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‘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 lasting death
Guided by the Star three 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 and His purpose was designed
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

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JOHN 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

You know we all suffer, my suffering are just different than yours. And I believe a true test can come when we can glorify our Heavenly Father during and in spite of the sufferings we have.

Most people that know me know that I suffer from a variety of medical problems that stemmed from when I had cancer twice 12 years ago. And if I averaged all the surgeries I’ve had that would come out to almost 2 a year for at least 10 years. WOW, that’s a lot of surgeries right, if you add up that’s a lot of time in the hospital and until I submitted my life to Christ in 2009 I didn’t have any hope of joy. I always thought that that’s how my life was just going to be. Half  Empty

In 2009 Jesus changed all that and in stead of looking at the glass as half empty, I started seeing it half full. All because I started living the way I was being taught through Gods Word. I didn’t get it right off the start but I learned that it’s a process, a journey. From this point I started see that the time I had to go to Drs or being the hospital I started seeing as an opportunity to tell people about Jesus and encourage people. I still do this to this very day. This is how I keep the joy of the Lord when I’m sick. It’s not always easy either, but I try to keep in mind the hope I have and others desperately need this same hope, which makes it all worth it. God is really good to me and is allowing me to live a full life for Him

If you have some struggle or burden take it to Jesus and find a believer in Christ that can encourage you, lift you up in pray and let you know that you don’t have to struggle all alone. God Bless You All

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

 

John 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life
for one’s friends.”

Freedom isn’t free and it’s my belief that to be truly free someone has to make a sacrifice in order for themselves and others to be free. I believe this for two primary reasons. There’s two ways you can say what I’m about to write and finish this write and you’ll understand. To the free nations “Some gave all in order for all to have some freedom” and then “All gave some some gave all”

As veterans and armed service personnel we sacrificed all we have in order that the people of America can  practice the God given freedoms that the US Constitution promises. And we do this for many reasons and willingly. We want our children to have better than what we have. We have freedoms that no other country has all because Some sacrifice all they have in order for all of America can have freedom. Now the other “All gave some, some gave all’ refers to all those that gave it all on the battle field not to return home alive or came home and are forever scared and wounded. It is not my intention to upset anyone but our freedom and Americas freedom isn’t free, so please thank our veterans and service members especially on Veterans day but not limited to Veterans day or Memorial Day for the sacrifices they make every day for us. So please be ever grateful to our Veterans and Armed Service Personnel whether in the USA or across foreign lands…

But let us not forget the One most important person that gave up everything to free us from the bondage and slavery to sin. He truly frees us, He redeemed sinful man all because God loves you, me, all of us. Jesus walked for approximately 33 ½ years fully God and fully man ministering to mankind that He is the Christ and all that would lay down their life and believe in Him will have eternal life. Do we deserve it NO, can we earn it NO. Romans 10:9 says That if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord”  and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. I next start the process of walking away from my past life allowing Christ to come live in my heart changing me from the inside out and then making the changes willingly on the outside so that others can see the love of God and the hope that lives in me. Now these changes come through studying Gods Word as well, obeying the conviction of the Holy Spirit from sin. We all have to count the cost to be a follower of Christ.

If you want the kind of freedom that only Christ can give then confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you my friend are saved. Find a church locally that hopefully teaches the Bible and only the Bible or find a ministered to help guide you along in this journey. If you have fallen away go to the Lord in Prayer confessing asking for forgiveness and start walking closely in a relationship with Christ. No matter the bondage Christ can and will break the chains of sin. Well thank you and God Bless You all….

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

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Have you ever wondered why people wake up and get out of bed day in and day out? In fact what I’m actually asking is what is the primary motivating factor that drives us to do the things we do? I suspect that on any given day the motivation could be different, but most people have a routines. In fact if you were to ask people the top three answers you would get most likely are Family, Work, and Children. These are great motivational factors that drives us, but what if I can inspire you to another?

Christ and His plan for your life. But I somehow think that we have to first get involved in Christ’s plan. How do I do this? First you have to know Christ and it says in Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart, that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.

Now let us live for our King, Jesus. Let the motivating factor in your life be that we are living for Christ. I understand that we have to work to take care of the family, pay the mortgage, and other things to sustain life, but this is our temporary home and there are so many people, children out there that need Jesus. So let’s challenge one another to let His plan for our life no matter what area of life we are in be to grow Gods Kingdom. Lets share the Hope that we have with our friends, coworkers family, children, the people that God will bring to us to share with them how Jesus changed us and gives us life. When we all do this we impact the Kingdom for Christ…..

