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Rick is an author, speaker, consultant, and podcaster. He has been encouraging and training Christians since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his training organization to encourage and equip people for effective living. Today, the ministry reaches people globally through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

Rick is an author, speaker, consultant, and podcaster. He has been encouraging and training Christians since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his training organization to encourage and equip people for effective living. Today, the ministry reaches people globally through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

Location:

Greer, SC

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Rick is an author, speaker, consultant, and podcaster. He has been encouraging and training Christians since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his training organization to encourage and equip people for effective living. Today, the ministry reaches people globally through training, blogging, podcasting, counseling, and coaching. His cyber home is RickThomas.Net

Language:

English


Episodes

A Unique Wife Helping a Unique Man Change Is the Best

9/24/2020
No book can help your unique husband to become a better husband like you can. Sure, there are a zillion books, and we have the Bible, too. But when it comes to a wife’s role in helping her husband mature in Christ, she is his most effective means of grace to transformation. A man’s wife is in a unique position to help a unique man to grow into a unique representation of Jesus Christ. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/a-unique-wife-helping-a-unique-man-change-is-the-best/ Will you help us so...

Duration:00:30:00

The Internet Is the Frontier for Angry People to Hang Out

9/22/2020
The Internet is an angry place. It’s one of the sadder revelations about the Internet period in church history, how it has become a context to put our sinful hearts on full display before the world. Revealing my wicked heart is not a new thing to those who know me, but having a new place to display it is new. The Internet is that space for too many believers to lower the gate and march their words out for the world to see. Read Here:...

Duration:00:30:00

Thinking of Yourself As a Victim Is One of the Worst Things You Can Do

9/20/2020
Daniel Berger and I talked about the word victim and how many biblical counselors are abusing the term, which has led to insufficient care within the biblical counseling movement ranks. Daniel told me the word victim comes from the Latin root vicarious, which means taking someone’s place. In the world of victimology, the tragic consequence of being a victim means you’re taking on another’s sin—the sin of the person who abused you. An ongoing vicarious soul becomes a complicated, trapped one....

Duration:00:30:00

Do You See How Similar You Are to Caitlyn Jenner?

9/17/2020
Have you ever looked at something you disliked in the culture, and then realized that you may be seeing a partial reflection of yourself? I hope so. If you can see yourself, at least some of your tendencies, weaknesses, and untoward desires in the things you dislike, you’re maturing as a Christian. Recently, I saw myself in Bruce Jenner, the man who became Caitlyn Jenner, the woman. https://rickthomas.net/do-you-see-how-similar-you-are-to-caitlyn-jenner/ Will you help us so we can continue...

Duration:00:30:00

Every Person Who Withholds the Truth Is Not Lying

9/15/2020
A counseling office is a place for trust, truth, and honesty, but sometimes getting to this place is not straightforward. For example, a counselee may withhold the truth about themselves because they are not confident the counselor is trustworthy. They are vetting the counselor. Every counselee who does not reveal all the facts is not lying. Are you a trustworthy disciple-maker? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/every-person-who-withholds-the-truth-is-not-lying/ Will you help us so we can...

Duration:00:30:00

Comparing Yourself May Make You an Accidental Pharisee

9/12/2020
When you’re right about something, you know you’re right, the Bible affirms you’re right, and your friends do too, how do you steward your knowledge? Have you ever been right in the past, but now you believe differently? You were not right, but you thought you were. There is a danger in being dogmatic without grace. Omniscient people can become accidental Pharisees. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/comparing-yourself-may-make-you-an-accidental-pharisee/ Will you help us so we can continue...

Duration:00:32:33

7 Things to Know If You Want Me to Counsel Your Teen

9/10/2020
A struggling teen is every parent's concern. We all know that there is something dynamic happening to our teenagers, and the decisions they make during this season of their lives will set the course for the rest of their lives. If they are not doing well, we worry. Sometimes a parent believes counseling is the right option. Perhaps they are correct. But before you do that, will you consider these seven things? Read Here:...

Duration:00:33:52

How to Know If Your Victimhood Has Become Your Identity

9/8/2020
Being a victim of anything is one of the most challenging circumstances for a hurting soul to negotiate. The journey out of the effects of victimization is long. Some contours will challenge the victim to the broadest expanse of their soul. Their ultimate goal is to become a victor in Christ, not a victim of sin. It’s not easy, but the good news is that there is a path forward. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/how-to-know-if-your-victimhood-has-become-your-identity/ Will you help us so we...

Duration:00:34:12

When the Abuse You See Clouds Biblical Interpretations

9/5/2020
When abuse forms the lens through how you view what is happening in your life or among friends, it may discolor how you interpret and react to those experiences. I’m not suggesting that bad things are not happening to you or your friends, but I am saying that the lens through which you view those things will give you an interpretation, which might not be the most accurate assessment of the problem. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/when-the-abuse-you-see-clouds-biblical-interpretations/ Will...

