Category: Matt’s Blog

Matt’s Blog: Sabbatical Reflections – Spain

*Over the next five weeks, we have the privilege of hearing from Pastor Matt about his sabbatical experience. We are excited for him to share his reflections, learnings, and ways God moved in his life while he was away.* Greetings Flood Family! It is good to be back at Flood after a 3-month sabbatical this...

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Matt’s Blog: My Sabbatical

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 Flood Family, Today marks the beginning of my 3-month sabbatical journey! I am grateful to our church family for gifting me with this incredible opportunity. The purpose of my sabbatical is to rest and be refreshed in body, mind, and soul, and to continue to...

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Matt’s Blog: Rest

Flood Family, At a coffee shop not too long ago, I saw a poster at the register that read: “Coffee! You can sleep when you’re dead.” Its origins are from the Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in his autobiography “there will be sleeping enough in the grave.” This idea has been a part of...

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Matt’s Blog: Career Day

Flood Family, As a kid, I loved Career Day. Learning about different careers and dreaming about all the possibilities made the future seem bright, exciting, and full of opportunity. Now that I’ve been in pastoral ministry for 26 years, I’m still fascinated hearing about people’s careers – especially the ways in which they live out...

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Matt’s Blog: Linus and Lucy

Flood Family, One of my favorite cartoons growing up was PEANUTS—Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally, Schroader, Peppermint Patty… And of course the sibling tag-team, Linus and Lucy. In one memorable scene, Linus asks his overbearing sister, “Why are you always so anxious to criticize me?” To which Lucy replies, “I just think I have a...

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Matt’s Blog: Serve Sunday

Flood Family, This Sunday we will continue our message series, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, by actually working together! I have always appreciated our partnership with Kearny High School. For the past 13 years, we have sought ways to be more than just renters and have creatively partnered with the school to meet a variety...

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Matt’s Blog: Anything That Is Good

Flood Family, Your gut-level instant response is…? 10% or so of us would have a positive first response. The rest of us, well… let’s just say there is no shame, and no winners for trying to impress the pastor. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Let’s try again, but with a different question. What comes to mind when you think...

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Matt’s Blog: Painting the City

Flood Family, I like a good TED Talk. In fact, I love their tagline: Ideas worth spreading. One particular idea worth spreading was given by Edi Rama, who was mayor of Tirana, Albania’s capital city, for 11 years. When Rama took office Tirana had no money, the crime was high, corruption was the norm, and...

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Matt’s Blog: Can’t Not Do

Flood Family, What can you not, not do? If you’ve ever hiked in San Diego county’s semi-arid climate, then you’ve probably seen the beautiful miracle of a desert plant growing from a rock. A seed the size of a sundae sprinkle will grow from, and sometimes through, granite—because it can’t not grow. In his book, Let...

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Matt’s Blog: From Sunday to Monday

Flood Family, We had an incredible Easter celebration last weekend! Our San Diego campus enjoyed a wonderful picnic on Saturday and welcomed more than 300 kids over the weekend. Our North County campus hosted their first Easter morning worship gathering and celebrated 3 baptisms. Rox and I were grateful that our neighbors and their kids were able...

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