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1Oct
13 year old divorced 5 times NS

Cinco divórcios aos 13 anos

Jenny foi enviada a mim para aconselhamento por seus pais. Eles não podiam controlá-la mais e queriam que meu aconselhamento a conduzisse a um relacionamento correto com Deus. Os pais admitiram que seu casamento tinha falhado em modelar relacionamentos, bem como sua falta de competência e sabedoria paterna em relação a Jenny. Eles também expressaram a esperança de que eu poderia corrigi-la. Desnecessário dizer que me senti que trabalhava em desvantagem. Minha oração a Deus por Jenny foi para que tivesse misericórdia dela, conduzindo-a a si. Se Ele me usasse de alguma maneira nesse processo, seria de uma grande alegria Read
30Sep
My child is gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgendered. Help me. NS

My child is gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgendered. Help me.

Everybody is a little bit uncomfortable in their own skin. Since Adam fell in the garden, we have all experienced a weird kind of awkwardness of the soul. People born in sin cannot feel any other way. This is also why there is so much hope in the Gospel. The LORD knew our struggles so He gave us the solution for our problem (John 3:16). But connecting to Christ and being transformed by Christ is not an easy process. Think of sin like a dirty drop you put in a clear bottle of water and it discolors the entire contents Read
30Sep
Imagine being married to Joni NS

Imagínese Estar Casado con Joni

Hace unos años tuve el privilegio de conocer a Joni. Fue uno de esos momentos que nunca olvidas. Era uno de esos momentos que nunca quieres olvidar. ¿Sabes lo que son esos momentos, ¿verdad? Esos son los momentos que recuerdas dónde estabas y qué estabas haciendo, pensando y sintiendo. Me imagino que todos tenemos ese momento cuando pensamos en 9 / 11. Supongo que cuando escribí 9/11todos ustedes, que tenían edad suficiente para recordar, había una reflexión colectiva de vuelta a 2001. Reunirme con Joni fue una de esas marcas indelebles que Dios puso en mi corazón. Joni es Read
29Sep
Does your behavior push others toward Christ NS

Does your behavior push others toward Christ? …or not?

After I wrote Does your husband know you are for him?, I received quite a few comments and questions from my readers. One of the questions sent was in regards to question sixteen at the end of the piece: Has your behavior assisted in pushing your spouse toward other people or other things? If so, how so? A friend printed the article and took it to heart. When she came to question sixteen she asked for clarification as to what I meant. This article is about question sixteen. Sin is a choice Before I talk about question sixteen, I Read
29Sep
Twilight a book review NS

Twilight – a book review

Ah, Twilight. What can I say that other reviews have not? The first thing I'll make clear is that I'm not going to vie with the reviews that find creative new ways to snark about the book's weaknesses. Oh, there are plenty of them, and a book like Twilight just begs to be made fun of. But snark is so done already. I'll divide my review into three sections: The little things that bothered me. The elements that are more deeply disturbing. The things I did manage to enjoy. Little things For the little things: the first order of Read
28Sep
When I kept silent about my sin, this is what happened NS

When I kept silent about my sin, this is what happened

Are you more concerned about what God thinks about your sin or what others may think about your sin? This is the pivotal question (and how you respond to it) that can literally determine the quality of your future life. The way you can determine the answer to what really controls your heart is by measuring your willingness (or unwillingness) to share your sin with others. I did not say you had to share your sin broadly; I said your willingness (or unwillingness) to share the true condition of your life with others will determine who or what has the Read
27Sep
Teen Life Lesson Five_ Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity NS

Teen Life Lesson Five: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity

Dear Teen, Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity. As odd as it may seem, some of our greatest blessings are hidden from human wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25). Could it be what you are going through is an opportunity for you to mature? Could it be God has allowed certain circumstances to come into your life because He loves you and wants to get your attention, for the purpose of redirecting your life? [Tweet "It is easy to misunderstand God, especially if we were hoping for something better."] It is easy to misunderstand God because we were hoping for something better. Our Read
26Sep
Teen Life Lesson Four_ Wait until you get a boss NS

Teen Life Lesson Four: Tough parents? Wait until you get a boss

Dear Teen, If you think your parents (or your teachers) are tough, wait until you get a boss, a husband, or a wife. Somehow I had it in my head how things would be different when I became an adult and struck out on my own--doing my thing without the hindrances of parents. The reason I had this in my head was because I thought my problems were primarily because of my parents. As I entered the workforce I began to realize I was having similar problems with other authority figures. Boom! Different day. Same drama. [Tweet "Without Christ controlling you, continued dysfunction will be the ongoing theme of your life."] The sad part was Read
25Sep
Does your husband know you are for him NS

Does your spouse know you are for him/her?

Husbands are fragile people. We have sensitive egos. We may come across as strong and indifferent, but that is our presentation, not our reality. We are actually quite needy. I wonder if wives know this. Do you know this? I am going to break the code of men and reveal the secret handshake. God did say He was going to make a woman for the man because it was not good for him to be alone (Genesis 2:18). There is a definite implication about the neediness of the man in the LORD's assessment. Many husbands are too proud or Read
24Sep
How to motivate church people to volunteer more for their church NS

How to motivate church people to volunteer at their church

Volunteering to serve for the local church and within the local community is at the heart of the Gospel. Jesus best capsulated the idea of how the Gospel connects to serving when He said, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45 (ESV) Paul said it this way: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Read
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