The Word from South Highland

The Word from South Highland

Weekly sermons preached in the historic sanctuary of South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.


June 17, 2024 23 mins

June 16, 2024 - People through the ages have taken great comfort in the words of Psalm 23. Rev. Cort Gatliff points out the truth, though, that we cannot ignore the voice of the Good Shepherd and still expect to receive the benefits and blessings of Psalm 23. Is the Lord really your Shepherd?

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June 9, 2023 - In our spiritual lives, we're never meant to stand still - we're intended to always grow. Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that the more we grow spiritually, the bigger is the God that we know, worship and serve.

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June 2, 2024 34 mins

June 2, 2024 - Waiting is part of the life of faith, says Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson, teaching from Matthew's account of Jesus and Peter walking on water. He tells us, though, that waiting in faith is anything but passive; instead, it's difficult, active and courageous.

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May 29, 2024 28 mins

May 26, 2024 - When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink into the water. Rev. Dr. Larry Michael, teaching from Matthew, says that if it weren't for our perfect Lord, we would be without hope. Keeping our focus on Him, hope does spring eternal.

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May 20, 2024 32 mins

May 19, 2024 - In a message for Pentecost, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that, in our world where we are so easily separated by walls and divisions, the Holy Spirit can and does break down those walls and throws the doors open for people we may least expect.

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May 13, 2024 34 mins

May 12, 2024 - Fear of failure can keep us from taking risks. Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson teaches from Matthew 14 and says that the only path to greater faithfulness and continuing spiritual growth is through continuing and repeated risk again and again.

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May 6, 2024 22 mins

May 5, 2024 - Peter was safe walking on the water to meet his Lord - until he took his eyes off of Jesus. Rev. Cort Gatliff teaches from Matthew 14, saying that the way we handle our trials and hardships is one of the most revealing and important aspects of our spiritual lives.

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April 29, 2024 21 mins

April 29, 2024 - In Matthew 14, Peter boldly steps out of a boat to walk on water toward Jesus. Rev. Abby Gatliff says that what was behind Peter's decision to step out was his knowledge and trust he had in the Lord Jesus, which also hold us up when we step out of the boat.

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April 22, 2024 33 mins

April 21, 2024 - When Peter got out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water, he said, "If it is you, Lord…." Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson teaches that, when we leave our comfort zone to answer God's call, we need to make sure it's the right call and that we're hearing the right voice.

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April 15, 2024 29 mins

April 14, 2024 - First in a series based on John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. Teaching from Matthew 14, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that, If we're serious about growing in faith, the way God works is God continually invites us to step away from all that is most precious and in which we put the most trust in order to find our sufficiency in God alone.

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April 8, 2024 24 mins

April 7, 2024 - In four sermons for Youth Sunday, South Highland high school seniors offer some very touching, heartfelt testimonies about how God has been present throughout their lives.

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April 2, 2024 24 mins

March 31, 2024 - If Jesus died to save us from our sins, why did he live? Teaching from John, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that the risen Christ is an equal opportunity savior for all people everywhere.

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April 2, 2024 10 mins

March 29, 2024 - Throughout the Bible, the leaders of Israel - its "shepherds" - repeatedly failed to nurture their flock. Rev. Cort Gatliff, teaching from John, says that the cross of Good Friday is the symbol of Jesus' status as The Good Shepherd.

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April 2, 2024 7 mins

March 28, 2024 - On the night Jesus was betrayed, he washed the feet of his disciples. In a message for Maundy Thursday, Rev. Abby Gatliff says that real cleansing doesn't happen with water, but rather on the cross with blood shed for the forgiveness of sin.

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March 25, 2024 25 mins

March 24, 2024 - As Palm Sunday ushers in Holy Week, Rev. Cort Gatliff teaches from Mark 11 that, with His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus  alone was infinitely high, yet chose to go infinitely low, entering as a king but prepared to carry the burden of the sins of the world.

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March 18, 2024 22 mins

March 17, 2024 - Roman crucifixion was a punishment designed to strip someone of their humanity. Jesus said that his crucifixion would not lead to shame, but instead to glory. Rev. Abby Gatliff teaches from John gospel that Jesus' cross was a cosmic battlefield where we will see more clearly than ever.

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March 11, 2024 21 mins

March 10, 2023 - John 3:16 has been called "the Gospel in a nutshell" because it tells us so many things. Rev. Dr. Larry Michael shares with us seven things about God that are revealed in this passage.

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March 3, 2024 - Jesus famously expressed his righteous anger in the temple by flipping over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Teaching from Luke, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson asks us to consider not only what tables might need to be turned over in our own lives or in our own world view, but that following Jesus means we will sometimes, in faithfulness, turn over the familiar tables in our lives, in our churches, i...

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February 26, 2024 29 mins

February 25, 2024 - Mission isn't just about fixing problems, sending pastors to faraway places, or providing financial support. Teaching from the letter to the Hebrews, Rev. Dr. Tom Boone says mission is about transforming us from the inside out and the bottom up.

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February 19, 2024 28 mins

February 18, 2024 - Teaching from a powerful passage in Paul's first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Rev. Abby Gatliff shows us how much Paul has to say about encouraging one another, no matter the distance, no matter the circumstances that might separate us.

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