Galatians 1 Devotion and Reading Guide

October 13, 2014
13 Oct 2014

Free: a study of Galatians

Monday (Background to Galatians):

  • Read Acts 13-14 This is where the churches in Galatia were planted.
  • Point to ponder – The Gospel gives birth.
  • Question to consider – Who needs to be born again in your life?


  • Read Galatians 1.1-5 5 Times
  • Point to ponder – Jesus sacrificed to save you.
  • Question to consider – What did Jesus save YOU from?  Be specific.


  • Read Galatians 1.6-10 5 Times
  • Point to ponder – Jesus + ANYTHING else is NOT the Gospel.
  • Question to consider – Who are you seeking to please?


  • Read Galatians 1.11-17 5 Times
  • Point to ponder – You were loved before you had life.
  • Question to consider – When did you belied the Gospel?


  • Read Galatians 1.18-24 5 Times
  • Point to ponder – Glory is given to the Changer.
  • Question to consider – How has God changed you?


October 6, 2014
06 Oct 2014


We have things that take us captive and entrap us.  Addictions, anger, debt, pain, past, religion and so much more imprison us.  The Gospel frees us and helps us break the vicious cycles that devastate us.  Check out FREE our series on the book of Galatians starting October 12th at 10am.

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Lost & Found

September 15, 2014
15 Sep 2014

Lost Found

When something valuable is missing you look for it.  You search for it until you find it.  Hope is missing in lives today.  The loss of hope stems from many different things: economic issues, relationship problems, religious abuse, and the feeling like there is no way forward.  At CityView Church we know that there is hope!

The Lost & Found series is going to focus on Luke 15 helping us find hope and lose religion.  Don’t miss Sundays at CityView at 10am.  Lost & Found kicks off on September 21st.



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:


July 3, 2014
03 Jul 2014




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


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:

Phone: 713.204.0692


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


Place: Trinity Pines
Dates:  July 12-16th
Price:  $190 (scholarships available)
Camp Website:
Overflow Preteen Camp Video:

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

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.


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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