8/23/18 A Message From Chris

 42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Acts 2:42-44


In The Different Drum: Community-Making and Peace, Scott Peck  believes that conscious community building is a process of deliberate design based on the knowledge and application of certain rules. He states that this process goes through four stages

  1. Pseudo-community: Where participants are "nice with each other", playing-safe, and presenting what they feel is the most favorable sides of their personalities.
  2. Chaos: When people move beyond the in authenticity of pseudo-community and feel safe enough to present their "shadow" selves.
  3. Emptiness: This stage moves beyond the attempts to fix, heal and convert of the chaos stage, when all people become capable of acknowledging their own woundedness and brokenness, common to us all as human beings. Out of this emptiness comes
  4. True community: the process of deep respect and true listening for the needs of the other people in this community. This stage Peck believes can only be described as "glory" and reflects a deep yearning in every human soul for compassionate understanding from one's fellows.

My heart breaks when I see people try to find “True Community” by buying another $4 cup of coffee, or signing up for another book club, or visiting the local sports bar on a weekly basis.  Each of us has a deep yearning to be known and to know others.

My heart also breaks when we show up every Sunday and settle for “pseudo-community”, a place where we play it safe and only talk about the pleasantries of life.  God has created us to have deep relationships with our fellow human beings and we settle for asking about the weather and scheduling our life around the TV.  Today, I invite you to not settle for the norm, but to live out community—Christian Community.

At Southland, we are intentional in making environments one can find “true community”.  Some times we do a great job and at other times we don’t do as well as we should.  However, our goal is to have a group of people where that deep yearning for connection and understanding from another human being and for God can occur because each of us is created in the image of God designed for relationship.

Our primary way of forming community is through our Sunday Morning Bible Studies that meet before and after worship.  If you are not in one of our Sunday morning Bible Studies (Sunday School), you are missing out—you are missing out on Community, not community that is found at the coffee shop or the sports bar—community that can only be found by being with brothers and sisters in Christ.  This week would be a great day to try one out.  Most of our small groups are sharing a meal afterwards and you are invited. Please drop me a note at if you need any help finding the small group community for you.

Have a great day and can’t wait for Back to Church Sunday!   


Grace and Peace,


Pastor Chris


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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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