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Day of Prayer for Teachers

It's hard to believe it's almost time for the new school year to begin. Seems like this summer has flown by. There is a certain group of people in our society who are getting ready to go back onto the front lines, giving and sacrificing to shape the future of our nation. Do you know someone who is a teacher? Do you think about how important it is to pray for them, not just at the beginning of the school year, but all year long. They are truly on the front lines, and they go out every single day to love, nurture and influence young lives. We're excited to announce a special series Hill Country Institute Live is doing this month in which we will share interviews with teachers who have seen the power of God's love change the course of young lives. The interviews will be broadcast on our radio show each Saturday in August (stations and schedule listed below), available for streaming in our resource library, and downloadable as podcasts on iTunes and any podcast app.

Also, in partnership with First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, we are encouraging churches, individuals, families, and anyone who's interested to consider August 23 as a Day of Prayer for Teachers. We want to encourage focused prayer for teachers throughout the year, but this particular date is the Sunday before most schools begin their Fall semesters, so it's a perfect time to dedicate prayer for the teachers in our lives.

We have several resources for you to use including: sample prayers, scriptures related to teaching/education, quotes from well-known leaders/authors, and even a sample prayer service to follow. These are all available on our website HERE. Please feel free to download anything that is there and be sure to listen to the 4 stories of teachers who've experienced God's love and power in their teaching experience. You will be encouraged.

If you know of other resources that would be helpful, please click on Contact Us and send us a message.

Hill Country Institute Live Podcast New Episodes

Be sure to subscribe to our podcast, Hill Country Institute Live: Exploring Christ & Culture on iTunes. New episodes are added all the time with content related to issues of the day. Recently added episodes include Andy Crouch on human flourishing/injustice/idolatry, Os Guinness on religious freedom and current cultural trends, Greg Grooms on current attitudes about "truth", and the Cumberbatch family on race relations in Austin. Coming next week is an episode with Professor George Yancey from The University of North Texas on a Christian model for racial reconciliation. iTunes and hillcountryinstitute.org.

Recordings of Andy Crouch's Talk on Flourishing Now Available

Good news! Today we posted the video and audio recordings of Andy Crouch's talk, Flourishing: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Power. Presented at Ballet Austin on Sunday, June 14, this message is one that will stir your heart and make you think. What does it mean to flourish? What does an image bearer do? What gets in the way of flourishing? What is true leadership? What is idolatry? What is the way to flourishing for all people? 

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