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A Good, Good Father

Posted on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 under Expression 1

On any given weekend, we have people sitting in seats and serving, either on stage or behind the scenes, who represent all kinds of families, all kinds of histories, and all kinds of struggles, weaknesses and heartaches. Some of us come from good families while others of us would have requested a trade if that had been an option. 
I John says this, See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him (I John 3:1), and then it goes on to say, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too (I John 5:1).
This Tuesday, February 9th in Theater 81, we want to take some time at Night of Worship to remember that we have a heavenly Father who loves us fiercely, who disciplines us correctly and fairly, and a Father who asks us to live like His kids - because if we have chosen to follow Christ - that is what we are! Regardless of how our earthly families look, for those of us who believe in Jesus, we have an eternal family and a Father who never fails.
We’re going to spend time singing about who God is as our Father and singing about who we need to be and how we need to live as His children. This will not be a novel truth or something you’ve never heard before, but our prayer is that all of us would understand the heart of God the Father better than we ever have before, so that we will be prompted to give our whole hearts to Him. We look forward to singing with you, praying with you and growing in God with you. See you Tuesday night!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Are You Qualified?

Posted on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 under Expression 3

True confession time. The day we brought my daughter home from the hospital, I completely panicked. I had never taken care of a baby before, at least not without a responsible adult in the room. But my wife didn’t seem to care. The moment we walked in the door she handed me our daughter and said, “I’m going to sleep.”  
I said, “Wait, what? You’re leaving her with me? Alone?”
I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen when we got home, but I guess I’d hoped for some kind of daddy training wheels or something. There surely must be someone more qualified to do this besides me, I thought. Over the last ten years, I’ve found myself in many such parenting moments. Moments when I’ve felt overwhelmed and unprepared. 
I’ll never forget the night when my daughter was seven and we were driving home from church, just the two of us. She said, “Dad, I think I’m ready to get baptized.”
Once again, I panicked. Just like that day we brought her home from the hospital, I didn’t want to mess this up.  I didn’t want to talk her into something she wasn’t ready for, but I also didn’t want to discourage her from following God’s leading.
I thought, Surely there must someone more qualified to have this conversation besides me. But there wasn’t. See, as parents, there’s no one more qualified to talk to our kids about Jesus than us. Why? Because parents are the experts on their kids. God designed it that way. No one knows our kids like we do. No one has the relationship and influence we have.
But sometimes even the experts need a little help. That’s why we created KidSplash. KidSplash is a fun event for families who have questions about baptism and following Jesus. At KidSplash we unpack the message of God’s love in a way that makes it easy for kids and parents to talk about it at home.
If you feel overwhelmed or unqualified to talk to your kids about faith, don’t worry. We’ve all been there. At KidSplash, we don’t provide training wheels, but we do share helpful tools to give you all the confidence you need to lead your kids to Jesus.  
So whether your child is asking questions about baptism or you just want to get the conversation started, come to KidSplash and we’ll help you take your next step in following Jesus together.
Our next KidSplash event is Tuesday, March 15th 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

The Text That Could End Your Marriage

Posted on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 under Evangelism

He found himself holding his phone, knowing that their entire relationship had fallen apart. He had just received a text message from his wife that was intended for another man. She was seeking comfort, companionship and romance outside of their marriage. As he scrolled back through his old texts with his wife he saw nothing but a long conversation of errands, grocery lists and basic exchanges of information. There was not a trace of passion or love. The words she expressed to someone else were words he hadn’t heard from her in years.

"He found himself holding his phone, knowing that their entire relationship had fallen apart."twitter share

That’s an all-too-familiar conversation we have in ministry. So many people drift away from one another in marriage and the results are devastating. This just happened to a couple in our church. My friend put it this way in his email to me;

We probably looked like a perfect couple to some people, but over the years we drifted apart, especially after the kids were gone. We said we loved each other, but didn't really show it. We never really fought, but once in a while she would tell me that she was unhappy and I would promise to do better, then things would revert back to the old ways. I wasn't paying attention to her like I should have and she found someone who made her feel good about herself.

For most people this would have been the end. But it wasn’t for this couple. The day after he found this text they attended our Date Night marriage event and God brought unexpected healing. It wasn’t our programming or anything that we did. God simply used the space we provided that night to realign their relationship.

When I found Southland’s Date Night, I didn't realize it then, but that was part of His miracle. It was a turning point for us. And the follow up Bible study hit a lot of our problem areas head on. We started praying together every night. We opened our hearts up and talked about things that we never had. We've now begun another Bible study together and we are continuing to work on our marriage and appreciate each other. We're rebuilding our marriage on God's promises. Our love is better than it has ever been.

"...that was part of His miracle. It was a turning point for us."twitter share

The Lord worked a miracle in our marriage. When we started putting Him at the center of our marriage, He worked in a big way and has blessed us beyond belief.

