Do not fear

I can get so wrapped up in looking at the things I have no control over.  Circumstances that we want to change can eat us alive with worry and anxiety.  Thank goodness underarm deodorant was invented. As we all get swept into this season of joy and celebration, a lot of us just seem to […]

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One, uno, одно, ένας, ein

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  ~Ephesians 4:4-6 Today is a special day for Southbrook Staff.  We always have […]

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Eating crackers when you could have lasagna

It seems like just yesterday when Beth and I went to Russia.  My brother-in-law, Chris and his wife were adopting two boys from Siberia.  They had already been there for two weeks and were not eating well.  Because everything was written in russian, meal time became impossible. When we arrived, they were so excited to […]

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Stir others up!

“let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”  ~Hebrews 10:24 Do you know how to do that?  What are your strengths and how would you use them to stir others up? Everyone is unique.  An important step in growing and becoming better is understanding who you are and what […]

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What defines a “Win”?

I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I was to see so many families showing up at the Southbrook Family Fun Night!  Every age group, even college students were enjoying time together.  Watching people laugh at each other with the wacky costumes and enjoying food and tons of candy was incredible. We ran out of hotdogs, […]

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The power of our prayers today

At a time when so many of us are enduring challenges in our own lives, we are witnessing the devastation of the flooding in New Jersey and New York.  Our struggles today suddenly seem minor in comparison to the families that have lost everything. We need to be in prayer right now as the church […]

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Pastor Todd Mullins speaking at Southbrook

What happens to us when we get bold enough to take that next step in following Jesus Christ?   It’s a question we all need to explore in our lives.  Peter took that next step and he was never the same. We’ll be stepping boldly into this on Sunday as Pastor Todd Mullins will be […]

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Use up your Grace today

Burn out.  All of us get to that point.  We get frustrated or desperate with our life, so we work harder in our own strength using what we know to try to get across the finish line of each day. As Christ followers, if we shift our view of how to do things, if we […]

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Staying true while being misunderstood

There is no doubt that at some point in your life, you’ve been misunderstood by others.  I want to encourage you today with a message from Streams in the Desert written by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman.  This book was written in 1925 and a copy sits on our bookshelf  that was given to my mother in 1959 […]

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Four Heroes In My Life

When I was a teenager , our family would go camping on the weekends about 60 miles from home.  We would hitch the pop-up camper and boat and drive down to the campground. One time, my dad filled the boat up with gas near home before we started our journey.  About 45  minutes into our […]

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