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

 

When living in the world is such a chore

It should be my desire to know You more

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I LOVE You

 

When the devil tries to steal your crown

Remember God crushed his head to the ground

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I ADORE You

 

When temptation is knocking at your door

Don’t be moved.. plant your feet solid to the floor

 

Lord I Love You, How I Stand In AWE Of You

 

When pain has your stomach tied in knots

Don’t be double minded giving in to you thoughts

 

Lord I Love You, Oh Lord How I LOVE You

 

When fear gnaws at you, grips you in your bones

Have faith in Christ, Jesus is your Cornerstone

 

Lord I Love You, Thankfully I DESIRE More Of You

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

2 CORINTHIANS 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal…

The country hit by Carrie Underwood Temporary Home indicates what this verse is saying. Look at the chorus if you will: Temporary Home, it’s not where I belong. Windows in rooms that I’m passing through. This was just a stop on the way to where I’m going, I’m not afraid because I know, This was my temporary home.

This verse causes me to wonder in my mind if I get caught up in the things of this world a little too much and lose sight of the purpose God has set before me. Now I’m also not saying that I should just sit back and not take care of things that need to be taken care of either. But I am saying where is my focus? I have to look at , am I focusing on the things in my life like they are a permanent fixture in my life and that my life here on earth is all there is.

Here’s what I believe this verse is saying: To the Christian the experiences and circumstances of this present life, often painful and perplexing are what is visible. We live in a fallen evil age therefore these experiences are temporary and fleeting. To fix our eyes on these things can be the cause of us to lose heart.

The unseen realities which are no less real are eternal.

So this brings us to the question: What do we fix our eyes on?? Things Heavenward and Christ my friends, things Heavenward and Jesus our Savior… Here is what Philppians and Hebrews say about this…

Philippians 3:18-21

18. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame. Their mind is on earthy things. 20. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ..

Hebrews 12:2-3

  1. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We live in very trying times to say the least. Things coming at us, circumstances always changing, not always working out. Instead of fixing our eyes on all these things to the point of discouragement and loosing heart. Lets start with Christ and fix our eyes on Him who is truly the author and perfecter of our faith. Lets focus on our home in heaven and things heavenward. Fulfilling the call that God has placed on your life, and lets get involved in Gods plan as He allows us the opportunity to minister to one another. This is truly our Temporary Home…. God Bless You All!

 

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

JAMES 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

As I’ve stated once before that I was led by God to a ministry called Celebrate Recovery, in which I am now a member with almost 2 years clean off drugs. And for this I praise God because I could not have done it alone. I tried for a many of years, but the problem all that time of getting clean and relapsing again and again was that I always tried to keep my sin a secret. Thinking no one was the wiser. Oh how I was sadly mistaken. First of all God knew, but I even tried to hide from Him. One would think and learn that if it didn’t work for Adam in the garden it’s not going to work for me and anyone else for that matter. I don’t know about anyone else but for me secrets destroy me and yet I still try. But some how when I confess my sin it’s as if a mighty weight was lifted right off my back and I know who to think for that Almighty God!

What’s really cool is that in CR through working the 12 steps and 8 principles in a step study with other men, men work with men, women work with women, we learn to develop accountability partners, and we also get a sponsor. You learn in a step study that you’re not all alone, which to me made confessing my sin a little easier. The reason for that is we all adhere to a confidentiality agreement. I mean wouldn’t be awful if I confessed a sin say against my wife and it found it’s way back to her, the devastation would be terrible to say the least. Personally I think a lot of people feel the same way and is a reason we remain in bondage to our sin…

Why confess my sin to each other? Well for one I believe this to be a command and two it takes the burden of having to keep secrets. Because God already knows is no reason not to confess to Him also. This is my belief. Why pray for each other? Prayer is one of the tools in a believer in Christ’s tool box that is powerful. The next powerful tool for us is Gods Word. This passage in James is all about prayer and having us pray for each other. We are in this together not fighting all alone. What are we being healed from? I believe 1st from spiritual sickness, sin, physical sickness. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. This isn’t say the prayer of the perfect, it’s righteous. I think it’s indicating a person that is holy, or Godly, one that remains waling a right relationship with Christ. God is the one that heals and only God, yet we need to remain with steadfast faith in Christ…..

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