Straight from the Bizarre Mind of David Hicks...
Writings
I'll be honest with you (brilliant concept for someone building a website about God, I know).  I'm not exactly sure what will end up on this page.  I have written sermons, correspondence courses, letters, scripts, and a whole lot more.  Whatever ends up here, as I always I hope you find it helpful. 
 
One thing I do know, the first thing I wanted to be on this page was for the following - a letter for people struggling with addiction.  
 
 
A Letter to the Addicted
To anyone struggling with addiction,
 
The letter that follows was originally written to a specific person whose life was spiraling out-of-control because of a bout with addiction.  It was written by request from worried, loving parents. 
 
I have taken it, removed any references to the aforementioned people, reworded it where necessary, and turned it into a letter for you or anyone you know whose life is being taken over by drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and/or whatever other addictions there may be. 
 
May this letter bless you and all who read it.
 
With love and hope,
David Hicks
    
(letter begins here)
 
I am writing this today because I am deeply concerned, concerned for you, concerned for your loved ones.  I will be upfront and freely admit that most likely, I do not know specific details of your struggles.  What I do know is the specific details of my own.
 
I have had two major bouts with addiction in my life, once in my early teens and the other in my last couple of years of college to my first couple of years thereafter.  What started out as something that simply felt good quickly became an uncontrollable obsession.  It hurt my spirit.  It threatened to consume me.  I was drowning in depression, grief, emotional and spiritual pain.  
 
Both times I turned to God for help.  I prayed. I read, studied and memorized God’s word.  I even mentally trained myself to hate the sins with which I was struggling. 
 
Now with my first bout, that was enough to get me over the hump and regain self-control in my life.  But with my second bout, huh-uh.  I was losing my heart, my soul, my mind. 
 
What turned my life around the 2nd time was finally opening up to people who loved me about my struggles.  When I finally began confessing my hurt, I found out that I wasn’t the only one that was hurting.  When I finally overcame my fear of “if you really knew me, you wouldn’t love me,” I found out that people still loved me when they did really know me, maybe even more than before.
 
Imagine you are walking in some downtown.  You are in pain so you’re looking for a pharmacy.  Well, you’re in luck.  You don’t find just one, you find two.  They are side-by-side.  Both look equally inviting.  Above one door is a sign that says “The Devil’s Drugstore”.  Above the other the sign reads “The Father’s Pharmacy”. 
 
You walk into the “The Devil’s Drugstore” first and go to the pain-killers section.  You look at the different bottles and read the labels – “Porn”, “Marijuana”, “Fornication”, “Cocaine”, “Drunkenness”, “Revenge”, “Cruelty” and many more.  
 
You pick up a bottle and read the list of side effects – “Warning!  Causes loneliness, depression, shame, anger, bitterness, pain, and even death”.  You quickly put that bottle down and look at another.  The side effects are the same.  You keep combing through the bottles desperately trying to find something with at least some reasonable side effects, but none exist.  Finally you give up and go next door.
 
So again you go to the pain-killers section.  The labels on these bottles are quite different – “Love”, “Joy”, “Peace”, “Patience”, “Kindness”, “Gentleness”, “Self-Control”, “Forgiveness”, “Faith”, “Goodness” and others.  You pick up a bottle and look for the side effects.  Instead you see a paragraph that says “Side Blessings:  Brings peace, joy, courage, hope, calmness, and even eternal life.”
 
Which pharmacy you choose is up to you.  But I am here to tell you that I’ve tried Satan’s pharmacy and it only leads to more pain.  In fact it is a cycle of pain that is a downward spiral leading to death. 
 
However, I’ve also tried God’s pharmacy, and what I’ve found is that it is a loving, healing upward spiral leading to eternal life. 
 
In the end, you have to take a hard look at your life.  What road are you on?  In what direction are you headed?  Whose ways are you using to try and relieve your pain?
 
I end by reminding you of the good news that has been preached for the last 2000 years, that God made man in His own image, but mankind rebelled against God.  Yet instead of God dealing with us and punishing us as our sins deserve, He instead sent His own Son into the world to do what we could not do, live a life without sin.
 
Having succeeded, having overcome Satan at every turn, Jesus voluntarily took the punishment that we earned by the evil ways we embrace, by the good ways we reject.  He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, and in so doing opened the door to forgiveness for all people of all time including but not limited to the poor, the suffering, the orphans, the widows, the foreigners, the lonely, the hurting, the depressed, the oppressed, the enslaved, and yes, the addicted.
 
