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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 …

The Number One Key to Endure a Relationship

Your most satisfying relationships will be the ones you endured, not the ones you severed because the way became hard for you. This truth makes endurance an essential element to have fulfilling relationships. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud,… Continue Reading …

Three Things To Know When Life Does Not Make Sense

You most accurately reveal your view of the Lord during your times of difficulty. Life pressures expose your strengths and weaknesses. While you do not want to ask for trouble, you most definitely do not want to miss the opportunity to assess your faith when… Continue Reading …

“You Are Suffering, and I Am Glad” – Jesus

Sometimes God is provocative in how He responds to us. The degree of provocation or outrage from us is proportional to our understanding of Him and His good desires for us. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or… Continue Reading …

Why We Should Embrace the Crucible Of Suffering

It is crucial to accurately recognize how God is working in you during times of suffering. There is a greater temptation to see the pain in your life as something happening to you, rather resting in a great God who is doing something in you.… Continue Reading …

God Is Incrementally, Systematically, And Purposely Putting You To Death

God Is Incrementally Putting You To Death

Dying to yourself is the hardest thing you will ever learn. And it’s not a one-time appointment with God. Death to self is a repeated act of submitting yourself to the Lord. The good news is that He helps you in this life-long process by… Continue Reading …

Three Keys to Help You Look Beyond Your Suffering

Does anyone love God because of who He is exclusively or do we love God for what we can receive from Him? More personally, do you have faith that is larger than your self-interests? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …

How Do You Want to Suffer? With or Without God?

All people born in Adam have no choice about personal suffering (Genesis 2:16-17). That is the bad news. The good news is we can choose whether we want to experience our problems with or without God. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes,… Continue Reading …

Suffering: How to Steward God’s Most Feared Blessing

We can agree on this: personal suffering is the one thing we fear the most. Think about it for a minute. Certain things come to mind that tempts you to fear. Maybe you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it, and that is… Continue Reading …

Four Things You Must Know About Your Suffering

Our religion could be an enjoyable experience if suffering were not part of our lives. The pain was my biggest disappointment and greatest frustration after becoming a Christian. Listen to the podcast You may want to read: The Danger of Trying to Please God Do… Continue Reading …