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November 16, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! Yesterday was an awesome Sunday and Stu’s message was SUPER practical. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. What are the most common things that promise you satisfaction at the cost of obeying God?
2. The struggle is real and it’s in the form of a temptation.
3. SUBMIT.
4. God I Submit To You Today And I Agree That Your Way Is The Best Way For Me!
5. RESIST.
6. When I hear about people who eliminate the temptation, I never think weak – I think wise!
7. The devil loves your child’s privacy!
8. RELY.
9. Every temptation is an invitation to rely more on Jesus.
10. Submit, Resist, Rely and you can overcome the lion.

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November 9, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

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Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu taught on “Living In Rat Park”! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. What is it that would make us less vulnerable, if you will, to the struggles that are real in our world?
2. There is a source that will keep you healthy and satisfied and fulfilled even when the struggle comes along.
3. …Three ways that you can stay connected to the source so that you and I can live in Rat Park all day, every day.
4. #1. Prayer…we gotta talk.
5. There’s no right way or wrong way to pray.
6. #2. God’s Word…we gotta eat.
7. #3. The Right People…we gotta hang out.
8. Being around the wrong people will never help you become the right person.
9. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
10. These are three things that will connect you more and more with Jesus, the real source that will keep you fired up and fueled up and living in Rat Park!

November 2, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday we celebrated Compassion Sunday – Stu shared The Secret to Surviving the Struggle and HUNDREDS of kids got sponsored! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. If you want to survive the struggle that is real in your life, one of the best ways to do that is to be a part of the solution to the struggle that is real in somebody else’s life.
2. In fact, I’ll even go as far as to say this: the more I look at your struggles the less dramatic my own struggles seem.
3. You’re not truly living if you’re not being generous and doing good deeds with your money.
4. Use your money to end the struggle that is real for a child today and you’ll never regret it.
5. A simple sponsorship of $38 a month, is directly linked to the health, education, spiritual formation, and success of a specific child and that child becomes part of your family and you become a part of theirs.
6. And listen, I’m telling you…$38 a month in our world will get us an upgrade on your cable TV or a faster internet speed… But $38 in the life a child from Africa, El Salvador, Haiti…oh my gosh – it saves their life.
7. For the last 2 years, we’ve partnered with Compassion to sponsor a Child Survival Program in El Salvador, which just means that when you give to Waters Edge Church, you are giving to change the way kids in El Salvador think about church!
8. Everything Compassion does in other countries for children is done through a local church and that’s what sold me because I believe that the church is the hope of the world!
9. “Potential is everywhere, opportunity is not.” – Richmond Wandera
10. We are the church and we will rescue children from poverty and introduce them to the love of God!

For more information please visit www.compassion.com.

October 26, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Stu’s super-practical talk called “The Money Master”.

1. The Struggle Is Real As A Result Of The Master You Serve.
2. I believe that Jesus knew that many of us would have very real struggles financially and it would be a direct result of the reality that we serve a master called money.
3. You can’t serve both God and money.
4. If money made you worry and Jesus said “don’t worry” – who’s your master?
5. Even though my Master, Jesus, has said be generous… I literally felt more controlled in that moment by that $20 bill than I did by Jesus.
6. This is such an important sermon because if you don’t get this right you’re not really following Jesus.
7. #1. Make A Plan.
8. #2. Stick To It!
9. #3. Don’t Forget The Goal.
10. If He’s your Master you have to do what He says in every area of your life, especially in your money.

Download the financial resources that Stu mentioned here.

Don’t forget about the Compassion Experience this weekend. Register today!

October 19, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

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Happy Monday, from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu kicked off our new series, #TheStruggleIsReal. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I think this series really is probably the most relevant series of the year.
2. If you were to be honest I think you’d have to admit, the struggle IS real; life is not easy.
3. It is sin living in me that causes the struggle.
4. Paul’s trying to say this – you see the leaf, I’m trying to help you see the root.
5. Sin is a verb, but sin is also a noun.
6. I am in sin because I am born in Adam.
7. So death comes to us and flows to us from Adam but Paul says that grace overflows to us from Jesus!
8. Though we are in Jesus, we still act like we are in Adam.
9. Because you are in Christ, you have victory over the struggle!
10. Sin Is Not My Master.

October 13, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Tuesday (we had some technical difficulties yesterday!) from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Sunday was an incredible day – 138 people went public with their faith through baptism! Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Stu’s talk:

1. You’ll never regret obedience.
2. It’s a way of publicly and proudly declaring that, “Hey, I belong to Jesus! I made a commitment to Him.”
3. You’re never above obedience.
4. The baptism waters invite everybody into them.
5. Baptism is the loudest, best, boldest sermon ever preached.
6. So baptism is all about Jesus but it’s also all about what Jesus has done in your life.
7. And why when people come up out of the water they typically come out celebrating – it’s because they’re saying, “Jesus is alive and He lives in me!”
8. Believe and Baptize
9. In the Bible, “believe” is literally a transfer of one’s trust.
10. Baptism is all about what you’re doing to follow Jesus.

October 8, 2015

LOST … and … FOUND!

I walked down the hallway this morning and stepped over an empty hamster ball. It didn’t even register with me until I reached the kitchen, and then it connected in my brain: that ball is empty! Otis is LOST!

Otis is my daughter Taylor’s hamster. It was certainly a lapse in good parenting judgment to buy her a hamster for her birthday, but she really wanted it and Tabitha, my wife, had a weak moment! Okay, honestly we both had a weak moment and purchased Otis. I’m not a fan of the little rodent, but Taylor loves him! I haven’t even touched the little ratty guy in the months that we’ve had him, but Taylor cuddles him like he’s her best friend. I can’t tell you that Otis and I share anything in common, but I can tell you that today when I discovered that he was lost, I had one mission in life: to find him! You see, because Otis is valuable to Taylor, Otis is valuable to me!

Later, sitting alone in my office, God whispered to my heart: “You know how you searched for that lost hamster because he is valuable to Taylor? Search for My lost children because they are valuable to Me!” I am a man on a mission and you should be too! Let’s find God’s lost children and bring them home.

By the way, we found Otis. He had wandered his way back into Taylor’s room. Now he is found – safe and sound. That’s my prayer for this Sunday at Waters Edge! May hundreds of God’s lost children wander their way into the room…and may they be found – safe and sound!

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:

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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:

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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.”