8/16/18 A Message From Chris

40 is quite a big deal

  1. Fortyis the only numberin English whose letters appear in alphabetical order.
  2. Minus 40 degrees,or “40 below,” is the only temperature that is the same in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
  3. When the bubonic plaguegripped Europe during the Middle Ages, ships would be isolated in harbor for 40 days before passengers could go ashore. The Italian word for 40 is quaranta—hence quarantine.
  4. There are 40 spaceson a standard Monopoly board. Proving that life is a gamble, the game gives players equal odds (one in 40) of going directly to jail or winning the Free Parking lottery.
  5. Forty is the maximumnumber of players a Major League Baseball team can sign to its roster at once.
  6. Forget “nine months”;a typical pregnancy actually lasts 40 weeks.
  7. It took chemists 40 attemptsto develop the magical spray we know as … wait for it… WD-40 (full name: Water Displacement, 40th formula).
  8. In literature,40 is the number of thieves Ali Baba clashes with in Arabian Nights.
  9. Also, 40 is the number of winksDr. William Kitchiner suggests taking for a perfect nap.
  10. And if you need more evidencethat 40 sounds like a lot, please see the standard American workweek: 40 hours.


40 is quite a big deal in the Bible too!

  1. Moses, Elijah and Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days each
    2. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years
    3. Ezekiel laid on his right side for 40 days to “bear the iniquity” of Judea’s sins
    4. Three kings reigned for 40 years each: Saul, David and Solomon
    5. Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days before David defeated him
    6. God destroyed every living thing on Earth by flooding it for 40 days


40 is quite a big deal at Southland Baptist Church

For the past 40 years, the people of God have met to worship their Lord and Savior.  For 40 years, Southland Baptist Church has witnessed God’s miracles in this place:  the lost have been baptized, the broken have been restored, the sick have been healed.  For 40 Years…  It is time to celebrate what God has done in this place for the past 40 years.

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration is on Sept 8th, 245 people have already purchased their ticket to this celebration.  If you have not yet purchased your ticket and made plans to attend, it just will not be the same without you!

You can purchase your ticket HERE right now! Or you can buy your ticket(s) this Sunday, August 19th before and after church in the foyer.

Whatever you do, don't miss the party!  We will celebrate God's goodness over the last 40 years and imagine all that He will do in and through Southland in the next 40!

Just as a reminder . . . the deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, August 29th, and no tickets will be available at the door.

40 is quite the big deal!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris


 Brandon Spector, This is 40:  Bizarre Factoids about the Number 40 You Never Knew, Reader’s Digest.

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8/2/18 A Message From Chris

On this Thursday, I simply want to say Thank you.  I have been reading a new book titled, “Make a List: how a simple practice can change our lives and open our hearts”.  In the introduction, one reads, “people make lists to get organized, to plan the day, to set priorities, to clarify “pros” and “cons” as they make decisions, to explore their feelings, to dispel mental fog, to articulate goals, to identify their deepest hopes and purposes”

After receiving great kindness from Southland this past Sunday evening, I made my own list of Thanksgiving:

  • For the numerous thoughtful cards welcoming us
  • For the recommendations for dentists and doctors
  • For those who stop by our home and talk to us when we are in the front yard
  • For the advice on how to navigate registering our children for school
  • For the tips about band and soccer in San Angelo
  • For unconditional love for a family you do not know
  • For how serious you take Jesus’ words
  • For ribbing me on how I pronounce “Christoval”
  • For softball on Monday nights
  • And the conversations with men that occur before, during, and after the games
  • For the random phone call to check in and see how we are doing
  • For introducing me to so many wonderful Mexican Food Restaurants
  • For not laughing when I bemoan how the same street has two different names

I am sure my list could go on and on, but I will stop for now.  You might be on a journey that needs your own list.  Take time to stop and make a list—in the midst of doing so, you just might notice that God is closer than you noticed.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

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