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Acting Like the Church

Does Socialism Ever Work? Years ago, during a job interview — strangely enough, for a job at Chilis — even stranger, I was asked if the tenets of socialism would ever work. I replied that it would work only in a purely voluntary context as in the days of the early church where in Acts we hear of those in the church with more giving eagerly to those with less and a sharing of all things. In this context, and especially when taken within a purely Christian context man is still faced with the reality that God is ultimately the. . .
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Wisdom is Power

Worldly Wisdom Obama, Bush, Hillary, Federal Reserve Chairman, United Nations, Global Climate Specialists. These gods of our days purport to have all the answers and seek all the power. Each word that comes from the mouth of our national leaders, climate experts or financial geniuses tends to be looked upon by us in hushed awe as the pagans might have from their witch doctor while he explained the meaning of the solar eclipse. “Help us!” we cry. “Tell us what to do!” Spend more? Ok. Save more? Ok. Recycle? Ingest more anti-oxidants? Floss? Jog? “Whatever you say, we’ll do because. . .
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Heaven is Now

Heaven & Earth Most of my good lines I rip off from Woody Allen and most of my good insights I rip off from RC Jr. And his material was stolen from either his father or C.S. Lewis. There — full disclosure; we have nothing new to give you but we’re still not offering any refunds. Doing my homework I can trace the notion of heaven on earth that has been intriguing me to Lewis’ The Great Divorce, where in the preface he opines with regard to how the existence we’ve known on earth will appear in hindsight after Christ’s. . .
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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

I have been listening to my teachers and pastors speak about our relationship with God for some years now and slowly the drip, drip of this Gospel teaching is wearing through the hard rock that is my heart. The tape that we all have in our heads runs a certain default message again and again through our minds and it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the message. Unfortunately for most of us the message is negative and we spend our lives trying to change the messages or simply get the messages to stop. My reoccurring message. . .
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Count the Cost of a Faithful Life

Count the Cost of Following Jesus When was the last time you heard of someone witnessing like this: Pick up your cross/noose/electric chair and follow me. Die daily. Sell all your worldly possessions and follow me. If you choose to say that Christ is Lord you will not know a moment’s peace the rest of your days which will be few by the way. Apostles Suffered The apostles were such evangelists. And they then suffered the fate that they warned about. They were persecuted, beaten and ultimately killed. Only John died a natural death. The rest were crucified, burned, stoned. . .
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Keep Your Thinking On the Straight and Narrow

Scandal of Leaving the Straight and Narrow Did you read the recent expose in Christianity Today about the large New York City church and the shocking sins publicly committed and rank heresy preached directly from the pulpit? Any attempt to clean up the situation was thwarted by the fact that the members were all aligned with different pastors. You would probably know this church more by the fact that it was founded, and for years ministered to, by perhaps our country’s most beloved and respected pastor. How does a church so quickly fall into such traps given the firm foundation. . .
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Reading the Bible as a Family History

A Revelation on How to Read the Bible The day was Memorial Day, 2005 and I and many others were lounging on Laurence Windham’s ample porch and he was about to bless the food. Before he did so he gave us a new spin on the idea of that day; that we should thank God for the faithfulness and sacrifices of those that went before us. I was prepared for the typical mention of soldiers who fought in wars, but he went on to mention the prophets, the apostles, all the saints. My journey into the simple, separate and deliberate. . .
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Evolving into Socialism

The Origin of Socialism An English naturist published a little book in 1859 that changed the world. The Origin of the Species it was called. Its author, Charles Darwin, an admitted agnostic, was trying to make sense of the world of his senses. If you take God out of any equation and look at the same data you’ll come to a very different conclusion. The success of this book and subsequent theories of human development can’t be overstated. All of life was affected. For those prone to such things it gave cover for eugenic experiments, for weeding out undesirables from. . .
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Family History

Learning Your Family History As a young boy, one of my favorite things to do was to venture into my parent’s bedroom while my father was working at his huge desk. When he looked up from his law books I would ask him if he would tell me a story from when he was a boy. He always would and we’d lie on his huge bed (it turns out it was only a double bed but it was the biggest bed in my world) and he’d tell me about life on the farm in southern Indiana with his seven brothers. . .
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Your Family is a Target-Rich Environment for Kingdom Building

This World is a Battlefield We who are the seed of the woman are to oppose the seed of the serpent. The orders for this battle were written very early on: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed” (Gen 3:15a). And there is seemingly no end to the areas of life in which we see possible conflicts and battlefields on which to fight them. Even within the evangelical, Bible believing, starched shirt-wearing church of the happy, clean, and polite, there is work to be done. We have chronicled many of. . .
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Give an Inheritance

