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  • At first glance, Jonah seems like a silly tale of fish-swallows-man-overboard-and-survives. But a closer examination of the story reveals deep insight into the character of God and the predicaments we all find ourselves in. Jonah avoids the presence of God, struggles with compassion for his pagan neighbors, endures great adversity, struggles with heartfelt obedience, and…

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  • Although just 3.4% of the U.S. population has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, its ripples reach all of us. Some of you have loved ones whose homes have been ruined by the flood, leaving them with a sense of loss similar to coming home to find your house burned down. A friend of mine living…

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  • This summer the City Life Music team had the opportunity to write and record an EP for our Church. The vision for this project was to write songs about specific things our church is going through and things God is teaching us. Within the past year City Life has gone through; the book of Philippians,…

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  • In less than two weeks, on September 3rd, I’ll return from a three month sabbatical! Over the summer, we had the opportunity to worship with many different churches, and each time we walked away with felt gratitude for City Life. Even our kids would implore, Sunday after Sunday: Can we go back to City Life…

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  •  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there…

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  • Dear City Life, We’re at the midpoint of our sabbatical and loving it. I’m writing as we drive back to Austin from a couple days in New York City (don’t worry Robie is driving), after a week and a half in D.C.! Everything we’ve prayed for so far, God has graciously answered. I’ve been doing…

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  • The following is an excerpt from our Partners Class book. If you are new to City Life or have never taken a Partners Class we invite you to join us as we explore the basics of City Life Church: the Gospel, Community, and Mission. We want to share with you our story: how we started, what…

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  • If you are like me, then you assume that the best way to rest before a big day is by staying up late, watching Netflix, maybe eating some ice cream, and having a conversation with friends. Now don’t get me wrong. Those things can be God honoring and helpful. But, does it help our preparation…

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  • As we clear the hurdle of spring, we often look to the for summer for relief—family vacations, 4th of July celebrations, swimming and playing outdoors. Summer is a rest rhythm at City Life Church. We don’t offer City Seminary classes, plan fewer events, and encourage City Groups to enjoy one another and creation. Recreation, however,…

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  • You may have heard about a quarterly gathering we recently started called Commune. We noticed that, due to time constraints on Sundays and the busyness of life, our church needs a space for extended contemplation to commune with God. Most of us don’t lack the head knowledge of the life transforming power of the gospel,…

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  • In college, there was a great frozen yogurt place right down the street from where I lived with all my buddies. As we all filed in, each person would take one or two samples of the yogurt and make a decision (because frozen yogurt flavor is an important decision when money is tight). Several of…

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  • Neighborhood Churches have been a core component of City Life Church for several years now. Originally, they were called “expressions,” a term we borrowed from our friends at Soma, which helps communicate Neighborhood Churches as a local expression of the church in a particular area of the city. However, as the city of Austin continues to…

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