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29Oct
Only the loved, valued, and wanted should live NS

“Only the loved, valued, and wanted should live.” – Pro Choice Advocate

Listen to Rick read this post: I believe women should be regarded as full human beings equal in value, purpose, and dignity with men. I believe women should have the opportunity to use their God-given talents and intelligence to fulfill their purposes here on earth. I believe in a woman’s right to an education and in her right to vote and let her voice be heard. I believe in her right to own property and raise her children. I believe in a woman’s right to her own body, her right to freedom not to be sold, bought, abused, and discarded Read
28Oct
How to separate well (from your spouse) NS

How to separate well (from your spouse)

Listen to Rick read this post: Sarah had enough. Their marriage stopped being fun many years ago. She appealed to Wally to change more times than she could remember. She hoped. She prayed. She appealed. Then she did it all over again. This cycle went on for years. Wally made promises of reform, but he never really changed. He modified his behavior, but his heart was the same. Nothing lasted very long; eventually he would return to his normal self. This was not good enough for Sarah. She began to lose hope he would ever change. Finally she bit the Read
27Oct
What kind of church do you attend? Here are six models. NS

What kind of church do you attend? Here are six models.

Listen to Rick read this post: It is impossible for every church to be the same. Actually, it would be sad if they were all the same. Churches are different because people, cultures, regions, trends, and eras are different. These are just five reasons why it is impossible for one size to fit every person’s preferences. I am sure you could think of other reasons for church differences. Churches being different does not have to be a bad thing, though for some Christians, finding and enjoying a local church is a difficult process. A key to remember is that most Read
26Oct
How to divorce well NS

How to divorce well

Listen to Rick read this post: Divorce is an awful experience. It is one of the most awful experiences a person could ever have, especially if the person going through the divorce desires to be married. Divorce is the radical (and sinful) separation of two people who married for life. There is a mystical, spiritual, and physical cutting away of the one flesh union and no matter where the separated people go, post-divorce, they will always, in some way, be reminded of the amputation of their union. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Read
25Oct
Should the church restore Mark Driscoll? NS

Should the church restore Mark Driscoll?

Listen to Rick read this post: I read an article last week that talked about Mark Driscoll being restored to pastoral ministry. I thought it was unfortunate as well as premature. It was unfortunate because the blogger was using Galatians 6:1 out of context. It was premature because it is yet to be determined if Mark is qualified for pastoral ministry. Restoring the broken Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. - Galatians 6:1 (ESV) Paul's intent Read
25Oct
If you have been blessed... NS

If you have been blessed…

Listen to Rick read this post: If you have been blessed, encouraged, motivated, helped, and/or inspired by our ministry would you pray about making a donation to this work? Last year we went into every country in the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The outreach this year has been even greater with the launch of our new website, the growth of our Member Community, and the daily distribution of our Gospel-centered resources. [Tweet "If you have been blessed by this ministry would you make a donation to it?"] Our mission is to inspire and equip each person by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living. If you have been impacted by Read
24Oct
Facebook_ A new kind of intimacy NS

Facebook: A new kind of intimacy

Listen to Rick read this post: Jeremy posted the wrong age on his Facebook page. Phillip has no picture of his wife in any of his photos. Camille has replaced Oprah watching with Facebook. Jan has reconnected with two of her old college boyfriends and has not told her husband. Wallace has no idea how much time his wife spends on Facebook. George does not state that he is married on his page. These six scenarios are more common than you might think. I have personally met people who use Facebook this way, which speaks to how any good thing Read
23Oct
Are Christians supposed to have fun? NS

Are Christians supposed to have fun?

Listen to Rick read this post: A Member asked on the Forum about having fun. She wondered if she was supposed to have fun, while expressing how there seems to be an element of mystery about what fun should look like for a Christian. Let me ask you, Are Christians supposed to have fun? If so, what constitutes fun for the Christian? Do you have a fun theology? Let’s get personal: Do you have fun? Are you a fun person? It is not unusual to run into Christians who are un-fun or unhappy. Typically there are accompanying issues like Read
23Oct
Facebook_ A new kind of intimacy NS

Facebook: un nuevo tipo de intimidad

Jeremy posteó una edad falsa en su página de Facebook. Philip no tenía una imagen de su esposa en ninguna de sus fotos. Camille reemplazó a Oprah con Facebook. Jan se ha reconectado con dos de sus viejos novios de la Universidad y no le ha dicho a su esposo. Wallace no tiene idea de cuánto tiempo su esposa pasa en Facebook. George no dice que está casado en su página. Estas historias son verdaderas, aunque los nombres han sido cambiados. Si Facebook fuera un país, sería el tercer país más grande del mundo. Para la mayoría de nosotros es Read
22Oct
The best thing some parents can do is stop parenting NS

The best thing some parents can do is stop parenting

Listen to Rick read this post: You cannot create unity from disunity. Kind begets kind, as the old King James Bible tells us. What goes in will come out. Therefore, if disunity is what is in your marriage, then disunity is what will come out of your marriage. What we are is what we are going to export. If your marriage is mostly characterized by disunity, then the likelihood of your children being relationally dysfunctional is strong. This is why my response to some parents, who are worried about how their children are doing, is an appeal for them to Read
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