November 29, 2016
Unforgiveness is a cancer to the spirit and the soul and if left undealt with will destroy anyone. Wow, what a powerful statement. God thought unforgiveness was such a big deal that He said in Matthew 6:15 “if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” That’s a pretty monumental declaration to make. So, what is the “ying” to the unforgiveness “yang”? It is thankfulness.
How can you be thankful for the person that hurt you? How can you be thankful for the detrimental circumstances that you are in? You might ask. It’s not as much “how”, as it is “why” are you to be thankful. Life is difficult at times and throws us curves we never saw coming and can hurt us really bad. However, God has provided us with a way of living in victory and not as victims of this life.
Philippians 4 tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” It also says that “in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.” That is a perspective that can only come from God. If we want to choose thankfulness over unforgiveness we must do it God’s way or we will never be the man or woman God has destined for us to be.
Pastor Allen passionately illustrates and teaches how it is our choice to choose thankfulness or unforgiveness and either reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of our decision.
November 23, 2016
Anger is a part of our life but our life should not be dictated to by our anger. Anger is typically a selfish response to something that didn’t go our way. We didn’t get what we wanted, it didn’t turn out our way, or somebody said something that hurt our feelings. These are just a few reasons why we get angry. There are, a myriad of reasons for our anger but we don’t have the time or the space to go into them. Me, myself and I is the foundation of our anger. What are we to do with anger? How do we deal with it?
Our country has been growing in anger for decades and with the onslaught of the current political condition it is getting worse, faster. What are we as Christians called to do in the wake of this tidal wave of anger? God gives us specific instructions on how to deal with anger. Paul tells us to be angry but do not sin. This tells us anger is not a sin but how we respond and deal with it is where sin come in.
Pastor Allen uses humor to soften the blow, so as not to incite anger, as this week messages deals with why we get angry, what anger produces and how to deal with anger in us and in the lives of others. He also sums it all up by showing us how to live a life of peace and how to help other do so as well.
November 15, 2016
Over the past few week we have been talking about prayer and how it can change history. We can affect change in our world by praying. First week we talked about the importance of prayer and what it actually is and last week it was about praying without doubt and this week we learn how we can pray with expectation.
Most Christians pray as if the words they using are some magic words that may and may not work. Like using the word “abracadabra” to make something happen but not really expecting anything to happen. As lovers and follower of Jesus Christ we should pray with expectation. Not because we are praying with great spiritual and theological terminology but because we know God loves us and told us to ask Him anything in Jesus’ name and He would do it. We pray with expectation because we are praying in the context of the relationship we have with God.
Not only does prayer affect the spirit realm but it affects our physical world as well. It has been scientifically proven over and over again that people who pray and/or attend religious services are healthier and live longer than those who don’t. Even if you are not a religious person from the evidence of the studies you should at the very least pray to God so that you are physical more healthy.
Pastor Allen Hickman finishes this series on prayer teaching us how we can pray with expectation, in faith and see God do what He said He would do.
November 8, 2016
Doubt can be troubling and it can lead to a place where we find true hope and peace in a God that not only loves us but understands us. Doubt that leads to not seeing our prayers answered is troubling to say the least. How can we pray without doubt? If we see the our world as dependent upon what we can do and accomplish only and not trusting in a God that is all powerful, all knowing and ever presence we will doubt Him every single time. When we are secure in His love for us then we will put our trust in Him and His ability to make things happen and when we trust Him we believe that He can do all things and when we believe we actually will obey and do so without any doubt that He will do what He says he will do.
Praying without doubt is not something written for the fiction novels of Christianity and of men and women of ancient times but something you and I can do as lovers and followers of Jesus Christ in the here and now. The apostle James wrote in his letter to the church that we should “count it all joy” when we go through various kinds of trials. I don’t know many people if any that do that. Who wants to go through hard times? Nobody. We can go through them with the peace, power and protection of God if we stand in the “gap.” Not for yourself but for others. When we do that and we pray for others and the world around us our “issues” seem to get smaller and smaller as we prayer.
Pastor Allen finishes up a two week message about the prayer that changes history by focusing on the subject of doubt and how to pray without it.
October 31, 2016
Prayer is not something we regulate to priest and preachers but it is vital to our existence as human beings. Why is that? Because we are created to have relationship with our creator God and part of that relationship is communicating with Him through prayer.
However prayer is not just talking to God or at God. It is actually stopping and listening to God. God still speaks today. God wants to change the world we live it so that it will have life and bring honor and glory to Him. How will He be able to do this? Through His people and his people engaging with Him through prayer. Not through religious duties and task but by building relationship with Him so He can speak to and teach us what we need to know and then empower us with the power to do what He calls us to do.
Prayer that changes history will only happen as we learn how to pray. Prayer is not based on our performance and how good we are but on how good He is. There are no magic words to say to invoke God to move on our behalf. Jesus’ name is not like the words “abracadabra” that you speak to make something supernatural happen. It is through the context of the relationship that we have with God that He gives us the right and power to use His name and that only comes through prayer.
Pastor Allen begins a two part mini series on prayer that changes history outlining what prayer is, how to pray and what to do once God hears your prayers.
October 25, 2016
“From whence have we fallen?” Sounds like great Shakespearian literature jargon doesn’t it? But it is not. That is the question mankind has been asking since the fall of man in the garden of Eden.
If you have been born into and lived a lifestyle of wealth and opulence it’s sometimes hard to identify with the normal average family who lives paycheck to paycheck. It’s hard to know what it is to be poor. A few men and women have over the years set out to understand what it means to be without so that they can truly appreciate what they do have. It’s the same way with God’s grace. We don’t celebrate and live out our salvation because we don’t truly understand “from whence we have fallen?” We have lived in just wealth and opulence of grace we don’t remember what it was or what we were before grace.
