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On October 23 (this Sunday) Tim Tebow will get his shot to be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.  I have to admit that as someone who went to the University of Florida, I have followed Tebow’s career with great joy – but not for the reasons you might first think.

I’ve been hoping Tebow would get his chance to start, and it’s finally here.  However, my prayer has been for different reasons.  I’ve been praying for God’s glory in Christ, not Tim’s.  I’ve been praying that God would display His wisdom in the life of a young man whom NFL analysts believe is foolish for a coach to play.  We’ll see how Tebow answers to the pressure this Sunday.  I have a feeling that no matter what happens on Sunday, it will simply fuel both camps to solidify their position and conclude – “I told you so.”

Regardless, it seems the world is beginning to understand.  Last night my daughters and I watched an ESPN hour long show which followed Tim’s life from his last Sugar Bowl as a Gator all the way to draft day, including his visits to hospitals to pray with several children.  We were greatly encouraged.

Today, there is an article that will appear in ESPN Magazine which gives a helpful look at why all the hype:

This story appears in the Oct. 31 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

WHAT SHALL WE say about the kingdom of Timothy Richard Tebow? And what parable should we choose to describe it?

Consider the day this past summer when Tebow attended the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders brunch. It began with an adult requesting a photograph with the Broncos quarterback. Security stepped in and forbade it, for photographs with Tebow were deemed an opportunity for children only, so the adults were waved off.

But Tebow calmly said to the men in the yellow windbreakers, “It’s okay. As long as everyone stays cool, I will take photographs.” And so Tebow posed for photos with all who wanted them. And the picture-taking lasted for quite some time.

Read entire story here.

This Sunday I will be cheering on the Denver Broncos.  Not because I am from there or have an affinity for the Broncos since childhood, but because I am praying that God would exalt His name through a young man who has made himself available.

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Beginning this Sunday morning at High Pointe, October 23, we will begin a new sermon series on the Old Testament book of Leviticus.  Join us.  Be sure to check out our sermon series page for study resources.

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New has just broken this Monday evening that Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention will appoint a committee to study the possibility of a name change to the Southern Baptist Convention.  The idea is not a new one, but it is a very helpful one that has been previously defeated.

Read the Baptist Press story here.

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From the Austin-American Statesman:

Catastrophic fires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations across Central Texas

Fires in Bastrop County, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch, Pflugerville, others driven by wind and dry conditions.

 Read entire story.

Please join us in praying for those families affected by the fires.  As of this morning over 300 homes were destroyed in the Bastrop area.

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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.
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The Gospel Coalition is offering D. A. Carson’s “Love in Hard Places” for free.  This updated edition includes the hard case of Osama bin Laden.  Take advantage of this special offer.

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T4G 2012 Trailer from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

T4G Website

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How can we help our friends and brethren who are grief-stricken in light of the recent tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia?

First, become informed about what has happened and is happening so that we can know how to pray.

ABC News,

Second, find direct ways you can help (giving, going):

David Platt has some wise guidance and helpful ways to help those in Alabama (ht: Justin Taylor).

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board explains what they are doing (SBC Disaster Relief).

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I love the church!  I love Christ’s church, because as the apostle Paul starkly reminds us, the church is God’s eternal plan by which He is displaying his manifold wisdom to the cosmic powers by gathering together one people from the multiplicity of ethnicities and cultures (Ephesians 3:8-11).

I also love when local manifestations of the heavenly assembly display God’s marvelous wisdom by fulfilling God’s eternal vision.  That is precisely what Little York Baptist Church (predominantly Anglo) and St. Stephen’s Baptist Church (predominantly African-American) did in Houston, Texas.  Here’s how The Houston Chronicle records it:

When Pastor Paul Landrew from St. Stephen’s Baptist Church received a phone call about the possible closing of a nearby worship center, he had to do something.

Little York Baptist Church, 609 Little York, was a few blocks away, but had a dwindling, aging white population where the membership had gotten as low as 14 in November.

The facility was also in need of major repairs totaling close to $250,000.

Landrew, 48, whose church at 170 Rittenhouse is primarily black, accepted a tour with Little York’s interim pastor, Robert Baldwin.

“We talked about the congregation and how they were looking for a church with the same denomination to join with because they initially talked about disbanding,” said Landrew.

The beautiful piece of property and long history of worship appealed to Landrew. Baldwin’s offer of selling the property for $1 was also a selling point.

“This wasn’t a place that someone could walk away from because they had put years into this church. I said to them, ‘Let’s do this together,’ ” said Landrew.

In those few short months, Little York Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s became one church.

Paul D. Landrew, senior pastor and teacher, with Campus Pastor Bob Baldwin in front of St. Stephen Baptist Church at Little York on April 16.

Read the rest of the story here.

We are privileged to have Bob’s son, Robert, as our worship pastor at High Pointe.  Robert and his family will be worshiping with St. Stephen’s/Little York this Sunday, May 1st, as the church honors Bob Baldwin for 60 years of faithful ministry.  Praise the Lord for such faithfulness over 60 years, and praise the Lord for such courage to display God’s marvelous wisdom to the cosmic powers.  To God be the glory!

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And the number 3 big demographic trend in Austin is . . .

. . . the African American share of the total Austin population is on the wane.

According to Ryan Robinson, city of Austin demographer:

The city’s African American share of total population will more than likely continue its shallow slide even as the absolute number of African Americans in the city continues to increase. The import of this decrease in share should not be underestimated as just a few decades ago African Americans made-up around 15% of the city’s population and just a few decades from now African Americans could represent a mere 5% of the city’s population and constitute the smallest minority group in the city.

To put this in a little perspective, the total Asian population in Austin is presently about 6.5%.

For information about the African American community and history in general and particularly in Austin, I would encourage you to visit The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, located at 1165 Angelina Street.  Be sure to check out their events calendar.  I’m particularly looking forward to being at the Daddy/Daughter Day on May 22, at 3:00 p.m.

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