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  • Faith, Fear, And Failure

    Contributed by David Hicks on Feb 2, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,497 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

  • Christ Our Sanctifier

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
     | 923 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 2 ratings
     | 3,354 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

  • A Pattern For Faithful Living

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
     | 2,147 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

  • Anchored In Jesus

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 16 ratings
     | 16,925 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

  • Called To Be A Priest

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,538 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

  • Hard Hearts And Dog Tired

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,206 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 Person Driven Life

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 974 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

  • The Shining Light In A Plain Jar

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,540 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

  • On Eagle's Wings

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 7,480 views

    We live in a society that is plagued with a lack of sleep, low energy, discouragement, rampant depression, and a loss of joy. But hope waits for those who learn to wait upon the Lord.

    ON EAGLE’S WINGS Isaiah 40:27-31 Ask for a show of hands – keep them up! Who is tired today? How many are weary? Who is discouraged? Who has had a rough week? Who is facing a difficulty or trial that seems insurmountable? Who feels burdened today with a concern or question? Welcome ...read more

  • Bruised Reeds And Smoldering Wicks

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 23 ratings
     | 9,204 views

    The Lord shows compassion and mercy to those who are broken and bruised by life. We are called to be people of compassion as well.

    Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks Matthew 12:15-21 In her book entitled "It’s not in the Ministry Manual," Mary Ann Cejka relates a time when the students in her Spanish class welcomed a refugee for Thanksgiving dinner one year. The following is an excerpt from this story: Fernando did ...read more

  • Sheep, Snakes, And Doves

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 29 ratings
     | 8,070 views

    The Lord sends us out like sheep among wolves,and challenges us to be wise like serpents and harmless as doves.

    Sheep, Snakes, and Doves Matthew 10:16-39 The world is on a collision course with disaster. It isn’t a massive asteroid hurling towards earth that threatens humanity, or global warming, or the AIDS epidemic. It is the clash between the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God. And the ...read more

  • Will And Faith

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,441 views

    Jesus is willing to make clean those who come to him in faith, and who lay their burdens down.

    Will and Faith Matthew 8:1-17 A missionary in Africa experienced great difficulty in trying to translate the Gospel of John into a local dialect. He faced the problem of finding a word for ‘believe’. He continued to try, but he always had to leave a blank space when he came to that ...read more

  • Treasure Seekers

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,773 views

    Treasure seekers who seek first the kingdom of God find His kingdom to be more than they could ever imagine. When filled by God, they are ready to share out of the abundance of what they have received.

    TREASURE SEEKERS Matthew 6:19- 34 I hope the kids are excited about this year’s VBS. It is called Treasure Cove and the goal is to inspire kids to be treasure seekers, not for the treasures this world has to offer, but for the treasure that will never spoil or rot – an intimate relationship ...read more

  • The Storms Of Discipleship

    Contributed by David Hicks on Nov 15, 2006
    based on 23 ratings
     | 4,123 views

    To join Jesus in His mission, you must get in the boat. That doesn’t guarantee you will be free from storms, but Christ will see you through to the other side.

    The Storms of Discipleship Matthew 8:23-27 The 200-year-old church was being readied for an anniversary celebration when calamity struck: the bell ringer was called out of town. The church immediately advertised for another. When the replacement arrived, the Pastor took him to the steps ...read more