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Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor, he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for effective living. In the early ‘90s, he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993, he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000, he graduated with an MA in Counseling. In 2006, he was recognized as a Fellow with Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Today his organization reaches people in every country through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor, he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for effective living. In the early ‘90s, he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993, he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000, he graduated with an MA in Counseling. In 2006, he was recognized as a Fellow with Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Today his organization reaches people in every country through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

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United States

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Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor, he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for effective living. In the early ‘90s, he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993, he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000, he graduated with an MA in Counseling. In 2006, he was recognized as a Fellow with Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Today his organization reaches people in every country through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

Language:

English

Contact:

864.905.3661


Episodes

Ep. 253 Am I the Only Continuationist ACBC Fellow?

8/10/2020
Are you a Trinitarian? Do you believe the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead? What is your doctrine of the Spirit? How does the Spirit of God actively and practically operate in your life? Do you believe He has ceased in His involvement in your life? The two categories for this are cessationist and continuationist. I'm an ACBC Fellow and a continuationist. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-253-am-i-the-only-continuationist-fellow/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide...

Duration:00:18:43

Ep. 252 The Miraculous Twists and Turns That Led to This Ministry

8/3/2020
An amazing thing can happen when you stop grumbling and complaining. At least, that is what happened to me. How many of you have experience surprising grace and ministry advancement after you repented of a specific sin. Did you know that this ministry began that way? Listen to the miraculous twists and turns that led to this ministry. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-252-the-miraculous-twists-and-turns-that-led-to-this-ministry/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide...

Duration:00:27:05

Ep. 251 The Absolute Best Counseling That You Can Give Anyone

7/27/2020
Shows Main Idea – Sometimes a counselor will second-guess the counseling they provided; they are not sure they gave the best advice. Whenever you are discipling, counseling, or advising someone, you must learn to rest in the confidence that what you said was the best thing you could say to the person. The way to have this kind of faith for soul care is by measuring your counsel by these four things. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:26:45

Ep. 250 How to Tell If Too Much Social Media Is Bad for Your Soul

7/20/2020
Shows Main Idea – The news is a drag that can drag you down and suck the joy from your soul. God did not build your mind to hold all the anger, gossip, pain, suffering, rage, and destruction of the world. You have a small receptacle above your neck for containing information. If your container becomes a trashcan for all the world's problems, you will eventually become an out-of-control county dump. Are you taking in too much of the world's garbage? Show Notes:...

Duration:00:30:00

Ep. 249 What Is Reactive Reacism and Reflective Racism

7/13/2020
Shows Main Idea – Reactive racism is a spontaneous, lack of self-control moment where you say something unkind to someone. Reflective racism is more introspective and internalized. It's a genuine racist. You would characterize someone this way: "He's a racist." Which one are you? (I believe I heard Shelby Steele use this term.) You could also talk about reactive and reflective pertaining to any form of anger, not just racism. In this episode, I'll talk about both—racism and other forms of...

Duration:00:22:45

Ep. 248 A Key Aspect to Marriage If You Want to Be One Flesh

7/6/2020
Shows Main Idea – “I cannot imagine a situation where my wife was struggling with something, and I, as her husband, was not part of the process. I’m not saying I would be at every meeting with her, but I would engage in her struggle.” This concept is one of many aspects of a one-flesh marriage. I shared this idea with our counseling intern. You may listen to the podcast to gain the full context. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-248-a-key-aspect-if-you-want-to-be-one-flesh/ Will...

Duration:00:19:56

Ep. 247 Our 12-Year Anniversary Update

6/29/2020
Shows Main Idea – July 03, 2008, was the first day of this ministry. I wrote a blog post, not knowing where it would go. Eventually, came podcasts, videos, interactive forums, counseling school, books, speaking events, and much more. We are about to begin our thirteenth year, and it's been a fantastic journey that would never happen without you. This monthly update is our final one for the twelfth year. Rejoice in what the Lord has done, and let's keep on spreading the practical message of...

Duration:00:23:39

Ep. 246 Rick Answers More of Your Facebook Questions

6/22/2020
Shows Main Idea – Should I confess my hidden sin to my pastor? What does it mean for God to perfect you in your weakness? We're starting small groups and wondered your thoughts on bringing kids from the world into our meetings with the church kids? Should parents be there? Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-246-rick-answers-more-of-your-facebook-questions/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:27:19

Ep. 245 Rick Answers Your Eclectic Facebook Questions

6/15/2020
Shows Main Idea – Lot's of questions from our community. Rick tackles some of your most pressing matters in this podcast. For example, how to make a living as a Christian counselor? How do you respond to a person who won't forgive you? What happens when you conflate being whole and having broken relationships? There are more. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-245-rick-answers-your-eclectic-facebook-questions/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the...

Duration:00:19:32

Ep. 244 When the Church Is More Theological Than Pastoral

6/8/2020
Shows Main Idea – My Mastermind student asked me about a 2000 member church that does not broadcast their church meetings during the COVID-19 season. She asked for my perspective. What do you think? Should a church not preach sermons to its members if they can't gather in person? What does the Bible say? Is this theological, preferential, and wise? Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-244-when-a-church-is-more-theological-than-pastoral/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide...

