Baggage has been the most incredible series we’ve done at Palm Valley Church. God has used this in such an incredible way to bring people to Himself, change hearts, and release people from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups in life. Our attendance increased by 20% during this series, and 53 people invited Jesus into their hearts. I love that each one is being followed-up with by one of our Fresh Start team, and that we will do everything we can to help them grow in their new faith.
The highlight of Baggage had to be last weekend, when people came streaming forward to place their baggage from life on the cross, and release it to Jesus. It was awesome just to see the relief and release on people’s faces as they caught a glimpse of the freedom Jesus purchased for us on the cross. This weekend we will be giving everyone a card with a picture of the baggage on the cross on the front, and my main points from last week’s message on the back. We hope this will be a visible reminder for the rest of your life that this baggage is no longer yours.
Last week the staff came over for dinner and some fun. We had a blast eating, laughing, and trying out our skills on GuitarHero II. If you don’t know, GH is a game you play by strumming the guitar to 80′s rock songs, while scoring points for each correct note played. Not only is our whole staff addicted to this game, now they’ve hooked my wife and boys on it also. I think I need to take them all back through the baggage series to help them find their freedom again
Anyways, you’d expect Derrick (our worship director) to rock at this game, and he did. However, I was surprised by the mad skills that Mark (executive pastor) displayed. Now, Mark is an old 80′s rocker, he even had a mullet back in the day, but he rocked. Here’s some proof… (Click on the thumbnail to see Derrick and Mark in their full glory!)
During this weekend’s message I referred to a video that’s going around the web. It shows a pride of lions trying to take down a baby buffalo, until the herd decides to rescue their own. It’s a very cool illustration of what the church could be. Imagine if we cared so passionately about each other that we wouldn’t allow people around us to be picked off by the enemy, but that’d we’d risk our own hides to rescue them?