How to Respect your Pastor 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 hope what I write…

‘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…

Learning to be an Incredible Listener. My sermon notes at Thrive Church CA

I taught this message at Thrive Church CA on February 11, 2018 for their 'Fight Night' series! I also had the amazing opportunity to bring Bekah (my oldest) with me and we got to experience some amazing sights in Northern CA! Including the Golden Gate Bridge! Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic +…

My 2nd VLOG ‘The BEST Trip EVER’ is up!

I had the BEST trip ever with Madison! We traveled to Newark, NJ and ended up in Mount Bethel, PA and I spoke for a bunch of Churches from Long Island, NY. Plus...I throw in a few tips on how to make trips memorable for your kids! Thanks for subscribing! Head HERE and push subscribe!…

Maybe our parenting approach is all wrong?!? Parenting and the Church pt. 1

My wife and I have 5 kids. We have 3 teenagers (17, 15, 13) and a 9 and 3.5 year old. Parenting is an important part of our lives. One of the most important. And, for the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to serve families in local churches and have had a…

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…

The Presence of God was overwhelming

Have you ever felt the presence of God?  I did today.  We were in a Chinese medical office and we were waiting for Kai to be seen. Before he can leave China, he has go through a check up and have a TB test.  As we were sitting, family after family starting coming in. I…

The CHURCH made Kai’s Adoption a Reality

How about that for a headline!?!  That's the reality though, without the local CHURCH, Kai's adoption would not have happened.  Tracie and I weren't in a position to afford this adoption on our own. Maybe that should have stopped us from pursuing it. It has stopped many. A few people expressed that opinion to us.…

I can’t even process how ROUGH the month started but how AMAZING it finishing!

What a month!  I'm telling you, this week started out ROUGH! I wonder how many people can relate? I actually wrote this BLOG POST talking about just being tired of pain! I know I'm not alone. I know people have rough weeks all the time, but this one, for whatever reason, just started out rough. I take…

Parents…4 Ways to have an incredible school year with your family

Another school year is starting! It's just crazy how fast the summer flies by! But, here we are and instead of just letting the school year start, I thought about putting together a plan for my family. You see, I want this to be our best school year yet for our 11th, 9th, 7th and…