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September 12, 2011

Sunday Recap, Sept. 11 2011

I LOVE Sundays!  There’s no other way to describe it… it’s my favorite day of the week.  Here are some of yesterday’s highlights:

  • Steven Anderson and Rob Shepherd did the “Hammer Dance.”  Yes, it was old school but the crowd went crazy!  Those boys can dance!
  • We introduced a new song, “Stronger,” which is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love how it tied into yesterday’s big idea.
  • Our series intro video is one of the best we have ever produced.  Props to our artist, Angie Mack; for drawing without a single mess-up for two and a half hours straight!
  • Jesus is more than a series.  The next several weeks will be life-changing.  Do not miss a single one!
  • We definitely had some challenges with distractions in a few of our services, further convincing me of the importance of our message.

I know it is only Monday, but I can’t wait until Sunday!!

September 8, 2011

Crickets

The other night, my girls couldn’t get to sleep because they heard crickets in their bathroom. Finally, I agreed to check it out and after a little searching, I found 1 little, tiny, mutant cricket. Much to my surprise, there wasn’t a whole choir of crickets making music. There wasn’t an oversized bully cricket making noise. Instead, I found the smallest cricket I had ever seen, making a whole lot of noise. After I disposed of him properly (down the toilet), the noise ended and within a matter of minutes, my girls were fast asleep.

It made me stop and think: one voice really can make a difference. I tend to think in terms of “team” so much that I often discount the value of one voice. In fact, I often dismiss dreams and ideas because I’m only one voice. But if one cricket can keep my girls from sleeping, your one voice can make a difference. Don’t wait until you have a full choir singing your song, if you have a passion, a dream, an idea, be the one voice and wake up the world!

September 7, 2011

Video Update, Get Back to School!

August 31, 2011

Video Update, Don’t Mess with Irene

August 30, 2011

Oversold and Under-delivered

Last week in my neck of the woods, we prepared for the biggest hurricane in East Coast history…IRENE!  For days we had extended news coverage, long lines at the gas pumps, and a shortage of hurricane essentials at local stores.  Fortunately, Hurricane Irene blew in on Saturday morning and back out Saturday night with minimal effect and damage.  I’m certainly not complaining!  However, lots of people are now left with a stockpile of drinking water, batteries, generators, blue tarps, chain saws, canned soup, and bags of ice.  Irene was oversold and thankfully, she under-delivered.

At Waters Edge Church, I want to oversell EVERYTHING!  This is going to be the best Sunday we’ve ever had!  This series is my absolute favorite!  The song the band is playing has never sounded better! That video is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I oversell because I believe in it so much.  The danger with overselling is that you must make sure your product delivers.

I’m thankful for our amazing staff and volunteer teams who work tirelessly to make sure we deliver what I’m selling.  With that in mind: this Sunday is going to be the best we’ve ever had.  The band is going to sound better than ever.  The video we’re showing is the most hilarious that I’ve ever watched.  The message will be absolutely life-changing.  We’re singing my favorite songs and baptizing people with the most incredible stories.  You should start preparing now.  Tell everyone you know.  Get ready for Sunday at WEC!

August 25, 2011

Over Caffeinated

I don’t drink coffee.  My addictive drink of choice is Diet Coke, and I love it.  However, yesterday started early and ended late for me so I decided to intake a little “caffeinated coffee pick-me-up” just before the start of an evening meeting.  WOW!   Not only did that coffee get me through the meeting, it got me through much of the night.  At 1:00 AM, with eyes wide open, I felt as if I could get up and conquer the world!

Wide awake, in the middle of the night, mind racing…this is the effect of late night caffeine.  I was over caffeinated.  It makes me think of Sunday’s message where the angel woke up Elijah with this message: “get up and eat.”  In other words, stop sleeping though life, get up, and be about your mission.  You need to be over caffeinated!

Life, our dreams, being a part of God’s mission, our relationships, our church should all be natural caffeine for our lives!  Do you ever lie awake dreaming?  Do you ever wake up with an overwhelming enthusiasm about what God is doing in your life?   Do you ever put your head on your pillow with your mind racing about God’s goodness and blessings?  Are you over caffeinated on life?

I know that insomnia can be horribly frustrating and exhausting for many people, and I certainly hope that I can go to bed and sleep like a baby tonight, but I want my life to be caffeinated.  I want to be wide awake, raring to go, hyped up on living!

August 24, 2011

Video Update, Hurricane Sunday

Hurricane off the coast and a big Sunday on the books.

 

August 22, 2011

Sunday Recap, August 22, 2011

We’re wrapping up the summer with a fun new 3 week series, Summer Book Club.  I love exposing people to fun and quirky stories of the Bible, and that’s what this series is all about.  Yesterday was a great kick-off to the series.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • In every service, when asked “who likes reading” hands were raised.  When asked “who hates it” people got loud!
  • We experienced technical glitches with video teaching for the first time during our 945 and 440 services.  We are working hard to identify the problem and solve it so video teaching isn’t interrupted in the future.  I love our team’s commitment to excellence!
  • Even with the glitches, I’m still convinced that using video technology to teach to multiple campuses is THE WAY to go!  I watched myself on the big screen @ 440 and loved it (until it froze up).
  • I’m excited to hear the excitement over baptism next Sunday!  Lots of people are registering to be baptized.  Why don’t you join them?  Click here to register.
  • Loving “the buzz” I’m hearing of people committed to “go back the way they came” in order to deal with evil and sin in their life.  That’s the way to do it!
  • Yesterday we unveiled the line of “Stu Hodges books”.  Of course, those were all for fun, especially Savage Thunder.  But, today I am working on a true book proposal!  I’m really excited about this project!

It was a great day at WEC!  I can’t wait for next Sunday!

August 17, 2011

Video Update, A Big Sunday

Stu and Larry chat about a really big day last Sunday.

August 16, 2011

Don’t Waste What You’ve Got!

Too often, we allow fear or procrastination or apathy to cause us to waste what we’ve got.  We must remember, what we’ve got is a gift from God.  It’s too precious to be wasted.  For example,

  • when you’ve got a good idea, don’t waste it, implement it.
  • when you’ve got a moment of brilliant inspiration, don’t waste it, act on it.
  • when you’ve got a prompting from God to do something, don’t waste it, obey it.
  • when you’ve got precious time with someone you love, don’t waste it, enjoy it.

Last week, God reminded me of this principle.  A couple of years ago I got an idea and a passion to write a book and, in many ways, I’ve wasted it!  I’ve worked very little on the concept.  However, a series of circumstances and a birthday has caused me to realize, don’t waste what you’ve got!  Chances are, you’ve got something too that is far too precious to be wasted.  Use what you’ve got!

 

For Jesus’ thoughts on this topic, check out Matthew 25:14-30.