Unbelievable

I sit here this morning overwhelmed at the news coming out of Las Vegas. I am shocked and drawn to prayer. Words come slowly, I try and understand why someone would do this. My heart goes out to all of the families. My heart goes out to an American city. We know now that 58 people have lost their lives while enjoying a concert. We also know that over 500 people are injured and transported to the Hospital. This event is the worst mass shooting in American history. Processing this horrific event will take time for many Americans. Our freedoms are under attack. Large entertainment venues are the norm in the Home of the free. This madman for some reason thought this through for maximum effectiveness. Perched high above the festival with fully automatic weapons reigning terror on innocent concert attendees below.

A tried and true internet and social media filter!

I have been disturbed recently by the obnoxious post finding their way to my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I understand, and champion peoples need to express their views and thoughts. As Citizens of this great country, our founding fathers recognized the need for free expression and wrote into our Bill of Rights the first amendment, which affords us the right to speak out on any subject that we so choose. The question that I want you to consider as you read this post is “Do we need to respond and express our views on everything?”

Equip

Today I finish up our acrostic for SERVE teams. Our fifth letter is the letter E. This E stands for EQUIP. My hope in writing these blog post is to help those who belong to the church that I lead to an understanding of the requirements needed to SERVE! I pray that each of our members takes on the challenge and finds a place of service. At the POINT, every member is a minister so applying these requirements is paramount in answering the needs of our guest. To recap the acrostic, we have the words Smile, Encourage, Reach out, Validate and today Equip.

Validate

Over the past couple of days, I have been listing qualifications that I believe we all possess. These same qualifications are those needed to serve on one of our SERVE teams. We pick up our requirements for a SERVE team member with the letter V. For our purposes is stands for Validate. I believe our guest at the Point wants to be validated. It takes so little effort to tell someone you are glad that they joined us for worship. We validate someone when we let them know that they add value to our lives. I am a better person because of those God puts on my path. I am thankful for the people that God loves. God loves all people, so the least that I can do is let them know how much I appreciate spending time with them.

The good, the bad and the Jaguars

I love living in Jacksonville! Greater Jacksonville has much to offer! Our weather does change enough for us to have some seasonal effects without the continuous frigid temps that winter further north can bring. September through December is pleasant for those who enjoy being outside like I do, it is easy to find plenty of activities to involve my family and friends. The cooler temperatures in January and February lead into a beautiful and warm March thru May. North East Florida has much to offer for the adventuring heart. We have more green space than any city of our size in the country. Jacksonville’s beauty and diversity make it a great place to live 12 months a year.

Encourage!

We pick up our post this morning continuing to develop the acrostic about SERVE teams. We feel that to serve, you must have these qualities. The cool thing is that all of these qualities are already in each of us. We will highlight the second letter E this morning.

Bold City Vision

Good morning, I am so thankful for each of you. What a week it has been! I am so ready for August 20 and our relaunch here at the Point. I am also praying that each of you is carefully thinking about who you are going to bring to the Point with you on this extraordinary day. I love each of you, and I am ready for God to do something big in our midst. We are ramping up, we are revving our engines, and we are ready to go.

An amazing day

Sleep came easy for me after an exhausting 186-mile trip through heavy south Florida traffic from Jonathan Dickenson State Park in Jupiter Flordia, to the Long Key State Park in the middle Florida Keys. Awakening to a new day came much easier as I knew that I would be waking up to a spectacular Long Key sunrise. I had anticipated this morning for many months. After stepping out of the frigid pop-up camper that we call home while camping, my glasses immediately fogged as I moved out into the thick humid air common to the tropics. Six months of planning and dreaming, I can tell you that I was not disappointed at what I experienced.

Sharing Jesus without freaking out!

Get all excited tell everybody that, Jesus Christ is King. I have been thinking and praying about our church over the past ten days. I know that God has BIG plans for us as a church family and this fact excites me (I hope it excites you).

Discovering the God of the Universe

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions 
or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16