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In marketing, preparing for the Christmas season can always seem chaotic and challenging – it is the time of consumption and sales and getting the final word out before the end of the year. I am in charge of flooding the world with more during this time of year, asking for more relational action from […]

Learn from the Trees

In The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, former forester Peter Wohlleben shares what he has learned from 20 years of managing a forest nature reserve near the tiny village of Hummel, Germany. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Wohlleben describes the community life of trees like this: “Some are calling […]

End of Year Giving Tips

Jeff Newburn is a Certified Financial Planner® and Treasurer of THRIVEtoday. [Updated December 2022] THRIVEtoday is a non-profit ministry, and as such we rely heavily on the generous donations of others, especially those who have been blessed by our ministry. Might God be putting this on your heart? This time of year, many of us […]

Immanuel Joy: Calming our Anxieties

This exercise is designed to increase joy and generate feelings of peace. Thinking about the good stuff helps you feel peaceful and relational. Once relational, you remember special “God moments” from your life then interact with Immanuel. The goal is to remember the good stuff, feel the good stuff, then share the good stuff with […]

Simple Skills To Elevate Your Small Group

Chris Coursey is founder and president of THRIVEtoday. See more of Chris’ online features such as podcasts and guest blogs here. My friend Amy Brown and I recently wrote a book called Brain Skills In The Bible. One of the goals of this resource is to utilize small groups as the “soil” where people can […]

The Gold Inside God Wants You to Find

When I (Chris Coursey) was two years old, I started having painful, debilitating ear infections. These were no ordinary ear infections. These were crippling ear infections that kept me up many nights in an inconsolable state. Now that I am a father to young boys, I can appreciate what my parents must have endured watching […]

Flames of Fury

The other day Chris and I had a couple of interactions that did not go smoothly. Ok, this is an understatement. I walked away from them feeling FURIOUS. I felt boiling mad… imagine steam coming out of my ears! I tried to calm down, but it wasn’t working like usual. Thankfully, the kids were not […]