Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Mind Dump - March 6, 2011


We were firing on all cylinders today at PCC! Our hard work and due diligence is beginning to pay off. Everything in today’s service worked beautifully. For the first time in a very long time I felt like the pieces are finally falling into place. If this any indication of what is to come, our church has a very bright future ahead of us.

The song service was good, and the song selection was a good call.

I really liked the last song, “In Christ Alone.” It has good theology and thunderous praise. It’s the kind of song that appeals to everyone, young and old, men and women.

My favorite line: “From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His Hand."

I also like: “Scorned by the ones He came to save, ‘til on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.”

This song brings conviction to me. It is also very uplifting for me.

If you’d like to hear a you-tube version, click here.

The offertory was exceptional. The kids knocked it out of the ball park.

The level of giving was very good too.

Attendance was 441 (I think).

New room assignments took effect for the children’s ministry area today. Both the teachers and kids were very excited to have new rooms. This new arrangement is going to be very effective for us. I am confident that our age-level ministries are going to grow.

I started a new message series today based upon Joseph, son of Jacob. It was a shocker. We talked about deceit, betrayal, jealously, family violence, incest, parental favoritism shown to children, family dysfunction, passive parents, and a lot of other sensitive stuff.

Yes, we even talked about circumcision. One lady liked to have fell out of her chair when I was taking about it. (Some people just can't handle the Bible and what it actually says; they have been pre-conditioned to a sanitized, Victorian version of Christianity - chasity belts and all).

Everyone seemed to be riveted.

The quote of the day: “You are either IN a pit, have just COME OUT OF a pit, or are about to ENTER a pit, because pit happens.”

All the CDs are gone. Not a single one is left.

Yesterday, Saturday, we held a half-day orientation meeting for the age-level ministries workers. We now “Think Orange.” The picture at the right is of those who were able to attend. We also served breakfast, which was cooked by the two young ladies (Gabby and Amber). These two teenagers proved to be exceptional workers. They cooked omelets, sausage, and prepared a fruit salad for all the workers; about 35 people. Plus they cleaned the kitchen. Very impressive.

Click the pictures for an enlarged view. Then backspace to return here.

Gene Tharp and Denise Yates conducted the meeting. They have been working very well together have put together an excellent program for the future of our church. They are nailing it.

The age-level ministry workers and volunteers are exceptional people too. They are fully dedicated and sacrifice so much.

I count it an honor to pastor PCC and such a great group of people.

Very soon we will be changing the stage design.

I’m really excited about the changes we have made thus far, and those that are about to come. It’s going to make PCC run so much smoother.

I think our church is capable of reaching 600-700 people in attendance. Do you believe that?

The great thing about making changes at PCC is that we have some of the most flexible people I know.

Our church has NEVER been in a better position for going to the next level than what we are right now.

It’s exciting to me that people keep hearing about PCC and visit every week. We do ZERO advertising or marketing (with the exception of a web site) and yet we are growing with new people coming in all the time.

Many of these new people will be added to the team and will make PCC’s future happen!

We are going to be getting a new web site soon. It’s going to a serious upgrade.

Just when you think it is springtime in Florida, winter sets in again.

One of the greatest things about being a pastor is how God proves Himself over and over again to provide. This quickens my faith.

Another great thing about pastoring (especially the kind of church that PCC is) is watching people who haven’t been in church for years to suddenly “get it.” I love watching people get under conviction, admit their need for Christ, experiencing forgiveness, and grow in spiritual maturity. This never gets old.

God is good all the time.

God is up to something at PCC.

I know that there are a lot of people who read this blog who do not attend PCC. What I would like to say to you is this: If you don’t have a church home, consider coming to PCC. We have a great church full of great people.

If you don’t attend church, give PCC a try. We just might be exactly what you have been looking for.

My wife is out of town until Tuesday. She and a group of people from our church headed to Atlanta after church today for a Hillsong concert.

Guess I’ll be eating beanie-weenies for the next two days.

Next Sunday’s message is going to be a killer. It’s going to be about sex; sex in the workplace, sexual harassment, older women seducing younger men, overcoming sexual temptation, and being falsely accused.

You’ll want to hear this one for sure. It will be especially applicable for teenagers and young adults.

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