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Day 3 – Teen Devotion: Parents Aren’t Perfect

Day 3 - Teen Devotion_ Parents Aren't Perfect

Everybody knows that people aren’t perfect. We can agree quickly on this truth until the imperfections of others affect us. One of the most painful life lessons for me was getting over the shortcomings of my parents. Listen to the podcast Read Rick’s 31-Day Devotions… Continue Reading …

Day 5 – Teen Devotion: Wait Until You Get a Boss

Day 5 – Teen Devotion_ Wait Until You Get a Boss

Not getting all you want is a precursor to the rest of your life. Perhaps you believe that not getting what you want is just a child thing. It’s not! But I have some fantastic news for you. If you learn how to respond to… Continue Reading …

Day 13 – Teen Devotion: Life Is Hard and Does Not Apologize

Day 13 - Teen Devotion_ Life Is Hard

Life is hard and does not apologize for what it gives you. In a word, it’s hard—on everybody. There are no exceptions to this rule, but you do have a choice. You can choose to resent how things are going for you, or you can… Continue Reading …

A Prayer to Help You Walk In the Spirit

This prayer is the primary one that teaches me how to walk in the Spirit. I pray some version of this prayer daily, several times throughout my day. The Lord has used this prayer more than any other to keep me focused and directed. I… Continue Reading …

Day 26 – Teen Devotion: Controlled By the Opinions of Others

Day 26 - Teen Devotion_ Controlled By the Opinions of Others

Being controlled by other people’s opinions is a problem that every person struggles with to varying degrees. Biblically it is called fear of man. This term is typically more recognizable by such labels as peer-pressure, codependency, and insecurity. Listen to the podcast Read Rick’s 31-Day… Continue Reading …

Letter to a Teen – Six Things You Need to Know

Teenage years are confusing years. They are hard years. Expectations are high, and purpose in life questions are frustrating. Some teens have it worse than others. I was one of those teens. This letter is to any teen who has not unraveled the mystery of… Continue Reading …

Case Study: The Troubled Teen

Case Study The Troubled Teen

When I asked her why she was coming to counseling, she said her teenage daughter was in rebellion. It was my next question that surprised her. I asked her about the state of her marriage. After refocusing, she said that they dishonor one another, do… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Cheap Plates Help Overcome Anger

Case Study_ Cheap Plates Help to Overcome Anger

I was meeting with an angry man. He told me his last counselor said to buy cheap plates so when he felt anger rising inside, he could throw the inexpensive plates into the fireplace, which would help him work off steam. He said it was… Continue Reading …

Double Confession: How to Respond When Sinned Against

Often people who experience the sin of others react by sinning in response to what happened to them. Many of these “victims of sin” do not come back around and ask forgiveness for their sinful attitude toward the person who hurt them. But when they… Continue Reading …

Ep. 87 The Unintended Consequence of an Emotional Affair

Shows Main Idea – What is an “emotional affair?” That kind of language creeps into our biblio-centric system of thought from the culture–a worldview that denies Christ, so they create labels and ideas that are anti-biblical. There are scores of examples of this: evolution, self-esteem,… Continue Reading …