The great fall is not just another bible story written to entertain our children at bedtime. It is the reason for the condition of man. To truly understand our fall, we must be open to the Spirit of God revealing to us how great of a fall it was and to trust Him to save us from ourselves.
Lead Pastor Allen Hickman passionately shares where God originally intended for man to be and the extent of the intimate relationship He wanted us to have with him and how far that fall was and what it has done to mankind. However, reconciliation is a big spiritual word for God making it right once again in spite of our mishandling of His commands. We can be restored to the original intended relationship with Him through a relationship with His Son Jesus. He is the great Restorer!
October 19, 2016
Offenses will come. Unfortunately, it is part of life but they don’t have to be. We are all born into a fallen, selfish, egotistical and inconsiderate life. Yes, Yes, I know that sounds somewhat harsh but the truth is when Adam and Eve fell the one thing that they became was self-conscience. We have been self-conscience ever since, so much so that we have turn being selfish into an art form in our modern times. With this ancient modern human characteristic mixed with today’s culture and media saturation we have a recipe for conflict and offenses. Whether they happen in marriages, work relationships, or even between nations it seems there is no getting around offense.
The good news; there is a way to live above offense and constant conflict. Jesus outlined it in his sermon on the mount found in the gospels. Jesus talked about your heart being the seat of conflict and offense more than just the words coming out of our mouth. He not only talked about not being offensive or being offended but also gave us specific instructions as how to resolve these conflicts.
Young Adult Pastor Jacob Hickman vividly and humorously share how Jesus’ principles are to be applied to our daily lives in order to not just avoid conflict but to heal the broken relationships because of offense. He end with a call to action, to resolve the offense by taking communion with the one we have offended or be offended by and thus bring healing and hope to the relationship.
October 11, 2016
Whether we like it or not we will leave a legacy. The hard question we must ask ourself is; “will that legacy bring life to the world or be a determinant to it?” Wow, that is pretty hard, but true. Jonathan Edwards a puritan preacher from the 1700’s left a legacy of life to our country and world, 1 U.S. Vice-President, 3 U.S. Senators, 3 governors, 3 mayors, 13 college presidents, 30 judges, 65 professors, 80 public office holders, 100 lawyers and 100 missionaries and much more just 150 years after his death. In comparison a known criminal Max Juke in New York City during the same time left a legacy of 7 murderers, 60 thieves, 50 women of debauchery, 130 other convicts. 310 paupers (with over 2,300 years lived in poorhouses) 400 who were physically wrecked by indulgent living.
We will never leave a legacy of love, hope and honor to God if we don’t live a life of love, hope and honor to God ourselves. We don’t reproduce who we want people to be but we will reproduce who we are as parents, leaders, workers, and Christians. Our first and foremost task is to walk a life close to God so that our families will walk close to Him as well. In order to leave a legacy of life it must be on purpose. It doesn’t just happen. Of all the millionaires and billionaires in the world that are self-made all did it on purpose. None of them just stumbled into it. They are not surprised at the money they have made because they did what was necessary to make it. We must be as intentional in leaving a legacy.
Pastor Allen end this series on the family by talking to us about what we are leaving behind us. The most important thing we can give our children and family is not an inheritance of money but an inheritance of integrity and Honor.
October 3, 2016
God and Satan think generational and so should we. Generational curses are real. They are not just a mystical and spiritual doctrine. Yes, they are spiritual with great impact in the physical world. Generational curses are passed down from generation to generation. That is why medical doctors say that medical conditions of the previous generation are hereditary. Why is that? Because they are passed down. It’s not just physical conditions that are passed down but spiritual ones as well. Satan is a legalist and only goes where there is an open door. That is why we must be careful what we say and do. Satan does not care how the door is opened just as long as it is opened. As Christians, we don’t live in fear of the enemy but we are to stay sober and attentive to his “devices, and schemes.”
There is hope for the generational cursed people. Jesus has broken those curses and we can live in freedom from those curse and live in His blessings. How? First we must identify who we are in Christ. Once you realize in your heart & head who Christ is in you and who you are in Him you will begin to walk in a new found confidence that the world marvels at. Second if you realize that you are walking in a curse or in sin you must repent and renounce. Thirdly realize that you are not just fighting for yourself but for the next generations. Lastly, ask God to reveal your weak areas so you will be aware of them so the enemy does not get a foothold.
May the God of all peace and hope open the eyes of your understanding to know and break the generational curse and start living in His generational blessings.
September 27, 2016
Children are a heritage of the Lord according to the Word of God. However, the current world view of children is they are more a hindrance than they are a heritage. One the of the most unselfish things you could ever do, is to intentionally have children. Why? Because you realize that you will have to lay your life down to see them fulfill their destiny in God. We, as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, are to raise godly children that have a positive impact on our communities and our world.
There are three things we must do in order to raise children that are a blessing. First and foremost we must LOVE them. They must be convinced, assured and overrun with your love.
They can walk knowing they are loved. Second they have to be corrected. If we truly love our children we will correct them. Discipline is not a bad word. Dr. Doug Weiss of the Heart to Heart counseling center in Colorado says that “Desire is the result of discipline.” Third, we must give them identity. We let them know who they are, where we come from, and what we do, it will gives them security.
Let your children know your story of how God has changed your life and impacted your marriage. Spend time at your table with your children. That is part of impartation. Whether we believe it or not, we as their parents are the most influential people in our children’s life. We can raise godly children but only as we depend on God and His strength to parent and love them.