Weekend Rewind

  • So much on my heart – so much that could be said.
  • This week was the week of the volunteer. I would imagine that collectively over 1,000 hours were invested in ministry and service.
  • Living Nativity welcomed a couple thousand people to experience the true meaning of Christmas.
  • The sets continue to improve every year, the crowds grow, our church family braves the cold temperatures and serve with a sweet spirit – in the end Christ is glorified!!
  • I can’t over emphasize just how hard so many of our people work!!! Thx!!!
  • Wise Men Gift Exchange is nothing short of POWERFUL!!
  • I arrived just before we opened on Sat and was deeply touched by all those waiting in line outside and then I walked inside and saw all the volunteers just waiting for the opportunity to share the love of Christ.
  • Hundreds of children will be blessed with Christmas gifts because of WMGE.
  • Thanks so much for investing!!! Your time and toys went a long way in making such a difference for so many families!!
  • Our food pantry was also open this weekend and served 61 families.
  • A number of people serve faithfully all year long – our food pantry has blessed so many!!!
  • Emmanuel’s Closet hosted a private event for a battered women’s shelter. From what I heard it was a very moving experience.
  • It is hard to believe everything that the incredible people of Parkview pulled off over this past weekend.
  • A special thanks to the staff and leaders that led the charge!!!
  • On top of a phenomenal week, I really enjoyed our gathering for worship this weekend.
  • Special thanks to Living Song who came with much talent and a strong passion to worship our great Savior!!
  • Our Different Kind of Christmas series has been celebrated on both campuses.
  • LOVE what God is doing in St. Augustine!!!!!
  • Parkview is an AMAZING place- a special place – a place that Loves God and Loves people!!
  • What a nice opportunity it was to give every volunteer a Christmas gift this weekend!!
  • I am out of words to adequately describe the work of God at Parkview.

Weekend Rewind

  • LOVE weekends at Parkview!
  • Went to bed last night after a 12 hour day – it was a good wore out feeling.
  • ABSOLUTELY NOTHING beats seeing people follow Christ as their Savior!!!!
  • Loved seeing people trust Christ and then come to the tents to get their Bible!!
  • Each person has a story of God at work in their lives – love hearing some of those stories!!
  • To follow up our weekend services with a baptism event last night was awesome.
  • Love seeing people identify with Christ in Baptism!!!
  • Loved seeing one spouse baptize another and loved seeing parents baptize their children!!!!!
  • Life Change!!!!
  • Looking forward to our all staff meeting today – Embracing God’s dream for the next 2 years!!
  • Our volunteers were amazing this weekend!!
  • So many people are so faithful and that makes such a difference!!!
  • Have an awesome week!!!!

Weekend Wrap

  • WOW – WOW – WOW!!!
  • So thankful for all that God is doing at Parkview!
  • Love the ridiculous generosity – helping almost 100 families with Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Concluded a great Get Connected luncheon series with some wonderful new friends. If you are new to Parkview and would like to join us in “door #1″ then be sure to sign up for our next Get Connected (info@parkviewlife.com). In the 3 luncheon series we will share our history, mission and values.
  • Our current series, The Counselor, has been absolutely amazing!!! So many lives being changed!!!
  • In 17 years of ministry I don’t ever remember having 3 weekends in a row like we have had over the last 3 weekends – so many God moments!
  • One of the huge blessings is the number of new friends that God is sending our way!!
  • Whatever you do make sure you plug in and join with us as we serve our city during the Christmas season. If you would like to join us by serving in the Living Nativity then click here and sign up right now.
  • A special thanks to our choir, band and entire worship team for leading us into God’s presence and helping us celebrate Him!!
  • I hope you have an incredible Thanksgiving week with your friends and family!!

Weekend Wrap Up

  • LOVE what God is doing in our current series!!!!
  • Worship and testimonies have been phenomenal.
  • Meeting so many guests has been a tremendous blessing!!
  • So thankful for the faithfulness of so many great families in our church!!!
  • Our church is blessed with some amazing volunteers – if you serve at Parkview THANK YOU!!!!
  • This is the time of year that our church family gets ridiculously generous!
  • We have already done Trunk or Treat and served hundreds and hundreds of families; we are wrapping up the collection of Thanksgiving Baskets; we are about to give our city the gift of our Living Nativity; along with our Living Nativity we engage in our annual Wise Men Gift Exchange; every year through our Christmas offering we bring a gift to Christ so we can give the gift of Christ.
  • JUMP IN as we bring Christmas to theĀ  cities of Palm Coast and St. Augustine!!