Duration:00:32:56

Not Sure Who to Vote for This Year? Here's the Perfect Candidate

9/3/2020
In each election cycle, finding the best candidate can be a daunting and challenging task. To vote or not to vote is rarely the question, but who to vote for can be a problem. This year is no exception. The adage is true: What you see is not always what you get. I’m here to help you to choose the best candidate. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/not-sure-who-to-vote-for-this-year-heres-the-perfect-candidate/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can...

Duration:00:33:02

Abuse Is Not the Best Way to Talk About the Problem With Abuse

9/1/2020
Whenever we bring words, language, and constructs from the culture and wedge them into a biblical paradigm, things become awkward, and emotions tend to erupt. This problem is what has happened with the word abuse. We grabbed it from the world, with all its accompanying baggage, and have created an integrated way of thinking about a real problem. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/abuse-is-not-the-best-way-to-talk-about-the-problem-with-abuse/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide...

Duration:00:32:53

Why Should You Talk to Your Children About LGBTQ+?

8/30/2020
One of today’s most popular and accepted lifestyles is LGBTQ+. The plus (+) symbol at the end means it’s a living label; you can keep adding to it. How does this new and accepted way to think about gender and gender roles make you feel? How are you engaging and instructing your children and the rest of your friends? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/why-should-you-talk-to-your-children-about-lgbtq/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a...

Duration:00:34:20

The Abuse of Abuse Is Complicating Legitimate Abuse

8/27/2020
The word abuse has become a catchall phrase with too many Christians. It’s a construct that is full of all sorts of things, and it’s now in danger of losing its worth. When you dilute a subject to include virtually anything you do not like, the original meaning is lost, and your problems do not find solutions. This outcome is what’s happening with the word abuse. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/the-abuse-of-abuse-is-complicating-legitimate-abuse/ Will you help us so we can continue to...

Duration:00:33:43

Dear Parents, Will You Stop Your Arguing, Please?

8/25/2020
Parents are powerful. They have a transformative impact on the lives of their children. The most effective way they do this is how they live their lives inside their homes. More specifically, if you zero-in on their family life, the one aspect that has the most influence is how a husband and wife relate to each other. The following fictional story explains what I mean. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/dear-parents-will-you-stop-your-arguing-please/ Will you help us so we can continue to...

Duration:00:21:49

How to Help People with Different Opinions When Both Are Right

8/23/2020
Cornelius Van Til said there are no neutral facts. Meaning, two people can look at the same thing and come away with differing perspectives, and both of them are right. For example, a married couple can talk about the same event in different ways, and both be accurate. Not understanding this aspect of conflict resolution could exacerbate the tension. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/how-to-help-people-with-different-opinions-who-are-right/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free...

Duration:00:32:57

I Want More Than God; I Want Someone to Love Me

8/20/2020
You must have friends. To say that God is all you need reduces your life to you and God in a silo. You need others to live out the grander purposes of the gospel. The question is never, do you need friends, but what are the objectives of those friendships. The “over-spiritual only needs God” person will see their spirituality drain from them. Pursue others. You need them. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/i-want-more-than-god-is-it-wrong-to-want-someone-to-love-me/ Will you help us so we can...

Duration:00:32:30

Learning How to Encourage Disappointing People to Change

8/18/2020
If a family member or friend does not meet your expectations, what is your primary way of motivating them to change? Do you encourage them toward a better way of living, or do you use other methods like criticism, nagging, and condemnation that tempts them to fear? I will address this problem in the ongoing life and times of Biff and Mable. The answer is more complex than you might think. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/learning-how-to-encourage-disappointing-people-to-change/ Will you...

Duration:00:33:43

Are You Attractive? A Way to Know Is If Sinners Hang With You

8/15/2020
Are you an attractive person? I’m not speaking of cultural attractiveness. The peak of attractiveness has a biblical look to it. Jesus was a holy and righteous man, and non-religious people were comfortable hanging with Him. That’s the picture of attractiveness that I’m going for here. Do difficult, fallen, imperfect, and challenging people find you attractive? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/are-you-attractive-a-way-to-know-is-if-sinners-hang-with-you/ Will you help us so we can continue...

Duration:00:31:50

The Need to Know How Choices to Feel Better Are Addictive

8/13/2020
Every family in America has experienced the adverse impact of sexual-related issues. The Internet, sexual abuse, fornication, adultery, and our bent toward immodest clothes, makeup, and presenting ourselves a certain way are part of the word cloud that describes this sexual pandemic. What may surprise you is how easily you can identify with and imitate the porn addict, as you choose other soul-shrinking solutions to feel better about yourself. Read Here:...

Duration:00:32:20

Pick an Enemy! Now, Will You Do What Jesus Said, Love Them?

8/11/2020
Roll through your mental index, identifying the kind of person or demographic you do not prefer, like, or try to avoid? Perhaps it’s something your spouse, child, parent, wife, or church member does. Maybe it’s that Christian hypocrite who needs to get a life, or someone who has opposite strengths and weaknesses than yours. Do you have that person in mind? Great! Let’s proceed. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/pick-an-enemy-now-will-you-do-what-jesus-said-love-them/ Will you help us so we...

Duration:00:32:53