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April 14, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu concluded our series, The Red Phone, with “Who Are Your Eight?” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. On Friday, Jesus died on a cross, they put His dead body in a grave but here’s a spoiler alert! I’ve read the end of the story and He doesn’t stay dead for long… He rose again and He lives in us today and there is nothing that can stand against us!
2. One of the prevailing reasons that we have access to God and God has access to us is so that He can have access to others.
3. Let me put it to you another way, God is calling you to call someone else for Him.
4. The red phone has 3-way calling.
5. I want to tell you four things that are gonna happen this week as you respond to the voice of God, as you invite 8 people…
6. #1 Unusual Opportunities
7. #2 Uncomfortable Conversations
8. #3 Undeniable Invitations
9. #4 Uncommon Transformations
10. Connect those you love to the One you love, and let’s see what God might do.

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April 9, 2014

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April 7, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope that you joined us yesterday as Stu and our Campus Pastors continued The Red Phone series with a talk called “Heaven’s Phone Number.” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. You’ll leave from here next Sunday happier than a tornado in a trailer park!
2. Prayer Is Not A Tool To Get From God. Prayer Is A Tool To Know God.
3. God is not like some cosmic vending machine so if you have the correct amount of change and you say just the right words then you’ll get whatever you order. Prayer is not like that.
4. The Lord’s Prayer is actually a prayer that shows us how to pray, it actually provides for us a pattern for how we are to pray.
5. #1 Praise
6. #2 Priority
7. #3 Provision & People
8. #4 Purity
9. #5 Possession
10. I believe if you would pray the next five days, with those five categories, for five minutes a day, it literally could change your life, not because everything you would get from God… but instead because you would get to know God better.

April 4, 2014

4 SPIRITUAL Ways I Use Mobile Technology Every Day

Like most people, I love technology…that is as long as it’s working like I want it to! Technology makes me more effective and more efficient and I’ve discovered, it actually really plays a significant role in my spiritual life. Here are 4 SPIRITUAL ways I use mobile technology every day:

1. I read my Bible on my phone. I love the YouVersion Bible App – other than our Waters Edge Web Notes, I just don’t believe there’s a better tool to help you read your Bible.
2. I listen to podcasts on my commute. I’ll admit it, I’m a sermon junkie! I love good preaching – so I listen to it as much as possible throughout the week on podcasts. And yes, sometimes I’ll even listen to my own!
3. I text encouragement to friends and family. Like a lot of people, I would often rather text than talk on the phone. I’ve found that a lot of my friends and family love getting texts with encouraging thoughts, verses specifically for them, or even a prayer I just prayed for them.
4. I invite people to Waters Edge Church using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can do the same thing by going to watersedgechurch.net/invite.

Why don’t you pick one of the four and try it out for yourself today!

April 2, 2014

Video Update: 4,040!

March 31, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu continued the series, The Red Phone, with “I Hear Voices.” If you missed it, you can check it out here. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. When you hear God’s voice, you find life.
2. I’m going to teach you today three questions that every single one of us need to ask if we’re going to be able to hear God’s voice clearly.
3. #1. Do I Know Jesus?
4. Three ways that Jesus predominantly speaks to us today…His Word… His People… His Promptings.
5. If you’ve heard a voice on the inside of you leading you to be selfless, to be more generous, to love unconditionally, to be kind, to forgive someone, then hello – you’ve heard the voice of God.
6. #2. Am I Listening?
7. God whispers and waits for us to listen.
8. If you’re not careful you’ll let all the other voices in this life crowd out the only voice that really matters.
9. #3. Will I Obey?
10. What if when God spoke to us our response sounded like Samuel’s, what if we said, “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening?”

March 27, 2014

Video Update… Thursday Edition!

