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The Ultimate Solution to All Your Problems, a Cross Examination

The Ultimate Solution to All Your Problems, a Cross Examination

God is acting decisively at the cross to work out His purposes to bring everyone from all nations, at all times, to Himself. Apart from the cross, there is no way to understand or enjoy life the way God intends. It’s a mystery as much… Continue Reading …

When You Finally Realize That God Is Not an American

When You Finally Realize That God Is Not an American

What if God is not an American, and His primary concern is not to keep us from having first-world problems? Is it possible that the Lord has other plans than our pursuit of happiness, and that He may not be totally on board with our… Continue Reading …

God Is An Extravagant Lover In Your Suffering

God Is An Extravagant Lover In Your Suffering

When my life does not go the way I hoped, it is easy for me to disengage and become discouraged. These are the moments when I must remind myself that when things are not working out the way I hoped, the Lord still loves and… Continue Reading …

A Practical Plan For You to Rise Above All Your Trouble

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Every merciful, loving, and wise parent will not bail out their children every time but let them learn and mature through the difficulties in their lives. Thankfully, the Lord does this too so we can learn to rise above our troubles. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

Why You Can Trust God When He Withholds Your Desire

Why You Can Trust God When He Withholds Your Desire

Everyone has asked God for things. And nobody has gotten all that they asked the Lord to provide. For the unbeliever, the denial of the request will generate disappointment, cynicism, and even anger. For the child of God, temporal disappointment or frustration may come, but… Continue Reading …

The Unparalleled Benefit of Living In an Unchangeable Situation

The Unparalleled Benefit of Living In an Unchangeable Situation

What would you rather have if you only had one choice: a change of circumstances or a change of mind about your circumstances? This question is critical, as well as tied directly to the quality of life you will experience with God and others. Listen… Continue Reading …

The Dangerous Dark Side of a Shared Belief System

There is a psychological positive within any community that has a shared belief system. You believe the same things, and you benefit from the relationships that flow out of those shared beliefs. The dangerous dark side of these communities is when you compromise what you… Continue Reading …

When Suffering Reaches the Limits of Your Endurance

When Suffering Reaches the Limits

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. Listen to the podcast You may… Continue Reading …

Three Tips For Moving Forward When Things Are Hard

Moving forward in faith is one of the hardest things to do, especially when the decisions are difficult. The main thing when moving forward is to make sure you have God’s perspective. To do that, you want to follow three sequential steps. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

Rick, Why Won’t You Counsel Another Way?

A counselee asked why I won’t counsel another way. She discerned a death feel to my counseling, and she was struggling. Though she does not disagree with my counseling approach, she did feel compelled to share her internal angst with me. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts… Continue Reading …