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August 22, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: I’m Encouraging

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1. Being an encourager is one of the most spiritual things you can do.
2. I believe you become a messenger from God Himself, a courier from heaven if you will, a divine deliveryman when you encourage someone else.
3. So every day, the Bible says, we are to encourage one another. It’s not just a special day thing or a birthday thing or a Sunday thing – it’s an every day thing.
4. #1 – Encouragement Takes The Focus Off The Negative And Puts It On The Positive.
5. #2 – Encouragement Takes The Focus Off Of You And Puts It On Someone Else.
6. #3 – Encouragement Opens You Up To Be Encouraged.
7. A little bit can go a long way but here’s the crazy thing about encouragement, a lot is never too much.
8. If you want to be an encouraging person, you’ve got to show up. You’ve got to be present.
9. When you encourage someone with your words, get specific.
10. When you see an opportunity, show up…and when you think of something positive, speak up!

August 15, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: I’m Thankful

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1. I am overwhelmed today with all that God has done and so it just seemed appropriate that the theme of today should be to stay positive by being thankful!
2. Sometimes I miss the blessing of where I am because I’m looking for the next stop of where I’m going.
3. If you’re going to stay positive by being thankful, you have to be willing to stop along the way.
4. Thankfulness Provides Perspective.
5. Spending time to be thankful for what you have causes you to stop spending time complaining about what you don’t have.
6. Thankfulness Protects From Pride.
7. When you’re thankful, it takes pride away because it forces you to recognize that all that I have and all that I am, it’s all from God!
8. God has a mission on this earth and He’s decided to involve all of us in fulfilling that mission and today I am thankful for that and you should be too.
9. Thankfulness Positions To Possess.
10. Thankfulness is a setup to what God wants to do next in your life.

August 8, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: I’m Optimistic

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1. Wouldn’t you say that in our world today there seems to be an epidemic of negativity?
2. I want to be the person that rises up to declare, “But we have hope! We have light, we have good news, we have joy, and we have peace because we have Jesus.”
3. God wants you to overflow with hope.
4. If you’re going to stay positive, then you have to be optimistic.
5. It’s a person’s choice, not necessarily their personality or propensity, their choice, to dwell on the most helpful and positive aspects of a given situation.
6. You Will Find What You’re Looking For.
7. We Are Not Optimistic Based On What We Feel, We Are Optimistic Based On What God Says.
8. Optimism, I believe, is the ability in every circumstance or situation to remember what God has said despite how you feel.
9. Speaking Positive Words Leads To Experiencing Optimistic Thoughts.
10. Don’t put your head in the sand, put your hope in God!

August 5, 2016

Ways To AMP Up Your Faith

It’s nearing the end of the lazy days of summer and maybe you’re looking for a great new way to AMP Up your faith! Here are four ways:

1. Attend WEC U this Sunday!
At WEC U, you’ll connect with some awesome people on your campus and learn all about our church and how you grow at Waters Edge!

2. Get baptized on Saturday, August 13th!
We are celebrating baptism as part of our HUGE grand opening party in Yorktown. It’s going to be an awesome, outdoor experience in HUGE pools. Baptism is an important step of obedience that will propel you forward in your relationship with God.

3. Invite a friend this Sunday!
When you get bold with your invites, it AMPS you up! This Sunday, we kick off a brand new series that your friends will love called Stay Positive.

4. Mix Up Your Spiritual Disciplines!
If things are feeling stale or stagnant, try something new and different. How about settling a clock and praying for a full hour? Have you tried journaling? What about a day of fasting and prayer? Even something as simple as changing where you read your Bible can make a real difference.

Don’t let the summer drag you down. This is the perfect time to get AMPED.

August 1, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: Heal Me

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So thankful for Melissa Horton, our Executive Director of Connections, who shared her story and her One Prayer with us yesterday!

Heal Me Lord and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV)

1. Ya’ll I have a “Heal Me” story but it’s not comfortable or safe or something I can talk about easily in front of, well, thousands of people.
2. That is my prayer for you guys today – that you will leave here with another weapon in your prayer arsenal to use in your daily life.
3. There is not a single person in this room that doesn’t need healing from something.
4. The First Ask Is Heal Me.
5. The Second Ask Is Save Me.
6. The Third Part Is Praise!
7. There is a basic formula for prayer outlined for us in the Bible and it ALWAYS involves thanks and praise.
8. It blesses God when we praise Him, and it’s like a double blessing to Him when we praise Him in the midst of a trial.
9. What praying this prayer does for me and what it can do for you is it shifts the focus of our situation off of ourselves and on to God. Heal Me, Save Me, Praise YOU.
10. Ask. Believe. Praise.

