111917 | Family Dynamics | Part Two | Allen Hickman

November 20, 2017
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Relationships are not always easy to flesh out. Family relationship are especially more difficult. Why? Because we are closer to each other and we all have expectations of each other.

There are a few "expectations" that are somewhat "a given" in family. First family members are expected to participate. Why? Simply because they are part of the family. When we comprehend the depth of our family relationships we don't participate because we have to but because we want to. The second expectation is to build up one another. Most "a typical" families tear each other down and belittle each other. Not so in the family of God. We are expected to encourage, build up, honor and love one another. Thirdly we are expected to stay together. When we do we become stronger as a unit and as individuals.

Pastor Allen shares, funny and life-changing stories about how the family dynamics in the Church of Jesus Christ must be present, if we are ever going to be the family that God wants us to be and change our world in the process.

111217 | Family Dynamics | Part One | Allen Hickman

November 14, 2017
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The family is not an invention of modern society but an idea and invention from God Himself. Our personal family and the family of God (the church) have dynamics that make it work and bring hope, life and love to the world around it. God has outlined those dynamics in the book of Ephesians and through out His word.

If we are going to be able to do more than survive but thrive in this world and impact change in it we are going to have to listen, and obey what God has said. Not from religious duty but from hearts of love for God and each others.

This first part of a two part series deals with how we are to treat one another in the family.  It also deals with how we interact with one another, how we are to relate to each other and how it affects the world in which we live.

We are a family.  For some people family has negative connotations, however our Father God is a good God no matter what our earthly family was like and He wants us to love one another the way He loves us.

110517 | Treasure Hunters | Part Four | Allen Hickman

November 7, 2017
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Matthew 6:24 says that no one can serve two masters. Many of us know how much of a taskmaster debt is. When we learn the godly principles of handling our finances, we no longer serve the money we receive. The money we receive then serves the Kingdom of God.

We use all that we are and have to worship God and that includes money. Money can become an idol to us inadvertently because of the culture we live in worship money. We have to be sober, alert and yielded to the Holy Spirit.
 
In Part Four of the Treasure Hunters series on money and finances, Pastor Allen shares how understanding worship, acknowledging idols in our lives, handling money practically, and being without a “shepherd” affects the way we oversee our finances. He specifically takes the time to detail how detrimental idols (mammon) are to the way we perceive money, falling in line with the attitudes and concepts covered in the past three messages.

102917 | Treasure Hunters | Part 3 | Allen Hickman

October 31, 2017
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So you have money, what do you do with it? Consume it on yourself, your family, your dreams, your wishes? No! We are not consumers we are children of God and as His children we must learn to steward what He gives us and not consume it on our own selfish desires. In order to do that we are going to have to learn a few things and first is your have to have the right value on the right things. We must quit judging according to this worlds system.

How much money we have is not a measuring stick to our importance and value. It's not what you have that is important but what or who has you? What goes on in your heart and soul is most important. In order to steward what God blesses us with we have to have Kingdom wisdom. We live with integrity and we are to be great stewards using wisdom in all our financial dealings.

We are handling the riches of two kingdoms. We live in this earthly kingdom but using it's riches to sow into the next kingdom. The investments we make in His kingdom pay dividends forever.

102217 | Treasure Hunters | Part 2 | Eric Bahme

October 26, 2017
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There is a perspective about money that is unique to us as Christians.  God didn’t create our money system but He does have a lot to say about it.  Why?  Because He knew it would be important to our everyday lives and our culture.  Money is simply a resource to be used for the betterment of mankind and to advance the Kingdom of God and not consumed upon our own selfishness. 

The American culture sees the American people as consumers that are driven by their appetites and not as people with purpose and destiny to affect positive change in the world.  When we, as Christians, must understand that we own nothing but we are required to steward everything.  

Guest speaker and entrepreneur Eric Bahme with Building God’s Way Sustainable Solutions and the Nehemiah Project shares that unique perspective and more in this week’s second installment of Treasure Hunters series.

101517 | Treasure Hunters | Part One | Allen Hickman

October 18, 2017
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NEW SERIES Money, money, money! Our American culture is driven by it and our society has built families on it and it has also been the downfall of many people. However, money itself is not evil it is simply amoral, neither right or wrong, it just is. The intent of our hearts is what should be in question.

