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    Weekend Plunge: Entering Lent

    Ash Wednesday is this week. This ancient holiday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days before Easter. Typically, Lent is a period of fasting, when someone gives up something

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    Winter Life Groups Start Soon!

    At Real Life, we believe real growth can’t take place alone, and that life and church are way less fun without real community. That’s why we have Life Groups! A

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    New Series: My Supernatural Self

    This Sunday, we begin a new message series exploring our spiritual, supernatural identity. We are created and imbued with the very breath of God – we were the only creatures

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    Celebrating 2016

    Happy New Year! As we embark on a new year, we want to look back on the previous and celebrate it. 2016 was our year of double portion. We prayed

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    Introducing Nazarene Vacations

    Travel is a life-changing experience. When you take your next vacation, you now have the opportunity to change lives you’ve never met! Real Life Church has partnered with Nazarene Vacations

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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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    New Service Opportunity: 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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Wider Worship: Explore Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B

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…

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Lecrae is probably one of the best-known Christian hip-hop artists, thanks to his many awards: he’s won a boatload of Dove Awards, two Grammies, and the BET Award for Best Gospel Artist, making him the first rapper to win that category. He’s also active in outreach, creating campaigns promoting healthy fatherhood and speaking out against racism.

Eden Myrrh competed on The Voice South Africa (check out her audition with Sia’s “Chandelier”) and made it all the way to the finale. The songs on her EP, available on SoundCloud, address filtering out the voices in our lives and living in the love of the Lord.

Andy Mineo is another popular artist with Christian hip-hop label Reach, with chart-topping albums like “Uncomfortable” and a big social media presence. He even directs some of his own music videos!

  • RIYL: trap-influenced hip-hop with lyrics tackling sin, what it means to be successful, and grace: “What I try to do in my music is show my own frailty, my own weakness and the hope that I find in Jesus, ultimately.”
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Tedashii is part of larger hip-hop group Clique 116 and has four solo albums with the Reach label. He dealt with the loss of his infant son in 2013, but returned to recording and touring with the goal of bringing more people the hope and healing he personally experienced.

Down to the Water

Nervous about getting baptized? Not sure you want to jump in the pool in front of a bunch of people? Baptisms are a huge celebration at Real Life – they signify a person’s love for Christ and their commitment to life change, and that’s what we’re all about!

We compile video of our baptisms to commemorate the moments those people made a public declaration of the direction they wanted their life to go. It wasn’t that they finally got their act together, or checked the box on what it means to be Christian – it was their personal declaration of the power Christ has to change their lives. Hopefully seeing these videos will encourage you to take this step yourself! Read more

Be Brave: Special Events for Kids

One of the original goals for Real Life Church at its founding was to provide excellent children’s programming. Half of the Cascade Park neighborhood where we’re located is under age 18, so it made sense to have something great for those kids if we wanted to be true community for them and their families! With that in mind, we began to offer Brave Girl and Braveheart kids’ summer camps, where girls and boys spend a fun few days learning how to be brave and confident in the Lord.

Eventually we decided these camps were super awesome and thought, why limit that awesomeness to summer? Why not get their parents involved in these life-shaping events? And so Brave Girl Mother-Daughter Weekend and Braveheart Father-Son Day were born.

This year, moms with daughters in 3rd-6th grade are invited to spend a fun overnight with us at the church learning how to follow God, how to be brave in Him, and how treasured moms and their daughters are in the eyes of the Lord. Brave Girl Mother-Daughter Weekend is Feb. 24-25 and you can learn more and sign up here.

Fathers and sons in 3rd-6th grade are invited to spend an awesome day learning life skills and how to be confident men of God. Braveheart Father-Son Day is March 4th and you can learn more and sign up here.

Even if a parent can’t attend, kids are more than welcome to bring an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, or even a special mentor in that child’s life! We don’t want any child to have to miss out on these incredible opportunities. Get signed up today!

 

 

Weekend Plunge: Are You Ready to Get Baptized?

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Faith is always in motion. When we accept Christ, it’s not the end of our journey – it’s just the first of many steps on the road that will last your whole life. Is your next step getting baptized?

Baptism is a public symbol of our private commitment to Christ. It’s our declaration that we’re going to seek after Him and follow His guidance. After we’re baptized, we’re new creations – not flawless, but with our focus on the Father who can help us with anything that’s holding us back.

On Sunday the 19th, we’ll be doing baptisms in both services, and we hope to see you there! If you’re ready to get baptized, or if you have some questions, click here. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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