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Our mission is to help people by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living. Rick's passion to share the life-changing message of the Gospel was born out of a broken heart, restored by God and redeemed for His fame.

Our mission is to help people by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living. Rick's passion to share the life-changing message of the Gospel was born out of a broken heart, restored by God and redeemed for His fame.
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Greer, SC

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Our mission is to help people by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living. Rick's passion to share the life-changing message of the Gospel was born out of a broken heart, restored by God and redeemed for His fame.

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English


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What Does “All Things Work Together for Good” Really Mean?

9/14/2019
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A true story. Trouble came into my life. I hurt without mitigation. In time, the hurt was so bad that I didn’t care if God killed me. The burden was beyond my strength utterly. I began to despair of life. (2 Corinthians 1:8) Slightly Paraphrased. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/what-does-all-things-work-together-for-good-really-mean-2/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or...

Duration:00:26:28

When You Are Discouraged You Need Your Soul Restored

9/12/2019
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Have you ever been discouraged? Silly question, I know. You are human, and you have battled discouragement. Finite people living in an uncontrollable, infinite world creates a formula that leads to discouragement. Throw sin into the mix, and discouragement is a guarantee. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/when-you-are-discouraged-you-need-your-soul-restored/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:22:24

What You Believe You Need Will Control You

9/10/2019
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All people have a desire for approval and acceptance. When God made us in His image, He also gave us a natural yearning to be part of a community (Genesis 2:18). The problem arises when we try to satisfy our longing for others outside of God’s perspective and intention. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/what-you-believe-you-need-will-control-you/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:26:52

Adversity Is the Condition that Teaches You Contentment

9/7/2019
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Is it possible to get to the point in your spiritual life where external things do not control you internally? The Bible says it is possible, but only through the portal of adversity. This truth is what Paul was hoping the Philippians would learn. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/adversity-is-the-condition-that-teaches-you-contentment/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you...

Duration:00:25:59

What To Do When Your Spouse Disappoints You

9/5/2019
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Every relationship will be a disappointing one to some degree. This truth is unavoidable. The key to living well with others begins by having an attitude of forgiveness toward offenders. You develop this mindset by realizing how God extended His mercy to you when you did not deserve it. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-disappoints-you/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:26:09

Hiding Behind Grace To Avoid The Hard Things

9/3/2019
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Sometimes “extending grace” may mean you’re about to get into conflict. Though you should never look for a fight, you should also not be looking for ways to avoid soul care when it is within your competency and influence to help someone who is struggling. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/hiding-behind-grace-to-avoid-the-hard-things/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you...

Duration:00:26:25

Does Your Marriage Look Like This?

8/31/2019
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A husband and wife are not just two people within the marriage. Yes, they have independent relationships with the Lord and with other people, but they are also one-flesh. Like our blessed Trinity, there is perfect oneness that unites the three Persons. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/does-your-marriage-look-like-this-2/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can make a...

Duration:00:26:33

Surviving Adultery

8/29/2019
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There are not many things that will happen to a person more perplexing and painful than finding out that your spouse committed adultery. How do you survive? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/surviving-adutlery/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation(s) here https://rickthomas.net/donations/

Duration:00:27:51

In Search of Significance: Carey’s Story

8/27/2019
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When the gospel is moved from our functional center and replaced by other interests, even biblical things like obedience, we will begin to grow in discontentment. And along with our restlessness will bring the temptation to satisfy our God-given longings through human-centered means. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/in-search-of-significance-careys-story/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:27:45

The Story of the Boy Who Was Controlled By Others

8/24/2019
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I was counseling a teen who said to me, “Mr. Thomas, you don’t wear Walmart to high school.” It was great! In his simple way, he clearly articulated what every human on the planet feels. He’s insecure, and he’s willing to give up his life choices to groupthink. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/the-story-of-the-boy-who-was-controlled-by-others/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:26:38

When Suffering Reaches the Limits of Your Endurance

8/22/2019
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The heat in Biff’s life usually has more effect on him than the gospel. Biff is like a lot of us. He can quickly become more controlled by his troubles than the Savior he loves and professes to follow. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/what-to-do-when-your-suffering-reaches-the-limits-of-your-ability-to-endure/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can make a one-time or...

