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I just finished up our staff meeting and creative team meeting. I AM PUMPED UP ABOUT EASTER WEEKEND! We have some really cool stuff planned for this weekend. Get as many people to come with you as possible to encounter the love and power of our risen Savior. Be sure to come early, so you can enjoy the great pre-service videos and the jam session our band is going to do before service begins. Trust me, you won’t want to miss the first 10 minutes before service starts.

I’m getting ready to go study and craft this weekend’s message. The message is titled Forgiveness. We all need forgiveness, and there’s no greater experience in the world than experiencing the forgiveness of our sins. We are going to close my message out by showing you a powerful testimony video of one of our church attenders who has experienced the life-changing power and forgiveness that only comes through Christ. Bring your Kleenex because this video is a tear jerker!

Have I said that I’m pumped up about this weekend!

Weekend Update

1. We had a great weekend! God set so many people free. I want to encourage you to live in the freedom you have in Christ. Remember you are set free from and set free to. Christ set us free for freedom sake, so don’t live a life of bondage. YOU ARE FREE!

2. Many people gave their life to Christ. I’m not sure how many because I didn’t get the count yet, but my guess is around 30 people. The greatest miracle is when ONE person makes the decision to follow Jesus. I know every weekend people give their heart to Christ, but IT NEVER GETS OLD TO ME! That’s what it’s all about! THAT’S WHY WE ARE HERE!

3. We had right around 1500 people in attendance this weekend. That’s awesome……but!!!!! We really need many of you to attend the Saturday night services or the 9AM service EASTER WEEKEND! WE DESPERATELY need the room in the 10:30AM, and we could use more room in the 12PM for EASTER! We will have 2000 people on EASTER weekend, and we will have plenty of room to accommodate all of our guests if you’ll bust a move for one weekend to Saturday nights or the 9AM. THANKS A BUNCH for your commitment and passion to reach people with the love of Christ!

4. There’s a lot of excitement about the new series I’m beginning On Easter called Dealing With Devastation. Also, there was a lot of buzz and excitement about the Dealing With Devastation Vacation Giveaway! I’m really thrilled for People’s Church to bless a family who has recently experienced a devastation with an ABSOLUTELY FREE VACATION! Be sure to visit http://www.peopleschurch.tv/ and tell us the story of a friend, co-worker or family member who has recently experienced a devastation.

5. Sunday night our family went on a family date night. Noah’s flood spoiled our plans on Friday night :). We had a great time hanging out. We went out to eat and then to my favorite place…STARBUCKS!! Tiffany and the boys ate a cookie, and I drank my usual decaf coffee. I love my family!! THEY ARE THE BEST!

6. Have I said that I’m pumped up about EASTER WEEKEND! GO GOD!!

Day Off

Today is my day off, but this morning I had to spend an hour wrapping up this weekend’s message. NOW IT’S DONE!! Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, even on your day off. But the rest of the day I’m going to spend relaxing with my family. We don’t have much planned today. I think we may have to make a grocery store run. Tonight we are spending some time with my uncle and aunt who live in Del City. They are so fun to hang out with, and they can COOK! I like to eat :)! I have many wonderful childhood memories with them and my two cousins.

You don’t want to miss this weekend. Our theme throughout praise and worship and my message is FREEDOM! YOU ARE FREE IN CHRIST! There’s nothing like experiencing the freedom that comes in Christ.

Easter is next weekend! There will be 2000 people next weekend at People’s Church! I’m pumped to see many lives changed by God. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CONNECT WITH OUR LOVING SAVIOR!

Random Thoughts

1. This weekend my message title is I Am Free! We have freedom in Christ because Christ set us free! If you are bound by the chains of sin, religion or legalism, you do not want to miss this weekend. This is going to be a weekend of freedom. I can’t wait to see the power of God change lives!

2. I can’t believe Easter is next week. This year is flying by! Be sure to be praying for and inviting your family and friends to our fabulous Easter services.

3. I can’t believe Sanjaya is still on American Idol. I’m thinking about growing a mohawk! Whata you think? :)

4. I’m ready for football season to start! The fall is my favorite time of year, and not just because of the weather, but because of FOOTBALL!

5. I picked Florida and Georgetown to play for the NCAA Basketball Championship. I picked Georgetown to win it all, so my bracket is still looking good! How’s your bracket?

6. I love talking to church planters. I talk to church planters every week. They are my favorite group of people to talk with. I think I like talking to them because we have so much in common: risk-taking, a burning desire to do something great for God, we don’t want to do church as usual, the struggle of starting something from nothing and watching God multiply, dealing with the fruit cakes and control freaks that are attracted to a new church in the early days. There are many other reasons why I share a kindred spirit with church planters, but the bottom line is I really like connecting with church planters on a regular basis. They challenge me and keep me red hot to fulfill the Great Commission.

