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I’ve Got My “E” Ticket

Posted on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 under Evangelism Expression 4

As a kid growing up in California, I loved going to Disneyland. Back in the day, you’d have a book of tickets that you’d use for each ride. The “E” ticket rides included the Matterhorn and Pirates of the Caribbean—two of my favorite rides. Many times my mom and her sister would give up their “E” tickets so that we could ride all the fun rides with my Dad. They made a huge sacrifice so that my brother and I could enjoy ourselves for that one day. Of course you no longer have to use a book of tickets to go to Disneyland or Disneyworld...these days it’s just one price for everyone to get in.
Disneyland pales in comparison to what heaven will be like. And guess what—you don’t need an “E” ticket to get in. Actually, your ticket price to get into heaven has already been paid. Jesus paid the price for you and me when He sacrificed His life on the cross. We can walk right through those gates of Heaven and walk right into the arms of Jesus if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. That’s a whole lot better than riding a roller coaster at Disneyland, believe me!
I don’t know where you are right now in your walk with Jesus. I know some of us think we will never be good enough... and you’re right! We will never be good enough, but through Jesus we can be made new. The choice is yours!
Disneyland is awesome, but nothing like how awesome Heaven is going to be and I want to go there with you! If you are thinking about giving your life to Jesus, don’t be afraid. I’d love to talk with you about what it means to surrender and give your life to the One who loves you most.

Dotty Harney
Children's Volunteer Leader - Harrodsburg Road

Parent Sneak Preview - February 28/March 1

Posted on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 under Children Weekend 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: Abraham Moves to a New Land (Genesis 12:1-8)

Big Idea: Wait with a happy heart.

Bible Verse: “Love will never end.” - 1 Corinthians 13:8

The Drive-In

Bible Story: Daniel Tells the King the Truth (Daniel 4: 1-8,19 & 25)

Big Idea: I Can Be A “Sinbuster” By Always Telling the Truth

Bible Verse:“So each of you must get rid of your lying. Speak the truth to your neighbor.” - Ephesians 4:25a

The Backlot

Bible Story: The Good Shepherd Meets Our Needs (Matt 6:25-33)

Big Idea: Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows our needs and can take care of us.

Bible Verse: “The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.” - Psalm 23:1

Sheep Life Challenge

Families, don’t forget to take the Sheep Life Challenge and download your Psalm 23 poster and wallpaper today.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

2 Timothy Study

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 under Expression 4

On Monday nights in March, Southland will be offering a mid-week teaching and worship experience through the book of 2 Timothy. This is a powerful section of Scripture that teaches God's people how to stay faithful to the Gospel in the midst of an increasingly faithless culture.
Each night Dan Hamel will teach 2 Timothy verse-by-verse, and afterward we'll have a time to respond with worship and guided prayer. This will be a great opportunity to grow more in your understanding of the Bible and also meet new people at Southland. If you're already in a life-group, consider coming together. We hope to see you there!
Monday nights — March 2-23
Richmond Road Campus (Parkside Theater) 
If you have any questions, contact Dan.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Take a Leap of Faith

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 under Expression 4

One of the greatest gifts of traveling is the people you meet. That’s what I’ve learned so far in my short 25 years of life. Marie-Claire Charles is one of those people. We met for the first time last June when I visited Ouanaminthe Haiti, after months of back-and-forth emails and her putting up with my rusty attempt at Haitian Kreyol. It felt like we’d been friends our whole lives. We laughed together, talked about what girly things, and shared dreams for Haiti—the country we both love.
Marie Claire was in 7th grade when she first started attending Institution Univer, the school started by Hugues Bastien. At the end of 13th grade, her class would be the first to graduate from the institution, and she would be one of the young adults to venture on to the United States to pursue higher education.
Her goal was always to go back to Haiti, to improve her country in any way God led her. As people rallied around her love for Haiti in America, it only fueled her fire that she could bring change to a place so many people saw as lost.  
When I recently visited Marie-Claire in Haiti, I got to see more of her heart. She loves relentlessly. Whether it is a small child who caught her eye, or an elderly lady walking down the road, Marie Claire noticed them. Here at Southland, we often talk about doing for one what you wish you could do for everyone—that’s what Marie Claire does; she loves the individuals of Haiti.
We have so many trips to Haiti this year that would give you the opportunity to meet people like Marie-Claire. Whether you visit Ouanaminthe, venture up to Port-de-Paix, or find your way over to Grande Goave, you’re going to have the chance to interact with some incredible people. Trust me, it’s worth the leap of faith to go to Haiti and make a new friend. For more information, contact me.

