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June 30, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! I hope that you joined us yesterday for an awesome talk called “How To Survive The End Of The World”. I had trouble narrowing down my favorite quotes, but here are a few of them:

1. The world is coming to an end and you’ll experience it in one of two ways
#1 Death
#2 Jesus Returns

2. The world as we know it will end, but there’s a better world waiting for us.
3. This old world is not our home, we’re just passing through on our way to the other side and so you don’t have to fear death.
4. Our faith is built on Jesus and the fact that he actually defeated death on our behalf.
5. The darkest days of death are overwhelmed in the victory of the resurrection!
6. If you want to know how to survive the end of the world as you know it, then you’ve just got to know Jesus and live for Him before you die. That’s it.
7. Everything that we prioritize and pour into, all of our time and effort and energy that we spent on this world, it’s all temporary.
8. This is not my home, it’s temporary and so are all of the struggles and difficulties and hard aches and disappointments that accompany this life.
9. This world is not all there is.
10. If death is inevitable and Jesus is coming back, we need to be ready and so do the people we know and love.

June 23, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you made it to church yesterday for part 3 our awesome current series called “AHA!” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. As the hecticness and demands in your life slow down a little bit, get into the groove and the habit of prioritizing your relationship with God.
2. The common thread throughout history consistently leads us to a savior.
3. There’s a rope running in your life, there’s a thread running through your history as well, and its going to lead you to the savior, His name is Jesus.
4. While the punishment of sin was God’s justice, God is rich in love and mercy and He paid a ransom for the sin on Adam and Eve.
5. God did for them what they could not do for themselves.
6. Jesus was saying, I am the lamb and I think they started to understand AHA! The rope had finally reached the ring!
7. There’s a new meaning to the Passover. The Passover is being completed because mankind has sinned, and somebody has got to pay for your sins.
8. You’re not good enough to cover up and clean up. The mess is too big and somebody has to pay and Jesus was saying I now am that payment.
9. The ring does not save me until I reach out for salvation.
10. Salvation, reaching out for the ring, it happens, in a moment and it is once and for all…let me say it like this. It is permanent.

November 28, 2011

Sunday Recap, November 28 2011

I love our annual Thanksgiving Sunday tradition where we give thanks and celebrate all that God has done in our church over the last 12 months!  I really do believe that the favor of God that we’ve experienced over the last 8.5 years is linked somehow to our commitment to honor Him as we recognize and celebrate His work!   Here are just a few of the highlights from Sunday:

  • Sunday’s big idea: Our past should fuel our future!
  • I asked a series of survey questions on Sunday.  Our church is overwhelmingly more “future” thinking than “past” thinking.  White turkey meat and Krispy Kreme doughnuts also prevailed over dark turkey meat and Dunkin Doughnuts.
  • I did notice that one staff member’s wife raised her hand for preferring Dunkin Doughnuts.  Her husband and I will be meeting today to discuss this!
  • Loved sharing the stories of Doug & Heather Copeland and Eric & Maki Hawkinson.  Please continue to pray for little Alex and Blake!
  • My favorite line of the video was when Maki said, “Thank you for making it easy for me to believe in God.”
  • My favorite statement from the sermon: “In the last eleven months, the number of people who have gone public with their faith through baptism at Waters Edge is 527!”
  • So thankful for our church!
November 21, 2011

Sunday Recap, Nov. 21 2011

Yesterday was one of my all time favorite Sundays for two reasons:

1) The band performed “The Devil Went Down To Georgia!” We have literally wanted to do that song for 8 years and never had a good excuse to do it. For this series, it was the perfect fit! So much fun and well, the crowd loved it! I’m not sure we’ve ever had a crowd respond like that.
2) The message hit where every person lives! I don’t care who you are, you related to yesterday’s message and if you wanted to, you walked away with a specific action step to take. I’m praying that we silenced the Devil yesterday and that you’re serious about obeying God’s plan for your finances.

It was a great day at Waters Edge! The energy was off-the-charts. Attendance was really strong and near record-breaking AGAIN (especially our 6:00 service in Yorktown). Our volunteers were on their “A-game” making a great first impression for our guests. Your response to worship and the message was engaging. Sunday was the total package!

November 7, 2011

Sunday Recap, November 7, 2011

There’s really no other way to explain Sunday except…AMAZING!  The excitement and enthusiasm builds every single week and each Sunday gets better and better.  Here are a few highlights:

  • We started off the day with the song, “If You’re Going Through Hell” by Rodney Adkins.  I hate to admit it, but our bands do “country” really, really well!  (I don’t really like country music but I love it when our bands do it!)
  • The end of the day really connected with people.  We celebrated 5 people who are a really big deal!  You are a really big deal too!
  • We announced our Christmas Eve service times at theHamptonRoadsConvention Center:  11:00 am; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm.  It’s not too early to start making plans.  (Attend a service & volunteer for a service.)
  • Yesterday’s preliminary attendance #’s made it a record-breaking Sunday!  Our Yorktown campus was full at 9:45 with chairs in the aisle and our Hampton Campus hit an all-time high attendance since their grand opening.
  • We have 2 more Sundays left in this series…both of them have a really special element planned!  Don’t miss the last 2 weeks.
  • Just a couple of questions to leave you with: Does an extra hour of sleep really make that big of a difference?  What if we valued Sundays so much that we prioritized going to bed an extra hour early every Saturday night so we would be wide awake and ready for church every week?
October 31, 2011

