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Surviving the Holidays

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 under Care Expression 4

We all carry around a picture in our head—our own idea of Thanksgiving and Christmas time and how it’s “supposed” to look and feel. The holidays carry this mystique, whether we have treasured memories of our own or we’ve pieced together our picture from movies or media. We just have an idealized sense of how they “ought” to be. Rarely does our experience live up to our ideal, however. Someone or something always eventually gets turned crossways and messes up the beautiful picture in our head. Bottom line: The holidays always carry their fair share of joy along with a measure of challenge. 
 
Speaking of challenge, life itself can be challenging. But especially if you're walking through difficult circumstances during the holiday season. Have you lost someone you love to illness, accident, or suicide? Was the divorce finalized in the past year? Did your whole world turn upside down because of a relocation, an addiction, or an incarceration? Have you been struggling recently with the realization that you’re lonely, disappointed with life, or your nest is empty for the first time in twenty years? 
 
Whether you're walking through grief, divorce, a recent difficulty or a long term struggle, join us on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30pm in Building F at the Harrodsburg Road Campus. You’ll learn to discover practical strategies and create a game plan for getting through the holiday season. We’ll share a time of connection, turn our eyes toward hope, and grab some time to dig in with others who are walking or have walked down the pathway you’re on right now. 
 
Register below to let us know you’re coming. Contact me or Belinda if you have any questions.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Pass on Your Values

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 under Classes Expression 2

At Southland we talk about managing personal finances using a framework of 10/10/80.  We know that God owns it all, so we want to give the first 10% of our budget back to God, save the next 10% for our future needs, and allow God to bless how we live on 80% of our resources.  What you may not realize is that being good stewards of our resources can also be part of our plan to leave a legacy after we pass away.  
 
Putting a plan in place now can allow you to pass on your values, save your beneficiaries time and money, and have peace of mind that your loved ones are provided for.  Southland has partnered with Financial Planning Ministry, an organization that comes alongside Christian churches to provide information to its members about wills, living trusts and other estate planning tips. They’ve already worked with dozens of Southland families to put a will or living trust in place, and Financial Planning Ministry can help you put your plan in place at no cost.
 
Our next Wills & Estate Planning workshop with Financial Planning Ministry will be held at the Harrodsburg Road campus on Saturday, November 8 at 4pm in Building F, Room 116.  The workshop will end by 5:15pm, so you can attend our 5:30pm service immediately after the workshop.
 
You can register for the workshop here.  If you have any questions, you can contact me!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Brokenness in Evangelism

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

When reading through Psalm 51 today I noticed verses twelve through thirteen in a new way. The verses read, 
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”
Psalm 51, authored by David, provides us an up close and personal look at repentance and restoration of a relationship with God dismantled by sin. David followed God closely. The Bible even describes him as a man after God’s own heart. Yet, David had an extramarital affair when he should have been leading his army. When his mistress became pregnant,  David contrived a plot to return her husband home so he could sleep with her and cover the whole thing up. When the husband did not sleep with his wife out of respect for his fellow soldiers, David contrived a second plot to put her husband on the front lines so he would die. D-I-E. David plotted murder and committed adultery. This sounds like Dateline to me!
 
Psalm 51 comes on the heels of David’s return to God after all this sin and the consequence of his sin, the loss of his child. David has put himself through the ringer of sin and God has allowed David’s choices to play out in his life. Yet, in this Psalm we see healing and we see David desire to teach others God’s ways “so that sinners will turn back to [God].” How can this be? Why in the world would God use us to tell others about Him? Verse twelve gives us the answer.
 
David had never been more clear about the goodness of God and the need of salvation, than on the heels of his greatest mistakes. God can use us, too,  because as we continually confess our sin struggles to him, the joy of our salvation is restored! The price has been paid! Once and for all (Hebrews 10:14). This is the heart of the “Me Too” movement. We are sinners, too, but forgiven ones - free ones - redeemed ones. We are called to have our mind set now to the Spirit of God and not the flesh (Romans 8). We know what messing up royally looks like, yet we have found God and the gift He offers us in His Son and the life He sustains in us through His Spirit.
 