Weekend Thoughts

  • There is so much learning to be discovered in the Lord’ prayer!!!
  • There is such a great opportunity for all of us to grow in our understanding, appreciation and practice of prayer.
  • Loved using Matt 6:12 as a platform to express what it means to be forgiven by God in order to enter into a faith relationship with Him.
  • Seeing people raise their hand and indicate they placed their faith in Jesus overwhelms me with the goodness of God!!
  • I think we had 14 raise their hands – beyond that I loved seeing people come and get their Bible and share that they had trusted Jesus as Lord and Leader of their life.
  • What an absolute thrill to share the gospel and see people respond as the Spirit speaks to their heart!!!
  • When people follow Jesus it causes me to consider all the many outstanding volunteers that have a part in that divine moment!!
  • If you serve on a ministry team – THANKS!!!!!!!
  • It is wonderful to see all those who are jumping in to serve at Parkview.
  • It is a privilege to also serve alongside such a wonderful staff team – an absolutely amazing group of people.
  • Can’t wait to see what God continues to do through our series on the Lord’s Prayer!!

The Coming Weekend

IN SO MANY WAYS this has been an incredible week in the midst of an incredible season of ministry!!!
PLEASE do whatever you can to join us this weekend!!! This morning I did an interview that will be a part of this weekend’s services – God is at work and you will be touched! I also just finished the final draft of my sermon – CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE what the Lord has given me. We will discover what Jesus really meant when he told us to pray, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. As we teach through our series, The Lord’s Prayer, I want to ask you to go the extra mile and do everything you can to make each week of the 6 week series. If you happened to miss last weekend you can click here to get caught up. I really believe this is going to do much for us in the way of Life Change!!! Also, with so many people being familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, this is a great series to invite someone to join you.
Worship is going to be incredible, the interview will stir you and God has a word for all of us!!!
Please be sure to join us in Palm Coast on Sat 6pm or Sun 9, 10:15 or 11:30 or in St. Augustine Sun 10am.

The Weekend & The Random

  • WOW!!!! Love what God is doing at Parkview.
  • Watching God work in our St. Aug campus has been amazing – guests every week and new people plugging in!!!!
  • Please pray for Pastor Chad and his great team!!!
  • Special thanks to all those who helped in St. Aug!!!
  • Group Life is rocking – I think we are approaching 500 adults in groups!!!!
  • LOVE what God is doing in kids and student groups…Life Change for all!!!
  • Emmanuel’s Closet is now open (3 doors down from Grace’s Place) what an incredible job our volunteers have done!!!
  • We had a family utilize the services of Emmanuel’s Closet on Sat and were in church on Sun – what it is all about!!!
  • It was a massive blessing to have JJ with us this past weekend!!! Love that guy and how God is using he and Melissa.
  • THX to our Parkview family for your generosity – we gave JJ $2,300 for his ministry.
  • Dreaming of the day we give 10x’s that amount!!!
  • Had a great Get Connected – standing room only – literally!!!
  • Love hosting that with Denise!!!
  • So many new families!!!!
  • Loved launching our new series, The Lord’s Prayer.
  • CAN’T WAIT for this weekend!!!!
  • Love my family
  • Love my job
  • Love our people
  • Love GOD!!!

