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Josh Reeves, who is planting Redeemer Church in Round Rock, TX has a very helpful blogpost here on how to engage your neighbors.

See full list of 100 ways to engage your neighbors.

ht: Jonathan Dodson

Categories : Austin, Church, Missions
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Marriage is a God-sealed, covenantal, life-long relationship between one man and one woman, who are created as spiritual equals.  This covenant is to be lived out in mutual love and respect under male leadership.  Perhaps some of you were following along with this description of marriage until the last three words: “under male leadership.”

The reason some people struggle with male leadership is not because of its biblical understanding, but rather, they struggle with the sinful distortion of male leadership known as male domination as described in Genesis 3:16.  As a result of Adam’s sin, the woman was told her desire would be for her husband’s role as leader and the man would respond in tyrannical domination.  Consequently, what many experience today is the perpetual battle of the sexes: the woman fighting to lead and the man suppressing the woman in tyranny.  This is not the biblical picture of male leadership, and it is not the biblical picture of marriage given to us in Genesis 2.  It is important to understand that feminists, in opposing biblical male leadership, fail to distinguish between male leadership and male domination.  Therefore, they argue against male leadership on the basis of male domination.

As Christians, we need to know that the Bible clearly argues against tyranny of any kind and that male leadership is not male domination.  The Bible seeks to correct such distortions, and in Ephesians 5, we see how the apostle Paul paints a picture of a Genesis 2 marriage in an effort to correct wrong views of the husband and wife relationship produced by the fall.

The Bible commands that male leadership be exercised in love (Ephesians 5:25).  This is a strong command, which if not followed hinders the husband’s prayer life (1 Peter 3:7) and disqualifies him from church leadership (1 Timothy 3:2).  This is an important reminder for all married men who tend to forget to express love for their wives.  So then, husbands, how ought you to love your wife?  Thankfully, the Bible spells out for us how to express marital love.

First, we are to love our wives with a sacrificial love.  The love that we express toward our wives is not a “warm fuzzy” kind of passing love but a lasting and sacrificial love.  We are to love our wives as Christ loved the church, and He gave His life for the church.  Husbands, are you willing to die for your bride?

Second, we are to love our wives with a servant love.  If we are to love our wives in the way that Christ loved the church, then we must remember that Christ did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom (Matthew 20:28).  Remember, Christ said that true leaders do not lord it over people, but they must be servants of all (Mark 10:42-45).  Husbands, how are you serving your wife?

Finally, we are to love our wives with a sanctifying love.  The purpose of our love is that our wives would grow in holiness, just as this is the purpose of Christ’s love for us.  Let us resolve to love our wives in the way that Christ loves His church.  I can’t imagine any woman who would reject such love.

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I just received this encouraging news bit from our associate pastor, Ben Wright.
The Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.

No. 1: Austin, Texas
This is no surprise. Austin consistently sits atop Forbes’ annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young children.

No. 2: Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh has experienced the second-highest overall population increase and the third-highest job growth over the past two decades in the U.S. It also ranked among those regions seeing the biggest jump in new immigrants and is the No. 1 city for families with young children. The area is a magnet for technology companies fleeing the more expensive, congested and highly regulated northeast corridor. Affordable housing and short commute times are no doubt highly attractive to recent college graduates and millennials looking to start families.

No. 3: Nashville, Tenn.
The country music capital, with its low housing prices and pro-business environment, has experienced rapid growth in educated migrants, where it ranks an impressive fourth in terms of percentage growth. New ethnic groups, such as Latinos and Asians, have doubled in size over the past decade. A high quality of life, a vibrant cultural and music scene and a diverse population also make Nashville a desirable place to live.

No. 4: San Antonio, Texas
Like its other Texas neighbors, San Antonio boasts soaring population rates as well as a good job market and booming industry. One key factor in San Antonio’s favor: stable house prices — even by Texas standards. PMI Mortgage Insurance’s most recent risk index, which is a two-year measure, lists San Antonio as having the lowest risk from falling prices among large Texas cities.

No. 5: Houston, Texas
Low housing prices, a stable job market and a vibrant immigrant community has helped Houston emerge as future boomtown. And with its burgeoning port and dominance of the world energy business, the area seems destined to become even more influential in the coming decade.
Click here to see the entire list of the Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.
Read the entire Yahoo news article here.
Categories : Austin, News
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This coming Lord’s Day we will be looking at 1 Peter 3:1-6.  Below you will find some resources that will help you think through biblical womanhood.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list; it is only a place to start.

Website

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood


Recommended Books Available for free online (pdf files)

 50 Crucial Questions about Manhood and Womanhood
By John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood
Edited by Wayne Grudem

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism
Edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

What’s the Difference?
By John Piper


Recommended Books Available at Amazon.com

Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother
By Carolyn Mahaney

Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood
By Carolyn Mahaney

Lies Women Believe and the Truths that Set them Free
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Becoming God’s True Woman
Edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World
By Carolyn McCulley

Categories : High Pointe, Resources
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“You’re not the boss of me!”  These are words I remember hearing from a very young age on the playground of our elementary school in Florida.  You have to admit that there is a part of all of us which rebels at any notion of authority and still declares to those around us, “You’re not the boss of me!”  Whether we like it or not, authority and submission are all around us.  Citizens are to submit to governing authorities; employees are to submit to employers; children are to submit to parents.  Submission is part of our lives because without it we would live in chaos.  But is submission to authority just a pragmatic response to the need for order in society, or is it based on something else?

The Bible’s answer is that authority and submission are grounded, not in culture but in God Himself.  Part of the mystery of the Trinity is that though God is one in being or essence, He exists in three persons simultaneously: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  As God’s saving plan has been unfolding in history, there was a point in time when the Father sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16).  The Son came and died on the cross in obedience to the Father (Philippians 2:8).  Throughout the Bible we see that the Son, though equally God Himself (John 10:30), submits to the Father (John 7:28).  For this reason the apostle Paul can say that God is the head of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3).  It must be emphasized, however, that authority and submission within the Godhead, do not mean that Jesus is inferior to the Father, for then He would not be God.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, though each equally God, have different roles in God’s saving plan.  Yet the question remains, how does this apply to us?  Simply put, we are created in the image of this God who is three in one.  Part of being created in the image of God is that we also live with the reality of authority and submission.

Having established the grounding of authority and submission, we can now try to understand our relations in this world.  Since all humans bear God’s image, we are all spiritual equals in the eyes of God.  Nevertheless, we have different roles to fulfill in God’s created order.  Our difference in roles should not be taken to mean that some people are superior to others.  When we come to the husband and wife relationship, the Bible says that wives are to submit to their husbands.  Rather than revolting at the idea, women need to understand exactly what this means.  If the husband’s leadership resembles Christ’s (Ephesians 5:23), then his leadership will be marked by love, which means that the wife is simply submitting to the husband’s loving care.  As John Stott says, “Whenever the husband’s headship mirrors the headship of Christ, then the wife’s submission to the protection and provision of his love, far from detracting from her womanhood, will positively enrich it.”  Authority and submission, then, are not “fightin’ words;” they are words to live by.

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