Blog (Page 11)

Blog (Page 11)

Pastor’s Corner: Raising Kids to Love Christ

In lieu of Child Dedication I want to share a verse that God has laid on my heart. . Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching  What is the best advice your parents have ever given you?  What instructions are you giving your children?  As I read this proverb I am drawn to the result of the father’s instruction; that you may…

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…

Pastor’s Corner: People Making Bad Choices

So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by God that the Lord might fulfill His word. Have you ever been frustrated by someone that you know is doing the wrong thing and they just won’t listen to your advice? As I read this verse I see that everything, really everything, even the bad, idiotic, terrible decisions that people make, can be part of God’s plan. I am reminded of…

Pastor’s Corner: Are You at Your Wit’s End?

A great friend of mine told me to read this morning. There are times in our life when you are just done, your emotions are spent and you just don’t know what to do. Have you been there? Are you there right now? Be encouraged by God’s Word in . Listen to me HPC ,and I am speaking to myself in this as well. God will bring us through trials to uncover a lot of things. For me, I see…

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…

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…