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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
I’m still celebrating 4 people giving their lives to Christ this past weekend!
What a blessing it is for God to honor us with such a precious gift.
Here are a few things I’d like to share with you as we move into this new week:

1. I QUIT. We finished up this amazing series this past weekend at RLC. So many of you are already calling it one of the most “in season” series we’ve ever done. To view all the messages as well as the message notes for each week, click here.

2. NEW SERIES: ELISHA. Coming up this Sunday is a new series I’m very excited about. Not many people really know or understand a great man in the Bible named Elisha. He experienced more miracles in his life than anyone else besides Jesus Christ. I look forward interesting insights into His life of “Ridiculous Faith” and lessons we can learn from Him.

3. NEW SMARTPHONE APP. Coming this Thursday is something very exciting. Real Life Church will be launching a brand new SmartPhone App for both Android and iPhone. Don’t miss your chance to get connected.  CLICK HERE TO GET IT ONCE IT’S AVAILABLE.

4. SUMMER OF COMMUNITY. Summer of community begins this weekend with ONE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE, 10:00AM. Don’t forget! Click here to see a list of all the new events happening this Summer.

That’s it for this week. Blessings to you all.

 

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC! Still celebrating our great weekend and one last time, “Happy Mother’s Day”.

Here are a few things I want to share with you this week >>>

1. I QUIT… LIVING IN FEAR. It was an honor and joy to celebrate Mother’s Day with you all as well as share the next part of our series “I Quit… Living in Fear”. My hope is that all our mom’s felt honored as well as empowered yesterday to stop living in fear and embrace the freedom of knowing God is in control.

2. SUMMER OF COMMUNITY. It’s hard to believe SUMMER OF COMMUNITY is back again. Last year was such a huge success that we decided to do it again. Beginning May 25th, our entire church will be coming together in June and July under ONE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE. There were will also be various events intended to have us celebrating our church family and growing together. There will be cookouts, scavenger hunts, outreach events, women’s brunches, men’s bacon breakfasts, etc. Don’t miss a single thing going on. As soon as the Summer Calendar is finalized we will be posting it here. >>> http://experiencereallife.org/summer-of-community/

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3. RLC | APP IS COMING! SUPER AWESOME NEWS!!! We’ve wanted a smartphone app for quite a while now and it’s finally almost here. With this app, you will be able to:

  • Get up-to-the-minute updates on all things RLC.
  • Watch any new RLC videos
  • Check LifeGroup Listings
  • Listen to new as well as archived messages
  • Download message notes
  • Give online
  • Summer of Community Calendar
  • Request prayer
  • and much more.

Is there something else you’d like to see on this new mobile app? Let us know in the comments below.

5. LAST AWANA IS THIS WEDNESDAY. This Wednesday is awards night and the last AWANA evening for this semester. I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the people who have served so faithfully and made AWANA the success that it is. Thank you for serving and raising up our next generation of leaders.

6. LIFE GROUPS ENDING. This has been such an amazing LifeGroup semester. Thank you to all the LG Leaders who served so faithfully and investing in the lives of all our RLC family. You guys are so awesome. I already cannot wait for the FALL.

7. MY BABY IS GRADUATING. So, almost seven years ago I could hardly believe my wife was about to give birth to our first little girl… but then it happened.
Then, I couldn’t believe it when that little girl was about to take her first step… but then she did.
Then, I couldn’t believe it when that same little girl was about to be old enough to head off to pre-school.. but then she did.
Then, I couldn’t believe it when I looked up a few weeks ago and realized that same little girl, who I still sometimes forget isn’t a baby anymore, is about to graduate Kindergarten! WOW!
It’s amazing how time flies and how big your kids get seemingly overnight. What’s even more amazing is that her little sister, Ensley, is growing up just as fast.
Anyway, I wanted to celebrate this moment with all of you who read these weekly blog posts. It’s such an honor to be the father of two great kids. I just hope they quit growing too fast or maybe a better hope would be that their mom and I never forget to take time out to enjoy each passing moment.
That’s it for this week. You all are so very awesome. Look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!

You guys are so awesome. Here are THREE things I wanted to share with you as we move into another amazing, promise filled week.