Just Go To Hell

This weekend one of my old friends who I haven’t seen in 5 or 6 years is coming to People’s Church. My friend is a pastor in another country (actually a very nice ISLAND). When my friend emailed me last night and told me he and six men from his church would be visiting People’s Church this weekend, I immediately began to think about what will be happening in the services. What am I speaking about? What songs are we singing? What videos are we showing? I want my friend to enjoy his first experience at People’s Church.
This is a valuable lesson for all of us. As a church we never get a second chance to make a first impression. EVERY single week we have first time guests at People’s Church. Every single week people are inviting their friends and family to People’s Church, and they’re counting on us to be on top of our game. So we must always view our church from a guest’s perspective. The weekend we decide to slack off in the parking lot ministry, greeter ministry, usher ministry, children’s ministry, music, videos, speaking, lights, power point, sound or any other ministry, we are not viewing our church from a first time guest’s perspective. The weekend we slack off, we are simply showing our guest, who may not know Christ, we really don’t care if you go to hell. I had a rough week, so I’m not going to be friendly in the parking lot, so just go to hell. I got in an argument on the way to church with my spouse, so I’m going to be a rude greeter, so just go to hell. I’m tired today, so I’m going to show up late or not show up at all to serve in the kids’ department, so just go to hell. People are on my last nerve, so I don’t have the patience to help you and your family find a good seat, so just go to hell. There are weeks as a pastor that I don’t feel like studying my message and if I slack off, I’m saying to our guest, just go to hell! We must be very careful not to make church all about us. EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND PEOPLE ARE MAKING A DECISION ABOUT THEIR ETERNITY. Are we helping or hurting that decision? All of us play a vital role in helping our guest have a positive church experience. If one of us slacks, it’s a reflection on all of us. So we must always remember that every weekend is somebody’s first weekend to experience People’s Church and the love of Christ. I better get to doing my part and study for this weekend’s message because I DON’T WANT ANY ONE TO GO TO HELL!

Good To See Everybody

I haven’t gotten to see our entire leadership staff for three weeks. Last week we had two of them gone on a missions trip to Mexico and one on vacation, so I just met with the Executive Team, but not with the rest of the staff. The previous two weeks I was out of town, and our Director Of Operations ran the staff meeting. It was so good to connect with our team again. I missed hanging out with our staff. I say it a lot because I really mean it; I love doing ministry together with our team. God has blessed us with a great team!
Today I got to hear some awesome stories about how God changed lives on the Mexico missions trip. It sounds like it was a life changing trip for the entire missions team. We should be showing some video footage of the trip in one of our upcoming services. I want to strongly encourage you to go on our next church-wide missions trip. Our church will be going to Haiti from July 20-July 27, 2007. This will be an amazing time of ministry. Last year’s trip to Haiti was one to remember. Mark the dates on your calendar! There will be an informational meeting on April 15 at 1:30PM at the church building. GO ON A MISSIONS TRIP AND LET GOD SHAKE YOUR WORLD FOR HIS GLORY!

Herberts recent reads

Confessions of a Reformission Rev. –Mark Driscoll

First, Break All the Rules – Buckingham & Coffman

Go Big – Easum & Cornelius

7 Practices of Effective Ministry – Stanley, Joiner & Jones

Executive Teams – Nadler & Spencer

Creating Community – Stanley & Willets

Simply Strategic Growth – Stevens & Morgan

Weekend Update

1. I spoke all three Sunday services with a runny nose. There’s nothing like speaking under the anointing of God with the anointing of snot running out of your nose :). I made it through the entire weekend with God’s help. I’m tired this morning, and my nose and my body are still bothered from the crud. Thanks for praying for God to touch my body and my family with His healing power. WE NEED IT!

2. We had people make a decision to follow Christ in all five services. Go GOD! I can’t say it enough; your passion to invite your friends and family to experience Christ is remarkable. WAY TO GO!

3. I saw many of you who usually attend the 10:30AM Sunday service at the Saturday night services or at our 9AM service. Thank you for your willingness to switch services to free up seats in the auditorium and in the kids’ area for more people to connect with God. We need more of you to BUST A MOVE out of the 10:30AM service to one of the other services, so we can have room for 2000 people to attend on Easter! 10:30AM has the highest guest volume every week, followed by the 12PM Sunday service. So, if at all possible, switching to the 9AM or one of the Saturday night services would be very helpful (especially on Easter). It’s awesome knowing that God has entrusted to you and to me the incredible privilege of being a part of a growing church. EASTER IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! WE WILL HAVE 2000 IN ATTENDANCE AND LOTS OF LIVES CHANGED BY GOD! Don’t miss it for anything!

