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Shift | When faith is not enough New Sermon Series: Shift | When Faith is not enough. Part 1 | a series through Genesis The Hill There was a huge hill at Castlewood State Park in St. Louis. The moment I saw the loose rocks, steep incline, and length I hopped off my bike started walking.  As a kid in 8th grade, the hills seemed unconquerable. Walking seemed smarter than pedaling. Over time, though … I learned how to shift. I learned how to position my body, push myself, pedal and shift gears. Over time – I was able to get up the hill. It was painful, frustrating, annoying, but also freeing and satisfying. I’m a soccer coach and one of the most important things for kids is to have confidence in themselves. If they believe, don’t give up, and never back down – they will do pretty well. But, against some teams, they need more than confidence and faith in themselves. They need that extra speed, they need a better touch, they need more than faith and fearlessness. It’s like that hill. For awhile, it didn’t matter how much faith I had in my ability to ride up the hill, I needed another gear to make it happen. I think that it’s that way in life as well. The Loss When we had our first miscarriage I didn’t know how to process it. My faith in God was strong, but my ability to process the loss, the anger, the sadness was weak. I masked and transferred my emotions in unhealthy ways. I loved God, but honestly, I needed more than faith. (don’t rip me apart yet …) There’s this show Meg is making me watch right now called, “Just Us”. In the episode a family having triplets lost their third child. After our first miscarriage, it took a few years for it to hit me. A few years later, Meg was pregnant with twins. Elliott who is now 7 is/was a twin. She disappeared. They call it a disappearing twin – it still hurts. There are emotions I feel that I have a hard time expressing and processing. I have my faith, but I needed more to learn how to be aware of how I was feeling and what I was doing. During those times my faith carries me, but I need more than faith to be emotionally, physically and spirtually healthy. It’s odd you know. I started believing in Jesus when I was 15 at the Missouri Christian Teen Convention. That was after years of Catholic School, Logos Youth Group, and plenty of skepticism sprinkled with bad behavior. Through years of...

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It’s not you, seriously …

It’s not you, seriously …


Posted By on Aug 29, 2016

Be A Light Sometimes I just ask myself, “seriously”? Like, did they really just say that? Did they seriously think through their response? The answer, honestly, is probably not. Six years ago, I would have let them they were out of line and needed to think through their stuff. Today, after years of Megan Brown’s Doctorate level empathy training. I might think it, but I don’t say it as often. You see, it’s not you, and it’s not me. It’s them. The words of Jesus in Mattew 22:35 say, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. So, I guess I should put myself in their shoes. Here are a few things I’ve learned: Missing a church service doesn’t mean they are missing out on God. Bailing as a volunteer doesn’t mean they are an immature Christian. Walking in and walking out without talking doesn’t mean they don’t like you. I’ve learned that people have stuff going on. That stuff can make dealing with us a pain. By “us” I mean anyone that is not them. Which is everyone. Thier daughter might have just flunked out of college. Thier son might have just decided to go to college out of state. Thier mom might have just been diagnosed with a serious illness. Thier family might have just taken a bad toll for the worse. Thier ex-spouse might have just filed a custody lawsuit. Thier job might have just been eliminated. We never know what’s going on. Let’s not pretend to. Let’s be a light in this world. Let’s be neighbors with grace. Neighbors with grace don’t pretend to have it all figured out, and they don’t pass judgment when someone else doesn’t either. They roll with it, take the high road and treat them as they would like to be treated. They are light. They roll with it, take the high road and treat them as they would like to be treated. They are a light. When we live this way. The Jesus way. His WORD says we help prompt people to respond to God.  Let’s help people get to know God by living in a way the reflects Him....

