be the FIRST thing that we do. ” In our culture now, it’s not unco...
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by Lydia Florence

Do you remember answering machines? I remember getting off of the bus as a middle schooler and coming inside to check the answering machine and see who’d called that day to l...
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by Lydia Florence

If you’ve ever struggled to know how to pray, you’re not alone. My husband and I led a small group of young adults last year, and many of them were brand new to church ...
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by Lydia Florence

My nephew just turned four years old a couple of weeks ago. He is cute and precocious, and is fully in the stage of development where he asks about a million questions a day. Most ...
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by Lydia Florence

There are many Bible stories and scriptures that have become so familiar to me over time that I can’t really recall the first time I ever heard or read them. But there is one...
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by Lydia Florence

The final threat to our joy is Circumstances. Not our circumstances themselves, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 4. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...
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by Evan Wehrle

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