I so love Sunday’s.
I always have. I know I always will. I have been a part of going to Church, serving at Church and leading at Church for as long as I can remember.
Honestly, there have been seasons of my life when I have been burned out from Church. And seasons, where I wanted to be done with Church. But, thankfully, they have only lasted about a half a blink.
Here’s why I love Sundays, and specifically, the gathering of Jesus Followers:
Because of possibility.
Because of the power.
Because of the catalytic experience.
Because of the unity.
Because of the love.
Because its a tremendous time to get the body together and encourage people to live out what they believe.
I really believe the Church becomes a country club when those things don’t happen. And, I know of churches where they don’t. Sunday’s are dry. Sunday’s passionate less. Sunday’s are just another check on the list.
If you’re headed to Church this morning, know it’s just a part of your week.
Lean into it. Meet new people. Pray before you go, while you’re there and when you leave. If your church sings, sing. If your church worships, worship. Give. Serve and then give some more. Look for people who look like they need community and be there community. Invite someone or a family you don’t know to lunch. Ask questions. Go home and pray for them.
Then…spend the week putting into practice what you learned at Church. See, the Church is not a building, it’s a gathering on Sunday’s, it’s not following a list of ‘we’ve always done it this way’.
The Church is you, it’s me and its us being Jesus to the world around us. To your family, to your neighbors, to your co-workers and to the strangers you’ll come across everyday.
But, I believe that Sunday can help lay the foundation for week. I believe that Sunday can be a power boost and give you the tools you need to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus.
So, get up, put your feet on the ground and give this day to Jesus.
It’s Thursday and Sunday’s coming! I couldn’t be more excited!
I just can’t wait for Sunday’s! I love everything about them!
Except that they go by way to quick!
Someone recently said to me…”You’re almost too excited about Thrive Church”. I was puzzled and I asked what they meant. They said, it’s impossible to be that excited, all the time!
I simply replied…NOPE!
Not when you get to see the culmination of a 15 year dream come into existence. Not when you get to see lives changed. Not when you get to gather together with people that you just love. Not when God is doing something in your midst.
I am simply that EXCITED about what is happening at Thrive Church!
That being said, here’s what you need to know for this Sunday…
1. Get on your knees
Seek God. Pray James 4:2
“ You do not have, because you do not ask God”
Thrive Church…let’s ask God for…Unity, Compassion, Love, Mercy, His Grace and His Blessing on our little Church.
Let’s ask God to move in peoples hearts. Let’s ask God to wreck lives. Let’s ask God to heal marriages. Let’s ask God to restore friendships. Let’s ask God to provide financially. Let’s ask God to bring people to HIM!!!
2. Wear an Ugly Sweater
That’s right, it’s Thrive’s 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday! Do your best! Do your worst! Get a picture in the photo booth. And, if you seater rocks like crazy, you will get a prize!
3. Bring Someone
That’s right, all this isn’t all that special if we keep it to ourselves.
So, pray about who to invite, invite them, bring them and then sit by them.
Introduce them to people, show them around and pray the entire time for God to move in their hearts!
One last thing, know you’re loved and prayed for!
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” ~Luke 6:37-38 (msg)
Is this not the most amazing 2 verses ever?
Or at least in the top 10 of amazing verses!!!
Let’s live this way!
This past Sunday at Thrive we started a new series called ‘Balanced for the Holidays’.
This season is life is crazy busy! There is so much going on and sometimes, it is just hard to stay balanced.
We’re just juggling so much. Over the course of this 3 week series we are going to be looking at 3 spiritual disciplines that can bring balance to our lives.
This past Sunday, I challenged Thrive to be filling their minds with the truth of God’s word.
It’s 5:55am! I’ve been up for quite awhile.
Why? Because I can’t wait to be at Thrive Church this morning!
I’ve been away from Thrive the past two Sundays and now I’m back!
My goodness, I can’t even begin to explain how much I missed being away.
The good news is, Thrive was awesome those two weeks and we have an amazing group of leaders who are leading and doing an amazing job!
And, there’s even more good news…Thrive starts a new series today called…
Balanced for the Holidays
We are talking about three spiritual disciplines that will help us stay balanced, no matter what season of life we are in.
Today we kick off this series talking about the discipline of filling our minds and hearts with God’s word. I’m going to encourage Thrivers to use the SOAP method to study the Bible.
I can’t wait!
Every day I am blown away that God has given me this tremendous privilege to lead Thrive Church.
I just can’t wait!
I can’t even believe that Thanksgiving is over! How did that happen? I hope you had an absolutely fantastic Thanksgiving with your families and you feel rested and ready for the month ahead!
It’s amazing to me that on Sunday, we start a new series at Thrive and its the start of the month of December!
That being said, if you’re a part of Thrive Church, here are
3 Musts for you to know
1. Spend time with Jesus. I cannot emphasize it enough. It is…
DIRE! IMPORTANT! URGENT! NECESSARY! LIFE-GIVING!
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus gives us some direction on spending time with him…
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace”.
Before Sunday, find some time to be alone with Jesus. Just you and Jesus. Just you and taking to Jesus. Just you and listening to Jesus.
Just spend time with Jesus.
2. Get ready for a new series!!!!
We start a new series at Thrive called ‘Balanced for the Holidays’. If you’ve ever felt out of balance? Feel one move away from losing it? Ever wonder how you can keep it all together? This Sunday we’ll talk about how Balance comes from having a good foundation and we’ll talk about some disciplines that can keep us balanced.
This is a great series to invite friends and family too!
3. Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday is coming to Thrive!
Oh yeah! Get ready!
It’s Sunday, December 8th.
We even have our friends at Inasnap photo booths coming and every Thriver will go home with a GREAT photo of their family and friends in the their amazing sweaters!
I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
I love the local Church!
I have been a part of Church the since before I can remember. My parents were saved when I was young and they went head over heals with their new relationship with Jesus and the Church.
During my middle school years, my dad was my youth pastor and my mom was the church secretary. I was always at the church. I saw the good, the bad, the ugly and the incredible.
When I had just turned 20, a church hired me to be their youth pastor and I’ve served at local churches since.
Around that same time, I met a leader and speaker who I immediately started to emulate. He came into my Bible College and lead some workshops and classes on speaking. Those ignited something within me big time! I met with him quite often and he would pour into me and I would fill legal pads with notes.
About a year ago, Terry and I were at lunch and he asked me what I thought about planting a Church. I told him I had been wrestling with God about it and he affirmed in me that I should pursue. He put me in touch with a great organization called Stadia and after 6 months, I was recommended to plant a church.
This past October, I had the privilege and honor to plant Thrive Church and I love, LOVE, being Thrive’s pastor.
Well, this weekend, Terry and I are doing something incredible fun and I think it is a HUGE kingdom win!
Terry is preaching at Thrive Church and I am preaching at the River.
How awesome is that? It was totally Terry’s idea and I loved it from the beginning. I just can’t wait for Thrive Church to be encouraged by Terry and I know God will use him in a powerful way at Thrive.
And, I can’t wait to preach at the River again! I have been there as a guest speaker a few times and this time, I get to spend a few minutes thanking the congregation for all of their support and generosity in helping start Thrive Church.
What a great weekend ahead!