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Celebrate Easter at Hillcrest!
This Sunday @ 10:45 a.m.
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(You must be connected to the internet to see this picture.) “God Can”
by Tom Goodman
March 23, 2005

Howard Stern once shook his head after listening to her radio program and said, “Liz, you’ve got to clean up your act!”

Liz Curtis Higgs had shocked the king of “shock jocks”!  As she admits now, though, “It wasn't my on-air show that was in trouble; it was my risky off-air escapades.”

You may know Higgs as the best-selling author of twenty-two books.  Many have been introduced to her through a study called Bad Girls of the Bible, with over half-a-million copies in print.

She knows something about the subject of bad girls.  In her devotional book, Rise and Shine, she wrote, “By my twentieth birthday, I was spending four and five nights a week on a bar stool, Southern Comfort in my glass and longing in my eyes.  Like the country song says, I was ‘looking for love in all the wrong places.’  I found companionship in many but comfort in none.”

She was a radio personality at various stations and formats, including Howard Stern’s Detroit station.  It was at an oldies station in Louisville, Kentucky, that things changed.  She had reached the lowest point of self-destruction, “playing dangerous games with marijuana, speed, cocaine, alcohol, and a promiscuous lifestyle,” she wrote.  “I'm one of those people who had to fall all the way down to the bottom of the pit before I was forced to look up for help.”

“Leaning over my pit of despair and extending a hand of friendship was a husband-and-wife team who had just arrived in town to do the morning show at my radio station.   Although they had enjoyed much worldly success, what these two talked about most was Jesus Christ.  Even more amazing, they seemed to like and accept me, ‘as is.’  Simply put, they loved me with a love so compelling that I was powerless to resist it.”

Higgs made her commitment to Christ on the seventh Sunday attending at a friend’s church.  She was one of the THEMs Jesus talked about in Matthew 28:19-20.  She now impacts hundreds of thousands for the cause of Christ.

We ask, “Can God still love me after what I’ve done?  Can God still use me in his work?  Can God accept me into his eternal joy after I die?”

God can.

This Easter Sunday at 10:45 a.m., that’s the simple title and the simple truth I’ll be teaching.  Bring a friend to Hillcrest and let’s celebrate the Resurrection together!


—Don’t Skip These Important Notes—

Christ in the Passover.  This Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m., Hillcrest Worship Center.  A representative from Jews for Jesus will take us step-by-step through the seder, the Passover meal that Jesus observed with His disciples.  You will learn the Hebrew names and meanings of each element of this biblical festival, and discover the amazing connection between the ancient feast of Passover and Christian Communion.

Recipe for a Successful Easter.  Follow this four-step process for a meaningful Easter Sunday:
First, invite someone.  Your friends and family are more likely to attend a service on Easter than on any other Sunday, so make the effort.  I suggest you forward this edition of Winning Ways to their e-mail address with a personal note.
Second, pray.  Pray for those in positions of responsibility this Sunday (Gene and me, the instrumentalists, the techs, the greeters, the nursery workers, the children’s workers, and so on).  Pray for those who attend.  Pray for God to open your spiritual eyes and ears to discover what he’s up to.
Third, park off campus.  So far, thirty households have signed up to park at Anderson High School.  We will run a shuttle service before Bible Study, between Bible Study and Worship, and then after Worship.
Fourth, come expectantly.  Anticipate God’s presence!

Veggie-Tales Easter Celebration for Kids!  Our Hillcrest Kids Ministry will provide an exciting service for your kids at 10:45 a.m. this week.  Before you head to the Worship Center, drop your kids off at the MPC where they will enjoy refreshments, songs, and the story of Easter with the popular Veggie-Tales characters.  If you prefer your children with you in the Worship Center, you are welcome to bring them, but we’re confident your kids will like what our Hillcrest Kids leaders are planning!  This is offered for every kid in fifth grade and below.  As always, nursery care will be provided in the nursery wing for bed babies through 3-year-olds.

Men’s Fraternity.  Six Tuesdays beginning April 5th from 6:00-7:15 a.m. in the MPC.  Come join the staff guys (Tom, Gene, Herb, and Jim) for breakfast, study and friendship.  The six sessions are titled:

     1. At the Starting Line: 5 Manhood Promises
               - taught by Tom Goodman

     2. The Four Faces of Men
               - taught by Herb Ingram

     3. The First Step: Looking Back 
               - taught by Jim Seigel

     4. The Second Step: Unpacking
               - taught by Herb Ingram

     5. Remembering Dad
               - taught by Gene Chappell

     6. Facing the Father Wound
               - taught by Tom Goodman

A light breakfast will be served for $3 (Breakfast tacos, coffee, juice.)  The sessions are a combination of teaching and roundtable discussion and end by 7:15 am.

Mom-to-Mom.  Friday, April 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parlor.

Topic:  Keeping your joy in the midst of difficult circumstances
Speakers:  Jan Cammack and BJ Linam
Contact:  Melinda Johnson 310-0590 for details and to arrange childcare.

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