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!!

Awesome Randomness!!!

  • LOVED preaching this past weekend on gospel-centered generosity.
  • If you missed the weekend message you can click here to watch.
  • Night of Worship was absolutely PHENOMENAL!!!!
  • God was praised and the roof was raised!!
  • Standing room only
  • The 4 pastors present Sunday night shared in our monthly lunch get together today and we enjoyed celebrating the move of God at our Night of Worship.
  • To Him and Him alone be all glory!!
  • Other news
  • looking forward to fishing Friday – it has been a few weeks – withdraws
  • Skate Night for our church is this Sunday night and admission is FREE
  • I can’t wait to speak this weekend. Really looking forward to those who will be joining me on stage!!!
  • Men’s groups start this coming Wed May 28th at 6:45pm. Going to be an AWESOME time with the guys!!! Last year we had over 100 men.
  • Women’s groups run in July
  • More details on Summer groups this weekend.
  • REALLY looking forward to this weekend.
  • Had some really good appts this week.
  • I am very excited about some St. Aug campus talks I had this week.
  • One more work day until my sabbath!
  • Hope to see you this weekend!!!

AWESOME Day and the weekend is coming!!!!

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND but first I must tell you about yesterday!!! Yesterday was just one of those days – one of those awesome, incredible, phenomenal days for which every pastor would dream. I will give you the run down of the whole day:)

  • Time with the Lord
  • 4 mile run
  • a little study
  • ministry phone call
  • meet with a couple, hear what God is doing in their life and they both commit to be baptized this weekend
  • go to lunch with the family to celebrate Mom’s bday
  • Meet a couple at their house. The guy gets saved (he is in his 70′s and was so ready) and he commits to baptism
  • Back to the office and about 2 hours of study and some final tweaks to the weekend message
  • meet with another couple and they both commit to baptism
  • 5 people commit to baptism and 1 person trusts Christ!!! WOW!!!!! WHAT A DAY!!!!!
  • the icing on the cake was that Denise was able to be a part of all my appts!

The message this weekend is highly relevant!!!! If you ever have to make decisions or have to try to figure out God’s plan for your life then you will not want to miss the weekend.

Come ready to hear from God, ready to offer up your best worship and ready to celebrate with those getting baptized!!!!

See you in Palm Coast Sat at 6pm or Sun 9, 10:15 or 11:30am – St. Augustine at 10am.

Current events at Parkview

  • Last night Denise and I were able to host an incredible couple for dinner in our home. They pastored in St. Augustine for over 25 years. They retired several months ago and have been attending Parkview ever since. They are incredible fans of what God is doing at Parkview. What a privilege to have this sweet couple by our side.
  • Tonight Denise had choir practice. Seth and I had 2 students and Brazell over for burgers on the grille. We fished for about 45 min. Seth and Brazell shot guns for about an hour. If you don’t know who Brazell is just ask around. He is famous at Parkview:)
  • Pastor Kelly and 3 great leaders traveled to Atlanta today for the Orange Conference. Please be praying God uses the conference in a major way to impact our family ministry!!
  • 4 of us travel for the day tomorrow to Orlando for the Exponential Conference. This is the 3rd year in a row we have gone to the conference. You can watch here online for free tomorrow.
  • Must be the week for conferences.
  • I am a big proponent for sharpening the axe.
  • We had another absolutely incredible weekend at Parkview this past weekend. If you missed the service please go online and watch. You can click here to view.
  • Baptism is this coming weekend – click here to sign up or get more info. Family Dedication is the following weekend – click here to sign up.
  • I sometimes just feel like I need to pinch myself – Parkview is blessed in so many ways!!
  • At the top of my Parkview prayer list today is: For those who recently trusted Christ to grow, for those who need to take the next step of baptism to do so, John Mark and his family as they prepare to go to Uganda, a new campus pastor for St. Augustine, a few people in our church who are battling illnesses, for some young couples to go all in, for more people to experience the richness and fulfillment of volunteerism, and for our coming weekend services!
  • I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND!!!!!! Love the message God has given me to share. Talking about how to make the very best decisions in life.
  • Had some great conversations this week!!!! While eating lunch at Subway a young couple in our church asked me to explain biblical giving/tithing to them in regards to a couple specific questions they had – great conversation. Ran into a guy that has been visiting our church and I have wanting to connect with – we had a nice conversation, swapped numbers and agreed to do lunch soon. Invited the lady who helped put a crown on my tooth to visit Parkview – she has committed to visit!!! Had a few real encouraging email exchanges with people from Parkview.
  • God is good!! Have a great rest of the week.

