This evening we picked up sub sandwiches and headed to the park with some friends. It was fun to just hang out with the Ellis’, Yandells’, and Summers’.
After dinner we played baseball with the kids.Â My boys can hit, but i realized i need to work on their catching.Â It was good to toss the ball around and watch the kids have fun.Â Man, i wish i had their energy!
While we were playing, two other families from Palm Valley came by. It was good to see them, and i know it’s always odd for them to see me outside of church. I really can’t go out without seeing Palm Valley’ers, and i wouldn’t have it any other way.Â I love that we’re having an impact in this community!
The last few weeks have been very draining.Â Easter is always busy for a pastor, but this season has been wheels-off.Â God has been blessing PVC so incredibly, and Satan has stepped up his attacks accordingly.Â Today, i realized i’m just plain tired and worn out.
Don’t get me wrong, i love what God has called me to do, and i count it a privilege to be the Pastor of Palm Valley Church.Â It’s what i want to do with the rest of my life!Â Last weekend alone we had 65 new visitors to Palm Valley, and 10 people visited the Fresh Start table to indicate that they had invited Christ into their life during one of the services!
However, i’ve also had to deal with a lot of crud (that’s a biblical term). As a community of believers who are not perfect, we all carry alot of baggage.Â Sometimes, that baggage pops open and causes damage in our lives, and the lives of others.Â I’ve seen a lot of open bags these last few weeks, and it’s not been fun, it’s plain drained me.
So, today i did the most spiritual thing i could think of.Â I took a nap!Â Lori cleared out the kids for me (thanks honey) and let me get a couple hours of rest, it was wonderful!Â I woke up feeling better, and beginning to look forward to the weekend at Palm Valley!Â I think i’ll put it on my schedule to take more naps.
For date night this week Lori and i broke our own rule.Â We never double date!Â Double dating went out with the prom Â However, last night we went our with Ryan and Adrienne.Â Adrienne’s got a b-day this weekend, so we wanted to celebrate with them.Â
We had a cool night.Â Went to Ah-So for dinner.Â We love the sushi and teppanyaki style cooking there.Â It was great food!Â If you head to Ah-So, i highly recommend the steak & chicken, it’s incredible.
After dinner, we all went for a workout at Lifetime.Â I went an hour on the ellyptical,Â worked off all that dinner!
Last Sunday a gal came up to me after second service.Â I know her from a local restaurant i frequent (i’m very loyal).Â She said when i came on stage to teach, she was surprised to see me.Â I had never told her that i’m the pastor of PVC.
Her friend, who had brought her to church, said she leaned over and said “i know him, he comes in to the restaurant all the time.” The gal from our church asked her what i “am really like“.Â She replied “he’s very nice to everyone, and he’s a really good tipper!”.
It made me feel good to know i had left a positive impression on this lady.Â Our testimony is the community is essential as we seek to share Christ’s love with people who don’t know him.Â Maybe we need to think about that before we leave a crummy tip next time?
I’ve received a ton of questions about the video we used Easter weekend called “Sunday’s Coming”.Â It used the audio from E.V. Hill’s famous sermon, with incredible graphic support.Â The video is awesome, and rocked the service!
Many have asked where to get the video.Â You can purchase and download it online at www.worshiphousemedia.com, here’s a link to the video