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.

  • How To Break Bad Habits & Develop Better Ones

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    In a word, the daily life of the Christian is described by, Walk. This simple term captures the idea of incremental routine, of ‘steps’. All of us generally ‘go’ somewhere everyday and usually it is the same places (duties/responsibilities) and at the same pace (again, think: routine). But how we do these things—these everyday things—varies in quality, but more importantly, in godliness. Personal evaluation is vital for sanctification. Growing in Christ and living out our faith is to be natural; habitual. But what if our living habits produce a substandard life compared to what we are offered in Christ? How. . .
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  • Transform Your Bad Attitude into Beatitudes

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    Beatitudes Are Scarce These Days In this time of intense political debate, I have providentially been working through the beatitudes in Matthew 5. There are two beatitudes that are connected that have jumped out at me in our present political context. In verse five, Jesus pronounces His blessing on the meek, which is fundamentally an attitude of selflessness. The meek person consciously puts the interest of others before himself and does not seek to defend or vindicate himself before others. He only seeks to be faithful to God and to love his neighbor and leaves the rest to God. He. . .
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  • Glorious (and Secret) Kingdom Work {Building Culture}

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    Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father,. . .
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  • 5 Ways to Use an Elder

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    Why Do We Need Elders? Many Christians know that 1 Timothy 3 is the place to go to look for the moral qualifications for serving the church as an elder. But sometimes we overlook the full reason why these criteria are there. Elders need to live godly lives, not simply to qualify for office, but in order to carry out the office. It is shameful when a church leader fails to live up to the standard of life that God expects, but God’s main concern isn’t avoiding embarrassment. He wants more people living lives that reflect His glory and so. . .
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