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.

Incredible Experience so far at Newspring Church

Here are my initial thoughts about my experience so far at Newspring Church and the Double Conference.

Wow.

Over the top welcoming. IMG_1956

Passionate.

Powerful worship.

Inspired teaching.

Incredible facilites.

Great musicians.

Fun.

Incredible organized.

So, SO Practical.

Biblical.

Jesus focused.

Ok, those are my initial thoughts. I really can’t pull out anything negative! So far, my heart is full. I’m inspired. I can’t wait to get back to my church.

What else do I love? 

Perry Nobles teaching.

The authenticity and transparency of the staff in break outs.

The overwhelming concern for attendees by the staff.

The passionate worship.

The concern  and love for the local church!

Headed to Newspring Church today

I have wanted to say that for a long time.

Today is the day. 

Brian, Matt and I from our Thrive team are down in Anderson, South Carolina and we’re attending ‘The Double Conference’ at Newspring Church. 

I have admired, followed, respected and learned from Perry Noble and his team from afar for a long time and I’m excited to be here this week.

Perry is in my top five of messages I listen to every week and his leadership podcast is also a fan favorite on my iPhone.

Before Thrive Church was even meeting regulary, a group of us would gather on Sunday mornings and watch the Newspring service together. Those days were great!

I’m excited to learn.

I’m excited to be inspired.

I’m excited to be pushed.

I’m excited to be challenged.

I’m excited to bring back stuff for my team.

I’m excited to learn about vision, passion, systems and being sold out for the work of Christ in a local church.

Here we go!

 

 

Facebook 101…The real reason to use facebook

There are so many reasons to use Facebook. Too many to list in this blog post. But, what I hope to convey is what I think, the only real reason to use it.

And yes, I understand I’m going out on a limb a bit.

I’ve been working on a series of posts about Facebook for a few months now and I’m ready to start putting them up. So, here’s my first go at it.

Here’s what I know about Facebook…

It can either greatly improve your life or it can bring a world of negativity into your life.

The great thing is…you get to choose.

It can either encourage you or suck your time away from you.

The great thing is…you get to choose. 

It can either be used a tool to communicate with friends and family or it can be used to spread negativity.

Again, the great thing is…you get to choose. 

This is how powerful this simple online website is! It has the potential to bring life to people. To get them connected. To get them engaged. But, way too often it does the exact opposite. People get more frustrated, they become more envious and jealous and the negativity just fills their mind.

In fact, I would be rich if I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say ‘I’m so tired of the drama on Facebook’.

Ok, so what’s the real reason to use Facebook? Instead of listing a ridiculously long list, I’m just gonna cut to the chase and post what I believe is the only real reason to use Facebook. Here we go:

To bring life to others. 

Yup, I really believe it’s not about you. Its not about me. It’s about bringing hope. Bringing joy. Bringing new ideas. Bringing new connections. Bringing new relationships and encouragement for old ones.

It’s all about…bringing life to others.

Enough with the hate. Enough with the negativity. Enough with the late night woe is me posts. Enough with hiding behind it. Enough with the name calling. Enough with the ‘my life is better than yours’. Enough.

Enough. Please. 

Please just use it to bring life.

Don’t know how? Well, that’s tomorrow’s post.

Last Minute…3 Musts for this Sunday at Thrive

I love Saturdays!! Why? IMG_5137

Because Sunday is the next day! 

Last Sunday at Thrive was a ‘once a year’ kind of Sunday. It was just spectacular! So, how do you follow that up?

Well, by having The Spark back at Thrive to lead worship!

You heard that right, The Spark! 

Ok, before I get ahead of myself, here are the musts you need to know for Sunday.

3 Musts

1. Go to God on behalf of our Church.

Please, Please, Please spend some time in prayer and ask for God’s blessings on our time tomorrow. And, also ask for His blessing, protection and guidance during the week.

2. Invite friends to hear The Spark. 

It’s not too late. Send an invite. Call a friend. Don’t miss this great band!

3. Get ready.

Tomorrow is going to be a great day and I can’t wait to gather together with my church family!

4 Ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great

Yesterday I posted a bunch of reasons to take your daughters on daddy/daughter dates.

Today, I thought I would give 4 super easy ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great!

4 Ways

1. Put the date on the calendar and let nothing else trump it.

NOTHING!

2. Spend a few days asking your daughter what she wants to do on your date.

Give her ideas, but let her dream. If she’s old enough, text back and forth about it.

3. When you’re on your date…Listen, Listen, Listen. In order to do that, you have to ask a crazy amount of questions.

Questions like…

  • What’s your favorite…Band, Singer, Web Page, Food, Bible Verse, Color, Store
  • What friend cares for you the most? What do you do for them?
  • What kind of boy makes you smile?
  • How much do you think Jesus loves you? Why does He loves you?

4. Do whatever she wants.

Don’t say no or not now. And just do it. Ok, don’t rent a private jet and fly to London for her to hang out with One Direction! Do it if you can! But, there are a million ways to make the date special, so…make it special.