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Is It Enough to Just "Be a Good Person"?
by Tom Goodman
February 27, 2013

Someone -- maybe you -- will say, "Well, I'm not very religious, but I'm a good person -- and that's what really counts."

Is it?  Here's Tim Keller on the subject:

Imagine a woman -- a poor widow -- with an only son.  She teaches him how she wants him to live -- to always tell the truth, to work hard, and to help the poor.  She makes very little money, but with her meager savings she is able to put him through college.  Imagine that when he graduates, he hardly ever speaks to her again.  He occasionally sends a Christmas card, but he doesn't visit her; he won't answer her phone calls or letters; he doesn't speak to her.  But he lives just like she taught him -- honestly, industriously, and charitably.  Would we say this was acceptable?  Of course not!  Wouldn't we say that by living a "good life" but neglecting a relationship with the one to whom he owed everything he was doing something condemnable?  In the same way, if God created us and we owe him everything and we do not live for him but we "live a good life," it is not enough.

Thought for the week:  What will you do this day to develop your relationship with God, to express your deep gratitude to him, and to serve him with joy?


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Mission: Possible.  For the next three Sundays we're going to expose you to ways you can join God's mission in Austin (week 1), Texas (week 2), and the world (week 3).  Meet with us @ 10!

Questions I've Wanted to Ask God.  You and your Austin "network" get to pick what topics I'll cover in an upcoming sermon series.  Starting this Sunday, pick up a stack of ballots, have your friends fill them out, and return them by March 23.  We'll tally the top six questions for a new study beginning Easter Sunday.

Sweet Life Comedy Dessert Theater.  Set aside April 13 in your datebook.  You don't want to miss the hilarity.  More information coming!

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