October 5, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday’s challenging talk was aptly titled “So Good It Hurts.” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Practical Atheist: Someone Who Believes In God But Lives As If He Does Not Exist.
2. Are you a practical atheist?
3. #1. Do I Spend Time With God?
4. #2. Do I Live With An Awareness Of His Presence And Power In My Life?
5. Some of ya’ll carry around a Jesus keychain, but you don’t live like you’ve got the Jesus key!
6. Nothing is too difficult for my God!
7. #3. Do I Love His Church And Participate In His Mission?
8. Do you know what it means to be a follower of Jesus? You might want to write this down: it means to follow Him!
9. #4. Do I Live Like Heaven Is My Home?
10. #5. Do I Hear His Voice And Obey?

October 2, 2015

Guest Blog Post: What Was YOUR Best Sunday Ever?

I am so fired up for The Best Sunday Ever series that I thought I’d ask a few of our very own WEC staffers to answer the question, What was YOUR Best Sunday Ever? Here’s what Molly, our Hampton Connections Manager, had to say:


I spent the first 22 years of my life in the Catholic Church each and every Sunday. I didn’t care much to pay attention, and even when I tried, I didn’t understand the tradition and the words behind what I was hearing. I gave up on church as soon as I was on my own.

At the age of 24 I moved to the Peninsula, where my sister was living with her family. Every Sunday for two months they invited me to church. Two months later, I finally accepted their invitation to WEC. On December 11, 2011 I heard Stu preach “The Timeline to Christmas.” It was here where I first understood the term “Lamb of God” – a phrase that I remember reciting each Sunday in Catholic Church. But like I said…this time I understood it. It was my AHA moment! The one that sealed the deal. The one that gave me confidence to declare my faith. There was no turning back.

October 1, 2015

Guest Blog Post: What Was YOUR Best Sunday Ever?

I am so fired up for The Best Sunday Ever series that I thought I’d ask a few of our very own WEC staffers to answer the question, What was YOUR Best Sunday Ever? Here’s what Randall, our Newport News Campus Worship Leader, had to say:


My Best Sunday Ever was in May of 2012. This particular weekend was a spontaneous baptism. I was not part of the Waters Edge staff yet. In fact, I was actually in town to audition as the worship leader for what would become the unstoppable Newport News campus. I led worship in Yorktown that morning. Then that evening I got to spend some time in the crowd. As I observed Stu’s call for anyone to be baptized, I was overcome with emotion. All morning, I just felt so humbled to be on stage; to be witness to so many following Christ through baptism. But to see it all unfolding around me… it was simply overwhelming. I wept through the entire baptism. And when I could finally see through the fountain of tears, I texted my wife and said, “Babe, something special is happening here. I don’t know what it is, but we HAVE TO be part of it.”

September 30, 2015

Guest Blog Post: What Was YOUR Best Sunday Ever?

I am so fired up for The Best Sunday Ever series that I thought I’d ask a few of our very own WEC staffers to answer the question, What was YOUR Best Sunday Ever? Here’s what Casey, our Kids Programming Manager, had to say:

caseyWhat was my best Sunday ever you ask? When Stu talked about people being Toxic. It was in the fall of 2010. I walked into WEC like every Sunday. I had just finished up volunteering in Kid Kraze at the 8:20 service and I took my seat in the auditorium. Stu started to talk all about being toxic and how it all started with me. Those that know me know I am a positive person. I do my best to choose joy everyday but during that time in my life I wasn’t. I lived in this dark toxic place. I thought that God had a certain plan for my life and He definitely shut that door. I was bitter. I was confused. I was lost. I was just living day-to-day trying to figure out what was going on in my life.

I know that we have all had the time where you say, “Stu was preaching to me.” Well, he was preaching to me! That whole series God was talking to me. I cried every Sunday in my seat knowing I was living a toxic life I that was affecting others and myself. I felt SO convicted on the wrong thoughts, on saying the wrong words, on having the wrong relationships. Stu said, “Being toxic is not the way to be, not for the way God designed it to be.” I wasn’t living the life that God gave me. “Jesus is the antidote when your life turns toxic.” YES! One of the Sundays in the series Stu asked those who needed prayers for help to not be toxic anymore to stand. I don’t think I let him finish talking before I was on my feet. I prayed for God to change my heart and my mind. Since that day I have tried my best to look for the positive things, say positive things, and live a non-toxic life. That Sunday changed my way of thinking and living and was MY best Sunday ever.