1. OUR CURRENT SERIES. We continued our series entitled “I QUIT” this past Sunday with “I QUIT… COMPLAINING”. It has been amazing to hear the response as people have connected with this message and are taking our SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE. The challenge is to not complain about anything for SEVEN DAYS. Instead of complaining be thankful for something instead.  The response has been overwhelming  How about you? Want to take the challenge with us? It’s harder than you might think but can also be more rewarding than you can imagine.

2. NO FIRST WEDNESDAY IN MAY. We were very excited to begin our FIRST WEDNESDAY schedule again but a scheduling situation has created one more delay. With the end of AWANA approaching we need to give them full reign of our facility for the First Wednesday in May as it’s one of the final weeks of the semester. We apologize for the convenience and look forward to finally picking things back up in June.

3. MOTHER’S DAY. <— Is coming this Sunday. It’s always a challenge to find new ways to make sure every mom feels honored on this very special but we have something I think every mom will enjoy. Make plans now to attend this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration at RLC. It’s going to be awesome.

That’s all I have for today. Once again thanks so much for being a part of our growing community where we are striving to help people:

BELIEVE. BELONG. and BECOME.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!

You guys are so awesome. Here are FOUR things I wanted to share with you as we move into another amazing, promise filled week.

 

1. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I wanted to say one more time how truly honored I felt this past weekend. Your outpouring of congratulations, kind words, and sincere interest in how my first marathon went was a true blessing. You truly made my journey more enjoyable and I loved seeing your excitement as I share the story.

For those of you who were interested and did not get to hear the results, here are the top three questions asked:

  • Did I enjoy the experience? Answer: Yes
  • Am I sore? Answer: Most definitely.
  • Will I ever do it again? Answer: Count on it.

2. OUR SERIES OPENER. We began a brand new series entitled “I QUIT” this past Sunday with a Prequel called “EMBRACE THE SHAKE”. Before we can talk about moving forward in our lives we must discover where we are. We talked about how a GPS only works if we have a destination and a CURRENT LOCATION. Many of us know where we want to go but haven’t really stopped to realize where we are and what God may be trying to do in our lives even in the middle of difficulty. To listen to this message as well as the TEDtalks video we should, check out the link below.

CLICK HERE to listen now and EMBRACE THE SHAKE.

3. NO FIRST WEDNESDAY IN MAY. We were very excited to begin our FIRST WEDNESDAY schedule again but a scheduling situation has created one more delay. With the end of AWANA approaching we need to give them full reign of our facility for the First Wednesday in May as it’s one of the final weeks of the semester. We apologize for the convenience and look forward to finally picking things back up in June.

4. MOTHER’S DAY. <— Is coming before you know it. Make plans now to attend this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration at RLC. It’s going to be awesome.

That’s all I have for today. Once again thanks so much for being a part of our growing community where we are striving to help people:

BELIEVE. BELONG. and BECOME.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Howdy RLC!

Once again so thankful for another great weekend at Real Life Church.

Here are FOUR things I wanted to share with you as we still celebrate this past weekend:

easter.celebration1. EASTER 2014 RECAP. First let me say a really big THANK YOU to everyone who served so tirelessly this past weekend. You’re serve was invaluable. There are so many stories already coming in of people’s lives being changed and experiencing how awesome our church community is. Both worship experiences were wonderful and you could just feel the presence and favor of God all throughout everything we did.
Then at Covington Woods Park, things were even better. There was great food, great fun, and even more important; great community. As a pastor, it always makes me smile to see people having a great time together and watching RLC become more than a place to worship on Sunday but an actual place to belong. I left Sunday afternoon with my heart full of thankfulness and already looking forward to next year.

To listen to Sunday’s Message “I am the Resurrection and the Life” as well as view the message notes, click here.

2. SERMON ARCHIVE. We now have an archive of all the series we’ve completed this year at Real Life Church. Click here to browse for your favorite message in 2014.

iquit.twitter3. THIS WEEKEND – A NEW SERIES. Fed up with the status quo? The way things are isn’t the way things have to be. Come see what happens when we’re ready to say, “I quit.”

For the first part of this series I’m going to share something which I believe has the potential to change your life forever as it has mine. We’re going to be talking about embracing limitations and preparing ourselves for the impossible. Sometimes the best way to think isn’t outside the box but rather within the gifts God has already given you. Don’t miss it.