Duration:00:26:57

When the Weight of Your Sin Weighs You Down

8/20/2019
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When the weight of your sin weighs you down, you must make sure that you understand which sin you have in view. I’m speaking of the most significant problem. Typically, people struggle more with what they can see but don’t discern how the hidden motives of the heart blind them to the primary issue. This result causes them to be “blind to their blindness.” Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/when-the-weight-of-your-sin-weighs-you-down/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content...

Duration:00:26:44

When a Para-Church Ministry Tries to Run the Church

8/17/2019
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How much power should a para-Church organization have over a local church? Should a local church submit to a para-Church organization? When your para-Church ministry is interfering with a local church, where will you stand—with your ministry or the church? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/when-a-para-church-ministry-tries-to-run-the-church/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/...

Duration:00:22:54

Why and How Does God Bless Us?

8/15/2019
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Mailbag – I was wondering if God treats His people the same way regarding giving “blessing for obedience” in the new covenant. It seems all over the Old Testament—if God’s people obey, they receive a blessing; if they don’t obey, they receive discipline. Does God still treat us this way after Christ came? Is there still a blessing for obedience? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/why-and-how-does-god-bless-us/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can...

Duration:00:26:54

When You Mix Suffering and Sovereignty Into Your Life

8/13/2019
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Suffering is the expected, ordinary life for Christians living as aliens in a fallen world. God knew this, which is why He equipped us to live as victors when engaging the realities of fallenness. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/when-you-mix-suffering-and-sovereignty-into-your-life/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member...

Duration:00:22:42

Do You Leave Folks Better Off Than When You Found Them?

8/11/2019
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You were in a horrible pit of sin. The Lord passed by, saw you, and lifted you out of your hopelessness. He left you better off than when He found you. His actions toward you gave you a goal in life: to imitate His gospel activity by helping, serving, encouraging, and challenging others. You want to leave them better off after they encounter you—a beautiful picture of the gospel. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/do-you-leave-people-better-off-than-when-you-found-them/ Will you help us so we...

Duration:00:22:51

Proactive Dads Keep Working After Coming Home from Work

8/8/2019
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Generally speaking, there are two types of dads. One sees his job in a 9 to 5 construct. The other father sees himself as a full-time, 24/7 dad, who provides spiritually and physically for his wife and children. Are you a part-time dad or a full-time one? Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/biblical-dads-continue-working-after-coming-home-from-work/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here...

Duration:00:26:47

Don’t Tell Folks What to Do Because They May Do It

8/6/2019
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The fact any person would listen to me boggles my mind. I am a nobody who struggles like everybody, and when anybody pays attention to what I say, it is sobering and I am cautious. There is a profound responsibility for all of us to disciple well. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/dont-tell-folks-what-to-do-because-they-may-do-it/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can...

Duration:00:22:29

What You Communicate in Crisis Communicates the Real You

8/3/2019
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There are at least two parts to every crisis: what is happening to you in real-time and space; what is spiritually happening to you as the Father matures you through the trial. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/what-you-communicate-in-crisis-communicate-a-lot-about-you/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation(s) here...

Duration:00:14:39

Being Afraid of Your Daddy May Make You Afraid of God

8/1/2019
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To fear God is not to be afraid of Him, but to be drawn into ever-growing awe, amazement, and wonder as you think about and relate to Him. The love of our heavenly Father is extraordinary, though it’s not always a child’s first experience with a father. Read Here: https://rickthomas.net/being-afraid-of-your-daddy-may-make-you-afraid-of-god/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or...

Duration:00:26:55