Sunday, May 24, 2009

17 Weeks till launch!

17 weeks till the launch of epic church! Thanks for all the prayers and support these past few months! It's been an incredible adventure so far!

Next Sunday, May 31 at 6:30 we'll be having an epic vision night at Palm Coast Community Church. If you are interested in learning more about our epic story, how you can pray or how you can participate in the epic adventure come and hear our vision!

Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend! Thank a vet for your freedom because freedom isn't free!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Moving forward!

Had another great launch team meeting tonight! Epic teams are being built (tech team, hospitality team, etc...)

It's so great working with this group of people! I love their willingness to serve! Way to go epic! Thanks for the inspiration!

Pray that God will continue to add quality people to our launch team numbers! Our goal is to have a minimum of 50 people on our launch team by September! 16 down and 34 to go!

Monday, May 18, 2009

18 weeks!

18 weeks till the launch of epic church!

Wow, these weeks keep going by faster and faster! There are moments I'm anxious and wish it was already here. And there are moments I get anxious and wish we were launching in 18 months instead of 18 weeks.

God is in control! His timing is perfect!

He keeps adding to our launch team numbers! We're currently up to 16 people and our goal is to have at least 50 people on our launch team by September 20!

Can you imagine what 50 people completely committed to Jesus could do in Flagler county? Jesus took 12 people and changed the world! I'm pretty sure Jesus + 50 committed Christ followers could begin to change one county for the King! The cool thing about that is epic gets to join the ranks of other great churches in our county who are advancing the kingdom - like Palm Coast Community Church, Life Coast, Parkview, Palm Coast Church, and others!

What do you say? Are you up for changing the county for Jesus and then who knows - the world? What do you have to lose?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

crossed the finish line

I got a phone call early this morning about our precious Edith Nunnally who woke up in the arms of Jesus today. My heart is filled with those mixed emotions - grief over her loss and joy over the reality of where she is right now!

What a privilege to know this woman and her family! God, I thank you for allowing my path to cross with hers! She has been a constant inspiration to many through these past few difficult years!

Edie, I know you're enjoying that brand new body you've received! Enjoy the celebration of your home going and life well lived!

None of us knows when our own finish lines will come around the corner. So let's be ready and as Paul says in Ephesians and "live a life worthy of our calling!"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

epic launch team

Had another great launch team meeting last night! With under 19 weeks till launch Sunday we're shifting gears toward dividing up in teams to accomplish the overall goal! We'll need people on all kinds of teams from programming to tech to children's ministry to hospitality to set-up and tear down .... There is lots to accomplish!

It's amazing what can happen when a group of committed people come together to accomplish a task. Each person brings a unique gift mix to the team to make the team better! I'm so encouraged by the people God is bringing to join our epic team! It will take all of us working together to join God in His epic mission of restoring the world to Himself!

We have a daunting task but a great BIG GOD! He will do far more than we can ever ask or think!
Our goal is to have at least 50 people on our launch team by September 20! Pray with us that God will continue to grow our epic team with people who will give all of who they are for all of who He is!

On May 31, we will have a pc3 / epic vision meeting for all who may be interested in stepping to a higher level of leadership at pc3 and epic. May 31, 6:30 PM in the pc3 auditorium. If you know someone who might be interested in that, tell them to come! More info will come from pc3 in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5-12-09 Tammy Update

Yesterday we finished the last of Tammy's blood work after seeing Dr. Warner, her new infectious disease dr. Within the past few weeks Tammy has had a spinal tap (that was fun!), another MRI (she's had an MRI done from her head down to her hips so far), and lots of blood work (she is now best friends with some of the ladies at the lab - HA!)

The latest round of blood work went to a specialty lab in CA to test for Lymes Disease. Within the next few weeks we should have the results from the tap, MRI and blood work. Prayerfully, we'll be able to determine what is causing Tammy's pain, crippling and other strange symptoms!

God has walked us through a very difficult past 2 years and is still walking very close to us! Many moments we are ready to give up and somehow God shows up in some encouraging / comforting way and empowers us to keep on going!

I'm humbled to be the caregiver to a woman with such tenacity, depth and faith! She's been such an inspiration to me through this whole journey! I'd like to say that I could handle this as graciously as she has but I'm afraid I'd fall very short! She's a beatiful picture of grace and humility! It's an honor to be married to a woman who could have turned this into great bitterness, but yet choose to trust God with all of her being - good days and bad; good health and bad health!

Way to go Tammy! You're the incredible ultra-marathon woman! Thanks for the privilege of being your husband and best friend! I'm cheering you on to your healing! You'll get it! God will heal you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

email notifications of blog updates

Some of you may prefer to have email notifications when a new blog update is posted. If so, below are the instructions for that.

1) Go to

2) In the Feed URL box enter

3) In the email box enter the email address you want the notifications to come to

* steps 1 and 2 can be done through cut and paste if you are familiar with that.

Let me know if you have any troubles getting this set up! I'm not sure how I can really help you but I guess I can pray for you! Prayer is always a good thing!

