Winning Ways - from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Austin, Texas 
Contact Tom Goodman, Pastor
Manage Your Subscription -- Subscribe/Unsubscribe
Contact Us About Your Subscription
The Life and Reign of King Hezekiah
(Sundays @ 10)
Hillcrest Baptist Church

When Heroes Fall
by Tom Goodman
February 20, 2013

"I'm loving this series through Hezekiah," a young woman said.  "I've never read about him before, and he's so inspiring."

"Oh, but just wait," I replied.  "In the end he's going to break your heart."

"Don't tell me that!" she said, surprised.  "Why do the best stories always have to end that way?"

She's right about the best Bible stories, you know.  There's Moses at the rock that God said would supply water to his thirsty people.  Or David, bored, on his rooftop.  Then there's Simon Peter at a camp fire just before a rooster welcomed the dawn.  Or Barnabas, in a first-century version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

If you're a new Bible reader, you may not be familiar with all of these stories, so just trust me when I say that they all end badly.  This Sunday, Hezekiah's story is going to end badly, too.

Why do you think God wanted such stories included in the Bible?

First, the stories serve as a warning.  Faithfulness yesterday is no guarantee of faithfulness today.  As those in recovery remind each other,  "One day at a time."  How sad if some of us run the Christian race well for decades only to stumble at the last lap!

Second, the stories remind us to put our trust in God, not people.  It may be your parents, your friend, your marriage partner, or your spiritual mentor -- somewhere along the way there's going to be someone who will let you down.  Hezekiah was admirable, and he inspired a nation who desperately needed an example of radical trust in God.  But his attitudes and actions we'll see in this week's story demonstrate that he wasn't the ultimate Savior King the prophets said would come to set everything right.  Jesus was and remains the only one worthy of our highest trust.

And that leads me to the third reason we find these stories in our Bibles.  They remind us to find grace in Jesus.  In the end, Hezekiah was in need of God's forgiveness like everyone else.  We are not saved by our works, no matter how many or how impressive they may be.  Our faults stain the beautiful garment of our good deeds.  We all have to trust in the mercy of God so perfectly demonstrated on the cross.

Join us this Sunday @ 10 for our last look at the remarkable life and reign of King Hezekiah.


Beacon Articles Available Online:  The staff newsletters that appear each week in the Beacon are also available on our website.  You can find them here.

Check out my weblog here.

Do you know friends who would appreciate Winning Ways?  Just forward this e-mail to them!

Have you subscribed to Winning Ways?  You can subscribe by clicking here and following the instructions.  Your e-mail address will not be sold or given away to anyone, and you can automatically change your subscription or drop it by following the easy steps provided with each e-mail.



MANAGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTERS:  Click here.  If you do not have access to the web, please send a note to to tell us of any changes you would like to make.