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"Time for Your Extreme Makeover"
by Tom Goodman
April 11, 2007

A worn-out house here in Austin got an Extreme Makeover a few months ago.  Now it’s your turn.

In February, millions of people nationwide tuned in to watch Ty Pennington lead a crowd of 3,000 Austinites to yell, “Move that bus!”  Patrick and Jeanette O’Donnell and their six children gaped in amazement as the bus moved to reveal their new home.

In just one week, workers had razed the family’s former 2,200-square-foot house and built a 4,500-square-foot showplace with seven bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms—and no mortgage.

The house was specially designed for a family with special-needs children.  Five of the six kids have been diagnosed with autism.  The old home’s condition had grown hazardous, especially as some of the children get older and require ongoing care.  In addition to building the new house, $200,000 of donations were raised through a benefit concert at La Zona Rosa and individual gifts.  Of that, $140,000 will pay off the mortgage on the old house.  The remainder has gone to household expenses.

The generosity overwhelmed the forty-one-year-old father, Patrick.  “It renewed my sense of hope in humanity,” he told the Austin-American Statesman.  “To have all these people give up their time, their energy, and do stuff for us without even knowing us, then thank us for letting them do it?  That's humbling.”

It’s a thrill to see a local family benefit from an Extreme Makeover to their home.  Now it’s your turn.

Jesus expected an Extreme Makeover from those who followed him.  In Matthew 5:17-48, he said:

“Don’t think it’s enough to simply avoid murder;
I don’t want you to even get angry.
“Don’t think it’s enough to simply avoid adultery;
I want you to deal with your fantasy life.
“Don’t think it’s enough to have a really good excuse for divorce;
I want your marriage to last a lifetime.
“Don’t think you just have to tell the truth when you’re under oath;
speak the truth all the time.
“Don’t think any level of revenge is acceptable;
always forgive.
“Don’t just love the loveable;
love your enemies.

With those statements, he demanded an Extreme Makeover of his followers.  If you belong to him or if you’re thinking about committing to him, you’ll want to study the Extreme Makeover Jesus expects of his followers.  We begin this Sunday at the 9:30am “Bold Blend” service or the 10:45am “Smooth Blend” service.  Join us at Hillcrest or listen online Monday (iTunes; website).


Important Notes:

Interested in Membership?  Spread the word about our next Discover Hillcrest class.  It will be held this Sunday, April 15, right after the morning service.  LUNCH IS PROVIDED!  The class is for those who want to become members, and for those who just want to learn more about Hillcrest.  While I teach the adult class, BJ teaches "Discover Hillcrest Kids" for children ages 8-12, and Jim teaches "Discover Hillcrest Youth" for students in grades 6-12.  Childcare is provided for children under the age of 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  You can register by contacting our Ministry Assistant, Jami, at

“Home on Time.”  The Hillcrest Institute presents Ryan Rush, pastor of Bannockburn Baptist Church, this Sunday evening, April 15, at 5:30pm.  Don't miss his presentation of the family enrichment material from his "Home on Time" national radio ministry.  I This presentation has the potential to change the way you live forever.  Learn more at our website.

We Need Your Wedding Photos!  Actually, we need two photos: one from your wedding day (or a photo from when you first met) and we need one recent photo as well.  We also need your date of marriage.  All printed photos will be returned.  All photos are due by April 29 but we would like yours ASAP.  Bring photos to Jami or Karen at the office for scanning or submit a digital shot to: or  Jami and Karen are helping me create a photo montage for my sermon on marriage in May.  The montage will be set to a 4-1/2 minute song.  Don’t be left out!

Links to Your World

The Dan Richardson note that I quoted in last Sunday's Easter sermon is here.

What if you’re married to a "Non-Promise-Keeper"?  John Piper has some guidance here.

The International Mission Board has launched “podTask,” a podcast taking students on missions adventures around the world.  With its weekly updates on iTunes and, the podTask is full of information for students to get involved with international missions by hearing about what others are doing around the world in proclaiming Jesus’ name.  Learn more here.

In "Wreck the Roof," Mark Buchanan tells churches to be willing to risk as they serve Christ in their communities.

Discover God's Minimum Financial Standards for Couples.

Millions of Americans are Maxed Out.  I have the documentary on my Netflix queue.

What are the media that have most reinforced conservative views?  You’d be surprised.

The number-one issue I deal with when discussing faith with seekers is doubt about the reliability of the Bible.  Lee Strobel shares some thoughts on this concern here.

Did you watch the Christian couple win The Amazing Race last season?  Learn more about them and their new ministry here.

Find more at my weblog, “Get Anchored,” including the "Song of the Week" ("Easter Song" by Keith Green), some important comments about fulfilling our church's vision, and how one woman in China survived her fall from a 6-story window (yuk!).  To keep up with the journal, sign up for e-mail updates or assign the feed to your news reader or Google Personalized Home Page.

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