Whether by phone, email, text message, or just old-fashioned conversation, one of the questions I am most often asked is, “How’s your work going?” In giving my answer, I don’t type or talk very long before mentioning the fine men of God who serve as shepherds at Southside.  They make “my work” much easier.

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We live in a time in which restraint and self-discipline are not widely considered to be virtues.  Impulse guides behavior more than reason.  The gap between the impulse and the resulting action is sometimes so small that, to many, it seems not to exist.  Many seem to be willing to pronounce any act justified if the impulse that prompted it is in any way justified.

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The sincere Christian is genuinely concerned about his stewardship of worldly possessions. On the first day of the week, he recognizes his responsibility to "lay by in store as he has been prospered." "But," says he, "just how much of what I have been prospered should I give?"

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Many are not aware of it, but the choices we make everyday say a great deal about our sense of value. It's a simple fact that we choose what we like, what we are interested in. There is a good example in the Bible which shows us the relationship between choices and values.

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While driving in another town last week, I happened by a church building with a strange message on their sign. Apparently they were having a service or dinner in honor of their pastor. The message on their sign simply read, “In honor of our founder and pastor.”

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