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What’s “Good” about Good Friday?

Good Friday – what could possibly be “good” in connection with a crucifixion? The Son of God – unjustly condemned as a criminal and put to death by way of one of the most horrific, torturous, and gruesome practices in the history of mankind. But while the practice of crucifixion itself is horrifying, the eternal implications of Jesus’ death are where an unbelievable amount of “good” can be found. Over the course of this week, I’ve been trying to think through…

Lessons in the Wilderness

In my daily reading of God’s Word I just read through the book of Numbers. In a book titled Numbers you would expect to find statistics and figures, and sure enough they are listed in the book. After an initial census to determine the strength of the fighting force, God instructed Moses to cleanse and consecrate the nation for worship and warfare. After a special celebration of the Passover at Mount Sinai, the people began the journey to the Promised…

Glimmer of Hope

I met Mike years ago at one the many forgetful places of employment I’ve had. We both worked the graveyard shift along with a cast of other characters like I had never seen before or since. When I met Mike he had been sober for a couple of years after many years of dedicated hardcore drinking. Mike was kind of like an airplane flying too close to the ground, the threat of a crash was almost inevitable. In one such…

Microcosm at the Manger

I have no idea who coined the idiom “hustle and bustle,” but I’ve noticed that the only time I’ve ever heard a real human say those words is during the Christmas season. Perhaps the complete silliness of that phrase is the only appropriate way to describe the madness that officially begins the day after Thanksgiving each year. The month of December is a whirlwind of endless activity: frantic shopping, decorating, baking, the arduous task of picking out the perfect picture…

Accountability

A few years ago when I lived in Wisconsin, my relationship with God was in rough shape. Essentially, I was fat and lazy. Around this time, I met a small group of men who were serious about their relationship with God. They were engaged and dedicated and it captured my attention. One of the men was right about my age and also worked in IT. He was, and still is, a huge encouragement to me. We had a lot in…

Social Media #Wisdom from @King_Solomon

It was just over 10 years ago – August of 2003 – when the first social phenomenon hit the internet. MySpace was a brand new way to meet and interact with people – it was something that we had never seen or experienced before (and thanks to Tom, you were never without an internet friend). The popularity & use of MySpace, however, was very short-lived as Facebook took the concept & ran with it, launching their own site in February…

Changes

As the 1962 drag season drew to a close, it was obvious that Pontiac’s position at the top of the Super Stock hierarchy was weakening. Ford, Chrysler and Chevrolet were gaining on Pontiac with bigger engines and an ever-increasing supply of special parts, including weight-saving aluminum components and body panels. Pontiac engineers knew they had to have a lighter, more powerful car for 1963 in order to be competitive. The changes required to be competitive in the 1963 Super Stock…

2014 Men’s Retreat Audio

Stepping Up Means Humbling Yourself – Paul Sabino    Download [audio:http://highpointealtoona.com/audio/SundayAM/2014-09-26Mens_Retreat-Friday_Night-Stepping_up_means_bowing_down.mp3] Stepping Up, In Your Marriage – Paul Sabino    Download [audio:http://highpointealtoona.com/audio/SundayAM/2014-09-27Mens_retreat-Morning_Session-Stepping_up_in_your_marriage.mp3] Stepping Up, In Your Home – Paul Sabino    Download [audio:http://highpointealtoona.com/audio/SundayAM/2014-09-27Mens_retreat-Session_3-Stepping_up_in_your_homes.mp3]

Putting Time in an Envelope

I lived most of my adult life without worrying about a budget. Money always seemed like a guaranteed resource that would always be around, I just had to avoid spending the ambiguous amount of “too much.” When my family finally got on a budget, I realized just how finite money really is. We began using a digital version of the envelope system, which is the idea that you take any income you receive and piece it out between different envelopes…

I’m Glad the Bible isn’t Written About Me

 The Old Testament is full of historical accounts. Some sections are focused in on individuals & their “life story,” while some are pulled back to capture events of an entire people group or nation. In either case, most of the time these accounts include a narrative about failure. They cite instances of rebellion, idolatry, immorality, and more – some in great detail and others in sweeping generalities. I recently started reading through the book of Hosea, and so far it…

Rejection

Rejection…we’ve all been there. At some point in life, we’ve all felt it. Rejection can take on so many different forms; it can happen on so many different levels. It can be as simple as looking back & remembering how you were always the last kid picked for a game of kickball at recess.