Unusual And Amazing 2016

For many Americans, the biggest thing about 2016 was our election and many people were surprised and disappointed.

As my wife and I have been involved with charismatic and prophetic worship since April I have met many who were expecting Donald Trump to win. I don’t mean to suggest that everyone in this “movement” or slice of Christianity voted for Trump. I didn’t. Until recently I mostly had political discussions with other Democrats as too many Republicans had seemed angry and unreasonable to me.

About six weeks out from the election I shared my belief that it would take God’s intervention for Donald Trump to win. Of course, that’s what many people believe happened. I even prayed for what are called “faithless electors” to abandon Trump and make John Kasich president through the electoral college.

My intention is not to start any sort of debate. I’m just being real. I was saddened and disappointed for America on election night and at times afterwards.

Because my wife and I have been so heavily (for us) involved in worship during this time I believe it has been easier because we are learning to trust God more.
God has been healing me as I have been learning how to have deeper intimacy with Holy Spirit. I realized that I hadn’t trusted God as much since my mom died of cancer in 1987 and Holy Spirit helped me give up that lack of trust this year. That era of my life is over. This year was a new beginning for me.

My sense is that frequent worship is part of what many refer to as “Pressing In” with God – that is, achieving more intimacy and understanding of his will for you.

By practicing listening to and communicating with Holy Spirit each of us can get better at it. A friend who is much more experienced tells me that Holy Spirit tells him that I am becoming more discerning as I am practicing pretty much daily.
It might almost seem too simple that we can practice “Pressing In” just as we would practice playing soccer, playing an instrument, learning Spanish or a whole host of other skills.

Just yesterday as we were leaving morning worship (Yes, on a Friday! Right now is Fresh Awakening and there will be another in late January.) I felt what I call a “nudge” from Holy Spirit about two women who were sitting a few rows back from us.

Soon I felt another “nudge” as we were walking out. By speaking with my wife as we were leaving the building I knew that she wanted to leave, so I asked her if I might go back in while she went to the car. She agreed so I went back in and introduced myself to the two women who were still sitting on the end of their row. When I asked if they needed prayer for anything they said they did because a friend of theirs had died of cancer very recently. So I asked if they were open to me praying for them and the woman’s family and they were ready for me to pray and that’s what I did.

Before April I wouldn’t have been sensitive enough to “hear” God nudging me. I’m practicing other ways of “Pressing In” as well. I even asked God to help me with this blog post. Who’d have thunk it!?

I am wondering what’s going to happen with our world and our country with a new and unusual president. I’m thanking God for Barack and Michelle Obama as well as Joe & Jill Biden and even Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom here in California.

I’m trusting God to get us through in 2017 and beyond.

Tonight we’re going to worship to hear Charlie Robinson from Canada at The Fire & Glory Outpouring – December Fresh Awakening. I highly recommend it. We still attend our home church, Solana Beach Presbyterian, and I recommend that you attend or find yours. Revival is extra, but it’s probably some of the extra we need right now.

I have always wondered what it would be like to worship God with a group of believers to ring in the new year. Tonight I’m going to find out!

God bless you and Happy New Year!

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God Will Bless You

Saturday night we had amazing worship as we frequently have at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. I’m not going to share all the details except to say that you should have been there! Many of you have been to concerts and events that you really enjoyed. I certainly have!

One time my friend, Stuart, urged me to go see Fleetwood Mac with him the day after Thanksgiving. I drove quickly to his house in San Clemente and we drove to L.A. and the concert was fantastic! Any other year of my life I would have said that was the concert of the year. Not that year. That year I was doubly-blessed because in September my wife and I went with him and his daughter to enjoy Paul McCartney in Petco Park in San Diego.

After that event I said that seeing Paul McCartney live was not just my greatest concert experience, but the greatest event I had ever attended. That changed in Pasadena in April of this year when I attended Power & Love! I’ll even be bold enough to say that even if you are so conservative in your faith walk that you are concerned about a secular concert, pray and see if God gives you grace to see Paul McCartney and then go! He’s so incredibly talented. God has given him real and lasting gifts and talent and people who see him play live are in for a real treat! In fact, a “treat” is not a big enough word to do justice to the experience.