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There’s this idea that everyone has a unique special purpose, and if you don’t find that particular purpose, you are missing out on life. This notion creates an unhealthy sense of waiting for a lightening bolt moment when the clouds clear out, the sun shines through and all of a sudden you know why you are here! But … what happens if you live up North where the sun shines two days a year and sweet tea is made by stirring in stevia. Does that mean you aren’t able to know your purpose? Of course not! It just means you traded real sweet tea for a snow blower. During that past few months, a few themes have been coming to mind. You are the light of the world. You are a neighbor with grace. You are a steward with opportunity. In a world where every self-help book and assessment is supposed to reveal your purpose, I think God’s word has made our purpose very clear and I think we keep waiting for an extraordinary moment and miss out on living life on purpose too often. I’m waiting for the next big business deal so I can miss out on small projects that are amazing. I’m busy mowing my lawn and cleaning my garage so I can miss out on getting to know my neighbors and finding ways to build them up. I’m busy focusing on my “gifts” from an assessment that I miss out on jumping into the opportunities right in front of me. I’m not a mechanic, but I can help a single mom jump start her battery if I stop to help. I’m not a `chef, but I can collect food for a food pantry, so people don’t go hungry. I’m not a great writer, but I can share a few thoughts on what God is teaching me in hopes to help others get to know God. We are launching into a new series at Thrive on Sunday about Going Deep and Going Wide. It’s recognizing that God has given us life and we get to life it today. I pray that we begin to see beauty in the life that God has given us instead of waiting for a new one. I pray that as we find inspiration in being a light we find a ways to build up the people around us. I pray that as we build up the people around us that we will seize every opportunity that God gives us. Then … maybe we will find joy in our everyday life and stop waiting for a unique purpose. Because all of us have been...

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Big Serve | Fayetteville, Arkansas August 20 | One Service @ 9 – 9:30 a.m. Come dressed ready to work! When we launched Thrive almost four years ago, we wanted to be different. We want to make sure that we serve the city with no strings attached. Thrive will close the doors August 20 and GO into the community.During the summer, we have had a great meeting with the city finding some unique opportunities to help. The city has put us on lake, trail and park clean-up around Lake Fayetteville. Angela Belford is leading the During the summer, we have had a great meeting with the city finding some unique opportunities to help. The city has put us on lake, trail and park clean-up around Lake Fayetteville. Angela Belford is leading a group to serve the homeless as well.   Here’s the scoop.   Three Projects at Lake Fayetteville Project tasks are available for every skill level and age group. Just come dressed to work hard! Lake Cleanup Load the boats with people Paddle across to clean up trash Trail Maintenance Hit the trails Clear out dangerous branches and roots Vegetation Clearout Chainsaws and battle axes will be unleashed to create a safer environment for the playground at Veterans Park Cookout After Party! Start at 12:15 p.m. at the Large Pavilion at Veteran’s Park What to Bring! Depending on what clean-up team you are assigned to- will determine what side or dessert to bring Come to Thrive, this Sunday and sign up for a team! Sand Volleyball Baggo Soccer Football Sign up for a project or just come ready to work and we’ll plug you in! See you Sunday!  ...

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Coming Soon | Simplify

Coming Soon | Simplify


Posted By on Mar 18, 2016

Simplify | Next Sermon at Thrive Christian Church Our lives our busy. It’s odd if they aren’t. But we all know that the busyness takes a toll on our relationships and our health. What would it look like to simplify? I’m not talking about throwing six shirts away before you buy six new shirts. I’m talking about slowing down. I’m not talking about walking slower (you have to keep up your fit bit steps), but mentally, slowing down. Most weeks I’m in such a rush that I can’t think clearly. I’m living in the moment like my hair is on fire and I don’t need to lose any more hair. Simplify will walk us a through a unique perspective on how to get healthy. We are going to unpack how to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind so we can live out the second commandment – to love others. I promise you. If we get our souls healthy – we will be healthy. And the words “Simplify” will take on a whole new meaning. Instead of working on a quick fix to cope with our anger issues let’s work on our souls. Maybe – we will be joyful. Instead of working on a quick fix to cope with our jealousy, let’s work on our souls. Maybe – we will be happy for others. Instead of working a quick fix to find friends, let’s work on our souls. Maybe – we will build authentic, lasting relationships. Instead of using the latest app to manage your time wisely, let’s work on our souls. Maybe – we will know how to be stop wasting time. Let’s spend the next 6 weeks after Easter with “Simplify”. Let’s get healthy for summer. We will be ready for the beach and we will be ready to enjoy...

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Thrive Kids- Super Start!


Posted By on Mar 9, 2016

Super Start Three daring/amazing Thrive Kids volunteers loaded up 13 preteens and took them to Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are pumped for next year!   Here’s where they went! <ul>...

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