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Eating Plastic Fruit

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Every Monday we receive a basket full of organic fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmer friend. I know a little about the hard work and toil that goes into each basket. It requires good seed, good soil, good water, and plenty of good hard work. There is no short cutting the process. There is no such thing as instant edible fruit. The agrarian metaphors of Scripture are particularly applicable in today’s modern, synthetic society. The world is always trying to create things that must be grown and forcing things that must take time. Authentic fruit is a result. . .
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Lifted Up Into the Heavenlies

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The more I love my wife the more I want to be with her, enjoy her, and share all of life’s experiences with her. And what makes it all the better is to know these feelings are mutual. A few issues back I wrote an article about marriage being the metaphor for the relationship Christ has with His Church (His Bride), and not the other way around. Building on that truth, we must consider more closely our earthly marriages and the realities they reveal about our heavenly relationship with Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews is rich with heavenly truths. . .
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Hospitality: Serving a Killer Meal

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Hospitality: Serving a Killer Meal

Hospitality Feeds Souls Hot dogs, baked beans, and chips—that’s the first dinner I served our next door neighbor boy. (Hey, it was a bad week!) Perhaps not the most nourishing meal for his body, but this dinner fed his soul. Nick is like many twelve-year-old boys in our country. Both parents work full-time outside the home, he is an only child, public schooled, and most of his meals go from box to microwave to TV tray. We rarely saw him outside. He relied on video games and movies to fill his lonely after-school hours. His parents are nice people, church. . .
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Where the Wild Things Are

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Homeschooling mothers are the most fearful set of people on the planet. We fear whether our children are being properly socialized. We fear if we are doing too little or too much academic work. We fear whether we are doing it right. (“It” defined here as whatever a particular homeschooling speaker, author, or friend thinks is the right way to homeschool.) Are we studying the right subjects or enough subjects? Should we teach reading early or late, in English or Latin or Greek, or at all? What if I miss something important? How will I teach my child chemistry? Then. . .
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Income Tax Debates

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Income Tax Debates

Written 2010 Republicans & Democrats Talk Taxes The fight is on to decide if the American people will pay more in income taxes in 2011. Our congressional leaders are busy positioning themselves right and left. Some say they want no more tax increases of any kind while others are saying we ought to tax the rich another bite. Taxes are an endless topic in popular politics so I suppose tax talk will be a recurring theme here. The good news is that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject so we never have to just guess it. . .
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The Good Life

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We went to a party today. And when I say party, I don’t mean the sanitized Christian kind where there are…Christians. I mean PARTYYYY party. One of Brett’s old co-workers had turned 50, and she was throwing a big bash out at the lake house. She even invited Brett and me–and our whole family. She loves our family. So, we went. It’s always the kind of outing I have to mentally gear up for. I mean, I love her; I really do. But the crowd is not made up of our people. It’s ‘them.’ ‘They’ are mostly aging yuppies, every. . .
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Hope in Difficult Times

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There is a lot of fear out there over what our government will do next. Will we be taxed insensible? Will our guns and gold be seized? Will homeschooling remain legal? Must we obtain more registrations and numbers from the central government? Are the banks going bankrupt? Will the dollar devalue into uselessness? Things have never looked so grim. But wait—we are already taxed insensible, gold was already seized once (in 1933), homeschooling has often been treated as illegal, we already have a universal government registration number, the banks have been essentially bankrupt for decades (although they have been keeping. . .
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Idolatrous Patriotism

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Idolatrous Patriotism

What is Patriotism? Patriotism seems to have a distinctive meaning. It is difficult to think of a synonym. For instance, ‘loyalty’ does not exactly capture the heart of what patriotism is. Love of country is closer, but, ‘love of country’ is not one word and so cannot be a synonym for anything (Do I have my English correct here? I think I do). Patriotism may be better understood by living among the people of a land, loving what they love and hating what they hate. Nobody believes their country is right all the time but almost everybody thinks themselves patriotic. . .
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The Return of Christendom

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The Return of Christendom

Waiting for the End There is a lot of wailing right now about the coming crash, the mid-east spoiling for war, Israel at battle stations, and the general unwinding of the American system. There are a whole lot of my evangelical brethren who believe we are at the end of the age. Not just the end of politics as we know them but the end of the entire book of history. There is a sense of desperation on the nerve as of those without hope, or of men who believe their end is branded in time with prophetic surety. Churchmen. . .
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Students Should Learn to Understand ALL Subjects in a Christian Way

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Students Should Learn to Understand ALL Subjects in a Christian Way

…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10:5 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ Colossians 2:8 No Neutral Subjects The idea that neutrality may exist in any classroom is an evil illusion. It attempts to create a middle ground between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. Jesus has told us there is no middle ground. In all areas of our existence we are either for Him or against Him. Nothing else exists.. . .
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What Does the Bible Say About Homeschooling?

