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Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired

In this Highlands Ministries podcast, listen as Pastor Mark Robinette & his wife Andrea joined Steve & Kara Murphy to discuss the topic “Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired”.


Are you too self-centered in your focus on your own family at the expense of the church community? How do we pursue serving within the church in balance with caring for our families? Does your rigid schedule keep you from flexing to meet the needs that your neighborhood and community have? Your children are an integral part of the church. How can you involve them in serving the community and teach them that the world doesn’t revolve around them? This episode we welcome special guests Mark and Andrea Robinette to join our conversation! Continue reading



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Serving the Church & Community as a Family

In this Highlands Ministries podcast, listen as Pastor Mark Robinette & his wife Andrea joined Steve & Kara Murphy to discuss the topic of serving the church & community as a family.


Why do we think that sickness is preventing us from living out God’s best plans for us? How do you deal with loss of control over things you used to be able to manage? The Murphys welcome special guests Mark & Andrea Robinette once again as they discuss how to deal with all the difficulties of illness when it is mom that is sick. Continue reading





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Is It Okay to Home Church? and Other Burning Church & Family Questions

Pastor Robinette joins Kevin Swanson on Thursday, October 20th to discuss these important topics regarding what our attitude and actions should be regarding the church.

Tune in today!

Have you ever found yourself asking any of these questions:

  • Is it okay to “home church”? Do we really need to GO to church?
  • What should we look for in a church?
  • Do we need to be “members” of a church?
  • How can we serve and be a blessing in our local church?
  • Should we send our kids to Sunday school and youth group?
  • What if our church isn’t friendly toward us worshiping as a family?
  • How important are issues like music, women in leadership, and baptism?
  • When and how should I leave a church?

On this month’s Live with Kevin Swanson webcast “Is It Okay to Home Church?”,Thursday, October 20th, at 8:00 PM EST, my friend, Mark Robinette, pastor of Foundation Church in Ohio, and I will seek to answer your burning questions about your family and the local church in light of God’s priorities for the Body of Christ:

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-13,16 NKJV)



Left behind

”C” Movies

At the Movies with the Robinettes

I refer to most Christian movies as ‘‘C movies’’. I do this because, more often than not, they are worse than ‘‘B movies.’’ The makers of these movies seem to understand the Gospel and God about as well as the actors read their lines. There are a few exceptions, but not many.

The new movie, ‘‘Faith of our fathers,’’ is the latest in a string of bad faith films including, ‘‘God is not dead’’ and more recently ‘‘Do you believe’’. If you liked those, you’ll love ‘‘Faith of our fathers.’’

My wife and I love to go to movies together and we had seen a few recently where we had to walk out. She hoped ‘‘Faith of our Fathers’’ would save us. She was wrong. As you can see, I still haven’t gotten over it.

The only semi-bright point of the movie was a cameo by Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson. He plays a gas station owner who witnesses a brawl, calls the police and tries to sell them ice tea and beef jerky while giving his statement.

Without that bit of sunshine, which in itself is a bit of an overstatement, I think we may have left the theatre early. Watching it was painful. My beloved and I spent a lot of time looking at each other in bewilderment at what we were seeing on the big screen. But honestly, it wasn’t the 1970’s TV-style bad overacting, or the people obviously sitting in cars in a studio pretending to drive down the road. It wasn’t that. What was worse than that, was how they portrayed Christians and God himself.

Somewhere along the line, somehow, it became fashionable for Christians to be weak, confused cowards. People who in times of trouble look to motorcycle gang members for true wisdom that only comes from live of sin and the street. Their view of a God as waiting, hoping, on His knees, tearfully begging for them to serve Him, leaves me wondering how this gets by people of true faith.

On second thought, maybe they’re portraying Christians of today like most of us really are, and God how we see him.

 

 



Left behind

”C” Movies

At the Movies with the Robinettes

I refer to most Christian movies as ‘‘C movies’’. I do this because, more often than not, they are worse than ‘‘B movies,’’ These movie makers seem to understand the Gospel and God about as well as the actors read their lines. There are a few exceptions, but not many.

The movie, ‘‘Faith of our fathers,’’ now on DVD, is the latest in a string of bad faith films including, ‘‘God is not dead’’ and more recently ‘‘Do you believe’’. If you liked those, you’ll love ‘‘Faith of our fathers.’’

My wife and I love to go to movies together and we had seen a few recently where we had to walk out. She hoped ‘‘Faith of our Fathers’’ would save us. She was wrong. As you can see, I still haven’t gotten over it.

The only semi-bright point of the movie was a cameo by Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson. He plays a gas station owner who witnesses a brawl, calls the police and tries to sell them ice tea and beef jerky while giving his statement.

