Real Life Update — April 2016

Once again, there is so much to celebrate with all that God has done.

Our Resurrection services saw 2,580 people come through our doors. What a great weekend as we celebrated the fact that our Great High Priest sat down because His work is finished. As a church staff, we are also very excited about all the new opportunities we are being given as we continue to minister in our community.

March 31 marks the official end of our Cannonball generosity initiative. For many of you, this may be the first you’ve heard of it. Two years ago we instituted a financial stewardship campaign. The goal was to cover two years of operating expenses, to raise funds for the improvement of our new meeting space, and many other ministry related initiatives that we were dreaming about.

For those who met their commitment, thank you so much for your faithfulness. We have seen God do so much because of your financial commitment to our church. Thank you for being generous and thank you for your sacrifice for the mission of Jesus. Without exaggeration, there will be people who spend eternity in heaven because of your faithfulness.

For those who have not yet met their commitment, there is still time. I know things can change or be delayed. That is okay. We are honored you have joined us as you are able. We all trust that as we continue to be faithful to the Lord in our giving, He will continue to provide in ways we did not foresee. We look forward to all God will do, and we look forward to the completion of your pledges, as well.

For those who have been wondering how best to start serving at Real Life, please consider what it would look like to become a consistent contributor financially. It is one way to fulfill vision without even speaking words. We believe Christians should be defined by what they give, not by what they take. Generosity is the benchmark of God’s people. We would love to invite you to become a giver today.

As we come to the close of our Hebrews series, we have been so blessed by this journey of coming to terms with what to do with our own suffering, finding rest, and holding to unswerving hope in Jesus as the one being in the universe who has been through the heavens, but also understands our position here on earth.

We are moving into a series on Romans next. Perhaps the most influential book in the New Testament for us as “Protestant” believers, Romans will challenge and inspire each of us to walk closer to God because we have all been declared righteous by His great love for us. You will not want to miss a single week!

Also, each week we have CARE Groups that meet all over the Palouse to discuss the sermon and how we can apply it in our lives. It is a great opportunity to process the Text and to know and be known by others. If you are not in one, get connected today. Contact Alex Little for Washington CARE Groups or Rob Croyle for Idaho CARE Groups. Their information is on our website or you can connect with them in person on Sunday.

Thanks so much for your faithfulness. And thanks for continuing to value Jesus’s mission on the Palouse. Our church is 100% dependent on the generosity of our people. As we are all faithful to God’s command to be generous, the church is able to continue to reach the world for Jesus, one person at a time!

Real Life Update — February 2016

Coming out of my sabbatical, one of the things I want to do is communicate more about how things are going, what we are celebrating, and where we are headed.


There is so much to celebrate. God is doing great things in our church and one letter could never express it all. We had 17 baptisms at our worship night. The stories of what is happening in the lives of those being baptized are so inspiring!

One married couple who was baptized together told me in tears how God has healed their marriage because of the free counseling they have received at Real Life and the relationships they have formed here. I watched their young daughter run around the church lobby and thinking to myself, we are partnering with God to change that little girl’s eternity. This is one of many stories of marriages being saved.

This week, one of our own unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord. I have been honored and so proud to watch as two CARE Groups have rallied around the family and cared for everything from funeral arrangements to food to pastoring the family and being an encouragement to them. It is an amazing story. And while there is much grieving in the process of letting go, God is being glorified by people who love Him.

I am blessed to be able to lead a CARE Group. We are having such a great experience as we wrestle with Hebrews and how to suffer well. I am watching as people within the group who experience levels of pain I am unfamiliar with are working on healthy and powerful ways to engage their pain and receive support from the relationships around them.

I could go on and on, but there just isn’t enough time for all the stories.


We are in our Hebrews series in the midst of the Year of the Text. As a teaching team, we are having such fun doing this series and we trust it has been and will continue to be a blessing for each of you. We will be doing this series through Easter and then heading into Romans, which will be a powerful series for each of us.

Speaking of Easter, please begin praying now for who you will bring to services. We will have six services to choose from. Our Pullman Campus will have services at 9:00 and 10:30 am on Sunday. Our Moscow Campus will have services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am on Sunday, as well as 6:00 pm on Saturday. Our Grangeville Campus will have a service at 11:00 am on Sunday. You are welcome to attend any of those services, but more importantly, this is a natural time when your friends are open to the idea of coming to church. Please bring a friend and be praying that God will work in the hearts of people during this weekend. The service is going to be awesome!

Also, please consider going to Israel with me June 10–23. It is an investment in your spiritual well-being worth every penny — I promise. This trip will make the words of the Bible leap off the page and you will understand Jesus and our mission in this world in ways you never dreamed. Information for this trip can be found on our calendar.


As we move forward, people have communicated to me that being aware of where everything stands is helpful, so we want to make you aware of how things are going. If you have any questions, you can schedule an appointment with Lori Brock to talk about any specific questions you may have.

Monthly Budget Need: $172,000

January’s Offering: $136,600

February’s Offering (to Date): $100,300

Please be in prayer as we move forward as a church. God has big dreams for Real Life. I can’t wait to see how we partner with Him next.