God provided a what??? He does answer Prayers!

So, let me cut right to it…

God answers prayers!

You cannot convince me otherwise!

It’s just not going to happen!

God answers prayers!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7)

This past year has been answered prayer after prayer, let me take you on a quick journey:

1. God, we need people to launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

2. God, we need support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

3. God, we need financial support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

4. God, we long to see people far from you trust in Jesus. 

Answered Prayer.

5. God, we beg you to heal marriages. 

Answered Prayer.

6. God, please move in our Church and draw people close to you. 

Answered prayer.

7. God, please send a worship leader. 

Answered prayer.

8. God, please give us a location to gather as a church. 

Answered prayer.

9. God, may we see people baptized!

Answered prayer.

10. God, may Thrive be a different kind of church. 

Answered prayer.

11. God, please open up the doors for Thrive to someday have a ministry center. 

ANSWERED PRAYER!

 

Hey Thrive…3 Musts for tomorrow at Thrive

3_Musts_LogoTomorrow is Thrive!

It’s going to AWESOME!

How do I know this?

Here’s why…

Hebrews 10:25 says…”not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (niv)

It’s going to be ENCOURAGING! And, who doesn’t need ENCOURAGEMENT?!? If you don’t, I don’t believe YOU!!!

So, DON’T miss! Rearrange plans. Don’t sleep in! Invite a friend. Be there.

3 Musts for tomorrow

1. Messy week two! If you’re marriage has ever been messy or you guys have struggled, then be at Thrive! If you plan on getting married some day, then be at Thrive!  We’re talking about Ephesians 5:21-25 and it’s going to be great-challenging-rewarding!

2. You have a ROLE at Thrive! Yes, you! If you’ve been coming for awhile, then you have a job or a role or you play a part.

Help Welcome, Accept, Learn Names, Introduce people to each other, Sit by New people, Clap, Cheer, Sing Loud, Laugh, Cry, Learn, Trust, Give. 

Ok, there’s your role!

3. Sit down front. No, seriously. Theater One is starting to fill up and everybody wants to sit on an end. If a group of people came down front, that would open up a bunch of seats.

You rock! I can’t wait! Pray! See you at Thrive!

Hearing these made my WEEK!!!!

Every week I talk to a lot of people.

I talk to my family, people at church, at Panera Bread…wherever I’m at…I talk.

I love it! But, I probably do more listening than talking. I know, hard to believe!

Every week people tell me a lot of things about my church, Thrive. Every week I sit back and I’m just honored.

Here is what I heard this week…

“I want to get a new job so I never have to miss Sunday’s at Thrive”

“I actually look forward to coming to Church…that’s a first!”

“I am so bummed I missed Church this past Sunday”

“I invited a friend and they are coming!! My friend is coming!! I’ve been inviting them for 2 months!”

“My friend came back and loved it”

“I stopped asking my husband to come to church and this past Sunday he asked if he could come”

“Worship on Sunday was AWESOME!!!!”

“I use to feel so alone, now I know Jesus and have a church family”

Yeah, it’s been a GREAT week! 

 

Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

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Tomorrow is Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t wait! 

And, I’m not alone. Last Sunday I had the honor of officiating a wedding for an amazing couple and just a few days ago, this is what the new bride posted on Facebook…

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Ok, that’s just exciting!! This is a definitely a can’t miss Sunday at Thrive and honestly a can’t miss couple of months. That being said, here are…

3 Musts for Sunday

1. Pray like you’ve never Prayed before. 

Yes, I’m asking every Thriver to spend time with Jesus everyday. Not only will it draw you closer to the heart of God, it will bring our community at Thrive closer.

So, as you pray, pray for…God’s blessing on our church, God to open up hearts of people far from him, God to protect our church and God to bring hope and healing to our relationships.

2. Invite–Call–Email–Facebook–Do whatever it takes to bring someone to Thrive tomorrow. 

Not only do we start a great new series, but we have a GREAT band in this Sunday called…Alive City!

Spend a minute praying and ask God to bring someone to your heart. Once He does, shoot them a message or a text or a call or go knock on their doors.

Who knows. tomorrow could be the day they take their next step closer to Jesus.

