A horrific murder-suicide took place across the street from my house in September. I didn't hear a thing. Gunshots. A struggle. More gunshots. Nothing. I have wrestled with what I could have done. I wish I could have helped. I've wondered what happens that pushes a man to kill his wife while she slept and then their two boys that he adored. But never have I wondered if God is good. I know that it sounds weird. But I haven't.
Where is the good in three lives lost so violently at the hands of someone they knew and trusted? Coverage of the signs of depression in people and warning signs that could help someone else avoid this tragedy. There's a good. Neighbors out talking to each other - another good. Taking inventory of what is really important, yet another.
Could God have stopped this? Most certainly, He could do that. Do I wish He would have? Resoundingly, yes. But He did not, so we grieve. We get up each day hoping to feel the sting a little less. We heal. We hope. We love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds. We remind ourselves to love our neighbors as ourselves because you never know what they are going through that you might be able to help with.
Go. Love your neighbor. Love them like you want to be loved.
Good morning Surgeons!
We're continuing our Armor All Series, this week is the Shield of Faith!
Our special music is Sara Bareilles, King of Anything.
We have a huge amount of activity happening at the Barn on a weekly basis, check out our online Calendar to see what's going on!
Remember, we have recently launched small groups that are going really well, so if you are interested in those check out the small group page or talk to Emily Lawyer and she'll get you connected.
Stay safe with the storm coming in! And join us next week for the Helmet of Salvation!
Hope you are doing well!
We are continuing our Armor All series, this week being on the Shoes of Readiness, the Gospel of Peace.
These shoes have excellent arch support and they go with anything, even after Labor Day. Band is bringing, "These Boots are Made for Walkin' " - Nancy Sinatra.
If you're visiting, please don't forget to fill out a connection card, we'd love to stay connected with you!
We had a wonderful evening at SAW last night... one of the artists, Becky Warren, winner of a national song competition brought some wonderful and heartfelt music to the Barn. It was a great concert.
Facebook has changed the way it displays information, so to be sure to see all of our facebook data, go to the Surge page and click next the Messages button, the drop down menu will show "Add to Interest List" and you'll be sure to see our messages when they send.
Save the date, our Christmas party and concert will be happening on Dec 15 at the Barn, it's going to be a great evening... bring family, friends, co-workers, rescue dogs, everyone is welcome.
Continuing our Armor All series next week with the Shield of Faith!
Have a great week!
Good morning Surgeons!
We're continuing our Armor of God series... this week is featuring the Breastplate of Righteousness. This topic is much more interesting that the Socks of Perserverance, or the Long Pants of Gentle Kindness.
Special music today is from the Dave Matthews Band, Funny the Way it is.
Next week on Saturday night, a free concert at the Barn, warm up is at 7pm, with main acts starting at 8 and 9. Becky Warren and Bill Mulroney - it promises to be a lovely evening.
Small Groups are launching like crazy! We have a couple of groups in Falls Church and one in Chantilly that have launched in recent weeks - these are amazing... and check out the website for more information.
Next week, we're continuing our Armor of God series with The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace... going to be a great message, don't miss it!
Good morning Surgeons!
Lots of great stuff happening...
We're continuing our series on the Armor All series on the Armor of God, this week will be the second part of the Belt of Truth.
Our special music this morning will be "Show Me What I'm Looking For" by Carolina Liar.
Other upcoming events:
- Meeting for a time of worship and prayer at the Barn, tonight at 7pm (on Sunday 10/7)
- SAW workshop and open mic is next Saturday, the 14th
- Third Saturday will see our SAW concert series... and this is a great time to relax and bring a friend to hear some good music....
- Save the date - we'll be doing our blow out Christmas celebration early... Saturday, December 15th at the Barn, starting at 7pm! It will feature the group "non sequitur" with a few of our own Surge folks headlining the concert.
We'll continue our Armor All Series next week with the Breastplate of Righteousness.
Stay safe and have a great week!
At The Surge we love doing things together... that includes writing a blog! Here are a few of our main contributing authors:
Our fearless leader, Dwaine is the lead pastor at The Surge. His experience in counter terrorism with the CIA prepared him for ministry and he likes dogs and babies even more than E does.
E (short for Eric Reiss) is the Wingman at The Surge and likes dogs, music, Mexican food, his wife Karen and his little girl Evangeline... not necessarily in that order.