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July 1, 2015

Video Update… Red, White & Blue Sunday!

June 29, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. We were honored to have Pastor Daniel Floyd from Lifepoint Church share his One Verse with us yesterday. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Your thinking is what drives your living.
2. God wants to break through in the area of your thinking so that it changes your living.
3. I want the pathways in your mind to be set free so you can be all that God wants you to be.
4. The first thing we gotta understand if we’re going to renew our thinking is that this is war.
5. You’ve got to RECOGNIZE the wrong thinking.
6. Is this true and is this from God?
7. You can’t just recognize it but you’ve got to also REPLACE it.
8. I’m going to think the thoughts that God wants me to think because I want to live the life that God wants me to live.
9. Put it on REPEAT.
10. I found victory in that area because I changed my thinking and it changed my living and it changed my life.

June 24, 2015

Summer Reading List

I’ve found that the summer can be one of the best times of the year to develop and grow and nothing fuels that more than reading! I encourage you to get a good book in your hands this summer and commit to finish it before the summer ends. Who knows, you might even grab a couple and really accelerate your growth. Here are a few that I have read over the last few months or I’m currently reading:

Unleash! by Perry Noble – if you’re looking to get through the tough stuff of life and really thrive, Unleash is a great read for you this summer.
Crash The Chatterbox by Steven Furtick – this is one of my favorites! If you struggle with thoughts that you’re not good enough or could never measure up, get this book!
Essentialism by Greg McKeown – I’ve probably quoted this book to our staff more than any other in the last 6 months. This book helps you realize that you only have a limited amount of energy – how will you spend it?
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman – if you’re a leader, this book is a must! You’ll learn how to make those around you even smarter and better by reading this book.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala – this is kind of a classic for me. It’s the fascinating story of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and how prayer and the Holy Spirit can truly change your life and your church.

June 22, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for Father’s Day and to hear our Williamsburg Campus Pastor, Davy Saunders, share his One Verse – Proverbs 3:5:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. One of the things that we should be doing with every one of the verses in this series is memorizing them because you get to take that with you everywhere you go.
2. We had two boys because we needed a spare.
3. When God says that He will do something you can trust that He will do it.
4. #1 Practice
5. If we don’t trust Him in the small things, what in the world are we going to do when the big things come?
6. We can trust God with our joy…success… accomplishments…failures…disappointment…pain…loss.
7. Our understanding is skewed to our own bias.
8. The antithesis of control is trust.
9. #2 Be Practical
10. Those practical exercises in my life made it much easier for me to trust God.

June 18, 2015

10 Ways You Can Be The Best Employee

I’m in the middle of hiring a new team member and it’s got me thinking: what do the best employees really look like? I believe I’ve got the best of the best on my team, so I spent some time looking at them to answer this question: How Can You Be The Best Employee? Here are 10 things my team has taught me:

1. Do what you say you’re gonna do, when and how you say you’re gonna do it. And…if you can’t, explain to me the reason why before I find out from someone else or from an incomplete task or project.
2. Show up on time. Timeliness communicates value!
3. When we’re meeting, put your phone away. Distractions are deadly to our discussions.
4. Let’s share a laugh and a lunch. The best employees are fun to be with and bring energy to a room.
5. Attitude is almost everything! It can’t be everything, but it is almost! On my team, the best of the best have a positive, optimistic, can-do attitude.
6. Own your mistakes. You’re gonna make some, perfection should not be the goal. But when you do make a mistake, own it and work to resolve it.
7. See the problem, and offer the solution. The best employees are always looking to make the organization better so they are always critiquing everything they see. But…before you just become the master critic of your organization, make sure you offer a solution to the problems you bring to the table.
8. Try to see the big picture. It’s easy to get focused on your job and your department and your task, but remember, there’s a bigger picture. Your boss probably sees things and knows things that you don’t see or know.
9. Be loyal in public, and you’ll have leverage in private. The best of the best ask tough questions and voice differing opinions to their boss behind closed doors, but know how to support and honor him/her when the doors are open.
10. Direct your own growth. Don’t wait for someone to develop you or hold your hand toward growth. My best employees are always reading, always stretching, always asking for more. They are developing relationships with mentors, researching new ways to do their jobs, and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone. And, when given the opportunity to take on a new project or task, they always answer with an enthusiastic YES because they understand that’s how you grow.

June 15, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you have enjoyed our One Verse series so far and that you are thinking about your One Verse! Yesterday, our Hampton Campus Pastor, Larry Enscore, shared his One Verse: Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. He was encouraging them, and he was saying, “you guys are known for your love and kindness and that is the perfect way to get across God’s message.”
2. No matter where you are, no matter what problems you’re dealing with, you can find contentment through God who gives you strength.
3. Paul is writing from a position of contentment within adversity.
4. What would it be like for you to have a content life?
5. I think there are several components to living a content life:
6. #1.UNDERSTANDING
7. If you live not out of selfish ambition it is going to change your life, it’s going to change your understanding, and it is going to shift your perspective.
8. #2. DISCIPLINE
9. You have to consciously decide that you’re going to practice doing whatever you can to live a content life and then you’re going to trust God to handle anything that you cannot control.
10. #3. TRUST

June 11, 2015

If You Want A Church…

The following is an excerpt from my message on Vision Night at Waters Edge Church about OUR VISION:

If you want a church…

• If you want a church where you can go deep in Bible study and learn the theological nuances of the original languages of the Bible, I can tell you the church to attend, but that’s not our vision.