Duration:00:22:33

Ep. 243 How to Leave Churches, Ministries, Employers, Etc.

6/1/2020
Shows Main Idea – I interact with folks leaving ministries regularly, which reminds me of something many believers don’t think about, which is showing honor before you leave. In the last three weeks, I’ve had three encounters with people leaving churches or ministries. There is an aspect of these exits that you don’t typically hear about, which is why I want to share it with you. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-243-how-to-leave-churches-ministries-employers-etc/ Will you help...

Duration:00:22:06

Ep. 242 Rick Answers Questions about Abuse and More

5/25/2020
Shows Main Idea – Rick is playing catch-up in this podcast as he answers questions from our community, responds to accusations about him being an idolater, and gives practical advice on how to initially respond to someone asking for help because they are in an abusive marriage. And there is more, much more! Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-242-rick-answers-questions-about-abuse-and-more/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a...

Duration:00:19:04

Ep. 241 What If I'm Not Smart Enough to Do Biblical Counseling?

5/18/2020
One of our students read one of our books in our Mastermind Program, and begin to wonder if they had the necessary IQ to do biblical counseling. The book is heady and requires a high level of reflective thinking to grasp some of the truths communicated. The question he asked is intriguing. What about you? Are you smart enough to disciple someone? Is IQ the best way to think about this issue? Show Notes: Coming Soon Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You...

Duration:00:18:12

Ep. 240 Is It Possible to “Be Saved” As a Child, and Get Saved Later?

5/11/2020
Shows Main Idea – Is it possible for a child to make a profession of faith, walk away from the Lord, live for Satan, and become a Christian later in life? In this podcast, Rick delves into the different aspects of this common concern. How would you respond to a person who wants to know about a child getting saved, but drifts from the faith, only to come back as an adult? Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-240-is-it-possible-not-to-be-saved-as-a-child-and-get-saved-later/ Will you...

Duration:00:18:21

Ep. 239 The Burden of Ministry and Your Role In It

5/3/2020
Shows Main Idea – No ministry is an island that is separated from those they serve. As the head and body of Christ are unified and mobilized, you and I are one in our work. All ministries, whether church or parachurch operate similarly. You want us to serve you and we need you to help us to serve you. It’s a beautiful symmetry for God’s fame and everyone’s benefit. Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-239-the-burden-of-ministry-and-your-role-in-it/ Will you help us so we can...

Duration:00:19:27

Ep. 238 The Battle Over Naming Our Problems and Providing Answers

4/27/2020
Our problems are real. Nobody reasonable person would argue this point. There are objective measures and observations that any rational and observant person can make about a person or an issue. The tension comes when you give a person who describes the problem the authority to bring the solution. This process could be a false continuum. Study this mindmap as Rick explains the good and bad of this dilemma. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:26:36

Ep. 237 My Gay Child Wants Me At the Wedding: What Do I Do?

4/20/2020
Shows Main Idea – We live in a sexually confused culture, and things are getting worse. One of the recurring new cultural temptations and tensions is when our children no longer embrace Christian values and are empathetic to the gay lifestyle. Some Christians are behind the times on this reality, thinking the gay worldview won’t affect them. One of the recurring questions in this new world we live in is, what am I to do, specifically, my child wants me to attend their gay wedding? Show...

Duration:00:19:13

Ep. 236 When Is It Right and Wrong to Disobey the Government?

4/13/2020
Shows Main Idea – It’s an age-old question that has not lost relevance, even in our post-modern culture. The tension that each Christian has to wrestle with is, should we obey God or the state? When is it right or wrong to disobey the government? The obvious answer is somewhere in the middle, but the temptation is always to push toward the edges of the two options. Some of our responses can be subjective and sometimes heated. In this episode, I am going to wade into these waters because of...

Duration:00:21:32

Ep. 235 Is It a Good Idea to Expect Pastors to Be Biblical Counselors?

4/6/2020
Shows Main Idea – Should pastors have the skillset to do biblical counseling? I’m talking about an ability to care for all people in any situation, no matter the degree of difficulty. Though everyone can disciple and pastors should be able to do it better than the average Christian, the question is, should they have the gifting to do biblical counseling regardless of the issue? Show Notes: https://rickthomas.net/podcast/ep-235-is-it-a-good-idea-to-expect-pastors-to-be-biblical-counselors/...

Duration:00:22:44

Ep. 234 The Unintended But Strangely Helpful Benefit of Coronavirus

3/30/2020
Shows Main Idea – In America, we have the luxury of creating disorders. It’s what happens after you become spoiled. You lose focus and drift toward the worse parts of human fallenness. Some folks talk about this perspective when they say idle hands are the devil’s workshop. And then there is a famine in the land, and folks refocus, reprioritize, and start changing. The Coronavirus scare of 2020 is causing a global recalibration of our souls. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:19:16