I’m 43 today.

I'm 43 today. A few years ago, my wife (Tracie) started a great family tradition. My brother built us this cool chalk board and Tracie texts family and friends and asks for positive words to describe the birthday person. It's super fun and super honoring. I'm 43 today. A few years ago I wrote THIS blog…

I miss your smile

Every once and awhile we get a glimpse of your smile. I tell you, I wish I could pause time.  Why? Because your smile brightens up the room. It's so good. I wish those moments would never end. I know you want to smile more. I know you don't want to feel this way. I…

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…

How to Respect your Pastor by Tracie Raitz

Written by Tracie Raitz I was asked to write an article about how to Respect your Pastor from the Pastor’s Wife perspective. I have been mulling this topic over in my mind and trying to decide what to write and how to write it so it doesn’t come across as complaining or finger pointing. I…

How to Not Give up Life. An honest conversation…

Tonight I did a Facebook Live Webinar called... How to not give up on life. The topic is a little uncharacteristically deeper for me. I'm kind of known for my humor, but lately, this topic has just been on my heart! So, I hope you will listen. I hope you will add to the comments…

How to not give up on life. An honest conversation on facebook…tonight.

Have you ever wanted to give up? Have you ever been so tired that you decided that you would stop trying? Have you ever decided that life wasn't worth it? Have you ever decided to just coast on life? Have you ever let your past stop you from moving forward or trying? ME TOO!! I…

Sponsor miles for my ‘Walk for Camp’

On May 12th, 2018, I am walking 16.2 miles to raise money to help send teens to summer camp! Why 16.2 miles. Well, our student ministry (One Youth) is hosting a 5k fundraising event that day and it's 13 miles from my front door to the event. Add the events miles and bam...16.2 miles! So,…

Bill Hybels Keys to Longevity in Ministry

Last week, I had the privilege of sitting in a Q & A with Bill Hybels, the Pastor and Founder of Willow Creek ChurchWillow Creek Church in the Chicago Land. Outside of planting Thrive Church, being on staff at Willow is one of my greatest treasures of 22 years of ministry. A Pastor asked Bill…

‘How to Pick Your Battles’. Message Notes from Thrive Church MI on Feb. 18, 2018.

Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic + Jason Social Media Info Doesn’t that video hit home for some? How hilarious! Good Morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today? My name is Jason Raitz and I’m one of the Pastors here at Thrive! If this is your first time at Thrive, thank you…

The Gift of Sheila = Unbelievable Generosity that rocks your life!

The Raitz family has been so blessed over the years. And, when I say blessed, I don't mean...'oh, we're so happy', kind of blessed.' I mean the kind of blessed where your life, where your family, where your everyday life is so rocked and so moved and so blown away, you just don't know how…