Pastor Rick continues to teach from the parable of the seeds in Luke 8. And he encourages you to grow spiritually by rooting yourself in the best, most fertile soil.
God speaks to the person who decides in advance to do whatever God tells him or her to do. In this message, Pastor Rick talks about the four traits of what the Bible calls the good soil in Luke 8 and what you need to do to respond in faith to God’s Word and bear fruit.
God is trying to make contact with you. Is he getting a busy signal? Join Pastor Rick as he shares three common weeds that tend to choke out God that you need to eliminate so that God can speak to you and produce fruit in your life.
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick wants to help you understand that God put you on Earth for a purpose, and he has a mission for you to fulfill. Part of that mission is to tell others the Good News about God’s grace. You know about it because someone told you. Now, who are you going to tell?
Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for you to go on living any old way you want to. He created and redeemed you for a purpose! Pastor Rick shares in this message that if you want to measure how much you’re grateful for and living by grace, you just have to look at your giving.
When you became a believer in Christ, you were born again into God’s family, and you cannot be unborn. So, although fellowship with God is broken when you sin, the relationship is still there. In this message, Pastor Rick shares the one thing you need to do when you sin to keep a right relationship with God.
The Bible says there is no condemnation for our sin, but there are still consequences, like losing rewards in Heaven and joy here on Earth. You may lose your joy, but you can never lose your salvation. Pastor Rick explains in this message the five reasons God doesn’t reject believers when they sin but instead offers his restoring grace.
God wants us to forgive others in the same way he has forgiven us. Join Pastor Rick as he continues to teach about how God offers grace to us and how we can offer grace to others.
Many people are carrying deep wounds from hurt that may have happened months or even years ago, and it’s hard to think about forgiveness when the pain still feels fresh. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick gives three reasons you need to offer grace to the person who hurt you, no matter how deep the hurt, so that you can get on with your life.
Many people think that forgiveness is some cheap term you just throw out that instantly makes everybody feel better. That’s not real forgiveness! Join Pastor Rick as he shares the four things that make forgiveness real and godly.
There’s only one antidote to perfectionism: You have to experience the liberating grace of God and learn to relax in it. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick walks through the steps you need to take to learn how to let go and let God work in your life — in other words, relax.
Before you can learn to relax in God’s grace, you need to learn the consequences of perfectionism in your life. Join Pastor Rick as he shares the destructive nature of perfectionism and how to avoid it and rely instead on God’s liberating grace.
What do you do when life hurts so bad and you can’t change it? You rely on the sustaining grace of God. Pastor Rick wants you to hear this message today so that you know the four things to do to get God’s sustaining grace that will get you through temptations, trials, tension, and troubles.
There are three things in life that can cause you to stumble, get cast off to the side of the race, and not finish well in life. Pastor Rick uses this message to show how God’s sustaining grace will help you in each of those three situations.
In this message, Pastor Rick explains that God doesn’t play favorites. Regardless of background, status, religion, or sin, God’s saving grace is available to everyone. “[The promise] is not only for those who live under the law of Moses but for anyone who lives with faith like that of Abraham” (Romans 14:16).
Romans 3:24 says, “All need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift.” Pastor Rick uses this message to help you understand that the gift of God’s saving grace is absolutely free — you can’t earn it, you can’t buy it, and you can’t work for it. That’s Good News!
God says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that there’s something he wants you to dedicate to him: your body. Pastor Rick uses this message to explain three areas you need to focus on as you sanctify your body so that God can use you more effectively here on Earth.
If you want to be used by God, you need to purify your heart. You don’t have to be a perfect person, but you do have to have a pure heart! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares the one simple thing that you have to do to purify yourself so that you can be the kind of vessel God can use.
It may be tempting to use your money to invest in comfort, but God wants you to use your money to invest in something that’s going to Heaven: your character. Pastor Rick helps you understand in this message how to use your giving to grow up spiritually and become more like Jesus Christ.
God wants you to learn to love and invest in other people in his family. Pastor Rick explains in this message how investing in God’s “Mutual Fund” helps the needs of God’s people but is also proof of your faith.
There’s nothing you can give God that he needs. But when you give him an offering, you’re saying, “God, I love you. I want you first in my life.” In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches on the four ways that giving is worship so that you can honor God with your offering.
While you’re here on Earth, God wants you to learn to love other people, and he wants you to practice loving others in his family. In this message, Pastor Rick shares why your spiritual life does not amount to anything if it’s disconnected from the family of God. He also talks about how to connect with other believers.
