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1Mar
Just when you thought things were going well... NS

Just when you thought things were going well…

Listen to Rick read this post:

Read the seven verses below and tell me if you see what I see. What I want you to look for is the sequential logic of the passage. As you read one verse, you should be able to predict what is going to happen next?

For example, verse nine says Jesus came to be baptized. Then it says He was baptized. That makes sense. He came to be baptized and He was baptised. Read on. Anticipate the ways of the LORD as you progress through the passage. See if your expectations are met.

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26Feb
The most important thing you need in a spouse NS

The most important thing you need in a spouse

Listen to Rick read this post: When I ask the question about why a person wants to marry, there are all kinds of responses provided. Here are a few of the more common ones I’ve heard.

I love him/her He loves me He treats me nice We’re in love We have a lot in common We’re so different from each other We were meant for each other It feels right People have said we’re the perfect match The LORD put us together She’s fun to be with I like his personality

All of these things have some merit, and will Read

26Feb
Why Hollywood and faith-based filmmakers are still out of touch NS (1)

Why Hollywood and faith-based filmmakers are still out of touch

Written by Sonja Piper Dosti. Read by Rick Thomas

Sonja Piper Dosti has been working in the entertainment business for the last 20 years, helping writers with faith-based projects as a high-level executive for Walt Disney, ABC, Universal Television, and Imagine Television.

She has an unparalleled ability to bridge both worlds by helping aspiring faith-based writers attain the high artistic and production standards Hollywood demands, and advising Hollywood producers, writers, and executives with their faith-based projects.

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  • 23Feb
    Why I want to live 25-years after I die NS (1)

    Why I want to live 25-years after I die

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    Our published Mission Statement is: Our mission is to inspire and equip each person by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living.[1] That is what I tell people if they ask.

    Our unpublished, behind-the-scenes, Mission Statement is: “I want to take the Gospel to every person on the planet, and I want to live twenty-five years after I Read

    22Feb
    Great Advice - Date your wife forever NS (1)

    Great Advice – Date your wife forever

    Listen to Rick read this post: You probably won’t find a guy at the local Barnes & Noble looking for a book on how to get a girl. It’s an unnecessary thing for a guy to do because all guys know what they need to do to get a girl.

    Getting a girl is part of our internal wiring. The LORD knew our limitations so He preempted our problem by giving us a Get-a-Girl Upgrade. Praise God for that. Even the thickest headed guy will eventually win a girl. It’s not that hard.

    Our problem, if anything, is overcoming the Read

    19Feb
    Fifty Shades of Grey is a mirror that reflects our souls NS

    Fifty Shades of Grey is a reflection of our souls

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    Fifty Shades of Grey is a three-year phenomenon that appears to still be on the rise. Its latest boost came during the Valentine’s Day season (2015) with the opening of the movie that was based on the book. It is no surprise that our culture—Christian and non-Christian—is all a-buzz about this book.

    Shades is just another iteration of the culture’s desire to be satisfied outside of God. A long time ago a naked man and a naked woman walked away from God (Genesis 3:6)....

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    17Feb
    When your leadership does not model transparency (podcast transcript) NS

    When your leadership does not model transparency (podcast transcript)

    You can listen to the full podcast here:

    I appreciated your webinar on how to do small group life. In it you talked about modeling transparency—talking about how we must be what we want others to become, and in the church setting how that kind of modeling must begin with the leadership.

    My over-arching questions are: What if the leadership does not model transparency? How are we to respond? How am I to respond? 

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    15Feb
    Setting aside your desires to lead your husband NS

    Setting aside your desires to lead your husband

    Listen to Rick read this post:

    A wife can be a husband’s greatest asset or his greatest liability. I think most of us know this, but I wonder how many wives have thought through how to be an asset to their husbands by humbly leading them, even while being submitted to them.

    Though the wife is called to a particular role of submission in the marriage, it does not mean she cannot be a Christlike leadership example to him. With this in mind, may I ask you a couple of questions about how you...

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