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Speed Bumps Of Life

Posted on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 under Expression 1

Anyone out there like speed bumps? They seem to just get in the way, don’t they? They knock the car’s alignment out of whack. They slow us down. And we don’t like that. We just want to get where we want to go in the fastest way possible. And then there are the other drivers on the road. Our actions -- and often our words -- shout, “Everybody get outta the way!” What we sometimes fail to attend to in our hearts as we rush and hurry and strive to just get to where we want to be is that we can inadvertently act not only impatient, but also careless about the safety of others, and I have even encountered drivers who seem outright homicidal. All because we don’t want to slow down.
In a culture that doesn’t want to slow down, navigating life-change can be extremely difficult. Because we will have to slow down. The words of my friend Gary Black often come back to remind me: “It takes a lot of slow to grow.” The quick, microwave version of change isn’t at all what we hope it will be. Maybe you’ve struggled, and you know the pain of trying harder to change, wanting it really badly one day... only to feel ambivalent about it the next. The truth is, we often only kind of want to change. Until it really hurts. That pain is kind of like speed bumps that slow us down until God is obliged to put a wall in front of us so we will just stop and let Him help us.
Did you know God wants to help you? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God waits for us to come to Him. As much as we’d like a speedy intervention that changes our situation miraculously, He simply waits for us to slow down and come to Him to receive the healing touch we need. Isaiah goes on to tell us clearly that when we wait for His help, His touch, His faithfully persistent -- yet slow -- transformation, we will then experience the life of blessing we have always longed for.
Do you want God to change the way your life works when it comes to family, marriage, coworkers, friends, addictions, woundedness, or even just things you do when no one is looking? Contact Jennifer to learn more about how Southland’s Care Team can come alongside you as you slow down, come close to God, and let Him help you.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Can You Imagine?

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 under Expression 4

Imagine what it would be like to live in a country where only 3% of the people were followers of Jesus. If this were true in the United States, there would be less than 10 million followers of Jesus. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But in reality here in the US, there are over 83 million followers of Jesus. 
To bring this even closer to home: if only 3% of the people in Kentucky were followers, we would have 132,000 believers across the state. In the Czech Republic only 3% of the population call themselves followers of Jesus. We are definitely blessed here in the US and in Kentucky. And yet we are called to make disciples around the world.
TCM International Institute, a partner with Southland, works with believers in the Czech Republic as well as other Eastern European, Central Asian, and African nations. TCMI’s mission is to develop Christian leaders for significant service through higher learning. The vision is that every nation will have effective leaders of disciple-making movements impacting their churches, cultures, and countries for Christ. 
This means they are preparing men and women with graduate degrees to change their nations for Christ. From Russia to Kenya, from Poland to Armenia, from Uzbekistan to Estonia - preachers, teachers, social workers, directors of orphanages and schools, youth ministers, doctors, and scientists are all earning graduate degrees in practical ministry so they can plant churches, lead churches, and engage in kingdom work in whatever way is open to them in their nations. 
Your giving directly supports TCMI so you are helping develop Christian leaders for significant service. Imagine how few believers there might be in those parts of the world if TCMI were not training men and women for significant service in their nations. Please pray for the TCMI staff and faculty, and for the students and graduates who are making an impact on their churches, cultures, and countries. 

Myron Williams
Global Outreach Development Pastor

20 Cans Of Success

Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 under Expression 1

This past Sunday’s message from Jeremy Cowart reminded me of these 20 questions that I read in a book. It may be a great follow up for you from the message and a great preparation for the upcoming series “Fixer-Upper Life” that kicks off this Sunday. I hope you find hope and joy as you read each question and scripture.
Taken from “Victory Over The Darkness” by Neil Anderson
  1. Why should I say I can’t when the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength? Philippians 4:13
  2. Why should I worry about my needs when I know that God will take care of all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? Philippians 4:19
  3. Why should I fear when the Bible says God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind? 2 Timothy 1:7
  4. Why should I lack faith to live for Christ when God has given me a measure of faith? Romans 12:3
  5. Why should I be weak when the Bible says that the Lord is the strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God? Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32
  6. Why should I allow Satan control over my life when He, that is in me, is greater than he that is in the world? 1 John 4:4
  7. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says that God always leads me in victory? 2 Corinthians 2:14
  8. Why should I lack wisdom when I know that Christ became wisdom to me from God and God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask Him for it? 1 Corinthians 1:30; James 1:5
  9. Why should I be depressed when I have hope and can recall to mind God’s loving-kindness, compassion and faithfulness? Lamentations 3:21-23
  10. Why should I worry and be upset when I can cast all my anxieties on Christ who cares for me? 1 Peter 5:7
  11. Why should I ever be in bondage knowing that there is freedom where the Spirit of the Lord is? 2 Corinthians 3:17
  12. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus? Romans 8:1
  13. Why should I feel alone when Jesus said He is with me always and he will never leave me nor forsake me? Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5
  14. Why should I feel as if I’m cursed or have bad luck when the Bible says that Christ rescued me from the curse of the law that I might receive His Spirit by faith? Galatians 3:13,14
  15. Why should I be unhappy when I, like Paul, can learn to be content whatever the circumstances? Philippians 4:11
  16. Why should I feel worthless when Christ became sin for me so that I might become the righteousness of God? 2 Corinthians 5:21
  17. Why should I feel helpless in the presence of others when I know that if God is for me, who can be against me? Romans 8:31
  18. Why should I be confused when God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through His Spirit who lives in me? 1 Corinthians 2:12; 14:33
  19. Why should I feel like a failure when I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loved me? Romans 8:37
  20. Why should I let the pressures of life bother me when I can take courage knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and its problems? John 16:33

