READ ME – Week 1 Plan

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We had a great first week at READ ME.  We talked about the basics of why we study the bible and a basic approach to how we can study the bible.  (The handouts are below with blanks filled in.)

We are working through 1 John in this class.  Here is the study map for this first week.

  • Monday: 1 John 1.5-7
  • Tuesday: 1 John 1.8-10
  • Wednesday: 1 John 2.1-6
  • Thursday: 1 John 2.7-11
  • Friday: 1 John 2.12-14
  • Saturday: 1 John 2.15-17

We’ll be back at Southway on Sunday at 5pm.  If you weren’t able to make our first meeting, it’s okay. Come out this next time.  We’re planning to post the video of the first one soon.

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Read Me

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You hear it all the time:

“Know The Word!”
“Study Your Bible!”

But have you ever really learned how to do it?  Has anyone ever taught you how? Most likely the answer is no.

Join CityView for this three week class that teaches you how to study the Bible.  We’ll be meeting at Southway Community Church (14011 Hwy 288 Frontage Rd, Houston, TX 77047) at 5pm.

  • July 12th
  • July 19th
  • July 26th

Signup below:

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Ruth Revealed

Ruth Revealed

The story of Ruth is an important part of the Bible.  The book reveals much about the roles of men and women.  Ruth also unveils much about God’s reckless, unbelievable love for His people.  The story of Ruth puts on full display the good news of God’s grace in his redeeming people.

You won’t want to miss this series start May 10th at 10am.

Salt and Light

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Jesus uses two words to describe how we are supposed to follow Him in this life: Salt and Light.  Those who have crossed the line of faith and trusted in Jesus are supposed to have some obvious qualities about them.  During our Salt & Light series we’ll explore what it means to live the Gospel in our world.

Salt & Light starts on April 19th at 10am.

Shield and Sword- Single Download

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CityView Church is proud to present the first single from Shield and Sword’s debut E.P. “Oh, How Bright The Path”

Nothing But The Blood is a joyful and powerful rearrangement of the classic hymn, and we encourage you to download it for free, and share this post with others to get the word out about the album. All profits from this record will go towards planting CityView Alvin, a brand new church in Alvin, Texas launching this year.

You can help this record out, too! Please go like and share Shield and Sword’s Facebook page- www.facebook.com/shieldandswordmusic

We want as many people to hear this album as possible, and we pray that the money it raises would go far in bringing Jesus to others. We hope the music speaks to your heart.

Nothing But The Blood (Single) (Click to listen, right click to download)

You can purchase on iTunes, Google Play or Amazon

New Resident – Cory West

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Cory West is coming to CityView to train to plant Connexxus Church.  We are excited to pour into Cory as he seeks to plant a church in the greater Houston area!  Here’s a little bit about Cory and his better half, Carrie:

Cory & Carrie West have served in various ministry capacities since 1998. Most recently they served at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, where Cory has the Student Pastor since 2010. Cory graduated from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Religious Education and again in 2014 with a Master of Divinity. Carrie has a Master of Teaching in Special Education from Liberty University and has served as a teacher and as Director of Compassion Ministry. Cory and Carrie have no children of their own, but have thousands of “kids” throughout the country from camps and churches they’ve served. Cory and Carrie are passionate about seeing Jesus change lives in the Houston Metro and are intentional about creating thriving, multiplying, discipleship cultures. They’re also pretty crazy about the Saint Louis Cardinals and John Grisham novels!

This is some text about the love song thing. This is mainly here at the moment to get my awesome on with some website production. Let’s see how this works.

CityView’s Birthday Bash

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God has done some UNBELIEVABLE things over the last year.  On February 9, 2014 CityView Church held its first public service.  On February 8th we celebrate one year as a church.  Join us for a big celebration on February 8th.  It starts with a special worship gathering at 10am then an amazing lunch and tons of fun for kids and adults.  Don’t miss this AMAZING DAY in the life of CityView Church.

HUMILITY LOOKS GOOD ON EVERYONE

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But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4.6

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5.5-7

REFLECTION

Jesus is the King of Kings, yet He arrived as a humble servant. Humility is not thinking you are less, it is never forgetting the fact that it is Jesus who made you more. So, how do you become like Jesus? How do you develop a spirit of humility?

Humility is the byproduct of being with Jesus. Anyone who walks intimately with Him will not think more highly of himself than he should. To be loved by Jesus and invited into a relationship with Him, is all we need to right-size ourselves and to assume His gentleness and grace.

To be humble doesn’t mean you have to be weak. God has given you all you need to live confidently as His. The proud will never truly lift up God’s name in praise. Yet He raises the humble to new heights.

MEDITATION AND PRAYER

A Private Litany of Humility

From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of comfort and ease, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being criticized, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being passed over, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being lonely, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being hurt, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering, deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
help me put my self-importance aside
to learn the kind of cooperation with others
that makes possible the presence of your Abba’s household. Amen.

 

Adapted from a prayer by Rafael,
Cardinal Merry Del Val, 1865–1930

God Works While We Wait

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It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3.26

REFLECTION

If we are honest, we all hate to wait. In fact, most often we say something like, “I can’t believe this is taking so long; it’s costing me time I don’t have!” That’s because most of us consider waiting to be wasting. But it’s not so with our God.

God works while we wait. Even when you can’t see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life. Trust in His unfailing love—love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you. God’s plans for your life will not be thwarted. Wait patiently, knowing that waiting is never wasted when you are waiting on God.

MEDITATION

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley, 1707–1788

PRAYER

Father, I am here waiting for You. My heart and hands are open to Your purposes and plans for my life. Give me the patience I so desperately need and lead me in my waiting. Though my feelings may not be there just yet, I believe You are moving on my behalf right this minute, protecting, defending, preparing, providing. Give me grace to keep trusting in You in the face of the gale force winds of doubt that are blowing all around me. Anchor my heart in You. Amen.