• Billy Ricks

    Contributing sermons since Feb 22, 2004
Billy 's church

Immanuel Baptist Church
Carlisle, Arkansas 72024

About Billy
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts -- Pastoral Ministry -- Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Experience: Youth Pastor -- West Tenth Street Baptst Church 6 Months Sr. Pastor -- Calvary Baptist Church -- 2 Years -- Used of God to take chuch with $100,000 debt to be free from the burden of that debt. Sr Pastor -- Perche Baptist Church Grew from 35 to 75 in attendance.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: As with any preacher, do not take sermons at face value. All truth comes from the Holy Spirit. When you read my sermons ask God to reveal the timeless truth that is in the message. God gives the inspiration of the message and revelation of its relevance for each hearer.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Jonah Running from Grace 12 Characteristics of a healthy Church Philippians: Finding Joy in fearful times
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Corrie Ten Boom in The Hiding Place relates an incident that taught her always to be thankful. She and her sister, Betsy had just been transferred to the worst German prison camp they had seen yet, Ravensbruck. On entering the barracks, they found them extremely overcrowded and flea-infested. That morning, their Scipture reading in 1 Thesolonians had reminded them to rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks in all circumstances. Betsy told Corrie to stop and thank the Lord for every det
  • Family: Married to my wife for 21 years July 6 2019 7 Children Alex, Nikki, Emily, Stefanie, John, McKinley, Madeline (in heaven)
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Wish I knew
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Wife thinks that they are very helpful, insiteful, and challenging.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Make sure that God is in your preperation so that you will know He is in your presentation.
  • Books that have had an impact: Franis Chan's Crazy love -- Given me a hunger to abandon myself more completely to the lover of my soul. Ravi Zacharias Beyond Opinion "If this conversion is so supernatural, why is it not more obvious in the lives of Christians I know?" Asked of Ravi by a hindu friend. We don't live by our opinion but by His grace!
  • Hobbies: Bowling, Reading Great Preachers Stories and Sermons Golf (once a year whether I need it or not) CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien books
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The time is near dear friends Come to Jesus
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Used a soda can as an illustration that Satan can put pressure on us but never crush us if we are full of the Holy Spirit. Soda can was full and supported my entire weight (210) However I started stomping the can to illustrate that Satan can injure us but never destroy us if Jesus lives in us. The can developed a pin hole leak and had to be taken away by my wife.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Slave of God who finished well.
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  • Final

    Contributed on May 11, 2021

    Jesus was and is the master of Famous last words. "It is Finished," is a single word in Greek. When we allow Jesus to have the final word on anything, painful things become beautiful things.

    Intro: Ben Zander, in his 2008 TED talk, shared a story about last words and how what we say and how we say it really makes a difference. This was a story of a woman, one of the survivors from the Auschwitz concentration camp: "She went to Auschwitz when she was 15 years old and her brother more

  • Betrayal

    Contributed on May 11, 2021

    A persons last words seem to be ones of transparency and clarity. The Famous Last Words of Jesus speak powerfully to us still today. Famous last words reveals God's heart and mans needs

    Intro: Someone’s last words seem to echo in our ears, don’t they? Whether famous or infamous, their last words tend to be ones of transparency and often clarity. I want to share some famous last words from history and see if you can identity them. 1) This famous chap said, ‘I’m bored with it more

  • The Love Of God's Call Part 2

    Contributed on May 7, 2019

    Part 2 this is not about you. This book is about God and His call and pursuit of man. Especially the pouting prophet, Jonah.

    Intro: I want to remind you that this whale of a tale called the book of Jonah is not about a great big fish, a great big city or a grumpy old prophet. This book is about a Great big God that is willing to graciously deal with a disobedient, disgruntled, disgusted prophet. In this story of a more

  • The Love Of God's Call

    Contributed on May 7, 2019

    Many remember Jonah as a book about Jonah and the big fish. This book is really about the relentless love and pursuit of God.

    Intro: What do most people remember about Jonah if you have ever heard the story in VBS or Sunday School? You probably remember that it is a whale of a tale. There would be lots of talk about Jonah and his disobedience and reluctance to go where God tells him to go. The problem with remembering more

  • The Influential Mother

    Contributed on May 7, 2019

    Jochebed the mother of Moses taught him 2 powerful principles that helped him become a great man of God.

    Intro: It’s been said, if God wants to do a great work, He'll choose a man; if He wants to do an extraordinarily great work, He'll choose a woman When you read Hebrews 11:23-29 we see a striking picture of Moses. Moses made some difficult decisions. He chose to be a slave of God instead more

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  • Someone You Know

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2008
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    SOMEONE YOU KNOW A gray haired lady, long a member of her community and Church, shook hands with the minister after the service one morning. "That was a wonderful sermon, she told him, just wonderful. Everything you said applied to someone I know." What is often missed is that God’s word more

  • There Are Some Surprising Statistics Regarding ...

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2008
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    There are some surprising statistics regarding the Ten Commandments. A Gallup poll was given several years ago, and its results revealed 85% of Americans believe the Ten Commandments are still binding today. However, only 15% could name five of them. This is not terribly surprising considering more