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Join the Guest Experience Team!

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 under Weekend Expression 1

The Guest Experience team loves getting to know people who visit Southland and we take pride in taking great care of our guests. We love helping a first-time family connect to our children's environment. We love assisting guests through the cross-walk safely in our parking lot. We love extending a warm smile as you walk through the door. We love serving you a cup of hot coffee. We love connecting with you when you come find a seat in the Auditorium. Whatever it is, our Guest Experience team values you, our guest!
We are inviting you to come learn more about how to get started in serving with our Guest Experience team—we are on the lookout for Greeters that welcome folks at the doors and Section Hosts who meet and hang out with guests in the Auditorium. We have a blast serving together—we have a fun team and an incredible mission! Will you join us?

Greg Chandler
Guest Experience Pastor - Richmond Road

Evening Programs Canceled for Thursday, February 19

Posted on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The snow is finally over (for now), but we know there are many roads in the Lexington and Danville areas that are still dangerous to travel on. Because of this, we've decided to cancel all programs for Thursday evening.

Unfortunately, this means that we'll have to postpone Launch Night at the Danville and Harrodsburg Road campuses. We haven't rescheduled just yet, but we'll let you know as soon as we have a new date!

We'll also be canceling Celebrate Recovery at the Harrodsburg Road campus Thursday evening. However, our Celebrate Recovery staff, sponsors, and group leaders will still be available by phone if you have an urgent prayer need Thursday evening.

We hope you've been able to stay safe over the past few days and hope to see everyone this weekend! Invite your neighbors or friends to come out with you as we dive into the book of Luke together.

Justin Meeker
Communications Director

The One Matters

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 under Expression 3 Expression 4

It won’t take long for me to convince you that this statement is true: The One Matters. An entire chapter in Luke 15 talks about this concept—the one coin, the one sheep, the one son. We often get caught up in the thought that unless we affect hundreds or thousands of people, we’re working in vain. The enemy would love for us to think this, but it’s just not true. 
At The Academy, a one-on-one mentor program at our Richmond Road Campus, we believe that the one matters. We pair mentors with one student and we love with everything we have. We do for each one what we would like to do for every student in Lexington.

We know that one of the best ways to students hearts is through their stomachs, so this semester we’ve made homemade meals, brought in potlucks, eaten a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and dominated some pizza. Kids can seriously eat! 
Among the delicious food we have every Monday, we provide a consistent one hour block of time where leaders can help their student read, work on homework, and share about their day. It’s very tough to pick a favorite part of the day, but this might have to be it: seeing students paired up with an adult who believes in them, encourages them, and tells them the truth of who they are in Jesus. That brings so much joy to my life. Our students are wonderful and unique, but each has a story of more difficulties and triumphs than this blog could capture. Luckily, we have a big Jesus to meet their needs.
Lastly, we have fun! That is an understatement. We go on field trips and bring in people from the community to help these students think outside of the box. This semester alone we have:
  • Built rockets
  • Rode roller coasters
  • Visited a working horse farm
  • Built piggy banks at Home Depot
  • Created “The Worlds Largest Ice Cream Sundae”
  • Completed a Crossfit Kids workout
  • Put on our own Christmas play
  • Heard from nurses, MLB coaches, landscape architects, chefs, business owners, non-profit presidents, Veterans, NFL players, and professional videographers
The list could keep going. 
We do every bit of what we do in the name of Jesus. We pray before we eat, we finish our day with the study of God’s word, and we worship together. There’s nothing like The Academy and my hope is that more and more people will join us.
With every mentor who joins, we are able to bring in one new student. It’s that simple! Would you consider joining us Monday’s from 2:30pm-5:15pm? Contact Janelle Cartner for more information.