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Parent Sneak Preview - October 2

Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  A Little Girl Helps Naaman (2 Kings 5 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants me to help others.
Bible Verse:  “Serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13 NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  God’s Promises (Isaiah 41:13 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible tells us God’s promises are true.
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” - Psalm 119:160 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Come On Get Happy… Give Happy!

Posted on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 under Expression 1

Want to make someone’s day but not sure what you might have to offer? Well how about...
  • A helping hand out of the car, or an umbrella to keep someone dry as they make their way to the building.
  • A warm welcome of “Come on In!” at the front door. 
  • A beaming smile served up with a hot cup of coffee to help someone get their morning started.
  • An inviting hug or handshake and a simple, “Hey, how’s your week been?” as you help a guest find a seat.
  • A helpful nod that understands a person’s need and points them to the right information for an event or activity.
These are just a few of the simple ways our Guest Experience Team serves everyone who joins us each week for our services. And each of these simple things, in their own small way, gives people a happy feeling about Southland! Often they even make our day better in a very real way by lifting our spirits or distracting us from difficult circumstances.
Did you know science reveals that when we do good deeds, we reward our brains? It’s not just doing good - it’s good for us too! Would you love to help us spread that happy to more people each week and even feel a little happier yourself? Then join the team!
God loves a cheerful giver  - of our time, our resources, and our heart. It doesn’t have to be a big give to be meaningful to the Lord. It surely doesn’t have to be major to make you happy. It just has to be from the heart. Come give a little happy from the heart on the blue shirt team! Text SERVESCC to 24587 to learn more. 

LaShawn Barber
Life Groups / Guest Experience Leader - Georgetown

You Just Had To Be There!

Posted on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 under Expression 1

Have you ever taken a picture that didn’t live up to real thing?  Maybe it was a sunset or a mountain vista or even a cute moment with your kids that you tried to capture on your phone, but the photo didn’t do it justice.  For some moments of life, you just have to be there.
I had one of those unphotographable moments last summer when I stood in the balcony of Theater 81 watching dozens of families praying over their babies at our Parent Dedication Service.  The sound of all of those prayers rising up to heaven on behalf of so many children was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. I took a video and several pictures, but as you may have guessed, they don’t even begin to communicate the power of that moment.  
You just had to be there.  Fortunately, you’ll soon have that chance again!
We’re offering a second round of Rooted Parent Dedication services this fall if you’d like to participate with your child.  Our Rooted services are an opportunity for parents to stand up and declare their intention to make Jesus the number one priority in their home.  
Several weeks before the service, parents will receive coaching tools to help them write out a prayer and choose a key Bible verse for their child that they will use during the service.   But that’s just the beginning.  Every family who participates in Parent Dedication will receive a three year prayer guide and family keepsake book to help them continue praying for their child long after the event.  
Here’s what one of our Southland moms had to say about her experience at Rooted:
“We loved the Rooted service and were so grateful to be a part of it! We utilize the Bible almost every day as well as the journal with ideas of what to pray for month-to-month. Very thoughtful, generous and useful gifts! THANK YOU for everything you all do!” - Erin Berg
Don’t just take our word for it.  Come experience Rooted for yourself.  If you want create a meaningful experience like this for your family, you just have to be there. 
Our fall Rooted Parent Dedication services will be on the following dates:
  • Harrodsburg Road, November 6, 1:30pm, Theater 81 
  • Danville, November 13, 2pm, Auditorium
  • Richmond Road, November 13, 2pm, Parkside Theater
Click here for more information about registering for this event.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Join A Life Group!

