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Changed by Christ's Toughest Words

Sunday Mornings
9:30 & 10:45 "Anger Management"
by Tom Goodman
April 18, 2007

Few United States governors will ever be as immortalized in popular culture as the late Alabama populist, George C. Wallace.  The rock band Lynyrd Skynrd praised him in Sweet Home Alabama (“In Birmingham they love the guv-nah!”).  Then Forrest Gump introduced new generations to his infamous stand at the school house door, attempting to block blacks from admission to the University of Alabama in 1963.

In fact, the Forrest Gump news footage is the only picture most people have of the Governor today—a defiant obstructionist with jutted jaw and curled lip, shouting “Segregation forever!”

But there’s another picture of Wallace.  While campaigning for president in 1972, Wallace survived an assassination attempt; but the bullet fired into him left him paralyzed in the legs.  His brush with death got him to thinking about eternity, and he gave his life to Christ in 1983.

As the heavenly Ruler began to influence him, the earthly ruler began to change.  One day, Wallace appeared unannounced at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  This is the church Martin Luther King, Jr., was pastoring when he launched the civil rights movement in the 50s.  Mr. Wallace wheeled his way to the front of the church where three hundred black ministers were concluding a day-long conference.

A hush fell over the crowd.

“I never had hate in my heart for any person,” he said, “but I regret my support of segregation and the pain it caused the black people of our state and nation.”  Amid cries of “amen” and “yes, Lord,” he continued.  “Segregation was wrong, and I am sorry.”

Two images of George Wallace.  Hopefully the enduring image will not be the segregationist but the humbled, wheelchair-bound penitent, saying “I was wrong, and I am sorry.”

Jesus said, “Settle matters quickly with your adversary.  Do it while you are still with him on the way [to judgment]” (Matthew 5:25).  The last and lasting image you want to bring before the throne of God is that of a humbled penitent saying to the one you hurt, “I was wrong, and I am sorry.”

This Sunday at Hillcrest, we’ll look closely at Christ’s command regarding anger and contempt of others.  It’s part of the “Extreme Makeover” he wants for our lives.  Join us at the 9:30am “Bold Blend” service or the 10:45am “Smooth Blend” service, or listen online Monday (iTunes; 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 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!

Baptism and Communion This Sunday.  If you need to follow Christ in baptism, or if you’re ready to join the church, contact me right away.

Impact Your World!  Just as you need regular updates to your CPR training, you need regular updates to your INVITE training.  Plan to come to our INVITE Strategy Workshop on Sunday, April 29, 5:30pm.  Learn more in Herb’s article.

Youth News.  During the 30-Hour Famine, the youth raised approximately $1,600 to be used to feed starving children throughout the world.  More in Jim’s article.

Links to Your World

Excellent article!  In “The Morning I Heard God's Voice,” John Piper talks about how God still speaks today.

There's an interview with Richard Land here.  He's the Executive Director of our convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the author of the recent book, The Divided States of America.  “God," says Land, "may very well have more to do with America than liberals may think and less than [conservative] Christians often assume.”

Here's some help for the single guys: Handbook of Christian Pick-up Lines.  If those don’t work, you can always try text messaging a number from your dreams to marry the girl of your dreams.

What did the cross achieve?  Theologian J.I. Packer answers the question here.

Canoodling lowers stress and cures depression.

What to do about tithing when your spouse objects.

Hugh Ross has written a new book called Creation As Science: A Testable Model Approach to End the Creation/evolution Wars.  Ross explains his approach to faith and science in a video presentation here.

In "Friends Outside the Faith," four women talk about the challenges of reaching out with compassion while living lives of holiness.

The Masters winner points people to the Master.

Learn about how to have a “Spiritual Family Retreat” at this website.

In this New York Times article, people are discovering that they need to make some deliberate plans for the second half of life.  I'm so grateful for our church's new "Second Half Ministries"!  The gang just recently spent a day repairing the facilities at the Down Home Ranch.  There is more in the third paragraph of Gene's article here.

Find more at my weblog, “Get Anchored,” including the "Song of the Week" ("Wishing Well" by Austin's Monte Montgomery), one student's reaction to the Virginia Tech shooting, a new Bible study at Hooters (leave a comment!), and information about the Hillcrest policy for missions support.  Also, make sure you read "The Ignored Master."  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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