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Random Thoughts

1. The Hornets lost to the Spurs last night. The series is now tied 3-3. Game seven is in New Orleans. GO HORNETS!

2. The kids and I are watching Pinky Dinky Doo right now.

3. Cale is laying on me right now, and my arms are wrapped around him typing up my blog.

4. A few minutes ago, Cale gave his sister the balloon he was playing with so I asked him where he got such a great heart from. He told me, “Because of God.” Pretty profound answer for my four year old boy.

5. Cale is still sitting in my lap, and he just said, “Dad, I love you a lot.” Cade just came and got under the covers with us.

6. My mom has spent the last three nights at our home. She loves watching the grandkids play.

7. I am hosting a Church Planters Round Table starting on Monday. Looking forward to it. We have people coming from all across the nation.

8. This Sunday we conclude the series Deep. The following Sunday we are beginning a SUPER HOT SERIES titled Juicy Fruit.

Kids Update pt. 3

Caris (my baby girl)

Caris will be 2 years old in August. Some interesting things about my baby girl.

1. She is the most daring kid we have.

2. She is a flat out hilarious nut :)! She cracks me up big time.

3. She talks better than any of our other kids when they were her age.

4. She loves to smile.

5. She loves to dance and put on a show for us.

6. I am so glad I have a baby girl!

7. She is emotional!

8. Love her to pieces!

Kids Update pt. 2

Cale (my oldest child)

Cale is 4 years old. He will turn 5 in December. Some interesting things about my big guy:

1. He is really growing up. He talks really well and holds a great conversation. Dad is pretty impressed.

2. He is starting pre-school this year. I can’t believe it!!

3. He tells Tiffany and/or me every day that he loves us a lot. “Dad, I love you a lot”. It melts my heart every time.

4. He is a very picky eater. He better get over that with the quickness.

5. His very favorite color is pink (at least that what he told the ladies at the dentist office on Monday). :)

6. He likes to play outside.

7. He is a very cautious kid.

Kids Update

Cade (my middle child)

Today is Cade’s 3rd birthday! We are having a family birthday party tonight. I can’t believe my little man is 3 years old. Some interesting things about my little guy:

1. In weight he is under the 20 percentile for kids his age. He is a tiny guy.

2. He has a very tender heart.

3. He is a strong willed kid.

4. He loves for me to read books to him.

5. At bedtime, he loves to pray for his mommy and sometimes his daddy.

6. He loves for me to push him on the swing. He really enjoys swinging.

7. Tiffany and I have always had a sense that he could be in full-time ministry. We would never push our kids to do that, but we have always had this sense in our hearts about him.

Cale tomorrow!

Weekend Update

1. It was a great Mother’s Day weekend.

2. The kids and I took Tiffany out to eat at a nice restaurant on Saturday. We showered her with lots of love and cards. She’s the best!

3. My mom flew into Oklahoma City last week from her home in Rochester, New York, so after church, my mom, several other family members and I went out to eat. It’s always good to see mom.

4. After we had lunch, we went to my uncle and aunts house in Del City, OK. The kids had fun playing, and I played a card game with some of the adults. I love playing card games.

5. 43 people gave their hearts to Christ on Sunday. GO GOD!

6. There was a man on Sunday who came up to me after one of the services and said that he needed to change. He was very broken when he talked to me. It gripped my heart to see someone who knew their life was spinning out of control and desperately needed help. I’m so glad that I serve a God who has the POWER TO CHANGE A LIFE!

7. The Hornets and the Lakers lost in the NBA playoffs. The series for both of them is now 2 wins and 2 losses. Both teams were up 2-0. GO HORNETS, and I do like the Lakers but not as much as the Hornets.

8. This coming up Sunday we are concluding our series called DEEP! The following week we are beginning a brand new series that I’m very excited about. The series is called JUICY FRUIT! We are going to learn how to live in the Spirit. It’s going to be a fun summer studying the fruits of the Spirit. You can know how close you are to God by the fruit that is evident in your life. DON’T MISS THIS SERIES BECAUSE IT WILL BE LIFE-CHANGING!

