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Blogging has been light this week for several reasons. First, I have been trying to get a lot of work done before we leave for vacation on Sunday afternoon. Second, Gabrielle celebrated her 11th birthday on Thursday. And third, we had the delightful pleasure of keeping two children under two as our friends attended the Acts 29 marriage retreat in Vail.

As I write now, we are only a couple of hours from taking a trip to Dallas with a group from High Pointe in order to attend the Do Hard Things conference. Our crew is quite excited!

In order to help you prepare for Sunday morning, I want to narrow focus on John 15:1-2. Here, Jesus claims to be the true vine. If he claims to be the “true” vine, then what is the non-true vine? In other words, from whom is He distinguishing Himself?

In order to find the answer, read Psalm 80; Isaiah 5:1-7. Consider the implications of Jesus’ statement. Also, consider John’s strong emphasis of Jesus as fulfilling Old Testament themes such as, the temple (John 2), etc.

I look forward to our time this Lord’s day. May God grant us grace to prepare our hearts and minds to hear from God.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has a new blog for those who want to follow the goings on at Southern. For the introductory post, click here. To go to the new Inside Southern Seminary blog, click here.

(ht: James Hamilton)

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Jun
20

Happy Birthday, Jeanine!

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On Thursday, June 19, my lovely bride celebrated her birthday. At our house, the birthday person gets to choose what we all eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the meals may be at a restaurant of the celebrant’s choosing.

Jeanine chose donuts for breakfast and paninis for lunch. For dinner, she wanted us all to go to the Cheesecake Factory. Jeanine and I split the Hibachi steak, the four younger girls split the Cajun chicken strips and Alexandra had an omelet (she’s gluton intolerant). And of course, we had dessert!

The highlight, however, was what you see below!

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We are pleased to announce that High Pointe will be hosting To Every Tribe Ministries (TETM) first ever missions conference on October 18-19, 2008.

The speakers include Dr. John Piper, Alex & Brett Harris, and David Sitton. For a special announcement from TETM click here.

Missionary suffering and martyrdom is a strategy that God intentionally
employs to advance the gospel. I believe the Lord deliberately uses the
death of his disciples for the swifter extension of the Kingdom of God into
hostile regions… A death for the gospel is a Purpose-Driven Death.

David Sitton, President

Mark your calendars now and plan to be with us at High Pointe this October 18-19.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Last Lord’s Day we returned to our series, Evidence that Demands A Verdict: A Study of John’s Gospel. We picked up where we left off about year ago in John 13. I was greatly blessed to study John’s gospel again and was greatly humbled to be reminded of the humiliation of our Lord as He faced the cross of His death for us.

Please pray for our series. This Lord’s Day we plan to be in John 14, and listen to Jesus comfort His disciples as He prepares them for His departure to the Father through His death on the cross. This farewell discourse should be a great encouragement for us as well as we await His return to bring us to the Father in the new heavens and the new earth.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24
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The elders, staff and congregation of High Pointe would like to congratulate our brothers and sisters in Santa Clara, Cuba at First Baptist Church “The Trinity” on their 2008 graduation from the seminary at the church. The Cuban government did not grant religious visas for us to be present at the graduation. Though we were not there personally, it is a great joy to celebrate with the brethren what God is doing there. Here is a note from pastor Alexis. I copy it unedited:

Dears Friends,

Last Wednesday was a historic day in our Church, City, Country and Convention. We had the 6th graduation of our Seminary, 33 people graduated in our Seminary, 17 in Bachelor Degree, 3 in Licenciatura and 13 in Master Degree. The President of the Seminary of Havana, the President of the Seminary of the New Pines and representatives from the President of the Seminary in Santiago de Cuba was here. We had here too to Randy Smith Presidnet of YMI and Dennis Puolette, LatinAmirica Director of YMI.

Was Historical because the 13 master was graduated are the first 13 people that receive a accreditation like that, not only in Cuba, if not in all Latin America. Are goal on this is not only to train Cuban pastors in Youth Ministries, if not to go to all Latin America, and the rest of the world and do the same.

God is doing a great work here, we are so excited about present and future, Satan is trying to obstacles, like you know, to the work of God here, but Jesus is enough to continue fighting for His Kindong.

We just don’t have enough words to express are thankfully to all of you that has been part of all this. Thanks for be our partners in God Kindong.

To Him all the Glory…

Rev. Alexis Pérez Alfonso

Praise be unto our Lord and King, Jesus Christ! Continue to pray for our High Pointe Cuba team. We are attempting to go in August.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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This year’s DG national conference looks to be another powerful event. Read a personal invitation to attend by John Piper here.

Here is a an informational video (ht: Justin Taylor):

(update: link fixed)

If you can’t make it to the national conference in September, there will be a regional conference here in Austin, October 17-18, at Hill Country Bible Church. The theme will be “Job: When the Righteous Suffer.”

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Dr. Johnny Hunt is the pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Georgia. To find out more about him, you can go to his ministry website: It’s A New Day Ministries.

You can read the BP story here.

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Jun
10

Do Hard Things Study Gude

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For those of you who are working your way through Alex and Brett Harris’ book, Do Hard Things, they have recently come out with an “official” study guide. If you’re interested, click here. Check out the official Rebelution website here.

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For those of you who would like to prepare for our next Lord’s day gathering, I want to let you know that we will be in John 13, as we return to our exposition of John’s gospel – Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

On Sunday evening, I will be preaching Paul’s letter to Philemon as we continue our Route 66 series.

Remember to pray for our Vacation Bible School this week. We had a wonderful evening tonight, and God is already blessing.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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