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Christmas Offering: Redeemer City to City

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"As part of our Christmas Offering, we will be supporting Redeemer City to City in Monterrey, Mexico. Redeemer CTC is a ministry of Redeemer New York. It is a global church planting movement focusing on global cities throughout the world... This partnership will involve the possibility of ministry trips for City Pres and for the churches and pastors in Monterrey. It also...

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2018 Christmas Offering and Impossible Prayer Requests

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2018 Christmas Offering and Impossible Prayers December is fast approaching, and with it comes Advent and Christmas. As part of our liturgy (remember this term isn't just about church, but about all our worship. A liturgy is a practice that organizes our worship or points us towards what we give worth to, it's like an arrow that points at a b...

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The Chaos Monster

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"Wisdom knows that every moment is pregnant with the presence and glory of God in the midst of time marching on." ...

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Weekly Devotional

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"We are narrative animals, and I hope the Gospel of Abraham causes the story of the Gospel to reenacted in us, in City Pres and in our city." ...

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What is Lent?

What is Lent?

Some of us grew up in churches where Lent was observed, but with little real explanation, making it seem like an empty, meaningless ritual. On the other hand, others of us grew up in church traditions where Lent was not observed at all. Some grew up in churches where we found Lent very meaningful. Some of us didn't grow up in any church at all....

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MLK Day

MLK Day

This weekend we remember and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. You might do this by taking a trip with family and friends to your favorite ski mountain, or maybe you enjoy the 3 day weekend at home, resting and relaxing, and perhaps then in either scenario the weekend goes by without a thought given to MLK Jr. and MLK Day. My hope is that this weekend might be different. ...

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A New Year

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As we look to 2018, I wanted to first share some very encouraging things....

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Utopia

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The good news is God is a homemaking God....

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Romo is Finished

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The Gospel of Jesus reminds me that I am free. That I am validated. That I am vindicated. That even though I lose, I win....

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The Year of the Rooster

I love the rooster, because it reminds me of my need of Jesus, my call in the world, the glory of grace and the wonder of the Gospel. ...

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Because God Sings, So Do We

A theology that cannot be sung is not worth having......

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On Being Gomer

So whats good about being Gomer? That's my question for us. What's good about being the wayward bride? ...

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An Oasis of Justice

If we get nothing else from Amos, we should get some holy discomfort....

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Christmas in the Room

Jesus sings us into a new mode of existence. Jesus sings the nations into submission. Jesus sings hearts into love. Jesus is Christmas in the room. The hope of Advent and the hope of Christmas is that Jesus Christ is in the room…...

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Pause, Breathe, Rest, Dab

The arrival of Jesus means that we will sigh no more. We will have in the words of Marcus Mumford, a love that will not betray, dismay or enslave us, a love that will set us free and make us who we were meant to be. Advent is having this love, waiting for this love, hoping for this love, banking on this love. So, we pause, we read, we pray, we remember, and we cry Come, Lo...

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Introducing Advent 2016

In the next two weeks we will be starting a new series for Advent and Christmastime called: The Song that God Sings: Minor Key Melodies from the Minor Prophets. Where is God? This question reverberates in the prayers of the doubter, the skeptic, the atheist, the agnostic...and in the hearts of God's people alike. We see the brokenness surrounding our lives and our very own...

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Calling Reimagined

The Lord knows us. He knows our wanderings and our tears, and He keeps an account, and then He enters in....

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Grace for Parents

Maybe you vacillate between "having it all together" parenting and "I'm drunk" parenting. Maybe you want to fix your kids. Maybe you want to have compassion but don't, want to be interested, but aren't. Maybe you don't really know or aren't really sure, because you have checked out... Parenting does expose. It shows us our idols. ...

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A Little Post about Crossroads' Leadership Sync

Why does a meeting like this matter? ...

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Ordinary Romance

Practical steps for cultivating intimacy in marriage. ...

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How Our Cultural Context Shapes Our Views of Sexuality

Our priority as a church is to be a faithful presence of Jesus in a broken world, that we would live, speak and serve as the very presence of Jesus, and this includes in the area of sexuality....

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We Can Have an Open Door

The economic concerns of the open home have a trust, achieved by the work of Jesus. We can risk. We can have an open door. We can live in these costly places where a greater number of people are welcomed, and where we have lesser privacies. We can do this because the Gospel has secured this very thing for us. Our marriages can be a place of flourishing for our households. ...

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Relief From Expectations

Often we look for that relief in the wrong places. We run to our spouse and ask them to provide it, or our kids, or our job, or our well-manicured lawn, or next home project…but they all fail to provide significant relief, and they can't stop the internal noises. God's grace meets us in these places...

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Becoming a Grace-filled Family

Family is frustrating, right? We use our words to hurt, control, garner favor, win. We use non-verbals to back up the verbals, showing our disgust. But God gives grace--and grace allows for a family to be built not on conditions, but on unconditional love and acceptance. In this post, Pastor Justin shares some ideas on becoming a grace-full family. ...

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Lament as Worship: A Prayer Over Our Hurting Nation

Lament is to be a regular rhythm of our worship. Lament awakens us to the realities of our world and the disorientations of our life. This past week has seen violence and revenge along racial lines. It won't be done away with by a quick prayer. Lamenting helps us to remember and repent and cry out to the only One that can help. ...

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The Table Devotional

Weekly Devotional on the Sermon Series The Table. We will add devos for the week on Mondays or Tuesdays. ...

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Christmas Offering

This Sunday, January 3 is the last official day of our Christmas offering. Things have been going incredibly well, and I can't wait to unveil our final total. We will continue to receive gifts earmarked for the Christmas offering or pledges into 2016, you can give online or mark your checks, but we own't ahave the Christmas offering basket out as part of our offering. I ...

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Christmas Offering

This December our hope is that we will all give something to the Christmas Offering. We're asking everyone in the church - members and attenders - to be prepared to give. We're asking for two things. Your Impossible Prayer Request - You'll receive an envelope with a blank 3x5 card on it. Please write down your impossible prayer request, which is something you think God ...

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Stewardship Minute (Maybe longer than a minute, let's say 5 minutes... ok maybe 10)

An update on our financial situation....

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The Art of Neighboring - Part 1

Who are my neighbors?...

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Liberating Thoughts

Gospel Thoughts from My Week at Liberate...

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I am afraid!

I am afraid and this leads me to live falsely in my world and in my relationships. If I acknowledge my fears, then it opens me to my brokenness and the brokenness of my world. Instead what if these emotions opened me to knowing God? ...

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The Bookshelf

Each week or so, I will be posting some quotes from something I've been reading or that has been a particular inspiration to me. This week I am posting the quote from the sermon this weekend. It comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his book Life Together. This week we talked about forgiving debts and being forgiven of debts. Bonhoeffer gets to the point about the importance ...

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New Website

We are excited about the new website. ...

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Community Groups

Great post from Jonathan Dodson from Austin City Life on the importance of Community Groups for loving the city and understanding church not as a church building or Sunday Service, but rather as Tim Chester and Steve Timmis say,"a gospel-centered community on mission." Missional Communites are meant to make this happen. At Austin City Life, they call their groups City Grou...

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