From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“The second responsibility of Christ’s disciples is to be a student of God’s Word.  In II Timothy 1: 13, Paul encourages Timothy as follows:  “Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.”  We disciples should have the same attitude as the Berean Christians who, Paul notes, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.”  (Acts 17: 11).  Our Lord Himself said, in John 8: 31, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples;” and again, in John 8: 47, He says, “He who is of God hears the words of God;”; and again, in John 14: 23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.”  When I was a young boy (7 – 12 years old), we were in church all day on Sundays.  We attended Sunday School at 9:30AM, 11:00AM worship, had dinner at church at about 1:30PM to 3:00PM, had afternoon worship beginning at 3:00PM or 4:00PM, and then had evening worship beginning at 7:00PM.  That’s a long time for a kid to be in church!  Between worship services, particularly between the 11:00 AM service and the afternoon service, I would stand in the pulpit and read the Bible.  For hours at a time.  I would read any Scripture that I could.  I didn’t know that God was working on me even then; I just was totally absorbed in His Word.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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2 Responses to BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #31

  1. here says:

    When are you going to post again? You really inform a lot of people!

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