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Relationships According to Proverbs

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We spent 8 weeks in the book of Proverbs looking at what it teaches about various kinds of relationships. Here are the points from each sermon, and links to the full sermons as well! ...

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Parenting According to Proverbs

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The Bible has much to say about how parents ought to treat their children and lead their homes, and much of it is located in the book of wisdom that we call “Proverbs.” This post is an attempt to summarize a lot of the content of Proverbs regarding parenting, and present it in a simple and memorable way with some additional resources that I hope will be helpful as well...

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What is the doctrine of the “Perseverance of the Saints?”

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This doctrine explains that all who truly trust in Christ for salvation can never lose their salvation, but will certainly and assuredly persevere to the end. Scripture assures us of this by explaining that our salvation is not our “own doing; it is a gift from God” (Eph. 2:8). It’s God’s doing, not ours! Indeed, “Salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Ps. 3:8). And ...

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Praying the Bible

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What has helped me the most over the years in becoming someone more devoted to prayer is the practice of praying the Bible. By “praying the Bible,” I mean reading the Bible and turning its words into personal prayers from the heart. An example would be reading Psalm 23:1, which says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” and then praying “Father, thank you...

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Why should I give to my church? And how much should I give?

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Through several years of young adult ministry and now church planting, I have noticed that many people (especially young adults) do not have a good, Biblical understanding of giving to their local church. As someone who came to Christ in college and didn’t grow up in church as a kid, this was something that took me a long time to understand as well. So I wanted to offer ...

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Peace and Quiet: A Different Pace for Church Planting

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As a church planter in one of the most vibrant and fastest growing cities in the country, one of the most interesting verses to me is Paul’s command in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, to “aspire to live quietly.” This seems strange. Live quietly? It sounds boring and unproductive. Similarly though, in 1 Timothy 2:2, Paul calls people to pray to the end of living “a peaceful ...

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Church Planting Internship

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This internship is for godly Christian men who are interested in church planting and pastoral ministry, and is focused on developing future pastors and church planters in 7 specific areas, each with assigned readings and practical experiences to participate in and lead. ...

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Help Harvey Victims

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Here are some links and opportunities to help serve in Austin and Houston. If you have other helpful information, please let us know and we will update this page. Keep praying, and serve or give however you are able! ...

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Hurricane Harvey and Sunday service plans

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We are cancelling service this morning, and encouraging everyone to spend time in family worship and prayer at home. Be safe, and be hospitable to those in need!...

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Intriguing quotes from a book on the Apostles’ Creed

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Over our annual summer family vacation I dipped into a few books, one of which was entitled, "What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine through the Apostles' Creed." As someone who didn't grow up in church and has never belonged to a church that recited any creeds, I found this book to be intriguing and encouraging! Since many of my friends an...

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Slack

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Pastor Holland here with a short and sweet post about Slack! I just wanted to write a quick summary of what Slack is, why we use it, and how to get connected on it. If you've never heard of Slack before now, then all the more reason to spend the next 3-4 minutes reading this post! I would love for every member of our church to not only have this app, but use it regularly t...

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How to Read the Bible

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The Bible is a wonderful and beautiful gift from God to us; his very own words, which are an extension of his very own self. To read the Bible is to hear from God. To know the Bible well is to know our God well. And the Bible itself makes clear that this is impossible apart from the grace of God and the Spirit of God. It is only through God’s grace in Christ that we can ...

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Why These Murals Matter

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There has been some commotion here in East Austin recently regarding some wall murals that have been painted over. Several people have asked me what the story is, so I'm writing this short blog to fill in some gaps for people trying to understand what’s going on, and why it matters for our growing and changing city. I don’t have all the details, know all the answers, o...

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Resources for Studying Mark

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This Sunday we begin a new sermon series studying the Gospel according to Mark. We are excited to dig into this book of the Bible, and wanted to give some helpful resources to complement our sermon series and Community Group discussions too! These two videos and downloadable PDF are from The Bible Project....

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Discipleship Centered on Remembering

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All throughout the Old Testament, there is a call to “remember.” From setting up the Eben-ezer after the Lord defeated Joshua’s enemies, to establishing the Passover as a memorial to recall God’s powerful deliverance in the Exodus, and then a repeated call to remember the Lord all throughout Deuteronomy as Israel is about to enter the Promised Land. The people of G...

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Who should I disciple?

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While everyone should be discipled, not everyone is actually ready or willing to be discipled, and the book of Proverbs gives us some guidance on this. ...

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Praying to God as Our Father

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Through faith in Jesus, we can approach the Sovereign Lord as our loving Father in heaven. He knows our needs, cares for our struggles, delights to hear our prayers, and is committed to shaping us after the image of his son, Jesus....

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7 Ways to Pray for our Church

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As we prepare for our first Sunday service this month, and our first year together as Eastside Community Church, we would love to have as many people praying for us as we can. Here are 7 specific ways you can pray for us today, and throughout the year....

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What does our logo mean?

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Our church logo looks like both a crown and a community of people. The crown symbolizes that Christ is King, and the community symbolizes that we are the people of God's kingdom (the church). We live as the people of God's kingdom, an embassy and colony of heaven on earth, displaying the life of heaven on earth, and pointing to the day when heaven and earth are one, and we...

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