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Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

I have a story to share! 3_Musts_Logo

And, it’s a good one!

A few weeks ago, a new family visited Thrive Church! They said their first time at Thrive was overwhelming…in a good way! From the minute they walked in, someone greeted them and asked if they could show them around. They loved the experience and as they were leaving, they were approached by someone who asked if they were coming to the Women’s night, that night. They ended up coming and met a few people. They were overwhelmed and loved it!

Isn’t that awesome! 

Well, guess what? Sunday is coming and it’s only 2 days away!

We have the privilege of gathering together, worshipping, giving, learning, connecting and building our church!

So, here are 3 musts for Sunday…

1. Please get to Thrive early! We start at 10am, so shoot for 930am. Especially if you have kids! Then, make your way into theater one by 9:55am. It really helps! Plus, you don’t want to miss the songs Matt has picked for this Sunday!

2. We need you in Thrive Kidz. No, seriously, you are needed. Especially if you’re a parent. Please email info@thrivechurchmi.cc and let us know you’re ready to step up and help us make the greatest kids environment we can!!

3. All things parenting. This Sunday I’m preaching on one of my absolute favorite topics…parenting. If you’re a parent, will be a parent, or are a parent to someone, don’t miss!!

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday at Celebration Cinema at 930am!

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! 

 

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!!!!

 

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!