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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!

 

 

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.