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April 16, 2015

I Have A Confession To Make!

I have a confession to make…I skipped church last Sunday! I did it. I was on vacation. I slept in. I washed my car. I flipped through the channels. I read a book. I rested. I ate junk food. I hung out with my family. But I didn’t go to church.

And today…I’m regretting it!

You see, I need my church! I need to connect with other Christ Followers that I know and love. I need to be encouraged and challenged with God’s word from a pastor who loves me and cares about me. I need to lift my voice and offer God praise. I need to serve God and others. I need to be reminded that I’m a part of a family and a movement and a mission that is bigger than me. I needed to be in church last Sunday!

I didn’t go to church last Sunday, but you better believe me when I tell you, I will be there this Sunday! How about you?

April 14, 2015

10 Simple, Yet Profound, Statements For Every Christ Follower:

10. I am a son/daughter of God.
9. My life matters.
8. I am on a mission.
7. It all belongs to Him.
6. I am a part of His Church.
5. My time is limited.
4. I am unstoppable.
3. God is for me.
2. It’s not about me.
1. I am loved.

April 13, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we continued our In A Moment series. Each campus got to hear their very own Campus Pastor bring the message for the day. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Stress is not new… but it will not last.
2. God doesn’t want you to live in fear.
3. When you read the Bible, you do three things, you observe, you interpret, and you apply it.
4. God, my life right now is falling apart, do you even care?
5. Be still.
6. God is not distant from you; He’s just way more still than you are.
7. If Jesus is in your boat, if He’s in your life, then you have nothing to fear.
8. Remember that fear is rooted in insecurity but we know who holds the future.
9. Peace is rooted in Christ.
10. If you’re in a dark place of fear or anxiety, stress or worry, put your trust in the One above who has all the power and the ability to bring you out.

April 7, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables – Easter Edition

Happy Tuesday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I sure hope you joined us for Easter with Waters Edge Church. It was INCREDIBLE. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. We believe that one moment can change everything.
2. Most life-changing moments are captured either by snapshots or by songs.
3. Easter is a moment that can literally change your life forever.
4. He gone!
5. We celebrate the empty tomb because the fact that Jesus is risen from the grave means that there is nothing He cannot do.
6. I think God wants me to tell somebody here today that when you can’t see it, and when you’re having a hard time believing it, and when it’s difficult to get through it, and painful to walk in it, that there’s a God in heaven who still knows how to speak your language!
7. When you see impossible, you need to know God sees more than possible.
8. Because the fact that Jesus is alive means that He is everything I need!
9. That’s when the Easter story went from just being a story to being her story.
10. One moment in the presence of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ can change a person’s life forever.

April 3, 2015

An Easter Parable… The Father And The Blood

Once upon a time there was a father who had only one son. From an early age, it was evident that his son was quite special. When his son reached his teenage years, a group of researchers, dignitaries, and diplomats traveled to meet with the father. They explained that the boy’s blood was rare, and if extracted, could cure the diseases and sicknesses that plagued millions of people around the world. This young man’s life could end human pain and suffering forever. His son’s blood would make others healthy and well. The father deliberated.

He loved his son more than anything, but finally decided that for the sake of the world, he would sacrifice his one and only son…and he did. Filled with hope for humanity, the father willingly gave his boy’s blood and tragically watched as he took his last breath. The father wept.

Through the marvels of modern technology and medicine, the blood was offered first to a few thousand very sick and dying people…and as promised, it made them all healthy and well. The father quickly was overwhelmed with phone calls, emails, letters, and even visits from those who had been healed thanking him for the blood. Their lives had been changed. Surely this was only the beginning. The father rejoiced!

As recipients of the blood, each of these thousands were then given vials and asked to share it with others that were sick and hurting. As those who had been healed, they could use the blood to heal others. But sadly, few did! In fact, most opted to keep the blood to themselves. Rather than share it, they saved it. Content with their own health, they gave little regard to other’s sicknesses. The father grieved.

Now, every week there’s a meeting of the healed and whole in beautiful assembly halls built to gather in and share stories. They celebrate the blood that made them well and sit in satisfaction that their sickness has ended. They study the blood, its origins and nuances. Occasionally they invite the father to attend, to be a part of their joyful celebration. But the father mourns.

