The End of the Beginning

Yes, you read it right.

But, you are probably wondering, “Did he say that correctly? Isn’t it supposed to be, the beginning of the end?” Not in this case. The Flourishing Project has not come to an end. Our commitment to helping you experience abundant life, the real and eternal, more and better life than you ever dreamed possible, has not ended.

We have just come to the end of the beginning of The Flourishing Project. The Get Real sermon series was the beginning. The daily devotionals were the beginning. The 50 Days of Flourishing blog posts were just the beginning. That has come to an end.

But hey, we are just getting warmed up with getting you the resources you need to enjoy what Jesus came to bring you (John 10:10): abundance of life, full and overflowing, vibrant and vital, beautiful and bold, courageous and cheerful . . . well, this post will go on for a long time if I make a pair of words for each letter of the alphabet.

We are just getting started.

This year is about half over.

January was the month of our pastoral transition.

February and the first half of March was our Life Together series, along with the addition of the 8:00 am service, the daily devotionals, and the Just One approach, where everyone invited just one good friend to come and see what God has for them at Living Word.

March was our Global Missions Conference.

April was Holy Week and the launch of The Flourishing Project. It was also the beginning of construction and the Best is Yet to Come building renovation.

May has come to an end and with it the end of the beginning.

June is here, and a new sermon series. The Space Between.  Summer vacations are starting. Construction will move ahead all summer.

I pray you will have a great summer of being refreshed and renewed.
I pray you will have delightful times with family and friends.
I pray you will stay closely connected to Christ and to Living Word.
I pray God will start something new in your life. (Hint: July is going to have a focus on renewal in the Scriptures and renewal in your life.)


Blogging will continue all summer. Not every day, but several days a week. And various staff members will be guest bloggers from time to time.


I want to close with a prayer from the Apostle Paul to the Church in Ephesus. It captures the heart and the essence and the goal of our Flourishing Project.

                    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Yours in the love of Christ,
Pastor Brian

Brian Rice

What I love most about my job:

Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.
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