March 26, 2014

5 Fun Ways Your Money Is Making A Difference (and you didn’t even know it)

When you give to Waters Edge Church, your investment makes a difference! We celebrate giving all the time around WEC, but here are 5 fun ways that your money is making a difference…and you probably didn’t even know it:

1. A boy in Kid Kraze asked this week if there was any way we could help him get a Bible. Of course, we gladly gave him one to keep as his own from Kid Kraze. His small group leader told us that when she gave it to him, the look on his face was like he had just been given an X-box! Your money bought that Bible and is making a difference!
2. During Love Week, we partnered with ABC Food Ministry, an organization that specializes in packing and shipping food to impoverished nations around the world. Our amazing volunteers packed 30,000 meals to be delivered to Haiti. Your money bought those meals and will pay for the shipping and is making a difference!
3. On Sunday, over 80 people indicated that they prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Some of them were invited with invite cards that you bought. Some of them learned about us from a website that you pay for. All of them sat in a building to hear the message that your dollars make possible. Your money is making a difference!
4. Did you know that last week WEC delivered gift baskets to 19 public schools that were in desperate need of supplies? Every basket included copy paper, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, boxes of tissues, and an Easter basket full of candy for our hard-working teachers! Those supplies aren’t cheap, but they are necessary for the kids in our community. Your money is making a difference!
5. After The Honor Effect Series, we decided that there was no better way to put honor into practice than to honor the men and women of our police and fire departments. Your dollars make a difference because you bought Chick-fil-A nugget trays and gallons of sweet tea that were delivered to 52 area police departments, fire stations, and other governmental agencies.

I hope it’s obvious….when you give to Waters Edge Church, it is an investment that makes a difference!

March 24, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Yesterday, Stu kicked off a new series called The Red Phone with “Can You Hear Me Now?” If you missed it, you can check it out here.

1. God in heaven wants clear and constant and consistent communication with His children and there’s nothing that should stand in the way of us hearing His voice and He hearing ours.
2. I want every single one of you at Waters Edge Church to be able to know and hear the voice of God and to have your voice heard by Him.
3. These two truths are so transformational in our lives that they will forever change your understanding of the red phone.
4. God Is My Father In Heaven.
5. This is such an important distinction for so many of us today, knowing that God is our father in heaven changes the way we relate to Him.
6. But I want to tell you today that despite the inadequacies of your own earthly father, despite his imperfections, you have a heavenly father today who is perfect in every way, lacking in nothing, and able and available to meet every single need you have.
7. God Is The Spirit Inside Me.
8. I like this analogy… our God is a multi-site God! He is ever-present, everywhere, only His video feed never fails!
9. Because God is my father in heaven, I have 24/7 access to Him and because God is the spirit inside me, He has 24/7 access to me.
10. For some of you, the phone has been ringing but you haven’t recognized the ringtone.

March 20, 2014

I Love MY Church!

I have a confession to make…I love MY church! Yes I do!

Now, I’ve read and heard others who have discouraged against making such a confession. I don’t know…maybe they don’t like their church, maybe they want to appear uber-spiritual, or maybe they genuinely have a hang up with the use of the personal pronoun MY. They argue that I should love THE church, as in every church.  Or they demand that it’s not MY church, it’s Jesus’ church.  I appreciate the semantics, but I’m not interested in playing that manipulation game.  After all, I do love THE church.  I love every church that loves Jesus, proclaims His word, and is on His mission.  But that’s every church, not MY church.  Please understand, I’m certainly not dissin’ your church by declaring my love for MY church.  When I say I love MY wife, I’m not being negative toward your wife.  It’s just that Tabitha is MY wife, I deeply love her, I am committed to her and I belong to her.  I think that she is spectacular and so I declare my love for her.  I am not comparing her to your wife or saying she’s better than your wife.  My statement is about MY wife.  It would be weird if I said I love ALL wives!  I also understand that ultimately it’s Jesus’ church that I love.  I don’t own Waters Edge Church, but I do have an ownership in it.  It is not mine, but I am a part of it.  It does not belong to me, but I do belong to it and am deeply devoted and committed to it.  (By the way, I know that technically the church is not an “it” – but a living, thriving, growing, ever-changing organism known as the body of Christ, the community of faith, the family of God!)  So I will declare my love for MY church. I think the body of believers, gathered under one mission in multiple locations, known as Waters Edge Church, is spectacular, beautiful, inspiring, courageous, full of faith, audacious, daring, tenacious, kind, loving, tender, authentic, focused, driven, loud and just a little bit crazy.  I am committed to Waters Edge Church – it is where God has called me and I am deeply devoted to the mission and values of Waters Edge Church.  So, I love MY church!   And I have never loved Waters Edge Church more or been more proud of her than I am today!  It’s Love Week…so let me just declare it loud and clear for everyone to hear: I LOVE MY church!