THE STEPS IN PROBLEM SOLVING

by John David Hicks © 1999

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself. Or you also may be tempted.” –Galatians 6:1

CENTER BOX: JESUS GIVES US THE KEY TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Sooner or later as a Christian you will experience some problem with another Christian. Continue reading

WHAT IS A CULT AND HOW DO THEY WORK

by John David Hicks, Evangelist\Bible Teacher © 1985

Robert Bowman, a cult specialist, defines a cult as “…a religious organization who claims to be Christian, but denies the basic teaching of Biblical, historical Christianity, especially regarding the nature of God, the person and work of Christ, or the way of salvation. Every cult Continue reading

Why Pray?

“You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). Continue reading

A CHURCH BETWEEN PASTORS

Acts 14:23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 20:28-32 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, Continue reading

Every Neighborhood Needs An Eleanor

By Joyce Holscher    (Joyce is the sister of John David Hicks)

Adrenaline churned and my racing heart pumped as I assessed the neighborhood and nervously waited for the light to change. Graffiti graphically displayed the presence of gang activity in this area I once called home. This was where I planned to spend the evening – Continue reading

How to Walk in the Spirit

John David Hicks, Evangelist / Bible Teacher *

Summer 2002 · Volume 6 Number 3

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16 nkjv). “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness Continue reading

The Day of Small Beginnings

by John David Hicks, Evangelist © 1996

Zechariah 4:6-10 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. “What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to Continue reading

A Passion for God (part 3)

The Glory of God

“Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’ And the LORD said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD,in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion… Continue reading

The Man of God and Sexual Sin

“Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8). “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4). Continue reading

The Ministry of Suffering

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering…. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted…. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect Continue reading

Living with Rejection and the Praise of Men

“Then Saul said, ‘I have sinned…. Surely I have acted like a fool and have erred greatly'” (1 Samuel 26:21). “Many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not con-fess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God” (John 12:42-43). “We are fools for the sake of Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:10 NRSV). Continue reading

Aaron’s Halfway Repentance 

 “‘But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out'” (Numbers 32:23). “Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Moses then said to Aaron, ‘This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: “Among those who approach me I wil Continue reading

THE MAKING OF MIGHTY MEN OF GOD*

by John David Hicks, Evangelist © 1997

1 Chronicles 11:9-11, 22-25 And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him. These were the chiefs of David’s mighty men — they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had promised…Benaiah Continue reading

God’s Kind of Faith

The way to ascend into the supernatural faith of God (Part 1)

A universal law, the Law of Faith, rules the physical and spiritual worlds. Three things are essential in life the Bible tells us: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV). Continue reading

Gospel of Healing

Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance: The Scriptural Proof

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:2-4 NKJV).
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The Lost Key to Power and Authority

“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge (understanding). You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering” (Luke 11:52). “I will come to you very soon…and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (1 Corinthians 4:19-20).  Continue reading

The Authority of Righteousness

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 4:25-5:2). God did this “For the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26 nasb). Continue reading

The Power of Righteousness (Part 2)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom’” (Hebrews 1:8). “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30) Continue reading

The Second Missionary Journey

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him” (Philippians 1:29). “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17-18). Continue reading

Prayer for a Wayward Child  

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate….’ Not long after that, [he]…set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living…and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. Continue reading

You Need God’s Grace

““From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16). “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:16-17).

By John David Hicks

“The unaware life is not worth living,” said Socrates.

It’s also true that the Christian who is unaware of the beauty of grace Continue reading

How to Hide God’s Word in Your Heart

“I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word” (Psalm 119:15-16 NASB).
By John David Hicks

The psalmist internalized God’s Word by meditation, delight, and memorization. “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:10-11). He desires not just to know about God, but to know God personally, His ways, Continue reading

A Harvest of Righteousness

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” (Isaiah 32:17-18). “For the kingdom of God is…righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men” (Romans 14:17-18).
By John David Hicks

When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, something amazi Continue reading

“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”

By John David Hicks

These six words of Jesus can free your heart and stop Satan’s accusations. They will help you overcome trouble, fear, and condemnation: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV).

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Emily’s Quinceañera

By John David Hicks

My family recently experienced a new tradition. My daughter Sandra married a man from Guatemala 17 years ago. They have two children, a girl and a boy. In all of Central and South America and even Mexico, when a girl turns 15 the family celebrates what is called a Quinceañera.

A Quinceañera is the Continue reading

Condemnation Kills

“The letter (the law) kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6).
By John David Hicks

The Garden of Eden had two trees that Adam and Eve could choose to live by. They chose to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, although God had forbidden them to eat of it.

That tree was an example of living in the flesh, living in self-centeredness. Like Satan, when you live in independe Continue reading

“David Strengthened Himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6)

By John David Hicks

Known in Scripture as a “man after God’s own heart,” David was a worshiper. His name means “Beloved of the Lord.” He was called and chosen. Yet in his troubles, problems, sin, and discouragement, David had to “strengthen himself in the Lord.” At times he had to preach to himself to regain his strength. I’m sure he would often remind himself of God’s faithfulness when he had faced the lion, the bear, and King Saul.

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It’s Opportunity Time!

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15–17).By John David Hicks

There are many things in life that demand your time. You choose Continue reading

Plugging into the Power of the Church

By John David Hicks, Evangelist / Bible Teacher • Summer 2012 • Volume 16 Number 2
Acts 17 tells the story of Paul and Silas going to Thessalonica. The preaching and demonstrating the gospel led to a great multitude of believers. There was a reaction to this and a riot broke out. The mob started looking for Paul and Silas. “When they did not find Continue reading

Praying the Scriptures

By John David Hicks

There is a special blessing, authority, and power when you pray the Word of God. “Praying God’s Word completely changed my prayer life,” one pastor said. “It was like lifting weights—suddenly my prayers had real substance and I could tell I was putting on some spiritual muscle.”

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Listening Prayer

By John David Hicks

Many times I have come to the Lord in prayer wanting provision or guidance, not for the relationship itself. But it’s the relationship we have with the Lord that is the key to the abundant life He has promised. A good relationship is the ability to relate to others, to give and take with listening and sharing things in common. Relationships take time, patience, and the desire to be together.

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