Posts by ThriveChristian


Opportunity to serve


Posted By on Apr 1, 2015

Hello Thrive, If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, there is a fundraising event Saturday, April 4th at the Malco Razorback Cinema with proceeds going to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter where Michael volunteers. Michael will personally be manning the NWACS table from 1pm-4pm if you want to stop by. There’s going to be a car show, tricycle race, look-alike contests (Chris as Vin Diesel? Taisa as Michelle Rodriguez?), and games.  They are asking for donations of household & hygiene products, as well as children’s clothing. So finish up your spring cleaning and bring those items down on Saturday! These children are near and dear to everyone’s heart and they can use all the help we can give them. If you have more questions about the shelter, please feel free to email Michael or check out their...

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Unfortunately for patriotic people everywhere this 4th of July, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup Tuesday night. I’m not much of a soccer fan but I love me some ‘Murica and so I was so into that game. The U.S. team was playing pretty poorly for 85% of that game except for one man, goalkeeper Tim Howard.   The man has an amazing life journey that you should absolutely check out. That story got even more interesting when Howard gave the performance of a lifetime against a tough Belgian squad. Facing a relentless onslaught of Belgian attackers, Howard stood tall, time and again; recording 16 saves (in comparison, the Belgian keeper had four). His 16 saves were the most in a World Cup game in 50 years.   Watching it all live with a restaurant full of people all rooting for the red, white, blue was surreal. Something stuck out to me after the game though. In an interview with Howard, a reporter asked a pretty blunt question about the American defense and the ridiculous amount of shots that came Howard’s way. He responded with this, “It’s what I signed up for”.   What an attitude to take! What if we could do that as Christians? Face constant difficult, ridicule, and persecution and just say, “It’s what I signed up for,” and move on. I mean, the bible constantly talks about spiritual warfare. Jesus says himself that even animals have homes but that He had no place to lay His head. Essentially, Jesus was saying comfort and ease were not part of the deal following Him. Multiple times He would charge people to take up their crosses and follow. Doesn’t sound like signing up for a carousel ride does it?   The same way that Tim Howard was able to face constant pressure and attack and prevail is the same way we could and can handle walking this Christian path. We can withstand terrible forces and ascend heights we did not think were possible. I mean, greater is He that is in us than is in the world. We can do this! Hey, it’s what we signed up for, isn’t it?   Have a great 4th of July weekend everybody! Be safe and God Bless America!  ...

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Zombies!!!

Zombies!!!


Posted By on May 16, 2014

Today I was with my sister eating lunch. It was a great time and usually some great quotes come from these lunches with my little sister Amy. I love her to death, I really do. I’m just not so sure that is mutual sometimes! Bear in mind, we’re adults, well, mostly. We were talking about “The Walking Dead” and I, as usual, began asking the most ridiculous questions to which, as usual, she would respond in the most ridiculous ways. So I asked her what if she became a zombie and without bating an eye or any hesitation she says, “I’d eat you.”  Obviously I was taken back by this and thought, as logic goes, I would probably taste good too. So there’s something about those talks that disturbs me. I lose a bit of that child-likeness when I leave my little sister and our zaniness. Real life has a way of taking away my fun for something called “maturity.” Believe me, I’m not trying to write up a blog about how we need to be sillier, not at all. Here’s what I’m getting at. It’s like I reached a certain age and I had to trade my wonderment of life and the little things for worry, stress, and a furrowed brow? Is that really what maturity is? Is it really looking like I’m too busy, too worried, or too stressed to stop and smell the roses so to speak? I was thinking about this and was reminded by this passage in Mark chapter 10. I won’t recount the whole story (Please read it for yourself, it’s stellar!!!) but Jesus ends up saying this in verses 14 – 15, “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Thinking about my sister, I saw that passage in a new light. It’s the wonderment and joy for God and creation that we need to keep. Innocence, sure, that is very important. I agree we need to reclaim that but when I think of a kid, I think of the zombies, the flowers, shiny things, mud, and bugs. I think of joy in the small stuff not just blissful ignorance or not knowing any better. I think having “faith like a child”, for me is about having more conversations about Zombies and not as many talks about how bad things are. Sometimes is fine guys and...

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Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat


Posted By on May 1, 2014

I’m not scared of much in life. Animals, insects, whatever you throw at me, I’ll be alright. There is something that will get me almost every time and that is “surprise” and when my life is “disrupted” so to speak.   A few years ago I was interning at a church under their worship minister. I was given a lot of freedom, it was great and I loved it! I was able to run a coffee shop out of a building we called, “The Bus Barn”. It was literally a bus barn. The only problem with that is….mice. Yep, we had some mouse issues. Don’t tell anybody, but I really didn’t know about it until we had already started. I thought it was just a viscous rumor, that is, until I saw it.     I was there with some friends in “The Barn” and we saw this mouse scurry into the bathroom. Like men, we grab things; brooms, buckets, whatever and we prepare to kill the cornered beast. I inched towards the open door and out of the dark expanse came the bane of my existence. The mouse flew like a shot and ran right between my legs. I did what came naturally… I jumped and squealed…yep, sure did. My friends looked away in shame. That same feeling sticks with me when surprises arise in my life.   We’ve started talking about Jonah in church. Like Jonah and the mouse, I would squeal and run too often. I ‘ve learned that God has a way of making things work out. When I stop squealing I can discern God’s direction and avoid the big fish more often than not.   We can relax when we know God will come through. It’s like the weather, we can’t really predict it but we know it’s going to happen. God will always come through, through all our disruptions.   We’re in the middle of our series “Disruption” at Thrive. If you can relate to having disruptions in your life, then come on a Sunday morning. We’ll learn about dealing together.   Wanna know about us? Check out our team! Here’s what we’re about. Where is Thrive? Right...

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The Endless Performance

The Endless Performance


Posted By on Apr 15, 2014

People are so busy!   It is really hard for me to get going sometimes. Over the last 5 years of my life, it’s been one ministry opportunity after another, playing here, singing here, planning this, doing that. It’s felt like one of those talent competitions where you wait to get dragged off by a giant hook.     The only problem is, my hook hasn’t come yet! It can feel like it never ends, can’t it? For a lot of people it’s sports here, work there, family then, friends now. Some parents have such busy lives because of what their children do; piano, art, football, and basketball. It just goes on and on!   It’s a big dilemma, how do we keep ourselves refreshed as a Christian? How do we keep from becoming so tired? How do we keep going?     It’s simple. It really is, don’t make it anymore complicated then it has to be! 1. Do what you love to do, what God has made you to do. 2. Change your perspective and 3. Say no to some stuff. Romans 8:28 says,  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”   Now check out what Isaiah 40:31 has to say, “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”   Doing what you’re called to do is like a shot of adrenaline! You may be tired and your body may feel it but you want to keep going because the work refreshes you! It fills you with the joy and peace only God can really give you. Which brings us to the next point; you have to serve out of gratitude and not obligation.   It’s a paradigm shift, a change in perspective or how you see something. In Hebrews, Paul writes this, “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  This is the way we have to see our lives, our work, our calling. If we are going to stay sane, keep refreshed, and avoid becoming a burnt out light bulb, we have to see Jesus. That’s the only way I can do it. It’s the only way we can do this.   When we see Jesus for what He’s done for us, then it makes doing the little things or big things a joy. We’ve been given a new lease on life because of the...

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