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Beating the Obstacles to Real Faith

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The Cost of Doing Nothing
by Tom Goodman
March 26, 2008

A few years ago a Seattle newspaper released what they called the "Cost of Nothing Index."  It was a chart of the monthly cost of minimum fees for many standard services.  The report noted that the phone company charged $14 even if you never picked up the receiver.  You'd be billed $11.95 a month to empty garbage cans even if you never set them out.  Even if you were gone from your house for a month, the standard sewer charge was $7.25, the minimum natural gas charge was $4.51, and the minimum electricity charge was $1.50.  All total, the paper found it cost $54.91 a month for the privilege of having these services at hand, even if you never do anything with the services.

That's the cost of doing nothing.  Jesus warned us that there's a cost in doing nothing about our decision for him, too.  In our spiritual search, understand that God gives you sufficient time to make up your mind, but not unlimited time.  In Matthew 11, Jesus talks about 3 towns whose time had run out.  We'll look at his words this week in a new series called "The Final Four."  It's a study from Matthew 11 about how to beat the obstacles to real faith.  If you missed the first sermon in that series on Easter Sunday, you can listen to it online.

Also, join me at Discover Hillcrest this Sunday.  The class will be held right after the morning service, AND LUNCH IS PROVIDED!  The class is for those who want to become members, and for those who just want to learn more about Hillcrest.  Topics include:

  • The most important thing you need to know about Jesus
  • Four fundamentals of spiritual growth, using the acronym "H.I.L.L."
  • Our church's key values and strategy
  • How to "connect" with others in the church
While I teach the adult class, BJ teaches "Discover Hillcrest Kids" for children ages 8-12, and Jim teaches "Discover Hillcrest Youth" for students in grades 6-12.  Childcare is provided for children under the age of 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  You can register by contacting our Ministry Assistant, Jami.

Drop By the Blog, Leave a Comment.  At my weblog, "Get Anchored," every Sunday I post a new "Song of the Week" (This week, "Somebody Loved" by The Weepies).  Also, every Tuesday I post some entertaining and informative "Links to Your World."  This week, you can also see news on UT men's basketball coach Rick Barnes, reflections on the Obama race speech, and the continuation of my LeaderLines series called "unChristian Christianity."

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