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.

Smile

I have been giving lots of thought to our church. This fall we have turned the corner and making some changes in the way we do discipleship. Our goal is to honor Christ in all that we do. So we are going to teach to transform. My goal is that every one of our members is involved in regular on going discipleship classes. We have some great options, and I want to encourage you to be involved.

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

Holy discontentment

I am struggling of late; I am discontent. My relationship with the Lord is solid, and of this I am certain. I love Jesus, and I know that He loves me. His incredible love for me brings me peace and comfort. This peace offers me hope and future. I am confident that everything taking place on the planet is no surprise to an all mighty and Holy God, He is, by the way, all knowing and all powerful. I understand all of this, but for me today, a mere human, when I see all that is going on in my country and the world that I live, I must admit, I have a longing for heaven. I hurt for people who do not know Jesus. I worry for people who do not understand how to love those who in many situations are unlovable. The world keeps moving, and I find myself overwhelmed at the events of the day and cannot help but ask the question, where is the church?

Kickball and the gospel

Last week I had an opportunity to play kickball with the children’s ministry at the church that I lead. What a catastrophy! It was evident very quickly that our kids did not know how to play kickball. They did not understand the fundamentals of this simple game. They understood that you kick a ball, but beyond that they were clueless. They did not understand the principals of working together as a team. It was a mess, an exercise in futility, I was beyond overwhelmed, and realized that someone has to teach these kids how to play kickball! So I have enlisted some help, and this Wednesday night, hopefully, if the weather allows, we are going to be able to get a game.