Janelle Cartner
Serve The City Coordinator

Take the Sheep Life Challenge

Posted on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 under Expression 3

In a world that gets crazier by the day, our kids need to know that they have a great big God who wants to protect and provide for them no matter what they face. Jesus really is the Good Shepherd who has our back through the all the ups-and-downs of life.
To help drive that truth home, we’re challenging all of our Southland families to take the Sheep Life Challenge and memorize Psalm 23 together over the next month.
Here’s how it works:
  1. Download your Sheep Life poster here and start working on memorizing it together. Print it out and hang on your fridge or use this as wallpaper on your phone or tablet — whatever it takes to keep it in front of your family.
  2. Once you memorize it, either take a video of your family reciting it or just take a picture of all of you holding the Sheep Life Challenge poster.
  3. Post your video or picture to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #sheeplifechallenge. On March 16th we’ll be drawing one of those families to win a cool prize.
  4. For extra fun, you can challenge another family to take the Sheep Life Challenge too.  No ice buckets necessary.
By the way, our poster is in the NIrV version, but you can use any version of Psalm 23 for your family. So, what are you waiting for? Bust out your Bibles and take the Sheep Life Challenge together!

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Be A BannerMan

Posted on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 under Expression 4

Ever seen this guy?  If not, chances are you’ve seen a banner or two at an event prominently displaying “John 3:16”.  There’s a great song by Steve Taylor called, “Bannerman” which is all about this guy and others like him who have made it their mission to purchase expensive tickets to events and at the right time, throw up this most famous scripture in the Bible.  Steve quips in the song, “He ain’t gonna change the world but he knows who can.”
We’ve seen this verse so over-displayed we gloss over it’s significance and under-proclaim it.  It’s sad really.  Seriously, read this thing:
16For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
(Now, on your own, go read verses 17-21 because they are pretty important too.)
Here’s the deal—a banner never saved anyone.  A banner, and BannerMan, ain’t gonna save the world.  
But we know who can.  
And that WHO is proclaimed in this over-proclaimed verse of scripture that we under-proclaim.  WE know the WHO.  WE do.  So it’s on US to start proclaiming this verse again.
You don’t need a banner to proclaim it.  You just need a burden for what this verse means.  If the “everyone who believes” will not perish, what happens to the “everyone who does NOT believe?”  I think we know that too.  Therefore we can’t wait.  We gotta proclaim it.
So go be BannerMan, but not with a banner.  Go be BannerMan with your life.  Help those everyones who don’t believe... to believe!
When you do, they’ll know that God loves them.
That He gave for them.
So they can have life.  
Be a BannerMan.  
It’s worth it.
Wanna learn more about baptism so that you can share it with others?  Check this out!

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor

What’s the Big Deal About KidSplash?

Posted on Mon, Feb 09, 2015 under Children Parents Expression 3

Over the past five years, more than 2,000 elementary kids and their parents have attended KidSplash—a dynamic experience that helps families talk about faith at home.   
No matter where your kids may be in the process of following Jesus, KidSplash can help you take some great next steps. 
But don’t just take my word for it, check out what Russ (one of our Big Picture Show dads) had to say about his family’s experience below:
Why did you go to KidSplash?
Our kids had started talking about the things they were learning at church and they wanted to know more. Also, we felt like we were not prepared to answer all of their questions, so we wanted to learn more about how to help our kids.
What was your child’s favorite part about KidSplash? 
The production. They were captivated and entertained while learning about Jesus. They also liked that they were able to talk about what they learned with a group.
What was most helpful to you as a parent?  
The most helpful part was being able to talk with other parents who were figuring out the best way to encourage their children. It was also helpful to discover that others parents also felt unprepared to lead their children on their journey to a relationship with Jesus.
How did Kid Splash help you as a family?
Kid Splash gave us a platform to build upon. It gave us confidence as parents on how to talk to our kids and answer their questions. It helped us reach our ultimate goal of leading our kids to Christ.

