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Our staff arrived safely in DC and had a great time on Tuesday night and all day Wednesday. On Tuesday night, we walked 2.3 miles to eat dinner at Jaleo – a Spanish tapas restaurant. Wow! What a meal!

We then walked several more miles taking in . . . the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and other various sites.

On Tuesday, we went to Capitol Hill Baptist Church to say hello to our friends there. Then we walked through the Library of Congress where we were able to see one of only three complete and pristine copies of the Gutenberg Bible. We then took a tour of the Capitol building. While there, we were able to see the Senate in session – not quite what we were expecting.
We made it to Gaithersburg Wednesday night, and the first night of the conference was a real blessing! I look forward to keeping you updated. I will try to summarize our day before going to bed.

I miss Jeanine and the girls and my High Pointe family. Please pray for us as a staff as we are away.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24
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Well, I am glad to have my family with me again after their stay in Florida for two more weeks after our vacation. But, just as we reunite, I am on the road again.

On Tuesday, our pastoral team is flying to Washington DC, then driving to Gaithersburg, Maryland to participate in the WorshipGod 08 conference put on by Sovereign Grace Ministries. I am excited for our staff, since this is the first time in my three years at High Pointe that we will be retreating together. I pray that it will be the first opportunity of many in the years to come!

Please pray for our safe travel and for a time of refreshing both individually and as a staff. I pray that God would do some great work in our lives in order that we may be a blessing to High Pointe!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Jul
28

What I'm listening to!

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Along with reading, I love to feed my soul by listening. As I approach my 43rd birthday this week, Jeanine and the girls have brought me into the 21st century and bought me an iPod shuffle. I have thoroughly enjoyed it this weekend and am learning to navigate the iTunes world.

Since I love to listen (as well as read), I thought I would introduce a new side bar to the blog titled, “What I’m listening to.” Just for your information and edification, here are the podcasts I am presently subscribed to (in no particular order):

The Sovereign Grace Leadership Podcast

Desiring God Sermon Podcast (John Piper)

Mars Hill Sermon Podcast (Mark Driscoll)

Again, this is just a start since I just got my first iPod, so be assured that I will keep adding as I learn.

As for music, the only thing I have on there right now is Keith and Kristin Getty’s album, “In Christ Alone.” I highly recommend it!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Jul
25

Together Again

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Jeanine and the girls arrived safely home on Thursday afternoon around 4:30. Jeanine drove through much of the rain that hurricane Dolly dumped in the Houston area. We are enjoying being together again. Thank you for all your prayers for their safe travel.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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This Sunday evening High Pointe will have a special service highlighting God’s heart for the fatherless. I will be preaching a message highlighting God’s love for the orphans and our response. After the evening service Russell Rogers will share about the foster care system in the state of Texas and let us know how we can get involved in ministering to the fatherless (and motherless) children in our state.

For information on serving and glorifying God by ministering to orphans click on the following links:

Glorifying the Father of the Fatherless (ht: Justin Taylor)
Blogpost by Jason Kovacs of the ABBA Fund (I highly recommend reading his post)

Ten Ways Every Christian can care for the Orphan & Waiting Child

The ABBA Fund (Interest Free Adoption Loans and resources)

Together for Adoption Conference (November 1, 2008)

The Cry of the Orphans

Hope for Orphans – FamilyLife

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Registration is now open for To Every Tribe Ministries’ first annual missions conference to be held at High Pointe on October 18-19, 2008.

For registration information click here.
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On Sunday evening, we looked at 2 Peter. Peter ends his letter by commanding that we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The question is how? Well, as he points out in chapter 1, verses 3-4, we grow in the knowledge of Christ as we grow in the knowledge of Him and His promises. As we know Christ, His nature, His ways, then we can know He is faithful and trustworthy. Then, we can look at His promises and know we can trust them because we can trust Him.

As Dick Lucas points out in his commentary, the knowledge of Christ is two-fold. First, there is the saving knowledge that all Christians have – “a faith of equal standing with ours (Peter’s) by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (1:1). Second, there is the knowledge of Christ that we gain through diligence (1:5-7; 3:18). It is this second type of knowledge that we focused upon. How do we gain this knowledge? It is through the revelation of Christ, witnessed by the apostles (1:16-18) and recorded for us in Scripture through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1:19-21).

Consequently, the answer to the question, “How do we grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ?” is, through the knowledge of God’s Word. By way of “reminder,” here is the application from the message:

If we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, then . . .

We must regularly hear the Word proclaimed and explained (preaching).
1. Gathered worship – the place of priority (Hebrews 10:24-25).
2. Christian radio, Internet, CD’s; Conferences

We must be readers of the Bible, God’s revelation.
1. As you read, pray that the Holy Spirit would illumine the Word of God.

We must be students of the Bible (difference between study and reading is pen/paper).
1. Use commentaries, concordances, other Bible study tools
2. Read good theological books by trustworthy authors
3. Read good books on Christian living by trustworthy authors

We must meditate on passages of the Bible.

We must memorize passages of the Bible.

We must regularly talk about the Word of God.
1. Private conversations, discussions, both formal and informal
2. Small groups

We must constantly apply God’s Word to our lives.

May we all seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Rick Warren has just announced that Senators John McCain and Barrack Obama will appear together on August 16, at Saddleback for the Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. Warren will serve as mediator, and the event will be open to all media. Read the story here.

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This Sunday morning we will be looking at John 15:18-16:4. As we do, we will be asking the question, “What does it mean to follow Christ?” Another way of asking the question is, “Will it cost you anything to follow Christ?”

As you prepare for this Sunday morning, I invite you to read the following passages of Scripture:
Luke 14:25-33
Matthew 10:26-39

Consider these questions:
Why does the world hate Christians and persecute them?

What should be the Christian’s response to persecution?

I pray that you will be able to join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. May God richly bless you, and may God richly bless High Pointe as we seek to be whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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From The Daily Tech:

“Considerable presence” of skeptics
The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming “incontrovertible.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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