4. THIS SATURDAY – I’M RUNNING A MARATHON! The day is finally here. For almost a year I’ve been training for this race and it’s now only days away. I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in this journey. It’s been wonderful and I hope it’s merely a doorway to other great pursuits int the future.

 

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

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A Letter To RLC>>>

Howdy RLC!

Once again so thankful for another great weekend at Real Life Church.

Here are three things I wanted to share with you as we head into PASSION WEEK:

1. SERIES FINALE. We finished up our series on RUNNING WITH THE GIANTS this past Sunday with the greatest giant of all, JESUS. It’s amazing to realize that even on Jesus’ worst day He was still teaching us how to make it. To listen to all the messages and also get all the message notes, click here.

2. SERMON ARCHIVE. We now have an archive of all the series we’ve completed this year at Real Life Church. Click here to browse for your favorite message in 2014.

3. THIS WEEKEND. This Sunday is sort of like the Super Bowl for church. It’s the big deal. It’s a day when we celebrate the fact that Jesus didn’t stay in the grave but rose again. Because He’s alive we can have life through Him. It’s an amazing time.

Be sure to invite your friends and family this Sunday. Here’s an Easter statistic for you that has not been fact checked but I guarantee it’s not too far off. 82% of people say, if they were invited to go to church on Easter Sunday they would mostly likely go, but only 3% of people who are in churches will actually invite somebody.

4. EASTER CELEBRATION AFTER PARTY. After our 2 worship experiences are over, we’re headed to Covington Woods Park to for a great time of fun and community.

Where: Covington Woods Park (1044 Covington Avenue. Bowing Green, Ky)
When: April 20th
Time: 12:45pm
Who’s Invite: YOU
More Info: Immediately following the 2nd Worship Experience, join the RLC Family at Covington Woods Park for a fun cookout and Egg Hunt as we celebrate this amazing day together.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

1. SERIES- RUNNING WITH THE GIANTSRWTG WK 1 NOAH

Hebrews 12:1 says “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” In this series we’ll encounter some of the Bible giants, their faith and the amazing things they did and the amazing way they lived for God.

The first week we talked about Noah. He has a powerful story to tell of how one man can make a difference.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


rlc-connect2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.

You’ll hear all about what’s coming up the following weekend as well as a little further out.

 


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

1. SERIES- MR. AND MRS. BETTER HALF…. ENDED YESTERDAY 

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Words cannot express how much of an honor it was to share the stage with two such amazing people as we ended this series with a BANG!

Both Jamey O’Connor and my beautiful wife Autumn did a great job answering some very tough questions about marriage and pre-marriage relationships. For everyone asking, we will be posting the audio as soon as possible.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


RWTG-Theater-Banner2. BEGINNING SUNDAY – RUNNING WITH THE GIANTS.
ABOUT THIS SERIES —->

Hebrews 12:1 says “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” In this eight week series we’ll encounter eight of the Bible giants, their faith and the amazing things they did and the amazing way they lived for God.

Get ready to stretch your boundaries and begin to believe for the impossible. If God can use them… He can use you.


rlc-connect2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.

You’ll hear all about what’s coming up the following weekend as well as a little further out.


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

1. SERIES- MR. AND MRS. BETTER HALF. 

We’ve been making 5 commitments during this series that will FAIL PROOF our marriage. Yesterday was the FINAL PART of our teaching for this series and it’s entitled NEVER GIVE UP.

I’m also so excited about what’s coming up this Sunday. This weekend we are going to end everything with a bang!

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There will be an open Q&A session during the message part of our worship experience. During this time, questions will be answered by myself and my wife on the subject of marriage and relationship.

It’s something you truly don’t want to miss.
You can submit your questions now here.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


rlc-connect2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.

You’ll hear all about what’s coming up the following weekend as well as a little further out.

 


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3. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. Yes it is super early this year! However you don’t want to be late for the special worship experience coming this Sunday. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night.


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home. I can’t wait to see what is coming in 2014.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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Marathon Training: Week 12

Week Twelve… DONE!
Finally getting back at it after being sick for so long.

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“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin

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This week the long run was 13 miles which is the same distance as a half-marathon (13.1 miles).
It was a special moment for me as I was able to run that distance without it being a big deal like a race or something.

