We have prepared the following questions to accompany the sermon from Sunday, February 2, 2019. They are meant to be used for personal reflection, family devotions, and/or small groups. Main Scripture (ESV) 1 Peter 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.2 Like newborn infants, long for the … More Sermon Discussion Questions: Three Ways to Spur on Spiritual Growth
It’s as if time is standing still. This man, whom I just met, is present… in the moment… attentive. I learn a much-needed lesson that will not be soon forgotten. After a long Sunday, I look forward to having Monday as a day of rest. I normally like to spend my day off outdoors– hiking, … More What I Learned from My Own Mr. Miyagi
Is the Christian life about Biblical truth and doctrine or spiritual experience? Is Christianity intellectual or experiential? My answer is, “Yes!”. In my thirty-two years of being a believer, I have visited many churches, and— when it comes to this issue— the pendulum seems to swing wholly to one side or the other: you have … More Biblical Truth vs. Spiritual Experience: Why We Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between the Two
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truthfor a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestlyfrom a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower … More Invest in the Eternal
I am a huge proponent of churches using blogs, social media, websites, and other digital means to reach and teach their respective communities; however, I regularly notice the use of copyrighted images across each of these digital platforms. To be sure, I don’t think this is purposeful, but most of the time just a lack … More Church Leaders, Are You Obliviously Stealing?
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 believe that the ESV is … More Why I Prefer the ESV Bible Translation
Recently, at our church, we have been moving through the book of Galatians, studying the beautiful reality of the Gospel— namely, that we are saved by grace, through faith, in Christ. How wonderful it is, to know that we don’t have to earn or keep God’s approval by what we do or don’t do; we … More A Tale of Two Wives
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, through faith alone, in Christ … More Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian?
Most of us have good intentions when it comes to time management and productivity, yet, often our well-scheduled days get highjacked. This is incredibly frustrating and causes multitudes of people to throw in the towel and scream “what is the point?” Don’t give up! Here are three practical ways you can increase productivity and stick to … More 3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Day from Being Highjacked
Life is busy. Do you feel—like most of America—that half of the time, you don’t know if you’re coming or going? If so, I’ve got great news for you! With a few simple time management skills, you can take control of your schedule and actually accomplish more with a lot less stress. The fundamental step … More Life-Changing Time Management Tips