Thursday, November 25, 2010

Are you Thankful?

The Psalmist, possibly right after his fatal sin with Bathsheba, wrote a psalm that thrills the hearts of readers.
Psalm 103 begins with "Bless the Lord Oh my soul, all that is within me bless His holy Name."
Recently i preached on the Song of Thanksgiving, and since I have been reminded daily about the blessing that God has given. Not just family, friends, health, and employment, but the little things. Things like my baby girl fighting sleep every night, and getting up every morning @ 7:00 or 7:30, or my baby doll whining because someone changes the channel on the tv, or when someone runs all of the hot water out at home by taking long showers. These may not sounds like things to be thankful for, but you see, God has reminded me that in spite of the fighting, and early rising, I have an 11 month old baby that is alive, and healthy. Regardless of the whining, I have a 4 year old that it vibrant, and happy nearly all the time. Whether or not, I have have hot or cold water, at least I have a home, where I rest, love, and live freely.

Are you thankful? David was, even in one of the darkest times of his life, after this horrible lapse in judgement and tragic consequences, he praised the Lord. Heart broken and disappointed, he cried out for his soul to praise the Lord, for his whole body to bless the Lord. Oh, that we would "Praise Him in the Storm" when everything is wrong in our lives, we would be blessed to "Bless the Lord".

Once again, I ask, are you Thankful?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We're not Blind

Christians have weaknesses but blindness is not one of them. We may fall short by gossiping, we see what's going on in this wicked world through prophecy, we at times think negative thoughts, but we realize those thoughts are dishonorable. People can be hypocritical some times but we know we are not hypocrites. We struggle with sin in some areas that can hinder our close walk with God but we overcome by the power of God. Christians have weaknesses, But Blindness Is Not One Of Them. We have eyes to see what is wrong and what is right. Will you choose to acknowledge these warnings?
Submitted by Avery Hicks

Sunday, November 14, 2010

First and Last Look

The first book of the Bible begins with an intimate interaction between God and man and the last book ends in a similar fashion, with God Himself wiping every tear from our eyes. What a way to end the story! With our Heavenly Father bringing us on His knee to wipe away every tear from our eyes. Maybe it will be at that moment when we will realize that we are finally home.
I wonder if the tears we shed will be a mixture of joy at being in the Father's presence and relief that there will be no more death or mourning, or crying or pain. Whatever the reason for our tears, the soothing comfort
of a Father's love will assuredly take away all our pain and make all our suffering but a distant memory. We have this promise, that at the end of all time, we will find ourselves in the arms of the Father. He will come and
live with us and be our God and we will live with Him and be His people.
May this be the hope that we cling to for those who have gone before us in Christ and for us as well. While our temporal life on earth may soon come to an end, we have the hope of an eternity living near to the Father's heart.
*Rev. 21:3-4
Submitted by Avery Hicks

Through the Seasons

There are seasons of devastation that we all go through where we are in
desperate need of a Father's love and comfort. Let God carry you through
these seasons in your life. You were never meant to shoulder these burdens
on your own. The Lord wants to comfort you with His tender love, so that
you might be able to pass on the comfort that you have received to others
when they need the Father's love.
2 Cor. 1:3-4

Submitted by Avery Hicks

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thus Far

There is a thought on my mind, a burden rather on my heart. However it is one that I cannot explain. It concerns the will of God, and His direction. My Spirit is so excited about the moving of God, however my flesh is hesitant about what it will be caused to do.

If only my flesh and Spirit we not “Contrary” one to the other, this, or these things wouldn’t be so distracting or troubling.

You see, the Lord has impressed me to follow through on things that He began in me, and for the church a year or so ago, however I do not have the time, energy, or the knowledge of how to go forward. I picture myself as Moses (not that I am comparing myself to Moses), He was giving direction from God, yet he made excuses, but I rejoice in the end result…God made Him able, to do His will.

There are currently four separate destinations that are all accessible by the same path, the Will of God. So, I now have to prepare for the journey, make the time, maintain the energy, and go as God leads.

I am praying that God sends someone to join me without, having to be led every step of the way. I need someone that has a desire to do the will of God, and the same burden, and discernment I things of God.

God has been faithful, in everything thus far, and I feel certain that He will continue to be so.


In His Service



The Sheperd's Care

Isaiah 40:11
Just for a moment, shut out the world around you and close your eyes. Try
and visualize what God is saying through this picture with the eyes of your
heart. Can you see the loving shepherd, gently picking up His little lambs
in his big strong arms? Can you see the look on the shepherd's face as He
lovingly gazes down into the eyes of each lamb held close to Him? What a
picture of intimacy and safety.
There is no other place that these lambs would rather be at that moment in
time. Their shepherd cares for them and has vowed to lay his life down for
their protection. He has truly won their hearts. God wants us to know, that
this is how He wants to relate to you and I. He is our shepherd and He wants
to pick us up in His big strong arms and hold us tightly to His breast that
we might feel the beating of His heart.
Can you be a little lamb who needs to be picked up and held? If you can, you
will find a place of safety and rest that is better than anything you have
ever experienced.

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

Master Architect

It is wonderful to think that we have a Father who made each one of us
uniquely for His special plan for our life. He's a Father that loves
diversity and uses our own desires to guide us to do His will. It is when we
obey these promptings that we begin to line up with our destiny.
Many of us struggle with the concept that God might use our own desires to
direct our steps. It is as if we think that God's sole mission is to force
us to live a life contrary to our heart's desires. God is the master
architect of our life and He equips us with all we need to accomplish what
He had foreordained. He is the one who planned our DNA and He is the one who
works in us to will and to do His good pleasure. Before we assume
unnecessary guilt for yielding to the life-long yearnings in our hearts, we
may want to see if God is the One who gave us those desires in the first
*Philippians 2:13 *

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

More Precious than Gold

We determine an object's value by what we are willing to pay for it. Some
people are willing to pay incredible sums of money to own pieces of art,
while in others eyes these paintings wouldn't be worth the wall space that
they would take up.
The value we place on things is very subjective. "One man's garbage is
another man's gold." If how much we are willing to pay for something
determines its true value, then we must be incredibly valuable to God, for
He paid the highest price that could be paid for our redemption the life of
His only begotten Son.
God demonstrated His love to us and proved our worth to Him by offering the
highest payment He could possibly pay. The God who made all the precious
jewels, the gold and the silver, has chosen us to be His most treasured
possession. Our worth is not based on what we think of ourselves, or by our
own good deeds, but solely on the astronomical price that God was willing to
pay for us to come home.
*Exodus 19:5*

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Podcast available

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I need Jesus

Quick Update

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