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  • I am relatively new to Christianity. However, in the past two years, I have experienced more love, community, and grace than I previously thought possible. For much of my life, I felt a nagging insecurity lurking in the back of my mind. Petrified at the thought of being misjudged by others, I developed a knack…

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  • This Sunday we begin a new, monthly rhythm called Family Worship. Sunday after Sunday we gather as a church and segregate: adults over here, kids over there. As a result, we can lose appreciation and vision for our whole church family. We think its important that the whole church worship together. Here’s why. We want…

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  • Bombarded by so many facts every day, it can be challenging to know how much weight to assign each one. Pulled by many commitments, it can be difficult to know where to spend our time. In all this flux, St. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians offer clarity and hope. Written to establish the church in faith, hope,…

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  • Baptism is a symbolic expression of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Again and again we see a clear pattern: people come to faith in Jesus, and they are baptized. Baptism isn’t for extra super special spiritual Christians. It is not entrance into a Christian elite, intended only for the initiated. It isn’t…

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  • Neighborhood Churches are collections of City Groups that share a common geography and mission in our city. On July 8th we will not gather at Ballet Austin. Instead, we’ll gather as Neighborhood Churches to serve our city and neighborhoods in different ways. NORTH: Westminster at 3pm* EAST: The Hah’s at 10am – email Allen for directions SOUTH: Manchaca 2 at 1pm *(Parking is on…

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  • City Life Church is hiring a Director of Ministry to Children. You can read the job description below and apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to  info@austincitylife.org The Director of Ministry to Children at City Life embraces our vision to renew cities socially, spiritually, and culturally with the gospel of Jesus. Our ministry…

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  • Our 10 Year Anniversary was way better than I anticipated. Not that I expected it to be disappointing, or a drag, but our Sunday gathering seemed suffused by a subterranean power that lifted spirits and riveted minds. God tipped his hand in the first line of our Call to Worship: Oh sing to the Lord…

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  • Every summer City Life observes the cultural rhythm of Austin by slowing down. We don’t offer City Seminary classes. City Groups often have a more relaxed and out-and-about rhythm. You get the idea. But is slowing down enough to counterbalance anxious parenting, busyness at work, and inner restlessness? How do we flourish? The Psalms wrestle…

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  • This past Sunday City Life Church celebrated 10 Years of God’s grace to us as a church in the heart of Austin. We gathered to remember God’s goodness over the past decade and look forward to the future. As we reflect on our 10 year anniversary we asked you to send stories of what City…

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  • On Sunday we dedicated eight children. It was a fun, memorable morning, but what exactly is child dedication? Why do we do it? What is Child Dedication? The practice of baby dedication is based on a precedent in the Old Testament, followed by Jesus when he was presented to the Lord in the Temple (Luk…

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  • I vividly remember the day before Mother’s Day when I was 17.  My sister and I had stopped at a store to pick up a few toiletries.  We walked in, caught off guard by the up-front displays of cards, chocolates and flowers to celebrate mom.  I felt like I had been sucker-punched in the gut…

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  • Our Forums on Public Faith exist to help us think Christianly about issues of public concern. Our most recent forum addressed the pressing issue of sexual assault. Recent Hollywood scandals and the #MeToo movement have pushed the issue of sexual assault into public consciousness. How should we respond? Can the church be a safe place for survivors?…

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