The theme for the DCAT conference is “A new heart for a new season”.Â I’ve been telling people close to me that I believe God is bringing Palm Valley into a new season as a church; a season of life-change and growth like we’ve never seen before! I was excited to hear the theme of this conference, I believe God’s going to speak to me.
One thing I noticed about New Hope Church tonight is that they love the Lord, and they love each other. This is the huggin’est church I’ve ever seen Â Here’s a rundown of Pastor Wayne’s session tonight…
He began by talking about the suffering we will experience in ministry. It is inevitable that in ministry you will be injured and experience sufferinge. Pastor Wayne encouraged us to view suffering as a transition into a new season of God’s blessing. He used the story of Joseph, ending with Genesis 50:20 “what the evil one intended to harm you, God will use for good!”.
He had three main points to remember when we’re suffering…
1) Assess your situation – with honesty. Don’t over-inflate your value, nor under-estimate it.Â Remember that I’ve got a lot to learn.
2) Evaluate how much time you have left – the wealthiest place in the world is a graveyeard. So much untapped potential and dreams died when the person died. It’s imperative that we work with a sense of urgency for the calling God has given us.
3) Ask God to inspire your heart – this really hit me, because I’ve been praying this for months. 1 Samuel 30:6 reminds us that in the midst of suffering we need to “strengthen ourselves in the Lord”.
As we finished, I was just humbled that God has called me to be a part of building His Kingdom. I don’t deserve it, but He’s chosen me. I mess up so often, but He still lets me be a part of His work. I’m praying tonight that I will become the pastor that Palm Valley Church deserves. I love being on this journey with such an awesome group of Christ-followers. I DO believe that God is bringing us into a new season at PVC, our best season yet!
I’m looking forward to an awesome day tomorrow.
A bunch of our staff and legal trustees are in Honolulu for this conference.Â We’ve had a couple days to relax and have fun as a team. It’s been a great time of building relationships. Last night we grilled some burgers and hot dogs and just hung out. Spent the evening with the legal trustees dreaming about how to plan for the future challenges we face. I love their faith. I love the team God has called to Palm Valley.
The weather has been cold (for Hawaii) and windy, as well as some rain. It’s provided me with time to just rest. I didn’t realize how tired I was (physically and emotionally) until I just stopped to rest. It’s been cool to see all our staff having their quiet times with the Lord. I’m glad to know our pastors are men of the Word.
I’m excited to hear from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. His book, The Divine Mentor, has had a HUGE impact on my life. I’m pumped to see New Hope Church in action, and to be spiritually refreshed and challenged.
Palm Valley’ers, please pray for the staff during this conference, that God would use it in an incredible way to grow us in the areas He wants us to grow!
Another great weekend at PVC (I know I’m blogging this on Wednesday night). Here’s some highlights…
- Had our 1st basketball game for my two sons. I’m coaching their team, and I’m having a blast. To be honest, I was pretty nervous, not sure what to do with a bunch of 8-9 year olds who’ve never played. We got whipped in our first game, but the kids had a blast.
- My 5 year old son snuck into service to hear me preach. It was cool to see him walk in by himself and grab a seat front row center. He listened to the whole message!
- During every service the crowd went nuts during worship. Palm Valley’ers are reading the Word, and it’s changing the very fiber of who we are.
- The Bible is true, ’nuff said.
- Our church is falling in love with the Bible, how cool is that?
- Almost 700 children this week, I love the energy in our kids ministries.
- We need more people to step into serving in the children’s ministry
- Long flight to Honolulu after church Sunday, but it’s hard to complain when you’re flying to Hawaii. More on this in the next post.
I can’t believe how sweet things are at PVC right now. Honestly, I’ve never seen a church so focused on growing closer to Christ, and closer to each other. There is such a great spirit in the body, and every week people are coming to know Jesus as their Savior. Here’s some thoughts on Monday morning…
- Pete is so talented. Most of you know him as the incredible guitar player. This week he was also rockin’ the drums pretty hard. BTW, he’s even used a “mandalay” in service before. Pete, thanks for the countless hours and energy you pour into the worship at Palm Valley!
- The children’s workers are giving so much to pour into the kids of our church. I love the energy and excitement, there’s a huge buzz about the next steps we’re taking in this ministry.
- Men can be idiots. Prayed with a number of gals on the patio whose husbands have left them for other women. My heart goes out to these broken families.
- We’re really in a groove as a church right now. This is exactly when we can’t become complacent, but have to take it up a notch!
- I’ve never wrestled with messages on a weekly basis like I’ve had to this series. Our team has spent tons of hours putting together all the info we need, but it has been completely God making it flow and apply. It’s great to know that when we reach the end of us, we begin to see Him!
- The ushers were working hard this week to find seats for people in a couple of the services. We need more people to move to Saturday night.
- Big announcements coming about our plans for Saturday night. It’s going to rock!
- Enjoying the day off today. We close our offices observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
- Our hispanic ministry is seeing people come to Christ and gain momentum.
That’s it for today. Make sure you invite friends next week as we talk about why we believe the Bible is true. It will be life-changing!
We’ve been challenging our whole church to utilize the S.O.A.P. method of Bible study. If you missed it, go to www.pvcroute66.com and watch last week’s message where I explain this.Â In our home, we’re doing daily Bible reading with our kids, and challenging our oldest boys to use the S.O.A.P. themselves. They’ve got their own reading plan, so they’re also doing their own Bible study. Last night my oldest son, Jake, shared what he learned from yesterday’s reading. His thoughts challenged me! So, with his permission, here’s Jake’s S.O.A.P. for the day…
Scripture – Luke 17:17
“Jesus asked, ‘were not all 10 cleansed. Where are the other nine?’”
I learned that not all people will praise God even if they receive from Him.
If I receive from God, I will praise Him!
“Dear God, please help me to always praise you when we receive from you.”