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  • Faith, Fear, And Failure

    Contributed by David Hicks on Feb 1, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,735 views

    There is no failure for those who step out in faith. The only failure is when we live in fear and do not follow God.

    Faith, Fear, and Failure Matthew 14:22-33 How willing are you to take a step of faith into the unknown? Are you a person who like to play it safe, get all your ducks lined up in a row, do your pro-con sheet and then timidly step forward, or are you someone who enjoys the thrill of jumping ...read more

  • The Person Driven Life

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,746 views

    Much has been said about the Purpose Driven Life, but Hebrews 12 seems to focus on the person driven life, a life that is lived in devotion to Jesus Christ.

    The Person Driven Life Hebrews 12:1-3 When Lloyd Douglas, author of “The Robe”, attended college, he lived in a boardinghouse. A retired, wheelchair-bound music professor resided on the first floor. Each morning Douglas would stick his head in the door of the teacher’s apartment and ask ...read more

  • Christ Our Sanctifier

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
     | 2,125 views

    Christ sanctifies us through His finished work on the Cross. Jesus transforms our lives positionally at the moment we receive Him, and practically as we learn to walk in Him by faith.

    Christ our sanctifier Hebrews 10:1-18 Don’t you just wish you could start all over? Several months ago I was having a great deal of difficulty with my home computer. It was slow and sluggish and would often freeze right in the middle of some important work. Now I don’t know much about ...read more

  • A Mind Fixed On Jesus

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,935 views

    Consider Jesus who is greater than the prophets and angels and who was appointed by God. Fix your minds upon Him.

    A MIND FIXED ON JESUS Have you ever found yourself fixated on a project, a person, a hobby or an idea? I tend to be the type of person that can easily become fixated on something. For example, this week we were doing some restructuring of the basement facilities. I found myself moving ...read more

  • Called To Be A Priest

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 4,609 views

    What does it mean to be a part of a holy nation, a people belonging to God, the priesthood of all believers?

    CALLED TO BE A PRIEST I Peter 2:9-10 Intro: As many of you know I come from a very strong Irish Catholic family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Several of my mom’s relatives are Nuns and Priests, and a few on my dad’s side as well. Growing up in my family as in all Good Irish ...read more

  • Anchored In Jesus

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 16 ratings
     | 29,759 views

    Jesus is the anchor for every believer. He will not fail to bring them home.

    Anchored in Jesus Hebrews 6:13-7:10 One of the greatest problems we face today is a lost of trust. It used to be that in the past a man’s word was a man’s word. Contracts would be signed with a simple handshake and a promise or pledge. There was little need for lawyers or documents in ...read more

  • A Pattern For Faithful Living

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
     | 4,006 views

    Looking at the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, we can learn from the pattern of those who have gone before how to live a life of faith.

    A Pattern for Faithful Living Hebrews 11:8-19 Prop: Use a 2 liter bottle filled with water and oil. Shake it up. Some things in this life can never be mixed. Darkness and light, death and life; pride and humility, and faith and doubt cannot be mixed. You either have one or the ...read more

  • The Shining Light In A Plain Jar

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,042 views

    What does it mean to carry about in our broken vessels the Light of the world?

    THE SHINING LIGHT IN A PLAIN JAR 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Hidden away on a high shelf in my closet I keep a small box. This box is worn down and broken from 50 years of use. But it is the most priceless thing I own. If I were to lose this box, I would literally tear my home apart to find it. ...read more

  • Hard Hearts And Dog Tired

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,027 views

    The day of salvation has come. We must not hardened our hearts to the gospel.

    Hard Hearts and Dog Tired Hebrews 3:7-19 Several years ago local radio stations throughout California ran a request for a thief who had earlier that morning stolen a VW Bug to immediately contact the local police authorities. What the thief did not know was that the owner of the VW Bug had ...read more

  • The Discipleship Attitudes

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,682 views

    The be-attitudes are for every disciple of Christ to aspire to.

    The Discipleship Attitudes Matthew 5:1-12 For the last two weeks we have been looking at the topic of discipleship. Jesus called 4 fishermen to follow Him, and as they grew to know Christ and His ways, He transformed their lives into fishers of men. Shortly after this account of Jesus ...read more

  • The Call Of Jesus

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,270 views

    Jesus calls and we must follow, but when we do He promises to transform our lives and to use us for His glory and honor.

    The Call of Jesus Matthew 4:18-22 Today is President Lincoln’s birthday, and in his honor I’d like to begin with an imaginary story. There once was a man who thought that it was a shame that instead of celebrating Lincoln’s birthday like we used to, we now just celebrate the generic ...read more

  • Retaliate With Love

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,055 views

    We are most like Christ when we learn to love our enemies.

    Retaliate with Love Matthew 5:38-48 One winter day a man went shopping at a local mall. When he returned to his car he noticed a foul odor coming from under the hood of his car. When he popped the hood, he discovered a dead mutilated cat that had slept on the warm engine and had gotten caught ...read more

  • Rest

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 13,203 views

    There is a rest that is known only when we learn to come to Christ and to take up His yoke.

    REST Matthew 11:28-30 I love the “Peanuts” characters and comic strip, probably because I can so easily relate to Charlie Brown. In one of his strips, Charlie visits Lucy at her psychology booth, and she gives him this advice: “Life is a lot like a deck chair. Some place it to see where ...read more

  • Jesus Revealed At His Baptism

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,731 views

    Who is Jesus? His baptism gives us great insight into the Only Begotten Son of the Father.

    Jesus Revealed at Baptism Matthew 3:13-17 Many different groups have had different ideas over the years about Baptism. There is a wide variety of methods and meanings for Baptism in different denominations. Some believe baptism saves you and is therefore absolutely essential from infancy on. ...read more

  • Freely Give

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
     | 6,314 views

    We have been given freely out of Christ’s rich grace. How we respond to that grace will be seen in how freely we give to others.

    Freely Give Matthew 10:1-15 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of ...read more