All that aside, now I know of at least two or three events (not including astonishing family stuff like the birth of our son, also named Stuart) I would put above that incredible Paul McCartney concert. As I mentioned above, one was Power and Love in Pasadena. Another was Saturday night worship at The Fire & Glory Outpouring (Revival!) in San Marcos, California at Summit Church. If you’ve had truly powerful worship experiences then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, well, keep pressing in with God.

Before Saturday night we experienced Friday night. At the end of the evening I was standing in line to buy a book and a DVD from David Herzog, the guest speaker. (If you get a chance to see David, take it, because he is not only a great evangelistic speaker, he’s truly funny.) I felt the Lord nudging me to buy the books and DVD of the lady in front of me. I asked Holy Spirit if it was Him and not just my mind and if he really wanted me to do this. He told me, “I will bless you.” So, I told the woman, who my wife and I had met weeks before, that God was telling me to buy her stuff. It didn’t cost that much and it’s consistent with what’s been happening lately. God’s been teaching me to be more generous and more obedient. The next night was the wondrous worship I mentioned.

This next part is really inspirational and emotionally moving to me. As everyone was starting to leave the same lady who was in front of me in line the night before stopped us and thanked me for buying her the David Herzog items. She told my wife and I that something changed for her. I believe she said that something “broke open” for her after I did that. Something was better between her and God (and I guess, life) because of my generosity. I could see that she was feeling encouraged. That generosity was because I’ve been listening for God and because I obeyed him. I didn’t know these things were going to happen. I should also mention that soon our son called to tell us he got the better of two jobs he wanted to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.

Last night I practiced giving a “word of knowledge” to a couple people online in a group where they let you practice usually one day during the week. I asked for feedback because I’m new at it and the man I chose said that my word about him and his evangelistic anointing was pretty close to right on. Remember, I don’t think I had heard the phrase “word of knowledge” before April.

There was also a woman online who requested a word so I decided to practice some more. Another woman chimed in to give me feedback before the first woman got back to me.

Here it is with different names:

Me (Charles Hicks-Moore)
Please give feedback as I’m new at this! God loves your heart for the poor and you are a light in your community. God loves your example of perseverance and God wants you to know that he has beautiful events for your life ahead.

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore – GOD bless you charles for stepping out in faith! GOD wants you to know “you are an encourager”! All it takes is the “one” mustard seed! keep the faith and GOD bless you brother 🙂 …

Me
Thank you for encouraging me! Encouragers need encouragement, too! I hope this blesses you. https://youtu.be/Plngh8SkkA4

Betty Christian
Charles Hicks,: you are so right. He’s said he’s got some surprises for me. All what you’ve said is correct. Bless you.

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore – I was giving a word to someone else when the LORD interrupted me and sent me to message you! And to ‘like’ your word to this sister as a confirmation that; that in fact was the LORDS word for her! Bless you brother 🙂 …

Me
Thank you both, sisters! This is so awesome! Bless the Lord! God bless you both mightily so you will be mighty blessings to others in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ! Lost souls will see God working in you, see signs & wonders and believe in Him. 🙂

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore Sometimes just a word or a sentence is enough to sustain someone when the word is given! As you continue you will be fine tuned by the holy spirit, who will dance all around you! Now its time to worship for he is good 🙂 Sing brother; sing ♪ ♫ …

God blesses us. He has definitely blessed me and my family over the past few days!

God really loves you!

God will bless you.

(Sing along with Passion/Crowder as they sing How He Loves!)

Hanging Out With Jerame Nelson, Miranda Nelson, Patricia King, Darren Stott, Shawn Bolz & Todd White

They say that when you hang out with people a lot, you become like them. While I don’t literally go down to get a burrito with Jerame Nelson or Starbucks with Todd White and I’ve never been on a plane with Miranda Nelson or in front of a dedication stone with Shawn Bolz, I do listen to their preaching and teaching.

Jerame Nelson is famous for preparing a sermon and throwing it out to follow the lead of Holy Spirit. Jerame and his wife, Miranda, have a ministry called Living At His Feet (LAHF). They are the leaders of The Fire & Glory Outpouring. In a way, I’m going to follow Jerame’s example with today’s post to Your Support Matters.
[ I changed this paragraph right before I went back to bed a little after 4 am today. If you guessed that I even changed the title of this post as I wrote it, you would be right. 🙂 ]

Today I was going to write about a couple things, but I heard Todd White when my wife was watching a video on Facebook. I really like this story quite a lot and I decided to change what this post would be about because I heard Todd speak.