• If you want a church where you sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows every Friday night with the closest of your friends and sing Kumbaya, I can tell you the church to attend, but that’s not our vision.

• If you want a church where you come and sing worship songs for an hour or more and stand with your shoes off on holy ground in the presence of God, I can tell you the church to attend, but that’s not our vision.

• If you want a church where you can play softball or your kids can play Upward or you can learn to knit, coupon clip, or play the harp all for Jesus, I can tell you the church to attend, but that’s not our vision.

I am not poking fun right now and I am not bashing on other churches and their vision, I’m just telling you ours. Because if you want a church

• that is going to carry Jesus into a lost a dying world,

• if you want a church that is going to march to the gates of hell as a mighty army of God, never retreating, never quitting, never demanding our own way or own preference or our own wants but always saying it’s not about me it’s all about others,

• if you want a church that will push you to share your faith and call you to be light in the darkness,

• if you want a church that will advance into new territory no matter the cost so that more and more people can meet Jesus,

• if you want a church focused on mission, on purpose, on task to change the way people think about church then this is your church because that is our vision!

June 8, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we kicked off our brand-new series, One Verse. Thomas Lane, our Newport News Campus Pastor, shared a great message about his One Verse – 2 Corinthians 12:9:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Sun’s out, guns out; sky’s out, thighs out.
2. Where is God when He doesn’t seem to be present?
3. God cares about your heart.
4. Going through hardship, going through tough times, going through trials, going through pain, we become the men and women of God that He designed for us to be.
5. What is your thorn in the flesh?
6. God wants to bless you with perseverance, with character, and hope but He doesn’t just give them to you.
7. Some of us feel like God is less God when He says “no.”
8. God’s power in your life is brought to its desired end, to its intended goal, through weakness, through loss, through pain, and through loneliness.
9. The product is worth the pain.
10. When it seems like the throne of God is empty, it’s empty because He’s not sitting back watching you struggle, it’s empty because He is with you.

June 4, 2015

What’s Up With Vision Night?

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At Waters Edge, we do a few things and we do them well. That’s why any time something new gets added and announced, people have tons of questions. Here are some answers to your questions about the upcoming Vision Nights:

Q: What should I expect from Vision Night?
A: You should expect to leave more inspired, excited, and motivated about the vision of our church and your role in it than ever before. At Vision Night, you will engage in passionate, extended worship with the Waters Edge Band and I will share a challenging message with you.

Q: Why 2 different nights?
A: The content and program of both Vision Nights will be identical, the only difference is the location! We’re offering two nights to accommodate your schedule and your preferred location. Tuesday night will be hosted at our Yorktown Campus and Wednesday night at our Newport News Campus.

Q: Why isn’t there a Vision Night at my campus?
A: We’re inviting you to attend a night either at Yorktown or Newport News. We wanted the opportunity to bring as much of our church TOGETHER as possible rather than spreading out over 4 campuses. We chose our Yorktown and Newport News campuses based on the size of the campuses and locations. No offense intended to Hampton and Williamsburg!

Q: Can I bring my kids to Vision Night?
A: Vision Night is designed with Middle School & High School students and adults in mind. We are not offering kids’ programming during Vision Night, but are offering childcare reimbursement. (Basically, we will pay for your babysitter if you come!) Some older-elementary age kids may enjoy Vision Night.

Q: What about my group next week?
A: We are asking all groups to cancel their regular group meeting and come to Vision Night instead. Middle School and High School groups will still meet on Wednesday night – so students should plan to attend Vision Night on Tuesday night in Yorktown.

Q: I’m pretty busy, how important is it that I’m there?
A: You don’t want to miss it! We’re all busy, but prioritizing our church and our spiritual growth for an extra night will pay off in huge ways in your life! We believe that Vision Nights are going to set us up for all that God wants to do at WEC the rest of this year. Please don’t miss out!

June 3, 2015

My Declaration

I am a son; I am a daughter of God.
I have been adopted into His family.
I have all the rights of heaven.
I am an heir of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
His fingerprints cover my life, His DNA runs through my veins, and His spirit resides On the inside of me.

I have been chosen, favored, blessed, called, equipped, and loved.
I am not made up of what was or what if because I know I AM.
I am an overcomer.
I am a victor.
I am more than a conqueror.
I am the head and not the tail.
I am above and not beneath.
I am a son or daughter of God.

When doubt overtakes me and fear overcomes me, I am reminded that
The same power, the same strength, the same spirit that raised my Savior from the Tomb is alive and active in me.

So today I draw the line, today I take my stand.
I will not retreat into the darkness but will advance as the light.
Because He is calling me,
Causing me,
Commanding me,
To leave every excuse behind
Come hell or high water I must
Carry His name, the name that is above every other name,
The name that is the same yesterday, today, and forever, the name of Jesus Christ
Into a lost and dying world because I am the son, I am the daughter of God!