4. Our Saturday night services are doing very well. Even during Spring Break the last two weekends, we had over 400 people in attendance. THANK YOU for your commitment to make Saturday nights a huge success!

5. People are being set free from legalism. I HATE LEGALISM! The meanest, most divisive, gossiping, hard headed and know it all people in the world are legalistic Christians. If you know one, you know what I’m talking about. I really do thank God we don’t have a church full of legalistic people. I thank God we are not bound by tradition. I thank God we are not driven by man made rules (many churches are). I thank God we are a church focused on loving people and not killing and judging people. We have such a unified church that has one goal to connect as many people to God and to others as possible. If you happen to run into a legalistic person at People’s Church, tell them to let God set them free, to hush up or to leave, because we don’t have time to argue and debate with legalistic people when there are so many hurting people who need to still be introduced to a relationship with Christ. Let’s stay focused on what God has called us to do. The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few, so let’s stay busy reaping the harvest!

Marriage

Last night I went on a hot date with my wife. We had a babysitter come to our home to watch the kids and off we went. It was a great date. I really mean it was great. We really connected last night. We just talked and talked and talked. My wife and I enjoy opening up to each other and talking about everything. I mean everything. We have learned that the only way for us to have a healthy marriage is to have great communication. So we frequently pull away, just the two of us, and talk. I love when my wife and I are transparent. I love when we just spill our guts out to one another. I love when we just talk about the raw reality of life, marriage, kids, money, sex, God, church, people, “stupid people” [I know you never have to deal with stupid people, but we have to sometimes] :), vacation, fun, college, sports, and the list goes on and on. Communication is really fun! We have a strong marriage because we have strong communication.

Hey married couples, when was the last time you had a heart to heart with your spouse? I mean a down right gut level conversation. I mean lay it all on the table talk. I’m not talking about this 2007 communication of send me a text and I’ll fire you an email. Or better yet, while I watch TV and you fold the clothes and surf the Internet, we will have a great intimate life altering conversation. WHATEVER! Some of you know that your marriage is drifting. Instead of getting closer, it seems you are growing further apart. The flame is dying because you don’t talk. You haven’t been on a date in forever. You haven’t talked about the good, the bad and the ugly in a long time. Let me encourage you to get alone with your spouse ASAP and talk. I’m not talking about a 15 minute chat. I’m talking about carving out 2 hours and saying I know this is going to be uncomfortable but let’s talk. Let’s lay everything on the table, and let’s take our average marriage and make it a great marriage.

You can do it! God will help you if you just go for it! QUIT BEING A WIMP! QUIT MAKING EXCUSES! QUIT BEING FULL OF PRIDE! Just do it! Didn’t you just hear what I said! QUIT YOUR EXCUSES AND JUST DO IT! You’ll be so glad you did.

My Two Sons

Yesterday when I got home from work, we ate dinner as a family around the dinner table. After dinner, I took my two sons, Cale and Cade, to the park. We had a blast. The boys enjoyed sliding down the slides. I can’t believe how big Cale is getting. In the fall, when we would go to the park, he couldn’t climb on most of the stuff. I would have to assist him. Now he’s climbing on almost everything by himself. He’s a big boy now. My kids are growing up way too fast. The boys also like me to push them in these big swings. They can actually lay in the swings, and I buckle them up and then push them high into the air. They just laugh and laugh and laugh. Cale said his favorite thing at the park was the swings. We also sat in a rock sand box and threw rocks. Cade even put the rocks on his head. I’m not sure what he was trying to build on his head, but for whatever reason he thought it was cool to put the rocks on his head.

As I was playing with my boys on a windy day at the park, I looked into the sky and thought, what a blessed man I am! I have an incredible wife who is my best friend on the planet. I fall more in love with her everyday. She amazes me. She takes my breath away. She’s the best. I have three healthy kids who bring so much joy to my life. Being a father is better than I ever dreamed it could be. Words can’t express how much I love my kids. I have the peace and joy of the Lord in my heart. There’s no greater satisfaction than knowing that I know and live for the Creator of the entire universe. God knows me by name. WOW! I pastor the greatest church in the world. What the Lord has done at People’s Church in 4 years is unbelievable. I have the most talented, loving and loyal staff that I have the privilege to work with everyday. I AM SO BLESSED! God has been so good to me. Honestly, God has been better to me than I deserve. I’m actually crying as I write this. I’m crying tears of joy, because I get to serve and enjoy the blessings of a loving God. All I can say to God is THANK YOU! THANK YOU for being so good to me! Thank you for all of your blessings!

Today, would you take a few moments to count your blessings? We all encounter trials, storms, and problems but God is so good! For the next 30 seconds, reflect on God’s goodness to you and thank Him for his love and faithfulness to you. HE’S WORTHY!