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Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” In a time where our supposed “epic centers” of knowledge known as public education have completely removed God, it may seem strange to think about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge. To understand why knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord I can think of no better illustration than Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam…

A Godly Response to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

The following are a few examples of the many words and phrases describing what people might be thinking about the legalizing of same-sex marriage: Basic civil right; freedom; peace; equality; love wins; finally; American victory (President Obama); the end is coming; sodomites; God loves everyone; God hates gays; too traditional; narrow minded; hate crimes; unconstitutional judiciary tyranny (Mike Huckabee), etc. The list goes on, but what should be our reaction as believers, co-workers, neighbors, and leaders? I would like to…

Prayer

The word technology today can mean many different things based on the context of the discussion. It could be a new piece of hardware, a mobile device, or perhaps a new app or a server farm. Much of technology, especially software is about data and access to data. Once you have the data, it can be directed in many different ways. You can report on data, mine data, manipulate data, display data and so on. In the background of the…

Sexual Immorality in the Church

The Bride of Christ has a sex problem in the American church. Sexual problems in marriage, pre-marital sex, adultery, pornography, self-satisfaction, homosexuality and many other forms have plagued the church and will continue to plague the church. In Dr. Budziszewski’s book On the Meaning of Sex, he writes about the problem, “Errors about sex cause such terrible suffering, in our day more than in most. The worst is the suffering of those who no longer know they are in torment,…

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]