The father cries out, “Don’t waste the blood of my only son! Share it with those who need it the most. Give it to those outside the walls…those still sick, still dying, still diseased, and still in need of the blood that you have to offer them.” The father pleads!

The father gave his son’s blood for all. If it’s saved your life, then the only legitimate response is to share it with others.

April 2, 2015

How To Help Your Kids Celebrate Easter

I’m all for the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, and Cadbury eggs. (I’m not so much a fan of Peeps though.) However, for a lot of kids, that’s all they know about Easter! Here are a few ideas that might help you help your kids celebrate the true meaning of Easter!

Read the following portions of the Easter story at dinner or before bed with your kids:
– Friday: John 19:1-30
– Saturday: John 19:31-42
– Sunday: John 20

Write the following words on notecards and pull a different notecard each day. You could also write each word on a plastic egg and hide an egg a day. Talk to your kids about the meaning of each of these words and how we see these words displayed in the Easter Story:
– punishment
– grace
– forgiveness
– death
– resurrection

Download the Bible App or go to Bible.com and watch selected scenes movies and films listed under the “videos” or “watch” tab. Use discretion based on the age of your children as the videos can display the graphic nature of the cross.

Let Waters Edge help you! I promise you that your kids will learn about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection in WeeWorld and Kid Kraze this Sunday so get them to CHURCH! What are you really teaching your kids about Easter if you don’t go to church on Easter?

Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity, PARENTS, to teach your KIDS how to truly celebrate EASTER!

March 31, 2015

6 Words I Want To Say To Everybody @ WEC!

As we get ready to celebrate the greatest day in the history of the world, here are 6 words I want to say to you:

1. Pray
Wake up praying for our Easter services! Go to sleep praying for those you invite! Before every meal and all throughout the day, pray for EASTER!

2. Invite
Now is the time! You have the hope to offer to people who need it. AND remember, nobody gets offended by being included! People get offended when they’re excluded. Let’s include everyone!

3. Download
Tickets are our way to ensure that everybody who expects a seat has a seat. Please download your tickets today at watersedgechurch.net.

4. Expect
You better show up expecting God to do something amazing on Easter Saturday & Sunday! Jesus is ALIVE – there’s nothing He cannot do!

5. Engage
I challenge you to get lost in the experience of Easter! Engage in the services. You’ve got 70 minutes to give all of yourself to Jesus and the empty tomb.

6. Follow-up
Give it a day or two, but make sure you follow-up with your guests and ask them about their experience! Make it comfortable to talk about and invite them back for next Sunday.

March 30, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! Yesterday was an awesome Sunday-I hoped you joined us as we learned about “The House Of God” (and saw the fun throwback footage). Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Passion consumes you.
2. If Jesus is passionate about the house of God we should be passionate about the house of God as well.
3. Wherever we come together as one in Jesus’ name, on Jesus’ mission, wherever we come together, becomes the house of God.
4. Jesus is passionate about it – so passionate He gave Himself for her.
5. I’m going to bless you, I’m going to use you, and I’m going to be with you! and that was not only the message God gave to Jacob but that’s the same message God’s been giving to His people ever since!
6. God’s presence is here and if you don’t respond to it you’ll miss it.
7. It’s not the challenge that somebody’s missing, it’s the response.
8. I’m at the house of God, hearing from God, and I’m giving back to God, that’s my response.
9. Our newest value at Waters Edge Church is this…We Give Big!
10. God gave big and so do we!

March 27, 2015

She Didn’t Spit In My Drink

March 26, 2015

Jesus’ Passions

When you love someone, you learn to love their passions too. If you want to share life with them, you have to share their passions as well! If you want to be like them, you have to be passionate about the same things they are.

The best I can tell, Jesus is passionate about three things. There are three things that cause His heart to beat fast. Very simply they are:

– God The Father
– The House Of God
– People Far From God

If you say you love Jesus and share your life with Him and want to be like Him…compare your passions to His.

I want to have Jesus’ passions.