Reality Check

Three years ago, Dr. Glenn Pemberton, a professor of Old Testament at Abilene Christian was one of the featured presenters at Austin Grad’s annual Sermon Seminar. Pemberton spoke on preaching from the psalms. If you don’t know Glenn, then you can’t really appreciate how he truly lives the psalms. Some time back, his house burned… [read more]

Worship Under Construction

We’ve been thinking about worship for the last couple of weeks—that our worship of Almighty God should be done in Spirit and Truth, with reverence and awe for who God is. We worship THE awesome God and there is no one else. God alone is awesome. This Sunday, we will turn our focus inward to… [read more]

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!

By / February 8, 2018 / This Is Us

“Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly” (Exodus 19:18). In my ten years in California, I only experienced one earthquake of consequence—the 1999 Hector Mine quake centered at Joshua Tree national monument… [read more]

Honest and True Worship

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Last Sunday, we were introduced to the three directions of the church. We have an upward focus as we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We experience inward growth as we grow in love for each… [read more]

Good Directions, This Is Us #4

By / January 28, 2018 / This Is Us

Scripture Acts 2:42-47   http://media.blubrry.com/southernhillscoc/p/southernhillscoc.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/JimHays-012818AM-GoodDirections.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:27 — 13.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

We are Children of God

By / January 20, 2018 / This Is Us

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to… [read more]

Make An Effort

By / January 14, 2018 / This Is Us

Scripture:  Isaiah 2:1-5   http://media.blubrry.com/southernhillscoc/p/southernhillscoc.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/JimHays-011418AM-MakeAnEffort.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:41 — 12.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

My G-G-Generation Blues

By / January 7, 2018 / This Is Us

“Why don’t you all f-fade away? (talkin’ ’bout my generation) Don’t try to dig what we all s-s-s-say (talkin’ ’bout my generation) I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-s-sensation (talkin’ ’bout my generation) I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (talkin’ ’bout my generation) –The Who, October 1965 In October of 1965, I had just turned 7 years… [read more]

Navigating Life in a Broken World

By / November 30, 2017 / Uncategorized

Aren’t you glad and thankful to live in America? This is the land of the free! And yet in this current series of sermons, we have seen that true freedom only comes by way of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said,  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth,… [read more]

Dealing with sin

When I was a boy, we had a car that leaked oil. In time, there was so much oil that it was a hazard. You could slip and kill yourself. One Saturday, Dad and I cleaned up the oil, scrubbed it with soap and water. The concrete was permanently stained, but the oil was gone…. [read more]

  • Honest and True Worship

    “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Last Sunday, we were introduced to the three directions of the church. We have an upward focus as we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We experience inward growth as we grow in love for each… [read more]

  • Good Directions, This Is Us #4

    By / January 28, 2018 / This Is Us

    Scripture Acts 2:42-47   http://media.blubrry.com/southernhillscoc/p/southernhillscoc.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/JimHays-012818AM-GoodDirections.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:27 — 13.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

  • We are Children of God

    By / January 20, 2018 / This Is Us

    “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to… [read more]

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