If you’d like your family to have the same great experience as Russ and his family, then register for KidSplash by contacting Wende.  You’ll be glad you did.
Harrodsburg Road Campus
Tuesday, March 17, in Building C, 6:30-7:30pm
Danville Campus
Tuesday, March 17, in the Auditorium, 6:30-7:30pm
Richmond Road Campus
Thursday, March 19, in Parkside Theater, 6:30-7:30pm

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Online Giving

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

I love hearing the stories around here of the ways in which we're able to impact people's lives and extend the hope of Jesus to our communities. But the truth is, none of that would be possible without your generosity each week.

We believe that every Jesus follower should be good stewards of their finances. Here at Southland, we call it the 10-10-80 plan. It's an idea we see in Scripture that we should give the first 10% of everything to God, keep 10% back to save for the future, and live off of 80%. While many of you have adopted the 10-10-80 plan for your family, we know that the check you write to Southland each week is probably one of the last physical checks you still write. And we've heard from many of you that you wish giving to Southland was easier. That's why we've launched a new tool for online giving.

Through your Southland online giving account, you'll be able to easily schedule recurring gifts, view your giving history, and update your family's information. We've made it simple to give securely using your credit/debit card or electronic checks.

Even if you're already giving to Southland through your bank's online payment feature or through ACH, you can easily change to contribute with an electronic check online. It not only makes it easier for you to manage, but it also reduces Southland's administrative time in processing your contribution.

If you have any questions, or need help setting up your account, feel free to shoot us an email at general@southlandchristian.org

Sign up for Online Giving

Matthew 5-7 Study Guide

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 under Spiritual Formation Weekend Expression 1

As we walk through the New Testament together this year, we want everyone to read more than just what we study on the weekends. Hopefully, you've already started a reading plan for the year and, if not, I'd encourage you to check out some of the great New Testament plans over at bible.com. But we also want to give you some tools that will help you continue to study the text we read together. Each week during this series, I'm going to post a video that will give you a deeper understanding of the verses we studied the prior weekend.

Watch the video below on Matthew 5-7. Then, check out this study guide that will help you grasp an even deeper understanding of the text.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Night of Worship

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 under Worship

My grandparents live in Southern Kentucky on a farm.  My grandpa is one of the kindest, Godliest men I know and he is so proud of and thankful for his land and his cattle.  Since there’s not a ton to do, he likes to take “all his babies” on walks even if it’s only 20 degrees out.  Sometimes, though, I like to take little ventures of my own and I always find myself between two, old, vast trees.  They’re on top of a hill on the edge of his land like soldiers guarding my grandparents as they live their lives--like a small, country fortress.  I could spend an entire day on that hill just thinking and meditating.  It’s so peaceful and quiet and beautiful.
Psalm 46 is a passage that I run to when I feel overwhelmed. Verses 10-11 (NLT) say, (and this is the LORD speaking),
“Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.’ The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.”  
Do you ever feel so tired and busy that you think, “If one more thing is added to my plate, I might just go crazy!”  We constantly need to remove ourselves from our surroundings just to be still.  Removing all distractions, we can center our hearts on the one Person who gives us strength, Who hears our questions, Who heals our spirits, Who sees our hurt, and Who knows us completely.  As much as I love my quiet, happy place in between those two, soldier trees, nothing compares to the peace and satisfaction that I get from sitting before my strong, wise, just, knowing, all-consuming God.  
We want to present you with an opportunity to be still before our Father and listen and respond to Him.  What an awesome chance we have to remove ourselves from our day-to-day and join together to worship our Creator and our Protector.  We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at the Harrodsburg Road Campus.  See you there!

Liz Barber
Programming Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - 10 After / 608

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