September 28, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu continued our The Best Sunday Ever series with F is for Forgiveness. It was awesome so check it out if you missed it! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. For many of you, your worst day involved something someone did to you, said about you, or in some way someone hurt you.
2. And unforgiveness is like a chain, watch this, that keeps you tethered to your past and I’m here to help you understand today that you can’t move forward with unforgiveness.
3. Listen to me today, whoever it is that caused yesterday’s pain does not have to control tomorrow’s potential, it’s time to forgive.
4. I think we’re the only church that gives you the finger in the parking lot and drops the f-bomb in the service!
5. Unforgiveness doesn’t put a chain around you; it puts the chain around me!
6. But when it is possible and when it does depend on you the Bible says live at peace not partnership!
7. To forgive is to release the debt.
8. It’s a decision that you’re not going to live out the offense any longer.
9. Forgiveness is not forfeiting justice – it’s just trusting God to deliver the justice.
10. And listen, if you’ve been forgiven like I’ve been forgiven, then today is the day to forgive others.

September 21, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables


Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Stu continued The Best Sunday Ever with a talk called Bringing Honor Back! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Do you trash talk our President? Because if you do you are failing the honor test.
2. Hey JT might have brought sexy back but SH is bringing honor back!
3. Honor is like a weight – handle it with care!
4. To honor something means to treat it as weighty in your life.
5. Honor is like a ladder – it raises people up.
6. Are you a person who talks more about problems or potential?
7. Honor is like a funnel – it controls what you receive.
8. Familiarity can breed dishonor.
9. The level of honor you give to something determines what you will receive from it.
10. When you honor others and you honor what God honors, you honor Him.

September 17, 2015

Celebrate or Shut Up!

I’m learning the value of celebration and the more aware I become of it; the more I realize that most of us aren’t very good at it. Celebration is loud. Celebration is vocal. Celebration is shared. You either celebrate or you shut up because celebration cannot be silent. Celebration must be communicated. It must flow from the inside of you and get outside to others.

Celebration communicates value. When your favorite team wins, you celebrate because you value the team and you value the win. That celebration comes naturally to you. But what about people and projects and actions that you value in your life? Are you celebrating them often?

What you celebrate gets repeated. Your celebration sets an expectation for others in your life or your organization. If you want to reinforce a value or a behavior, spend time celebrating it and it will get repeated.

Celebration is contagious. Have you ever been in a stadium where everybody is cheering? It’s nearly impossible not to cheer when everyone is! You can create a culture of celebration by modeling it for others.

I’m determined to get louder and prouder with my celebration. Because you either celebrate or shut up!

September 14, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I really hope that you joined us as we kicked off our new series called “The Best Sunday Ever” because it was AWESOME! Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Stu’s talk:

1. All of us live with the disappointment of closed doors and we lack the perspective that God is still working behind the closed door.
2. God does His best work behind closed doors.
3. Don’t give up hope just because the door is closed because while you can’t see it, He’s still working behind the closed door!
4. There are four things that God does with closed doors:
• God is teaching you something.
• God’s protecting you from something.
• He’s preparing you for something.
• God is using you for something.
5. God can open doors on our behalf that we could never open on our own.
6. When you’ve done all you can do, you’ve got to learn that God is going to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
7. Sometimes God Has To Close One Door In Order To Open A New One.
8. Sometimes You’ve Got To Open A New Door To See God At Work.
9. It Doesn’t Matter If The Door Is Opened Or Closed, I Know Who Holds The Key!
10. You can let hope rise today, church, because you can know with confidence that behind every door God is at work for your good and for His glory!

September 9, 2015

Video Update… The Best Sunday Ever!

September 8, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Tuesday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend and joined us as Stu concluded Elephant In The Room with a message from Pastor Ed Young. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I want to challenge you to be bolder than ever with your faith and watch and see how God can work.
2. Your faith cannot stay private any longer.
3. This marina mentality – “I’ll just smile and wave and whack somebody on the bottom while my friends are sinking to the bottom without Christ.”
4. The church is not a yacht club. We are a rescue society.
5. The radically rescued rescue radically.
6. The Ring Is The Thing.
7. The Hope Is The Rope.
8. Pull So The House Will Be Full.
9. Spiritual depth is getting out there and tossing the rings to those people who are drowning.
10. Who is your Drew?