Leadership

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!

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!

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.

Dads…4 Reasons to take your daughters on dates (ok, 10!)

I love my girls.IMG_1612

If you ever visit my Facebook page or hang out with my family, it will probably become very apparent that I love my kids. I have two boys and two girls.

I adore all 4 of them. Being a dad is the best!

I’m trying to be very intentional  about taking out each one of my kids. To get one on one time and to pour into them.

Dads…here is a simple list of why to take your daughters on dates. I thought I would write 4, but 10 just popped out.

Reasons to take your daughters on dates 

1.     Their childhood only happens once

2.     Their childhood zips by at the speed of light

3.     Their childhood is the only one they have

4.     Their childhood builds a foundation for what kind of husband they are going to look for IMG_1583

5.     They need your one on one attention

6.     They need your hugs

7.     They need your words of affirmation

8.     They need those memories of when you put them first above everything else

9.     They need you to listen

10.   They need to hear your stories

Dads, take your daughters out on dates. Trust me, it will deepen your relationship with them in ways you never would have imagined!