Feel free to pass this info onto anyone who is interested in staying up to date on epic info!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Eternal Perspective

Spent the afternoon with a multi-millionaire. He didn't act like he was wealthy. Lives modestly. Dresses modestly. He has the right perspective on life - This earth is not our home!

He's investing the money God's given him to advance God's kingdom! Money seems to ruin so many people who end up with lots of it! Great to see that money serves this guy; he doesn't serve the money!

May we truly understand that this earth is not our home! May we be good managers of the resources God has given us - time, talents, money, family, friends, possessions, etc...

God, draw people to Yourself by the way we live for You!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

MRI today

Tammy had an MRI today of her hips to rule out any hip degeneration. Don't think that's what's going on but it's always good to rule out everything possible! It was somewhat painful for Tammy but she's doing okay. If the MRI turns up normal, then Lymes continues to be the suspect disease. The spinal tap and blood work can confirm the Lymes but not always. There is no definitive Lymes test. Lymes is tricky to diagnose. Her symptoms keep pointing in that direction.

Not sure if the spinal tap has flared up her pain level but it seems that way. She's had more pain since Friday.

We have one more round of blood work to do next week that will be tested at a specialty lab in CA. We should get some answers to all these tests sometime in the next 2 - 3 weeks or so. I'm sure you know what's it's like to wait on test results! Never as soon as you'd like!

Only God can heal Tammy! He's the Great Physician! We're trusting in Him and Him alone for her healing! Thanks for joining us in prayer over this one!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I regularly get asked questions about epic church. Here is a summary of some of those questions and the answers to those questions.

1) When is epic launching?
September 20, 2009

2) Where is epic going to have worship gatherings?
Current plan is to use the Flagler County Realty Association Building on 100. If leaving Target head towards Bunnel and the building is on the left hand side. Very contemporary looking building.

3) What about using the Epic Movie Theatre?
Epic Theatres continue to hold off on starting construction. They have recently pulled their building permits and have about 6 months to start construction or start the building permit process all over again. Unless more plans arise (which of course may happen) they will most likely be open for business in the fall of 2010. We decided early on that we did not want the launch of epic church to be tied to the construction of the theater. Glad we made that call!

4) How can I stay posted on what's happening with epic church?
Visit this blog is one great way! Another way is to attend our vision meetings soon to be announced.

5) How can I help with epic?
There will be many opportunities to help with epic and pc3! Our goal is to have at least 50 people on our launch team when epic officially launches on Sept 20! We'll be holding vision meetings in the near future to cast our epic vision. If God stirs something in your heart at that meeting about helping epic, then join the team! Either way, we want people to step up to higher levels of leadership at pc3 and at epic!

6) Why does Trent like "Braveheart" so much?
I like "Braveheart" because of the blue face paint that William Wallace wears! It's incredible!
"Braveheart" depicts the epic battle of the christian life! Good vs. evil; a spiritual battle of epic proportion; a spiritual battle that rages all around us and claims the lives of many people who do not see the battle for what it is! I could go on for hours, but I'll stop now! I'm getting too passionate! "Freeeeddddddoooooommmmmm!"

7) How can I pray for epic?
Pray that God will go before us! If He does not, all our efforts are useless!
Pray that God brings us the right worship leader!
Pray that God provides the necessary funds!
Pray that God heals Tammy!
Pray that God raises the right launch team!
Pray that the people in our community who need Jesus respond to Him through epic!
Pray that God will do more than we can ask or think!

Thanks for your prayers! They mean so much!

19 weeks!

Today makes 19 weeks and counting till the official launch of epic church!

Wow, 19 weeks feels like 19 hours at this point!

We have lots to do and a short time to do it in! God, go before us and make our path straight!

Tammy's Update 5-3-09

Tammy is recovering from her spinal tap on Friday. She's had a few days of taking it easy and drinking lots of caffeine. Apparently the caffeine helps the body replenish the spinal fluid that was taken. God's creation of the body is an amazing thing!

Now we have an MRI on Tuesday in Jax to rule out a hip disorder. Neither of us think Tammy's issues are solely hip related but it's something else to rule out.

We also have more blood work to do for Lyme testing. There is a specialty Lyme lab in CA that will do more in depth testing for Lymes. Not sure how long it will take to get the results but we figure 2 - 3 weeks or so.

Thanks for your prayers! We're learning just how precious prayer is! Thanks for blessing us with your prayers!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tammy's Update

Tammy had a successful lumbar puncture today!

The Dr drew several tubes of spinal fluid to test for Lymes disease and possibly other diseases. The procedure took longer to prepare for than to perform. She had to lie down for 2 hours after the procedure to hopefully avoid the killer headaches than can be a side effect.

Tammy did very well! She is now home and resting. She feels some discomfort and her normal level of pain - 6 on a scale of 10.

Thanks for your prayers! She said she felt very peaceful during the whole time!

Continue to pray with us that God reveals what is causing her disabling condition! Not sure how long the results will take but hopefully they will show what is wrong.