The joy of our salvation is restored every time we turn to God from our sinful ways back to His. On the heels of our brokenness, we can extend the same hope we’ve found to others. This is evangelism. We do not walk perfectly, but our struggles unite us with those around us who struggle with sin and do not know the remedy found in Jesus. The restored joy of our salvation spills out and we want to tell others - “You can have this, too! God loves you like this, too!” - just as we saw David declare in Psalm 51:13.
 
To truly experience the joy of our salvation, we need to humbly remember our DEEP need of a Savior. As we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) , we can invite people to journey with us to the only true remedy for sin: Jesus Christ, our Savior.
 
What’s next?
  1. Take some time today to really look closely at your own heart and life. What is out of alignment with God’s ways and more in line with your own? Confess those areas to God.
  2. Thank God for the reminder of the need of His salvation through Christ. Ask Him to restore the joy of your salvation to you, SO THAT you can extend that to others.

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

The Adventure of Adoption

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 under Care Expression 2

Adoption is an adventure like no other. It is multifaceted, requires immense quantities of time, effort, persistence, love, care, and money, just to name a few.
 
Five years ago, my wife and I started a process of bringing home our son, Dimitar, from Bulgaria. The process taught us so much about ourselves and about God’s ability to both lead and provide. Now, almost a year later, we’re still learning so much about how to communicate, teach, encourage, and grow this little guy that God has welcomed into our family!
 
Through the process, we learned that adoption is just one aspect of orphan care. Sure, it takes people who adopt, but also those who share their resources, people who encourage and pray, family who helps to provide respite care for adoptive parents, and more. And with so many ways to be involved in caring for orphans, our Care team here at Southland wanted to help people learn about how they can join in the work God is doing all of the planet to care for His kids.
 
On Sunday, November 2, from 1-3pm in the Harrodsburg Road Atrium, we’ll be hosting our annual Orphan Care and Adoption event. It will help you discover your part in God’s mission to care for children in this world and learn how you can be part of providing a future for a child that they could not imagine or ask for—let alone provide for themselves.
 
Whether you’re consider adoption or would just like to learn more about orphan care, come out and join us. Contact me or Belinda if you have any questions.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - November 1/2

Posted on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!

ANIMATION STATION

Bible Story: Moses vs. Pharaoh Exodus 5-12

Big Idea: God wants me to be patient.

Talk About: Draw a picture of something that takes a lot of patience. Then as a family talk about how everyone in the family can be more patient with one another.

Worship Songs:

This Or That
by John Delich

I Count On You
by Casey Darnell and John Delich

Never Give Up
by Hillsong Kids

THE BACKLOT

Bible Story: David Worships God Psalm 150:3-6

Big Idea: #GodIsEternal

Talk About: Look up the word eternal together. Talk about how God is Eternal.

Worship Songs:

#LITO
by Press Play

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Kids Investing in Kids

Posted on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 under Children Evangelism Expression 4

Herbert Hoover once said, “Children are our most valuable resource.”
 
I’d like to introduce you to some children who prove this statement true.
 
Meet Jamierion, Camden, and Emma.
 
These three are middle school students who lead in the Big Picture Show! Jamierion is new to the team. He is part of our after school program on Mondays, and attends church Sunday mornings with his friends from Serve the City. Camden and Emma have been with us for about two years. These kids run the equipment in our tech booths, lead worship, and help lead life groups.
 
 
Next up are Abigail and Emma Grace. 
Since the launch of our Richmond Road campus they have volunteered countless hours. They enthusiastically clean, organize, lead life groups and worship. They love spending time with kids and helping them grow closer to Jesus.
 
Then there’s Hanna and Lydia.
 

They started leading because of the influence of their own life group leaders. Hanna serves in the Drive-In and Lydia in Animation Station. They spend personal time outside the weekend praying for “their” kids and preparing for the lessons. 
 
