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"A Super Sunday to Talk About Fishing!"
Warren Whitaker admits it's the most unusual way he's ever used to land a fish, but it worked.
While competing in the Texas Outdoor Adventure Series Big Bass Championship a few years ago, Whitaker latched on to a bass he knew would be a winner. He also knew it would be a problem. The big bass had wrapped Whitaker's 20-pound test line on a submerged tree.
Not wanting to lose his prize, Whitaker jumped in after the fish. At first, the fisherman kept his head above the water while he freed the fishing with his toes. But the bass had wrapped itself around the tree much lower. So, removing his life vest, Whitaker took a deep breath and dived down nearly 17 feet. Opening his eyes in the murky water, he saw the exhausted fish's tail and reached out and grabbed it. He pulled the big bass to him and held it against his body as he returned to the surface. Altogether, Whitaker had been in the water thirty minutes.
Back at the weigh-in, Whitaker's bass weighed 12.7 pounds, the biggest fish of the three-day event. For his labor, the fisherman took home a total prize of $18,300 in cash and merchandise.
I wonder if we have Whitaker's passion when it comes to catching people for Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus passed by Simon Peter and some other fishermen one day and said, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" This Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, we'll focus on that call. It's the next story in our weekly study of Matthew's Gospel. I think it's interesting that when Christ began his ministry the first thing he did was look for partners for that work.
Last Sunday I challenged you to contact those you've been missing and invite them to join you for worship and Bible study this Sunday. Now you know why. This Super Sunday (9:30am or 10:45am) I will challenge the Hillcrest family to partner with Jesus in his outreach to our town.
We need everyone who's connected with Hillcrest to hear this call, so stop now and contact someone you'd like to see in attendance! The easiest thing to do is click the "forward" button on your e-mail program and send this edition of Winning Ways to your Hillcrest friends. Add a personal note encouraging them to join you for this Super Sunday morning. Forward it to your entire Sunday School class or Common Ground table group! Forward it to those you've been missing! Forward it to those who sit around you each Sunday!
Wouldn't it be great if everyone at Hillcrest ended up getting 2 or 3 copies of this week's Winning Ways! I think this would highlight the importance of this week's worship service.
Warren Whitaker has raised the definition of what a real fisherman is willing to do. When it comes to fishing for people, do we measure up to his example?
Church Anniversary. Our 80th Anniversary will be celebrated March 24-25. If you know of any past members and/or staff who should be invited, contact the office immediately! Don't assume we already have their names and contact info! Also, if you have any photos or memorabilia from the past, drop it by the church office on loan.
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