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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


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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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

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It’s Not a “struggle” or an “issue”; it’s Sin

The Viet Cong were a wise and ruthless adversary.  Their guerrilla warfare tactics will continue to be studied by those teaching combat for years to come.

One of their more brutal but effective plans was to set thousands of explosive mines for their enemies. Explosives designed not to kill but to maim. The legacy of US Viet Nam War Veterans who lost legs and arms in the aftermath of these diabolical devices is evidence of their effectiveness. Continue reading


We Forget Because We Don’t Remember

by Mark Robinette

Rich people like us are so busy taking care of all our many blessings we forget the God who gave them to us. When we give to our brothers and sisters in need, we remember the giver of all things.

We have a catechism question here at Foundation Church that developed from one of my sermons years ago. I ask the church, “Why do we forget?” and they respond, “Because we don’t remember.”

Simple enough? We are a forgetful people and we need to be intentional about remembering or we will forget. From Joshua’s stones of remembrance on either side of the Jordan to sacrifices, feasts, Sabbaths, washings and even their every meal, God built a life of constant remembrance for His elect people, lest they forget. Continue reading


A Golden Opportunity

The Lion is on the move in Myanmar.  As the Son of God breaths on the snow-covered hills of what was once called Burma, we can now begin to see lush green meadows crowned with the flowers of faith.

Shut off from the rest of the world for many years by a repressive military junta, the work our forefathers began has continued to grow beneath the fertile soils of persecution. Like the beleaguered soldiers of Valley Forge, they have survived the winter and they are ready for battle. With a little help from their friends across the sea, they will emerge victorious. Continue reading


Very Good

Out of the vast unimaginable magnificence with God before time, came time itself. Simultaneously as the Cosmic Clock’s pendulum began its first swing, an angelic chorus sang and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

It was the beginning and the heavens and the earth were created. Continue reading


Man of Sorrows

Sunday after Sunday I stand reveling in the beauty of God’s grace inside the little white picket fence around our churchyard. I lean back and smile a wide shepherd’s smile as little ones make mud cakes, medium sized ones bang wooden swords together and biggers pass footballs and Frisbees. Standing there, more often than not, the sound fades to the background and a kind of serious silence, like the faint smell of smoke, curls its way to the forefront of my mind. Continue reading