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 under Expression 1

Life is lived best in community. You’ll hear us say this all the time... because it’s true!  
Our team loves this passage in Acts 2. It’s the model for our Life Groups: Right after a day of explosive growth in the early church, the people formed a community. They realized they couldn’t do it on their own - life was too hard and there were too many distractions. The best way for them to stay on the path of following Jesus was through a safe community of people who wanted to grow together.
Life Groups at Southland study God’s Word, pray, serve, and share life together. You might find a Life Group at a football game together, biking down Harrodsburg Road, singing together at Night of Worship, or serving together at Jesus Prom. That’s because our groups are all about growing together in every aspect of our lives.
We have an opportunity coming up in a couple of weeks for you to join a group at Launch Night! We’d love to see you there on Thursday, September 29 at your campus location. Register here!

Going Doesn’t Always Mean Doing

Posted on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 under Expression 1

There are times on a mission trip when work needs to be done: like painting classrooms and hallways, and setting up bulletin boards. So sometimes it’s time to be Martha. But, as important as the work is, that’s not usually what you share when you come home. You talk about the Mary moments instead. 
Moments like the look on a child’s face when you give them brand new school clothes. Moments of prayer shared out-loud, conquering a fear of praying in public... and especially when God answers! And don’t forget the moments that little child sat on your lap during the church service. 
We recently had a small group of ladies return from Sonlight Ministries in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. These ladies had no idea what ‘work’ they would do for our Ministry Partner, other than help teachers set up classrooms for school. What they did was trust Jesus to prepare them for whatever happened! 
And Jesus did not fail them. Not when when the deaf man approached and Whitney was able to communicate with him for over an hour because of a one year class she had on American Sign Language. Or when the group went to the hospital and prayed over the patients and provided them with clean water. And when the team just sat and poured into the missionaries who live full time in Haiti. Sharing life. Sharing their love for Jesus and the work He has called them to do. 
Going… is not always doing. Often, it’s just Being. Being Jesus to someone who needs to see Jesus. Where have you been Jesus today? 
Want to discover more about being Jesus to others on the mission field and everyday life? Contact me to learn about Global Outreach opportunities at Southland!

Robin Seavers
Global Outreach Logistics Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - September 25

Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants me to trust him
Bible Verse:   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” - Proverbs 3:5a NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Creation (Genesis 1:1 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible tells us about God’s love for us.
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” - Psalm 119:160 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

The Conversations That Count

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 under Expression 3

Have you ever struggled to explain something to your kids?  I sure have.  I was driving down the road with my daughter one day when the subject of yodeling came up. Yes, yodeling.  Don't ask me how.  It was just one of those random things.
Finally my daughter asked, "Hey, dad, what is yodeling?"
"Well," I said, "it's like singing, I guess, but not really.  It's kind of, um, well, yodeling." Brilliant, I know.
The fact is I could identify yodeling when I saw it, but I didn't know how to describe it in a way my daughter would understand.  No great loss, I’m sure.
However, just a few months later, I was driving down the road with the same daughter in the same car when she said, “Dad, I’m ready to get baptized.”
Suddenly the stakes were a little higher than the yodeling conversation.  I knew how I responded in that moment was a big deal.  Fortunately, we’d just been to KidSplash, and I had the language to talk to my daughter about the most important decision of her life.  
At our first KidSplash in 2009 we had a Dad who shared some of the same anxiety over talking to his kids about faith.  He said, “I get this whole relationship with God thing for myself, but I just don’t have the words, I don’t have the language to explain it to my kids.”
We created KidSplash to give parents the words.  At KidSplash, families will experience a dynamic presentation of the story of God’s love told in a way they’ll never forget, and parents will walk away with the tools to keep the conversation going at home.  
So if your elementary child is asking questions about baptism or if you just want to get the conversation started, KidSplash is the place to go.  We won’t teach you much about yodeling, but we will equip you to have the conversations that count.  
Our next KidSplash event is Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 P.M. in Building C at the Harrodsburg Road Campus. If you’d like to come, just e-mail Wende.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - September 18

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Miriam, The Sister of Moses (Exodus 2:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is with me.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and courageous.” - Joshua 1:6a NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  The Greatest Book on Earth (2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is God’s book, the Greatest Book on Earth!
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” - Psalm 119:160 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Night Of Worship

Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 under Expression 1

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men." 
C.S. Lewis 
We often sing songs at Southland that call on God’s Spirit to move among us, that reach out to be in His presence. Lyrics like “Come like You promised” and “All consuming fire fall” ring out in our services from pure hearts yearning to be in community with God. One of my favorite lyrics centered on the Spirit of God comes from the song Holy Spirit when it says “Let us become more aware of Your presence, let us experience the glory of Your goodness”. These words encompass the reality that God IS with us and we can acknowledge that we need to place ourselves in a posture of awareness of how He is already moving and blessing us. If you were able to join us at our Summer Worship Night you experienced a movement of people who are living out of the posture of awareness to God’s moving. And September 13th we will gather together again to continue seeking the glory of God’s goodness. Join us Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at our Harrodsburg Road campus to surrender praise and adoration to God as we worship Him for all He is and all He is doing!

Mike Vandemark
Programming Director

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