Why Real Life Uses the ESV Bible

In light of the availability of multiple English Bible translations,  I am often asked why Real Life Community Church uses the English Standard Version (ESV). I love the Word of God and consider it an incredible privilege to have the Scriptures in our own language! To be sure, I don’t...

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Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian?

According to Barna Group research, 10% of Americans now classify themselves as people who “love Jesus, but not the church.” This is beyond alarming and demonstrates the spiritual decline and secularization of our nation. Is this okay? To be sure, church attendance does not save us. We are saved by grace alone,...

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If you don’t manage your time, your time will manage you. We can accomplish a lot in the 168 hours, given to us each week. I have an incredible family, pastor a church, and own a business, yet I am still able to eat meals at home, workout, build relationships, read, and enjoy some of my hobbies.

Show Your Calendar Who’s Boss

“I want to, but I just don’t have the time,” is one of the most common frustrations I hear from people from all walks of life. Dreams are not becoming realities and goals are not being achieved, because countless individuals are convinced they simply can’t fit certain priorities into their schedules. Whether...

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Jesus emptied Himself. He humbled Himself, became a servant and was obedient all the way to the cross. How can this not move us? In a million lifetimes, we could never get up to God, so out of massive love, He came down to us. Through His sacrifice, He removed the barrier between us and God; because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we can be reconciled to God. How incredible!

2017, A Year to Draw Near

Another Christmas has come and gone, yet the truths that we celebrate during its festivities should remain constant. One of these glorious truths, which was the focus of my Advent series, is found in one of Jesus’ titles, Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” This word, Immanuel, most likely rings familiar...

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Cohabitation Among Non-Married Christian Couples

Cohabitation: Is It Okay for Christians?

Recent statistics show that cohabitation before marriage is a growing trend in the United States. 48% of women, ages 15 – 44, move in with their mate before getting married. Because the Bible doesn’t specifically address this cultural subject, there are Christians who feel that living together before marriage is...

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Intentional Kindness

Isn’t it easy to take the people in our lives for granted? It is not that we are unloving or that we don’t appreciate the relationships we have. No, I believe the problem is simply we are not intentional enough about considering and expressing appreciation for others. Intentional Kindness is key. Say...

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The Best Part of the Morning

The Best Part of Waking Up

If you are like me, when you see a red, Folgers coffee can, in your mind you immediately hear that catchy jingle with the words, “The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup.”  You know you just sang it! By nature, I am not a morning person...

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