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July 30, 2015

3 Ways To Get Encouraged TODAY!

There are few things as vitally important to your emotional wellbeing as encouragement! We all need it and yet I believe many of us are running on encouragement fumes. Our encouragement tank is empty. Most people are experiencing an encouragement crisis! Here are three ways you can get encouraged today:

1. From Others!
The right people in your life will provide you with a source of encouragement. They’ll send you text messages. They’ll leave you post-it notes. They’ll comment on your Facebook post. They’re speaking encouraging words to you. And here’s a hint, they’re far more likely to encourage you if you do a great job of encouraging them!

2. From Circumstances!
Life can be a natural encourager! When you’re winning and your plan is working, circumstances encourage you. When life is good and you are healthy, happy, and moving forward, you’re naturally encouraged.

The challenge for most people is that we rely only on these 2 sources of encouragement and when others aren’t giving it and circumstances aren’t in our favor, we feel completely discouraged. But there’s one more way to get encouraged:

3. From Yourself!
In I Samuel 30:6, the Bible tells us that when nobody was encouraging King David and the circumstances were against King David, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Sometimes, the only encouragement you can get is from yourself! Which simply means, if you’re not feeling encouraged today, there’s only 1 person to blame: YOU!

Today, be thankful for the encouragement from others and life’s circumstances, but learn how to encourage yourself because sometimes that’s all the encouragement you’re gonna get!

July 27, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

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Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as Stu kicked off our new series, Elephant In The Room. Stu preached “Don’t Lose Your Balance” from a balance beam! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I must approach the elephant in the room with balance.
2. The elephant in the room is a tension that needs to be managed and it can never be resolved.
3. They are not tensions that you could ever resolve because to resolve them simplifies them to a place that is not realistic and is not accurate.
4. If you’re going to approach the elephant in the room, you’ve got to have both TRUTH and GRACE.
5. Truth Asks The Question: What Does God Say About This?
6. We have truth because God knows what’s best.
7. God has given us truth to protect us.
8. Grace Responds With Action: Love!
9. Grace understands that the ground is level at the foot of the cross.
10. You’re a follower of Jesus, you can’t be truth or grace, you’ve gotta be both!

July 23, 2015

How To Be The Most Popular Person In The Room, Pt. 2

You want to be the most popular person in the room? Ask the most questions! In part 1 of this post, I explained why questions are so important and today I want to reveal to you my favorite questions to ask (and be asked)!

Question-asking is an art. The questions you choose to ask need to be timed appropriately, with the right tone, and in the right context. If you’re not careful, your questions can come off like a bad joke. You have to be thoughtful, authentic, and engaging with your questions. Don’t ask the question if you don’t really care about the answer. Here are a few of my favorite questions:

– What are you reading?
– What was your favorite / least favorite part of your day?
– What can I do to help you?
– If you were in my situation, what would you do right now?
– What are you doing tonight?
– What did you do for fun last night/this weekend/today?
– WHY?!?!?
– How did that make you feel?
– What’s your favorite _______? (fast-food restaurant/movie/cartoon as a kid/sport/hobby/tv show)
– Would you rather ________? (go to the beach or the mountains/read a book or watch a movie/eat sushi or a hamburger)
– What project did you work on today?
– What are the odds you will ______?
– If ________, (you won a million dollars/you had my job/met a celebrity) what would you say/do/think?
– Who’s your favorite person and why?

I dare you to try a couple of these questions today with a friend, co-worker, kid, or spouse. Watch and see if you don’t become the most popular person in the room!

July 22, 2015

Video Update… Elephant In The Room

July 21, 2015

How To Be The Most Popular Person In The Room, Pt. 1

You want to be the most popular person in the room? Ask the most questions! Seriously! The most influential, likeable, intriguing, smart, relationally-connected person in every room is the question-asker…and generally speaking, they end up being the most popular person in the room!

The art of asking questions seems to get lost somewhere between the ages of 10 and 30. Early in life, we know nothing so we have to ask everything. Later in life, we know a lot, but we ask a lot because we know it’s not everything. But in the middle stages of life, where question-asking should be the most important, we choose not to ask anything. Perhaps we lose our curiosity or worse, we become self-absorbed.

