We’re starting a new series this week, titled “Beating The Christmas Blues”. We’ll be tackling some of the toughest emotions people deal with during the holidays; loneliness, guilt, and stress. In addition to the teaching we’ll be having a blast each week pulling people from the audience to play our own game show.
You can view the video trailer and learn more about this series here…
You can send an e-invitation from here…
I encourage you to invite people who don’t know Christ to come with you, they’ll be glad you did!
Checking out the blogosphere for pastors, I see a heavy slant towards the east coast. Some of my favorites are Gary Lamb, Perry Noble, Tony Morgan, and Mark Batterson. As I follow people’s links to bloggers they read, I see that there’s a HEAVY bias towards east coast bloggers.
In the words of Snoop Dogg, “the east coast ain’t got no love for the west coast?”. I don’t mean to start a blog war, but where are all the west coast bloggers? I know Mark Driscoll, he’s the real deal, but nobody else.
Is the Holy Spirit only inspiring bloggers east of the Mississippi? Is it because we have Rick Warren and his funny hawaiian shirts, while you have the super smooth Andy Stanley? If that’s the case, we claim Ed Young on our side! To be fair, you do have Jerry Falwell.
To drive home my point, while Gary & Perry are figuring out whose team is better amongst a bunch of crummy teams, the USC Trojans will spank Notre Dame. While Mark’s in a pit with a lion on a snowy day, I’ll be golfing in 85 degree weather, on Thanksgiving! And while Tony’s simply stragetically dreaming, I’ll be laying pool side watching the palm trees grow, on Christmas!
My early new year’s resolution is to blog more regularly, more fervently, with more passion, to bring the love back to the west coast where it belongs. After all, with apologies to Gary and Perry, this is where the NCAA champs have come from for the past 3 years, and the Trojans will be back at it again this January in where … Glendale, AZ baby. Home of the National Championship game, and Palm Valley Church. Now I’m feeling the love
Some tongue in cheek Thanksgiving humor, have a great one!
Darius and Nicole Sanders are two of my favorite people on the planet. Darius was in a small group I led when he was in Junior High and I was a volunteer at a church. 15 years later he’s on our staff as Junior High Pastor. Darius is passionate about loving the Lord, and lives out what he believes. He’s the real deal.
The best thing about Darius though, is his wife. Darius married Nicole, who is like a daughter to Lori and I. She came to Christ in our youth ministry, and has been walking with the Lord every day since. She’s incredible, and Darius is lucky to have her (he’ll tell you so himself).
Anyways, Darius and Nicole announced this week that they’re expecting a baby. It’s been hard for me to sit on this info, so I got permission from them to break the news in the blogosphere. It’s so fun to watch people grow through the seasons of life, I’m one proud pastor when it comes to these two.
Congratulations Darius and Nicole!
Met with some leaders in our church tonight and introduced our “Seize The Moment” campaign to build our campus. We’ll officially kick it off early 2007, but I wanted to give this group a peek at the site plans, building renderings, and latest developments. It was fun to see their excitement at the next steps for Palm Valley Church!
It’s hard to believe that after 6 years of being portable, we’re actually getting ready to build a campus. As one friend told me tonight, “it’s going to be a wild ride”. I think my favorite part of the whole campus is the kids fountain. I can’t wait to see our children having a blast on their own church campus!
For the record, I cried during the presentation. I told myself not to. Lori told me not to. I just couldn’t help it. When I see the hand prints of God all over something, it brings me to tears. Tonight I was reminded that His fingerprints are all over my life, and all over the people of PVC.
This weekend was awesome! I was blown away by the number of people who brought friends with them who don’t normally attend a church. I must have personally met 50-60 guests. The cool thing was, these weren’t people who were looking for a church. What I saw was the invested of Palm Valley Church going out to the highways and hedges to bring in those who don’t know Jesus, that His house might be full!
I talked with a number of people who gave their life to Christ today. I talked with a number of people who aren’t ready to make that decision yet, but they now know that Palm Valley is a safe place to engage in the discussion. They’ll be back. I witnessed one kid yelling at his parents that he wanted to stay at church; loved little dude’s passion!
Overall, I left today with a sense of overwhelming joy, the joy that only comes from the presence of the Lord. I know He was present today, and that He was working in people’s lives, and that He was honored by what we did.
If you’re a Palm Valley-ite, I urge you to continue investing and inviting, bringing people far from God with you each weekend that they might meet with Him. I love being on this journey with such an incredible church family who are willing to live beyond themselves. Thanks!