Easter Celebration

  • I have taken the last few days to reflect, process and celebrate our Easter weekend experience.
  • Today I met with all the staff and listened as stories of life change were shared.
  • We had 1698 people in attendance.
  • We had 60 families either as first or second time guests – what surprised me the most was that this was families. WOW!!!!
  • We had ordered 30 Bibles for those who trusted Christ and we ran out of Bibles. That is a number that blows my mind. To God be the glory.
  • Why I am excited for the number in attendance and the number of guests is because there is a direct correlation with that to the number of people without Jesus and enter into a relationship with Christ. Each number is a person, life and soul!!!!
  • Success is ultimately measured in stories. So hear are a few:
  • One awesome lady in our church put on FB about how she invited her friend and her friend’s husband. The friend contacted her to let her know that her husband trusted Christ and they would be coming regularly to Parkview.
  • One of our faithful families saw their daughter trust Christ at our sunrise service.
  • One of our students texted another student and told them they trusted Christ this Easter at Parkview.
  • One of our children texted pastor Kelly and said that she spoke with her parents after the service and that she trusted Jesus.
  • We had a few people indicate that they are considering trusting Christ and we are in the process of following up with them.
  • Our volunteers did a PHENOMENAL job!!!! So MANY people served.
  • Our worship ministry hit a GRAND SLAM!!!!
  • Our staff led a massive weekend and carried out ministry with incredibly effective execution. They AMAZE me – we have a tremendous staff.
  • Children’s ministry ROCKED!!!!
  • The theme of HOPE rang through the entire service!!! Hope is alive because Jesus is alive!!!
  • I can’t wait for our new series this weekend, The Games People Play.
  • I am super excited about the message coming this weekend.
  • I am still reflecting, processing and celebrating but I wanted to share a few highlights so you could join me in this celebration!!!

Easter Season Thoughts

  • LOVE this time of year!!!!
  • Had an incredible weekend of worship this past weekend!!
  • Worship band and vocalists led us to the cross!
  • Our volunteers continue to amaze me!
  • Met a number of wonderful guests!
  • Probably preached the most important apologetics message I could preach on God’s Word.
  • Here is a link to my sermon notes for those who may be interested.
  • Parkview is the BEST place to preach.
  • Looking forward to this coming weekend
  • Ready to celebrate the hope of the resurrection!!!
  • LET’S INVITE EVERYBODY WE CAN TO CELEBRATE EASTER WITH US!!!
  • I would ask our members to park out back or in the side lot. Be sure to share a friendly welcome with everyone. Look for guests and go out of your way to serve them. Slide to the middle of the row and keep end seats for our guests. Sing like the resurrection has changed your life!!!
  • If you are serving please arrive early!!!!
  • Pray for people to open their hearts to Jesus!!!!!
  • Much work has already gone into making this weekend an incredible experience – thanks to all the work of our staff and volunteers already!
  • Jesus is RISEN!!!!

 

43 Absolutely Totally Random Things

  1. Went to the Clay County Fair last night. Most of the Johnson family joined us. Seth & Carter had a blast!
  2. We want to buy a heifer.
  3. I cut some grass this morning. Also, went to boot camp and ran 3 miles. Then Denise and I went to Flagler Beach market to get fruit for smoothies. Love productive mornings!
  4. Thank you Lord for the absolutely beautiful day!!!!!!
  5. Going fishing this afternoon with the family and a student from our church.
  6. 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Jax is a must eat if you ever get the chance!!!
  7. With gas prices going up, I sure am glad I have an electric car:)
  8. What comes out of my mouth comes straight from my heart. I have messed up some this week – one time bigger than others!
  9. Thankful for grace
  10. My hotspot internet went way over budget last month.
  11. Thankful for a budget.
  12. Our greatest financial investment is in the kingdom.
  13. Was nice to have the money to go to the fair last night – thank you Lord!
  14. Enjoyed our elder breakfast this week. We just started going through the book, Dangerous Calling.
  15. Had a 2nd breakfast appt that morning with the Director of Missions for the St. Johns River Baptist Assoc, Asa. He wants me to leverage my leadership with other pastors – praying about that one.
  16. Praying that God leads us to His man for campus pastor in St. Aug. Have spoken/met with 6 candidates. Will you pray with me?
  17. Denise is sitting next to me eating almonds and reading a book.
  18. Seth is watching a fishing show.
  19. I would like to watch some of the Masters this weekend – probably won’t.
  20. ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC about Easter coming!!!!!
  21. Last weekend was the largest non-holiday weekend in our church’s history. (This has happened a few times recently) PTL!!
  22. Success is measured in stories.
  23. Am very thankful for my pastor, Tom Messer
  24. There are a couple of very sick people who are heavy on my heart.
  25. I have some wonderful friends.
  26. I am blessed to serve with a phenomenal staff!!!
  27. I am very excited about some things that are coming in our Family Ministry.
  28. Thank you Kelly, Amber and an awesome group of other leaders and volunteers.
  29. Sonya completes that team.
  30. The stage looks awesome
  31. I love preaching at Parkview.
  32. Preaching with energy is one thing – preaching in the power of the Spirit is my greater cry!!
  33. Trying to build a building is a challenge with everything else that goes on.
  34. Moving slowly and often waiting on others
  35. I am very blessed.
  36. Love my family.
  37. Looking forward with great anticipation to our 4th weekend in, Power Words, this weekend.
  38. A staff member just texted me and is on their way over. We have no food to speak of:)
  39. Praying for many people to trust Jesus Easter Weekend. Will you pray with me?
  40. Been married 22 1/2 years. Been at Parkview 16 1/2 years. Seth is 12 1/2. WOW in so many ways.
  41. So many people at Parkview bring people to church to visit.
  42. Hope to see you at church this weekend. If you don’t go to church this weekend what will you be doing? Check with God on that.
  43. Love the mission of Life Change!!!

