• John Hickman

    Contributing sermons since Sep 1, 2013
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New Hope Family Church
Van Nuys, California 91406

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  • New Year's Resolutions

    Contributed on Dec 29, 2013
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    Recognizing the feeling of "let-down" after Christmas may mean we're following the wrong calendar. This sermon is a different take on the resolutions to Eat Better, Lose Weight and Exercise More.

    (Need large Snow Globe hidden behind pulpit) For too many people this is what Christmas looks like. (BRING OUT AND SHAKE SNOW GLOBE WHILE SINGING): “You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry. You’d better not pout, I’m telling you why. Rudolph the Red-Nosed more

  • A Holy Trip

    Contributed on Dec 6, 2013
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    Scripture is silent on the details of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. But imagine if you were taking the journey today. What would that feel like?

    As I look out among you today, I see that the vast majority of us have of us have had babies. But not all of us. For example, I’ve done a lot of things in my life and had a lot of experiences, but I’ve never given birth to a baby. Yes, I know this surprises you. So help me here. more

  • Are You Worshiping Nature Or The Creator?

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2013

    Is our culture today worshiping "Mother Nature" instead of the Creator? Jesus went out into God's Creation to hear from God, to pray, to be refreshed and recharged for ministry. Shouldn't we be doing the same?

    One hundred years before the birth of Jesus a Roman Philosopher, Cicero, wrote, “Nature herself makes the wise man rich.” The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.” Antoinette Brown Blackwell wrote more

  • Judge Not, Least Ye Be Judged! Really?

    Contributed on Oct 21, 2013

    Working through a difficult passage of scripture on judging others. What did Jesus mean? If it is okay to judge others, what are the tools we need to use to make fair assessments? And, do we judge Christians any differently than non-Christians?

    JUDGE NOT, LEAST YE BE JUDGED! (loudly – Like old time Preacher). That sure sounds good from the pulpit, doesn't it? But really. Can we just put an exclamation point after it, chisel it in stone and make it a commandment? One of the top five questions I’ve been asked over the more

  • Saints In Wrong Places

    Contributed on Sep 1, 2013
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    Like the biblical saints, Noah, Abram, Jonah, David and Peter, who wound up in the wrong places and sinned, we also wind up in the wrong places and we look to Elijah for the answer.

    Back in the 80's when the movie Urban Cowboy was released, even the most urban city folk traded in their baseball caps for Stetsons, listened to country music and learned how to line dance. One of the hit songs then was Waylon Jennings “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.” more