Category Archives: Relationships

Community: How it Works

For many years now, the mission statement for Southside Baptist Church has been, “Changing the world through Jesus Christ.” It is on our stationery, on our website, and everywhere our logo is printed. But a mission statement isn’t truly a mission statement unless we take it seriously and do something about it. With that in

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The Priority of Community

For the last several months I have been telling you what God has laid on my heart for our church. We started out at the first of the year talking about the Priority of Worship. I believe that if we are going to see God bless Southside Baptist Church in the future, then we are

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When I Was a Stranger

Leviticus 19 It was Monday and I was headed for Alexandria, three hours away, for our annual Louisiana Baptist Convention due to get underway at 5:30 that evening. I’ve made the drive from our New Orleans home so many times–Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge to LaFayette, north on Interstate 49 to Alexandria–that I needed a change

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

I Peter 1:13-2:3 What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, I must admit, for a while I wanted to be Superman! One Christmas I received a Superman cape, and I tried out my supernatural powers by jumping off the front porch–only to discover that my cape malfunctioned, because I landed face down on

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How to Pray Like a Friend of God

Exodus 33:7-23 I. Communication is key to any relationship. (Exodus 33:11) II. Moses is free to make requests to God because he has found favor with Him. (Exodus 33:12) He doesn’t just fit God in. III. What does a friend of God ask for? 1. He wants to know God’s way. (Exodus 33:13) 2. He

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Don’t Just Make a Living, Make a Life!

Luke 12:15 I was in a Trustee Meeting at the University of Mobile listening to a report by Dr. Robert McGinley concerning a soon to be launched Capital Gains Campaign for the University. In his report he made this statement: “We are doing a good job of teaching students how to make a living; it

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All Things Are New

Revelation 21:5-7 Topic: The Lords Supper 5 Now, for the second time in the book, God himself is the speaker (cf. 1:8). From his throne comes the assurance that the one who created the first heaven and earth will indeed make all things new (panta kaina). This is a strong confirmation that God’s power will

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Whom Can God Use?

Romans 12:1-21 Introduction: A basic fact of life is that none of us will live forever.  Thus comes the question:  Who will replace us in our places of service for God? Who will replace Billy Graham? James Dobson? Dr. White? We need not worry about the replacements for these people.  God has already picked them out.  The

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