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25Jan
God and the Bible is not all you need to change well NS

God and the Bible is not all you need to change well

Listen to Rick read this post: Rachel just celebrated her seventh anniversary with her husband, Rob. She celebrated alone. This was her choice. She, like the rest of us, went into marriage with certain expectations. She, like the rest of us, was not prepared to live with an imperfect person. Somehow she had convinced herself that the relationship with her husband would be different from the relationship she had with her father. Maybe it was too many chick flicks. Maybe it was those fairy tales she loved as a little girl. Maybe it was her teen friends, who over-idolized drop-dead Read
22Jan
Do you want my attention or my care NS (1)

Do you want my attention or do you want my care?

Listen to Rick read this post: Which is more important to you? To receive your pastor’s attention or to receive your pastor’s care? What if we turned the question around and looked at it from your pastor’s perspective? We would ask it this way: What is more possible: to give each member of your church your attention or to give them your care? From a pastoral (or any leadership, helping profession) perspective it is not possible to give every person who comes to you your undivided attention, especially if your desire is to influence and impact more than a small Read
21Jan
A practical plan to break free from the fear of man

Un moyen pratique pour éviter d’être contrôlé par les opinions des autres

Read the English version: A practical plan to break free from being controlled by the opinion of others. Listen to Rick read the English version: Il y a plusieurs problèmes communs et universels avec lesquels nous nous battons tous. L’un des problèmes les plus courants est ce que la Bible appelle la peur de l’homme. Ce terme biblique est en général reconnaissable par des etiquettes comme … La timidité L’insécurité La co-dépendance La pression du groupe Éviter les autres La peur de l’échec Le besoin d’être au contrôle La fausse compétition  La tendance au commérage Complexé Read
18Jan
I met a man who refuses to walk away from his sin NS

I met a man who refuses to walk away from his sin

Listen to Rick read this post: I recently counseled a man who is addicted to his sin. He loves his self-centered, self-serving lifestyle so much that he will not allow Christ to rule his heart (Colossians 3:16). His sinful choices have evolved into controlling preferences (Romans 1:21). Once upon a time he professed Christ. Of course, some people would say he was never saved: he made a profession, but did not have the possession of Christ. It is true a person can acknowledge the facts about Christ while not possessing the transforming power of the Gospel (Romans 12:1-2). This has been called Read
15Jan
Mind Mapping - A detailed study in self-reliance NS

Mind Mapping: A detailed study in self-reliance

Listen to Rick read this post: The self-reliant person lives in a fantasy world. It is not a real world because it is an impossible feat to achieve. Nobody can be self-sufficient. Jesus Christ was not able to be self-reliant. He grew physically (Luke 2:40, 52). He was tired (John 4:6) and became thirsty (John 19:28). He hungered (Matthew 4:2) and experienced physical weakness (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26). And He died (Luke 23:46). To pursue a self-reliant lifestyle is to push yourself past the bounds that our Savior would not dare to go (Luke 22:42). He resisted this temptation while choosing to do Read
13Jan
The number one key when working through relational conflict NS

The number one key when working through relational conflict

Listen to Rick read this post: Key Takeaway - If you do not have genuine affection for the person you disagree with, it would be best not to engage them in a disagreement. The first step in relational communication is genuine affection for the other person. What kind of person is easier for you to engage in a disagreement? Someone you have genuine affection for or someone you have less affection for? Here are a few characteristics of a person in which you have genuine affection: You are more willing to listen to them than speak to them - James Read
11Jan
A practical, step-by-step plan to lose weight NS

A practical step by step plan to lose weight

Listen to Rick read this post: Part one in this series: Let's talk about weight loss. How good are you at applying the Gospel to your personal health? How much thought do you give to this important aspect of being human? How are you encouraging others, as well as setting an example for them, to glorify God in their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20)? Do you see the importance of a comprehensive approach to sanctification (body and soul)? I obviously do not know your thoughts about my questions, but I do know mine. Part of my hesitancy to write about weight loss, healthy eating, Read
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