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Assurance for the Worried

What We Really Want Once we Christians mature a bit and put away childish things; once we pause and reflect and cast aside the tyranny of the urgent; once we unshackle ourselves from Master Money, we realize that we truly want but one thing: joy. Joy is a pyramid emotion, it sits on a large base of security. It’s something we rarely see outside of children who seem to have it in abundance. It’s closely connected to being care-free. Partly, a child cannot imagine all that can go wrong or that might be going wrong even as they play. But. . .
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Respond to Your Own Fires

Once upon a time, I was a fireman. It was a curious part of life at my college that each student had to “volunteer” to work in some capacity a certain number of hours each week. One of the possible jobs, next to vacuuming and so on, was a position on the local fire department. Being a fireman for the city of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee meant one night of training each week and a certain number of days on call. There were occasional brushfires and we once had a house fire, but the usual event was a false alarm at. . .
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Why Do We Take Steps Backwards?

Pilgrim’s Progress I was reading to my children recently the story of Christian in the Little Pilgrim’s Progress, an adaptation of John Bunyan’s famous work: Pilgrim’s Progress. The story begins in the City of Destruction where Christian, our hero, is unhappy and burdened even as his playmates are happy and carefree. He has been told by the Evangelist that: “The Prince to whom your city belongs is wicked and cruel, and he hates our good King. But one day an army will come from the King’s country to fight against your Prince and this city will be burned, and all. . .
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How Not to Discourage Your Own Family

The Battle in My Home I have an ongoing “battle” with my wife Lindsay. I want our home clean and orderly and she does too, just not to the extent that I do. In the home that I grew up in, you could have built microchips so clean and dust free was it. And there were just two of us children, no dogs, and my mother was a very fastidious keeper of the house. My daily words to Lindsay expressing my dissatisfaction as to the state of our home discourages her because, in her mind, she is doing all she. . .
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When in Doubt, Shut Up

Not Knowing When to Shut Up I have said some stupid things in my life. Really stupid. And they were not all an attempt to get some out-of-my-league girl to go out with me. Usually they’d show up at funerals and weddings where I’m trying desperately to say something at the former and something witty at the latter. No, not everyone gets the humor of: “Doesn’t the bride look pregnant?” And then there are the moments when I have had the opportunity to not give my opinion and pressed on undaunted. College was a good time to see me pull. . .
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Office Evangelism: Improving Your Workplace Witness

Difficulty of Office Evangelism The office. An environment that is challenging in the very best of circumstances. As chaotic and rowdy as a kindergarten class (but without the graham crackers and the much needed naptime) and with the social hierarchy of the playground and some of its cruelty too. Evangelism When You’ve “Blown It” Many of us work in quite difficult situations: highly competitive environments with hostile colleagues or angry bosses, or with pressing deadlines, or for a struggling company. And we find ourselves as Christians in a world that may be, at best indifferent, or at worst, hostile to. . .
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Christian Friends & a Kick in the Pants

Christian Friends Tell You What You Need to Hear There was a time, long, long, ago when women, young and old, did not sing songs praising my maturity and grace under pressure. It was the 1980s, long before the Kardashians roamed the earth and we all possessed iEverythings. I was not a ogre, I was not a child, but I was less mature and in need of the occasional kicking of the hindparts. And so entered my friend Dennis. Dennis Drennen was a campus fixture at Geneva College where I studied and a minister to the local Beaver Falls youths.. . .
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The Mess & Noise of Sanctification

Knowing My Own Sin I am the worst person I know. I know this because I know myself and I don’t really know anyone else. Not really. I wander the earth confused like those neighbors of serial killers: “Well that is surprising, I thought he was a nice young man.” That’s always my reaction to exposed sin in others: surprise. I am, though, never surprised at my own sin; we’ve become quite familiar with one another over the years. He is always close at hand, ready and willing to act, think, and speak his nature. And that’s discouraging. That is,. . .
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Let Us Journey Together

Begin a Journey They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. That first step for me was listening in as my old friends R.C. Sproul Jr. and Laurence Windham held a powerful conversation on the subject of worldliness. That conversation, recorded as a Basement Tape, was the push that I needed to make a rather large step that began my journey. But to what exactly? Journey to Where? It has been a journey to something and away from something. A journey to the life spelled out in Scripture, that informs the motto of Highlands Ministries: to. . .
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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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Eric Owens

Eric Owens.

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