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Dig Deeper, Grow Stronger

Dear Friends, Living faithfully before God and under His word in a culture working to tear down Christian families at every turn is a challenge. Our bright hope is in digging deep into God’s word and feeding on His promises for us and for our children. He is faithful. Highlands Ministries produces resources to help your faith grow, encouraging biblical faithfulness in all areas of life. There is no part of ourselves Christ leaves unclaimed, no area untouched by the truth of His word. The deeper our roots sink into biblical truth the stronger we become for the work of. . .
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Live Stream Event with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.

Live Stream R.C. Sproul Jr. to Your Living Room!  At the 2014 Family Discipleship & Homeschooling Conference, April 25-26 Watch the preview video below! Dear Friends, I’m writing to invite you to join me via live stream at the 2014 Family Discipleship & Homeschooling Conference, April 25-26 in Redmond, WA. My friends at Christian Heritage are offering all of you $5 off the Live Stream Pass, so you can join thousands of other homeschoolers for two full days of hope, encouragement and inspiration—for just $24.95. That’s over $60 in savings compared to the onsite pass! Click here to receive $5 off your. . .
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They Can Do Nothing Without Jesus—Help Your Children Live Fruitful Lives

Like basketball’s Boston Celtics or football’s Pittsburgh Steelers, we homeschoolers are, so to speak, a dynasty. Competitively, we dominate. Every year, seemingly, homeschoolers take top honors at the National Spelling Bee, span the globe victoriously at the Geography Bee, and argue our way to statewide forensics titles. We populate the better side of standardized test bell curves. We outlearn, outserve, and outscore every other educational demographic. We needn’t be ashamed of these good things, but they are also dangerous, and we have no reason to be proud. The devil is an equal-opportunity tempter. When things don’t go our way, he. . .
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Castles in the Sand

What Are We Arguing About? There are, when we disagree, almost always two disagreements. Most of the time the smaller disagreement is the bigger one. Consider election. There are some in the church who believe that God chooses who will believe His gospel. There are others who believe God sees beforehand who will believe. This, on the surface, seems to be the root of the loss of peace between these two groups. The second disagreement, however, is over this question: just how important an issue is this? Though there are surely exceptions, by and large those who don’t believe in election. . .
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Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Three Reasons I’ve Heard Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what. . .
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A Broken and Contrite Spirit

Clichés don’t just happen to become clichés. They have to earn their stripes—a feat that requires, most of the time, that the principle contained therein has a high truth quotient. We know, for instance, that we ought not to bite the hand that feeds us because we’ve found that such bitten hands tend to stop feeding us. We also wisely teach that “more is caught than taught” because, well, more is caught than taught. Our lives are the most potent form of sermonic interference. Sin & Parenting Homeschooling families experience this peculiar truth more, perhaps, than we would like to.. . .
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Ask RC: Should Churches Have New Members Classes?

Hebrews tells us that we are to “Obey those who are over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).  We live in an age where church membership is looked upon as unnecessary, or worse, unhelpful. That is a grave danger indeed. When we refuse to submit to a group of local elders we put ourselves beyond the reach of the gracious blessing of church discipline. We are all capable of falling. . .
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Heralding the Good News

It is false to say that what we don’t know can’t hurt us, especially when it comes to the Bible. If ever there were anything we need to know, it is the very Word of God. That said, what is in all likelihood worse than what we don’t know about the Bible is what we do know that just isn’t so. Consider the Great Commission. Go Into All the World This, of course, is something we ought to be infinitely familiar with. These are not just the words of Jesus, as if that weren’t enough, but the “last” words of Jesus,. . .
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Together in Suffering

It is perhaps the deepest challenge and, in turn, the greatest lesson for a man when those whom he loves suffer. Everyone is tempted to wonder about God’s will and the why of suffering. Everyone tastes the bitterness of that first fruit, pleasing as it was to the eyes and desirable to make one wise. Everyone feels the sting of suffering, the shared pain of shared lives. But a man, a husband, a father—he feels something else: impotence. There comes, when the doctor gingerly delivers the bad news, a horrible, gnawing, piercing pain because you are the fixer, and you. . .
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Savorless Salt

When we are yet outside the kingdom, before we are born a second time, we suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1). This does not mean we are stupid. It does mean we are foolish. We know what we know but because such knowledge exposes our guilt, we suppress it. We are born again when God the Holy Spirit changes us, replacing our hearts of stone with a heart of flesh, when that same Spirit indwells us, and cleanses us. But we are not changed fully and instantly. We are still dirty. We are still, in ourselves, guilty. And we. . .
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Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr..

Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is the Rector and Chair of Philosophy and Theology at Reformation Bible College and a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries. He is a co-founder of Highlands Ministries and served as principal teacher from 1996 to 2014. You can follow him at www.rcsprouljr.com.
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