Straight from the Bizarre Mind of David Hicks...
CALEB'S PAGE
So what's on this page (or more accuately, what will be on it)? Anything and everything I can think of that may help you, encourage you, and just lift your spirits, especially things I've made or done for you.  These will be things that hopefully will help you in your relationship with God and Jesus, and will help you to overcome Satan.  
I hope that any time you need a lift, any time you need a smile, any time you need a laugh, and maybe any time you need to cry, you can come here and find exactly that.
 
I know and you know that I have not been anything close to the perfect Dad.  I have made more mistakes as a Dad than I care to count, than I ever thought I'd make.  And so if there are times in your life if you wonder whether or not I love you, may you come to this page and be reminded of how much I do.
This is my page for you, Caleb.  There is no link to it because I wanted it to be just for you, not for the rest of the world.  
 
Having said that, if you want to show the page to others, that's fine.  If you want to share something on the page with others, that's fine.  Whatever you do or don't do with this page, I leave that up to you.
CALEB'S SONG
I honestly can't remember when I wrote this.  I remember singing it to you at the end of one of your birthdays, and I remember you tearing up if not crying when you heard it.  May you hold the words, the meaning, the wisdom, the warnings, and the love in this song forever in your heart.  May it guide you through life. May it cheer you on dark days.
If you never dunk a ball, or score the winning shot,
If you never hit it deep, and round the bases trot,
If you never run a yard, with football in hand,
Here are some things I want you to know,
I pray you'll understand.
 
(Chorus)
For one, your mother and I will always love you.
For two, with God and Jesus this also is true.
For three, it's in serving the Lord you win the fight.
For four, so seek, trust and love Him all your might.
 
If you never make straight As, or conquer Calculus,
If you never turn a head, and make the young girls blush,
If you never strike it rich, or have thousands of fans,
Here are some things you've got to know, 
You've got to understand.
 
(Chorus)
 
(Refrain)
Look at for the liar, the great enemy.
He'll kick when you're down, puff you up when you succeed.
The God of all creation is greater than this foe.
Know His word, put faith in Him and victory you'll know.
 
If you become a great athlete, and make it to the pros,
If you find fortune and fame, a wife lovely as a rose,
If you reach your every dream, and hold the world in your hands,
Here are some things you still need to know,
You still need to understand.
 
(Chorus)
 
Caleb, seek Him, seek Him with all your might.
Robert*, trust Him, trust Him with all your might.
My son, love Him, love Him with all your might.
 
*With French pronunciation
 
 
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Melody and Words by David Hicks
Instrumental Arrangement and Performance by Phil Parker
PROVERBS 32
If you look at the book of Proverbs in the Bible, it has 31 chapters.  "Proverbs 32" is a collection of the sayings I taught you when you were younger.  Just like the proverbs of the Bible, may these homemade proverbs guide you through life.  If nothing else, I hope the memories they conjure up of your crazy Dad trying to teach you God's Word will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.  Pass them on to your children, Lord willing you have them some day, and may they pass them down from generation to generation.
  1.  God made us to be like Him.
  2.  The Bible is a treasure and a treasure map.
  3.  Focus on Jesus / Focus on God.
  4.  When you wake up, get up and say, “What can I do for Jesus today?”
  5.  Just like air, God is there.
  6.  If things like shelves did not make themselves, it had to be that God made me.
  7.  God knows anything He wants to know, any time He wants to know it.
  8.  Everybody misses the target sometimes, everybody but Jesus.
  9.  Because Jesus paid the price for me, in heaven with God I can be.
  10.  When I’m selfish, I think only of me.  Thinking of others God wants me to be.
  11.  Don’t worry about what others can do.  Just use what God has given YOU.
  12.  With Jesus in me, I can handle the heat.
  13.  When we’re divided everything’s wrong, but when we’re united, then we are strong.
  14.  God rewards those who truly want to find Him.
  15.  Are you willing to pay the price?
  16.  Hurting myself is never the answer to my problems.
  17.  Jesus was a friend to the friendless, so be a friend to the friendless.
  18.  When tragedy comes, Satan will try to destroy me, but Jesus will comfort me.  Jesus will cry with me.
  19.  Learn the ways of the one who loves you.  Reject the ways of the one who hates you.
  20.  If you want to follow Jesus, don’t be afraid.  Jesus will not turn you away.
  21.  The tongue is one of the most powerful weapons in the world, so use it for God.
  22.  Put it into practice.
  23.  Two ways Satan tries to stop us from putting it into practice:  persecution and distraction (P.A.D.)
  24.  The five main spiritual food groups:
    • God’s word
    • God’s will (doing God’s will)
    • Prayer
    • Fellowship
    • Worship
  25.   What do I need to do to be saved? BRBB
    • Believe
    • Repent
    • Be baptized
  26.   Night or day, take time to pray.
  27.   God is our loving Dad, who wants us to talk to Him.
  28.   If you love love, you’re going to hate hate.
  29.   Sin brings death.  Jesus brings life.
  30.   God wants actual faith, not just factual faith.
  31.   The love I show like God’s will be, when I love those who don’t love me.
  32.   Worshipping other things makes God mad, because He is our one true Dad.
  33.   Seek the Lord diligently.  Seek Him with all your heart.
  34.   With pain comes gain.
  35.   Know what’s at the end of the path.
  36.   Satan’s ways lead to trouble, God’s ways lead to reward.
  37.   To get through the bad side, look at the good side.
  38.   Feed me Lord!
  39.   To win the game, know your team’s plan, know your opponent’s plan.
  40.   The farther you are away from a line, the harder it is to cross it.
  41.   Live your life, instead of watching others live theirs.
  42.   Evil companions corrupt good morals.
  43.   We tend to become like the people we hang around.
  44.   In God’s kingdom, the greatest people are the servants.
  45.   Jesus was the ultimate servant.
  46.   Make the best of your life experiences.
  47.   The ingredients for becoming someone who loves God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength:
    • Being Forgiven
    • Bible study and reading
    • Humility
    • Obedience
    • Prayer
    • Seeing God in action
    • Trials (hard times)
    • Trust / Faith
  48. Trust God to get you through the storm.
  49. When you trust Jesus, you can walk on water.
  50. If you’re out-of-control, get in-control.
  51. Great people have great habits.
  52. Enjoy winning without thinking you’re great.  Learn from losing without thinking you’re terrible.
  53. Talk to God about what angers you.
  54. Three principles for dealing with authority (parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, etc.):
    • Yes sir, Yes ma’am (i.e., be polite).
    • Question how, not why.
    • Whatever you’re asked to do, do it well.
  55. Don’t just say you’re sorry, show you’re sorry.

