We’ve all been there, either at the giving or receiving end of a sales pitch. Giving it, we’re convinced the prey will never buy and on the receiving end, we’re convinced that the hunter will never leave us alone. No one wants to be sold something they don’t want. And if perchance we purchase, we’ll forever somewhat resent that person who “convinced” us we needed that product or service. And yet we love to buy things. Put a soft red sweater on display on a long wooden table with rock music playing overhead and we’ll gladly pass you six crisp. . .
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Do you understand the temptation of good things? As we walk through our Christian life, most of us agree that we are often tempted. As a “mom of many,” I struggle with the temptation to be angry and not patient and kind. I struggle with a temptation to be lazy in discipline, selfish, and critical. We agree that these sins are all wrong, bad for ourselves, our husband, and our children. But the greatest temptation I face day-in and day-out is the temptation to do good things. If I may point out a personal strength, I am a fairly. . .
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“Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus’ first call to discipleship in Mark’s Gospel compared His ministry to the work Simon, Andrew, James, and John knew very well. He saw fishermen at work and made a ready comparison. But this call also connected what Jesus was doing to the Old Testament hopes found at the end of Ezekiel’s visions. The prophet had foreseen God’s people returning from exile and rebuilding the temple to restore right worship. Out of that rebuilt temple flowed a river of life and Ezekiel 47:10 talked about fishermen standing beside. . .
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Unwelcome Evangelism The world desires safe spaces be maintained; spaces free of judgment, free of guilt, free of fear and shame. They love sin, and do not want their daily routine jarred by the Word of the Lord. Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish”—He preached a jarring message. When we take God’s Word to the streets we see how disturbing it is to feelings of safety in secular spaces. Worldlings chafe under the proclamation of the only existing remedy for their guilt and shame, and as their consciences are rubbed raw they scorn the ones who. . .
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Disturbing News Nothing remains certain. Politics, economics, and even going to a parade all share the same level of insecurity these days in the minds of people around the globe. Many are left wondering why the world is experiencing such unrest. Why does it seem like the world is unraveling? The answer, in one aspect, is incredibly simple: Everyone is a sinner and we live in a fallen world. But does that mean that there is no hope for having peace of mind? Are the only options to simply wring our hands or distract ourselves through amusement while the lunacy. . .
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When a society forgets the Good News, bad news lurks right around the corner. As we live under the pressure of an unrighteous culture pressing in, how can we maintain optimism about the power of the gospel in the world today? We can, and we should. Join they guys as they talk about the tremendous power of the gospel to transform ourselves and our world.
Building a family identity, growing together in our faith and our love for each other is a great challenge but fairly simple. It involves time together and lots of it. Join us for a conversation on how to make time for your family, and why it matters so much.
Also check out the HomeWise podcast episode on spending time with your children.
Three ministers weigh in on the importance of seeking counsel—not just in critical times, but all the time.
Why does it seem like the modern church has lost its saltiness? We seem to be ineffective at reaching our culture for Christ. Perhaps that is because we, like the disciples Jesus taught during His ministry, don’t understand how to live like Christians.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus explains what life looks like when we are living like Christians instead of just being churchy. The ministry and mission of Highlands draws deeply from the teaching of Jesus in this sermon. Join us for this conversation as the Highlands team talks about mission, ministry, and learning to live in a salty way.
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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Giving Good Gifts Instead of Acceptable Gifts Most of the residents had been living on the street before they came to our program, drug addicts and drunkards who had made a mess of their lives. They were not a happy crowd, sometimes they were rather wily, some were probably dangerous, but I never really thought about it. They were men who needed the gospel, and I was zealous to teach them, to offer them an amazing gift. I had been working at the rehab for about five weeks when I decided to deal with a false doctrine that was rampant. . .
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Abortion clinics, or abortion mills as they are more aptly described are one of the darkest places in our culture. In this difficult conversation Dr. Sproul Jr., Rev. Windham and Evangelist Charles Humphrey discuss the pro-life movement, why these “clinics” exist, what kind of people abort their children, and the reasons why Christians should be outside the abortion mills. And not to protest. Preaching and sidewalk counseling is scary, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dangerous and it’s the point in time when a mother, a boyfriend, a father, a grandfather might be most aware of their sin and open to the gospel message.
The Bible says that we need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15). This command ends with the prescribed delivery method: “with meekness and fear.” That, unfortunately, hardly describes most of our attempts at apologetics. As we live, being salt and light in our communities we will encounter the heathen and we will face this challenge, this opportunity. In Giving an Answer, Dr. Sproul provides four biblical answers to common objections our neighbors may have to biblical faith. These are answers which we can give with meekness and fear.