January 17, 2017
If we are to ever live a life of significant we are going to have to get out of our comfort zones. We have been taught in America to think that comfort is a right given to us by the constitution. That is far from the truth. God never promised us a life of comfort but He did promise us a life of significance. It won’t be easy to get out of our comfort zone but it will be worth it. We will have to fight for it. We will have to fight our flesh, Satan and even other people.
Well, how do we live a life of significance? By starting small. Monumental change happens incrementally. God is not asking you to change overnight, He knows we are limited as humans and change come through a process. Start with one thing, one person, one day. Also, we must watch the words coming out our mouth. We must be consistent and let God’s presence rule our life, on a daily basis.
We must not allow the perils of this world to keep us from staying passionate about God, our destiny, our relationship and life in general. When we stay passionate for His presence we will see how He sees, walk with confident in His love, love others with His love, we will hang around others that are leading significant lives. Remember we can’t do this alone, we need each other.
January 9, 2017
Our lives are not to be lived by accident but to be lived on purpose and with intentionality. If we are to live life on mission we have to be more than successful. We can be successful with the principles found in our America mindset and the corporate world. To be significant we have to live a life that is beyond our ability to make happen apart from the power of God. Significance is about making a difference more than making a point. We can make a point and never make a difference but when we are making a difference making a point is not a big thing because it just happens organically.
Daily satisfaction and continued reward for merely working to make a difference, small or large in the lives of others is a basic definition of significant. God has a purpose and destiny that only you can fulfill. That is why it is so important to position ourselves to hear His voice and to be open to the empowering of the Holy Spirit to make it happen in our life.
Our life has a ripple effect on other people’s lives. That effect can be positive or negative depending on how you live your life. If lived on mission, with purpose and divine destiny it will change the world, or at the very least someone’s world.
January 4, 2017
Living life on mission is more about sense of purpose and destiny than it is anything else. When we know in our heart of hearts that we have a purpose that comes from God there is not much that can stop us from fulfilling that destiny. It empowers us with the tenacity to move forward despite the obstacles that we may encounter.
Direction is key to living a life on mission. No one gets in a car with no purpose in mind, be it just a joy ride, road trip or a vacation. There is a purpose and a reason behind the action. The Church of Jesus Christ has become somewhat impotent and irrelevant in our world because we have lost sight of the goal, purpose and destiny God has call us to. But when we do grasp hold of it we become an unstoppable force for good in a world of hurt, shame, destruction and pain. Why? Because we have direction and those with direction are hard to get off course. It is a visionless, directionless, and purposeless world that is at the mercy of the winds of change and hopelessness.
As we begin a brand-new year may we see it as a starting point and “do over” if you will. The mercies of God are new every morning they don’t run out at the end of the day. They start fresh and new the next morning. So yes, you can start over, fresh, new, and with a clean slate beginning. You can live your life on mission and with a mission getting it straight from the expedition leader Himself, Jesus. Stop what you are doing, get alone, spend time with Him, don’t talk, listen and then obey!
December 27, 2016
Christmas is a day to celebrate the birth of Christ and a day where we give gifts to others to represent the love that God gave us through His son Jesus. It is also a day where we as a families gather together and love on each other sharing memories, laughter and food. Not everyone has the family they once did and some share Christmas alone with no family to comfort them or be with. Yet God in His great wisdom and mercy understood this and provided us with what we need before we knew we would need it.
In this Christmas eve service children have the opportunity to share their version of the Christmas story. Much is insightful as well as humorous and some quite witty. Pastor Dan Finley then shares the Christmas story from Luke’s perspective and how the shepherds marvelled at the host of Angels singing and giving them directions to where the saviour of the world was born.
Pastor Allen then shares an emotional and true story about letters from Dave to his wife after his death and the amazing gift he left her. He provided for his wife what she needed before she knew she would need it, just has our heavenly Father has done for us.
December 21, 2016
Life has a funny way of throwing us curve balls and getting us all out of sorts and just messing our life up. Sometimes though those unexpected “problems” can be an unexpected gift in disguise.
I am sure that Mary and Joseph were not to excited about having a baby with the circumstances surrounding Mary's pregnancy. However, what they thought was a major life altering problem actually was the greatest gift the world will have ever known. We are still celebrating it over 2000 years later.
This year’s Christmas presentation is a spin off of that idea. The south is known for erratic weather. It can be cold one day and summer time the next. The scenario is: Christmas day, people have been flooded out of their homes and are in a shelter for the holiday. It is not the most exciting set of circumstances for anyone on Christmas. The focus is on a young family dealing with the inconvenience of the flood and how they deal with an unexpected gift from Heaven.
December 15, 2016
There was a star in the east that lead men of great stature to embark on a two-year journey that would result in them asking a foreboding question, “Where is He who has been born King of Jews?” The question wasn’t a foreboding one for them but it was for King Herod and the people of Jerusalem.
Questions can be powerful. The answers can hold great joy for some and deep sorrow for others. It just depends on the question. Questions have the power to bring peace or separate and divide. If you know the answer to the question, then the question doesn’t bother you.
Questions have been creating havoc and paradise since creation. The serpent asked Eve, “did God really say not to eat for the tree of knowledge of good and evil?” Well, you know the rest of the story. The question the wise men asked helped give birth to a religion that has changed the world and specifically billions of people’s lives ever since. The big question? “What will you do with Jesus?” That is a question that can strike fear in your heart or ecstatic joy giving opportunity for you to share the answer.
So during this holiday time we would like to ask you the question, “What will you do with Jesus?” Make Him Lord of your life, or choose to go your own way? That is the big question. If you would like to make Jesus Lord of your life give us a call at the phone number listed below and we would love to lead you to an amazing new life that can only be found in Him.
December 5, 2016
Life can be a little stressful at times, to say the lest. Can we live a stress-free life? Can we live anxiety free? The answer is a resounding YES! “How?” you might ask. Let’s go back to the beginning before we answer the how. At the fall of mankind in the garden of Eden sin brought a new wave of problems that were non-existent pre-fall. Problems like; what are we going to eat?, where are we going to live?, what about clothing? and these were just a few of the physical problems. What about relationships? Emotions? Family? You get the picture?
As life continued our problems seemed to just compound. It was one thing after another, one thing on top of another and the list went on and on. Sounds kind of like life in today’s modern society, does it not. People in ancient Greece had life issues like we do today. However, there was a man who had a unique perspective on life in that culture, who offered hope for those dealing with anxiety. He said if we are not anxious for nothing but let God know what we need and we do that through prayer and thanksgiving, that God would give us a peace that would keep our hearts and mind strong through His son Jesus. (Philippians 4:6 & 7 paraphrased).
To be anxious for nothing in this crazy, crazy world seems like a dream but it’s not. It can be a reality it is all in whom you put your trust and faith in. If we think the government is the answer for all our problems, then we are probably going to be stressed during an election. If we think if just we have enough money all our problems are going to be solved, then we are going to fret when the stock market doesn’t do well. But if we put our trust in the God who created us and has our best interest in mind we are going to walk in a peace that the rest of the world doesn’t understand.
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.