The Bible says that the "love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." Not money itself but the love of money. Actually it is the condition of our hearts that will determine where our treasure is. The Bible also says, "where ever your treasure is there will be your heart also." So, the question is what treasure are you hunting?

Jesus spoke a lot about money, more than He did about heaven and hell. Why? Because it was so important to Him? No, because He knew how important it is to us so He said 12 things about money that we as follower of Jesus need to know and live out.

This week begins a 5 week study on money and the treasures that we hunter after and how God wants more than our stuff, He wants our hearts

100817 | The Power of Community | Allen Hickman

October 14, 2017
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The book of James is a practical book written to the church at large. James deals with a lot of issues in the church that still apply today. Some of those issues are community, prayer and ineffectiveness. Just maybe because we, the church, are not in community, bearing one another's burdens, and not confessing to one another in community that our prayers are ineffective.

Community doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time.  Community is relationships built over time with the ebbs and flows of that relationship.  God doesn’t want us to be alone.  In Genesis He said it wasn’t good for man to be alone.  Yes, He was talking about it in the context of husband and wife but the principle applies to all of humanity.  We were created to live in community.

The communities or churches that we live in are not reaching their full potential because we are not living in good relationships.  May we realize the power of community and lay aside our difference and love, pray, and lift each other up and advance His kingdom and love the world in the process.

100117 | Digging Ditches | Allen Hickman

October 3, 2017
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Digging ditches is all about having faith in the God who has never let us down.  Not letting us down doesn’t mean that God always gives us what we want, when we want it but He is always there right on time.  We must have faith, anticipate, have realization in advance when God speaks.  When God speaks we act, even before we can see the “rain” we start digging the ditches.  If we truly want to see God move in our lives it is time we start digging the ditches in anticipation of His move.

 The prophet Elisha was asked to come and inquire of God what the Kings of Israel, Judah and Edom needed to do about the King of Moab who was taking up arms against them.  They had travel for 7 days and were without water for themselves and the livestock with them.  However, the King of Israel who was a wicked King wanted what he wanted when he wanted it but the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, want whatever God wanted.  The prophet only gave the king of Israel the time of day because of Jehoshaphat, because He was a godly man seeking what God wants.

 When the prophet spoke and told them to dig ditches in anticipation of God filling them up with water that they needed it didn’t really make sense because that was not what they asked for.  They asked for victory against their enemies but God knew what they needed better than they did.  To defeat their enemy “was a small task” for the Lord. 

 When we get sidetracked with the cares of our life, inquire of God what He wants and not what we want and in faith start digging the ditches before the answer even get here!  That is what faith is all about.  It’s time to start digging ditches.

092417 | The Transformed Life | Jacob Hickman

September 26, 2017
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The Transformed life is more than getting "saved", it's about finding your life completely in Christ. But our transformation doesn't come because we try and change ourselves. It comes as we surrender and give our complete lives, body, soul, and spirit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we do that He will transform us into someone that brings Him glory and honor and makes the world a better place because He is living through us. That is what it means to be a Christian; transformed into His image so that the world around us see Him for who He really is.

How we see ourselves is very important to how we relate to God and the world around us.  If we see ourselves through the “filters” of this world it will be a skewed perspective and we will not live the life God has called us to.  That is why it is so important to see through the eyes of God and through His “filters”.  God is for us and if He is then, who can really be against us?  However, if we think and belief we are on our own then we see the world around us as “conspiring” against us and everybody is the enemy.  

Allowing God to transform your life is a world changing and life altering experience that not only affects you but all the relationships you have.  You don’t see you like you see you anymore.  You see you the way God sees you and you see others like God sees others and God see others through the eyes of love.

Lifegroup Pastor Jacob Hickman shares what the transformed life is and how we find our identity in Christ through personal stories, illustrations and humor.

091717 | The Power of Praise | Allen Hickman

September 19, 2017
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Praise and Worship is not just singing, music or an opportunity for people to showcase their talents.  It is a spiritual tool in our arsenal of weapons to wield against the enemy.  But it is also one of the ways we connect with God on a personal and corporate level.  It is not a genre of music or style of music.  Praise and Worship is a lifestyle because we have had our life changed by the giver of life and it is the natural response to Him.  It is powerful to reek havoc in the kingdom of darkness and bring hope to the hopeless and to honor the only one worthy of our praise; Jesus.