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January 07, 2019

The Amazing Race

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1–2) It was a bitterly cold, snowy Saturday morning in a little town in New Hampshire.  The whole town was gathered, as they did ...
December 23, 2018

New Life in Christ

Dr. J.B. Hixson
NEW LIFE IN CHRIST But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4–5) I came across a humorous story recently that perfectly illustrates what Christmas is really all about.  It seems a pastor was sitting in his office on the first Saturday of December. Outside in the courtyard of the church the men of the church were in the process of building a stage for a live nativity scene that would ...
December 03, 2018

A Truly White Christmas

Dr. J.B. Hixson
A Truly White Christmas “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Here in the Rocky Mountains, we get more than our share of snow.  Indeed, we measure snow in feet not inches!  Much of wintertime is spent tuned in to the Weather Channel watching the forecast and reading the advisories.  Travel through the mountain passes can be treacherous with blizzards, whiteouts, and icy roads.  By ...
November 19, 2018

Thankful for the Little Things

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1) Years ago, when I was teaching full time at a Bible college, I worked with a man who was very good at praying.  That may sound like a strange observation, but it is true.  This man knew how to pray and everyone loved to hear him pray in public.  His prayers were convicting because he had a way of reminding us about the little things we take for granted.  He often would pray, for example, “Thank you Lord for my feet, which I used to walk into this ...
November 14, 2018

Life Is Not a Game of Go Fish

Dr. J.B. Hixson
He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. (Proverbs 27:7) My family loves to play games.  Board games, card games, group games...it doesn't matter what kind...if there is competition involved, we love it!  Years ago I recall playing a game of Go Fish with my son, Landry, who was about eight years old at the time.  It is quite entertaining to watch a child's mind at work.  This particular game of Go Fish was especially fun because the cards were not the usual numbered playing cards.  Instead, they ...
October 28, 2018

Leggo My Ego!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Leggo my Ego! Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2) I had the pleasure of speaking at a Pastor's Conference in Orlando some time ago that was attended by several hundred pastors from around the country, and even a few from around the world.  I say pleasure because indeed it was edifying and challenging to hear some of the keynote messages that were delivered throughout the week.  God truly has blessed the body of Christ with some gifted men of God who proclaim His Word ...
September 27, 2018

Fruit Inspectors

Dr. J.B. Hixson
FRUIT INSPECTORS “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits…” (Matthew 7:15-20) Many well-meaning but misinformed Bible students use this passage as a license to judge others.  These “fruit inspectors” point a finger at the outward behavior of others and quickly draw conclusions about the genuineness of their salvation.  But is that really what Jesus is saying in this passage?  Let us take a closer look. The context of the passage makes it ...
August 23, 2018

Good, Better, Best!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6) Have you ever noticed how much we are motivated by comparison?  Call it “keeping up with the Jones’s.”  We are a society prone to comparison.  When we buy a car, we don't just want a good car.  We want a better car than the next guy.  When we purchase clothes, we want better clothes than our peers.  We always are striving for something better.  It is not enough to settle for ...
August 01, 2018

Reign, Reign, Go Away!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Reign, Reign, Go Away! So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world...(Rev 12:9) And I looked, and behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev 6:2) Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons...evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (1 Tim 4:1; 2 ...
June 30, 2018

Lord Please Send More Bears!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Lord, Please Send More Bears! "Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly." (Proverbs 17:12) Bears are a normal part of life this time of year here in the mountains.  They get into our garbage, knock over our bird feeders, and they love to stir up our dog, Juneau.  As long as they are just a nuisance, bears can be pretty fun to watch.  We have captured several videos of a bear climbing up a tree or bounding away toward the river when we scare it off.  But of course, bears can be dangerous as well. Just ask Allena ...
June 14, 2018

Only God Is Great

Dr. J.B. Hixson
I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. (Isaiah 42:8) The year was 1715 and Louis XIV of France had died.  Louis, who called himself, “The Great,” was the monarch who made the infamous statement “I am the State!”  His court was the most magnificent in Europe, and his funeral was correspondingly spectacular. His corpse lay in a golden coffin.  No expense was spared.  To magnify the deceased king’s greatness, orders were given that the cathedral should be very dimly lighted, ...
January 03, 2018

Surviving the Culture of Now

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:7–8) You’ve heard of the tyranny of the urgent?  These days an even bigger issue is the tyranny of the now.  With pervasive connectivity and cloud-based data, it has become almost impossible to unplug and simply do nothing.  And because of the constant clamor of seemingly inescapable technology, it is easy to ...
December 15, 2017

A Forever Savior

Dr. J.B. Hixson
"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11) A former student of mine serves as a pastor in Eastern Europe.  Together with his wife and children, he planted a church in one of the most difficult and dangerous mission fields in the world today.  He sent me a story about a thirteen year old orphan named Daniel who showed up at their church services recently, alone and unannounced.  Naturally, the church welcomed and embraced Daniel enthusiastically and he has been coming to church by ...
November 28, 2017

A Measure of Assurance?

Dr. J.B. Hixson
"And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." (John 10:28) My favorite kind of cookie is chocolate chip.  There is scarcely anything better than a hot, just-out-of-the-oven, homemade chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of milk.  When I was a teenager, I used to make them myself, using Mom's family recipe.  The first time I did, though, turned out to be quite a fiasco.  You see, the recipe card was so old and tattered from years of use that some of the instructions were hard ...
September 07, 2017

Slow Down and Save Time!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15–16) So much of life comes down to perspective.  Perspective can mean the difference between joy and despair, between hope and despondency, between contentment and anxiety.  To the poet, a pearl is a teardrop of the sea. To the ladies, it is a treasured jewel they can wear around their necks. To the scientist, it is a lustrous concretion formed of multiple layers of nacre. It’s all about perspective.  A canny ...
July 04, 2017

God, Glory, and Sleepy Hollow

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.  (1 Samuel 4:21) Most of my grade school years were spent in the little western Connecticut down of Danbury.  As a child growing up in New England, I remember hearing many anecdotes and traditions from early American history.  Stories about Williamsburg, Salem, Mystic Seaport, Plymouth Rock, and other legendary sites captured my attention.  One of my favorites, though, ...
April 05, 2017

Hope in Exile

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.  (Proverbs 13:12) Waiting is no fun.  Nobody knows this better than a child. When our oldest daughter was eight, we took her and her younger siblings to a neighbor’s swimming pool.  As we walked through the gate into the backyard, we instructed the children to wait by the pool until mom and dad had gotten settled in, and we were ready to watch them.  Bethany sat right on the edge of the pool, anxiously swinging her legs, eagerly awaiting the okay to jump ...
March 10, 2017

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11–12) Ralph and Margaret were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary—fifty years of love, faithfulness, and joy.  ...
February 09, 2017

True Love

Dr. J.B. Hixson
True Love “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:12–13) It is February, and that means that our thoughts turn to love.  People are always searching for love, aren’t they?  But sadly, to borrow the words of country singer Johnny Lee, most people are “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.  Lookin' for love in too many faces.  Searchin' their eyes.  Lookin' for traces of what they’re dreaming of.” When it comes to ...
January 11, 2017

The World Needs More Fools

Dr. J.B. Hixson
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (1 Cor. 3:18) It is getting harder and harder to find a good fool these days.  My ministry travels took me across forty states last year, speaking in more than one hundred events.  And rarely did I come across a bona fide fool.  I had high expectations at one particular conference in Philadelphia.  Several hundred Christians packed into an auditorium on the campus of a conservative Bible college, and I was on the ...

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