Rooted – Coming to Real Life Church in September 2016

Rod Rooted PANNED AUDIO from mariners church on Vimeo. Rooted Intro Video – Caleb Anderson from Experience Rooted on Vimeo. Rooted Experience Rooted is a catalyst for life change. It provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of Rooted as a personal journey of faith. A journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, biblical community and your…

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The Main Thing

Following an embarrassing loss, the Green Bay Packers followed Coach Vince Lombardi into the locker room. The odds were high for the players to be taken to the shed by Coach Lombardi. After a period of silence, Lombardi’s voice interrupted the calm, “Men, in all my days of coaching and playing I have never witnessed such a poor exhibition of football. We did not tackle, run, throw or catch the way…

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Helping Everyone Find and Follow Jesus

This fall Real Life Church will be expanding to a multi-site campus in Canyon Country. Our facilities are maxed out and our strategy for making room for more of our friends to join us, is to go out to the people.  Pastor Brennan Conklin will be the campus pastor, and he is currently putting a core team together so that everyone will be cared for by somebody. Several years ago…

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Resources for Small Group Ministry

A leader is a reader. Howard Hendricks commented, “I would rather have my students drinking from a running spring, than a stagnant pond.” The following books have been a life giving stream to me as I have served to lead God’s people to obey Jesus’ call to make disciples to the ends of the earth. Discipleshift by Jim Putnam Simple Small Groups by Bill Search Multiply by Francis Chan Prepare…

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Friendly Fire

Our lives are a collection of decisions. Often we learn to make better decisions, by learning from our bad decisions. Even indecisiveness becomes decisiveness, because “not to decide is to decide.” I’ve been learning that it is not so much what happens to us, but what happens in us that counts. What do I do when I am faced with unfair criticism and opposition? What do I decide to do…

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How to Bless the Right Way

Who doesn’t want to be a blessing? However, giving a “God-honoring” blessing involves much more than saying “bless you” when someone sneezes. It consists of the ability to “bless those who curse…”. Say what? Huh? Yeah, there is more to blessing others than condescendingly saying, “bless his poor little heart,” or even giving the obligatory salutation at the close a letter… “blessings to you!” There is a much deeper meaning…

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Community in Cultural Crisis

Can we all just get along? Rodney King asked that question many years ago, and we still struggle with figuring this out in our messy world. In a culture that is confused on defining marriage and preoccupied with threats of terrorism, racial unrest, and threats of anarchy, what is a Christian to do? Culture was messy in Jesus’ day too, but we don’t find him standing on a street corner condemning…

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21 Surprising Statistics Revealing Our Consumerism

As Robin and I pack up our stuff and get ready to move (we close escrow in 16 days), we are committed to purging and scaling down and decluttering so that we aren’t simply moving stuff to another location. This is our big opportunity to go through everything and simplify and become essentialists and it is more difficult than it sounds. Hoarding is pandemic in our society and we are…

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10 Helps for Small Group Community

Few other tasks in the family of God surpass the contribution by those who are willing to make disciples of Jesus through small groups. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind. •  Remember you are not alone. God knows everything about you, and He knew you would be asked to lead your group. Even though you may not feel ready to lead, this is common for all good leaders. God…

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God Inspired Vision

Vision for a Biblically Functioning Community Our focus is to maintain a healthy spiritual environment where we have many “magnifying, multiplying, ministering, and maturing” believers who are making an impact for Christ in our neighborhoods and around the world. These four “M’s” describe our core values that are used to evaluate everything we do as a church. Magnifying – God desires our worship, and we seek to honor Him by…

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A Vision for Teens and Children:

It seems to be more difficult every year, recruiting adults who are willing to be part of a team to love teenagers and children to within an inch of their lives. Many seem to be satisfied with hiring an intern to provide a program. Yet nothing replaces those significant “others” who call and care and cheerlead at sporting events, dramas and performances. Those adults who are that other voice that young…

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