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Preparing Your Family for Christmas

There are two types of people in this world: People who plan and stress, and people who don't plan and aren’t stressed out. I say from experience, because I’m often a planner who gets stressed out.  And the Christmas season only seems to make it worse - I stress...

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5 Things That May Be Hindering Your Prayers

We’ve all been there. We pray. We wait. We wait.  And then we wonder: "What did I do wrong?" Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end.  It might just not be God’s timing or God’s will... But sometimes it is.  Here are 5 things that can keep our prayers from getting...

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What to do After You Say Amen

So, you prayed.  You sent that text to God. And now you wait... You see the three dots… and then, nothing. Did it go through? Was it delivered? Did he hear you? Are you supposed to do something else? Is he waiting for you to ask nicely? Can what we do AFTER we pray impact the answer we get? Here’s a list of 20 things we most commonly do after we pray. See which one you do the most.

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3 Things I’d Do Different & 3 Things I Wouldn’t Change After 20 Years at RLC

This past weekend Real Life Church celebrated 20 years of ministry and it has me feeling very reflective. So much has happened over 20 years, specifically in the 17 that I’ve been a part of. Check out our weekend service celebration for some of those memories.I’m so grateful for the legacy of leaders who got us to this point. And, of course, we are so grateful for God’s leading as we are just passengers in this ride he has us on. 

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Leading Those Who Have Given Up On Prayer

We’ve all had those moments when you’re talking with someone about a crisis they are facing and you hear the words, “I’ve been praying about it… But nothing seems to happen.” And let’s be honest, we’ve all had those thoughts ourselves as well. I know that I have. I’ve been a pastor for over 25 years and a Christian for over 40 and I’ve wondered many times if my prayers are getting past the ceiling.  

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Does God Run FOR You or AFTER You?

Most of us tend to view God as the big guy upstairs who is carefully watching us. Don’t set him off, because he’ll come AFTER you.  He’ll hunt you down, he’ll take away all you love, he’ll wreck your life and send you straight to hell if you’re not careful. 

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Trusting God in 2020

Who do you trust when everything seems to be in flux? Regulations, restrictions, new normal, work conditions, the economy… they all seem to change daily.  It feels like playing a basketball game and someone keeps changing the rules.  How do you know when you are...

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Keys to Staying Motivated

It’s tough to stay motivated in the COVID season.   It reminds me of how my grandma used to drive.  All gas, then all brake.  It was exhausting and a bit dangerous.  We’d gun it through a turn and then slam on the brakes to make the next one.  Pretty sure I had...

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