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The Purpose of Suffering Is to Grow Your Confidence In God

The Purpose of Suffering Is to Grow Your Confidence In God

Everybody suffers. It does not matter who you are. It doesn’t matter who you belong to—the world or God’s family. Suffering is suffering, and nobody is exempt from it. The difference between Christian and non-Christian suffering is how we view and respond to it. When… Continue Reading …

Why I Do Not Believe in God Any Longer

It seems that nearly every person who becomes a believer and then walks away from their faith or away from the church does so because of disillusionment or disappointment. The simple response is to say that they never believed God, but that response lacks nuance… Continue Reading …

Three Reasons God Is Not Able to Help You

“Trust God” is an overused cliché that some folks often scorn as over-simplistic counseling advice that can, at times, come across as harsh or uncaring. Then again, to trust God is our greatest challenge as well as our greatest need. Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

How To Help a Double-Minded Person

How to Help a Double Minded Person

Every person has two heads. The human community is a world of two-headed people. James called this double-mindedness. At times we think and act one way, and at other times we think and act another way. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes,… Continue Reading …

Three Things That Will Crush Your Faith

What is the main thing that controls your thought life during any given day? When life goes sideways, what calms you down? Who or what stabilizes your soul when trouble comes? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or… 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 …

The Problem With Head Knowledge Versus Heart Knowledge

There are some things that Christians say that are so catchy that they catch on as we popularize them. After a while, they become Christian cliches, which does not have to be a bad thing. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

Rick’s Counseling Notes On Guilt and Fear

These are the actual counseling notes from a friend that I met with for counseling. She permitted me to share them, which I altered slightly and flattened out for public distribution. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or… Continue Reading …

The Number One All-Time Counseling Problem…Ever

All Christians have one common problem, and it is the biggest struggle in their lives. Competent disciplers know this, which is why their help is transformative. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If you want to… Continue Reading …