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The decorations are down, most of the gifts are now “used,” and this is the first real work week after the holidays. As we look over the past month we need to ask, “What Was Christmas All About Anyway?" For Christians living in America and so far removed from the origins (some pagan and some religious), what are we really talking about? In order to clear up any confusion we probably need to divide present-day Christmas observance into two categories – secular and religious. Both of these categories were probably seen in most homes this year, and that includes Christians homes. For example, in our home (1) we had a beautiful nativity scene that was hand carved out of African wood and sitting in plain view as a reminder of the events surrounding Christ’s birth, and (2) we had a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that our children lik... Read More

Music & Cutting the Word Straight

Posted January 09, 2012 by Steve Hafler

Dear Highlands, Music is one of God’s amazing creations. Music, like all other language, communicates content, context, and culture. Church music is no exception. The texts of Psalm 33:1-5; Ephesians 5:19; and Colossians 3:19 make clear that praise to God is not only acceptable but divinely mandated in the life of God’s children. As your pastor I realize there are vast differences that exist among believers at Highlands Baptist Church. I want to encourage those who have allowed their musical tastes and choices to be too broadly shaped by the fallen parts of culture to be willing to adjust their choices and discipline their tastes by biblical principles. I also want to encourage those in our congregation who may have had their musical tastes too narrowly shaped by either their background or hyper-traditionalism to be willing to adjust their tastes by the bi... Read More

I am struck with the importance of Paul's prayer for the Thessalonian believers in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11 and how that relates to our mutual service at Highlands. Since Paul's situation is not a direct layover we need to understand that "all Scripture is... profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). Paul prays that he might be able to strengthen these believers - people he evangelized and was torn away from by Satanic hinderance (Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:8). 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11 [A]s we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? [11] Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,. Paul is a sincere Christian deeply involved in the lives of real people and their needs. Notice three det... Read More

Are We Done Playing Games Yet?

Posted November 07, 2011 by Steve Hafler

My eleven year old son just walked past me with a cardboard shield, wooden "sword" and a cereal box sheath held together by string. All hand made and esteemed highly by his two younger brothers (the enemy of course). I love raising boys. It is a daily reminder of the risk and adventure God has placed in a man’s heart. Our injury list from having three boys is impressive - three broken wrists, enough sutures to mend an elephant, a steel splinter in the eye, a two inch thorn embedded deep into the foot, broken teeth from catapulted rocks and bicycle wrecks, countless cuts and scrapes, a toe caught in the spokes resulting in natural nail removal, and many other bumps and bruises. We have been to the “theatre” (operating room) in Africa more than I care to remember which is an adventure all by itself but one never highlighted in tourist books. ... Read More

Near the end of his extraordinary life, William Carey was becoming a household name in England. Biographies were being turned out to an eager public. Even mementos of Carey’s life were prized as almost sacred objects. One day a friend of Carey’s was going on and on about the fame of the “Father of Modern Missions.” Carey interrupted him sharply saying, “When I am gone, speak no more of Mr. Carey. Speak of Mr. Carey’s Saviour.” Carey wasn’t the last missionary to become a celebrity, and his rejection of such misplaced attention, his “He must increase; I must decrease” attitude is refreshing. But the whole story underscores a dangerous tendency in ministry. When missions becomes man-centered, a deviation has occurred from its Christ-centered and Gospel-focused purpose. This deviation often stems from an outdate... Read More