Weekend Rewind

  • SO MANY THINGS to be excited about!!!
  • Loved seeing so many come to Jesus this weekend!!
  • Loved seeing people bring their friends!!!
  • Loved the guy who told me he was not a believer yet but appreciated the passion with which I shared the Word.
  • Worship was fantastic!!
  • I so desperately want to see our congregation continue to grow in raising the praise. May the church come alive for His glory!!
  • Special thanks to Darren Libby for being our guest.
  • I closed our session 3 of Get Connected this past Sunday – what a great group!!
  • Heard great things about Phil Stacy leading our teens in worship and a purity challenge on Sunday night.
  • Special thanks to all our student leaders who are investing their lives in our students!!!
  • Our St. Augustine campus broke its attendance record – largest gathering since our launch!!
  • Thanks to all those who are going to St. Aug to serve in the family photo project this weekend. If you are not going please pray for the event.
  • I have received a couple emails this week that have been a special encouragement to my heart. God is good!!!
  • I am LOVING this series on Divine Love – the Word of God is so powerful!!!!!
  • I mentioned some openings on our cleaning team at the 11:30 service and we had a few jump in right away to say they would serve. We need about 6 more people who would be willing to serve one Sat a month at 4pm. This is a great opportunity for a couple or a family. If you are interested please email jessica@parkviewlife.com right now.
  • I need to run – Have a great rest of the week!!!!

Weekend Rewind

  • I John 4 is an absolutely incredible passage!!!
  • Parkview is an awesome place to get to preach the truth of God’s Word each week!!
  • Perhaps unlike any other series I have ever preached, I had no idea what I was really getting into when I chose this topic.
  • I have never been so thankful to be overwhelmed by a topic!
  • Somebody asked me if I could post my sermon notes. Here is a link if you would like to take a look at my notes.
  • In our time of worship through song, I appreciate our worship ministry always seeking to give God their best – but I also recognize that what raises the praise is when the congregation brings their best praise as well. Let the platform and the pew give Him praise!!!!
  • It was President’s Day weekend and the weather was gorgeous and we still had a tremendous weekend attendance. So thankful for the people the Lord is adding to our church!!
  • To all who invest financially in our mission I would like to say thanks – you ARE making a difference and bringing Life Change to so many!
  • A huge thank you to all our student leaders who led our Overflo students on their Winter retreat – now that is an investment with huge dividends.
  • I am thankful for what God is doing in St. Augustine. I believe they had their largest attendance yet this past weekend.
  • I would also like to thank all of our Life Group leaders for the investment they are making into hundreds of lives!!!!
  • WOW!! So thankful for all that God is doing. May we walk in humility and holiness!

WOW!!!!

  • There are so many things that cause me in this moment to want to jump up and down and scream GOD IS GOOD! I am not even sure quite where to begin this post.
  • Let’s begin with success – as a church we define success in stories. Stories of Life Change is what says, “That is a win”.
  • This past weekend’s baptisms were incredible and such a testament to God’s working in so many lives. The testimonies, the tears, the hugs, the support of friends and families – WOW!!
  • I loved sharing the story of Jason Hartley – from salvation to 5k Race Director. God is good and his salvation changes lives from the inside out!!!
  • LOVED meeting so many guests!!!
  • Loved that 2 guys drove 45 minutes each way to go get their friend and bring him to church!!! WOW did I love meeting that guest!!!
  • Loved meeting the guy who had NEVER been to church!
  • Regardless of who says it I still LOVE the line, “Pastor, let me introduce you to…”
  • Our missions team members did an incredible job sharing what God did through them and more importantly what God did in them!!!
  • So thankful for the work that Kayla is doing in Cambodia at Hope House.
  • Just minutes after I wrapped up things in the last service I got a text from a family in our church that committed to send the two girls at Hope House to Bible College for 1 year – a $2,400 gift that invests in such an incredible way!!!
  • Speaking of generosity – I had breakfast with a guy today who met with me for the purpose of seeing how he could invest financially in our mission.
  • In checking my email, right before this blog post, I got an email from a lady in our church who is also wanting to be generous financially.
  • WOW – Generosity is contagious!!!
  • This stuff doesn’t just happen – GOD IS CRAZY GOOD!!!
  • I CAN’T WAIT to launch our brand new series this weekend, Divine Love!!!!!!!!
  • Lifesong, the college singing group from Trinity Baptist College will be with us this coming weekend – YOU WILL BE BLESSED!
  • Melissa Fox and Tyler McNulty have joined our staff team to serve with children and students. While they are only part-time I know they will make a huge difference!!!
  • I am really excited about the potential to reach countless people in St. Augustine!!!
  • Excuse me while I go jump up and down and shout the goodness of God!!!
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