"When we started putting Him at the center of our marriage, He worked in a big way... "twitter share

God can bring that same healing to your marriage and marriages around you. Here are three things you can do to get Him involved.

  • Come to church this weekend. Our new series for February, XOXO, will focus on our relationships and, hopefully, be the spark that some of us need to breathe life into our marriages.
  • Join RightNow Media and do this study by Francis and Lisa Chan with your spouse. 2 Chronicles 20:12 says, “We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to You.” Sometimes the best thing to do when you don’t know what to do is to just keep your eyes on God. This study can do that for your marriage.
  • Pray for your marriage. Don’t be fooled, people. The devil wants to take down your marriage. He wants to take down every marriage. Don’t give the devil any room for that nonsense. Pray for your marriage every day!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

You’re so vain. I bet you think this Bible’s about you.

Posted on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 under Expression 1

“You’re so vain. I bet you think this Bible’s about you.”
I heard those words in my head the other day as I read a quote in my Old Testament class; “As God’s self-revelation, the objective of the Bible is that the reader comes to know God better.” Scripture isn’t about me. It’s about God. And Jon’s message this weekend captured that idea with brilliance. The Bible is about God. And, holy cow, God loves me a lot. 
Jon captured each book of the Bible in one word. And he followed up with a brief synopsis of what God is saying to us through these incredible books. Take a minute to review and pray through what God’s trying to reveal about Himself to you today. Print this list off and keep it handy as you read your Bible Daily. 
Genesis… Family
Exodus... Deliverance
Leviticus… Law
Numbers… Wandering
Deuteronomy… Obedience
Joshua… Risk
Judges… Leadership
Ruth… Redemption
I Samuel - II Chronicles… Sovereign
Ezra… Restoration
Nehemiah… Reconstruction
Esther… Providence
Job… Trust
Psalms… Worship
Proverbs… Wisdom
Ecclesiastes… Perspective
Song of Solomon… Intimacy
Isaiah… Salvation
Jeremiah… Captivity
Lamentations… Sorrow
Ezekiel… Revival
Daniel… Refinement
Nahum - Malachi.... Repentance
Matthew… Surprise
Mark… Power
Luke… Inclusion
John… Love
Acts… Mission
Romans… Grace
I & II Corinthians… Unity
Galatians… Freedom
Ephesians… Imitation
Philippians… Joy
Colossians… Enough
I & II Thessalonians… Hope
I & II Timothy… Character
Titus… Maturity
Philemon… Forgiveness
Hebrews… Mediator
James… Genuine
I & II Peter… Truth
I, II, & III John… Simplicity
Jude… Judgment
Revelation… Victory
For a book that’s about Him, He sure does talk about us a whole lot, doesn’t He? Well, that’s simple. If you read the Bible as God’s self-revelation, you’ll see one major theme that He reveals on every page. He loves you so much.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

608 becomes 308

Posted on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 under Expression 1

There's only one weekend a year 608 changes it's service time.  That weekend just happens to always falls on the first weekend in February.  Coincidentally, the Super Bowl also falls on that same weekend, and this year is no exception! So, on February 7, we're moving 608 to 3:08pm.  Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and we’ll see you at 3:08pm this Sunday!

Matt Edin
Worship & Programming Pastor -10 After / 608

Parent Sneak Preview - February 7

Posted on Mon, Feb 01, 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!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Jesus Calms the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus can do anything!  I can trust Him when I’m afraid
Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” - Genesis 26:24b NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Peter Steps Out (Matthew 14:22-33 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I can trust in Jesus when I’m afraid
Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” - Isaiah 41:10a NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I can forgive others because Jesus forgave me
Bible Verse:  “But God is faithful and fair. If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.” - 1 John 1:9 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Ravi Zacharias - Coming To Lexington

Posted on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 under Expression 1

He's spoken all over the world. He's shared the stage with Billy Graham. He is considered one of the most prominent and thoughtful Christian speakers in the world. Now, on February 24th, Ravi Zacharias will be coming to Lexington .
As a teenager in India, Ravi was given a Bible in a hospital following an attempt to take his own life. God began to speak into his life and has since used Ravi in some amazing ways. He has spoken at the United Nations and at National Prayer Breakfasts in countries around the world. In early 2016, Ravi was a keynote speaker at Passion Conference with over 40,000 young adults in attendance. He’s passionate about to speaking on college campuses and to the surrounding communities.
Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) first contacted Ravi over 3 years ago to inquire about him speaking in Lexington. It took 3 years out because of the extremely high demand for Ravi to speak around the world. Greg Haseloff, a Southland member and Asbury University chaplain, was pleasantly shocked to hear Ravi would be coming to UK. "We've been trying to get him to the area for years!” 
CSF is thrilled to bring Ravi to Lexington. He's been traveling and speaking for decades, and we know those in attendance will be blessed and challenged by his words. Due to a large expected turnout, Ravi will be speaking at Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus on Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm The event is free and there is reserved, free parking for the event.
Still not sure if you want to attend? Check out Ravi’s Foundations of Apologetics video series on Right Now Media. You can sign up for a free account if you don’t already have one!
For more information, call or text CSF at 859-273-5433 or visit www.ukcsf.org/ravi to learn more. It's a night you won't want to miss!
Brian Marshall
Lead Campus Minister 
Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) at the University of Kentucky