God didn’t put you on Earth to live a self-centered life. His purpose for you is to build your life with him at the core. Pastor Rick explains in this broadcast how being a part of a church family helps you focus and center your life around God so that you can fulfill his purpose for you.
God shaped you to serve him, and he wants you to serve him by serving others while you’re here on Earth. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick helps you understand what ministry is and how you can use your talents for the benefit of other people.
God created you to become like Christ. He wants you to grow up spiritually! Pastor Rick teaches in this message how, instead of saying, “God, why is this happening to me?” to ask, “God, what do you want me to learn from this?”
The whole reason you exist is because God wanted you to become a part of his family, and his family is going to last forever. We need each other in the family of God! In this message, Pastor Rick explains how your spiritual family helps you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
The Bible says that the entire universe was created simply so God could create the human race so he could love us. We are the focus of his love! Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast how grasping this truth and understanding the way God feels about you will take away all your insecurities.
Proverbs 20:5 says, “People’s thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there.” Pastor Rick explains in this message why you’re going to have to learn how to ask wise questions if you want to be wise.
You don’t need a lot of friends in life. You just need a few good friends who build you up, not tear you down, who are wise, not fools. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares why you cannot grow to spiritual maturity by yourself and how wise people help you become wise as well.
If you want to be wise, you’ve got to feed every day on truth, not trash. Pastor Rick teaches in this message the three kinds of things you can fill your mind with and why the first place you need to go to fill your mind with truth is God’s Word.
What matters is not the size of your faith but the size of the God you put it in. A little faith in a big God gets big results! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick walks through the fourth resolution Moses made when he went up against the most powerful man in the world and how it shaped his life.
Can you name the top three or four values in your life? Pastor Rick explains in this message how if you don’t decide what’s important in your life, other people are going to decide for you, and you’re going to live your life by their values, not yours. You’ve got to decide what’s most important to you!
Moses made a choice to endure the short-term pain for the long-term gain of doing the right thing. Pastor Rick teaches in this message why you have to make the same resolution in your life if you want to be all that God wants you to be.
God made you to be you. If you’re going to become all you can be, you have to refuse to be defined by others. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares how Moses’ identity crisis is an example of how to have real success in life by being exactly who you were created to be and nothing else.
The Bible teaches that prayer helps us recover even when other people tell us it will never happen. Even if people say, “You’re never going to get well. You’re never going to recover. You’re never going to change,” listen to what God says: “You will recover, and not only that, I’m going to do all these other things in your life too.” Stop listening to what other people say, and start praying. God specializes in change. The Bible teaches that we can recover and then God can even use our failures to help others to recover.
The Bible teaches that prayer helps us recover when we are paralyzed by our emotions. Pastor Rick asks, “Ever been paralyzed by grief? I have. Ever been paralyzed by anger? Paralyzed by lust? Paralyzed by fear? Paralyzed by guilt? Paralyzed by shame? You can recover the normal use of your emotions through prayer.”
The Bible teaches that, with prayer, we can recover from problems we cause by our own impatience. Any time you get in a hurry, any time you take a shortcut, it’s usually going to lead to problems. God is not in a hurry with your growth.
The starting point in healing from abuse is to get to know your Healer. When you do, you’ll learn that God is truly just, and he is a whole lot better at settling the score than you are. In this broadcast, learn from Pastor Rick how to leave judgment in God’s hands so that you can move on from abuse.
People don’t like to talk about abuse or even admit that it’s there, but trying to minimize it only makes it worse. Pastor Rick wants you to understand that God can give you the courage to take some healthy steps forward instead of minimizing and rationalizing the abuse.
You can take a page from the book of Psalms when it comes to breaking free from abuse. In this message, Pastor Rick shows how King David modeled taking the first step in breaking free: sharing your pain with someone else.
Join Pastor Rick as he continues to teach from the Bible — that when you give God your pain, he promises to use it for your benefit, for his purposes, and to help other people. When you experience recovery and renewal in your life, you’ll be able to pass it on to others who need hope.
It’s not your job to convince people to accept Christ. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. You’re not called to be an attorney. But you are called and commanded by God to be a witness. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches the difference between an attorney and a witness and how you can be a witness and share hope.
For God to use the pain that’s happened in your life for the good of other people, for his purposes, and for your benefit, you have to be authentic. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he shares the five things you have to be honest about if you want to have an impact in someone else’s life.
