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June 6, 2014

Family Friday Favorite

Here’s a favorite Family Friday post from the stuhodges.com vault. As school winds down for the year, use the summer to practice prayer with your kids! 

It’s time for…Family Friday! Can I just be honest with you? ”God is great, God is good” just isn’t cutting it! Neither is, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” I want to teach my kids the value of prayer which means that I have to teach them how to pray. Memorized nursery rhymes are great “starters” for your kids, but as they get older, it’s important that you help them use their own words to talk to God. The problem is, many times our kids aren’t quite sure what to say to God. That’s when it’s your turn to step in! Here are some ideas that I use with my kids to help them pray bigger prayers than “thank you for the meat, let’s eat!”

– Praying for others is really important. I’ll sometimes ask my kids to pray for a friend at school who is having a hard time or pray for someone we know that is sick.

– When we’re trying to make an important decision, I’ll direct my kids to pray for wisdom from God…ask God what we should do.

– Being thankful is often overlooked in prayer. Last night, I told my kids to thank God for 10 things and ask Him for only 1. I came back in the room a few minutes later and they updated me on their prayers.

– After we read the Bible using either the Waters Edge web notes or the Kid Kraze God Time card, I will ask them to pray about what we just read.

These are just little ways that we teach the value of prayer and help our kids practice it in their own lives!

June 5, 2014

3 Reasons To Invite A Friend THIS Sunday

We kick off a new series this Sunday entitled, AHA! I really believe this is the perfect Sunday to bring a friend to church with you…and here are three reasons why:

1 – This is a series that admits there are some confusing and difficult things to believe about our faith. Many of your friends think that already – this Sunday I will say what they’re already thinking!
2 – This is a series that will make sense of some of the confusing and difficult things we believe. Maybe a friend of yours has a hang-up about Christianity that I’m going to answer this Sunday!
3 – This is a series that makes room for questions even while trying to provide answers. Faith isn’t logical always. Faith doesn’t have compact and clean answers to every challenge. Faith doesn’t fit into a box. And that’s ok! I’ll try to help your friends embrace belief even while they have questions.

So invite a friend to our series, AHA! And hopefully when they leave they’ll say, “now that makes sense!

June 2, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday for the it matters recap. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Preaching is an active participant sport, I might be calling the plays but you’ve got to get in the game.
2. A lot of us have made some bad investments with our money.
3. Maybe it’s been a bad investment with your time.
4. A lot of us have some made bad investments of our passions and with our energies.
5. it matters is a season in the life of our church where we’re positioning ourselves to reach 10,000 people through the expansion our Yorktown Campus and through opening up a brand new campus, Waters Edge Church Williamsburg.
6. I’ve come to announce to you that it matters has been a good investment!
7. #1. When It Matches Jesus’ Mission, It’s A Good Investment.
8. We just believe at this church that hell is too hot, and eternity is too long, and life is too hard, and Jesus is too good, and God is too great for us to focus on insiders and forget about outsiders!
9. #2. When It Results In Changed Lives, It’s A Good Investment.
10. #3. When It Positions You For Blessing And Favor, It’s A Good Investment.

May 29, 2014

Top 10 Dumb Reasons Christians Leave Their Church

I’m a Christian…have been for most of my life. And, for ALL of my life, I’ve been a part of the church. I’ve been in big churches and small churches, traditional churches and contemporary churches, old churches and new churches. I believe in the church! The church is the hope of the world! I dream of the day when Christians LOVE their church and are committed to its mission, no matter what! Sadly, I’ve watched through the years as hundreds of Christians have left their church for some very dumb reasons. Here are the top 10 DUMB reasons Christians give for leaving their church:

10. I don’t like the music at my church.
9. My needs aren’t getting met at my church.
8. The preacher didn’t know my name at my church.
7. I want more programs at my church.
6. The teaching is not deep enough at my church.
5. My church has just gotten too big.
4. Things are not the way they used to be at my church.
3. My feelings were hurt by someone at my church.
2. They’re too accepting at my church.
1. My church is too much about reaching new people and not enough about me!

Love your church…don’t leave your church! It’s not about you anyways!

May 27, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Tuesday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us on Sunday for the finale of “The Fight.” Stu shared an awesome message from Pastor Craig Groeschel from LifeChurch.tv. You can check it out here. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Men – God Created You With The Heart Of A Warrior
2. Ladies, don’t tell him what he’s not… tell him what he can be.
3. Every Warrior Has A Cause To Fight For
4. A Warrior Without A Cause To Fight For Will Find The Wrong Thing to Fight Against
5. Men, if you’re not dead, you’re not done. God’s not finished with you yet…
6. Sometimes You’ll Have to Throw A Punch
7. It’s easy to die once… A great man of God dies daily.
8. Sometimes You Turn A Cheek
9. Our best weapon is always God’s love through us.
10. What is the fight that you must fight?

May 21, 2014

Video Update… Behind the Scenes!

May 20, 2014

Top 10 Dumb Things Christians Do

I’m a Christian…have been for most of my life. I am an expert on some of the dumb things that we, as Christians, have been known to do. Sadly, I’ve done my fair share of these top 10:

10. Christians make some bad, low budget, Christian movies.
9. Christians love to imitate successful secular products, and give them a Christian twist like Christian breath mints & Bible action figures.
8. Christians love to drop a Christian tract and run, rather than get to know someone and tell them how Jesus has changed their life.
7. Christians refuse to change things in their church, and then complain about nobody new coming.
6. Christians love to eat at buffets after church on Sunday.
5. Christians confuse spiritual maturity for more programs, spaghetti dinners, and longer worship sets at church.
4. Christians pray long blessings while the food gets cold, especially at holiday meals.
3. Christians love to boycott businesses that do not act Christian.
2. Christians confuse the mission of the church and turn it into a Christian country club.
1. Christians love to hold hands while they pray…and give a quick squeeze at “Amen!”

Coming soon: Top 10 Dumb Reasons Christians Leave Their Church…stay tuned!

May 19, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! I hope that you joined us yesterday for an awesome talk called “The Fight For What’s Right.” If you missed it, you can check it out here. I had trouble narrowing down my favorite quotes, but here are a few of them:

1. Why is it that we can all have the best of intentions, the highest of desires, the greatest of aspirations, and yet still make some of the most detrimental, some of the most disappointing, some of the most hurtful and damaging and destructive decisions?
2. This is not because you don’t love Jesus; this is because you still battle with what the Bible calls “the flesh.”
3. It’s a fight you can win!
4. The fight always begins when we Run Away.
5. The second stage is Repent.
6. It’s not just saying I’m sorry, it’s saying I’m sorry and I’m going to fight to change.
7. Number three, you need to Return.
8. This is how you come back home…
–Get the right friends.
–Get God’s Word in your heart.
–Get away from the temptation.
9. That leads us right to the fourth stage of the fight… Reward.
10. No matter where you’ve gone, what you’ve done, if you’ll come home, God has something better in store for you!

May 16, 2014

Advice For Single Moms? & How Do You Bring Siblings Closer Together?

May 15, 2014

What Do You Do For The Terrible 2s? & How Do You Find A Balance?