Matt Edin
Worship & Programming Pastor -10 After / 608

Revelation Study

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 under Expression 1

Join me beginning Sunday mornings on Feb 14 at 9:30am for a verse by verse Bible study on the Book of Revelation--one of the most intriguing, awe-inspiring books of the Bible. This study will meet each week through December of 2016 and will focus specifically on the historic and cultural background of Revelation and help us understand the original meaning of the text and draw modern day application for our lives. Each week there will be time for fellowship with new friends and Q & A.
If you are interested in this event, then be sure to register here.  We will be meeting at at Harrodsburg Road in Building C.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Life Coach Training

Posted on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 under Expression 4

Every week, people contact Southland asking for financial help. They need to pay their water or electric bill. Perhaps their rent is way overdue. These are real needs and really good ways for Southland to help people in our community. 
But instead of handing out money, Southland demonstrates care for the whole person by handing them a choice. We take the time to connect each person who qualifies for financial assistance with a Financial Life Coach. They walk through a process together - finding ways to stay out of debt and learning how to choose to be wise with their money. By offering long-term help, Southland restores dignity to people and empowers them to make choices for themselves. 
Would you like to get involved? You can become a Financial Life Coach! Join us on January 27th at 6:00 p.m. for a training session at our Richmond Road Campus. 
This training is for people from any Southland campus who are willing to use their skills to serve the community around them. 
To learn more, contact me.

Candy Williams
Helping Through Him & Financial Care Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - January 31

Posted on Mon, Jan 25, 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!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Jesus Heals the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus can do anything! I can ask Him for help
Bible Verse:  “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.” - Philippians 4:6 NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Lunch for a Bunch (John 6:1-14 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus can do amazing things with whatever I give Him.
Bible Verse:  “God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7b NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Jesus and Peter Walk On Water (Matthew 14:22-32 NIrV)
Big Idea:   I believe Jesus is powerful enough to do anything.
Bible Verse: “Great is our Lord. His power is mighty. There is no limit to His understanding.” - Psalm 147:5 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

You Can Make A Difference

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 under Expression 4

It’s winter here and we’re thankful for houses where our families are warm and safe with plenty of food on the table. Though Haiti does not experience a winter like ours they do have a rainy season where plenty of precipitation falls. Imagine a home constructed of whatever supplies you can find - cardboard, pieces of lumber, plastic, sheet metal - so when it rains you and your family get wet either inside or outside. Not fun. So what can you do about this? Join Southland as we head to Haiti and help construct a few block and concrete houses with metal roofs for the people there. 
Not much for construction work? That’s okay! We’re also planning to provide food to some of the poorest of the poor, love on babies, and spend time with boys and girls in an orphanage. In fact whether you like to build houses or care for children - or anything in between - plan to join us for a trip to Haiti. We need 20 people for a trip May 26 - June 4 to Lifeline Christian Mission in south central Haiti where you can also be part of distributing some of the million meals we will pack here in February. Go to southlandchristian.org and complete the online application.
If you miss this opportunity for any reason, take a look at your calendar for March 19 through March 26 and April 2 through April 9. We’ll be taking two trips to Hugues Bastien's Coalition of Children in Need in Northeast Haiti. We need 15 people on each trip to help with painting and other maintenance projects. These jobs will be at the school where 2,400 students are educated.
You can make a difference and generously extend hope. For more information on any of these three trips visit the Global Missions website or contact Robin

Myron Williams
Global Outreach Development Pastor

Buffalo Chicken Dip and UK Basketball

Posted on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 under Expression 1

There’s a certain level of predictability of folks here in Central Kentucky. Take last Saturday night, for instance. Roads were cleared, Walmarts were ghost towns and most of us had settled into some deep couch sitting. 
UK Men’s Basketball was on.
As I sat there on my couch (admittedly, I did hop off my rump to yell at the TV more than a few times), I realized these games are a perfect opportunity to send a few texts, unlock the front door, and have some neighbors and coworkers over. 
Jon preached it last week. “People like Mary and Martha and Zacchaeus and Matthew opened up their homes to Jesus so that he could interact with people who didn’t know that God loved them. So what if our dining room tables became the biggest expression of God’s love in central Kentucky?” And I think it’s a-okay to take that idea from your dining room to your living room. In fact, UK basketball and some buffalo chicken dip might be the best way to get some folks into your house!
So here’s my wife’s buffalo chicken dip recipe and here’s the game schedule for the rest of the season. I’m telling you, those two things, plus an invitation from you, could make an eternal difference for someone. Open up your home to some neighbors and coworkers, turn on the game and love where you are.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

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