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Signing Day

August 25, 2014
25 Aug 2014

Signing Day

On September 14th CityView Church gets members!  Don’t miss this big day in the life of CityView Church.  Those who decide to be members will be signing individual church covenants and taking communion.  After the worship gathering we will be celebrating together with lunch.  This is an important day in the life of CityView Church.  Come be a part of it.

To review our church covenant download it here.

For questions please email us at: info@cityviewchurch.cc

DNA

July 3, 2014
03 Jul 2014

DNA FINAL

 

 

CityView Church is about making Gospel-Centered disciples of Jesus and planting churches throughout the Houston area.  Find out more about CityView’s Vision, Values, and Strategy over the Summer at CityView Church.    Starting on July 6th and running through the rest of the Summer we’ll be talking about what makes CityView Church what it is and what we hope to be.  Don’t miss this series at CityView Church starting on July 6th at 10am.

Soccer Day Camp

June 11, 2014
11 Jun 2014

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High Power Soccer Day Camp

Who: EVERYONE!  Kids 5 to 10 years old will participate in the High Power Soccer Camp. We have a Mommy and Me segment for Pre K4 and under as well.

When: June 23-27th from 10am – 12pm.

Where: Silverlake Recreation Center (2705 Southwyck Parkway Pearland, TX 77584)

What: Kids will learn basic soccer skills, get lots of exercise and enjoy singing, skits, and Bible teaching.

Contact Info:

Email: Info@cityviewchurch.cc
Phone: 713.204.0692

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Made Men

June 2, 2014
02 Jun 2014

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Men are…

Strong, dumb, useful, useless, lazy, powerful, and a hundred other adjectives.  This series is designed to help point out what men are called to be by God.  It’s a series for men…and everyone else.  While our focus will be on becoming God’s man there will be application and teaching for women as well.  Don’t miss this series June 8th – 29th.

 

OVERFLOW – Preteen Camp

May 21, 2014
21 May 2014

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Place: Trinity Pines
Dates:  July 12-16th
Price:  $190 (scholarships available)
Camp Website:  http://www.trinitypines.org/
Overflow Preteen Camp Video:  http://youtu.be/tfTvJFkpK3A

CityView Church will have 2 adult chaperones attend camp with our CityView kids.

You are welcome to come and chaperone as well.

Interested? Email Pastor Travis for further details.

Out of Control: Time Devotion #4

May 15, 2014
15 May 2014

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Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. (Exodus 31:15)

As we examine the spiritual disciplines, it is important to remember that some disciplines are contemplative, while others are active. The contemplative disciplines replenish our spirit, renew our mind, and reorient our focus. The contemplative disciplines prepare us to be more effective in the practice of our active disciplines. In this article we will examine the contemplative discipline of Sabbath and the correlated active discipline of work. We will learn that, from the early pages of Genesis, God has modeled for us a rhythm of first labor and then rest to enjoy the fruit of that labor. Scripture also tells us that heaven is an eternal Sabbath (Hebrews 4:9), which means that when we Sabbath we are practicing in faith for our eventual entrance into God’s eternal kingdom.

Sabbath

To Sabbath is to rest from one’s labor. The first Sabbath day was a Saturday: “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2). The first recorded command for humans to Sabbath is in Exodus 16:23, and the Sabbath is listed as the fourth commandment in Exodus 20:8–11. In regards to the purpose of the Sabbath, it does indeed have benefits for all people. Workers and animals are permitted to rest as an act of justice and compassion to ensure the dignity of God’s creation. Both rich and poor are invited to stand in equality for one day as they rest from their labors, knowing that our sovereign God is on our side and is able to hold the universe and our lives together even when we rest and sleep.

Saturday or Sunday?

In regards to the day of the Sabbath, some have maintained that it should be celebrated on Saturday like the Hebrews did, the final day of their week. However, the early church abruptly changed the day of worship to Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from death (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1–2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1) on that first day of the new week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). Sunday remained a work day in the early church until Emperor Constantine instituted it as an official day of rest in AD 321. In America, there was a debate as to whether the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday or the Christian Sabbath of Sunday should be recognized and the compromise was to keep both, which is why we have two-day weekends.

The True Sabbath

Legalistic attempts have been made to rob the Sabbath of its worship and joy by carefully mandating what can and cannot be done. However, Jesus seemed to have intentionally lived in public view to serve as a contrary model of the Sabbath than that given by other legalistic teachers. For example, Jesus healed on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1–14, John 9:1–17), taught on the Sabbath (Mark 6:1–2), and promoted evangelism on the Sabbath (John 7:21–24). Jesus demonstrated that the Sabbath is not to be enforced legalistically, but that it exists for worshipful fun and rest. Furthermore, our true Sabbath is not in a day but ultimately in a saving relationship with Jesus where we can rest from trying to earn our salvation and rest in His finished work (Matthew 11:28–30; Romans 4:5; Colossians 2:16–17). Therefore, the Sabbath is not a law for believers to obey, but instead a grace to enjoy. In conclusion, by setting aside a day, we are showing that we are a people who are set aside (holy) and who rest in Jesus. Worshiping is our primary objective and our weeks are purposefully ordered around worship. Then, our worshipful work can be rightly undertaken.