Check out the web notes this week for additional verses!

July 25, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: Send Me

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV)

1. This is a prayer of availability to God. Not, “Do this for me, God” but “What can I do for you, God?”
2. Wherever you want me to go, whatever you want me to do, whoever you want me to touch, whenever you want me to do it…Send Me!
3. We are called to complete heaven’s to-do list!
4. Love Week is the answer to the One Prayer, Send Me!
5. Our cities need some love and I’ve got to tell you protests and politics and the media are not going to unite us…but when the church of Jesus Christ shows His love in real and meaningful and tangible ways – that’s how we unify!
6. I want you to pray, “Send me” every day, not just on Love Week but every day.
7. God’s Presence Propels.
8. 2/3rd of God is Go!
9. I believe that if you would dare pray, “God, send me” that God would send you into the right relationships, into the right conversations, into the right places, that He would send you into divine encounters and appointments where you could be used by Him.
10. It doesn’t matter your age, it doesn’t matter your skill set, it doesn’t matter your economic status, it doesn’t matter your educational level, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been good or bad, if you have a past or not because God is looking for availability not ability.

Make it practical and sign up for a Love Week project today!

July 18, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: Increase Me

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I challenge you to pray the One Prayer Caleb Landon, our Executive Director of Creative Arts, shared with us yesterday.

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV)

1. The reason Jesus came was not to make bad people good but to bring dead people to life.
2. The Grace Of God Calls You. It Sustains You. It Protects You.
3. He takes your mess and turns it into a message.
4. You can’t let the pain of your past rob you from facing your future.
5. I believe when we begin to realize how much God wants FOR us…we start to dream big, we start to pray bold prayers.
6. I believe our lives need to be characterized by prayer, bold prayers, big prayers, because we have a bold and a generous God.
7. PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens
8. The moment you reach out is the moment you and I are accepted.
9. If we are going to become the people God intended us to be, we need to know what we want.
10. Is it possible that you’ve been asking for a cane in your life when Jesus is waiting for you to ask for your sight?

July 11, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: Deliver Me

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So thankful for Patrick Ondrey and his One Prayer he shared with us!

Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:1-8 NIV)

1. [“Deliver”] really defines and gives us a comprehensive and clear picture of God’s redemptive power in our life.
2. Three areas that can short-circuit our ability to experience the deliverance of God:
3. DELIVER ME from Lack of Patience.
4. His timing is perfect in our lives.
5. There’s a level of mature growth that we all can come to in our lives if we will learn how to live a life of patience.
6. DELIVER ME from Fear.
7. Fear limits our potential.
8. Fear is a waste of your energy.
9. DELIVER ME from Self (Self-Reliance).
10. Being delivered from self-reliance can only occur by placing our trust in God.

July 5, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: Search Me

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I loved getting to hear from Mike Hancock this Sunday as he kicked off our new series with his One Prayer for you and our church!

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT)

1. Search My Heart
2. Unresolved issues in our heart will eventually work their way to the surface.
3. It’s prayers like this one that really challenge us… they make us more aware of our sinfulness and our great need for God.
4. If you want to control the course of your life, you have to focus on your heart.
5. Reveal My Fears
6. What we fear the most often reveals where we trust God the least.
7. Uncover My Sins
8. We accuse others and we excuse ourselves.
9. What are others trying to tell me?
    What have I rationalized for some time?
    Where am I most defensive?
10. Lead Me

Don’t forget to pray this prayer every day this week!

June 27, 2016

Sunday’s Top Ten: I Believe In You To Be Generous

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1. Generous people are generous.
2. God Has Been Generous To You!
3. You Are God’s Plan To Change The World.
4. You are God’s plan A and He has no plan B!
5. When you are generous, two things happen: needs are met and people thank God.
6. Generosity Is A Test Of Your Faith.
7. Money is a tool that when used as God intends, works selfishness and greed out of your heart and faith and trust into your heart.
8. You Cannot Out-Give God.
9. When you give generously, from the right motive, and the right place in your heart…God will bless you with even more.
10. You are never more like God than when you are generous.