All these kids are radically investing in other kids. They are living out Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:16-20 that says,
“Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
I’ve heard it said, "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." 
 
We are all children of God, and Jesus clearly believes we can go out and lead people to Him. 
 
Who are you leading to Jesus?
 
If the answer is no one, will you consider one of these steps this week?
  • Bring someone new to church.
  • Take a friend to dinner and share your faith.
  • Encourage someone to join a life group. 

Tobi Florence
Children's Groups Leader - Richmond Road

Backpack Kids

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 under Local Involvement Expression 4

We're excited to partner with the Backpack Kids program this year to help feed families in the Danville and Boyle County School systems! We'll be partnering with several other churches in the community who have been involved with this program for several years. Backpack Kids feeds more than 50 families every week who might not otherwise have enough food over the weekend.
 
To keep these backpacks full, we need all of the food items on our food list.  We want to kick off our parternship by asking everyone to bring in five items of food between now and the end of November! Just drop your food items off in one of the bins out in the lobby each weekend. You can find a list of the food items we collect in the bins and at Connection Point. Every item that you bring in helps us not only feed the families currently in the program, but also helps us consider expanding the program to more families in need!
 
We also need help getting the food from the Danville campus to the storage pantry at Indian Hills Christian Church on Monday mornings. If this would be up your alley, just contact me for more information!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

Embracing Simplicty

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 under Global Missions Expression 4

Written by Dallas Schofield, Global Missions Volunteer

A few weeks ago, I returned from Ouanaminthe, Haiti with a missions team from Southland. It was my first missions experience and I was blessed to go with a great group of guys. We flew into the Dominican Republic and stayed overnight and then traveled by van to Haiti the following morning. Along the way, we started to see a decline in living conditions and structures in general. I was taken back by how little people had and was struck with a feeling of despair when I wondered how just a few of us would be able to make any kind of impact on this community. But after settling in and getting to know some of the people and their children, I fell in love with the community we served and realized, yes, we really can make an impact.

“It was clear that the community was proud of their country and wanted to make it a better place.”

By the end of the week I was becoming envious of the simplicity of their lives. They were very hard workers with a strong desire to learn. They didn’t race to get things done. They communicated the news, events, and daily activities by talking to each other because of the lack of technology—which brought them closer together! Yes, we can teach them a thing or two, but we could learn a lot from the Haitians as well.

Overall, the whole trip had a humbling impact on my life and the kids stole my heart. Ouanaminthe is a difficult place to describe. Words like hot, dirty, and poor, come to mind… but it’s so beautiful. It was an experience that I won’t forget and I can't wait to return to visit my new friends!

Dallas Schofield
Global Missions Volunteer


If you’d like to get involved with our Global Missions team and help extend hope around the world like Dallas, we’d love to talk with you! Join us this Sunday, October 26, at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road campus for an info meeting about what's upcoming in 2015! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Hope to see you Sunday afternoon!

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Loving People the Way God Does

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

I think the Jesus Prom series has been one of my favorites. Because, honestly, this entire series has centered on what we're all about here at Southland—unleashing a revolution of love. Over the past three weekends, we've learned that the easiest way to do that is by loving the same people that Jesus loves and showing that love through our actions.

If you were here this past weekend, you may have heard Jon talk about a special simulcast event that's happening at the Richmond Road Campus this Thursday, October 23 at 7pm. Bob Goff will be here to help kick off the release of Jon's book, Jesus Prom, and everyone is invited to come join us as we keep the celebration going that started during this series! There will be some great music, special guests, and we'll hear from Jon and Bob about how life gets fun when you love people the way God does. 

If you're wondering what the book is about, check out the video below. Then, come back and celebrate with us on Thursday!

Justin Meeker
Communications Director

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 25/26

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!

ANIMATION STATION

Bible Story: Joash rebuilds the temple - 2 Kings 11:21-12

Big Idea: God wants me to obey!

