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Sep
30

Job: When the Righteous Suffer

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Desiring God Regional Conference
October 17-18, 2008
Hill Country Bible Church Northwest
Austin, Texas
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For those of you in the Central Texas area who were not able to attend the DG national conference in Minneapolis, I want to encourage you to register for the DG Regional Conference taking place right here in Austin, October 17-18.

The topic will be, Job: When the Righteous Suffer.

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Sep
29

DG National Conference

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It’s been a week since I have had an opportunity to post. Several reasons for that, but the most prominent one was that Jeanine and I were able to get away last week with some friends to attend the Desiring God 2008 national conference – The Power of Words and the Wonder of God.

If I find the time, I will share some of the highlights later. It was an excellent conference! For my part, I was blessed the most by Sinclair Ferguson on the first night and John Piper on Sunday morning. If you would like to read, hear or watch any of the messages, click here.

When I asked Jeanine what the highlight of the weekend was for her, she replied: “Just getting away.” This is the one time of the year that she and I can get away and spend some quality time together and with friends. I thank God for her mom who was willing to come from Florida to watch the girls. I also thank God for High Pointe and your willingness to grant us time to be together and be refreshed.

I look forward to getting back to my study on Tuesday and beginning preparations for Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Sep
22

Recommended Study Tool

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As I study Genesis 12-25, in preparation for our Sunday evening series, I have pulled a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks and have found it to be immensely helpful. One of my hopes in our series on Genesis is to show Christ. The Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament is immensely helpful in that it provides a commentary on all of the uses of the Old Testament in the New.

So, for example, the two theological ideas that I was able to reflect on last week with the use of this particular tool was the New Testament’s use of Psalm 110:4 in Hebrews 7, in relation to Melchizedek and the New Testament’s use of Genesis 15:6, in Romans 4, Galatians 3, and James 2, in relation to Abraham as a model of justifying faith.

I want to recommend this tool to all serious Bible students who wish to gain a clearer understanding of a gospel-centered hermeneutic.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan

Acts 20:24
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Justin Taylor has a great interview about the current banking crisis and how to think about it biblically with David Kotter, a former financial manager with Ford Motor Company and now executive director of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Check out his post here.

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One of our members is coordinating an effort for us to help in the relief for the victims of Hurricane Ike. Please read the following and respond accordingly:

We have been sent the following information from a sister church to help out in the Hurricane relief effort. You can bring any of the suggested donations here at High Pointe by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and we will get them to Calvary Austin church. Denise will be here to collect/organize the donations. If you have any questions, please call the church office for contact information.

Three ways to help:
• You can contribute food or supplies by dropping them off at High Pointe offices.
• You can send volunteers that are able to travel and work in Houston for a few days later this week.
You can contribute financially at Calvary Houston’s site (below)
• Items Requested:
Tarps/plastic coverings – Chainsaws – Gasoline cans/gas – Generators – Fan – Bug spray – Bibles – AT&T wireless cards – Refrigeration systems – Bottled water
Number 10 sized canned vegetables – Beans – Pasta – Paper plates – Napkins – Plastic utensils – Clam shells (to-go-style containers for food)

Calvary Austin’s Relief Plan for Hurricane Ike (Houston Area)
Calvary Austin Ph. (512) 719-4667 email: info@calvaryaustin.org 1601 Pecan St., Pflugerville TX 78660

Calvary Austin is organizing to support Hurricane Ike victims in the South Houston \ Bay Area. Our affiliate, Calvary Houston (www.calvaryh.org) is positioned on the South side of Houston in the NASA area, and they are in immediate need. They are receiving lots of calls for a variety of needs, ranging from physical needs to help clear debris and trees, repair roofs, and the like, to provisions for food and water. Calvary Austin is gathering and delivering supplies and will send a relief team down to assist later this week. We want to extend the invitation to people (men & women) inside our church and local churches in the Pflugerville area to contribute to this effort.

Relief Team: Send email to ike@calvaryaustin.com if you are interested and desire more communication or have questions. Include your contact info (phone, email, name)
• Departing Thursday Time (TBD) and staying Thurs and Fri nights, returning Saturday
• Activities would range from distribution, assisting in moving items, repairs, general labor, clearing debris, administrative, food prep\service, etc.
• Both Men and Women are welcome and can be used
• Would need to bring personal care items and bedding. Would be sleeping at the church. There is a men and women’s area created for privacy. May or may not
have electricity. Showers are available.
• Can travel in church van or bring your own vehicle.

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For those who want to serve, you can go to the Central Texas Red Cross website and find out how you can help. Here is some helpful information from their site:

WE PREPARE:
Currently the American Red Cross of Central Texas, the City of Austin, and Austin Independent School District are following the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASHP) to prepare to receive evacuees from Hurricane Ike. Please contact the Austin Hurricane Hotline at 512-974-1110 to get the latest information about evacuations and evacuation center openings. As always, we are standing by in a state of readiness to respond to the needs of our community.

TO BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER:
For those over 18 years of age, the first step in volunteering is to complete a quick application (pdf version OR word version) and complete a background check, www.mybackgroundcheck.com. Completed applications can be returned by fax to (512) 928-2816, or mail to 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, TX 78723, Due to the high volume of interest, please do not bring volunteer applications directly to the American Red Cross. Please do not appear at evacuation centers without being assigned directly by the American Red Cross. You will be contacted once your background check has cleared and will be provided with our current opportunities.

TO DONATE:
If you want to support disaster preparedness and pet-friendly sheltering operations, please donate today!

Donate and support our local efforts!

Support with an in-kind donation to Texas Responds and OneStar Foundation

(ht: Jonathan Dodson)

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Jonathan Dodson tells us how we can help hurricane Ike evacuees here in Austin. To find out how you can help, click here.

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Sep
06

New Blog: Why Church?

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This Sunday morning, September 7, we begin a new four week sermon series titled, “Why Church?” In a day when many people (including many Christians) have such a low view of the church, we wanted to address people’s questions to the very idea of church. Therefore, we mailed out 30,000 flyers with the simple message: Church?

In addition, we also started a new blog (why-church.com) with a desire to begin a conversation about the state of the church and allow people to share their questions about the church. We hope and pray that this may become a vehicle where people can express their frustrations. However, we also hope and pray that this may be a place where people will find some answers.

Please join us in prayer as we seek to point our community to the Christ who builds His church by His Word and Spirit.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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