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  • As we emerge from the unprecedented winter storm that hit our state this week many are still without running water, groceries and gasoline. Homes and businesses have been destroyed from flooding after pipes burst or roofs caved in. Thousands in our city are in great need trying to pick up the pieces in an already…

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  • Church, here is a prayer I’ve written and prayed for you. Consider joining me in this prayer by praying it too, with family and friends around a meal, or before bed. You may just want to read it aloud and reflect. Whatever you do, I hope you’re encouraged. Lord, we come to you in a…

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  • In graduate school I picked up the intriguing book, The Three Mile an Hour God, by Japanese author Kosuke Koyama. As I turned each page, my tightly wound inner clock slowly unwound. I had no idea how time conscious and efficient I had become; in fact, I thought these to be virtues. Koyama confronted my…

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  • The Church is God’s zip code, his favorite place to dwell. Yet for us church can seem ordinary, a mess even. Add in the challenges of social distancing, digital services, and cultural division, valuing God’s favorite place can be a real struggle. But what would happen if we chose to see ourselves as God sees…

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  • Dear City Life, It has been a complicated, difficult, strange year, but we can take comfort in the fact that our Lord is no stranger to political division, rampant disease, and suffering. Hebrews tells us Jesus “learned obedience from what he suffered” (5:8). His full embrace of our humanity, and patient endurance through suffering, qualify…

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  • Dear City Life Church, We are so excited to announce we are gathering back at Ballet Austin on Sunday mornings! It will be a treasure to regather where God has spoken memorably to us over the years. After seeking to regather in-person at our Sunday home for months, the Ballet has approved our return with…

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  • As you may remember, City Life Church partnered with Resource Global at the end of last year to support them in their mission to mobilize a global movement of engaged next generation leaders and entrepreneurs who are having a transformative Gospel impact on their local communities and workplaces across the world. Using a cohort based…

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  • Dear City Life, What a sweet time it was to finally gather in person for worship this past Sunday! We will be back at Park Hills again this week. We’d love for you to join us in the outdoor amphitheater of Park Hills Baptist Church (900 S Mopac Expy) at 3pm to worship together. For more details, please see this What to Expect document…

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  • This hymn took on a special significance for me during the years of 1999-2001. Each Sunday I gathered with my fellow Christians to hear our pastor preach through Romans 4 and 5. Our worship gatherings were weighted by a felt sense of the greatness of God. Soaking in the doctrine of justification by faith Sunday…

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  • It’s really hard to connect right now. Life-giving coffee meetups have given way to late-night Zoom chats. Unplanned conversations in the hospitality room on Sundays have been replaced by imperfect text messages to check in on those we care about. This season has truly been a challenge as we try to make the best out…

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  • “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” Ephesians 2:4-5             I had an unforgettable experience in college. I was sitting with a group of my friends discussing Ephesians…

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  • On Tuesday, August 4, in what appears to have been a tragic accident, a massive explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon. Hundreds were killed in the blast, and thousands more were wounded.  City Bible Church (CBC) is an Acts 29 member church planted in Beirut in 2018 and ministering amid this immense pain. The blast destroyed their…

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