Random Thoughts

1. Some of our staff went to the DRIVE conference this week in Atlanta. It was a great conference. Andy Stanley is a great communicator. I left challenged and inspired.

2. Flying home on Wednesday from the DRIVE conference was a mess. I didn’t get to my home until almost 1AM. It was a long day.

3. People’s Church turns six years old on Sunday. It’s been a great six years, but the most exciting thing is the best is yet to come.

4. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is on Sunday!

5. Went to lunch with this guy yesterday. He is a great guy, and I enjoyed the fellowship.

6. My two boys have really cuddled with me since I got home from the DRIVE conference. I think they missed their daddy. My little girl is too busy running around to come cuddle with me, but I sneak in a hug here and there.

7. Thank God for a Sabbath day. It was God’s idea to take a day off every week, and I’m excited to rest with my family today.

What I’ve Learned Over Six Years Of Being A Senior Pastor pt. 3

16. You can have a growing ministry and a healthy family life.

17. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with.

18. Fasting and prayer are key to a powerful life and ministry.

19. Studying and preaching messages is a lot of work.

20. People will leave your church. 6 years later, it still hurts, but at least I know that it happens to everybody.

21. You can’t meet everybody’s needs or expectations because you are only one person, so don’t try.

22. I’m living my dream. I’m living for the King of Kings, I have a great wife, wonderful and healthy kids, an awesome staff, an off the hook church family and friends who love me for me. Life doesn’t get any better than this.

What I’ve Learned Over Six Years Of Being A Senior Pastor pt. 2

8. Starting a new church is a great way to reach people who don’t know Christ.

9. Mistakes are a part of the journey. I’ve made more mistakes than I have time to write about.

10. A new church takes a lot of work. A new growing church takes even more work. If you don’t like to work hard, don’t start a church.

11. Integrity is a huge component to an effective church.

12. Pursuing Christ is key to being a healthy and passionate follower of Christ and pastor.

13. Networking with pastors in your area is key to your personal and spiritual development.

14. Meet with pastors in your city or area when possible. When you meet with them, come prepared to learn. In other words, shut up and quit trying to impress them and learn all you can from them.

15. You may never meet some of your greatest mentors. I’ve been very blessed to be personal friends with some of my mentors. Although I will probably never meet many of my mentors, their books, blogs and messages will continue to impact my life.

What I’ve Learned Over Six Years Of Being A Senior Pastor

1. Starting a church on Mother’s Day weekend is STUPID!

2. Nobody brings their family to a brand new church on Mother’s Day.

3. You will be depressed all summer long if you start your church on Mother’s Day. The summer break for students is a week or two after Mother’s Day, and your new church will struggle.

4. Just because you find a cool place to meet and do a big mail out doesn’t mean your church will grow. The first 3 months of our church, we averaged around 50 people. This was not what I expected!

5. Weird people show up to a new church.

6. Power hungry people show up to a new church.

7. Disgruntled people show up to a new church.

More encouraging words tomorrow :)

Weekend Update

1. All I can say about Sunday is UNBELIEVABLE! It was one of the best days in the history of People’s Church. 76 people got baptized in water. 76 people made a public profession and declaration of their faith. It was a holy moment for PC!

2. 29 people gave their lives to Christ yesterday! It always pumps me up to see people make a decision to follow Christ!

3. I haven’t received the count yet, but many, many people signed up to be involved in a ministry at People’s Church. That’s DEEP! Deep is serving others! Maturity is for ministry! Thank you PC for DIVING DEEP INTO MINISTRY! You are going to make a tremendous difference! You are also going to have the incredible thrill of being used by God!

4. I can’t believe that People’s Church is turning 6 years old this coming Sunday. That’s right, we started People’s Church on Mother’s Day six years ago.

5. In honor of Mother’s Day, this coming up Sunday we will be giving something special to every lady in attendance. Bring your mom, your kids and your entire family, and let’s celebrate the goodness of our risen Savior.