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May 18, 2017

Get Involved!

We are making it easy for you to connect at Waters Edge through volunteering as a Summer Volunteer! Here are 5 reasons to try it:

1. It is a short-term commitment.
2. No experience is necessary.
3. You can try something new.
4. It’s an opportunity to give back.
5. It’s fun!

To get more information and to sign up, check out our website.

May 15, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: For Every Mom


Tab shared a powerful message yesterday as we celebrated Mother’s Day!

1. You’ve Got To Fix Your Focus.
2. Our focus should be on Christ when we are in crisis.
3. When Jesus is our focus, everything is not going to be perfect, but what we will have is His perspective and His wisdom in the battle and that’s what gets you through.
4. The Battle Is Not Yours.
5. We fight battles all the time that aren’t ours, don’t we?
6. If you have fixed your focus on Him, then you’ve done your part, that’s your part, and now you have to let God do the rest.
7. Find Your Fight Song.
8. Praise will put your problems in perspective.
9. Rest!
10. Rest realizing that He loves you and has a plan for you and you are His delight and when the world says, “Measure up!” He says that you already do!

May 12, 2017

A Mother’s Day Message from Tab

Happy Mother’s Day!

I have a secret to tell you that might actually surprise you: I love raising teenagers. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely not always unicorns and rainbows in our house but I am loving this stage of parenting with my kids.

On the top of my “I love raising teenagers” list are the spiritual conversations I get to have with my teenagers! Now typically those conversations aren’t like you would imagine. We don’t sit on our floor at night holding hands, praying and reading the Bible with the Waters Edge band playing softly in the background. No, instead our conversations happen when I take the time with our kids to talk about their life and point them toward God and His Word. Here are a few things that I have done to open up these conversations and make them feel like a normal and natural part of my parenting:

• I try to weave spiritual principles and God’s Word into our daily dialogue. When our kids have a difficult time with a friend I text them a verse about being a good friend or when they have a difficult time with a teacher, I talk to them about the spiritual principle of honoring authorities.
• I ask our kids questions…lots of questions. I try to get more specific than just, “How was your day?” I ask them questions specifically about their friends, teachers, coaches, and groups. And then I listen!
• I pray with our kids. One of my favorite things is to pray for specific things in their lives so they can see that prayer is meaningful and important.
• I utilize the time in the car for either listening to Christian music or discussing life. When I take the girls to school, sometimes I will read a verse and we will talk about it.
• I make church more than a Sunday event. Our church is a part of our lives and we talk about it throughout the week. We prioritize Sundays, volunteering, and groups. I talk about what we learned and remind them of it during the week. And we always try to share it with others through inviting.

I don’t always get this right. Sometimes, I miss a moment because I’m too busy looking at Facebook or just plain tired at the end of the day. But, mommas, I know that we can do this. There’s really nothing more important that I can do for my teenagers than this! The Bible says, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deut. 6:6-7)

No matter which stage of life that you find yourself in as a mom today, you can pass along spiritual guidance to your kids through simple conversations. I know you can and I want you to know…I’m cheering you on!

Tab Hodges

P.S. It would mean the world to me if you would help me pack out the house with a whole bunch of mommas on this Sunday for Mother’s Day at Waters Edge!

May 8, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: What About Heaven & Hell?


1. The Heaven Of Today Is Not The Same As The Heaven Of Eternity.
2. Heaven Is Awesome!
3. Most of all it’s going to be awesome because Jesus is there and we will be with Him forever.
4. There are Rewards In Heaven.
5. You don’t get to heaven by doing good works but you do get rewards in heaven for doing them.
6. Heaven Is Not The Default Destination.
7. I’m going to Refocus My Attention from earth to eternity.
8. The whole point of living is to know God in this life and then leverage this life for others to know God.
9. I’m going to Reach As Many People As Possible.
10. I’m going to Renew My Relationship With Jesus.

May 1, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: Is It The End Of The World?

1. There is gonna be no zombie apocalypse, you don’t have to prepare for that, but there will be the end of the world and you’d better be ready.
2. When sin entered the world this perfect world became imperfect and God began a redemptive plan, He began a restorative process, way back then that continues today and it’s a plan not just to bring His lost children back home into relationship with Him but it’s a plan to restore the world to the way it once was.
3. The end of the world will be signaled by the Return Of Jesus.
4. There are four words that I think every Christian alive today should know… these four words of Jesus: I Will Come Back.
5. After the return of Jesus, you can count on this, there will be the Rapture Of Living Christians.
6. That leads to the third thing that’s gonna happen, which is going to be really awesome, that’s going to be the Reunion With Jesus.
7. The Bible tells us that we will Reign With Jesus for all eternity and the world will be as He intended it to be.
8. Nobody knows whether you have another day or not – it’s the end of your world.
9. We are experiencing the end of the world but the end of the world is not all there is.
10. You want to know how you get ready for the end of the world? You know Jesus, you live for Him.

