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“Seeking the Seeker”
Hillcrest Church Office
October 15, 2003

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“Seeking the Seeker”
by Tom Goodman

Three-year-old Joseph Leffler told his mother his was going fishing.  She thought the idea was cute, and smiled as she watched him walk out into the back yard with his three-foot-long plastic pipe—his favorite pretend fishing rod.  That was Friday at 1:00 p.m.  When she couldn't find him an hour later, she became worried.

When she had not found him by sundown, she became frantic.

Joseph Leffler was lost in the woods outside Estacada, Oregon.  A massive search began, and the progress of the search dominated the news throughout the weekend.  As Friday night gave way to Saturday, and Saturday passed into Sunday morning, worries only intensified.  How long could a three-year-old survive in the wild forest?

Then, just before noon on Sunday, little Joseph came walking out of the woods and came straight up to one of the searchers.  "I had to look twice," said Judy Magill, who was coordinating the search dogs.  "I couldn't believe this little boy was walking toward me. He stretched out his arms and I picked him up," she said.

A front-page picture showed little Joseph in his mother's arms.  He looked bewildered but well.  Above the picture in bold black letters the newspaper headline read:  "Lost Boy Finds Searcher."

I love that headline.  It's a perfect way to describe the beginning of a relationship with God.  When we make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, we find the Searcher.  When we finally reach out to him, we discover that He's been reaching out to us all along.

This Sunday morning, October 19, we will conclude our “On-Purpose Living” series with a message called “The On-Purpose Seeker: How to Find God.”  Forward this e-mail to a friend with an invitation to this important study!

See you at 8:15 or 10:45!

BAPTISM is scheduled for this Sunday evening.  If you are interested in taking this important step, contact me right away at

IF YOU ATTEND THE FIRST SERVICE, the early service now begins at 8:15 a.m.  This will give us the time we need for worship without crowding the start of Sunday School.

IF YOU ATTEND THE SECOND SERVICE, OUR THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US WITH PARKING!  We’re running a shuttle between Hillcrest and Anderson High School from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.  Give it a try this Sunday!  The shuttle will return you to Anderson following the second service.  If you bring people with you, you can drop them off at Hillcrest before bringing your car to Anderson.  For questions and suggestions on our shuttle, drop me a line at



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