Our #1 initiative as a church this year is to have every person at Palm Valley read the Bible in 2008. I have been praying that each of us would hear from God every day as we read His Word. In order to help, we’ve concentrated on doing these things together…
- We’re all reading the One Year Bible (new living translation). If you don’t have your copy, get one at your local Christian bookstore today.
- Journaling. I encourage you to spend 20 minutes reading the Bible each day, and then 20 minutes writing your observations and applications, as well as questions.
- Talking about it. We’re encouraging every Home Team to spend time sharing each week what you’re learning.
- Having fun. We’re going to take a journey along the old route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica, via video. Each stop along the way we’ll have update the journey of life along God’s route66 (the Bible).
We’ve also set up a web site, www.pvcroute66.com, which will be a place you can visit daily to share the journey with our church family. There’s even a blog so you can write in and share what God is doing in your life through the journey. Each day one of our pastors will write some thoughts from their daily reading, and others in the church family will also.
As we begin, I encourage you to visit www.pvcroute66.com and share with us why you’re excited about reading the Bible this year, and/or what you’re hoping to get out of it. This will become a journal for our entire church as we read from Genesis to Revelation this year!
I’m fired up about men’s camp next weekend. If you’re a guy from Palm Valley Church, you need to be going! Walk, don’t run to www.palmvalley.org and sign-up. I’m speaking at two of the sessions, and I can’t wait to share about some of the things God is doing in my life.
And no, I won’t be playing paintball with you. I’ve learned from experience that everyone loves to gang-up on the Pastor.
I’ve taken a few days to get away with the family up the the snow of Pinetop. Some friends let us use their cabin, and man is it awesome! I’ve had a blast just hangin’ out with no agenda. I didn’t realize how tired I was until I find myself sleeping 12 hours per night, and then taking a nap on top of it
I’m glad I don’t live in the snow, but it has been fun. Here’s some highlights…
- Watching my back at all times. The kids believe every moment is a good time for a snow ball fight.
- Our dog didn’t go to the bathroom for the first 2 days, too cold for her
- Snow angels, does it get any better.
- Reading this book, it’s rockin’ my world.
- Lounging, it’s sweet.
- Sipping Starbuck’s pepperming white chocolate steamer’s in the snow.
- Watching my baby girl experience snow for the first time.
- Family game time in the evening. Last night Lori and I smoked the kids at “Disney’s Scene It”. They should no better than to challenge us.
- Going tubing tomorrow, should be a blast. Hope I don’t hurt myself.
- Some down time to prep for “route 66″ next week. I can’t explain how pumped I am for this series!
That’s it, I’m off to throw some snowballs at the boys
Okay, I’m just recovering from 5 incredible Christmas services. All I can say is Wow! Some thoughts…
- Our volunteers rock! Thanks to the hundreds of you who served all weekend to make this happen. You gave up valuable time to welcome people, love on kids, lead worship and the dozens of other roles to make it happen. A huge thanks from me to each of you!
- Derrick and the praise team knocked it out of the park. Unbelievable worship, and great staging. We’re just starting to see all the potential this team has.
- Brent got beat up every service by moms who wanted to bring their babies into service. Many of them acknowledged that they knew our policy, but thought it didn’t apply to them. Huh? I know it’s tough, but I believe it was the right decision. Thanks Brent for standing firm and doing the hard job.
- Val and the refreshment team make it happen every week. Love the food these gals bring!
- Our staff is willing to sacrifice. On top of the normal Christmas stuff everyone has, these guys and gals were on campus for nearly 3 days straight making Christmas happen. I love being in this with you all!
- Ronnie Buford rocks the parking lot, enuf’ said
- The nursery, pre-school and kids team are off the hook. I can’t believe how they come through every weekend.
- I lost my voice a few times this weekend, but made it through. Drank so much green tea I spent half the night in the bathroom
- Love being on stage with Lori. She’s just plain fun to be around.
- Thanks to Anthony and Shannon for sharing your story, it had a huge impact on a ton of people. I love that PVC is a place that welcomes people to join us for the journey!
- After teaching 5 services sick I was whipped. Fell asleep on the couch during dinner at Lori’s parent’s house.
I just can’t explain how sweet it is to be leading Palm Valley Church right now. There is such a great spirit and incredible momentum right now. Christmas was awesome from beginning to end, and I believe a great kick-off to what God’s wanting to do in and through us in 2008.
Last wednesday the video team (Michael, Derrick and Darius) flew with me to Chicago to shoot some video for the Route 66 series.Â We had to get up VERY early, which is never a good start to the day. The flight to Chicago was great, landed about 1:00 pm. This is where reality set in!
We went straight to Wrigley Field to shoot video. It was awesome to be at such a historic place, especially as a huge baseball fan, but it was stinkin’ cold in Chicago (about 30 degrees). With the wind blowing I’ve never been that cold. To make the video look more natural, I wore just a sweater, no gloves, scarf or hat. I’m not sure how I look natural standing in the cold talking about the route 66. I think I just looked like a natural idiot Â We even got to shoot some video from atop the apartments across from Wrigley, which provided an awesome view down into the stadium with it’s snow-covered field.
Next, we drove up and down Michigan Ave, the magnificent mile, with the windows and sunroof open to get the best lighting. Again very cold. What a mad house that place was with all the holiday shoppers.
Thursday morning we woke up early and went to shoot video from the starting point of the route 66. Very cool to stand there and think about Palm Valley Church as we begin the route 66 Bible journey for 2008. The street where we shot was like a wind tunnel, making it incredibly cold (I know, cold is a recurring theme). Lastly we headed to the Sears Tower for our last video shoot.
Why all the video? Well, you’ll have to be at PVC on January 5th or 6th to find out. All I can tell you is that we’re going all out to help every person in our church to read the Bible in 2008. We’re going to travel (via video) across the United Stated via the route 66 as we literally travel God’s route 66, the superhighway of His information for us (I just like that phrase).
As we flew back late Thursday night I was frozen and exhausted, but excited about how God will use this video to excite and interest people about reading the Bible this year. One fun part of the trip was getting to eat Geno’s East pizza in Chicago. Without a doubt, this is the best pizza I have ever had!