   The following are not lessons  we did, but just some hopefully helpful proverbs I thought of recently.
  1. If you want a good woman, be a good man.
  2. Stop, drop and pray. 
  3. In order to be the bigger man, you have to be the smaller man.
  4. If you wouldn't put poison in your body, then don't put it in your mind.
  5. The best friends are those who help you to be a better person.

    
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God's Ways Versus Satan's Ways

For the longest time I thought it would be helpful to see a side-by-side comparison of the ways and values of God versus the ways and values of Satan.  Why?  So you and anyone else who sees them can make an informed choice about the one you want to follow, about whose ways and values you want to live by.  So below this paragraph you will find that very comparison.  What I did was to take certain verses and peel off the words, the ways, the values that they emphasize.  Check the words out.  Check the verses out. Refer to them as often as you like.  Meditate on them.  Use them to help you develop your spiritual eyes.  Note that if a value was listed in more than one of the passages I used, I went ahead and listed it so you would know it was mentioned there.

God's Ways And Values

(from Mat 22:34-40, John 3:16, John 13:34-35,
1 Cor 13, 1 John 4:7-16 and many others)
Love
 
(from Galatians 5:13)
Freedom
Service
Humility
Love
 
(from Galatians 5:22-23)
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering
Kindness
Goodness
Faithfulness
Gentleness
Self-Control
 
(from John 3:16)
Belief
 
(from Hebrews 11:6)
Faith
 
(from Romans 15:1-4)
Hope
 
(from John 14:15, John 15:14)
Obedience
 
(from Colossians 3:12-17)
compassion
kindness
humility
gentleness
patience
love
bearing with others
forgiving others
peace
thankfulness
 
(from Proverbs 2:1-7)
wisdom
knowledge
understanding
 
(from Mark 12:41-44, Luke 10:25-37, 2 Cor 9:6-7 )
generosity
sacrifice
mercy
cheerful giving
 
(from Matthew 25:31-46, James 1:27)
Taking care of...
the hungry
the thirsty
strangers
the naked
the sick
the imprisoned
the orphans
the widows
 
(from Leviticus 19:32)
showing respect for the elderly
reverence for God

Satan's Ways And Values

(from Galatians 5:19-21)
sexual immorality
impurity
debauchery (excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures
                           [from Oxford Dictonaries])
idolatry
witchcraft
hatred
discord (lack of harmony, of agreement between people)
jealousy
fits of rage
selfish ambition
dissensions (disagreements that lead to division among people)
factions (groups that oppose one another)
envy
drunkenness
orgies (sex parties) 
 
(from Colossians 3:5-8)
sexual immorality
impurity
lust
evil desires
greed
anger
rage
malice (the intent or desire to harm and do evil to another)
slander
filthy language
 
(from 2 Timothy 3:1-5)
lovers of self (i.e., to the point of selfishness)
lovers of money
boastful
proud
abusive
disobedient to one's parents
ungrateful
unholy
unloving
unforgiving
slanderous
without self-control
brutal
not lovers of the good
treacherous
rash
conceited
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
 
(from Proverbs 6:16-19)
pride
lying
those who murder innocent people
those quick to run to evil
a false witness (i.e., a lying witness)
those who cause discord and division
 
(from 1 John 2:15-17)
lust
pride
 
(from Exodus 22:22-24, Matthew 25:31-46)
Neglecting the...
hungry
thirsty
strangers
naked
sick
imprisoned
orphans
widows
 
(from Genesis 6:5-13)
wickedness
evil-thinking
violence
This is by no means an exhaustive list on either side.  There is still a lot more I could add.  But what would be the fun in me listing it all for you?  Plus, I just peeled off the words.  Go look at the verses themselves to get a better sense of this.  In the end the one question remains, having seen the ways of each, whose ways will you choose?

MEDITATIONS

Success and Failure - Part 1

There is a sense in which we are all failures, but thanks to Jesus we can succeed.
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Success and Failure - Part 2

Some formulas for spiritual success found in the Bible.
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Success and Failure - Part 3

What does it take to succeed when it comes to life goals? 
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The Jesus I See in You

How I see God and Jesus in your heart, and how I hope that helps you see the love in Theirs.
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A Key to Overcoming Adversity -
Part 1

It may seem too simple, but changing the way you look at hard times can go a long way.
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Overcoming Adversity -
Part 2

More about overcoming adversity especially in relation to current hardships.  You don't have to listen to part 1 before listening to this part.
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How Denying Yourself Can Help You

A meditation on Jesus' words in Luke 9:23-26 and how they can help you achieve goals from football to eternal life.
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Blessings in Summer 2017

How there were blessings from God that helped you in being able to play football.
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