Posts by High Pointe Church (Page 4)

Posts by High Pointe Church (Page 4)

The Heights of Hope: What’s It Worth

Does becoming a Christian mean giving up all the things that are important to you?  “I don’t want to become a Christian because I will have to stop drinking beer, and I like beer.  Surely the pastor will tell me I have to stop having sex with my live-in boyfriend/girlfriend.  Being a Christian means you have to follow a big list of dos and don’ts.”  Is this the way you think about Christianity? Pastor and author John MacArthur uses an illustration…

The Heights of Hope: Think on These Things

We all know the feeling of rolling out of bed and having our heads immediately filled with the cares and anxieties of our world. Far too often I start my day by looking at the news headlines or my Facebook newsfeed before I remember the Good News of Jesus Christ. The pile of work seems endless, the house is messy, and the appointments, meetings, and commitments that fill my schedule can be overwhelming. These concerns fill the landscape, launching an…

The Heights of Hope: Right Action, Wrong Heart, Pt.3

Before I begin, I need to confess that I am not the most orderly person.  Actually, far from it.  I’m not good at picking up after myself, let alone after my four boys.  My wife is much better than I am, but even she can’t keep up when she is the only consistent one in our house.  Couple this with the fact that we live very busy lives, and sometimes our house looks like a disaster zone.  Casey might kill…

The Heights of Hope: Right Action, Wrong Heart, Pt.2

This post is the second in a series called “Right Action, Wrong Heart”.  In my last post, I tackled the topic of praying before meals.  This week we are talking about reading our Bibles. If you are a follower of Christ or if you’ve attended church for any length of time, then you know there is actually an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Read Thy Bible.  The best Christians read the Bible every morning (bonus points if the sun’s not up!), in King James’…

The Heights of Hope: Right Action, Wrong Heart

Is it important to pray before a meal?  Well, Jesus did it (Matthew 14:19, 26:26-27; ; ) and the apostle Paul assumed it (), so I’m inclined to say yes!  But why?  What is the purpose of praying before anyone takes their first bite of food?  Do I have to do it every time?  If I’m in a restaurant, must I pray over the salads and appetizers or just the main course?  What if I am just having a snack? This…

The Heights of Hope: All Things New

I remember when I was growing up that my brothers and I would argue over who got to open the new jar of peanut butter. There was something special about pealing back the seal on the Jif and seeing the smooth, creamy peanut butter at the top. It looked like the glassy surface of a pristine lake without so much as a hint of breeze or the softest ripple of water. It always pained me to plunge the knife into…

The Heights of Hope: The Redemption of Santa Claus

My boys know how to use their imagination. With four little boys running around, our home is the site of fierce battles between Power Rangers and dreaded Nighloks. Firebenders and Earthbenders routinely wage warfare in our living room, launching each other onto the couches. Every stick-like object becomes a sword, a staff, or a wand, and old cell phones find new life as light-sabers and walkie-talkies. Children have colorful imaginations, and Casey and I make an effort to encourage our…

The Heights of Hope: It’s Ok, To Not Be Ok

Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” ~ The very essence of the gospel requires that we not be okay. Jesus came for the purpose of saving sinful people, people who were not okay. We seek to create an environment of safety at High Pointe where you can say, “I am not okay”. A good friend recently asked…