From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:
“”An important aspect of balancing for a disciple is being able to order one’s priorities. A disciple should “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, (knowing that) all these things (those things needed to fulfill one’s role as a disciple) will be added to you.” It is clear that circumstances will change for a disciple and he/she will have little or no control over those changes- what they may be or when they may occur. How then does a disciple exercise discipline under these conditions? In Philippians 4: 11 – 13, Paul the Discipler says, “…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.””
About THE DISCIPLE
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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