You have over 200 videos to choose from with Jerame & Miranda Nelson at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. You could start with a hot August night like maybe, August 26th, 2016. You could watch the videos that bring you up to the the middle of October. (I assume it will take you a little while to catch up.) Along the way you’ll hear from Darren Stott, Patricia King and Shawn Bolz, as they were special guests at the most recent Fresh Awakening. Of course, you’ll see and hear Jerame & Miranda as those who attend or watch regularly do. Over 500,000 people have watched from 149 countries and 40-something states this year.

When October 12th rolls around you could watch LIVE and get prepared for The Fresh Awakening which starts October 13th and it will rock your world. Special guests Mahesh Chavda and Samuel Robinson will be there along with Miranda & Jerame Nelson. There might even be a special guest on the 12th. My wife and I and her sister and our nephews were at The Fresh Awakening last time and Darren Stott from Seattle Revival Center preached the night before.

This will be the third Fresh Awakening that I’ve attended. My wife and I live across the freeway from Summit Church in San Marcos, California where the revival (The Fire & Glory Outpouring & The Fresh Awakening) is being hosted. That’s providence for us right there. Check out The Fresh Awakening by clicking on this sentence.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a little Shawn Bolz who I think is amazing. You might hear that quite often when people describe all these people of God. The natural world might say that if everybody’s amazing then nobody is amazing. A philosophy professor might agree. A friend of mine named Myra says that “that’s not the way it works in God’s economy”. It’s really quite ok for all of them to be amazing. You may even find a favorite or two or three or four. Hopefully, you’ll hang out with these amazing people.

God loves you.

And Twice On Sunday!

My habits have been changing recently.

If you had told me in January that within months I would be attending our wonderfully welcoming Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC) in addition to worship services at another site on a regular basis, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you told me that those other services were sometimes over 3 1/2 hours long I might have laughed and said, “Riiiight.”

If you had prophesied it, well, I would have thought you were a little crazy.

Counting the added bonus of the near-monthly Fresh Awakening, I’ve attended the Fire & Glory Outpouring 22(!) times by my count and most of that in August and September.

Last week I attended our 70th anniversary celebration at SBPC and sat in our mini-park under a tree planted in faith several decades ago. Our gifted and bilingual senior pastor, Mike McClenahan, preached and led us in many exclamations of “Praise the Lord!”

I truly wish we could have services like that on a semi-regular basis. (Semi-regular so people won’t become so used to worship outdoors that they see it as “old hat”.)

During fellowship I got to recount my recent faith journey with several people including our hispanic pastor, Juan Daniel Espitia. I believe people are noticing that something IS going on with me and that that something is due to Holy Spirit.

After some afternoon rest Marianne and I, along with some family members(!), worshiped at Summit Church with Miranda Nelson preaching and for me it was the most visibly powerful move of the Holy Spirit that I can recall.

Having family worship with us is an added bonus I’ll share about in a future post.

Watch the 70th(!) anniversary video or audio from SBPC in the first link below.

Watch Jerame Nelson introduce his wife, Miranda, and get some flavor of her preaching as well as the aforementioned move of the Holy Spirit by starting at 1:53:45. Watch until around 2:20:00 to see a whole segment. Or continue watching to the end of the service or start at the very beginning of worship and watch to 3:46:49. Your choice!

I urge you to watch worship services from SBPC, The Fire & Glory Outpouring, and Summit Church online and come participate in person!

God Bless You!

Sept. 4 Solana Beach Presbyterian Church 70th Anniversary

Sept. 4 Fire & Glory Outpouring Night #192 – Summit Church San Marcos

Native American Jesus Song

When we attended the revival several weeks ago at the L.A. Coliseum I really enjoyed the Native American musicians. They played a song that seemed to be a combination of rock, Native American music and what I sometimes call “Jesus” lyrics.

I had assumed that I would easily find it on Youtube a few days later by searching for songs from the revival. That was not the case, but today I searched “native american jesus song” on Youtube and a list of songs from a group called Broken Walls came up. This is the same group we heard at the revival. I really, really enjoy “Ride the Wind” by Broken Walls.

Here’s “Ride the Wind”:

Read more about Broken Walls on the Broken Walls website:

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