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God Heals Families!
by Tom Goodman
September 3, 2014

Every day I pass a billboard with the words "Major to Minor."

It's an ad for a hospital ER, promising professional care for whatever medical incident you have, from stroke to stitches.

Hillcrest wants to be a billboard promoting another kind of care.  We want our community to know that God heals families.

We are a "billboard ad" to this truth not only through our church's teaching but also through our personal testimonies.  Families at Hillcrest don't pretend to be flawless specimens of ideal family life.  Rather, we are each under the treatment of a skilled Physician who is bringing our relationships to health.  We recommend his care to others.

And God's healing care is available "major to minor."  Whether your family is coming apart at the seams or just suffering the stress common to any family, God can mend things.

For the next two Sundays, we'll have a special focus in our church called "Mend: God Heals Families."  Guest speaker Heath Peloquin will lead us to claim the promise found in the last verse of the Old Testament:  "He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents" (Malachi 4:6).

Our worship service starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs for an hour.  We then encourage people to stay for our small-group ministry for a second hour.  This is where adults and youth and children can each gather with others in their age-range and build friendships as they explore the Bible together.

Help us spread the word about our "Mend" event!  Just forward this newsletter to a friend with an invitation to attend.  Or join our "social media blitz" September 1-6 with the tools you can find at

Whether our relationship issues are major or minor, God heals families!  That promise deserves to be on a billboard.  Be that billboard for someone today.



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