• VBX 2018 Sets Sail Soon!

    Summer means Vacation Bible Xtreme is coming! VBX is for kids age 4 through (going into) 5th grade. They learn about Jesus, make cool crafts, sing songs, and have all

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  • New Resources!

    If you’re a new believer, or someone just beginning to learn about Jesus, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. Real Life Church is excited to offer two new

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  • Introducing Text To Give

    Text To Give is an easy and secure way to support Real Life Church! We’re so excited to launch a new tool that will allow people to make their offerings

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  • Meditating on His Words

    Grow your relationship with God by meditating on this list of truths and verses about the character of God and our value and purpose in Him. Who God Says I

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  • Next Steps: What’s Yours?

    Growing people change. All of us, no matter where we are in life, have a next step to take in order to grow. No one is ever “done” when it

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  • Be Church: Neighborhood Linkup

    One of our church’s core values is serving. It’s right there on our wall! The key Bible verse illustrating this to our church is Ephesians 2:10, which says, “He creates

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Prayer List: 5/13/18

Each week as a church, we will pray together for God’s guidance in our lives and in our community. These directed prayer “prompts” can help engage our community and bring our voices together. God hears our prayers and He will continue to do great things!

For the last few weeks, we’ve included topics to pray on in the back of your worship folder. We hope that by sharing these lists on our blog, they’ll become part of your week and gain greater presence in your prayer life.

  • Pray for students under pressure and discouragement.
  • Pray for a positive response for our community for all our summer impact events.
  • Pray for opportunity in your life to speak life. Pray for courage and wisdom to make the most of every opportunity.
  • Pray for our city; for God to reveal Himself in transforming ways.
  • Pray for the bids on the scheduled work on the remodel of our new building.
  • Pray for the city planning meeting approval of proposed renovations of our new building.
  • Pray for the one. May God draw each person into a living relationship with Himself.
  • Pray for my next step in reaching the one I am praying for.
  • Pray for boldness to reach our community with the love of Jesus.

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events!

It’s going to be a great summer! Get these upcoming events on your calendar today and watch for registration links coming soon!

  • VBX Pre-Prep: 6/5-9
  • 6th Grade BBQ: 6/10
  • Sr. High Campout: 6/22-24
  • Brave Girl and Braveheart: 6/26-28
  • VBX Setup: 7/2-7
  • VBX: 7/9-13
  • Jr. High Campout: 7/27
  • RLSL Youth Retreat: 8/8-12

You can read more about these events and other goings-on in the life of the church on our website.

Worship Wednesday: “Ghost”

Our new series Fear{Less} starts Sunday! All fear is learned – through experience, other’s voices, or our own inner voices – but God calls us to a life of freedom from fear. This is the time to allow Jesus to help you to unlearn some fears and take hold of the freedom your heart cries for. You are born to be fearless! See you at 9/10:30am!

Wider Worship: 70s Gold

Welcome a special monthly edition of Worship Wednesday! Contrary to what Christian radio might make you think, there’s a wide variety of worship music out there, in every genre imaginable. Our worship team and staff have put their music-loving heads together to come up with a series of posts featuring a new genre of worship music every month! See one of your favorite musicians in RIYL (Recommended If You Like)? Recognize a favorite song from Sunday mornings? Check out a new band! We hope something strikes your fancy and injects your everyday music listening with a little more worship.

This month, let’s explore…


Mahalia Jackson began her recording career began in the 1930s, and she stayed active til her death in 1972. Dubbed “The Queen of Gospel,” her music brought gospel to the mainstream. She was a civil rights activist as well as a performer: she was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and performed in support of the Montgomery bus boycott as well as before multiple King speeches (including his 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech). Harry Belafonte even described her as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States.”

Andraé Crouch was an influential and important gospel songwriter, band leader, and  choir director, known as the father of modern gospel music. His singing helped him overcome a childhood stuttering problem, and his natural talent on the piano led to his career taking off in his early 20s. His songs were covered by mainstream performers like Elvis Presley and Paul Simon, and he collaborated with or directed choirs for Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder.

Keith Green was a key member of the Jesus movement of the early 70s, in which many hippies turned to Jesus. His piano-based songs have been sung in churches around the world, long after his passing in 1982. His biblical convictions led him to practice communal living, helping in addiction-recovery and prison outreach ministries, and giving away his music for free.

Mavis Staples began her career singing with her family band The Staple Singers in the 1950s. That group is most known for their 1971 number one hit “I’ll Take You There.” She released her first solo album in 1969 and has been releasing albums ever since, with songs focusing on all types of love, racial harmony, and other Christian themes. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.

Seven-time Dove Award winner and world-class guitarist Phil Keaggy has been releasing albums since the early 70s in a plethora of genres: folk, classical, contemporary pop/rock, Beatle-esque rock, instrumental blues jams & more. After experimenting with drugs in the late 60s and losing his mother in 1970, Keaggy became a Christian and began recording worship music.

The Rance Allen Group recorded for the legendary Stax record label throughout the 1970s. In 1972, along with blues and soul legends like Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, and Albert King, the group performed at the Wattstax benefit concert and can be seen in in the documentary film of the concert under the same name. They were breakthrough artists in Christian music by being the first to incorporate rock and soul into worship music.

A list of 70s legends could never be complete without Aretha Franklin. The “Queen of Soul” began her career with 1956’s “Songs of Faith,” and while she’s internationally acclaimed for her secular career, she never totally veered away from gospel message. In 1972 she released the multi-million selling album “Amazing Grace,” which remains the highest selling live gospel album of all time.

Got a related band or favorite song to recommend? Share in the comments!

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