Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Upcoming Events...

I wanted to let you know that we've got some exciting things coming up in October.  Click here to check out the info on the high school website.

Here's the video promo for IGNITE (Oct. 23).  Please join us that night.

Update from Last Wednesday at FLOOD

First off all, thank you for praying for me. I meant to get this update from last Wednesday's worship service to you last week, but it didn't happen. I'm so sorry. Here's why I wanted so badly to give you the update from last week:

Salvation came to Flood this past Wednesday night. We saw between 8-10 people stand to surrender to Christ during our Wednesday night worship service. When they stood up, the place went NUTS!!! It was awesome. Here's the thing: the message really didn't have anything to do with a call to Christ but rather a call for Christians to accept his missional call on their lives. Even still, I did call people to surrender to Christ. And they started standing.

Every salvation was exciting. What was even better about them is that every person that stood came because of someone who brought them to Flood. Most, if not all, were first-time visitors to PFB when they surrendered to Christ. AWESOME!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Update for this week in High School Ministry...

Good morning, parents.

Here's the the quick update about what's been going on and what is going on this week in the life of the high school ministry here at PFB Church.


  • Last Wednesday night we started a two-week series on the vision of the high school and next generation ministries here at the church.

  • On Saturday, a small group from the high school ministry met at the church to make lunches.  They then went to Ganesha park and passed them out to the homeless while also sharing Jesus with them. AWESOME!!!!

  • On Sunday morning, we looked at 2 Kings 25:27-30, asking the students if they had settled for comfortable rather than freedom in Christ.  To read about what I spoke on, click here to read my blog from this morning.


  • We are spending today, Wednesday and Thursday interviewing candidates for the lead high school and discipleship pastor position.  Please pray for myself and the interview team during this process.  We ONLY want God's choice for this position.

  • This Wednesday night we will finish up our series on our vision for the ministry.

  • This Saturday, from 12:30 - 4:30, you and your high schooler can serve the homeless right here at PFB Church at the monthly homeless feast.  For more information, please call the church and speak with Nancy (909-629-5277, ext. 3014).


  • On Wednesday night and Sunday morning, we announced the upcoming Ignite Worship Event.  We had it last year and it was EXPLOSIVE!!! Everyone is welcome to be part of this event.  Cost is free!!! Click here to read all about it.

There you go.  I hope that this is helpful to you.

And thank you again for allowing us to partner with you as you raise your teenagers to love Jesus.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thoughts about Sunday morning...

Hello parents,

I just wanted to give you an update from the high school worship time from yesterday.  We looked at the topic of being busy.  Every person is busy.  In fact, I don't know if I've ever met someone who says that they aren't busy (I'm sure they are out there but I just haven't met one yet).  The main point of the message was this: as school is starting with every activity under the sun that students can be involved in, there is a need to set their priorities so that they decide what they do, according to God's direction, rather than allowing life to dictate what they will do.  Example:  It seems like one of the first things that gets pushed out of a student's life when school starts is Jesus.  I'm not saying every student, but I am saying many.  Why? Because he's always there.  They've heard that he is.  So, it's easy to set him to the side in order to do those things that are pressing.  However, the problem with that is HUGE! An intimate and personal relationship with Christ will affect every aspect of a person's life.  So to set him to the side for the temporary is foolish, because it shifts the focus off the the reason for life and onto different activities of life.

Please understand: I am not anti-sports in school.  I am not ant-band.  I'm not anti-drama, dance, or whatever.  However, I am anti-those things, and any other things, when they take Christ's rightful place in someone's life.  So I encouraged students to be involved in those things.  I told them to do those things, as well as their school work, as doing them unto Jesus.  However, I also challenged them with this: there may be times when Jesus wants them to skip a practice, game, performance, or competition for something else.  It seems like the schedules are the map by which so many walk that listening to Jesus' daily instructions are ignored because "God's will" is already on the calendar according to the school schedule.  Just like students will have to miss worship services and mission trips because of games and practices at times, I'm convinced that it is not beyond Jesus to ask those same students to miss a game/competition/performance for something else that he has in mind for them.

I know - it's kind of a touchy topic.  We had a lot of fun.  :)

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you as you raise your teenager(s) to love Jesus.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Some Upcoming Events

Hey parents,

I just wanted to point you toward some info  of events that are coming up in the near future.  Click HERE to read all about them on the InsideOut website.  Here is a summary list of the upcoming events:

  • September 8th; 7pm - "The Calling" - A Night of Worship

  • September 18th; 12:00-3:00pm - "Pathway: Lunch at the Park" (evangelism)

  • September 22nd; 7:00am - See You At the Pole (based on involvement of students from each school).  Check out the See You At The Pole Website by clicking here.

  • September 25th; 12:30-4:30pm - Feed the Homeless, PFB Gymnasium

We also have a new girls small group forming on Monday nights.  It is lead by Nurse Terry [909-263-2545] and Pam Carney [562-618-2596].  The address of this small group is 1679 Woodbend Drive, Claremont, CA. 91711.  It would help us out a lot if you would RSVP with either Pam or Nurse Terry as soon as you can.  We are convinced that the key to spiritual growth is being involved in a small group.  If Monday nights do not work for you or your high school girl, please contact us at the church and let us know when might work best and we will try our best to accommodate.

Thank you again for allowing us to partner with you as you raise your teenagers to love Jesus.

What a ride,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Update from Wednesday Night...

Where in the heck am I supposed to begin? I will do my best.

  • We finished up the series called, "Moxie" - a study on boldness.  We look at having boldness to BE the Church, boldness to COME to God and together, and finished up with boldness to GO after the lost.  POWERFUL SERIES!!! Seriously!!! We had people come forward last night, filling out a card to commit to being committed to GOING OUT on their campuses/workplaces/neighborhoods for Jesus.

  • We baptized three people last night.  We planned on one, prepared for two and dunked three.  The last guy didn't plan it and went in his clothes.  He went home wet.  SO AWESOME!!!!

  • I spoke with a man who was watching the service online.  While watching it he felt the need to come to the church.  So he walked to the church and said that he was supposed to speak with me.  So after the worship service, we got a chance to talk.  I asked  what he was supposed to talk to me about and he said, "I don't know."  Honestly, it's a tough thing to go onto the next part of a conversation when the initiator of that conversation doesn't know what we're supposed to talk about.  So I asked if he knew Jesus.  He said that he had known God all of his life.  So I talked to him about the need to make a real decision for Jesus because we aren't born into a relationship with God.  I told him that Jesus was the only way, and he said, "If the name for God is Jesus, I'm fine with that."  I told him about how there is salvation only through Christ.  He proclaimed Christ as his Lord right there.  I then prayed over him with James Braum, proclaiming freedom and liberty from those addictions that he was struggling with.  WE PRAYED BIG!!!! As he walked away, I stopped and thanked Jesus for the technology that is used at PFB to reach people, and the tech crew that makes it happen.  This man came to Jesus because he was watching the service online and felt the need to come to the church.  AWESOME!!!

  • I had two people come up and tell me that they want to get baptized the next time we have a service (which is the first Wednesday of October if you want to join us).

God is at work.  He is on the move and I am blown away.  But it's only just begun.  The best is yet to come.  Thank you for praying.