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“Between Sundays”
Hillcrest Church Office
November 12, 2003

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“Between Sundays”
by Tom Goodman

Our thanks to Charles Draper for bringing last Sunday morning’s message while I was away.  I was asked to return to Cayman to lead a memorial service.

This Sunday we continue our series, “The God-Oriented Life.”  I’m getting reports from our members who are experiencing anew the kind of passion and commitment we should have in the presence of the King!

God has promised to honor those who honor him (1 Sam 2:30).  I say this reverently:  I want to get in on this deal!  The Bible tells us four ways to honor God:  through our worship, prayer, faithful living, and stewardship.

This week we’ll look at how faithful living honors God.  The Bible says that honoring God doesn’t end with the music we sing on Sundays.  Here’s what we are to do between Sundays:  “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1, The Message).  An offering is something you give in worship, and this verse says our very lives are to be offerings to God.

Dallas Willard put it this way:

But, someone will say, can I not be saved—get into heaven when I die—without any of this?  Perhaps you can.  God's goodness is so great, I am sure, that He will let you in if He can find any basis at all to do so.  But you might wish to think about what your life amounts to before you die, about what kind of person you are becoming, and whether you really would be comfortable for eternity in the presence of one whose company you have not found especially desirable for the few hours and days of earthly existence.  And he is, after all, One who says to you now, “Follow me!”
Wow.  I know someone who needs that reminder.


See you at 8:15 or 10:45!

The quote is from “Why Bother With Discipleship?” by Dallas Willard  (

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