Worship Wednesday: Happy Thanksgiving!

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving!”

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re grateful to our Creator who has good plans for us and who provides for us. We’re grateful for the numerous times Real Life has allowed God to pour His generosity out through them. And we’re grateful for God’s abundant love and comfort.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday: My Refuge & Safety

Thanksgiving is now a week away. Normally this is a time of joy, but this year I approach the holiday with a heavier heart than usual. We’ve seen a lot of loss and pain over the last couple weeks, some of it worldwide, and some of it in our own community. And while the news cycle churns on, the hurt lingers. All the troubles and problems in the world easily outlast our short attention spans, and even when we do pay attention, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed by hurt and helplessness.

But Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and even in periods of darkness, we have much to be thankful for. Our God is one who can be relied on in good times and bad. He alone is capable of bearing all of our grief and fear and hopelessness, and He can be leaned on for comfort and wisdom and healing.

So in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll be reading Psalm 91:1-2:

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”

I will take comfort in the presence of my good Creator and give thanks for all the ways He’s blessed us. I will trust that He has, and is, the answers to all of our problems. And when the next storm hits, may we all find rest and reassurance in His loving presence.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
     Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Happy Thanksgiving, Real Life.


Worship Wednesday: 10 Live Songs

RELEVANT agrees Wednesdays could use a bit of boost, which is why we both connect you with worship music to help you through your day. They’ve pulled out all the stops with 10 beautiful live recordings, some stripped-down acoustic sessions and some from huge concert experiences, all offering beautiful lyrics to help you connect with the Lord no matter where you’re at this week.

Here’s a sample: “At The Table” by Josh Garrells…

Thankful Thursday: Set-And-Forget Giving

These days, if you find yourself wanting to support a cause, there are lots of ways to do so – Kickstarter, GoFundMe, hundreds of online charities, even microloans for businesses in the developing world. We’ve even made it easy to give to Real Life Church by accepting tithes and offerings online.

But now Amazon.com has made it so giving to Real Life can happen whenever you do your regular online shopping! Last year, we started participating in AmazonSmile, a special program which allows a portion of your Amazon.com purchase to be donated to the Real Life Church benevolence fund, without increasing the amount you pay. This fund is used to help support people and schools in our community, like providing shoes for students or holiday meal support for them and their families.

This week, we’re thankful to Amazon.com for making it so easy to give! If you want to participate, start by using this link to connect your regular Amazon.com account to Real Life Church’s AmazonSmile. After you complete this step, you can simply go to smile.amazon.com for future shopping and it will remember your purchases are supporting Real Life Church! (You can also click the badge on the right side of this page!)

The holiday season is hectic, but it’s also a vital time for us as a church community to shine the light of Christ on those around us. Hopefully, AmazonSmile can help you continue to give, even when you don’t have time to write a check! Use it for your holiday shopping this season and know that a portion of the sale will go to support Real Life’s outreach and giving in our larger community.

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