Highlands Blog

Here you will find posts by the Highlands staff and friends of the ministry. This includes posts on Christian living from people we think will be helpful to you. We will also introduce you to new resources and special offers.

A Broken and Contrite Spirit

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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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Hosea Bible Study — New Release!

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Hosea: Sound Teaching Bible Study

Hosea, the latest in our Sound Teaching Bible Study series is now available in our store. This study helps give us a right perspective on what we are really like, what Jesus has done for us, and how astonishing the gospel really is. The story of the gospel is not that Jesus, the knight in shining armor, came to save the beautiful princess. Instead, that He came to rescue, and remake, the ugly hag. In this study of Hosea we explore God’s loyal love for His wayward people. And we will stand on the sure and certain promise that He. . .
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Ask RC: Should Churches Have New Members Classes?

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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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Rest Amid Responsibilities

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Rest Amid Responsibilities

“A man works from sun to sun but a woman’s work is never done.” Although this saying does not describe the work patterns of my husband, this saying is true when you view Sunday as the Christian sabbath. While a man who works outside the home can accomplish a complete cessation of his vocation for one day each week, which mothering duties do not fall under the category of “duties of necessity and mercy”? Sunday is the Hardest Day When my older children were all little, I remember feeling a little resentful of the Sunday bustle. Every other day of. . .
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Top Ten Lists from Every Thought Captive magazine

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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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Heralding the Good News

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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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New Basement Tape — Y is for Self-Existence

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Basement Tape #143: Y is for Self-Existence

Why is theology important? What do ideas like Expiation and Self-Existence have to do with our day-to-day living? They have a great deal of importance in a life of faith, whether we realize it or not. Understanding the God in whom we trust, can actually help us trust Him more. Understanding why we believe the things we believe can give us greater confidence as we seek to live faithfully and build the Christ’s kingdom in our corner of the world. The newest Basement Tape, #143 is the 25th in a 26 part series called the Alphabet Series on Theology. Y. . .
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You Really Can Have it All

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You Can Have it All — Join the You Get Everything club!

You Get Everything club Here at Highlands Ministries we are thankful for our ministry partners who help make possible the work that we do for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. Our best supporters are people like you. Families who are encouraged and helped by the resources we produce. One of the most helpful ways that these folks support the ministry is by becoming members of our You Get Everything club. This club is a win win. Regular monthly support helps us to be able to plan our year, and allows us to focus our efforts. . .
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Seasons (not) in the Sun

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Seasons (not) in the Sun — Thankful

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

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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

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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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Latest Basement Tape now available . . .

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Our Basement Tape conversation, Godliness, Contentment and Great Gain (#141)  is now available for purchase as either a CD or mp3. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).  

Seasons: December’s Every Thought Captive

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The upcoming issue of Every Thought Captive magazine is titled: Seasons and contains such articles as: A Season of Waiting, A Time to Plant, In Defense of Dancing and Mourning. Because we all struggle with maintaining our balance in our Christian walk we wanted to examine the seasons of life, the ups and downs, the planting and harvesting, from a variety of angles. As we do with all our issues of this magazine we search the Bible for answers to how we survive and thrive on our journey to the Celestial City. Every Thought Captive is in its seventeenth year. . .
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Ask Paul and R.C.: Why Do Christians Still Sin?

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Dr. Sproul recently gave a sermon on Romans 7: 15-20 and tries to answer the question: Why Do Christians Still Sin? Listen here. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what. . .
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Coming Soon: Contra Mundum

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The November issue of Every Thought Captive magazine is entitled: Contra Mundum, “against the world.” From the President’s Column: “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.” Join the conversation as we talk about how to live “Contra Mundum.”. . .
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Dr. Sproul speaks at: The Reformation Day Faire, Morton, Illinois Oct 18-20.

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The Reformation Day Faire Our speakers and musical guests include… Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine.Dr. Sproul is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which are The Call to Wonder; Believing God; Bound for Glory; After Darkness, Light: Essays in Honor of R. C. Sproul; and When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling. Rev. James McDonald. . .
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Some wisdom on the subject of Courtship

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A Basement Tape conversation on: Courtship God gave us marriage, wanting godly seed. We in turn want the same for our own children, that they would marry wisely, and raise up the next generation of soldiers of the King. How do we best prepare our children to marry wisely, and how ought we to lead them through this process? Join us as we consider together some fundamental principles of wisdom along the path to the joy of seeing our children marry in the Lord.  

Dr. Sproul to speak at Family Economics Conference

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Dr. Sproul will be a key-note speaker on October 11-12 at the Family Economics Conference in Ocean Shores, Washington, This conference is hosted by Generations with Vision and Christian Heritage. Dr. Sproul is an expert in the subject of economics and his book, Biblical Economics, has been in print continuously for almost thirty years. Dr. Sproul has also developed a DVD series, Economics for Everybody and a curriculum on economics. Both are designed for students of all ages.  

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Dr. Sproul visits Bristol, records some Basement Tapes

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Dr. Sproul braved the cool mountain air of southwestern Virginia this past weekend to record a few Basement Tapes with Laurence Windham, Jay Barfield, Steve Murphy, and Eric Owens. Here, he and Basement Tape host, Laurence Windham enjoy a post-recording, pre-dinner moment.  

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