Archive for December, 2014

For those in Christ Jesus we are not condemned
For the judgement of sin is where it all stemmed
Christ paid the price, He paid it in full
He cleansed our heart making it white as wool

For those in Christ Jesus we are now set free
From the bondage of sin that put Christ on a tree
We are no longer in bondage, a slave to our sin
When we open our hearts and let Christ Jesus in

He’s the Author of faith Beginning and End
We’re not alone the Holy Spirit He did send
He convicts us of sin, He guides our way
He provides us with light on our darkest day

For those in Christ Jesus we have forgiveness of sin
He is the hope that we live our life in
He provides us grace to walk in His ways
Studying His Word is where I want to stay

ROMANS 8:1-4
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, 4. In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Twas the star filled night in the early morn
In a manger in Bethlehem our Savior is born

He was conceived by Gods Spirit born in the flesh
Came to this earth to redeem man from death

Guided by the Star wise men they traveled
Bringing gifts to this King whose stable was His castle

He was born as a baby, He is Gods gift to mankind
He came with a message, His purpose was by design

Hand picked by the Savior twelve men were sought
To walk daily with Jesus so they may be taught

The message was clear, there was no room for doubt
Jesus is the Savior, He’s the only way out

He was rejected and denied and found without sin
But sentenced to death on a cross before men

While on the cross He thought not of Himself
He bore all the sins of everyone else

After three days He arose from the grave
To secure a new life for all who are saved

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Living in a world that’s broken
It’s through Your Word that’s spoken
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

When I try to hide my pain
And my tears fall like rain
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

Living in a world that’s fallen
It’s your voice that I hear calling
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

When I am lost in shame
And have only me to blame
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

Living in a world that lost it’s way
From your Word I do not sway
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

When I find I’m lost in doubt
I pull my hair and want to shout
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

Living in a world that does not care
It’s your Word I’m called to share
It’s You Who I Find Hope In

When I find I’m lost in sin
It’s your forgiveness that draws me in
It’s Only You Who I Find Hope In

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

By His wounds we are healed
With His Spirit we are sealed

From the cross we have life
In His strength we fight strife

He conquered death from the grave
It’s the lost He came to save

It started with his birth
As a man He walked on earth

Fully God man in the flesh
He gives life to start afresh

It’s in His strength we can fight
All because He is the Light

From the cross to the grave
If you ask it’s you He’ll save

If you believe He’s raised to life
In Him you have eternal life

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Christ is the reason
For every Christmas season

Whether you’re a girl or boy
Christmas is the season of joy

But we teach our girls and boys
To look to santa to get some toys

We get gifts from under a tree
OH BOY is there a gift for me?!

The message of Christmas is misunderstood
To get a gift you must have been good?

Bad or good is the way
To get a gift on Christmas day?

The reason for Christmas is eschewed
The reason for Christmas must be renewed

God gave us a gift you see
He didn’t come from under a tree

The gift God gave is His Son
His free gift to everyone

Christ is the reason
For every Christmas season

Do you have a refuge
When times are going rough
Who will be your rescue
When you’re all alone or feeling gruff

Who will be your refuge
When you’re living in despair
Do you have a rescue
When you’re pulling out your hair

Do you have a refuge
When sin’s nipping at your heels
Who will be your rescue
When you haven’t got a meal

Who will be your refuge
When life is full of pain
Who will be your rescue
When your tears turn in to rain

Christ will be your refuge
When life just seems too tough
Christ will be your rescue
When you flat out had enough

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Have you ever needed to be rescued? Myself, I haven’t, yet I have. I do not claim to have ever been in a tragic situation where I had to rescued by emergency personnel, but I have needed to be rescued from an addiction to methamphetmines that I was in for a great number of years. With Christmas nipping at our heals, it seems a perfect time to write about Who Will Be My Rescue.

2 Timothy 1:9-10
He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10. but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

As I was praying, and searching, and asking to be led to a topic to write about, these verse’s just about leaped off the page. My spirit cried out with thanksgiving to have been rescued, not only from a life in addiction, but most importantly from my life’s choices to be separated from God all because choosing to live in sin. With the addiction came sexual immorality in various forms. A life that now I think about it must have just broke Gods heart. You might ask why I say that. To be honest I got saved as a youth and walked away because I thought God wasn’t hearing or answering my prayers. I had a wish list of things in my life that I wanted God to fix and when he didn’t perform like I thought he should I decided I could do a better job with my life and walked away. But throughout life I still considered myself to be a Christian. At that young age I really wanted God in my life but I wanted for him to fix all my problems too. Throughout life when ever I got in hot water if you will I would seek out a church to attend, or a Bible Study to go to, or just pray for God to get me out of whatever situation that I seemed to have gotten myself in to. A long story short, in 2005 my girlfriend had lost custody of her youngest son in a court battle to her ex-husband. As we were grieving the loss of her son and as I was missing him, I knew she needed spiritual guidance that I couldn’t give her. This was all my thinking. So I heard this voice go to church and there happened to be one just around the corner from her house. And we started attending. Two years later in a rather hot conversation I said if she would just go to church more and her response was that her and God had a relationship that maybe He wasn’t looking for her but instead He was looking for me and the she kicked me out and that’s when I needed to be rescued the most. I was completely broken, nowhere to go and had no one that I could call on. This was now 2009 in Portland, Oregon at the beginning of winter. That is when I knew that Christ is my only hope. I happened to be lost in unforgiveness between a lost relationship between my earthly father and me. I was at my mothers in Dallas, Texas and in the middle of the night one night as I was praying God spoke to my heart that I needed to forgive my dad. I didn’t see how because he was dead, God softly spoke how can I forgive you if you can’t forgive him. I hit my knees crying asking for God to help me forgive my dad. Today I stand forgiven and free not only from the bondage of unforgiveness but also free from the chains of addiction. But I didn’t do it completely on my own, God led me to the ministry of Celebrate Recovery. With their help and the help of the 12 steps and 8 principles Christ has freed me from unfogiveness and addiction and is in the process of healing me. Today with Christ and the help of CR I am learning to make better more healthier choices. I am learning to live a life that is pleasing to God.

If you are broken or hurting or are in bondage to life’s hurts habits and hang-ups please seek Christ as your Rescue. Please don’t go through this Christmas Season alone or broken, thinking you have to go it all alone or that you have to carry the weight of life’s burdens all on your own shoulders. Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you, to help you seek a relationship with Him and to help you seek Him to heal from the brokenness that is in your heart and your life then confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. Romans 10:9

In Christ
Bart