Talk About: As a family, talk about what it means to obey and how we all need to obey what God says.

Worship Songs:

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

Forever and Ever
by John Delich

I Can Obey
by Singin' Praise Tots

THE BACKLOT

Bible Story: David Spares Saul’s Life - 1 Samuel 24:1-13

Big Idea: #GodIsKing

Talk About: Make a crown together. Talk about how God is King over all and how we are his sons and daughters, which makes us princes and princesses.

Worship Songs:

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

You Only
by Jeffrey B. Scott

Lord I Need You
by Matt Maher

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Out of the fog

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

A few days ago I was driving in the thickest fog I’ve ever seen. It was morning, but was so dark that I could only see about 10 feet in front of me. As I crossed a bridge, it got worse and I couldn’t believe how blinded I felt. I wasn’t sure what was in front of me, next to me, or behind me and it made me very uncomfortable.
 
I thought about pulling over and stopping until it cleared, but as I started up a hill the fog began to lift. I could see a little sunlight shining through and then I saw the vibrant blue sky, the amazing colors of the autumn leaves, and the road in front of me was clear again.
 
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I thought of how much that few minutes in the fog is what life is like without Jesus. Moving through each day unsure, in darkness, with no direction and some days just wanting to stop. Life with Jesus is sure, clear, and full of hope. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who are going through life in a fog. What is holding us back from telling them about Jesus so that they can know the hope and clarity that we have?
 
In Mark 16, after the disciples had spent time with Jesus, they went and told people the good news of Jesus. Verse 20 says “The followers went everywhere in the world and told the Good News to people, and the Lord helped them.” I don’t know about you, but after I spend time with Jesus in the morning, I don’t go into all the world, or even Danville, and tell people about the Good News of Jesus. Why is that?
 
I guess I figure they’ll come and ask if they want to know, or someone else will tell them. Either way, I want to change and pray that God will forgive me for all the missed opportunities and give me another chance to make the most of the opportunities to come. I can get involved through Southland in so many ways: working with Serve the City, learning about missions trips coming up, or being a mentor in a local school. I pray that you will join me in helping people out of the fog by telling them the good news of Jesus.

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Global Mission Trip Meeting

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 under Global Missions Expression 4

You've heard us talk a lot about Haiti.  Jon has openly shared his heart for the country.  You've probably even been a part of the mission one way or another through tithing, prayer, or packing a million meals.  
 
I want to invite each of you who have had global outreach cross your mind, even if only once, to join us for one hour on Sunday, October 26 at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road Campus.
 
Maybe the idea of going on a mission trip has scarcely crossed your mind, but you're curious of what we're doing around the globe.  Or, maybe you have a skill set that you've been wanting to apply to a partner in Haiti, but need some guidance in how to take the next step.  It could even be that you've had missions on your heart for a while and now is the time to just take a leap of faith!
 
Regardless of where you are in the thought process of serving on the global mission field, this meeting is a great way to simply learn.  So, join us for an hour, hear some great stories, eat some good food, and meet people who are in the same place as you in this process.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Excuse Me… Is It Too Late?

Posted on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

"When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us. So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed." Luke 7:1-10
 
Last week we had the amazing privilege of seeing many people get baptized! It was an incredible evening. One scene in particular stood out to me. We were wrapping up and all the crowds had gone away. Our team was breaking down tables, stacking chairs, and taking down tent(s). The sun was going down and the weather was looking bleak. 
 
All of a sudden a young man comes rushing up to where our team was tearing down. He stepped over toward us and asked, “Excuse me...is it too late?” Wow—those words were so impactful. We said, “No way...come on down to the water!” As Jon was baptizing this young man, you could see the joy on his face and the hope in his eyes. 
 
I loved the urgency this young man came with and the faith that moved him to follow Jesus. 
 
I'd like to encourage all of us to think about a time in our journey when our faith moved us to follow Jesus more intently; with more urgency. Let's take some time over this next week to reflect and pray for someone that we could share our faith with. 

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road


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