Pain Management Reflections

  • In SO MANY WAYS this past weekend will be remembered for so long!!
  • So grateful to Chad Clark for openly sharing his family’s story.
  • Many people were touched so deeply!!
  • What made the story so helpful was looking at it all through the gospel – specifically looking at it through the crucifixion and the resurrection.
  • Thanks to so many people for sharing how the Lord used the weekend in your life or in the life of those you love.
  • THANKS for inviting your friends, neighbors and co-workers!!!
  • Our mailer was very effective in both Palm Coast and St. Augustine – we thank the Lord for using those mailers!!
  • So glad to have Chad and his family serving in St. Augustine!!!!
  • Worship was incredible – in perfect sync with the message and what God would do in our hearts.
  • Our pain and problems go deeper when our faith and friendships are shallow.
  • Nothing is more needed in our pain than the presence of God.
  • Isaiah 43:2
  • Psalm 34:18-19
  • Looking forward to this coming weekend!!!!!
  • A special thanks to all those serving in our Overflo Student Ministry. They launched their 2 Sunday night sevices: 7th & 8th grade meet at 6pm and 9th – 12th meet at 7:30pm.
  • I heard great things about our student band!!! So proud of them – love to see God at work in their lives!!!
  • Praying for our students, teachers and school employees as they begin a new year. May God use them to be Jesus in their world!!
  • Have a great rest of the week!!

Growing in Knowledge

One of the points in our message this weekend is that if we are maturing in our discipleship then it will be evidenced by our growing in biblical knowledge. The best book we can read to grow in biblical knowledge is obviously the Bible. Outside the Bible I would like to recommend several authors that will help further your learning and discipleship:

  • Tim Keller
  • David Platt
  • Mark Batterson
  • Francis Chan
  • Beth Moore
  • Kay Arthur
  • C.S. Lewis
  • A.W. Tozer

There are certainly many others but those are a good place to start.

First 4 Days Back from Vacation

Just some random things in the life of an ADD pastor:) We have been back from vacation for 4 days and here is a window into that scene:

  • We had a phenomenal time away!!! Not perfect but phenomenal. Wonderful memories.
  • The North GA mountains are gorgeous!
  • My brother and his family came for almost a week – that was awesome!
  • Dear friends of ours came in for a long weekend – we love them dearly!
  • Denise’s parents came for a couple weeks – they are great people – seriously:)!
  • We finished off our family vacation with the staff, elders, wives and kids joining us for a retreat. In every area of the retreat my expectations were met or exceeded – mainly exceeded. What an absolutely incredible group of people who love God and love our church! Honored and privileged to serve with them!!
  • We got back in late Friday afternoon.
  • I cut the grass that night
  • Saturday I went to the church early and studied for a few hours to tweak my sermon and get out of vaca mode.
  • Saturday afternoon I went and hung out with Phil Nicolosi and a few guys from the St. Aug campus. Phil is remodeling a house to move into and the guys were helping him.
  • We also had a St. Aug campus pastor prospect in town for the weekend with his family. They met up with us at Phil’s house and then I took them to our campus and spent some time together.
  • Got back to the house in time to change and head to church and get ready for our Sat night service.
  • After an incredible service our family and our campus prospect and his family went to the Johnson household to hang out and fellowship.
  • 5 kids under 3 there -that was fun:)
  • Sunday morning 3 more great services!! Great worship and lots of energy.
  • Lots of visitors!
  • We kicked off Romans for the Summer – LOVE that!!!
  • Sunday afternoon went out to lunch w family and friends.
  • Sunday night elder meeting over dinner with our wives and the campus pastor prospect and his wife.
  • That lasted about 3 hours. Alot of tears were shed – more about that at a later date but our time was sweet.
  • Clean up – go home – straight to bed for this guy!!!
  • Mon morning 2 mile run – get Denise and Seth off to student Summer Camp – staff meeting – lunch with staff (I sure missed them while I was away) – some afternoon reading – run an errand – very encouraging call from a man in our church that I consider a dear friend – dinner with my folks – then go to Dunkin Donuts by myself and study for about 1 1/2 hours (small Rocky Road milkshake – slowly easing out of vaca mode still:) Get home at 11 and go straight to bed!
  • This morning – 2 mile run – breakfast at Subway, text a couple pastor friends, study here for 1 1/2 hours – send a few emails – type this blog – mentally prepare for more bachelor life this week while Denise and Seth are at Camp.
  • Work the rest of this day.
  • Go fishing tonight at 5 with a young guy that I love dearly!
  • Enjoying some sweet time with God – glad to be back – Love Parkview and love the privilege of pastoring!!!
  • Praying for our students at camp
  • Denise and Seth, I miss you and look forward to when you get home Friday!!
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