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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!

It’s so great to do life and reach forward with you. I’m still celebrating the 5 people who gave their lives to Christ this past weekend! That’s so awesome!

Here are three things I wanted to share with you as we move forward into this week and into August:

1. Series: Prayer. Part 1: Understanding Prayer Recap. Already being called one of the most practical messages we’ve ever had at RLC, this week’s message was something very special for me. I’m always very passionate about trying to put the things of God on the ‘bottom shelf’ so people can grab them.  I think we make the Christian life too complicated some times by our codes, legalism, and sacred cows.  No more Christian-ees. Let’s return to the basics of our faith so we can live a more authentic, effective life full of purpose and joy. There’s nothing more important in any relationship than communication. That’s what prayer is… communication.
The challenge for you this week is to step outside of your “prayer box” and look at prayer as nothing more than a one on one talk with a trusted friend. What would happen if we realized God of the universe wants to hear from us even more than we want to talk with Him? Have you talked to God today?

2. DISCOVER YOUR PLACE. Coming up in two weeks (August 18th) at 6pm is Discover Your Place. This is your opportunity to become part of the RLC community and join the team. Click here for more info and to register for this free event.

3. New Worship Experience Opportunities. It’s finally time. We’re returning to the two service worship experience on August 25th. Make sure you make plans now to adjust your schedule.

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4. RLC | FIRST WEDNESDAY. Join Real Life Church at 7pm on the first Wednesday night for what we’re calling First Wednesday.  This powerful worship experience is for believers everywhere as we come together to pursue God and experience His presence.  There will be worship and a practical teaching as well as a time of ministry and communion. Mark your calendars now. I’m not sure if this is working, but click here to sign up for the Facebook Event here.

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5. 21 Days of Prayer. August 4th – 24th. Twice a year RLC takes time away to refocus ourselves on the awesome God we serve and His plan for our lives. The next opportunity is coming up in a couple of weeks. We’re shaking the dust of summer off and preparing for an amazing Fall of reaching those far from God and connecting them with life in Christ. We pray together for all our students heading back into a fresh school year. We pray for the favor of God on our church. We pray for the favor of God on our city. We pray for the nations. In short, we experience the fresh air of God’s presence in our lives, jobs, church, and homes as we come together to prepare our hearts for this Fall. As all the information gets posted click here for continual updates and direction.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC! It’s great to be back at it writing the weekly wrap up we call “A Letter to RLC>>>”. Today I have six things to share with you:

#1. What an amazing first week at our new location on Scottsville Road! It felt great to stand and talk with everyone following the worship experience and not having to hurry and tear everything down. We will miss the theater but we are already enjoying the benefits of being stationary. This facility is going to be a great way to impact our community, begin small groups for college and high school students, be a staging point for outreach, better band rehearsals, etc, etc,… The sky is the limit when we begin to work together. I cannot wait to see what’s just around the corner. 2013 is going to be a year to remember!

#2. SHOUT OUTS!!!  If I began saying THANK YOU to everyone who made this past weekend at our new location possible, I’d run of room before I ran out of names. Therefore let me simply say THANK YOU to everyone. You know who you are. It doesn’t matter what you did, big or small. Without you it wouldn’t have been possible. Every chair, light, truss, carpet, bags, platforms, etc, etc, etc—- that was moved, cleaned, and placed was all done for the glory of God. Thank you for making it all possible.

#3. Two people committed their lives to Christ Sunday! That never gets old! Let’s pray for them this week as they begin their journey toward Christ. At RLC we don’t want people to do life alone.

#4. I’m so proud of all those who have committed to taking the fasting journey. RLC began an increased time of prayer and fasting last week. This Sunday was the completion of the first week. It’s such a joy to be surrounded by people who are serious about taking their relationship with God to the next level.  I’ve made a personal commitment to not only taking the journey with you but also blogging about it everyday. —>Here is a link to it.<— For all those fasting… keep it up! Don’t quit. You’re accomplishing more than you know.

#5. This weekend Upcoming Series is something I’ve been excited about for a while now. It’s called Soul Detox. Did you know that we are not a body with a soul but rather a soul with a body? We all know that body needs rest, relaxation, and care. However, when is the last time we did that for our soul? In this series we’re going to unpack what it means to ‘detox’ your soul.

#6. God gave us a place. It’s up to us to fill it up. Invite. Invite. Invite. So far this year God has really been speaking to me that our church is in a great place spiritually and physically to move forward. We finally have a location which will allow us to move out and up toward everything God has for us.
However, none of that just happens. There’s not going to be a GreyHound bus pull up next Sunday with people marching off in a straight line saying, “What must I do to be saved?”
Sure it’s possible but not really probable. The real way people are going to come to Real Life Church and experience our life-changing atmosphere is when we invite, invite, invite.
The responsibility is ours to invite. It’s God’s responsibility to speak to their hearts.  We plant the seed. God makes it grow. I’m committing to inviting more people.  How about you?

Why wouldn’t we want to ask people to come to a place where they can find hope, freedom, and acceptance?

I love you RLC!
Can’t wait to see you again this weekend or at a life group this week!

 

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