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The Wave:Sept 4th, 2015 Edition

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Save the Date: 9/6 :)

Cookout on Labor Day Weekend...

Two of our favorite Surgeons, Joni and Summer are hosting a cookout on Sunday, September 6 following the church service.

We plan to grill hamburgers/hotdogs and would love if you would bring a side and a tasty beverage of your choice. Come hang out and enjoy the afternoon with us!

When: Sunday, September 6th, after Surge service (1:15 to 1:30 start time)
Where: Address is 4768 6th Street S Arlington 22204. Plenty of street parking is available.

Please RSVP to Joni justjoni101@gmail.com or Summer summer3_16@yahoo.com if you can make it (and let them know what side you're bringing...)
The Surge: Current Msg Series!
One of Jesus' most amazing teachings is still amazing today. Join us for a deep dive on the Sermon on the Mount...

And bring a friend, it's going to be fun!
Click here for the series message page 

Recap: Debunking

A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Kids

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go.  We think that it means that if we raise up a child correctly, they will come back to God eventually.  That’s how this passage has been interpreted over time. Just train up a child in the way he should go, do the right thing in raising them, create the right godly environment by praying enough, set the right kind of example,and your child will walk with God. That’s what most people think is true.  2 problems with this…
1st Problem - That’s not what the passage says.  It says that if we raise up a child in the way he should go; literally, in the Hebrew, “according to the mouth of his way”… scholars believe this means… in accordance with his nature or his bent. It doesn’t mean spiritually correct. It means according to their unique nature and giftedness.

2nd Problem - A proverb is not a promise. The Bible has a lot of promises that you can take to the bank. But this is a proverb, a wise saying that gives us insight and direction, but isn't intended to be an ultimate statement that applies to every context without exception.

This myth is dangerous and potentially devastating because it can saddle parents with needless guilt (if their child makes bad decisions and suffers for them, the parent can feel like this is completely their fault) or foolish pride (taking credit for the walk and works of the child).

Truly parents have amazing impact and influence... but they don't have ultimate control. Every individual owns their own actions good and bad.... and while parents can certainly help or hinder - we all are responsible for our own stuff.

We took a look at what the Bible says about parenting and responsibility and here are 6 things we can do to improve our chances of success here:

1) Don’t be unreasonably strict.
2) Don’t embarrass kids with out of balance zeal.  
3) Protect them, but let kids face consequences.
4) Have a great marriage.
5) Model what you hope to get.
6) Adapt to their unique bent in the world.

A godly home doesn't guarantee godly kids... and an ungodly home doesn't guarantee ungodly kids. As parents we seek to be incarnational, meeting kids where they are and loving them where they are... but ultimately we don't control their destiny. God's grace is bigger than the things we get right or wrong, even in the most basic and human of relationships.

Check out the Debunking series here for this and other messages in this series...

Prayer for the Week

Read this with an open heart, to join us (and St. Francis) in Prayer

(this resonated with a couple of folks... so we will run it again...)

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

~In Jesus' Name...

Series Notes: SOTM

(that's Sermon on the Mount.... more details below)
6 September 2-15 – Sermon on the Mount 1
Key Question: I really want to get more out of life--anybody got any ideas?
Special: Renegades, X Ambassadors
13 September 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 2
Key Question: Are the requirements for the citizenship test to get into this kingdom of God Jesus talked about plain and simple or just a bunch of trick questions?
Special: White Room, Cream
20 September 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 3
Key Question: I'm generally happy, but I feel I could be happier--what's the deal with that?
Special:  If It Makes You Happy, Sheryl Crow
27 September 2015 â€“Sermon on the Mount 4
Key Question: Let's say I were tempted to do this Christian thing--is there a vision statement or anything to let me know what I'm signing on for?
Special: Believe, Mumford and Sons
4 October 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 5
Key Question: Shouldn't everyone just chill and let other people decide for themselves how to live their lives?
Special: Ship to Wreck, Florence + the Machine
11 October 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 6 
Key Question: I seem to have some anger issues I swore would never be mine--any clues on breaking the cycle?
Special: Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd
18 October 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 7
Key Question: Other than scoring a miserable 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, what's all the fuss about 50 Shades of Grey?
Special: Medley of Lust, arranged by E Reiss
25 October 201 â€“ Sermon on the Mount 8
Key Question: Marriage is just about two people who love each other, so where is all this controversy coming from?
Special: Broken Together, Casting Crowns
1 November 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 9
Key Question: Is it just me, or are there more liars, cheats, cons, and general ne'er do wells out there these days?
Special: Praying for Time, George Michael (Carrie Underwood version)
8 November 2015 – Sermon on the Mount 10
Key Question:  Other than pistol-whipping, what's the best way to handle difficult and demanding people?
Special: Heart of the Matter, Don Henley

Housekeeping (Misc. Items...)

  • We're launching our "SOTM" message series...
  • Bring a friend this Sunday to the State Theatre - 11am! We'll talk about how our lives intersect with God's plan for us
  • Next Firehouse, Tuesday, Oct 6th: www.facebook.com/firehousedc
  • Small groups are in progress... plug in this week!
Stay safe and we'll see you soon!

~The Surge

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