Are you ready for the end of the world?

April 24, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: Why Do Bad Things Happen?


1. We will possibly never fully understand why bad things happen to good people but He is God and we are not, and when you can’t see His plan and you can’t follow His hand, you can always trust His heart because He is good!
2. Here’s reason #1 bad things happen to good people: because You Live In A Broken World.
3. You can allow the trouble of this world to make you question God or you can allow it to make you cry out to Him.
4. You Brought It On Yourself.
5. Bad things happen to good people ‘cause good people make bad choices.
6. God Wants To Do Something Big In Your Life.
7. God took something painful and made something beautiful from it.
8. God Is Doing Something In You.
9. If you’ll let God use the fire, He will refine you.
10. When bad things happen, God is still good.

April 18, 2017

Easter’s Top Ten

1. The first group of people that we find in the Easter story… were Seekers.
2. For every Seeker, Easter’s answer is Presence.
3. Because Jesus is with you, He is for you, and if He is for you, who dare be against you?
4. This second group was a group of Skeptics.
5. Easter’s answer to every Skeptic is simply Perspective.
6. Jesus can make your life better and He can make you better at life.
7. It is my hope and prayer today that really this group will be the one that all of us can relate to before we leave from here – that third group was Believers.
8. Easter has an answer for every Believer too, and that is Power.
9. The same power that caused Jesus to conquer death, hell, and the grave lives in you so because of the resurrection there is nothing He cannot do in you.
10. That’s the Easter question today: Do you believe?

April 10, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: Come and See

1. It’s Not About Me; It’s About Others.
2. I actually end up being most fulfilled, and most satisfied, and most contented, and most like Jesus when I embrace this value.
3. When you put the needs of someone else ahead of your own needs, God meets your needs.
4. When you empty yourself, God fills you back up.
5. Nothing says it’s not about me, it’s all about others quite like bringing somebody to Jesus ‘cause nothing says I care about you and I want what’s best for you than offering Jesus to you ‘cause Jesus is the most important thing I could ever give to you!
6. “Come and see!” is the easiest, best, and most convincing invitation in the whole wide world.
7. Prioritize Conviction Over Comfort.
8. Prioritize You Over Me.
9. Prioritize Jesus Over Everything Else.
10. Three days later Jesus Christ rose again and He’s alive today and we believe the whole world should know!

April 3, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: Perfect Unity

A big shout out to Mike “Moose” Hancock for preaching yesterday! #mypeople

1. One of the things that Jesus prayed for was unity and He actually prays it for us.
2. A lot of times our expectation is that Jesus should answer our prayers but this is a time where Jesus is expecting us to answer His prayer.
3. The effectiveness of our message is impacted by whether or not we can be unified with each other.
4. We have a common enemy as a church and it’s not people because when they become our focus we wind up missing out on the mission that He has for us.
5. When Jesus prayed this prayer for us to stay focused He did that so that others would know God sent Jesus and that they would know that He loves them as much as He loves His Son.
6. When we don’t have purpose, the trivial things, they become important to us…when we have purpose, the right things become important and we can solve the trivial things again and again.
Four Tiers of Church Unity:
7. Choose to BELONG.
8. Choose to SHARE.
9. Choose to DO MY PART.
10. Choose to BE DEVOTED.

March 27, 2017

Sunday’s Top Ten: Everybody Needs A Group

1. My goal today is everybody without a group gets one.
2. Groups are where you Connect, Care, and Grow.
3. You need a Group to Connect.
4. You need to be connected…because that’s how God designed you and that’s how God designed the church.
5. You need some people to help you see your life differently, to help you see Jesus differently, to help you see the Scriptures differently, to help you see the world differently.
6. Groups are where you Care.
7. Groups are our system for care.
8. Groups are where you Grow.
9. I just don’t believe there is any better way to help you grow spiritually than a group.
10. And I know maybe you didn’t know you need it, and I know you probably don’t want it, and I know most of you don’t have time for it, but as one who keeps watch over your soul, I want you to have it because you need #mypeople to connect, care, and grow.