Originally published at the Resurgence

Out of Control: Time Devotion 3

May 14, 2014
14 May 2014

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Crazy Busy

A book that I’ve found very helpful, and honest in dealing with hectic life and schedules is Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung.  In the book the author shares 3 Dangers to avoid in busyness.

  1. The first danger is that busyness can ruin our joy. This is the most immediate and obvious spiritual threat. As Christians, our lives should be marked by joy (Phil. 4:4), taste like joy (Gal. 5:22), and be filled with the fullness of joy (John 15:11). Busyness attacks all of that. One study found that commuters experience greater levels of stress than fighter pilots and riot police. That’s what we’re facing. When our lives are frantic and frenzied, we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability.
  2. The second danger is that busyness can rob our hearts.  (Read Mark 4.1-20).  Focus on Mark 4.18-19

    [18] And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, [19] but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
    (Mark 4:18-19 ESV)

    Jesus lays out two very specific thorns that can rob our hearts: 1) Cares of this world. 2) Deceitfulness of riches.  Be honest…how much of your busyness is related to cares of the temporal world v. cares of the eternal one?  How much of your busyness is due to the pursuit of riches and wealth?

  3. The third danger is that busyness can cover up the rot in our souls. The hectic pace of life can make us physically and spiritually sick. That’s not likely a surprise to you. What we may not recognize is that our crazy schedules are often signals that the sickness has already set in.
    Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart, and your soul are in danger. We need the Word of God to set us free. We need biblical wisdom to set us straight. What we need is the Great Physician to heal our overscheduled souls. If only we could make time for an appointment.

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Out of Control: Time Devotion 2

May 13, 2014
13 May 2014

Attitude reflects leadership.  Attitude is a report card on leadership.  In the same way time use reflects priorities.  The way we use time shows what really matters to us.  People  have been given treasure.  We’ve got some money, we’ve got some talents, and we’ve got some time. Time is a treasure that we’ve been given to manage and use.   Where you put that time reflects your priorities.  Spending your money shows what matters to you financially.  Spending your time shows what matters to you in terms of chronology.

Read: Matthew 6.19-34

Big Thought

Verse 24 says ” No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”  This is true of money, but also true of time and every other treasure we have.  What does your time management show about the master that you serve?

Exercise

  1. Yesterday you logged your time, if you didn’t go back and do that.
  2. Go back through that log and see what you did with your time.
  3. Take a sheet of paper.  Fold it in half.  On one side write, “good use”. On the other side write, “waste”.
  4. Take your log from yesterday and put them in those categories.
  5. Which category has more?  What do you need to delete or change?  What are you proud of?

Final Meditation

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

(Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Out of Control: Time Devotion 1

May 12, 2014
12 May 2014

Followers of Jesus need to manage their time well.  We are told to make “the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16 ESV).  How do we do that?

Read: Psalm 90

Focus

Moses writes this psalm and says a few things about God and about man.

God

Moses says that God is unchanging and eternal.  He is beyond time and space.  Because He has always been…we have always had a refuge.  People have always had somewhere to go.  They’ve always had a place to turn and shelter to run to in times of need.

Man

We are taught that man is anything but eternal.  Man is compared to dust (3), a night watch (4), a dream (5), and grass (5).  These things come and go quickly.  They don’t last.  They end quickly.  Men live 70 or 80 years and not much more.  There isn’t much there in the grand scheme of eternity.

Big Thought

 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90.12)

Moses tells people, in light of who God is and who we are, that men need to number their days.  We need to realize they are short.  We need to realize they don’t last forever.  We need to seize them and make them count for eternal purposes.  This is hard.  It means setting right priorities.  It means cutting the “good” in light of the “best”.  It means being honest, taking account of what you spend your time on and recognizing what should stay and what needs to go.

Exercise

  1. Take a pad of paper or a spreadsheet and write down what you do today (or all week).
  2. Write down EVERYTHING you do.
  3. Tonight look back and see what you need to keep and what you need to delete.

Final Meditation

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90.14)

Out of Control

May 5, 2014
05 May 2014

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Busy, Crazy, and Out of Control…That’s life in the 21st century. This series helps people find contentment in the crazy. There is a way to walk in contentment in the middle of time issues, money issues, and life issues. Join us May 11th – June 1st at 10am as we seek to find contentment in the crazy.

    • May 11th: Out of Control TIME
    • May 18th: Out of Control MONEY
    • May 25th: Out of Control RELATIONSHIPS
    • June 1st: Out of Control LIFE

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