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Pastor’s Corner: Don’t forget God to your party

Toward the end of King David’s reign he started making preparation, for his son Solomon, to make the temple for the Lord. David spared no expense, time, or man power to build God’s house. There was lots to do and no time to waste. HPC, I imagine if your family is like mine, there is a lot that goes into your Christmas. You have to shop, decorate, clean, prepare cookies and other food, and any number of traditions. With all…

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…

Pastor’s Corner: Real Sacrifice

But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” –  What makes something a sacrifice?  The answer:  when it costs you something.  King David understood there has to be a cost for it to be a sacrifice.   So, whether it is your time with God or others, your talents for God’s use in this world,…

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…

Pastor’s Corner: God Knows Your Pain

 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. It is comforting to know that God knows our pain, that He lived on the earth and experienced things we experience,  i.e. death of friends and family, weariness, withdrawal from loved ones, suffering, and others. When you are going through a difficult time and you talk with someone that can relate, it is very helpful.  They can help you in ways others can not.  HPC, go to God with your pains,…

Pastor’s Corner: Dealing with Sin

When I was reading this chapter, God opened my eyes to dealing with my sin.  I saw three things that King Josiah did when he discovered from God’s Word the gross sin his people where performing. COMMITTED himself and people to the Lord.  v.3  And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all…

Pastor’s Corner: Make it a real “Thanksgiving”

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High,  The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God.  The word thanksgiving, in the Hebrew, has more of a meaning than just thanks, it also means confession.  Confession puts you in a humble position before God.  As you read , you will get a better picture of yourself and our…

Pastor’s Corner: Who do you work for?

says: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” I am sure many of you have asked yourselves, as I have, “How do I know what I am doing is God’s will?”  This question, I have to believe, has been asked by many followers of Christ as we try and discern what God’s plan is for our life. A wise person showed me this verse when I was trying to figure out where God was leading…

Pastor’s Corner: Confession of the Heart and Soul

. I acknowledged my sin to you and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.   HPC,  please read the entire when you get a chance.  I have been challenged by this Psalm since last week when this Psalm was shared at a conference I went to.  These verses were lived out at  “Mountain Men” men’s ministry this past Sunday.  One of the…

Pastor’s Corner: Vote, then Pray!

Pastor’s Corner: Vote then Pray! says. I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, On Tuesday, November 6th, the United States will pick a president.  I urge all of you that are…

Pastor’s Corner: You need a workout!

says: for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I have to make a confession, I am sharing this verse because I have not been working out on a physical level as I should.  That being said this verse is still a great verse.  Often times we can be more concerned about our physical bodies than our spiritual.…

Pastor’s Corner: Woe is Me

  Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement Often times and I mean too often, I get in a pity party due to my own sin and mistakes.  What happens is my pride takes over and I have a battle in my mind of how I am right and everyone is wrong.  Whether I am right or not it doesn’t always matter.  The point is God is doing a work in my heart…