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August 31, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday for Elephant In The Room, pt. 6 “What Would Jesus Say To Caitlyn Jenner?” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Because here’s the big idea of today: whatever Jesus would say and whatever Jesus would do is exactly what we should say and what we should do.
2. Maybe you wonder what Jesus would say to you.
3. I think I know what Jesus would say to Caitlyn Jenner. And here it is, 3 words: I Love You.
4. I love you, because after all, He is love.
5. He can no more stop loving than He can stop existing.
6. Jesus was the vehicle that delivered the love of God into the world.
7. But love is who Jesus is and it is what He says and it is what Jesus does.
8. And you’ve got to understand today that Jesus won’t stop. He won’t quit. He’ll search the most despicable, horrible, places to find you and to pay the price for you.
9. But this love is messy and it goes to messy places to redeem and buy back messy people and I just believe this, that if more people could experience the love of Jesus they’d start stepping out of the mess and into His love.
10. You want to know what you should say to Caitlyn Jenner? The same thing Jesus would say to you: I love you.

August 27, 2015

Video Update… Love Weekend!

August 24, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as Stu continued Elephant in the Room and that you are signed up for Love Weekend! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Today I want to talk about the elephant in the room that is: “The Church Just Wants My Money!”
2. WE GIVE BIG!
3. Starbucks just wants your money, and you don’t stop going there!
4. Today, let me tell you three good reasons I would believe that the church just wants my money… 1. …If I Didn’t Love My Church.
5. The value I get from this place that I love far exceeds any amount of money I could ever give to it.
6. What Kind Of Church Would WEC Be If Everybody Gave To It Like I Give To It?
7. 2. …If I Didn’t Know What The Bible Says About Giving.
8. This church doesn’t want your money; we just want you to live the best life possible, which is living the way the Bible teaches us.
9. 3. …If My Heart Isn’t Fully His.
10. Here’s what you need to know, this church doesn’t want your money, but God wants your heart.

August 20, 2015

5 Questions To Ask Your Boss Today

I really do believe that I have THE BEST team and I’m constantly learning from them. They ask great questions that not only make me a better boss, but make our work environment healthier and happier too! Here are 5 questions that some members of my team ask me – and that you should ask your boss too:

1. How can I pray for you? I received a text early this morning asking this question and I loved it! This is a question of support, care, and love. It’s a question that in turn requires an investment of time and energy. This question assumes that your boss is carrying a burden, shouldering a load of responsibility, and can be helped by God Himself. It’s a great question to ask!
2. How can I improve? I love when my staff want to progress and invite feedback into their life and work so they can go to the next level. If a team member is unwilling to receive feedback, they’ll likely never advance. I’m always encouraged when someone is asking for feedback even before I have a chance to offer it.
3. What can I do for you? Last Sunday some things weren’t going as smoothly as I would’ve liked and I was a bit rattled. Someone on my team asked me this question and immediately the situation turned around for me. The circumstances didn’t change immediately, but I felt supported and cared for in that moment – and that’s all I needed.
4. How are YOU? Hey, your boss is a person too! He/she has feelings, stress, emotions, good days, and bad days. It means a lot to me when someone on my team takes time to genuinely care about ME. Bosses are kind of like parents…they spend a lot of time on the needs and concerns of others – how about spending some of your time on their needs and concerns?
5. Can you clarify your expectations? When a team member isn’t clear on the project or certain instructions, I appreciate it when they ask for clarification. Too many times, the weight of communication rests solely on the boss’s shoulders, when in fact, if you don’t understand something clearly, you should carry the responsibility to ask!

I bet that your boss is carrying a heavier load, working harder, and feeling more pressure than you realize. These 5 questions would make him/her a better boss and you a better team member! Try them today!

August 17, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we celebrated Stu turning 40! In celebration of his birthday he continued our series Elephant In The Room with “Man, he’s getting old!”. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Don’t despise small beginnings… start somewhere.

2. Where and how you start often determines where and how you end.

3. The oak tree begins as an acorn.

4. The process is the point…hang in there.

5. The journey is just as important as the destination.

6. God can use pain for our good and for His glory.

7. You won’t get there alone…make a friend.

8. The people in your life determine where you’re going and where you end up in life.

9. Yesterday’s pain doesn’t control tomorrow’s potential.

10. The local church is the hope of the world…invest in it.

August 14, 2015

40 + 12 = AWESOME

Today I turn 40…officially mid-life! I have no plans of buying a sports car or getting a spray tan. Instead, today I will work on our bathroom remodel project, hang out with my family at Dave and Busters for a few hours, grill some steaks, and end my birthday driving carpool for cheerleading practice. I’m quite excited with spending my birthday that way…and I’m actually quite excited about turning 40! 40 is a number of significance.