Your greatest ministry will flow out of your pain — not out of your strengths or your talents but out of the painful experiences of your life. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick uses the biblical example of Paul to explain how to use your weaknesses to help other people who are hurting.
It’s easy to confess and forsake a sin from five years ago. It’s far more difficult to confess and forsake the ones you just did! In this message, Pastor Rick teaches how to face and let go of your failures quickly and why you should be encouraged by God’s response to your confession.
God always operates in your life by faith. That’s why you need goals in your life, because a goal is a statement of faith. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to set a “FAITH” goal so that you will not just dream about something but get to work on it and accomplish it in faith.
If you’re not spending time getting to know God, you are missing the number one purpose of your life. Satan knows that, so he’s going to try to keep you busy. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches why you cannot bear fruit in your life if you’re not connected to Jesus on a regular basis.
If you want lasting change in your life, you have to admit in humility, “I am the problem.” In this message, Pastor Rick uses the biblical example of Jacob to help you understand how God responds to your brokenness when you are honest with him and with yourself.
Most people miss God’s best because they give up too soon. Pastor Rick shares in this message the two reasons why God may not answer your prayers immediately and why, if you’re serious about letting God change your life, you’ve got to hang on and not give up until God blesses you.
Whatever the problem is in your life, it boils down to two things: Will you trust God to take care of the situation? And, will you obey God and do the right thing even if it doesn’t make sense? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains the root of your conflicts and what you need to say to God so that your problems can be resolved.
It’s easy to get spiritually distracted! You may have started down the road to recovery, but you’ve relapsed into your old patterns of grief, guilt, shame, habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Join Pastor Rick as he shares why you need to make Jesus your GPS for life — your unchanging point of focus so that you can get back on track.
Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains why you need to let God be God and make Jesus the manager of your life.
If you want to make healthy choices to be well and whole again, you have to learn to be meek. Pastor Rick uses this message to explain the difference between meekness and weakness and how letting go and letting God will help reduce the stress in your life.
If you’re going to have hope, you’ve got to see who God really is. You’ve got to understand that he doesn’t come into your life to make you feel judged but to let you know he really cares. In this message, Pastor Rick explains why God’s “rod and staff” are meant to comfort you and not condemn you.
You know that problem you’d like to get rid of in your life? You’re never going to get rid of it on your own. If you could, you would, but you can’t, so you won’t. Pastor Rick shares in this message what you need to do to get well — even if it makes you uncomfortable.
If God can raise a dead person, he can raise a dead marriage, career, or dream. God can bring good out of bad. He can do miracles! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick talks about how God specializes in turning crucifixions into resurrections. But you’ve got to ask for his help!
The good news is your habits and your hurts and your hang-ups can be healed. The bad news is it takes humility. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (NIV). In this message, Pastor Rick shares the fact you need to admit about yourself so that God can bless your life.
Pastor Rick walks through more investment funds for eternity in this broadcast and explains how investing in God’s funds and using your money for God’s purposes helps you store up treasure in Heaven every day.
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick talks about some of God’s investment funds that will yield eternal dividends as you invest in your character, other believers, and people in need.
Proverbs 21:5 says, “Plan carefully and you will have plenty.” Pastor Rick uses this message to teach you how to be financially strong by learning the principle of accounting. You need to start writing down what you spend until you know where it’s all going!
If you want God to bless your finances, you have to put him first in your money. This is the principle of tithing. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick walks through Scripture that explains the promise, purpose, place, and day for tithing.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Pastor Rick explains in this message why God designed you to create wealth and be a productive person.
If a farmer plants a field of beans, he expects to bear a crop of beans, because whatever you plant is what you’re going to get back. In this message, Pastor Rick talks about the law of reproduction and how it applies to every area of your life — especially your finances.
Fruit ripens slowly. If you pick too soon, you miss the flavor! Pastor Rick teaches in this message why, in money management, you always reap in a different season than you sow and what to do while you’re waiting for God’s blessing.
You may think you’re waiting on God — for that job, that husband, that windfall. But God is waiting on you! Join Pastor Rick as he explains in this broadcast why God requires you to first plant a seed and how to give your life away so that God will bless you and produce fruit in your life.
Psalm 17:15 says, “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.” Pastor Rick uses this message to continue sharing how to be fully satisfied with what you have, where you are, and who you are in Christ.
You’ve got to maintain the right perspective about possessions, or you’ll be possessed by your possessions. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches the best way to remember that your life is not about things and focus more on eternal priorities.