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One of the key Scriptures delineating God’s mind is found at Deuteronomy 6:6–9: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thine gates. We. . .
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Couples Camp dates set for June 20-23, 2013 in Bristol, Virginia

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We are inviting ten couples to come for three days of intense conversation, as well as a great deal of fun. The camp is held at the home of Highlands Ministries President, Eric Owens, in Bristol, Virginia. Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be your teacher. We will not only talk about how to be a kingdom-building, King-serving family, but we will talk about it in the context of such families. We will follow three distinct but related areas of inquiry: the biblical view of the family, the sovereignty of God, and the unstoppable spread of the Kingdom of God. Click here. . .
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A Cartoon Jesus by Kara Murphy

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In the sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and content of what. . .
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Apocalypse Now?

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While recently enjoying the company of another family in our home, the conversation segued from the possible benefits of a college education to post-apocalyptic survival (Maybe I put too many chilies in the beans). As you can imagine, the discussion was stimulating and we had plenty of chips and salsa to munch on so a good time was had by all even though, hanging over our lower/middle-class heads is the threat of a national, maybe global economic collapse. Both of us (the other guy and I) grew up during the Cold War; a time and life overshadowed with the anxiety. . .
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The Greatest of These

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We read in 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Wait a second, the greatest of these is “love”? Does Paul really mean that? That love comes before, is the ground perhaps for faith and hope? In the Reformed world we place faith as the greatest; after all, sola fide is one of the 5 Solas and there isn’t a sola caritas (love alone) in the Solas of the Reformation. In reality, we Reformed folks probably place a whole lot of stuff before love. But what we don’t realize. . .
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Eating Plastic Fruit

By in Highlands Fellow on

Every Monday we receive a basket full of organic fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmer friend. I know a little about the hard work and toil that goes into each basket. It requires good seed, good soil, good water, and plenty of good hard work. There is no short cutting the process. There is no such thing as instant edible fruit. The agrarian metaphors of Scripture are particularly applicable in today’s modern, synthetic society. The world is always trying to create things that must be grown and forcing things that must take time. Authentic fruit is a result. . .
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Guarding the Garden Without Bruising the Fruit

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We live on two beautiful acres in the middle of nowhereIllinois. When God moved us from the concrete suburbs ofKaty,Texasto the fertile soil of theMidwest, we had dreams of a lush garden filled with easy-to-grow vegetables and fruit trees. Though we had enjoyed our backyard garden in southeastTexas, we looked forward to a more extensive agricultural footprint inIllinois. I will never forget the first few gardens we planted after moving here. We dug up a pretty good parcel of land and planted a diverse group of herbs and vegetables. We did all that we could to ensure that the native. . .
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Help to Live a Fruitful Life

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Attending to the funeral and burial of a parent, as I did last week, does something to you. It violates the way things should be. I imagine everyone who has done this has experienced hard to explain, but very real topsy-turvy feelings that accompany this event. Reflection upon the past, revisiting past pleasures and hurts in your family—this is normal. One such negative memory is of me trying to help my father with something, and him being impatient. I wanted to please him, and being a small lad, I couldn’t do it through strength alone. So I worked hard and. . .
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The Garden of Good and Evil

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It is interesting to note when looking at the account of Adam and Eve in the garden that, before the fall, they had only one temptation to deal with. ONE. Don’t eat the forbidden fruit. Now, we know that the fall had more to do with eating fruit. In fact, one could make the case that pretty much all of the ten commandments were violated either directly or indirectly in that one sin. Summed up, they didn’t care for the limitation placed on them by their Master, and made themselves slaves to another one.As a result, the creation was transformed. . .
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