3. Write down these dates!!

There are a bunch of SUPER important and fantastically awesome dates you have to get on your calendar. Here they are:

September 20…Start Class. 9-11am. RSVP by emailing info@thrivechurchmi.cc

September 21…Baby Dedication at Thrive

September 28…After Party. RSVP by emailing info@thrivechurchmi.cc

October 5th…Thrive’s 1 Year Anniversary!!!! A can’t miss Sunday! We will have also have a HUGE party afterwards with inflatables for the kids and some great food!

October 12th…The Launch of 2 Sunday morning Experiences!!! Please be thinking now about which experience you will make your home!!

Sunday is Tomorrow! 

I can’t wait. I hope to see you at Celebration Cinema by 9:45am!!!!

‘Welcome to Sunday’

One of my favorite moments on Sunday is when I hear these words…IMG_3129

‘Welcome to Sunday’

They’re spoken to me every Sunday by Thriver David Martin Stevens and I just LOVE that moment!!

David’s been doing it since the beginning of Thrive, but it wasn’t until our Church was 2-3 months old that I noticed what he was doing.

I just love it!

I already look forward to Sunday’s in a BIG Way and this is one of reasons I do.

Why do I love it? Great question!

I love it because it comes from an amazing heart! David is a prayer warrior and I know he’s been on his knees praying for God to move at Thrive and in peoples hearts.

I love it because of the smile David has when he says it. He means it! He loves Sunday’s! He knows the possibility for life change and he’s excited about that!

I love it because he says it to everybody! Sunday mornings are a blur when you’re a portable church. We’re in, we’re unloading, we’re setting up, we tear down, we load and we leave. It’s something great that can bring smiles, hope and a reminder to why we do what we do.

I love it because it reminds me that it’s not about us. Our Church is not about us. It’s not about what we like, or prefer. We’re focused on people who are far from Jesus and it’s a great reminder to remember that.

So, would you join us this Sunday? Would you welcome Sunday with us? 

Can’t wait to see you at Celebration Cinema at 10am!

Hopefully you’ll hear David say…

Welcome to Sunday! 

Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

3_Musts_LogoIt’s Labor Day Weekend!! 

You know what that means?

Thrive is just a day away! 

We have another amazing opportunity to GATHER as a church on Sunday and I wanted to make sure you knew a few musts before Sunday!

Here we go…

1. We all need to GROW. We’re talking about one of the best ways to grow spiritually as a follower of Jesus this Sunday.

That’s right, growing people change. We need to change and we MUST welcome the change. And, if you have made the commitment to Follow Jesus, it doesn’t end there. Now it’s about following, growing and becoming more like Him everyday.

So, I can’t wait to open God’s word with you on Sunday!

2. If you missed our Baptism and BBQ, be there on Sunday. We’re going to show you how incredible powerful this day was!

Oh, put this date on your calendar, August 16th, 2015. Our next outdoor baptism!!

The next baptism at Thrive is in November. Get ready!!

3. Alive City is at Thrive next week! Alive City is a great worship band from the Detroit area and they are stopping by Thrive on their tour.

It’s going to ROCK! Trust me, do not miss next Sunday, September 7th!!

Start inviting your friends now!!

Ok, can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

Oh…lastly!! Please be praying big time for Thrive Church, our church family and our experience on Sunday!!!!

 

Double Conference Day #2…My biggest regret

It’s 7am and I can’t wait to get back over to Newspring Church today and finish the Double Conference! IMG_1967

Like I said yesterday, my first day’s experience was incredible. In the words of Jimmy Fallon, it was…#sogood!

I was going to list out a ton of first day sound bites and quotes, but honestly, there is a better source for that.

Just check out Brian Dodd’s blog. It’s full of all the amazingness of of Day # 1!

Ok, with all the positive. The learning. The inspiration. The passion for Jesus and His Church. The Bible teaching. The worship. The practical help.

I do have a regret. And, it’s a HUGE regret!

My biggest regret is not filling a charter bus of Thrivers and having them experience this! 

That would have been an incredible investment in their lives, in our church and in the kingdom.

My hope is that Newspring Church and Newspring Network will host a Double 2015.