Happiness has nothing to do with your circumstances. It has everything to do with your attitude! You are as happy as you choose to be. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he explains the secret of contentment.
The first step in becoming a contented person is to stop comparing yourself to others. The problem is that comparing is America’s favorite indoor sport! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares how to rejoice in other people’s prosperity without getting jealous and feeling like you have to have it, too.
Fear often keeps people from investing their lives and moving forward in faith. Join Pastor Rick as he shares in this message how to move past your money mistakes and focus on the direction your feet are going right now.
The first law of financial freedom is the law of possession:Everything you have belongs to God. You are only a manager! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches the spiritual discipline of money management so that you are a good steward of God’s resources.
Money is the acid test of your faithfulness. God uses it more than any other thing in your life to test your faith. Why? Because it’s the thing you have the hardest time with. Pastor Rick explains in this message the law of compensation and the three steps to gain God’s reward for good money management.
Pastor Rick uses this broadcast to remind us that God can turn any situation, no matter how unfair it may seem, into something beautiful that he can use for his glory.
Suffering doesn’t automatically build character, but it can if you respond to it in a godly way. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to deal with unfairness in a way that honors God.
God could make the world completely fair in just a moment. In this message, Pastor Rick tells us why God doesn’t do that and how God wants you to respond.
No matter how you’ve strayed from God’s design for sexuality, there’s hope and forgiveness available to you. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains how you can find a fresh start after moral failure.
Garbage in, garbage out. That’s not just a cliché. It’s what the Bible teaches! In this message, Pastor Rick shares truths from God’s Word about making good choices that protect our moral purity.
You can’t expect to maintain moral purity if you can’t agree on a standard. In this broadcast,Pastor Rick reminds us that purity begins with a commitment to live by God’s standard instead of making up your own rules.
Job had every reason to harbor resentment toward God and his friends after his life fell apart. Instead, as Pastor Rick shows us in this broadcast, Job’s story demonstrates how to deal with resentment in a healthy, God-honoring manner.
The Bible says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”(Ephesians 4:32 NIV). In this message, Pastor Rick introduces us to the best model for forgiveness we could ever emulate: Jesus.
It’s easy to retaliate for rudeness with more rudeness, but Jesus calls us to a higher standard. Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast how to respond biblically when others do not treat us respectfully.
In this message, Pastor Rick looks into God’s Word to explain how to respect even those we disagree with.
Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to respect the people who make it difficult.
You have just enough time to do everything God wants you to do. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares how to put Jesus in the center of your schedule
If you’re carrying a heavy load, it isn’t from Jesus. The Bible says, “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest . . . the load I give you to carry is light”(Matthew 11:28, 30b NCV). Pastor Rick teaches in this message how we can find rest and balance in Jesus.
In this message, Pastor Rick reminds us that balance is achievable if we put Jesus in the center of all we do.
Anger has a price tag. When you realize that truth, you’ll be more likely to control your anger. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he continues to teach about self-control.
We all get angry from time to time. But just because we get angry doesn’t automatically mean we’re sinning. Join Pastor Rick for this broadcast that looks at how to have more self-control so that your anger won’t turn into sin.
If you respond impulsively, you tend to respond in anger. If you wait to talk about whatever conflict you’re dealing with, you’ll be more rational and reasonable. Join Pastor Rick for this lesson on self-control.
God wants you to step out of your comfort zone in faith. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he explains what God can do through your life when you trust him.
When you don’t trust God, it leads to worry, conflict, and the feeling you have to control everything. Only God is truly worthy of our trust! In this message, Pastor Rick teaches more steps to developing a greater trust in God.
When we trust anything or anyone other than God, we set ourselves up for more and more stress. The Bible makes it clear that those who make idols are disillusioned. Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast how to develop a greater trust in God.
Join Pastor Rick as he teaches practical wisdom from God’s Word on how to become more responsible in all areas of your life.
God cares less about your achievements than he does about your character. In this message, Pastor Rick explains what the Bible says about living a life of high character.
Romans 14:12 says, “Each of us will have to give a personal account to God” (NLT). Since we will one day give an account for how we live, we must live responsibly. Pastor Rick explains in this broadcast why it is important to say and do things that honor God.
Join Pastor Rick as he continues to teach how you can build your life on the only standard that is truly dependable, God’s Word.
The Bible says, “God’s Word is a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” In today’s world we desperately need a light to guide us through the moral chaos. In this message, Pastor Rick helps you understand how to make the Bible your standard as you build your life on its unchanging values.