Without that bit of sunshine, which in itself is a bit of an overstatement, I think we may have left the theatre early. Watching it was painful. My beloved and I spent a lot of time looking at each other in bewilderment at what we were seeing on the big screen. But honestly, it wasn’t the 1970’s TV-style bad overacting, or the people obviously sitting in cars in a studio pretending to drive down the road. It wasn’t that. What was worse than that, was how they portrayed Christians and God himself.

Somewhere along the line, somehow, it became fashionable for Christians to be weak, confused cowards. People who in times of trouble look to motorcycle gang members for true wisdom that only comes from live of sin and the street. Their view of a God as waiting, hoping, on His knees, tearfully begging for them to serve Him, leaves me wondering how this gets by people of true faith.

On second thought, maybe they’re portraying Christians of today like most of us really are, and God how we see him.

 

 

 



Joel Osteen At The Beach

Whenever I’m in a hotel room I try to catch up on what’s going on out there in TV land. One of the first things I do is tune in to what I call the “God channels.” I want to know what people who have cable are being told about the God of the Bible. It’s quite alarming.
When I saw America’s Pastor, Joel Osteen, for the first time, I thought I was being salesmotized into buying “my best life now.”
A bare stage with a slowly turning globe served as a backdrop to Osteen as he spoke. Whispering and gently pleading out his words, through what looked like a forced smile, he talked about going to the beach to play football as a young man.
“Before we played we’d always cover ourselves with lotion so we wouldn’t get sunburn,” he said in his characteristic friendly southern accent.
“Then when people would try to tackle us, their hands would slide off of us. (Dramatic pause for effect)
“This is what the anointing is like. People try to grab you and drag you down. They tell you you’re not good enough or smart enough, that you don’t deserve God’s best, but they can’t do it, ‘cause you’ve got the anointing. They can’t hold on to you, their hands slip off.”
While he spoke, the program’s producer kept flashing back and forth from scene to scene like the swing of a gold watch on a long chain. First to the tens of thousands gathering at the stadium-like church to close-up shots of affirmatively-nodding listeners and then back to Joel. It was like the producer was saying, “look at Pastor Joel, now see how big this place is, see how people agree with Pastor Joel, now look at Joel and listen to him.”
I could feel myself being pulled in.
Next, Osteen described how his church had been turned down by a bank for a $1 million loan for a renovation of the bathrooms and foyer. He said he had since come to realize he had faithlessly succumbed to the “Skinny goat” mentality. This was apparently a strange application of the story of the Prodigal Son, he explained but for the life of me I could not understand. Because of this faithless act God was not pleased and that’s why they were declined for the loan. Then, someone with more faith than he had told him the people of God deserved better. If he had real faith, the man told Joel, he would apply for a $14 Million loan to do the project right. They applied for the larger loan and were approved.
“The people of God deserve the best,” he concluded as the crowd erupted in applause.
As I sat there then I was amazed. No one seemed to notice the emperor had no clothes. As I sit here now I’m ashamed of our nakedness.
We, the church, have been guilty of selling what we were told never to sell.
The Kingdom of God is like a man who found a treasure in a field and sold all he had to buy the field. Instead, we act like we found a repossessed property, fixed it up and now we’re ready to flip it for a good profit.
Our churches have become shopping malls and our ministers are masters in the art of the deal instead of master builders.
This is not the message of The Kingdom. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against sales or salesmen, they have their place. Just not as our evangelists and church leaders. One of the most exciting parts of the Gospel is that it’s not for sale. Jesus already paid for what we could never buy and offers it to us freely for His own glory.
Watching Christians offer up salvation on the silver platter of self-benefit and under the glass of ease is embarrassing and shameful.
For me it’s like a gourmet chocolate commercial selling sex as much as candy as the model sensually places the food into her mouth. We have gone too far and need to repent.
We can begin to repent today by offering the Christ of scripture. No beauty to be desired, despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
Yes he is foolishness to the world and a stumbling block to those who will not believe, but for those who believe he is the power and glory of God.



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What can we do to watch the city?

Lots of bad things happen when we don’t think or when we’re worried we might hurt someone’s feelings. Planning ahead, being bold and learning to act on your intuition can save lifetimes of pain.

Years ago when I first started raising chickens I lost an entire flock after 20 weeks to a band of hungry raccoons. After killing them and posting their skins on the barn as a warning, I buttoned up my chicken pen with barbed wire so tight I dared anything to try that again. But after raising a new flock I nearly lost them all to an ever worse band of Austrian Roof rats. They were inside the barn and protected behind the barbed wire. I learned I needed to protect my little egg-laying beauties from without and within. This is what we all must do with our children when it comes to sexual abuse. Continue reading