All throughout the Bible, the number 40 is the number of preparation. It’s the number of testing before God does something incredible in the life of a person or group of people. Moses prepared in Egypt for 40 years before leading the children of Israel. The children of Israel prepared in the wilderness for 40 years before stepping into the land God had promised to give to them. Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days before stepping into his public ministry. Perhaps the last 40 years have been a season of preparation and testing in my life before stepping into a greater season of blessing and influence.

As I turn 40, it really seems like the perfect storm! You see, this year at Waters Edge Church, we’re celebrating 12 years! In the Bible, 12 is most often seen as a number of completion. It’s a number that represents God’s ultimate authority, God’s perfect rule and reign. So this year, we’re expecting God to do more in year 12 than He’s done in our combined eleven years before this one. It just seems that since our church is 12, the number of God’s perfect rule and reign, and now I’m 40, the number of preparation before something great and amazing, perhaps this is the perfect storm for God to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask, think, or imagine. I am ready for what God is about to do and I hope you are too because my math tells me that: 40 + 12 = AWESOME!

August 13, 2015

Video Update… Stu Turns 40

August 10, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s assistant. I hope you joined us as Stu continued our series Elephant In The Room yesterday. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Our own propensity to judge others or other’s propensity to judge us is the biggest elephant in the room.

2. Judgment doesn’t change anybody.

3. When you worry about other people’s sin, you tend to overlook your own.

4. Before I judge I should look inward because if something in them bothers something in me, then maybe something in me bothers something in God.

5. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

6. Until you yank the plank, don’t try to work on someone else’s sawdust.

7. Judge others the way you want to be judged.

8. Before you pass judgment on me, I want you to get to know me.

9. How Would I Want To Be Judged? Why Do I Even Care?

10. The key to living with the tension of judgment is to always live with the cross in mind because the cross is the great equalizer for all of our lives.

August 5, 2015

The Post-It Note Challenge

Last week, I blogged about the crisis of encouragement that exists in most of our lives. We simply don’t receive enough encouragement and our emotional tanks are running on empty. That’s why I designed the Post-It Note Challenge. You should try it! Here’s how it works:

Step 1. Go out and buy a package of Post-It Notes…any size will do.
Step 2. Over the next 7 days use every note. Write notes that encourage others and notes that encourage yourself.
Step 3. Be encouraged!

It’s really that simple – and it really works! Here’s how you use every note over the next 7 days:

- Write Notes Of Encouragement To Others. Use the next 7 days to encourage the people in your life. I’ve even written notes, taken a picture, and sent it via text. There’s something about hand-writing a note to someone else that communicates value.
Write Notes Of Encouragement Regarding Your Circumstances. Write things you’re thankful for, events that are meaningful, opportunities you’re praying about, even Scripture verses that encourage you in present circumstances.
Write Notes Of Encouragement To Yourself. If there’s something you wish someone would say to you, write it down and say it to yourself. I also write down quotes that challenge me and thoughts that encourage me.

Take the Post-It Note Challenge and be encouraged! By the way, use #postitchallenge and share your notes using social media.

August 3, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we continued our series Elephant In The Room with “The Craziest Story You’ve Never Heard”. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. The elephant could be anything and could be anywhere and often, we choose not to address it because we don’t really know what to do with it.

2. One of the reasons we have so many elephants in the room is because we all ultimately want to do what we want to do.

3. Nobody wants to be told what to do, so most of America operates with the philosophy: as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody, it’s fine.

4. Many of the social issues of our day, the issues that most of us would identify as elephants in the room, are the result of this mentality: do what is right in your own eyes.

5. What might seem right in your own eyes today, may have chaotic and catastrophic consequences tomorrow.

6. To add the caveat as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody, simply does not work because chances are the choice you’re making that is right in your own eyes is hurting someone.

7. I need a king and so do you.

8. You were made to be ruled. Not controlled.

9. This King who created you is madly in love with you and wants a relationship with you so that you would learn to trust that His ways are better than your ways.

10. When you’re faced with a decision that could become the elephant in the room, don’t do what’s right in your eyes. Do what’s right in His!