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“I Didn't Do It On Purpose”
Hillcrest Church Office
August 13, 2003

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"I Didn't Do It On Purpose"
by Tom Goodman

When my boys were small, sometimes I would walk into their play room and find a drink spilled or a toy broken.  They would reassure me, "I didn't do it on purpose, Daddy."  They had quickly discovered that if something wasn't done on purpose, they wouldn't get in trouble.

But we get in trouble with God precisely for those things that are not done "on purpose."

Too often we live life by accident instead of on purpose.  This week we begin a series of Sunday morning messages called "On-Purpose Living."  We'll learn from the Bible how to take charge of our lives.  We're going to look at on-purpose praying, on-purpose Bible study, how to be more purposeful in our families and not waste the brief time we have together.  We're going to learn what God has to say about finding meaning as a single adult and how to find true love instead of just accidentally falling into a relationship that's the most convenient.  I hope you'll bring someone with you to these studies each week, because God wants each of us living an on-purpose life.  In fact, I'll give you a list of topics ahead of time is so that you can start praying about particular people you should bring to particular studies.  God wants us living life on-purpose.

See you at 8:30 or 10:45!
- Tom

LAST REMINDER: LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST - Next Saturday, August 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m.  Your Ministry Staff wants to cook breakfast for you!  Following breakfast, I will take all leaders through a one-hour workshop called "Getting Your Life and Ministry On Track."  You will also receive a 2003-2004 church calendar to help you plan your own ministry program.  This Leadership Breakfast is for any and all leaders - if you THINK you belong at this breakfast, you probably do!  However, you MUST pre-register to enjoy the breakfast and child care.  (Call the church office, send email to,  or use the sign-up card in this Sunday's bulletin.)  Come for INspiration, INtercession, INformation and IN____________.  (You'll have to come to find out the last one!).



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