It’s time to bring questions back! Become a good question-asker and over time you will become the most popular person in the room, I guarantee it! Here’s why questions are so important:

– Questions give you the opportunity to learn from someone else’s failures and successes
– Questions communicate value and worth
– Questions reinforce behavior, beliefs, and values
– Questions keep you humble
– Questions keep you learning
– Questions deepen relationships
– Questions ensure that you never appear as the smartest or most important person in the room, even if you are
– Questions help people in your life discover answers that they would never discover any other way
– Questions make you interesting to others
– Questions generate discussion and dialogue
– Questions allow others to talk about themselves – and everybody loves to talk about himself or herself

So put my theory to the test today. Look around you. Who is asking the most questions? Aren’t they the most popular person in the room? Ask more questions, and that might be you!

*Stay tuned for part 2, where I reveal my favorite questions to ask!

July 20, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

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Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for I Love My Church Weekend! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Maybe there is something more that you could invest in, something more that you could prioritize, something that you could love more.
2. Maybe today you need a vision for your life of the local church so that you can join me in saying: “I Love My Church!”
3. The Church was Jesus’ idea.
4. Caesarea Philippi was the original sin city.
5. This is the most important question in all of history…“Who do you say I am?”
6. The church is not a hobby; the church is the hope of the world.
7. The church is not a country club for saints; it’s a hospital for sinners.
8. I love my church because no perfect people are allowed here and when we gather in this place every week we gather on level playing ground.
9. I LOVE MY church! I hope you do too!
10. This is a test for you, if you love you church you’ll do these 4 things: Pray / Invite / Give / Volunteer

July 16, 2015

Video Update… From HS Camp!

July 14, 2015

How To Get From Here To There

Most of us have an idea of a preferred future in our minds. We have a dream of what tomorrow could look like…a hope of what the next level in our life could be, but how to do we experience it? Here are things you need if you’re gonna get from here to there:

1. Discipline. Until you’re faithful where you are, don’t expect to make it any further.
2. Perspective. You’ve got to see things correctly. Keep your eye on the prize.
3. Drive. The people who are a step or two ahead of you likely put in the extra effort. They worked a little harder, stayed a little later, and paid the price to get there.
4. Attitude. The defining difference for many people who are stuck where they are will come down to their attitude. Attitude makes way for altitude.
5. The Right People. You won’t get there alone. Your success will largely be determined by the quality and caliber of the people who surround you.

July 13, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as Stu concluded our series with his One Verse – Mark 4:35.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. The big takeaway from today is this: you need a verse.
2. Jesus was always taking on new territory.
3. If you’re not dead, God’s not done with you!
4. What is the other side for you?
5. Something Will Stand In The Way.
6. The bigger the storm, the more significant the place God is trying to take you.
7. Someone Is Waiting On The Other Side.
8. God’s trying to advance you but He’s not just trying to advance you for your sake, He’s also trying to advance you for the sake of someone in need of a Savior.
9. Some Places Are Worth The Fight.
10. Trust me on this, wherever it is that God’s trying to take you, it is worth whatever it will cost you to get there.

July 9, 2015

Mid-Summer Celebration!

Today I gathered our staff for a quick Google Hangout to celebrate all that God is doing at Waters Edge Church! From offices and campuses all over the Peninsula, we shared some mid-summer highlights. Summertime attendance can play tricks on those of us who work in the church, so it’s always important to celebrate other evident signs of God working in the hearts of people. Here are some of things that we are celebrating today:

– 170 Salvation Decisions during our “One Verse” series!
– Increased generosity in our church because we give big!
– 263 Students that will be going to summer camp over the next 2 weeks.
– Several very specific and significant stories of life-change!
– And much, much more!

Take a minute or two today and have your own little mid-summer celebration. What is God doing in your life or in the lives of the people around you that you should celebrate?

AND…don’t miss this Sunday at Waters Edge. After not preaching for 5 weeks…I’m back and you will not want to miss it!