From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:
“We saw earlier in John 8 that “the truth shall make you free.” One aspect of that freedom is manifested once we have “gird(ed) our loins with truth), Ephesians 6: 14. Our loins are often a metaphor for our guts, the seat of our feelings, our passions. Knowing the truth allows us to control our feelings and emotions rather than the reverse, having our feelings and emotions control us. When we are free from the tyranny of our emotions, appetites and passions, we can put these to use in service to our Lord, rather than have them become obstacles to our faithful obedience to His Word. “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even in weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Philippians 3: 18 – 19.””


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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