Sunday Recap, October 31, 2011

It’s time for another exciting SUNDAY RECAP!  Here are a few of yesterday’s highlights:

  • I took a break from teaching and Rob Shepherd hit a home run with the talk!  He exposed the Devil’s lie #2: You’re not good enough.  Rob is an outstanding communicator and I love it when he teaches us at WEC!
  • The video from Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach is getting rave reviews!  Apparently we all LOVE to see other people scared to death.  It was a really fun experience.
  • Taking strategic breaks from teaching is THE number 1 healthiest thing I do as the pastor of this church.  The break not only allows me to have time to re-energize and re-focus during the week without the pressure of sermon preparation and the physical strain of teaching on a Sunday, but it also gives me the opportunity to see all of our other environments in action.
  • LOVED what I saw yesterday from our volunteer teams on both campuses.  I was especially inspired by the leadership of our STUDENTS that I observed in WeeWorld and Kid Kraze.
  • On a personal note from yesterday…because I wasn’t teaching, I had the freedom to go and watch my son Brayden play in a baseball tournament.  They won!  He got a ring!  I was there!  That’s a big win for me.
  • I’m back this Sunday for lie #3 and cannot wait!
October 10, 2011

Sunday Recap, October 10, 2011

We continued baptisms yesterday and it was…AMAZING!  Looking back to last week, I can’t believe I even debated whether or not to do it again.  I was so conflicted because, though I knew God was saying to do it, I felt the added pressure it would put on our team.  On top of that, reflecting honestly, I had this fear that maybe nobody else needed to be baptized.  WOW – I was wrong, and I am so glad that I obeyed the voice of God and did it His way.  Here are some of yesterday’s highlights:

  • It rained in our services!  I loved the creative expertise demonstrated by our team during the song “Rain Down.”  Rain actually poured on our vocalists during the song…  Wow.
  • The baptism highlight video was the best we’ve ever produced.  I’m so proud of Phil Poteat and his team.  The video really captured the inspiration and emotion of the moment.
  • Cannot believe that 399 people have been baptized the last 2 weeks at WEC.
  • Love the energy and vibe surrounding baptism.  In my opinion, CHURCH should be the most energetic and exciting place on the face of the planet.

I am completely in awe of God’s work these last 2 weeks, and I’m overwhelmed with anticipation for this Sunday.  We start a new series this week: Five Lies of the Devil.

October 3, 2011

Sunday Recap, October 2, 2011

Yesterday, 242 people took the next step in their relationship with God through the act of baptism!  It was amazing.  And now…BREAKING NEWS!  This Sunday, the extraordinary experience continues!  Stay tuned…more information coming soon. In the meantime, I’d love for you to recap Sunday.  Leave me a comment expressing how Sunday impacted you!

September 26, 2011

Sunday Recap, Sept. 25 2011

Sunday was so good that I called an impromptu staff meeting today to celebrate!  I love hearing about the Sunday experience from others perspective.  Here are some of yesterday’s highlights:

  • We celebrated communion at the end of the services. We don’t build that into our services very often because I don’t ever want to celebrate communion without having a clear teaching about it.  Yesterday, I taught about it and we CELEBRATED it!  The response was amazing.
  • Loved our guest worship leaders at our Hampton Campus, Mark and Clarissa Gibson fromAtlanta,GA!  Grateful that when our guys are away, God sends talented and skilled leaders our way.
  • 6:00 PM service inYorktownbrought the heat!  Last week, I was a little critical of their energy, but they brought it back this Sunday.  As the last service of 5 on that campus for the day, our tech teams and band really love the energetic response from the crowd.  Keep it up 6PM!

I asked for a favor: come back next week!  I really mean that.  I want you to experience the grand finale of our series, “Jesus.”  It has the potential to be the most inspiring church service you’ve ever experienced

September 19, 2011

Sunday Recap, September 19, 2011

Sunday was week 2 in our “Jesus” series and it was my favorite so far!  I really hope you’re asking Jesus to help you see Him more clearly for who He is throughout this series.  One of the ways to do that is to download our webnotes and use them throughout the week for your own personal study in the Bible.  Here are a few of Sunday’s highlights:

  • Introduced another funny video in our “Police” collection.  Jesus Police joins a run-on of very funny videos including Party Police, Movie Police, and Punctuation Police.
  • Loved watching our volunteers live it up in the rain at our Tailgate 2011 on Saturday.  I think our volunteers excel the most when the odds and the elements are against them!  We are SCRAPPY
  • I was really moved by your response at the end of the service to the closing song.  I believe Jesus was honored greatly in that moment and I hope that you began to see the power in making much of His name.
  • I was a little bit hard on the 6:00 pm service because they lacked their usual energy.  Maybe it was the rain.  Maybe their favorite team was losing.  I don’t know!  However, I believe that WEC should be the most exciting place on the planet and that Sundays should be the most exciting day of the week!

Two more weeks to go in this series and it’s only going to get better.  I’m believing that Jesus is going to do great things in our church and in your life over these next two weeks.