The Best Part of a Bleeding Heart

The Best Part of a Bleeding Heart

Like any other self-respecting word-nerd, I subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Day”. I like learning the meaning of unfamiliar words, I like learning the etymology of words I know and I’m especially interested in learning the background and history of common...

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The Voice of Our Youth

A few Sundays ago, I was asking our middle-schoolers if they felt like they have a voice in a world that seems to belong to adults: “Do you feel seen and heard when you have something different to say? … Do you feel like your voice actually matters?” At first,...

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The Essence of the Word “Blessed”

For years I struggled with the word "blessing". It seems so often people use that word to describe when life was going good, and they are "blessed" by God. But Jesus says something quite a bit different. So here's Jesus, standing on a hill, saying all these weird...

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Two Steps Closer

Two Steps Closer

After nearly a month of inspections, quotes, and wandering through the halls dreaming of what could be, we found our new home. God has made the way for us to purchase the building at 1700 S. Grant St. On Sunday, the Leadership Council voted unanimously to continue...

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Questions Are For Asking

Questions Are For Asking

How many of us heard, “Quit asking so many questions!” growing up? Especially in church. During our Stones of Remembrance service, Jennie Lewis told us her painful story of recently being asked to leave her previous church’s small group because she asked too many...

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So Much Change Ahead for Us in 2020!

So Much Change Ahead for Us in 2020!

We’re about to take our next step forward as a church: we are looking for a new home! Over the last decade, we’ve lived in 4 different buildings: The Oriental Theater, an old church (that’s been converted into condos/brewery) on 32nd and Lowell, North High School, and...

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Faith is What Makes Life Bearable

Faith is What Makes Life Bearable

Greetings Highlands Church Family! On behalf of our Staff Team and Leadership Council, I wish you a very Merry Christmas full of the contagious love of Christ. And I’m praying for you this week. I pray you experience growth in your faith. “Faith is what makes life...

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Better Vision: Seeing More of What is Really There

Better Vision: Seeing More of What is Really There

I have been wearing glasses since I was two years old. Adorable you say? Picture this; I was not walking by age two so I was crawling and scooting across the floor like a little Woody Allen. And to complete the picture, I had a “lazy” left eye so there was little...

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Who Is Jesus, And Where Is He?

Who Is Jesus, And Where Is He?

I find it fascinating that, in some parts of the Gospel stories, Jesus asks people to not reveal his identity to anyone. One example is found in Mark 8:27-30, when Peter calls Jesus “the Christ”, and Jesus orders him to keep that to himself. I mean, wouldn’t it make...

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YOU ARE INVITED!

YOU ARE INVITED!

TODAY is our 7th Annual CHRISTMAS GALA! We plan all year for this party, and we want you to be there! In November of 2013, we had recently moved into the Holiday Theater, and we were beginning to feel settled into our new home. Fellow Highlander Monique Crine came to...

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

I am entering Thanksgiving with a heart that is in a different place than usual. It seems like this holiday is coming right in the middle of a time where there is much sadness among those in my circle. The weight of losing loved ones, marriages hurting or broken, the...

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Christmas Gala is Almost Here!

Christmas Gala is Almost Here!

Ok people, it’s time to dust off that old 80’s prom dress! Yep, it’s gala time! In years past, we have had a lot of fun and raised some money too. To be frank, every year we have a dilemma, because the gala is part fundraiser, and part "really fun party”. So, holding...

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The Sure Bet of a Simpler Life

The Sure Bet of a Simpler Life

I should have put money down and shaken hands with any number of people who were betting I would not be able to make the switch to semi-retirement at 25%. I could have made a bundle off my wife but that’s hardly a net gain for the household. Before I started...

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Lock-ins and Hope

Lock-ins and Hope

We recently had our 2019 Youth Lock-in, and our time together was exactly what would be expected from 20 kids spending 12 hours inside a building together: a hurricane of fun, laughter, and energy. For the first 6 hours or so, we basically ran around and made the...

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Halloween, All Saints Day, & Día de Los Muertos, Oh My!

Halloween, All Saints Day, & Día de Los Muertos, Oh My!

Honoring ancestors is a shared human experience all around the world, found in a wide variety of religions and cultures. In India there’s the Hindu tradition of Pitru Paksha, Qingming in China, and Chuseok in South Korea, to name just a few of these traditions. In...

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