The Latest from Highlands

All the newest blog posts from the Highlands community of writers can be found right here. We hope they are a help to you as you seek to live faithfully.

  • Realignment

    There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If we all got together and put our troubles in a pile, each of us would go home with our own.” I’m remembering that story’s details poorly but the idea is sound. While we fret and complain about our troubles, they are distinctively ours (in God’s economy of course) and so we are uniquely qualified to deal with them. But it’s still good for us to hear about those that affect others. Modern life is fast and complicated and our lives have many, many moving pieces. Put one kitten in a room. . .
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  • If God Would Only Encourage Me

    I am presently meditating my way through the book, Everyday Glory: The Revelation of God In All of Reality, by Gerald R. McDermott. The author’s primary goal is to point out “types” of the gospel that exist in all of creation, for all of us to see, all the time. This is one of those books that I am likely to read again, immediately. The principle reason being that I am so personally encouraged about my own life through the content that McDermott presents. Let me give you an example. This is from the third chapter: So why do you. . .
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  • God is God and still, there’s gravity

    We still live in a fallen world and a world with built-in rules, both of which can result in pain. Some days we’re keenly aware of the fallen world and other days make us perplexed with “bad” things happening to us. Shouldn’t our status as God’s children protect us from this world? The world is a difficult place because of our sin and all of our efforts will be hampered by either our sin or that of others. We were promised as much when thrust out of the Garden of Eden. There’s still good work to do, but it’s going. . .
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  • The Burden of Works Righteousness

    “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11: 28-30). We’re wicked, God is Holy, and the way to have peace with our God is only through trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. That should end the issue for us. It’s really simple. We bring nothing to the equation. We. . .
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