Why I applied to speak at a TEDx event

On July 1st I did kind of a crazy thing. It's been a bucket list item of mine for a long time. So, I finally went for it. I applied to speak at a... TEDx event.  I know, crazy! But, is it? I love TEDx events. I love the messages from Ted talks. I love…

‘The Crazy Teenage Year’s’ with Rebekah and Jason Raitz.

This was a highlight for me! I am someone who absolutely loves being a dad. And, I have the honor of being the dad to 5 pretty amazing kids. Rebekah Raitz is an almost high school graduate, who in my opinion, has leadership gifts off the chart. We do our best to have an conversation…

Oh facebook, I think I’m done loving you

Well, here's the deal... I think (think being the key word)... I'm done loving you facebook.  Now, you know me. We go way back. I was so excited to sign up way back when. You know this is a big deal for me to say because I absolutely LOVE you! It's true, I think you're…

My personal ethics for Facebook in 2016

Here's the deal...I freaking love Facebook! I love it!  It's true, I do. I think its awesome and I think it's one of the best things ever! But...and this is a BIG BUT... If I let it, it can take over so much of my time. If I let it, I can let its negativity…

Excited to Encourage 2nd Graders to Choose Kindness over Bullying today at Beal City School

It's been awhile, about a year and a half, but today I'm encouraging 2nd graders to Choose Kindness over Bullying. Let me back up. Before I planted Thrive Church, I started a non profit called Live Now Leadership and I spoke in schools to encourage students to Choose Kindness over Bullying. But, with the rapid…

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…

Stop Listening to the Negative Voices

This is a quick and unedited post. So, please forgive any typos or rambling.  But, something that has been on my mind a lot lately is how to deal with the negative voices that attack my mind and my heart. Can you relate? They remind you that you're not talented, not smart, not gifted and…

What if we prayed for others to succeed? No REALLY!

It's easy to pray for others to succeed, right? Yes and No... It's easy for me to pray for my wife, my kids, my family, my friends, my church, the leaders I admire, the people I want to have relationships with to succeed. I do that all that time. I know that's pretty selfish, but…

Why do Christians have to bully?

I don't really have the mental energy to answer this question right now. But, Gosh, I am so tired of people who say they're followers of Jesus and bully others. They bully non-Christians, they bully Christians, they bully their family, they just bully. I just don't get it.  I can't even begin to count the…