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Mar7

8th Annual Homecoming Concert

Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Tyler, TX

 

 

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Mar19

First Baptist of Central Florida

First Baptist of Central Florida, 700 Good Homes Road, Orlando, FL 32818

 

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Mar26

Gracepointe Nazarene Church

Gracepointe Nazarene Church, 2900 Rosebud Road SW, Loganville, GA 30052

 

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COMING SOON! "The Echo Of Your Verse" by James Pike Podcast


   We are so excited to soon be releasing Dad's CD, "The Echo Of Your Verse." It will debut at my 8th Annual Homecoming Concert on March 7, 2015 at 6:00PM. Here is a quick preview of one of the nineteen poems.



  1. Firefighter
  2. One Saturday in Hell 
  3. The Christmas Run
  4, The Gift Wrapped In Shame
  5. I’m Not Scared of the Boogeyman Anymore
  6. From Here I Can See Forever
  7. The Soda Bottle 
  8. Prayer Warrior 
  9. The Voyage
 10. I’ll Tell Those Angels a Thing or Two
 11. Hardworking Quarter 
 12. The Christmas King 
 13. Merry Xmas 
 14. Hummingbird 
 15. The Gift 
 16. A Cowboy Life 
 17. Tomato Harvest 
 18. If You Were God
 19. Singing in the Dark
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  1. Tomato Harvest - Demo

COMING SOON! "Songs I've Lived" by Kim Pike Podcast


   We are so excited to soon be releasing Mom's CD, "Songs I've Lived." It will debut at my 8th Annual Homecoming Concert on March 7, 2015 at 6:00PM. Here is a quick preview of one of the thirteen songs.



1. God’s Still Faithful
2. Alabaster Box
3. Days Of Elijah
4. Live For Jesus
5. Past To Presence
6. Heart That Will Never Break Again 7. Through The Fire
8. Lord, Feed Your Children
9. Death Ain’t No Big Deal
10. Holy City, New Jerusalem
11. Safe Thus Far
12. The Warrior, The Battlefield, And The Prize
13. Someone To Care
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  1. Someone To Care - Demo

Call Your DJ! Podcast

 

   My first radio release from the album "Timeless Truth: For Times Like These" is one of my favorite songs from that project, 'Creed.' I've not heard many songs in my life that possess so much strong content in regard to who Christians are and what we believe. Considering the name of the album it belongs on, "Timeless Truth," this is an appropriate maiden voyage into radio with this piece containing not only The Apostles Creed circa 140AD, but also Paul's sermon on Mar's Hill as preached in Acts chapter 17.
   Click CD to purchase hardcopy or digital download.
Take a free listen below!
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  1. Creed

Homecoming 2015! 

March 7, 2015 will be here before you know it!
Mark your calendars to attend my 8th Annual Homecoming Concert in Tyler, TX!
This special event will be more of a true homecoming than the ones before it, featuring your host Miles Pike and his wife Martha, along with his parents, James and Kim Pike. The evening will debut a unique audiobook of poetry and companion book from the pen of James who has been a prolific writer and speaker for years.
Also debuting will be a long awaited CD recording from Kim Pike who has been a well known singer in this area for over three decades.
Doors open at 5:00PM. There will be giveaways and it promises to be a great night of music and worship.
Click the flyer to download and share with family and friends.

Blessed are the pure in heart 

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

At the halfway point in the Beatitudes, there’s a shift. The first four are inner heart attitudes, all characteristic of those who follow Christ. We realize we are poor in spirit, totally undeserving of God’s mercy and grace. We mourn over our sin and our broken humanity. We stop demanding our rights from God and from others, knowing that God will take care of us. We hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God — to know Him and His ways better. This is where the shift takes place in the Beatitudes — the inner man is being renewed in the first four, and the results of that renewing are shown in the last four. The first result is mercy — coming to the aid of those who are in need, no matter their relationship to us. This time, we’re looking at what Jesus means by “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

This idea of purity was nothing new to Jesus’ audience. All their lives, the importance of physical purity in order to be right with God had been drilled into their heads. The idea of purity of the heart is equally emphasized, if not more emphasized in the Old Testament, but the easy thing to do, the human thing to do is to focus on what we can do ourselves — keep hands washed, don’t be in contact with Gentiles, don’t eat pork, etc. Christ, when He came, constantly highlighted the error in this kind of one-sided thinking. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean” (Matt. 23:27). 

In stark contrast to this way of thinking, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Anybody can make his hands look pure, but like Prov. 20:9 says, “Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin?” The truth is that sin has stained each one of us, and the definition of the word Jesus uses here translated pure — “katharos,” means un-stained. Never, ever having been stained in the first place. 

Consider David’s prayer in Psalm 51 after his sin with Bathsheba:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

He did not ask God to look at all the good things he had accomplished to weigh against his sin like we so often do. He called on God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy to give him a clean heart knowing he had earned neither. His conscience pricked by the light of God’s perfect law kept his sin ever before him. So when confronted by the prophet Nathan, he does not ask God to withhold chastening, but rather he recognizes that his sin was not ultimately against Bathsheba, her husband, their baby, or Israel, but ultimately against God.

This sensitivity to sin is a result of having been given a pure heart. A pure hearted person is ever developing a sensitivity to the sin in their own life because as they mature in the knowledge of the Scripture, the ugliness of their sin is more and more evident. I think where most of us find ourselves on a regular basis is summed up in Psalm 73:

Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.

As the writer of Hebrews says, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). Now, because of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf,  we can come confidently before the throne of grace to ask for mercy again and again. What a difference from before! And the difference is not that God has become less holy and more approachable. Rather, the difference is in us — in our position in Christ. 1 John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

If your life is characterized by light — striving to live as Christ lived, that is evidence of a pure heart. A clean heart before God through Christ, and a desire for an intimate knowledge of what pleases and hurts the heart of God is proof of sonship.

What is the promise for those who have trusted in Christ for their cleansing?  “They shall see God.” That is mind blowing! With our current physical eyes we cannot physically view God, but with a pure heart, we can see His workmanship in creation, detect His guidance in our lives, and discern His purposes in the midst of our times of trouble. We can also see Him through glimpses of the church, through whom He expresses His nature, goodness, and love. More than that though, with glorified bodies at the coming of our “great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” we shall see Him physically, face to face. Jude says He will “make you stand blameless in His glorious presence with great joy!” 

May we ever strive to increase in our purity and devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in 2015.

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The Power of the Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood. 

CHORUS:
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross. 


Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow. 

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love. 

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost! 
We stand forgiven at the cross.


The Power of the Cross
Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend 
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

1 Corinthians 1:18-24
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

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