God raised Jesus from the dead as a sign, that all will be raised from the dead and all will be judged according to the things they did in this life.  And if you have not heard anything else I’ve said, please here this: 
 
Nothing in this life is worth being a recipient of God’s fierce wrath, of being an object of the terror of the Lord.  And nothing in this life is worth missing out on being a recipient of God’s love, of receiving the gift of eternal life with Him and Jesus. 
 
Please, in whatever choices you make right now, make the choices that will lead you away from Satan and to God and the eternal life that His grace brings.
 
With love,
David Hicks
    
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Proverbs
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I'm no Solomon, but here are some sayings and expressions that I have found helpful through the years, whether it be in teaching my son, teaching others, or just for personal use.  I've also included a few not originally from me with explanations in parentheses.
Abhor evil. (Romans 12:9)

Always be careful with exaggerations.


Anger is the off switch of communication (or Anger shuts down communication).

Can’t teach about a Jesus that I don’t obey (or alternatively
"Can't teach about a Jesus that I don't serve").

Choose the person over peace.


Decisions made out of worry are often bad decisions.

Don’t love the world. (1 John 2:15)


Don't just say you're sorry, show you're sorry.


Enjoy winning without thinking you're great.  Learn from losing without thinking you're terrible.


Eternal rest for the weary.


God is our loving Dad who wants us to talk to Him.


God made us to be like Him.


​It's easiest to say "No" to something you've never tried.

I may not be able to become strong, but I can become wise.


If you listen well when people tell you small things, then they are more likely to turn to you when they need to talk about big things.


If you love love, you're going to hate hate.


Keep your head in the ball game.


​Learn the ways of the one who loves you, reject the ways of the one who hates you.

Live your life instead of watching others live theirs.

Make me a servant (mentally sung to myself in a kind of mocking, opera style when I realize I’m getting upset for having to serve).


Negative stereotyping can be as bad as racism.

Okay. What could I do to just really hack Satan off right now?


Recognize the hazard. Understand the defense. Act accordingly in a timely fashion.


Rules without relationship equals rebellion. (said by a coach, not me. Don't remember who)


Seeing is believing, but it isn't necessarily trusting.


​Seek the Lord diligently.  Seek Him with all your heart.


Stop, drop, and pray.

The best time to fight temptation is when you are not being tempted.


The closer you are to someone, the more impact your decisions can have on them.


The farther you are away from a line, the harder it is to cross it.


The most important person at any given moment is the one right in front of you.

There’s no treasure in heaven for storing stuff in the attic.


​This life isn't the next life.

What would Jesus do?  (obviously not original with me)


What would Jesus listen to?


What would Jesus watch?


What would the man I want to be for God do?


When tragedy comes, Satan will try to destroy you, but Jesus will comfort you, Jesus will cry with you.



Formulas for Success
Throughout the Bible I’ve found several very simple ways of approaching life that lead to spiritual success.  By “success” I mean both the spiritual victories we experience in this life when we follow God and overcome Satan, and the ultimate spiritual victory of eternal life with God. 

Below you will find such "formulas" followed by the Scriptures from which they come.  My hope is that either you can find at least one that you can adopt as your own, piece them together to make up your own (mine is “Do what is right in God’s sight and delight in His ways”), or that it will help you find others that will guide you as you dig through God’s Word.

Scriptures are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted or I made a mistake.

Do what is right and beware of sin.
Genesis 4:6
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Read God’s Word All the Days of Your Life
Deuteronomy 17:18-20
 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

Think about God’s Word daily and obey it.
Joshua 1:7-8
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Study, practice and teach God’s laws.
Ezra 7:8-10
Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king.  He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

Fear God and turn away from evil.
Job 1:1 (NRSV)
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

Seek God and delight in His ways.
2 Chronicles 17:3-6 (NKJV)
Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, but sought the God[a] of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance. And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah.

Whatever you do for God, do it with all your heart.
2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (NKJV)
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

Set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before God.
Daniel 10:10-12 (NKJV)
Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands.  And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.
Micah 6:6-8
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.


Worship, pray and proclaim.
Luke 1:36-38
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
  
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