What Does the Bible Say About Inheritance? When the Bible talks about an inheritance it doesn’t always talk about it in financial terms. But almost always it does. It is a reoccurring theme throughout the Bible. We are to give one; we are to protect the one we’ve been given; we are to think in terms of multi-generational generosity. Because this is how God thinks. When God first makes covenant with Moses He describes himself in these terms: The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and. . .
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Heaven On Earth

Changing Culture A reoccurring fantasy of mine is to be a witness as the Spirit moves in a great way in this country. Slowly at first, changing families, towns, perhaps regions. And then sweeping the country from coast to coast. Imagine the confusion, the frustration, the outrage as those who were comfortable, even happy, with the status quo woke up to a country where radical changes were happening. Where the Kingdom of God was seizing territory, seizing lives, seizing souls. And as Jesus was a revolutionary, so too should we be. Overthrowing institutions is the goal for those institutions that. . .
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A Fearful Future?

Threats to Liberty, Morality & Peace It seems as if not a day goes by where some fundamental right we have as Americans isn’t under serious threat. Just the other day I saw where the Obama administration is trying to present their case for killing Americans on American soil they deem to be a threat. No discussion, no trial, just death. They could be our enemies after all. You’d think something like that might make quite a few headlines. But it’s crushed under the other headlines of other freedoms being attacked. We live in truly frightening times. And then there’s. . .
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Slave Culture

Loving Slavery We are a nation of slaves and we love it. We have pursued our masters with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our minds. And now we are fully content in our serfdom. We don’t feel the stripes on our back, the chafing of the chains, the loss of movement, the indignity. We don’t feel any of that. What we feel is jumpiness I guess, a nervous energy that never seems to go away, an addict’s itch. All we ask for in exchange for the chains is all the stuff. . .
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Salty & Lighty

Giving a Defense The role of the Christian, as far as I can tell from Scripture, is to simply act like one. Scripture is telling us how this comes about, what it is and what it means. That’s about ninety-nine percent of the job. The other one percent is “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15). We evangelicals usually get it the other way around and mess up the wording of the latter, translating it thusly: “always be ready to be on the. . .
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Wasted Time?

  Life is seasons. We all live in the God-ordered context of seasons; cold to warm, hot to cool, fierce heat to fading light, falling snow to frolicking lambs and back again. We accept this. We even enjoy it. The transitions are assuring and sometimes exciting as the mid-season days grow long and tiresome. But are we as accepting of seasons in our own lives? Seasons of Plenty We do have plenty of examples from Scripture of how God orders the lives of His saints to encompass the mundane as well as the terrifying, the years of fat cows being. . .
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Top Ten Lists from Every Thought Captive magazine

Top Ten Poor Restaurant Names  10. Bubba’s Slaughterhouse Emporium and Tearoom 9. Sam O’Nilla’s Irish House of Pork 8. Left Out Since Last Tuesday 7. Find a Hair, Dessert’s on Us Factory 6. Endangered Species Garden 5. T.G.I. Hitler’s Birthday 4. Outback: Is Where We Trapped and Killed Your Dinner 3. This Country’s Best Yack (TCBY) 2. Dunkin’ Puppies 1. Squid Barrel   The Top Ten Worst Stocking Stuffers of All Time, I mean all time. 10. Dirt 9. Fire 8. Tyrannosaurus meat 7. Your enemy’s skull 6. Freshly yanked back hair with the roots still firmly attached 5. Your. . .
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Seasons (not) in the Sun

Something has been lost. Don’t we often have a nagging feeling within us that something has been lost? It’s not our glasses or the grocery list most of the time (unless you have small children or dogs or both like I do). What I’m talking about is deeper, more the core than the apple. In the movie, The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo lives with this nagging feeling that things are not as they should be and while there are clues to the dilemma, there are no answers. Until someone tells him the truth that his “life” was nothing more than. . .
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Broken cds

If you have had your Basement Tape or other cd arrive  broken we are very sorry and are looking for a better way to ship these to you. Too many of you have had this happen now that the nation has entered the cold months. If you have contacted us, your replacement will arrive shortly. If you have not, you can always email us to let us know what you need: info@HighlandsMinistriesOnline.org  

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Broken CD? Simply email us

As the temperatures drop, the CDs that we mail to you in the cardboard packages become more brittle and can break in transit. If this happens to you, simply send us an email (info@HighlandsMinistriesOnline.org) letting us know who you are and which CD you need replaced and we’ll put another one in the mail immediately.    

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Eric Owens

Eric Owens.

Eric Owens is the President of Highlands Ministries. A graduate of Geneva College and the Reformed Theological Seminary, Eric joined the Highlands staff in 2006. He's married to Lindsay and they have two young daughters, Caoilfhionn (Kee-Lin) and Shire and a son, Cotton.
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