I also incorporated my first use of gels and energy beans in order to keep the energy up for the whole run. It worked surprisingly well.


 

This Week’s Training Schedule and Results:

FAST FINISH RUN 1– 4 miles (3 easy + 1 moderately hard)

FARTLEK RUN 2– Speed Training (3 miles)

FOUNDATION RUN 3– 4 miles

LONG- 13 miles

Total number of runs: 3
Total mileage: 24 mile

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What I wish I Could Tell Every Leader? PART 2: Every Leader Deals With Insecurity

A word that all leaders know but act like effects everyone but them is.. Insecurity.
However every leader I know has dealt with insecurity at some point.

Leaders wonder

  • whether our upcoming decision is the right one.
  • whether the decision we just made was the right one.
  • if we’re strong enough for the job.
  • if we’re pleasing the right people.
  • whether we’re being successful.
  • whether we’re the right person for the job.

Leaders say

  • It’s too tough
  • I’m too busy
  • People aren’t responding
  • I still have so much in my life I need to work on
  • I don’t know enough
  • I haven’t experienced enough
  • I’m in over my head
  • There are better leaders out there
  • I’m not the best leader available
  • Do you know my past?

If all leaders, at some level, struggle with insecurity, then all leaders need to hear these words spoken to them:

You can do this. I believe in you.

FROM THE BIBLE>>>

Moses told Joshua that he believed in him. He believed that Joshua was the man for the job. He believed that Joshua had what it took to get the job done. Not on his own, of course…”it is the Lord who goes before you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) In fact, this was so important that Moses affirmed Joshua “in the presence of all Israel.” Joshua needed this encouragement and affirmation.

One of the key verses that I’ve had to rely on during my most insecure moments is Philippians 1:6, that IF HE BROUGHT ME TO IT THEN HE WILL LEAD ME THROUGH IT!!!  Insecure moments should not cause us to feel less secure about who we are but rather more secure in who God is!!!  If He is with us (Isaiah 41:10) then we should lead and live like it.

ACTION STEP>>>

1. Realize if you ever deal with feelings of insecurity you have are just as normal as the rest of us. Actually feeling insecure about your decisions means you are taking them seriously.

2. Read verses like Philippians 1:6 and Romans 8:28 in the morning before beginning your work. It will help you realize that God has ability to use our imperfections for His glory.

3. Encourage another leader around you. Everyone needs to hear “I believe in you” from someone they respect. Pay it forward.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

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1. SERIES- MR. AND MRS. BETTER HALF. Did you know that when a couple gets married they rolling the dice and there’s a 54% chance their marriage will not see year five? There’s also a remarkably high number of marriages who will see year five but not without many seasons of separation and counseling.
Why do we have this idea that we can just “wing it” when it comes to such a crucial relationship?
We prepare for years and invest thousands of dollars on our profession but we never give a second thought to our relationships. NOT ANYMORE.

We’ve been making 5 commitments during this series that will FAIL PROOF our marriage. This week is the FINAL PART of our teaching for this series and it’s entitled NEVER GIVE UP.

I’m also so excited about two weeks from now. While this weekend coming is the final teaching part of our series, the next week we are going to end everything with a bang! There will be an open Q&A session during the message part of our worship experience. During this time, questions will be answered by myself and my wife on the subject of marriage and relationship. It’s something you truly don’t want to miss.
You can submit your questions now here.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.


real.life_.groups3. LIFEGROUPS. When I made the announcement that some of the SPRING LifeGroups had limited seating available so you needed to be quick to reserve your spot, I wasn’t prepared for the response. WOW! There have been so many people signing up it’s amazing and refreshing.

I cannot wait to see Real Life Church grow deeper this semester in our relationship with God and with each other.

The Bible says that “Iron Sharpens Iron” (Proverbs 27:17) which is talking about the positive potential of relationships in our lives. The only thing about that is though, you have to get close. Two pieces of iron cannot sharpen each other from across the room. They have to get close and rub shoulders, get involved, become friends…. in essence “DO LIFE” together. That’s what LifeGroups are about. We’re taking this journey of life seriously and working together to become all God has called us to be. Check out the RLC LifeGroup List on our website and learn more about what’s going on, where to sign up, and check back often for further group information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A LIFEGROUP.


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home. I can’t wait to see what is coming in 2014.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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