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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

What would you say is the opposite of joy? There’s a lot that comes to mind: gloomy, unhappy, despondent, miserable, but near the top of my list. . . Cynicism. The...
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by Evan Wehrle

The second thief to our joy is Commotion. By commotion I simply mean the hurry and busyness and noisiness of life. It’s partly the fast pace and partly the sheer amount of v...
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by Evan Wehrle

One of the primary thiefs to our joy is, and always will be, Comparison. “I wish I was as fit as her. ” “I wish I made as much money as him. ” “Everyon...
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by Evan Wehrle

Over the next three weeks our teaching series is looking at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God&rsqu...
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by Evan Wehrle

I usually get to the office early. I like the peace and quiet of the morning to start my day. I can get into the building using our security badge system, but my office door has a ...
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by Nathan Head

Impulsivity often costs us dearly. The words that cut. The drink that distorts. The debt that accrues. Why is eating carrots not impulsive but eating cookies is? Why is saving $100...
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by Nathan Head

I am never more hungry than after a long day at the beach. A perfect day at the beach for me consists of setting up our family’s “spot,” a place with blankets, ch...
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by Nathan Head

There is a common and excellent teaching in many circles today called H. A. L. T. It’s true that we should “halt” when we are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I&rsqu...
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by Nathan Head

I’m not sure who coined the phrase, “the simple life” but it sure sounds appealing. I don’t know what comes to your mind when you think of the simple life, ...
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by Nathan Head

Max Lucado’s Anxious For Nothing gives a framework for dealing with anxiety. The perspective he offers is as profound today as ever, even though the book was written just pri...
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by Greg Chandler

The acronym CALM gives us a way to respond to anxious moments. Max Lucado in Anxious For Nothing says the C stands for Celebrate God’s goodness. A stands for Ask God for help...
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by Greg Chandler

Our current teaching series at Southland is called War. Jesus has already gone to battle and won for us and He wants us to live in freedom. But it doesn’t mean the adversary ...
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by Greg Chandler

In his book, Anxious For Nothing, Max Lucado provides a pathway that can lead to some freedom from worry. It uses the power of God’s Word to counter a moment of anxiety. And ...
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by Greg Chandler

I generally leave my phone on silent. But back in early January, my father became very sick, so I knew I would need to receive calls even in the middle of the night. Each time my p...
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by Greg Chandler

If I can be completely candid, I had a rough week last week. I can’t precisely pinpoint exactly one thing that made it such a rough week, but I can sure point to a few things...
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by Chapman Bean

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda and help lead a camp for students in high school. This trip began like any normal trip. We go on a few long plane r...
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by Chapman Bean

“. . . A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant t...
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by Chapman Bean

Imagine the weight Judas must have felt. The weight of the world was undoubtedly upon his shoulders because he knew he’d made a tremendous mistake. I think C. S. Lewis articul...
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by Chapman Bean

Our verse today will forever be a verse that provides me immense comfort and hope. I was in my third year at Campbellsville University getting a degree in pastoral ministry when I ...
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by Chapman Bean

I told a friend a couple of weeks ago that I liked her sweater, and she responded with, “Thanks! I recently bought it at Target!” I jokingly told her I might need to go...
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by Kelly Hill

In the classic Children’s novel, Charlotte’s Web, Wilbur the pig escapes his pen to find a taste of freedom. His barnyard buddies cheer him on and coach him on how to d...
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by Kelly Hill

Even if you’ve never been in an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting before, you’ve probably seen in movies the familiar opening line of, “Hi I’m _______ and I...
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by Kelly Hill

I had a friend once tell me that she had an addictive personality. I’m not sure if she told me this as an excuse for some of her behavior or if she was just being raw and hon...
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by Kelly Hill

My husband’s favorite ice cream shop is Coldstone Creamery. His favorite ice cream there is the “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” with vanilla ice cream, choc...
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by Kelly Hill

We have peace with God because of what Jesus did for us. If you believe in Jesus, that’s your birthright. It’s the truth, it’s the reality in your world right now...
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by Will Briggs

It’s true: He will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him. In other words, trusting in the Lord leads to peace. Every time. A common prayer for me in recent years has bee...
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by Will Briggs

When God is working in someone’s heart to shape them more and more into His image, one result we’ll see often is that the person becomes a person of peace. They’r...
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by Will Briggs

Peacemakers truly are blessed people, aren't they? Those who bring peace into the places they live, work, study… they are just refreshing to be with. Because peace is o...
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by Will Briggs

Have you ever noticed the number of times in the Bible that people interact with God Himself, their Creator, the Almighty. . . and don’t realize it at first? Sometimes not even...
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by Will Briggs

I’m glad for Psalm 34:18, aren’t you? I mean, if it’s not true, we may as well all line up for the high windows. I’ve discovered it to be true; how about yo...
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by Gary Black

There’s a divine mystery to suffering that we must discover on our own… a mystery that enables us to both endure and smile at it. It feels odd to include “smile&...
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by Gary Black

Have you ever prayed for, then received a miracle? I have, many times. Often they’re “small” miracles; other times, they’re huge. Some involve physical heal...
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by Gary Black

Yesterday, I pointed out that having deep faith in God doesn’t guarantee a pain-free life. For every “health, wealth, and happiness” verse people quote, I can thi...
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by Gary Black

Years ago, I heard about a guy named Kurt who ran into one difficulty after another. On the way to work one morning, a garbage truck slammed into his car. A week later, he lost $20...
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by Gary Black

I’m a word geek. I’m probably a geek in other ways as well. I can quote lines from movies like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and I read the books, all 1,178 pages of...
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by Rebecca Hatton

Maybe you’re like me. When something’s on my mind, no amount of melatonin is going to bring sleep. I toss and turn, sigh and stew… all night long. My response to...
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by Rebecca Hatton

YHWH-Yireh (The Lord Will Provide) appears early in Scripture. In a powerful moment, Abraham is once again asked to go somewhere. We first met Abraham as God asked him to gather up...
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by Rebecca Hatton

David, it seems, never forgot the kindness of his friend, Jonathan. Years after Jonathan risked life and limb to protect him from Saul’s schemes, the tables have turned. Davi...
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by Rebecca Hatton

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